Kim Ha-seong (25) was a shortstop from the Hota Jun tribe representing Korea’s professional baseball. He stole 33 bases in 2019, before making his way into the American Major Leagues (MLB), and was close to hitting 30 home runs in 2020. Kim Ha-seong was recognized for this ability and moved to the United States in 2021 to wear the San Diego Padres jersey. However, Kim Ha-seong only stood out in defense, but did not show his Hota Jun. In his first year of debut in 2021, he only had eight home runs and six stolen bases.
Kim Ha-sung, who is in his second year in MLB, has more opportunities. Starting infielder Fernando Tatis Jr. is out due to injuries and drug problems. Kim Ha-seong is showing the true value of the precious opportunity. Kim Ha-seong restarted the cannon after 4 days and was named in the ’10-10 Club’.
Kim Ha-sung hit his 10th solo shot of the season leading 3-0 against opponent starting Adam Wainwright in the home game against the St. Louis Cardinals held at Petco Park in San Diego, California on the 21st.
Kim Ha-seong, who started as a shortstop in the 7th bat, fought Wainwright in a two-game situation in the beginning of the 4th inning to a full count. Ha-seong Kim calmly pulled the 118km/h curve thrown by Wainwright and made a 113m home run that went over the left fence. It is the first time in three games since the Arizona Diamondbacks match on the 17th that Kim Ha-seong saw his hands.
Kim Ha-seong, who had already stole 10 bases, hit a double-digit home run that day, becoming the second Korean player to join the MLB 10-10 club after Choo Shin-soo. On this day, Kim Ha-seong completed a multi-hit game with 2 hits, 1 home run and 1 RBI in 4 at-bats by adding a left-handed hit in the 8th. San Diego won 5-0 over St. Kim Ha-seong’s batting average for the season rose by 2 leagues to 0.249.
By Jung Pil-jae, staff reporter [email protected]
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