Yong-un Kim

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Yong-un Kim (김용운)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Yong-un Kim played in the Korea Baseball Organization for 9 years.

Kim was signed by the MBC Blue Dragons when they were founded in 1982, and he hit .244/.301/.332 with 3 homers in his first season. He won the first KBO Gold Glove as a catcher. Kim then recorded a .190/.234/.253 batting line in 1983, and he batted .233/.261/.244 in 1984. He was traded to the Lotte Giants for Jae-won Shim after the 1984 season, and he had a .300/.327/.440 batting line as Moon-yeon Han's backup. Kim record a .252/.296/.303 batting line in 1986, and he missed the KBO All-Star Game for the first time in his career.

The Daejeon native won the competition with Han for the starting catcher spot in 1987, and he hit .278/.328/.326 with a career-high 76 hits. Kim was the catcher of the legendary 15-inning rivalry between Dong-won Choi and Dong-yol Sun on May 16. He was selected as an All-Star in 1987 and 1988, and his batting line was .252/.290/.303 in 1988. Kim recorded a .242/.292/.298 batting line in 1989, but he lost his catcher spot in 1990 and he announced his retirement. Kim then coached the Sinon Bulls of the CPBL from 1995 to 1996, and he was named their manager in August in 1996. He le them to a 32-60 record, and he was fired in the middle of the 1997 season. He passed away due to a car accident in 2005.

Overall, Kim hit .247/.292/.306 with 367 hits and 9 homers in 9 seasons in KBO.