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Ex-Prime Minister Chung Un-chan named new head of professional baseball

All Headlines 10:11 December 11, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- Former Prime Minister Chung Un-chan was named the new head of South Korean professional baseball on Monday.

Chung will serve as the commissioner of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) for three years, after earning more than 75 percent of support from the owners of 10 clubs.

Chung, 70, was nominated by the KBO's board of directors -- made up of 10 club presidents, current KBO Commissioner Koo Bon-neung and its Secretary-General Yang Hae-young -- on Nov. 29.

Koo, who has been the commissioner since August 2011, will wrap up his tenure at the end of this year.

Chung served as prime minister from 2009 to 2010. An economics scholar and professor emeritus of Seoul National University, Chung is also a well-known fan of baseball. Chung has previously said he'd one day like to become the KBO commissioner.

Chung is the 12th commissioner of the KBO, which was founded in 1982, and the first ex-prime minister to take the helm.

Former Prime Minister Chung Un-chan (Yonhap)

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