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Byung-Hyun Kim signs with the Giants

Feb 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

Jerry Crasnick reports that Former Dbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim is coming out of retirement and has agreed to a minor league deal with the Giants.

We last heard from Kim about a year ago, when he was unable to join up with his South Korean teammates for practice at the World Baseball
Classic because he lost his passport.  Last we heard before that was when he lost his control, lost his velocity and lost effectiveness, all sometime around 2003.

In other words, nice signing, Mr. Sabean.

  1. Charles Gates - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    Dear Mr. Sabean,
    When your fans demand that you sign ‘big name’ free agents, there is an implied ‘good’ preceding the ‘big.’
    Just an FYI,

  2. Curious George - Feb 1, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Anyone know why he was referred to as BK Kim, and no BH Kim, during his last stint in the bigs?

  3. Will - Feb 1, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Craig, you forgot to mention that BK Kim (beats me why he’s called that) also lost his mind. I loved going to Rockies games that he started, because you could count on him doing something totally bonkers like throwing to third when a runner’s trying to steal second.

  4. Old Gator - Feb 1, 2010 at 6:03 PM

    Those San Francisco left coast types would kiss any pinko’s ass. I wouldn’t even talk to Kim until he releases our MIAs and shuts down that goddamned reactor.

  5. sluggo - Feb 1, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Wrong Korea good buddy!!

  6. Cappy14 - Feb 1, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    …right…and if it wasn’t for BK Kim starting the Korean War we never would have had M.A.S.H.

  7. obsessivegiantscomplsive - Feb 1, 2010 at 8:54 PM

    I don’t know why people like to pick on GMs when they pick up scrubs with little chance of making the team unless they substantially improve.
    Well, I know why, because it reflects their underlying feelings about that GM and why not take an easy shot at him when you can, but still, why worry so much about the 25th man on the roster?
    It is not like they are taking a roster position, forcing the team to DFA anyone. It is not like it would cost the team that much to bring the guy to camp.
    If he is as crappy as he was, it was not like he kept Madison Bumgarner out of camp, only someone way down the depth list who probably wouldn’t make the team anyway, most of the spots are set, and he would be dropped like a hot potato.
    But if he figured out what was wrong before (or in his case, finally accepted that he’s just a reliever and not a starter plus healed fully) and returns to even a semblance of the old Kim, that would be a big boost to a bullpen that is already pretty good.
    I can see why some might take this stance in the DeRosa or particularly the Huff signing, but Kim is just a roll of the dice that their scouts saw some glimmer of his former talent and maybe can capture that again. It is not like he was like Santiago Casilla or Horacio Ramirez, neither of whom were not that very good ever in the majors, Kim was once a dominant reliever.
    And with two years to heal from whatever physical ailments that might have held him back (he has had a number of injuries over the past 5 seasons), he should be as physically fit as he can be at this point of his life. And now that he has accepted being a reliever, that might also free his abilities, Tim Worrell (former Giant) talked about how he struggled in the majors until he accepted that he was a reliever, which he then focused on and finally became successful in the majors.
    The Giants did something similar a couple of years ago with Yabu and he worked out well. Not that Kim will duplicate his success, but with very little invested in bringing Kim to camp, I don’t see why Sabean is being given crap about this move.

  8. Old Gator - Feb 1, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Old Gator replying to comment from Cappy14
    And who knows, we might not ever have had The Host, the coolest man-barfing giant mutant tadpole on the flying trapeze since…since…uh…Kim Chee?

  9. Omega in Colorado - Feb 2, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    I was trying to figure out why the Giants had signed the Secretary General of the UN but that is obviously Ban Ki-moon and I obviously need to work on my comprehension skills.
    I vaguely remember this guy pitching for the Rockos, so good luck San Fran…

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