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(LEAD) Baseball club names new manager after season's end

All Headlines 20:42 October 03, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with team's final position at bottom)

SEOUL, Oct. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korean baseball club LG Twins named a new manager on Tuesday, the final day of the regular season.

The Seoul-based Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club announced Ryu Joong-il as their new skipper, moments after losing to the Lotte Giants 4-2 to close out their season.

Ryu agreed to a three-year deal worth 2.1 billion won (US$1.8 million), which includes a signing bonus of 600 million won.

Ryu, 54, brings an impressive pedigree, having won four consecutive Korean Series championships with the Samsung Lions from 2011 to 2014. The Lions won their fifth straight regular season title in 2015 but bowed out to the Doosan Bears in the Korean Series that year.

The Lions dropped to ninth place in 2016, which led to Ryu's ouster.

On the Twins' bench, Ryu is replacing Yang Sang-moon, who had been the manager since May 2014 and will now take over as general manager. The current GM, Song Gu-hong, will be the Twins' minor league manager next season.

After making the postseason in 2016, the Twins ended in sixth place this year at 69-72-3 (wins-losses-ties), five games out of the fifth and wild card spot in the 10-team league.

In this file photo taken on Sept. 11, 2016, Ryu Joong-il, then manager of the Samsung Lions in the Korea Baseball Organization, returns to his dugout after a 2-0 victory over the NC Dinos at Daegu Samsung Lions Park in Daegu. Ryu was named new manager of the LG Twins on Oct. 3, 2017. (Yonhap)

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