Min-ho Kim (02)
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Min-ho Kim (김민호)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 179 lb.
Min-ho Kim played for 11 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. He debuted in 1993 with the OB Bears, hitting .239/~.289/.283 in 113 games. In 1994, the infielder batted .275/~.341/362 and stole 17 bases in 24 tries. He hit a career-high 8 home runs. During the 1995 season, Kim hit .288/~.356/.378 with 79 runs and stole 47 bases in 64 attempts in a career year. He won a Gold Glove as the best shortstop in the KBO and then starred in the postseason, winning the Korean Series Most Valuable Player Award.
Kim hit .271/~.306/.356 in 15 games in 1996, presumably limited by injury. In '97, Min-ho batted .238/~.314/.325 with 75 runs and stole 46 bases while only being caught 7 times. He hit .226/~.277/.299 in 1998 while going 22-for-31 on the basepaths.
Kim bounced back in 1999 by batting .273/~.331/.356 with 6 triples, 70 runs and 37 steals in 42 tries. In 2000, he hit .250/~.312/.326 and stole 23 bases in 28 attempts. Kim hit .216/~.302/.324 in 2001 and only swiped 14 bases in 17 tries. In 2002, he batted .156/~.229/.225 in reduced action. He concluded his playing career at age 34, hitting .218/~.274/.254.
Overall, Kim hit .246/~.311/.326 in 1,113 games in the KBO and stole 232 bases in 294 tries.
After retiring, Kim became a coach for the Bears. He coached for South Korea in the 2009 World Baseball Classic when they finished second.
Primary source: KBO player page