Kyung-moon Kim

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Kyung-moon Kim (김경문)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 172 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Kyung-moon Kim was a catcher for 10 years in the Korea Baseball Organization, coached for nine and managed since 2004.

Kim debuted in the KBO's first season, 1982, with the OB Bears, hitting .217/.265/.255. In 1983, he batted .205/.277/.308, followed by a .240/.305/.302 campaign in 1984. The next season, Kim had a batting line of .190/.301/.228. In 1986, the Bears backstop produced at a .183/.233/.222. He hit .263/.325/.307 in 94 games in 1987 to set a career high in OPS.

In 1988, the Korea University alumnus posted a batting line of .261/.288/.327 and peaked with 14 doubles. Kim hit .211/.259/.251 in 1989. He moved to the Taepyungyang Dolphins in 1990 and batted .231/.276/.286. Back with the Bears in 1991, he batted .133/.162/.195. In 700 games in KBO, he hit .220/.274/.274 with only 6 homers in 1,494 AB.

Kim became a coach with the Samsung Lions in 1994 and spent three years with them. He moved back to the Bears in 1998 and coached them through 2003. In 2004, he became manager of the club (now called the Doosan Bears).

Kim managed the South Korean national team in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament and 2008 Olympics, in which the team won the Gold Medal. After a 512-432-16 record as manager of the Bears, he resigned during the 2011 KBO season. He became the first manager of the expansion NC Dinos in 2013. He molded the expansion team into a contender and they made their first Korean Series in 2016. With the team struggling in 2018, he was replaced by Young-jun Yoo.

Sources: Korean Wikipedia, Wiki Baseball (in Chinese) Sungwook Lee, sl1911 NC DINOS and the NEW MOON CAPTAIN FAN PAGE (in English)