Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres)’s defensive mistake was just a simple mistake. To that extent, his defensive status in the major leagues has risen. 

Kim Ha-seong started as a shortstop in the second game of the 3-game away match against the 2023 Major League Detroit Tigers held at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan, USA on the 23rd (Korean time), contributing to the team’s 14-3 victory with 3 hits (1 home run), 1 RBI, 2 walks and 2 runs in 4 at-bats. 

Kim Ha-seong, who changed his main position from shortstop to second baseman in his third year in the major leagues, was in charge of the shortstop position. Existing shortstop Zander Bogaerts took over as the designated hitter, Ha-seong Kim was the shortstop, and Jake Cronenworth was the second baseman. Kim Ha-seong’s shortstop appearance was only six games since the Philadelphia Phillies expedition on the 16th. 

As a shortstop, Kim Ha-seong left a strong impression in the early game. In the bottom of the 3rd inning with a 4-3 lead, he caught Javier Baez’s tricky ball with 1 out and 1st base, and quickly threw it to second base to catch the leading runner. 

The American local relay team who saw this said, “Ha-seong Kim got the lead runner out with good defense. If you look at Ha-seong Kim this season, he is showing good defense every night regardless of second baseman, shortstop, or third baseman.” 

In the sixth inning, the position of the shortstop was somewhat awkward, so he made a series of mistakes. With the start of the bottom of the 6th inning, with a lead of 10-3, he followed Baez’ hit ball to the end, but the ball hit the glove and flowed out into the outfield. The record is an infield hit. Ha-seong Kim showed regret, but even if he caught the ball, the chance that the batter runner would survive on first base seemed high.

Afterwards, Jack McKinstree withdrew due to a foul fly in left field, and the situation changed to 1 out and 1 base. Veteran Miguel Cabrera, who served as the follow-up hitter, sent a ball with a large bounce to the shortstop. Kim Ha-seong sighed and blamed himself, and the scorer wrote down the beast’s mistake.

Fortunately, he didn’t lose any points. While the bases loaded crisis continued, Kim Ha-seong calmly caught Matt Beering’s ground ball and threw it to second base, showing the appearance of ending the inning without conceding a run.메이저놀이터

The relay team also showed a somewhat puzzled response rather than criticism whenever a mistake was made. It was a part that showed the changed status of Kim Ha-seong.

On the other hand, Ha-seong Kim showed off the standard of lead-off in batting. He recorded a walk in the 1st inning, a hit in the 4th, a walk in the 5th, a solo home run in the 7th, and a hit in the 9th, surpassing the previous 4 on-base and achieving the most on-base (5 on-base) in a major league individual game. In addition, with a home run in the 7th inning, he surpassed last year’s 11 home runs and broke the record for the most individual home runs (12) in one season. 

Ha-sung Kim’s batting average for the season rose from 20622 to 20680, and San Diego, which had a strong leadoff, defeated Detroit 14-3, securing a weekend three-game winning series early. 

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