Ha-seong Kim started as the first batter and second baseman in the 2023 MLB home game against the Pittsburgh Pirates held at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, and recorded 2 hits and 1 steal in 5 at-bats. Ha-seong Kim, who scored a multi-home run the day before, continued in the game today.
Kim Ha-seong, who had been withdrawn in the first and second innings due to a fly ball in the outfield, took the lead in the bottom of the fifth and pulled Pittsburgh starting pitcher Rich Hill’s third breaking ball to create a hit that exceeded the height of the shortstop.
Afterwards, Kim Ha-seong, who stepped on second base with a hit by Fernando Tatis Jr., stole third base with a double steal, recording his 19th stolen base of the season. In the fourth at-bat at the end of the 7th inning, the changed pitcher Yeride Los Santos hit the 5th pitch slider and scored a heavy hit. 안전놀이터 Kim Ha-seong, who is recording his 14th home run of the season, has drawn 10 home run arches in the past month. At the current pace, 22 homers are possible. In particular, he succeeded in stealing the 19th base of the season on this day, and the 20th base is also in front of his eyes.
At this rate, joining the 20-20 club (20 homers-20 stolen bases) for the first time as an Asian infielder is no problem. Now Ha-seong Kim goes beyond the 20-20 club and challenges the record of 22 homers and 22 stolen bases set by Shin-soo Choo in 2010. At that time, Choo Shin-soo was called the icon of the Hotajun outfielder, and in the 2014 season, he signed a contract with the Texas Rangers for a total of 130 million dollars over 7 years.Ha-sung Kim’s contract with San Diego runs until next season (four years, $28 million).
It is expected that Ha-seong Kim will also be able to create a good contract size if he shows exciting defensive power and steady slugging power at the plate to the extent of winning the Golden Glove Award.