Forrmer Giants coach Wendell Kim died Sunday near his home in suburban Phoenix after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. He was 64.
Mr. Kim's widow, Natasha, confirmed her husband's death on Monday.
Mr. Kim was a major league coach for 15 seasons with four teams — the Giants (1989-1996), the Red Sox (1997-2000), the Expos (2002) and the Cubs (2003-04). Kim was known for his aggressive style as a third-base coach and was dubbed "Wavin' Wendell."
A native of Hawaii, he signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Cal Poly Pomona. Mr. Kim was an infielder for parts of eight minor league seasons (1973-80) and compiled a .285 batting average.
He coached in the Giants minor league system from 1981-88 — including as the Class-A Fresno Giants manager from 1983-85, going 244-182 — before joining manager Roger Craig's staff in San Francisco in 1989.