Lotte Giants baseball manager Yang Seung-ho resigns
The Lotte Giants' manager Yang Seung-ho has resigned from his post, the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) team announced Tuesday, to take the fall for the club's failure to reach a final during his two-year tenure.
The Busan-based Giants said Yang had offered to step down in a meeting with the team president, Chang Byung-soo, last Wednesday, and the management decided to accept his resignation offer.
Yang, 52, replaced Jerry Royster as the Giants' manager in October 2010. Royster, the first American to manage a KBO team, guided the Giants, once the league's perennial doormat, to three consecutive playoffs, but failed to reach the championship Korean Series.
At the time of his signing, Yang vowed to lead the Giants to the Korean Series within two seasons. The Giants last won the KBO title in 1992.
In his first year, the Giants finished second among eight KBO teams in the regular season and earned a bye to the second round of the playoffs. There, the Giants lost to the SK Wyverns in five games.
In 2012, the Giants ranked fourth in the regular season and took on the third-place Doosan Bears in the opening round of the playoffs. The Giants claimed the best-of-five series in four games, and went on to face the Wyverns in the second round for the second straight year.
The Giants held a 2-1 series lead but dropped the final two games to be eliminated.
In the immediate aftermath of that defeat, Yang reportedly told the team he would assume the full responsibility for coming up short for the second straight season.
Based in one of the country's most passionate baseball towns, the Giants this year became the first KBO team to draw more than 1 million home fans for five seasons in a row, and led the KBO in home attendance in each of those past five years.
In 2012, the Giants played their first year without slugger Lee Dae-ho, a former league MVP and two-time Triple Crown winner who signed with the Orix Buffaloes as a free agent last winter. (Yonhap)