KT Wiz hire Cho Beom-Hyeon as first manager

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OSEN, along with several other news sources, is reporting that the expansion team KT Wiz has selected Cho Beom-Hyeon to be the team's first manager. The Wiz will join the futures league (minor league) in 2014 and will move up to the KBO's top division for the 2015 season.

Cho signed a 3 year deal with the team worth 1.5 billion won. Cho is 53 years old and a former KBO player. Cho was a catcher who played 11 seasons with the OB Bears and the Samsung Lions between 1982 and 1992. After retiring, Cho went on to coach for several years before accepting his first managing position with the SK Wyverns in 2003. Cho managed SK for 4 seasons, before becoming the manager of the KIA Tigers in 2008. Cho stayed with KIA for 4 seasons, including their championship year in 2009. He also managed the Korean National Baseball Team to a gold medal at the 2010 Asian Games.

In the past few months there has been media reports that KT was looking for an "outside the box" candidate, possibly a foreigner or someone with experience abroad, but Cho, a former KBO player and manager, is very much a safe and traditional choice.