Bruce Kimm

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1977 Topps #554 Bruce Kimm

Bruce Edward Kimm

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Biographical Information[edit]

Bruce Kimm had a brief major league career where he was best known as being Mark "The Bird" Fidrych's designated catcher. He later managed the Chicago Cubs for a short time.

Kimm was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the seventh round of the 1969 amateur draft and made his pro debut that summer with the GCL White Sox, hitting .310 in 36 games. Following the 1972 season, he was traded to the California Angels, but before the 1973 campaign, he was dealt again, this time to the Detroit Tigers.

Kimm reached the majors in May 1976, and he soon became the personal catcher of fellow rookie Mark Fidrych. He hit his only career home run on August 17th, against Frank Tanana of the California Angels. The homer gave the Tigers the lead and they went on to win the game; Fidrych was the winning pitcher. Kimm ended the season with a .263 average in 63 games.

Kimm went 2-for-25 in 14 games for the Tigers in 1977, but when Fidrych's season was cut short due to injury, he was sent back to the minors. After spending most of the next two years with the AAA Evansville Triplets, he was acquired by the Chicago Cubs late in the 1979 campaign and went 1-for-11 in 9 games with Chicago. Following the season, he was acquired by the Chicago White Sox in the Rule V draft. He saw regular playing time behind the plate for the Sox in 1980, hitting .243 in 100 games but retired as a player the next spring.

After his playing days, Kimm managed in the minors for a couple of seasons. He then was a coach for the Cincinnati Reds from 1984 to 1988, the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1989, and the San Diego Padres in 1991 and 1992. He spent several more summers as a minor league manager, and then was a Florida Marlins coach in 1997 and 1998, and the Colorado Rockies bench coach in 1999. He managed the Iowa Cubs in 2001 and part of 2002. In early July of the latter year, he came to the big leagues and served as the Chicago Cubs manager for the second half of the season. He was then a member of the White Sox staff in 2003.

Preceded by
Don Baylor
Chicago Cubs Manager
Succeeded by
Dusty Baker

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1982 Lakeland Tigers Florida State League 65-68 7th Detroit Tigers
1983 Cedar Rapids Reds Midwest League 76-64 3rd (t) Cincinnati Reds
1993 Greenville Braves Southern League 75-67 2nd Atlanta Braves Lost in 1st round
1995 Orlando Cubs Southern League 76-67 4th Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
1996 Orlando Cubs Southern League 60-78 8th Chicago Cubs
2001 Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League 83-60 3rd Chicago Cubs Lost in 1st round
2002 Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League 44-45 -- Chicago Cubs replaced by Pat Listach on July 5
Chicago Cubs National League 33-45 5th Chicago Cubs replaced Don Baylor (34-49) and Rene Lachemann (0-1) on July 6

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