Heroes Manager Resigns

When you are in the middle of the playoff race the last thing you want is to fire your manager. The Kiwoom Heroes did not fire their manager, Son Hyuk, but they will need to replace him after he resigned.

The Heroes had caught the NC Dinos for first place in the KBO a couple weeks ago. The Dinos got hot and the Heroes got cold and have now dropped 8 games behind in the standings, but still well within shot of the playoffs, which go to the top five teams in the KBO. For Son, this was his first year managing the team after the Heroes did not rehire their manager after a failed playoff run. In the past he had been a pitcher for the Heroes.

The Heroes this year were a popular pick to win the division but injuries have haunted them, especially to their foreign players. Pitchers Erik Jokish and Jake Brigham have been in and out with injuries and slugger Byoung-Ho Park has been absent from the lineup. They did not get any production from foreign signing Taylor Motter and his replacement Addison Russell has not been the answer. So it has been a disappointing year for the Heroes.

Hyuk is signed through 2021 and the Heroes have stated they will honor his contract through next year. He has been replaced by quality control coach Chang-Hyeon Kim, who was hired to be the team’s data analytics guru. Kim has no professional baseball playing experience. There are only 12 games left in the season.

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