San Diego infielder Kim Ha-seong (27), who is preparing for the new season, showed a strong determination.
Kim Ha-seong departed for the United States through Incheon International Airport on the 27th. Having taken a break from strengthening training at home, he is now preparing for his third season in the big leagues.
Kim Ha-seong, who met with reporters before departure, said, “I will do my best to catch two rabbits in the new season with the WBC.”
Kim Ha-seong played in 150 games last season and played an active part with a batting average of .251, 11 homers, 59 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. He completely filled the void left by shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., who was missing due to injury and disciplinary action, and showed off his outstanding defensive skills to be shortlisted for the National League Gold Glove Shortstop category.
In addition, he contributed to the team’s advance to the postseason and spent a meaningful season experiencing his first fall baseball. Ha-seong Kim said, “I experienced so many things while playing baseball last year in the fall.” He continued, “Because there are so many good players on the team, I think we will be able to challenge for the championship.”
Ahead of the new season, Sander Bohartz, who played as a shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, joined the team and predicted fierce competition for the position. Kim Ha-seong said calmly, “I think many people are worried, but competition is in any team,” and “I think I have to face it while being confident in what I can do.”
Ha-seong Kim is also about to compete in the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), which will be held in March. He was named on the Korean baseball team roster announced on the 4th.
However, Kim Ha-seong, who has to digest spring camp in San Diego, cannot participate in the national team training from the 14th of next month. It is possible to join the national team from jet lag adaptation training to be held at Gocheok Sky Dome on March 2nd. 메이저놀이터
In response to a reporter’s question about whether he had any worries about breathing with his fellow players due to his late joining the national team, Ha-seong Kim said, “I think there will be no major problems because I was in sync with my teammates during my playing career in Korea.” Personally, I don’t think it’s bad to join the players after hitting the ball.”
When I participated in the WBC for the first time in 2017, I had to drink the fate of being knocked out in the first round. However, in this tournament, he is determined to take the lead in restoring the honor of Korean baseball. Ha-seong Kim said, “It was very disappointing at that time, but a lot of time has passed and the position of the players has changed.”