“It is an undeniable fact that Ha-seong Kim played a great role.”
Ha-seong Kim (28) of the San Diego Padres, ‘Awesome Kim’, received rave reviews from the American media once again. His defense is already reputed to be one of the best in the league, but he was praised as a “second baseman with elite defense.”안전놀이터
On the 18th (hereinafter Korean time), the American sports media ‘CBS Sports’ covered the theme of players who did not get attention despite their outstanding performance in the major leagues this year.
‘CBS Sports’ selected one player for each district, and Kim Ha-seong was named in the National League West Division.
First, ‘CBS Sports’ mentioned Kim Ha-sung’s victory contribution (WAR) compared to the replacement player. Ha-seong Kim is ranked 3rd overall among major league fielders with a WAR of 5.7 based on the ‘Baseball Reference’, thanks to his excellent defense and recent rise in hitting. The first place is Ronald Acuna Jr. of the Atlanta Braves with a WAR of 6.1, and the second place is Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers with a WAR of 6.1. These are all players with MVP level skills. Next is Kim Ha-seong.
Of course, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, who plays both pitcher and hitter, has an unrivaled WAR of 9.2, but in terms of fielder WAR, he has a record of 5.6, slightly falling short of Ha-seong Kim.
‘CBS Sports’ said, “Do you know who is the No. 1 beast WAR? Acuna Junior. Next is Mookie Betts. But do you know who is No. 3? It is Kim Ha-seong,” he said, talking about how valuable a player Kim Ha-seong is. . Acuña Jr. has a batting average of .335, on-base percentage of .422, and slugging percentage of .573 with 27 home runs, 73 RBIs and 55 stolen bases. Betts, who serves as both an outfield and second baseman this year, also has a batting average of .295, on-base percentage of .394, and slugging percentage of .579 with 31 homers, 81 RBIs and 8 stolen bases.
“Ha-seong Kim has a batting average of .281 in attack, an on-base percentage of .373, and a slugging percentage of .440, and in defense, he is showing elite defense at second base,” said ‘Ha-seong Kim’ in 52 games since June 16. He hit 10 homers with a batting average of .342, on-base percentage of .429, and slugging percentage of .544. He struck out 36 times and picked 28 similar walks.”
‘CBS Sports’ said, “WAR does not reflect the performance of players who play various positions. Ha-seong Kim showed a lot of activity as a shortstop and third baseman.” Pointing out the point, “It is an undeniable fact that Ha-seong Kim played a great role. Nevertheless, it is surprising that San Diego remains at this level.” .
Now, even though Kim Ha-seong has fully established himself as the number one hitter who plays the role of the attacking spearman, San Diego is struggling. Still, with a record of 58 wins and 64 losses, they are in 4th place in the National League West, so their chances of advancing to the postseason are fading. Currently, they are 5 games behind the Chicago Cubs, the 3rd place in the National League Wild Card. Unlike Kim Ha-sung’s big success, the team’s performance is ‘off-beat’.
In the home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks that day, Kim Ha-seong started as the first batter and third baseman, recording no hits in four at-bats. He threw two sharp batted balls, but there was also some regret as they all went to the fielder. However, he proved the value of his existence by showing Hosobi twice as a third baseman. The match ended in a 1-3 loss to San Diego.
Meanwhile, ‘CBS Sports’, along with Kim Ha-seong, Boston Red Sox outfielder Jaron Duran (batting average .299, 8 homers, 40 RBIs, 23 steals) in the American League Eastern District, and Detroit Tigers outfielder Riley Green (batting average .309, 11 homers, 33 RBIs) in the Central District. 6 steals), Houston Astros outfielder Chase McCormick (batting average .288, 17 homers, 50 RBIs, 13 steals) in the West Division, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Brandon Marsh (batting average .281, 8 homers, 43 RBIs, 6 steals) in the National League East, Central Division In 2009, Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Andrew Abbott (8-3, 2.99 ERA) was selected.