After the 2020 season, Kim Ha-seong, who challenged the major leagues through the posting system, earned up to 39 million dollars (approximately 48.3 billion won) in 4+1. I wore a San Diego Padres uniform through a contract. He played in 891 games in 7 seasons in the KBO League and had 133 home runs, 134 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.294 OPS and 0.866, but the major league wall was high.
Kim Ha-seong recorded only 54 hits, 8 home runs, 6 stolen bases, a batting average of 0.202, and an OPS of 0.622 in 117 games in his debut season. This is because he had a hard time adapting to the fast ball of major league pitchers, including a different culture from the KBO league. But the 2022 season was obviously different. I was able to get a glimpse of why San Diego invested a considerable amount in Kim Ha-sung.
Kim Ha-seong showed a breakthrough in offensive power with 130 hits, 11 home runs, and 12 stolen bases with a batting average of 안전놀이터 0.251 OPS of 0.708 in 150 games last year. His defense was impeccable. Kim Ha-seong was named a finalist for the Gold Glove in the National League shortstop category. He did not lead to the final award, but it was clear that he was one of the best defenses in the major leagues.
His voice, worried about survival in the major leagues until his debut season, disappeared in an instant. And this offseason, Kim Ha-sung’s stock price soared to the ceiling. San Diego signed an 11-year, $280 million (approximately 346.7 billion won) contract with Xander Bogarts and acquired three shortstops, and teams that needed a shortstop began to pay attention to Kim Ha-seong.
According to the US”The Athletic’, San Diego general manager AJ Preller admitted that he had received trade inquiries about Kim Ha-sung, and reports from local media linking Kim Ha-sung with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, Minnesota Twins, and Atlanta Braves. was in line In particular, recently, stories about Boston and Kim Ha-seong have been pouring out.
Kim Ha-seong, who is continuing his individual training in Korea during the off-season, revealed his thoughts on the trade rumor at the training center ‘The Ball Park’ located in Yeoksam-dong, Seoul on the 23rd. He didn’t seem to care much about the trades that were reported every day. The reason he didn’t care about trade rumors is because his mission is to help the team achieve good results by winning the competition no matter which team he wears.
Kim Ha-seong, who met with ‘My Daily’, said, “I didn’t care about the trade rumor at all. If it is traded, I think there will be some regrets. It’s because I’ve been adjusting to the city of San Diego and the team culture for two years. But what kind of team Even if we go to , there is no other team that is as competitive as ours, so we weren’t stressed or psychologically anxious about the trade,” he said with a smile.
In the KBO League, as in the major leagues, you can often find cases where trades are made between clubs to reinforce the power of the next offseason. However, in the case of the Major League, where 30 clubs are gathered, trades are discussed more actively than in the KBO League. And many stories flow through the media. It was a situation he had never experienced in his days in the KBO league, but he was not shaken.
“Our team continues to recruit offseason players and is getting stronger. This is a great stimulus to me. I want to grow every year without being complacent, and I have that much confidence.”
[Ha-seong Kim taking a group photo with San Diego Padres teammates, Ha-seong Kim continuing his personal training at The Ball Park.