Larry Sutton (53-USA), the manager of the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), has resigned after failing to complete the season.Sutton, who had to leave the ballpark twice this month due to dizziness, made a personal phone call to team president Sung Min-kyu late at night on the 27th to tell him that he was unable to fulfill his managerial duties.After much deliberation, Lotte announced on the 28th that they had decided to accept Sutton’s will, ending their three-year partnership.Sutton, who began his relationship with the club in 2019 as Lotte’s second team coach, was officially appointed as head coach in May 2021 after former coach Heo Moon-ho was fired.After showing promise in 2021 with a 5% win percentage, but failing to overcome an objective power disadvantage in 2022, Sutton seemed to make a splash at the start of this year’s season, leading from the front.However, the team’s performance plummeted from June onwards, and a “shipwreck” with the coaching staff took its toll on his leadership.After a brief rebound earlier this month, the team’s recent seven-game losing streak and “red flags” in his health forced him to leave South Korea.A medical examination revealed that he did not have a specific illness, but that stress may have affected his physical condition.Sutton is the first foreign coach to step down due to health issues.As a professional baseball manager who has to deal with performance pressure on a daily basis, stress is a constant companion.After collapsing in the dugout during a game while managing the SK Wyverns (now SSG Landers) in 2020, LG Twins manager Yoon Kyung-yeop received medical treatment and returned to the bench, but eventually stepped down voluntarily.”To manage my stress, I don’t go home and do anything related to baseball. Instead, I read books and try to spend time with my wife,” he said.Former manager Baek Incheon still struggles with health issues 스포츠토토링크

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