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Ex-MLB pitcher rejoins former S. Korean club as coach

All Headlines 15:43 December 20, 2017

SEOUL, Dec. 20 (Yonhap) -- Former major league pitcher Seo Jae-weong has rejoined his South Korean hometown club as a coach.

The Kia Tigers in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) announced Wednesday that Seo, 40, will join their coaching staff for next season. His exact position will be determined later.

Seo pitched six seasons in the majors, starting in 2002 with the New York Mets. He later played for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays over his six-year big league career, compiling a 28-40 record with a 4.60 ERA in 118 appearances, 102 of them starts.

He then signed with the Tigers, based in his hometown of Gwangju, some 330 kilometers south of Seoul, before the 2008 season. He was 42-48 in 164 appearances with a 4.30 ERA, and announced his retirement in January 2016.

Seo spent the past two seasons as a television commentator.

In this file photo taken on March 31, 2013, Seo Jae-weong of the Kia Tigers throws a pitch against the Nexen Heroes during the teams' Korea Baseball Organization regular season game at Mudeung Stadium in Gwangju. (Yonhap)

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