Wendell Kim

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Biographical Information[edit]

Wendell Kim has been a coach for several major league clubs and managed several teams in the minors.

After managing in the San Francisco Giants organization from 1981 to 1988, he was a Giants coach from 1989 to 1996. He was then a member of the Boston Red Sox staff from 1997 to 2000. After spending a year as skipper of the Indianapolis Indians, he returned to the majors as a Montreal Expos coach in 2002 and was a member of the Chicago Cubs staff the following two seasons.

While serving as third base coach for the Cubs, Kim was a frequent target of boos from fans as a disproportionately high percentage of the runners he sent home were thrown out at the plate. Some derisively nicknamed him "Wavin' Wendell" for his overly aggressive style. He had a similar reputation as the third base coach for the Red Sox.

Kim and his wife retired to Arizona in 2005. Suffering from short term memory loss, tests eventually determined that Kim had early onset Alzheimer's disease. He had to go to a facility specialized in patients suffering from memory loss and after a while was no longer able to communicate with friends or relatives. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 64.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
1981 Clinton Giants Midwest League 52-80 8th San Francisco Giants
1982 Clinton Giants Midwest League 63-75 7th (t) San Francisco Giants
1983 Fresno Giants California League 78-62 3rd San Francisco Giants
1984 Fresno Giants California League 82-58 3rd San Francisco Giants Lost in 1st round
1985 Fresno Giants California League 84-62 2nd San Francisco Giants League Champs
1986 Shreveport Captains Texas League 80-56 2nd San Francisco Giants Lost in 1st round
1987 Phoenix Firebirds Pacific Coast League 77-67 4th San Francisco Giants
1988 Phoenix Firebirds Pacific Coast League 67-76 7th San Francisco Giants
2001 Indianapolis Indians International League 66-78 11th Milwaukee Brewers
2005 GCL Nationals Gulf Coast League 21-32 12th Washington Nationals

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