- For the actress, see Kim Allen (actress).
|Second baseman / Outfielder|
April 5, 1953 |
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|September 2, 1980 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 29, 1981 for the Seattle Mariners|
|Runs batted in||3|
Kim Bryant Allen (born April 5, 1953 in Fontana, California) is a former Major League Baseball player. After playing college baseball for the UC Riverside Highlanders and having a nondescript minor league career, Allen briefly earned prospect status with the Seattle Mariners on the strength of his spectacular 1980 season for the Triple-A Spokane Indians. That season he registered a 35 game hitting streak and stole 84 bases, the most in the Pacific Coast League since 1913. He was called up to the Mariners in September 1980 and swiped 10 bags in 23 games.
Entering 1981, Allen was a dark horse Rookie of the Year candidate, as there was speculation that Mariners manager Maury Wills would embrace Allen's larcenous ways and would allow him to run wild. However, after breaking camp with the Mariners, Allen was used almost exclusively as a pinch-runner, and then was sent down at the end of April.
After his big league career, Allen played in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers during the 1982 and 1983 seasons. In 1982, he hit .260/.326/.358 and stole 22 bases in 28 tries and he batted .276/.340/.409 in 47 games in '83. Surprisingly, he was caught in 8 of 20 steal attempts that year.
- "University of California, Riverside Baseball Players Who Made it to the Major Leagues". Baseball-Almanac.com. Archived from the original on 18 December 2012. Retrieved 18 December 2012.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
- Why didn't Kim Allen succeed in the Major Leagues?
- Kim Allen Part II
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