Kim Tae-kyun (baseball, born 1982)

Kim Tae-kyun (Hangul: 김태균, Hanja: 金泰均; born May 29, 1982) is a South Korean first baseman who plays for the Hanwha Eagles in the KBO League.[1] He bats and throws right-handed. He is one of the top career hitters in the KBO, with a lifetime batting average over .320, and more than 300 career home runs and 1300 runs batted in.

Kim Tae-kyun
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Hanwha Eagles – No. 52
First baseman
Born: (1982-05-29) May 29, 1982 (age 38)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 17, 2001, for the Hanwha Eagles
NPB: March 20, 2010, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
Last NPB appearance
June 15, 2011, for the Chiba Lotte Marines
KBO statistics
(through August 1, 2019)
Batting average.324
Home runs308
Runs batted in1,312
NPB statistics
Batting average.265
Home runs22
Runs batted in106
Teams
Career highlights and awards
Kim Tae-kyun
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing  South Korea
World Baseball Classic
Silver medal – second place 2009 Los Angeles Team
Bronze medal – third place 2006 San Diego Team
Kim Tae-kyun
Hangul
김태균
Hanja
金泰均
Revised RomanizationGim Tae-gyun
McCune–ReischauerKim T'ae-gyun

Amateur careerEdit

Kim attended Bugil High School in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, South Korea. In 2000, he was selected for the South Korean Junior National Team. The team won the 2000 World Junior Baseball Championship in Edmonton, Canada, and Kim led the attack alongside Lee Dae-ho, Choo Shin-soo (the eventual MVP of this event) and Jeong Keun-woo, batting .433 with 3 home runs.

Notable international careersEdit

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2000   Canada World Junior Baseball Championship   .433 BA (13-for-30), 3 HR, 11 RBI

Professional careerEdit

Kim was a first-round pick of the Hanhwa Eagles in 2001 following a successful youth career. He made his KBO debut on April 17, 2001, as a starting first baseman against the Hyundai Unicorns. As a rookie in 2001, he hit 20 home runs and drove in 54 runs with a .335 batting average. After the 2001 season, Kim was honored with the KBO League Rookie of the Year Award. He became the first Eagles player to win the award.

In 2002, Kim experienced a sophomore slump, batting .255 with 7 home runs, but came back strong in 2003 to bat .319 with 31 home runs and 95 RBIs.

From 2003 through 2005, he notched three consecutive seasons batting .300+.

His stats dipped slightly in 2006 and 2007, but he broke out again in 2008, batting .324 with 31 home runs and 92 RBIs. He was first in home runs and slugging percentage, 4th in RBI, and 5th in batting average.

Kim performed spectacularly in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, driving in 11 runs to lead all players, as well as scoring nine runs. As a result, he was named to the 2009 All WBC Team as the first baseman. (South Korea was the runner-up to Japan in the 2009 WBC.)

Kim left the KBO for Nippon Professional Baseball in 2010–2011, playing for the Chiba Lotte Marines. He had success his first year in the NPB, hitting .268 with 21 home runs and 92 RBI. 2011 was not as successful, as Kim only played in 31 games and hit only .250.

He returned to the Hanhwa Eagles in 2012, and has played with them ever since. In his first season back in the KBO League, Kim hit .363 to lead the league. He hit .365 in both 2014 and 2016, finishing second in the batting title both seasons. His 136 RBI in 2016 was also second in the league.

