Kim Tae-kyun

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This article is about the Hanwha Eagles baseballer. For the film director, see Kim Tae-gyun (director). For the baseball player and Olympic bronze medalist who plays for SK Wyverns, see Kim Tae-Gyun (baseball).
This is a Korean name; the family name is Kim.
Kim Tae-kyun
Tae-Kyun Kim 2010.jpg
Hanwha Eagles – No. 52
First Baseman
Born: (1982-05-29) May 29, 1982 (age 32)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
KBO: April 17, 2001 for the Hanwha Eagles
NPB: March 20, 2010 for the Chiba Lotte Marines
KBO statistics
Batting average .310
Home runs 188
RBI 701
NPB statistics
Batting average .265
Home runs 22
Runs batted in 106
Teams
Kim Tae-kyun
Medal record
Men's baseball
World Baseball Classic
Silver 2009 Los Angeles Team
Bronze 2006 San Diego Team

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 Korean Baseball Organization league. He bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

Kim attended Bugil High School in Cheonan, Chungcheongnam-do, 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 careers[edit]

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

Professional career[edit]

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.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 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

Achievements[edit]

  • 2005 Golden Glove Award
  • 2008 Home Run Title
  • 2008 Slugging Percentage Leader
  • 2008 Golden Glove Award

Career Stats[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
All-Time 936 3182 501 1091 174 8 188 701 18 33 526 36 679 112 42 .308 .527 .409

^1 Best stats in the league.

Notable international tournaments[edit]

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 Bronze medal icon.svg .000 BA (0-for-1), 2 BB
2009  United States World Baseball Classic Silver medal icon.svg .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 Gold medal icon.svg

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