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Two-time defending baseball champs re-sign manager

2016/11/10 10:21

By Yoo Jee-ho

SEOUL, Nov. 10 (Yonhap) -- The Doosan Bears, two-time defending champions in South Korean baseball, have re-signed their manager Kim Tae-hyung for three more years.

The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) club said Kim has agreed to a three-year deal worth 2 billion won (US$1.7 million), including a signing bonus of 500 million won.

It's the largest contract ever handed to a Doosan manager.

Doosan Bears' manager Kim Tae-hyung salutes fans after the club clinched the Korean Series baseball championship over the NC Dinos at Masan Stadium in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, on Nov. 2, 2016. (Yonhap) Doosan Bears' manager Kim Tae-hyung salutes fans after the club clinched the Korean Series baseball championship over the NC Dinos at Masan Stadium in Changwon, South Gyeongsang Province, on Nov. 2, 2016. (Yonhap)

Kim has led the Bears to the Korean Series championships in 2015 and 2016, his first two seasons as their manager.

Last year, the Bears finished third in the regular season and rolled through the playoffs to captured the title. This year, they ran away with the pennant and swept the NC Dinos in the breezy Korean Series.

"It's a great honor to sign such a big contract, after winning two straight Korean Series titles," Kim said through the club. "These championships have only been possible thanks to the hard work by our players, coaches and front office, and to the unwavering support of our fans. But we won't simply bask in our past glory. We'll try to come back even stronger next year and win our third straight championship."

   jeeho@yna.co.kr

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