On 6 June 2020, Kim became the youngest player in the KBO to reach the career milestone of 3,500 total bases. Kim was the fourth player in the KBO League to reach 3,500 total bases in his career, and the first right-handed hitter to do it, after lefties Yang Joon-hyuk, Lee Seung-yuop, and Park Yong-taik. He is also the youngest to ever do it, about two months ahead of Yang, who was 38 years old, two months, and nine days old.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim was Cheongan-si Ambassador to Chungcheongnam-do in April 2009. He was a Neowiz Games Slugger PR Ambassador in May 2009. He was a Korean Red Cross Ambassador in 2013 and May 2014. He was a Good Driver's Mileage Ambassador in July 2013.[3]

Awards, honors, and achievementsEdit

  • 2001 Rookie of the Year
  • 2005 Golden Glove Award (1B)
  • 2008 Golden Glove Award (1B), Home Run Title, Slugging Percentage Leader
  • 2012 KBO League Batting Champion, Bases on Balls Leader
  • 2016 Bases on Balls Leader
  • 2017 Professional Baseball 'Sports Seoul' Record of the Year Award
  • 2016 KBO Golden Glove designated hitter Award[4]

Career statistics (KBO)Edit

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB SF BB HBP SO GIDP E AVG SLG OBP
2001 Hanwha 88 245 51 82 13 2 20 54 2 0 40 4 72 4 3 .335 .649 .436
2002 105 298 25 76 11 0 7 34 2 3 41 2 103 13 11 .255 .362 .347
2003 133 479 67 153 24 2 31 95 3 6 79 9 106 13 6 .319 .572 .424
2004 129 473 76 153 26 1 23 106 2 7 70 6 99 11 7 .323 .529 .412
2005 124 461 73 146 33 2 23 100 3 2 60 6 73 20 5 .317 .547 .401
2006 124 423 66 123 27 0 13 73 2 0 82 2 89 18 3 .291 .447 .405
2007 118 393 62 114 13 0 21 85 2 0 90 2 70 13 4 .290 .483 .420
2008 115 410 81 133 27 1 311 92 2 5 64 5 67 8 3 .324 .6221 .417
2009 95 336 63 111 15 0 19 62 2 2 51 4 71 12 1 .330 .545 .416
2010 Chiba Lotte Marines
(NPB)
 
2011
2012 Hanwha 126 416 61 151 24 0 16 80 3 5 811 11 69 11 2 .3631 .536 .474
2013 101 345 41 110 24 0 10 52 0 4 73 8 67 14 1 .319 .475 .444
2014 118 422 66 154 30 0 18 84 0 5 70 11 73 18 3 .365 .564 .463
2015 133 408 61 129 28 0 21 104 3 5 98 12 80 19 9 .316 .539 .457
2016 144 529 94 193 39 0 23 136 1 6 1081 9 97 11 4 .365 .569 .475
2017 94 356 51 121 22 0 17 76 0 4 43 4 56 13 1 .340 .545 .413
2018 73 254 25 80 11 0 10 34 0 0 13 4 56 7 2 .315 .476 .358
2019 127 433 47 132 21 0 6 62 3 8 54 5 94 15 1 .305 .395 .382
Career totals 1,947 6,681 1,010 2,161 389 8 309 1,329 28 67 1,111 106 1,342 220 66 .324 .533 .431

^1 League-leader.

Notable international tournamentsEdit

Year Venue Competition Team Individual Note
2001   Chinese Taipei Baseball World Cup 6th .286 BA (2-for-7), 2 BB
2003   Cuba Baseball World Cup 8th .382 BA (13-for-34), 3 HR, 9 RBI, 10 R, 6 BB
2006   United States World Baseball Classic   .000 BA (0-for-1), 2 BB
2009   United States World Baseball Classic   .345 BA (10-for-29), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 9 R, 8 BB
All-Star (1B), HR / RBI / R title
2010   China Guangzhou Asian Games  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Yoo Jee-ho (September 19, 2016). "Hard-hitting outfielder lone bright spot for struggling club". Yonhap. Seoul. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  2. ^ "스포츠조선: 대전 핫피플 한화 김태균, '시즌 첫 1G 3안타+3500루타 대기록'에도 웃지 못했다," Naver Sports (2020.06.07).
  3. ^ "김태균, 네이버 인물검색, 경력사항". 네이버(Naver).
  4. ^ "김태균, 네이버 인물검색 수상경력". Naver.

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