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 Korea Baseball Organization league. He bats and throws right-handed.
|Hanwha Eagles – No. 52|
|Born:May 29, 1982|
|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)
|Runs batted in||1,312|
|Runs batted in||106|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Representing South Korea|
|World Baseball Classic|
|2009 Los Angeles||Team|
|2006 San Diego||Team|
|Revised Romanization||Gim Tae-gyun|
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
|2000||Canada||World Junior Baseball Championship||.433 BA (13-for-30), 3 HR, 11 RBI|
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 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 was Cheongan-si Ambassador to Chungcheongnam-do in 2009.04. He was Neowiz Games Slugger PR Ambassador in 2009.5. He was Korean Red Cross Ambassador in 2013. He was Good Driver's Mileage Ambassador in 2013.07. He was also Korean Red Cross Ambassador in 2014.5.
- 2001 Rookie of the Year, Golden Glove Award (1B), Triple Crown Award, MVP of the Year
- 2005 Golden Glove Award (1B), Triple Crown Award, MVP of the Year
- 2008 Golden Glove Award (1B), Triple Crown Award, MVP of the Year
- 2017 Professional Baseball 'Sports Seoul' Record of the Year Award
- 2016 KBO Golden Glove designated hitter Award
- 2005 Golden Glove Award
- 2008 Home Run Title
- 2008 Slugging Percentage Leader
- 2008 Golden Glove Award
^1 Best stats in the league.
Notable international tournamentsEdit
|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|
- Yoo Jee-ho (September 19, 2016). "Hard-hitting outfielder lone bright spot for struggling club". Yonhap. Seoul. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
- "김태균, 네이버 인물검색, 경력사항". 네이버(Naver).
- "김태균, 네이버 인물검색 수상경력". Naver.
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- Kim Tae-gyun Fancafe at Daum (in Korean)