Kia Tigers name ex-Heroes manager Jang Jung-suk as new GM

유지호 / 2021-11-24 16:09:22
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▲ This file photo from Oct. 25, 2019, shows Jang Jung-suk, then managing the Kiwoom Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization. Jang was named the new general manager of the Kia Tigers on Nov. 24, 2021. (Yonhap)

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Kia Tigers name ex-Heroes manager Jang Jung-suk as new GM

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Kia Tigers announced Wednesday they've hired former Kiwoom Heroes skipper Jang Jung-suk as their new general manager.

Financial terms of Jang's deal were not disclosed.

Jang, 48, managed the Heroes from 2016 to 2019, and they were runners-up to the Doosan Bears in the 2019 Korean Series. Jang was not brought back after his contract ran out in 2019 and had since been working as a color commentator for a sports cable station.

Jang had previously worked in baseball operations for the Heroes, and he is now getting his first opportunity to run a front office.

He spent the final three years of his nine-year Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) playing career with the Tigers before retiring in 2004.

Jang is replacing Cho Kye-hyeon, who stepped down after the end of this past season to take the fall for a dismal season.

The Tigers went 58-76-10 (wins-losses-ties) to finish 10.5 games out of the postseason. They also cut ties with manager Matt Williams with one year left on his contract, after the American skipper failed to guide the club to the postseason in any of his first two seasons.

The Tigers said Jang will bring great communication skills and deep knowledge of advanced data.

The Tigers are expected to appoint a new manager in the coming days.

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