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Ex-front office exec. inaugurated as Nexen Heroes manager

All Headlines 14:11 October 31, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 31 (Yonhap) -- The South Korean baseball club Nexen Heroes on Monday formally introduced former front office executive Jang Jung-suk as their new manager.

Jang had previously been the head of baseball operations for the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club based in Seoul, after splitting his eight-year playing career with two clubs. The 43-year-old becomes the first in 30 years to become a KBO manager without prior coaching or managing experience. Jang is also the youngest manager in the 10-club league.

The Heroes announced Jang's signing last Thursday. He's on a three-year deal worth 800 million won (US$696,800), which includes a 200 million-won signing bonus.

Jang Jung-suk, newly named manager of the Nexen Heroes baseball club, dons the team's hat during his inauguration ceremony at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul on Oct. 31, 2016. (Yonhap)

Jang replaces Yeom Kyung-yup, who resigned after the Heroes were knocked out of the first round of the postseason earlier this month. It was the Heroes' fourth consecutive postseason appearance.

At his inauguration ceremony, Jang said he'd preach an aggressive brand of baseball.

"I want every member of our ball club to come together as one next year," Jang said. "We'll play a more entertaining and aggressive type of baseball."

Jang said he's been counting his blessings since he was named the manager, because only the few fortunate ones get to become one.

"It's with a great deal of enthusiasm that I am taking this job," he said. "Without proper checks, power will corrupt. I will keep my mouth closed and keep my ears open for our players, coaches and front office."

Jang added he will leave it mostly up to the players to take care of their own business on the field.

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