10.35 billion Kim Ha-seong is better than 9.2 billion Big 4…Korea’s first 20-40, spectacular finale possible?
Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres) actually exceeded all expectations.”
This is an evaluation by the San Diego Union-Tribune, a local media outlet in San Diego. The media cited the slump of the Big Four, including Xander Bogartz, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr., as the reason for the imminent elimination of autumn baseball even though San Diego made such a huge investment as a favorite to win on the 12th (Korea Standard Time). San Diego spent $78 million (about 103.5 billion won) only on these four players this season, but all four of them were sluggish in line with their ransom and expectations, and the team’s performance naturally fell.토토사이트
The San Diego Union-Tribune pointed out, “The club should spend $900 million (about 1.1943 trillion won) more than 10 years on three of the big four.” If the Big Four’s performance is as sluggish as this year, it even pointed out the possibility that it will lead to a number of malicious contracts.
Kim Ha-sung did more than expected while receiving a very low ransom compared to the Big 4. Kim Ha-sung’s annual salary this year is $7 million (about 9.2 billion won). The total annual salary of the Big Four this season is much smaller than the amount divided by four, but it surpassed all of them in terms of performance. Kim Ha-sung is ranked first in the team with bWAR 5.9 this season and seventh in all major league fielders. At one time, his pace was so good that he ranked second in the bWAR of all major league players after Shohei Ohtani (10.0) of the LA Angels. The bWARs of the big four are Tatis Jr. (4.9), Soto (4.3), Bogartz (3.4), and Machado (2.5).
San Diego coach Bob Melvin said in an interview with local reporters in the U.S., “Everything Kim Ha-sung is doing now, from defense to offense to base base, is the beginning of something really good. I think I’ve come to the point where I’m about to become an All-Star. I expect Kim Ha-sung to become an All-Star in the future,” he said, surprising the rapid growth of Kim Ha-sung, who is in his third year in the big leagues this year.
San Diego’s investment failure, which is explained by the sluggishness of the Big 4, has lost hope for autumn baseball, but Kim Ha-sung’s season is not over yet. Kim Ha-sung batted .270 (132 hits in 488 at-bats), 17 home runs and 35 steals in 140 games this season. He had three home runs left until his first 20 home runs, and five left until his first 40-degrees record in the Korean major leaguer. If he achieves 20 home runs and 40 steals in the remaining season, he will be the first Korean major leaguer in history.
Stealing pace is not bad. Kim Ha-sung started as the first batter and second baseman in an away game against the LA Dodgers on the 12th and succeeded in stealing his 35th base of the season. He was the leadoff hitter in the top of the first inning, got on base with a left-handed hit, and stole second base during the next Tatis Jr. at-bat. Thanks to Kim Ha-sung’s quick-footed turn into a scoring situation, he was able to score a 1-0 first run thanks to Soto’s timely hit to the left.
The home run pace is a bit disappointing. No additional home runs have been made in 19 games since the match against the Miami Marlins on the 22nd of last month, and long hits have been depleted since the match against Miami on the 24th of last month. He is steadily producing hits, but only short hits are being produced, perhaps because he is more focused on the leadoff’s on-base mission.
Currently, Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers) is the only Korean major leaguer who joined the 20-home run-20 steal club, the symbol of the Hota Junjok. Choo Shin-soo achieved 20-20 three times in 2009 (20 home runs-21 steals), 2010 (22 home runs-22 steals), and 2013 (21 home runs-20 steals).
If Kim Ha-sung produces three more home runs in the remaining 17 games of San Diego’s season, he will be the second Korean to join 20-20 for the first time as an Asian infielder. Then, naturally, Koreans will be the first to join the 20-30 club.
Attention is also focusing on whether he will be able to reach the 40th home run mark for the second time in Asian major leaguer history, following Ichiro Suzuki (retired), the “great capital” of Asia. Ichiro set the record for the most Asian major leaguers with 56 steals in 2001, and achieved 40 steals in five seasons, including 2006 (45 steals), 2008 (43 steals), 2010 (42 steals), and 2011 (40 steals). It is also noteworthy whether Kim Ha-sung will be able to become an Asian player who achieves 40 steals in 12 years since Ichiro in 2011.
Kim Ha-sung is emerging as a strong candidate for the National League Gold Glove as he boasts stable defense as a full-time second baseman this year. On top of that, he will be able to finish his personal best season even more splendidly by achieving 20-40 points.
Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres) actually exceeded all expectations.” This is an evaluation by the San Diego Union-Tribune, a local media outlet in San Diego. The media cited the slump of the Big Four, including Xander Bogartz, Manny Machado, Juan Soto, and Fernando Tatis Jr., as the reason for the imminent elimination of autumn…