It was announced late Tuesday afternoon that former Samsung Lions manager Sun Dong-yeol will replace Cho Beom-hyeon as manager of the KIA Tigers.
Sun abruptly left Samsung last off season after guiding the Lions to a Korean Series appearance in 2010. Sun was long rumored to take a coaching job in Japan, but instead he did...nothing and took a year off.
Sun is from Gwangju and starred with the then Haitai Tigers in the 80's and 90's. He took his first managerial job with Samsung in 2005 and guided the Lions to back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006.