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SBD Global/People and Pop Culture
Published September 24, 2012
TEAM COACHES AND MANAGERS: The Korean Baseball Organization league is making a "managerial change." Hanwha Eagles Manager HAN DAE-HWA stepped down, and the Nexen Heroes Manager KIM SI-JIN was sacked within less than a month. All eight clubs in the KBO have changed managers in the last two years. Other than Lotte Giants former Manager JERRY ROYSTER, "no one has seen his contract through to the end, with SK Wyverns former Manager KIM SUNG-KEUN and the aforementioned two "leaving their teams mid-season" (KOREA TIMES, 9/21). ... Japan's Osaka Evessa basketball team GM HIROTARO NOMAMOTO "was relieved of his duties on Wednesday." The Evessa went 0-3 in preseason play, and Nomamoto, who had been with the team since they entered the league in '05, lost his job two days after their final preseason game (JAPAN TIMES, 9/22). ... Tonga national rugby team has signed int'l coaches TIM LANE, DAVE ELLIS and MARK BAKEWELL "to help guide the islanders' build-up to the next World Cup" (AFP, 9/23).
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