Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) has set a new record for most stolen bases by a Korean player in his third year in Major League Baseball (MLB).

Kim started at first base and second base in the 2023 Major League Baseball (MLB) home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, on Friday (June 5). In his first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, he took a four-pitch low curveball from Dodgers starter Bobby Miller for a single to right field. Runners on first and second. Kim raced to second when Juan Soto, who had just entered the game, hit a grounder to short. He avoided the tag and touched second base, but the Dodgers requested a video review and the play was ruled safe. 23rd stolen base of the season. After stealing his 22nd base of the season against the Colorado Rockies on April 2, Kim added another stolen base in just two games, setting a new record. He set the record for most stolen bases in a season by a Korean player in the major leagues.

온라인바카라Kim broke the previous record of 22 stolen bases set by Shin-Soo Choo (SSG Rangers) in 2010 when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers. He added another multi-hit game and a stolen base in the third inning. Kim led off the inning with a single to left field on a changeup from Miller. With runners on first and second, Kim stole second off Soto for his 24th stolen base of the season.

Kim stole his 24th base of the season and set a new record for the most stolen bases by a Korean player by starting at first base and second base in the 202nd Major League Baseball (MLB) game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, on May 5 (KST). Photo┃San Diego Padres Official SNS

Kim Ha-seong barely hesitates before launching a home run. Photo┃Newsis/AP

After making his professional debut with the Nexen Heroes (now Kiwoom) in 2014, Kim joined the big leagues through the winter posting system in 2020, signing with San Diego for up to five years and a total of 424 million won. In his first year, he focused on adjusting to the big leagues and getting on base, stealing just six bases (in 117 games), but showed flashes of “hot streak” potential last season when he stole 12 bases in 150 games. Evolving with each passing season, Kim has been a perfect fit in the lineup this season, batting .287 (100-for-349) in 105 games with a nearly triple-digit on-base percentage. Local media in the U.S. are speculating that Kim should sign a seven-year contract with a salary of 200 billion won.

On the day, Kim went 2-for-4 with a home run, a walk and two stolen bases, extending his hitting streak to 10 games and his multi-hit streak to three games since last month’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kim reaches a new milestone as he becomes the most prolific Korean player in history

Choi was joined by infielder Ji-Man Choi (32), who switched to a San Diego uniform in Pittsburgh on Feb. 2. It was only the second time in history that two Korean players have started together in the big leagues. Choi and Bae made the first such start in April in Pittsburgh. Choi went 1-for-1 with a walk, two strikeouts and two runs scored. He is batting .203 (15-for-74) on the season. San Diego lost despite Kim and Japanese starter Darvish Yu combining for seven innings of two-run ball.

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