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Steve Shea, Wendell Kim and Al Ronning, former Expos figures, pass away

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  • Steve Shea, Wendell Kim and Al Ronning, former Expos figures, pass away

    Steve Shea pitched for the Expos in 1967, posting a 2.87 ERA in 10 relief appearances.

    NORTH HAMPTON — Steven Shea, 72, of North Hampton, died peacefully in his home on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. ...

    Steve grew up in Bedford, Mass., where he met his wife of 50 years. He attended UMass and played professional baseball as a pitcher for the Houston Astros and Montreal Expos.

    Following his baseball career, he earned an MBA at Boston College and worked in executive banking for more than 20 years before retiring as president and chief executive officer of Rockingham Bank Corp in 1997.
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    Wendell Kim coached for the Expos in 2002.

    When he coached third base for the Chicago Cubs from 2003-04, Wendell Kim made a practice of making himself available to the media if he ever screwed up. One time, after the Cubs failed to score and later lost to the Cardinals after Kim unsuccessfully waved home a gimpy Aramis Ramirez, he told reporters: "I felt I let the city of Chicago down."

    The Cubs fired Kim at the end of the 2004 season. It was his final coaching stop in the majors after also working for the Giants, Red Sox, Brewers and Expos.

    Kim died Sunday at the age of 64, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. No cause of death was given, but Kim had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimers, a rare form of the disease that strikes before age 65, not long after he stopped coaching. He left a wife, Natasha Kim, along with a son, daughter-in-law and grandson.
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    Al Ronning scouted for the Expos in the 1960s and 1970s. He signed, among others, Jerry White. He died in 2013, but his death was not mentioned in this forum.

    Al Ronning, instrumental in the development of many #Dodgers greats, and former minor-league teammate of Tom Lasorda, died at the age of 87.

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