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Two baseball clubs let go of managers

All Headlines 14:32 October 12, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) regular season only ended three days ago, and two of the 10 clubs have already let go of their managers.

The SK Wyverns announced Wednesday they will not bring back Kim Yong-hee. The two-year contract for the 61-year-old expired after this season.

The Wyverns missed the postseason this year, finishing in sixth at 69-75. Last year, despite being tabbed as a preseason title contender, they squeezed into the wild-card game in fifth place at 69-73-2 but lost to the Nexen Heroes in the one-and-done game.

The KT Wiz, which have finished in last place in their first two years of existence, have parted ways with Cho Bum-hyun. He took over the club in 2014, when they played in the minors, and managed them over the past two KBO seasons.

In 2015, they went 52-91-1, 12.5 games worse than the ninth-place LG Twins, and that was despite their solid second-half push. In 2016, they got off to a quick start but faded badly to a 53-89-2 mark.

Former Doosan Bears manager Kim Jin-wook, who managed the Seoul club in 2012 and 2013, is one of the candidates to succeed Cho, according to a KT official. Kim is expected to meet with the Wiz's brass in the coming days.

jeeho@yna.co.kr
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