“I care about striving to be the best.”
Kim Ha-seong, 28, San Diego Padres, is a candidate for the National League Gold Glove at shortstop in 2022 and could be a candidate for the National League Gold Glove at second base this season. He ranked first in the majors among second basemen (+13) at the end of last season in DRS, a metric used to measure a defender’s ability to limit runs.
Kim will continue to make defensive highlight reels this season. After playing third base in 2021 and shortstop in 2022, he will start at second base this season. He’ll play third base when Manny Machado is out, and shortstop when Xander Bogaerts is rested. San Diego believes that Kim can play any position in the infield with ironclad defence.먹튀검증
Manny Machado, who signed an 11-year, $350 million extension this year, has a special place in his heart for Kim. “The major leagues are a learning experience for him. He’s from a different country, he’s experiencing a different culture. It’s completely different from what he’s used to.”
“He embraced it, and he kept working on it. It’s showing today. He cares about always striving to be the best. There are things he’s learned from me, but at the end of the day, he’s doing well for himself.”
Sports Illustrated’s Fan Nation Inside the Padres wrote: “Machado, Bogart, Juan Soto and others are inconsistent. They rely on guys like Trent Grisham, Lugnard O’Dowd, and Ha-Sung Kim. Kim is a big part of the squad.”
The outlet noted that Kim has filled in nicely in Machado’s absence, and has also been a focal point in defence while Bogut has been dealing with wrist pain. Machado said he likes the youngster and has always thought highly of his potential.
Inside the Padres wrote, “Ha Sung Kim has become a fan favourite in San Diego. Few players get a bigger cheer at Petco Park than when he steps up to the plate. If he wins a Gold Glove, it will be a huge deal for him.”