“Korea’s star major leaguer is Kim Ha-seong,” the
US’San Diego Union-Tribune said on the 23rd (Korean time), “Kim Ha-seong is a veteran of both the Korean World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team and the San Diego Padres.” I had time to focus on him.스포츠토토
Kim Ha-sung played in 891 games for 7 seasons in the KBO League, recording 940 hits, 133 homers, 575 RBIs, 606 points, 134 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.294 OPS and 0.866, and then knocked on the door of the major leagues through the posting system. And prior to the 2021 season, he succeeded in signing a contract with San Diego for up to 39 million dollars (approximately 50.6 billion won) for 4+1 years.
Kim Ha-seong played 117 games, struggling to adapt to the first season of his major league debut, and was sluggish with 54 hits, 8 homers, 34 RBIs, 27 points, 6 stolen bases and a batting average of 0.202 and 0.622 OPS. However, Ha-seong Kim’s appearance last year was clearly different from his first year. Kim Ha-seong achieved remarkable growth with 130 hits, 11 homers, 59 RBIs, 58 points, 12 stolen bases and a batting average of 0.251 OPS of 0.708 in 150 games.
His defense was among the best in the major leagues. Kim Ha-seong showed solid defense every day and was selected as the final candidate for the National League Gold Glove Shortstop category. He didn’t win the award, but it was clear that he was one of the best defensive players among NL’s 15 shortstops. And this skill is expected to show off on the WBC national team as well.
Ha-seong Kim plans to erase the ‘nightmare’ of 2017 at this WBC. Kim Ha-seong first wore the Taegeuk mark at the WBC in 2017. However, Korea lost 1-2 to Israel and 0-5 to the Netherlands in the first round held at Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, failing to advance to the top round. For Ha-seong Kim, the memory of his first adult national team was not very good.
The ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’ said, “He was a shortstop who hoped to build a new career in the WBC before he was loved by fans in San Diego. Wearing the national team uniform at the time remains an honor in baseball life for Kim Ha-sung. However, Korea lost to Israel I did, and I went through the surprise of being eliminated in the first round of the WBC twice in a row.”
In an interview with ‘My Daily’ last month, Ha-seong Kim recalled the WBC in 2017, saying, “For me, the WBC was my first national team. I was the youngest, so it was really disappointing.” I really don’t know baseball. Our minimum goal is to go to the United States (quarterfinals).
After the 2023 season, Lee Jung-hoo (Kiwoom Heroes), who is aiming to advance to the major leagues, is receiving a lot of attention, but the’San Diego Union-Tribune’ paid attention to Kim Ha-seong. The media said, “This WBC is expected to be a showcase for KBO League MVP Lee Jung-hoo, but with Ryu Hyun-jin (Toronto Blue Jays) undergoing Tommy John surgery,
Then, the ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’ explained, “Ha-seong Kim played a prominent role in the infield last year as Fernando Tatis Jr. was injured and disciplined.” According to the media, coach Bob Melvin also raised his thumb, saying, “Ha-sung Kim is an essential player for our team. Without Ha-sung Kim’s consistent performance last year, we would not have gone as far (NLCS).”
Ha-seong Kim stood at the center of the ‘trade theory’ all winter. that has increased in value. According to the ‘San Diego Union-Tribune’, Ha-seong Kim said, “I take everything as a compliment. I express my gratitude to everyone who talks about my name.” I will train hard, and I will make sure that I can use myself anywhere on the pitch.”