Former Doosan NC KT coach Kim Kwang-rim runs the Kim Kwang-rim Baseball School and the Bundang-gu B Little Baseball Team in Imae-dong, Bundang-gu, Seongnam-si.
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I’ve been on the road to nurturing dreamers with a sense of mission. His diligence and hard work are bearing fruit one by one.
There were many unspeakable difficulties. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 gathering ban, I lost my students. Even her house had to be mortgaged to the bank. Despite the unbearable economic pressure, I survived with only a sense of mission.
There were temptations.
A proven batting theorist with both theory and experience. Professional teams are still in demand.
“I was approached by professional teams such as Lotte to become a coach, but I politely declined, because I was good enough to play professionally, and I had made a decision when I started my dream job.”
“When I was younger, I had to give up middle school because my family was poor. Baseball saved my life because I was able to go to college and play professionally.”
The former Chungnam Middle and High School Gongju player was considered one of the big three in the Chungcheong region along with Han Dae-un and Lee Sang-gun. A sophisticated player who represented the KBO League with a colorful career that included the 1993 Golden Glove for outfielders, the 1995 Korean Baseball Organization batting title, and the Korea-Japan Super Games team. If he had given up on his dream of playing baseball, there would be no Kim Kwang-rim today and no Baseball School.
Baseball School runs specialized classes for different purposes and levels, including youth, elite, and social baseball.
The dream class is divided into three parts. There is a professional class of about 30 players, a hobby class of 80 to 85 players, and a development class (Dreamers) in between.
Just like learning taekwondo for physical fitness as a child, children who are naturally exposed to baseball through the hobby class are checked for their potential as players in the dream class. A hobby can naturally become a career in the future.
Coach Kim Byung-seung, a former NC Dinos pitcher, is in charge of pitching, and coach Song Chan-hyuk, a former KIA Tigers outfielder, is in charge of defense and hitting. In addition, there are five other coaches, including physical education instructors and coaches specializing in training, who passionately guide students.
Kim Kwang-rim, who specializes in batting instruction, has been teaching since he was a professional.
He lets the players do what they want to do, utilizing their individuality. When they hit a wall and ask for advice, he gives them a one-point lesson.
“It’s a video generation that watches and listens to a lot, so you have to let them do what they want to do. You have to make it your own first, and when they come to you with a blockage, that’s when you can really feel it. In the pros, I’ve taught Futures League players to use their individuality and not put them in a mold, such as NC Kwon Hee-dong, who hits with a unique bent form.”
It is an important base and incubator for spreading and popularizing baseball and nurturing dreamers.
To make the sport more accessible to children, an indoor baseball classroom was opened in the downtown area right in front of Imae Station. The 140-square-meter space allows for both indoor batting and 22-meter pitching. It is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a PT room, lockers, and showers.
They also go outside. Twice a week, they train and compete outdoors at the nearby Baekhyun Baseball Field.
Principal Kim Kwang-rim is worried that Baekhyun Baseball Field, the only outdoor space where the dreamers can play, is in danger of disappearing under the logic of development. Discussions about alternative stadiums, which are essential for the children, are stalled by the logic of adults.
It’s a frustrating reality where passion hits a wall.
But there is no giving up. The direction is clear. He is determined to expand the horizons of baseball.
He is determined to create opportunities for children who dream of playing baseball, as well as for those who are less fortunate, and to pass on his know-how as best he can.
“If there is a child who loves baseball and needs me, I would like to teach them baseball. I can’t give my full financial contribution yet, but as long as I can afford it, I would like to teach baseball to people who are marginalized from baseball, such as the physically challenged. As long as there are people who need me, I will continue to do this.”