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Struggling LG Twins name ex-pitching coach their new manager

All Headlines 09:06 May 12, 2014

SEOUL, May 12 (Yonhap) -- The LG Twins, the struggling Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club, have named former pitching coach Yang Sang-moon as their new manager.

The Seoul-based club said Sunday it signed Yang through 2017 for 1.35 billion won (US$1.32 million).

The 53-year-old served as the Twins' pitching coach in 2002 and 2003, and again in 2007 and 2008. He'd been an analyst for the cable station MBC Sports.

The Twins' managerial post had been vacant since Kim Ki-tai abruptly offered to resign before a game on April 23. Bench coach Cho Kye-hyun had served as an interim manager until the Twins signed Yang.

Yang will manage his first game on Tuesday.

"We picked Yang for his wealth of coaching experience, and his knowledge of our club and its culture as a former pitching coach," the Twins explained. "We considered different options, but we felt Yang was the man who could step in and turn things around quickly."

The Twins made the playoffs in 2013, their first postseason appearance in 11 years, but have stumbled out of the gate so far in 2014, with 10 wins, 23 losses and one tie. They sit 10.5 games back of the first-place Nexen Heroes.

Yang pitched nine seasons in the KBO and went 63-79 with 13 saves in 272 appearances, posting a 3.59 ERA. He began his coaching career as a pitching coach for the Lotte Giants in 1994.

In between his Twins' coaching stints, Yang was the Lotte Giants' manager in 2004 and 2005.

Yang said his goal is ultimately to win a championship with the Twins and said he wants to transform the Twins into a consistent contender on his watch.

"We have a deeper team than before (while I was coaching) with a good balance between veterans and younger players," Yang said. "This team had some bad luck early this season. I think we can match any team in talent level."

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