The US media continues to praise Ha-seong Kim (28, San Diego), who is doing his best after advancing to the major leagues. This time, even the legendary British rock band ‘The Rolling Stones’ was summoned.
Divine Sports Gospel, an American online media, recently commented on Ha-sung Kim, “When he enters the plate, the crowd shouts Ha-sung Kim’s name loudly, just like at a Rolling Stones concert in the 1970s.”
The media continued, “Kim Ha-seong shows amazing ability wherever he goes on defense and helps his team whenever it is needed. He is always ready and shows his ability 110%.”무지개벳
Kim Ha-seong, who entered the major leagues in 2021, played in 117 games in the first year, posting a batting average of 0.202, 8 homers and 34 RBIs. He also didn’t have a high OPS of 0.622. He was a representative of Korean professional baseball, so his performance fell short of fans’ expectations.
At the time, Jayce Tingler (53), San Diego coach (current Minnesota coach), said in an interview with Star News, “Shohei Ohtani (29, LA Angels) also needed time to adapt to the new league when he first entered the major leagues.” did
As of the 24th (Korean time), Kim Ha-seong has played in 95 games this season, recording a batting average of 0.267, 12 homers, 34 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. OPS is also good at 0.784. His batting average, home runs, stolen bases, and OPS are all recording career highs after advancing to the major leagues. If the current pace can be continued until the end of the season, Kang Jung-ho (36, retired) will be able to break the 2016 record for the most home runs (21) by a Korean major leaguer infielder in a season. The record for the most home runs in a season for Koreans is 24 set by Choo Shin-soo (41, SSG) in 2019.
Ha-sung Kim’s OPS+ (the number adjusted by adjusting the OPS to the park factor and setting the league average to 100) is 120. Generally, an OPS+ of 125 would make him an All-Star player. The WAR, which represents the contribution to victory compared to substitute players, is a whopping 4.8.
The media said, “Kim Ha-seong is the most underrated player in the major leagues.” “He always smiles at the fans. That’s why the fans and all his teammates have no choice but to like him. He always practices hard,” and highly praised his personality and sincerity.
Fans responded that they “completely agree” through comments regarding the media’s evaluation of Kim Ha-sung. Some fans also left several posts saying, ‘San Diego’s next contract extension is Kim Ha-seong’. Ha-seong Kim signed a contract with San Diego in 2021 for a maximum total of $39 million (approximately 50 billion won) in 4+1 years.