WK's Coach's Box
The Home Page of Wendell Kim
WK's Coach's Box is the web site for Wendell Kim ('WK'). WK was a long-time major and minor league coach with the Giants, Red Sox, Brewers, Expos, and Cubs during his career. He last worked as a coach in the Nationals system in 2005. Since then, WK and his wife Natasha have retired to Arizona.
Toward the end of his career, WK started to experience some loss of his short-term memory. Many tests were run to determine the cause, but nothing definitive was found. Over time, the memory loss worsened so Natasha scheduled more tests to be performed by the Mayo Clinic. It was determined that WK had early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia that is incurable, degenerative and terminal in nature. To read more about the disease, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alzheimer.
The disease has now progressed to the point where WK lives full-time at a care facility specializing in memory loss. Natasha visits him one or two times a week. He can no longer process cards or letters so please do not send any. Natasha realizes we would all like to help, but points out that even if there were a way to reverse the damage of the disease, WK is too far along.
If you would still like to do something, perhaps making a donation in Wendell's name would help. The following organizations could use the money to continue research into the disease:
WK made quite an impact on the many people he met in the game of baseball. To read one fan's account of how WK helped him, read the Infinite Baseball BlogSpot by Rich Hertz.
This archived web site will remain in place so you can enjoy some of the work WK shared with his fans over the years. Visit the Coach's Box to review the archive of "You Be the Coach", "Coach's Tip", "Ask the Pros", and other features whenever you like.
Take care and keep your head in the game!