Wendell Kim

Report: Former Sox coach Wendell Kim dead at 64

February 16, 2015 - 3:52 am
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Wendell Kim, who served as Red Sox third base coach from 1997-2000, died Sunday at the age of 64, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Kim was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease following his retirement from baseball 10 years ago. Kim played minor league ball for the Giants in the 1970s and then coached in the organization's minor league system in the 1980s. The diminutive Hawaiian moved up to the majors and coached for the Giants from 1989-96 before joining the Sox for four years. He left Boston to serve as manager of the Brewers' Triple-A team in Indianapolis. After one season, he returned to the majors, becoming the bench coach for the Montreal Expos. He moved on to the Cubs in 2003 and served as third-base coach for two seasons before leaving the game for good. Known for his aggressiveness in sending runners home, Kim was nicknamed "Windmill Wendell" and "Wave 'em in Wendell." Kim reportedly started suffering short-term memory loss while with the Cubs, and his situation worsened as he was taken care of by his family in Arizona.

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