baseball players association-chief

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Former Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher Seo Jae-weong on Monday was named the new head of the South Korean baseball players' association.

The Korea Professional Baseball Players Association (KPBPA), which represents the interests of players in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), said Seo beat out two other candidates for the body's top post.

It said Seo, a right-handed starter for the Kia Tigers, earned 140 out of 455 votes cast by fellow KBO players, ahead of the NC Dinos' infielder Lee Ho-jun and the Doosan Bears' designated hitter Hong Sung-heon. The KPBPA didn't say how many votes Lee and Hong garnered.

The president's position had been vacant since January, when the incumbent head Park Jae-hong retired from baseball. Only a player currently under contract with a KBO team can serve as the KPBPA president.

Seo had narrowly lost to Park in an earlier election in December 2011. The 35-year-old pitched for the New York Mets, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Tampa Bay Rays between 2002 and 2007, before joining the Tigers in 2008.

The KPBPA is not a union. The KBO currently has nine clubs, with a 10th team scheduled to join the league in 2015.

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