Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres made a golden return.
Ha-seong Kim entered the country through Incheon International Airport on the 11th. Kim Ha-seong returns after having the best year. It has established itself as San Diego’s new engine. He energized San Diego with his unstoppable base running and hustle that did not spare his body.
This season, Ha-seong Kim played in 152 games,스포츠토토 hitting 17 home runs, 60 RBI, 84 runs, batting average of 0.260 (140 hits in 538 at-bats), on-base percentage of 0.351, slugging percentage of 0.398, and OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.749. He was appointed as a leadoff player from the middle of the season, and Kim Ha-seong showed off his outstanding pitching ability and successfully reached base in every game. He showed off his base running play that shook the opponent’s defense and did his job well as the number one hitter.
His performance continued in his defense as well. Ha-seong Kim, who moved to second base with the signing of shortstop Xander Bogaerts, defended San Diego’s center line based on his solid defense. In every game, he displayed All-Star level defense and entertained the eyes of the viewers.
Ha-seong Kim, who finished the brilliant 2023 season, plans to prepare for next year’s season by getting in shape in Korea during the off-season
Next is Kim Ha-seong’s Q&A
– How do you feel about finishing the season?
It was a good season, but there were some regrets.
– The performance has improved, and the reactions of fans have also changed. How would you rate this season?
My goal before the season was always to grow more than last year and achieve good results. Personally, I’m glad that I achieved better results than last year. On the one hand, it is disappointing that there was a bad performance at the end of the season.
-His close younger brother Lee Jeong-hoo is about to advance to the major leagues. What advice would you give?
Actually, I don’t have any advice for Lee Jeong-hoo. I think he is a very complete hitter. I think there will be good results if I watch more pitches from major league pitchers and adapt to them starting from spring training.
– Lee Jeong-hoo said through the media, ‘I want to ask Kim Ha-seong for advice.’ If you contact me or meet me, what would you like to tell me?
I haven’t really thought about it, but I plan to tell you what I felt. I would like to tell you to prepare well.
– The San Francisco Giants general manager came to see Lee Jeong-hoo in person. What would it be like if you met as Earth rivals?
I don’t really care. I hope he shows good form.
– What would it be like to play for the same team (San Diego)?
Since he has played a lot in Korea, that (team selection) is up to Lee Jeong-hoo. He’s thinking about not putting that burden on him.
– I think the biggest achievement is improving slugging ability. To what extent are you satisfied?
I have completed a lot of training since the off-season. At the same time, I corrected various forms. I thought I had to show off my long shots. In that respect, it seems to have been successful. There are a lot of things I need to improve on, so I’m going to pay more attention. Next year is also an important time for me, so I will try to prepare well.
– Can you tell me specifically what needs to be improved?
I think I need to organize it a little more.
– Unfortunately, he missed the records of 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases and the records of 20 home runs and 40 stolen bases. What do you think?
I definitely feel regretful. However, I think that greater progress can only be achieved if there is always that kind of regret. I will not worry about anything and focus on the goal of achieving better results next year.
– Do you have a desire for a Gold Glove?
It’s a lie if you say you’re not greedy. I don’t know what the results will be, but I’m looking forward to it.
– I heard you said to Lee Jeong-hoo, ‘I’m afraid that Korean players won’t be able to come to the major leagues because of me.’
First of all, my grades were not good in the first year. I was young at that time. But I got paid a lot of money and went to the major leagues. I was worried that because my grades were not good, it would have a negative influence on juniors dreaming of playing in the major leagues. So I thought I had to do better. I hope Korean players have bigger goals and work hard, dreaming of playing in the major leagues from a young age. I also benefited from my major league seniors. Thank. It’s still not enough, but I think Lee Jeong-hoo should also be thankful to me.
– It is very popular with local fans. What is your charm point?
I’m thankful that the San Diego fans loved it so much. In fact, if you hear their name called or cheers, it is louder than other players. I have made a mark on the fans as a player who does his best in every game and makes a lot of hustle plays, and I think they like me that way.
– He stole the most bases in his career. Was that your goal?
I think the probability of successful stealing is important. The probability of success should be higher rather than just running a lot. I’m not sure about the odds, but I want to achieve better results next year. I want to increase my steal success rate.
– What do you think Lee Jeong-hoo’s qualities will translate into in the Major League? What do you think makes you competitive?
Lee Jeong-hoo is good at batting, defense, and base running. That’s Lee Jeong-hoo’s strength. I don’t think we will be pushed back even if we compete well with foreign players.
– It was a pity that there weren’t more home runs. Were there other reasons besides physical strength?
Physical strength was the first reason. He had to play more positions and attempted to steal more bases than last year. Meanwhile, his stamina declined in the second half of the season. I think we need to improve this in the future.
– Our juniors won gold medals at the Asian Games. I think this is the starting point of a generational change?
First of all, I would like to congratulate the juniors who won gold medals. I won a gold medal at the Asian Games, but my juniors must have also felt pressure. I performed poorly at the World Baseball Classic (WBC), but I am thankful to my juniors who performed well at the international competition that followed. I also have a duty to spread the word about Korean baseball, and I think my juniors also played well with that responsibility.
– What kind of schedule do you plan on carrying out in Korea?
First, I’m going to rest for a bit. And since I have a prepared schedule, I plan to build my body and train accordingly.
– The Major League Opening Game will be held in Korea. Are there expectations?
I have too high expectations. I said this during an interview in the U.S., but I think it will be more meaningful because it is the first time a major league game will be held in Korea. I hope many amateur players come and watch. I hope young players can dream while watching. I think Korean fans will also like it. I am also greatly honored.
– This time last year, he was classified as a trade target. Things are different now, will there be any changes in the process of preparing for the season?
In fact, you don’t know how the trade will proceed. I don’t really care. I think I should prepare well.
– Have you talked to your fellow players about coming to Korea next year?
There are so many things I want. I’m trying to listen as much as possible. There are so many that I can’t say them all.
– Lastly, any words to your fans?
Thank you for giving us so much love and support this season. I think I worked harder and worked harder overseas thanks to the love and support. I will do my best to prepare so that we can enjoy greater fun and joy next year. Thank.