Samsung Lions to hire Japanese instructor

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Samsung Lions to hire Japanese instructor

The Samsung Lions, the two-time reigning Korean baseball champions, said yesterday they will soon hire their former Japanese pitcher as an instructor for next season.

The Lions, who won the Korea Baseball Organization titles in 2011 and 2012, said they’re close to signing Ken Kadokura as an instructor for one year in 2013. Earlier Monday, Japanese news reports said Kadokura, who pitched for the Lions in 2011, will become a pitching coach for the KBO club next year.

The Lions have enjoyed success under another Japanese pitching coach, Eiji Ochiai, who left the team this winter after three seasons in Korea. With Ochiai handling pitchers from 2010-12, the Lions led the KBO in team ERA in each of those three seasons and won two championships. Yonhap

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