I want him to be the best defender he can be.”
Ha Sung Kim (San Diego Padres) was nominated for the National League shortstop Gold Glove for the 2022 season. Although he didn’t win, it was recognized that his defense was among the best in the National League. This year, he moved to second base after losing shortstop to Xander Bogaerts, but his defense is still unrivaled.
The Athletic reported on Friday that Kim is on pace to win the National League Gold Glove at second base this season. Through the past four days, San Diego’s team DRS of 16 is tied for fifth in the National League, but Kim leads all major league second basemen with 13.
“When Kim originally signed with San Diego, he was known for his high offensive potential,” said The Athletic. However, Kim could become the first Korean player to win the top defensive award in the major leagues.” In fact, there are defensive highlight reels of Kim almost every game.
He told The Athletic, “At first, I never thought I would be a Gold Glover here. But now that I’m in my third year, I’m starting to realize that I can win awards. I just have to go out there, play hard, and do what I’m supposed to do. Then maybe the rewards will come 토토사이트.”
One such defensive mentor is star third baseman Manny Machado, who signed an 11-year, $350 million extension this year. “He’s been my defensive mentor since day one,” Kim said. In fact, The Athletic recalled that Kim even liked Machado after a rainout against the Chicago Cubs on April 4. “Both players had big smiles on their faces after Kim made a difficult but accurate throw to first base,” the report said.
“He doesn’t care what position he plays. I want him to be the best defender he can be.” “It took him a while to get comfortable,” said manager Bob Melvin, “but I can’t say enough good things about his defense.”