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Ex-nat'l baseball team manager back for 2017 WBC

All Headlines 10:54 September 05, 2016

SEOUL, Sept. 5, (Yonhap) -- A former South Korean national baseball team manager is back in the same role for an international tournament next year, the top domestic league announced on Monday.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Kim In-sik will manage South Korea at the 2017 World Baseball Classic (WBC). Kim, 69, is currently the head of the KBO's technical committee.

"I accepted the job because KBO Commissioner Koo Bon-neung asked me to coach the national team again," Kim said. "I already am a little concerned, but I will put my utmost effort into preparing for the tournament in the remaining period."

Kim has abundant experience in managing the national team. He previously led South Korea twice at the WBC, guiding the team to the semifinals in 2006 and to second place in 2009. He also helped South Korea win the gold medal at the 2002 Asian Games.

Kim was also the manager of the national team last year when he led South Korea to claim the inaugural Premier 12, the international baseball championship organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC).

South Korea and Japan are two Asian host nations for the WBC which features 16 nations. South Korea, which will host the WBC games for the first time, will stage first-round Pool B games at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from March 7-10, 2017.

South Korea, ranked No. 3 in the latest WBSC rankings, is one of the 12 nations that already qualified for the 2017 WBC based on their performance in the 2013 edition. The 2009 runner-up has been paired with Taiwan and the Netherlands in Pool B and is waiting for a winner from a qualification round in Brooklyn, New York, where Brazil, Britain, Israel and Pakistan will compete for the remaining spot in September.

kdon@yna.co.kr
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