Wendell Kealohepauloe Kim
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 5", Weight 160 lb.
- School Cal Poly Pomona
- High School Banning High School
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
|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|