June 29, 1951 |
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
|May 4, 1976, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 19, 1980, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||26|
Bruce Edward Kimm (born June 29, 1951) is an American former professional baseball catcher and manager. He played all or part of four seasons in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox between 1976 until 1980.
Although born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kimm grew up in Norway, Iowa, and was a star player on the celebrated Norway High School baseball teams, all of which played in state championships during his high school days. He was a three-time all-state player in baseball and selected in the 7th round of the 1969 amateur draft by the White Sox, signing in his senior year of high school. Kimm made his major league debut with the Detroit Tigers on May 4, 1976, where he was Mark Fidrych's personal catcher in 1976 and 1977. He played his final major league game on September 19, 1980.
Kimm began his managerial career in the Tigers organization in 1982. In 1995, he won Manager of the Year honors in the AA Southern League, compiling a 76–67 record with the Orlando Cubs en route to a playoff appearance. Kimm has also managed within the Cincinnati Reds organization. He managed in the minor leagues for five and a half seasons from 1982 to 2002, compiling a 405–382 record.
After the 2002 Chicago Cubs started the season with a 34–49 record, then-manager Don Baylor was fired and replaced on an interim basis by Kimm (though bench coach Rene Lachemann managed one game on July 5 prior to Kimm's arrival), who had been managing the Cubs' AAA affiliate. This caused some controversy, as former Tampa Bay Devil Rays manager and then Cubs pitching coach Larry Rothschild was seen by some as a better choice. Kimm did not fare much better than Baylor, as the Cubs went 33–45 for the rest of the season. His departure was announced before the final game of the season; he was replaced by Dusty Baker. In 2003, Kimm was a third base coach for Chicago's other MLB team, the White Sox.
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