The Lotte Giants have hired first base coach Lee Jong-woon as its new skipper this week the club announced Friday. The 48-year-old Lee inked Lee to a three-year contract, with an annual salary of 200 million won (US$189,200) and a signing bonus of 200 million won.
Lee is a former outfielder who spent nine of his 10 KBO seasons with the Giants, starting in 1989. He retired with the Hanwha Eagles in 1998, having batted 272 in 739 games. Lee was with the Giants for its 1992 championship win.
The Giants finished seventh for the second year in a row and have been looking for a new manager after Kim Si-jin stepped down after the end of the season.
“Lee is a great communicator who is gentle on the outside but tough on the inside,” the Giants said. “As a former player for the organization, Lee has great knowledge of the current group of players. We felt he was the right person to restore order in the club house.”
Source: Busan eFM News
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