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(LEAD) Dodgers' Ryu Hyun-jin ties knot with sports announcer

All News 21:53 January 05, 2018

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SEOUL, Jan. 5 (Yonhap) -- Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin tied the knot with local sports announcer Bae Ji-hyun Friday.

The star athlete and the popular TV personality exchanged vows in a private ceremony at Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Kim In-sik, Ryu's former manager in South Korea with the Hanwha Eagles, was the officiant and Yoo Jae-suk, one of South Korea's biggest celebrities, served as the master of ceremonies.

Their wedding guests included Choo Shin-soo of the Texas Rangers and former big leaguers Kim Hyun-soo and Hwang Jae-gyun.

Ryu and Bae thanked the guests for celebrating their marriage with them and for their encouragement for their new start.

"The year 2018 will have a bigger meaning than any other year," they said. "We'll be warm companions for each other, a husband and a wife who always think positive, and two people who will give their best for each other."

Ryu, 30, had a bounce back season in 2017 after being limited to just one start over the two previous years due to shoulder and elbow problems. Ryu was 5-9 with a 3.77 ERA in 126 2/3 innings.

Bae, also 30, is a former model who has been hosting nightly baseball highlight shows on cable television for several years.

This photo provided by entertainment agency Koen Stars shows Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin (L) and sports announcer Bae Ji-hyun posing for a photo during their wedding ceremony at a Seoul hotel on Jan. 5, 2018. (Yonhap)

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