This file photo from September 1, 2021 shows former SK Wyverns manager Youm Kyoung-youb appointed as the new technical director of South Korean baseball on Friday. (Yonhap)
The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) said Youm will soon fill out the rest of the technical committee and make reconnaissance trips through KBO clubs’ spring training starting next month.
Youm, 53, previously managed the Nexen Heroes and SK Wyverns in the KBO and also worked as general manager of the Wyverns.
The KBO said Youm’s extensive experience in managing professional clubs, his communication skills and his deep understanding of advanced data made him an ideal choice as a technical leader.
South Korea is the reigning three-time gold medalist at the Asian Games. For this year’s competition in Hangzhou, China, the KBO plans to send only professionals under the age of 24 and a few amateur players, in response to growing criticism of the lack of transparency in the team selection process.
Youm said he will prepare more clearly defined criteria and principles for choosing national team players this year.
“We have not been able to produce players capable of dominating games at international events and as a longtime baseball man, I apologize to the fans of our game,” Youm said. . “We will try to help young players take the next step at the next Asian Games. We will look to achieve our goals in player development and also in delivering results.” (Yonhap)