“I don’t want to let my teammates down.토토사이트“
San Diego Padres’ Ha-Sung Kim has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league this season. But it’s not just his defence. He’s also excelled on offence. He has transformed into San Diego’s leadoff man, leading the offence with his one-hit wonder.
This was the case in the 2023 Major League Baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on 17 July. Kim batted first and second in the starting lineup and went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, one RBI and two runs scored. It was his 13th home run of the season and extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Kim got things started with a leadoff home run. Leading off the first inning with a walk, Kim lifted a low 86.1-mph sweeper off Zack Wheeler over the left field fence. It wasn’t an easy pitch to hit, but it was right on Kim’s bat.
He came up big again in the eighth inning. With the bases loaded, Kim took a 98.3-mph slider from reliever Gregory Soto. The pitch hit the top of the left field fence. It was a big hit, but just short of a home run.
San Diego Padres, Ha-Sung Kim.
Kim had another great game. According to baseball statistics site Baseball Reference, he has a WAR of 4.2. This ranks fifth among all players in the Major Leagues. First place goes to Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (6.4). His defensive WAR of 2.1 ranks first.
Following Kim’s performance in San Diego, Major League Baseball’s office worked with the KBO to bring the 2024 Opening Series to South Korea. San Diego and the Los Angeles Dodgers will face off at Gocheok SkyDome from 20-21 March 2024.
According to MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, Kim has high hopes for the Seoul Series. “This is my first major league game in Korea. I’m very happy. Korean baseball fans are very passionate. They know how to watch baseball. They are very serious and love the sport of baseball.”
Kim Ha-seong, San Diego Padres.
Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres.
Kim is proud to be a major league player: “I’m proud to be playing baseball in the major leagues every day. It’s a blessing. I feel lucky that San Diego gave me the opportunity to play in the big leagues. I have great teammates. I try not to let them down,” he said humbly.
Just like his interview, Kim has been making his presence felt on the field. He is not far behind the star-studded roster in San Diego. “He is proving that he will not disappoint.