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New KBO team to be called the Wiz

The new professional baseball club set to join the top league in 2015 will be called the Wiz, team officials announced Tuesday.

KT, the nation’s largest fixed-line operator which will run the 10th team in the Korea Baseball Organization, said the Wiz, short for wizard, was the winner of a naming contest.

KT received the KBO’s approval for expansion in January this year and will spend 2014 in the minors before joining nine other clubs in the KBO in 2015.

The Wiz will be based in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province, just south of Seoul.

According to KT officials, 32,000 people submitted entries in the naming contest, and a 32-year-old fan named Lee Beom-joon was picked as the winner.

For his prize, Lee will receive a lifetime worth of season tickets for the Wiz’s home games at Suwon Stadium. (Yonhap News)
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