Jin-wook Kim

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Jin-wook Kim (김진욱)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 192 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Jin-wook Kim pitched for 10 seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization and later was a manager.

Kim was on the South Korean national team in the 1983 Intercontinental Cup. Turning pro with the OB Bears, he went 6-11 with two saves and a 3.05 ERA in 1984, tying for 5th in the league in losses. He improved to 10-8, 3.02 in 1985 to tie for 10th in wins. In 1986, he was 4-6 with 3 saves and a 4.08 ERA, pitching frequently in relief. He was back in the rotation in 1987 and had a 4-7, 2.57 record with 6 saves. He was 8th in the KBO in ERA, tied for 7th with 32 games pitched, was tied for third in saves (with Ho-yeon Jang and Dong-yeol Son) and was 9th with 81 strikeouts. In 1988, he was 11-8 with two saves and a 3.10 ERA. He was 10th in the league in wins, tied for 5th in strikeouts (73) and was tied with Jun Song and Si-jin Kim for 6th in wins.

For the 1989 Bears, the righty was 11-9 with 3 saves and a 3.35 ERA. He was on the league leaderboard for the final time, in wins (tied for 9th with Myung-won Jeong), complete games (8, tied for 6th) and shutouts (4, tied for 2nd). He faded to 2-12, 6.66 in 1990 to tie Jeong for second in losses behind Kye-hyun Cho. He was little better in 1991 (2-6, 5.86) and went 3-4 with a 4.52 ERA in 1992. Moving to the Ssangbangwool Raiders in 1993, he had a 7.27 ERA and no decisions in 10 games. He was given a tryout for the Jungo Bears in the CPBL in 1994 but was washed up and did not get into a game in Taiwan.

For his KBO career, he had gone 53-71 with 16 saves and a 3.68 ERA in 231 games. He walked 407 and struck out 495 in 991 1/3 IP while allowing 910 hits.

Kim coached Choong Ang High School in 1998-1999 and Inchang High School from 2000-2004. He was pitching coach for the Doosan Bears (OB having been replaced as the Bears' sponsor) from 2007 to 2010 and was their bullpen coach in 2011 before being promoted to manager. The club was 68-62-3 to finish third in 2012 and 71-54-3 to finish fourth in 2013; they went to the 2013 Korean Series with a strong playoff performance. He was let go after the Series, though. In 2015, he became a sportscaster for SKY Sports. He returned to the field in 2018 as manager of the kt Wiz.

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