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Sang-moon Yang

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Sang-moon Yang was a pitcher in the Korea Baseball Organization and later an administrator.

Yang pitched from 1985-1993, with 63 wins. He debuted with the Lotte Giants, going 6-3 with 4 saves and a 3.83 ERA. In 1986, he went 1-2 with a 1.93 ERA and allowed only 27 hits in 37 1/3 IP. The next season, Yang moved to the Chungbo Pintos, for whom he posted a 12-13, 3.10 record in a career-high 209 1/3 IP. The club became the Taepyungyang Dolphins in 1988, when the 27-year-old was 9-12 with 3 saves and a 3.83 ERA. In 1989, the portsider went 8-11 with four saves and a 3.28 ERA. He improved his ERA to 3.22 in 1990, when he was 11-9 with one save.

In 1991, Yang went 6-9 with a save and a 3.50 ERA. He followed in '92 with a 7-8, 4.55 campaign in which he surrendered 22 home runs. He wrapped up with the 1993 Dolphins, going 3-12 with a 4.46 ERA. Overall, he was 63-79 with 13 saves and a 3.59 ERA in 272 games in the KBO. He allowed 1,168 hits in 1,209 1/3 IP, walked 479 and struck out 599.

He later became a pitching coach for the LG Twins. He managed the Lotte Giants in 2004-2005. In 2006, he worked as a commentator for a division of ESPN. He was a coach for the South Korean national team in the 2006 Asian Games and returned to that role in the 2009 World Baseball Classic.

Sources include http://www.koreabaseball.com/record/player.asp?player_id=85570, 2006 Baseball Almanac

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