Kim Ha-sung was recognized for his versatility, the second best performance after ‘MVP 2nd place’… ‘Transformers’, who dominated all positions in the infield

Kim Ha-sung (28, San Diego Padres), who continued his transformation like the Transformers, was also recognized for his versatility in the U.S.

The New York Post, a U.S. media outlet, had time to select the best player in the 2023 season on the 29th (Korea time).월카지노

The media picked Shohei Ohtani (29, Los Angeles Dodgers), who won the unanimous MVP as the “Player of the Year,” while Gerrit Cole (33, New York Yankees), who won his first Cy Young Award, and Ronald Acuña Jr. (26, Atlanta), who achieved 40 home runs and 70 steals, were selected as the “Player of the Year.”

The New York Post, which selected the best defenders, relievers, coaches and executives, selected players who showed the best versatility except for Ohtani, who was Mookie Betts (31) of the Dodgers. As an outfielder, he won the 2018 American League MVP award, and played in various positions this year. “Bets did a good job as a shortstop and excelled as much as a right fielder,” the media said.

And the media brought up Kim Ha-sung’s name after Betts. There was no specific explanation, but Kim Ha-sung also made the 2023 season his year, showing as stable as Betts in many positions. He showed his ability to match Betts, who was the second MVP in the National League this year.

Kim Ha-sung, who played mostly as a shortstop in Korea, has been playing various defensive positions since his advance to the Major League in 2021. In the first season, he was recognized for his defensive skills by playing 260 innings in 35 games as a shortstop, 165 ⅔ innings in 23 games as a third baseman, and 148 innings in 21 games as a second baseman. In the following year, Fernando Tatis Jr., the 24-year-old mainstay, appeared in 131 games and played 1,092 innings in the shortstop position, which he left due to injury, and in the meantime, he also played in 24 games as a third baseman.

Again this year, Kim Ha-sung played in all infield positions except for the first baseman. After moving to second base with the recruitment of veteran shortstop Xander Bogaerts, he played in 106 games (98 starts) and 856 ⅔ innings. Though he was unfamiliar with the position, he adapted as if he had continued to play, and was nominated for “Gold Glove.” Although he did not win in the second baseman category, he received the golden glove in the utility category. He also displayed outstanding defense in third baseman (32 games, 253 ⅓ innings) and shortstop (20 games, 153 ⅓ innings).

“Kim Ha-sung was a sample of versatile players in the San Diego infield this season,” MLB.com said. “He mostly played second base and played third base and shortstop, and in the DRS (Defensive Run Saved), he scored 10 points at the second base and three points each at the third and shortstop. The DRS record of 10 points at the second base is the highest after Nico Horner (Chicago Cubs) and Turang (Milbury’s, 12 points each), who are tied for the lead in the National League.”

Kim Ha-sung, who entered his third year in the Major League this year, has been improving every year. Playing in 117 games in the first season of the big league in 2021, he mainly played as a backup infielder with a batting average of 0.202, eight homers, 34 RBIs, 27 runs scored, and six stolen bases with an OPS of 0.622. However, he started playing in earnest the following year. In 2022, he came out as the main shortstop due to Tatis’ wrist injury and detection of banned substances, and posted a batting average of 0.251, 11 homers, 59 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases with an OPS of 0.708 in 150 games. He achieved double-digit homers and stolen bases for the first time, and his overall batting productivity has also risen above the league average.

This year, Kim Ha-sung surprised everyone by showing an upgraded version. Moving to second base, he posted a batting average of 0.260 with 17 homers, 60 RBIs, 84 runs scored, 38 stolen bases with an OPS of 0.749, in 152 games. He ranked eighth in the National League with a WAR (contribution to victory over substitute) of 5.8 in the baseball statistics site Baseball Reference. In July, he posted a batting average of 0.337, five homers and an OPS of 0.999. Naturally, he achieved career highs in most of his records. He won the Gold Glove Award in the National League Utility Division, was nominated for Silver Slugger, and became the third Korean to vote for MVP in the National League (14th place in the National League).

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