In front of Kim Ha-seong, the senior who became a ‘spectator’ made a crazy catch… America still remembers Kang Jung-ho

Kim Ha-seong (28‧ San Diego) is having the best season of his career as he enters the major leagues for the third year. While he is rated as the best in the league in defense, he has gradually improved in offense and has now become a top-notch infielder in the league.카지노사이트

It may be unfamiliar to attach the modifier ‘League Top’ to Ha-seong Kim, but in fact, given his performance, it is a title that should be awarded. Ha-sung Kim’s defensive ability is recognized so much that it is unnecessary to talk about it. Kim Ha-seong, who surprised everyone by being a finalist for the Gold Glove in the National League shortstop category last year, is fighting for first place in the league in various defensive indicators this year.

He is all at the top of the second baseman category in defensive indicators such as DRS and OAA, and in DRS, he has been leading players in all league positions from the beginning of the season until now. The image of “being good at defense” is now entrenched. This year, Asian infielders are expected to win the Gold Glove for the first time. The national recognition has also increased a lot, and the voters are giving good evaluations, and the reference materials are good, so there is no reason not to do it.

Here, his attack power is now showing off above average. Ha-seong Kim had his first multi-home run game after his major league debut in a game against Pittsburgh on the 25th (Korean time). On the 23rd, against Detroit, his latest on-base ability is hot, such as making his first personal 5 on-base game.

As of the 25th, Ha-seong Kim has a batting average of 0.270, 14 homers, 37 RBIs, 18 stolen bases, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 0.810 in 96 games. He rose significantly compared to 0.622 in 2021 and 0.708 in 2022. He is also performing admirably in adjusted scoring production (wRC+), more than 20% above league average.

The senior who laid the foundation for Ha-seong Kim’s success may have been Jeong-ho Kang (36), a senior on his team. In the meantime, there was a prejudice in the major leagues that “Asian infielders are difficult to succeed.” It may have been difficult to refute this, seeing as the players who actually represent Japan, who are known to excel, struggled.

However, Kang Jeong-ho played a role as a pioneer. Kang Jung-ho, who signed a contract with Pittsburgh in 2015, hit 15 homers in the first year and 21 in 2016 the following year, breaking preconceived notions about Asian infielders. It proved the proposition that “Asian infielders also have power.” It is clear that this has led to a good evaluation of Kim Ha-seong.

On the 25th, Kang Jeong-ho visited Petco Park, where the match between San Diego and Pittsburgh was held. He was, of course, the ‘spectator’, and he was sitting in the audience. Kang Jung-ho, who is currently staying in the United States for personal business, visited Petco Park to see Kim Ha-seong, his junior and his successor during the Heroes days. On the one hand, Pittsburgh was its own major league team.

In fact, no one could have known about Kang Jeong-ho’s visit, but a foul ball illuminated his presence. He caught a foul ball flying into the stands with his bare hand, stretching out his left hand. In fact, due to his risk of injury, bare-handed catching is not recommended for the general public. However, perhaps because of his instinct as a baseball player, Kang Jung-ho caught it accurately and received applause from the fans around him. Perhaps some of the fans around him might have recognized Kang Jung-ho.

A local broadcaster recognized him at once, saying, “Isn’t this fan a baseball player? It’s Kang Jung-ho, who played for Pittsburgh.” The American sports media ‘The Athletic’ also captured this scene on their SNS account and was amazed that ‘Kang Jeong-ho, who played for Pittsburgh, caught the ball with a one-handed catch from the crowd’.

Had it not been for the unfortunate incident of drunk driving, maybe Jung-ho Kang and Ha-seong Kim would have been playing together in the major leagues. After moving to third base, Kang boasted more power and hit a home run, and was very strong against fast balls at the level of the Major League. He may have developed into a superstar, but he could have continued his career with minimal competitiveness in the major leagues.

Kang Jeong-ho made several efforts to return to Kiwoom, but failed due to public opinion, and now lives in the United States. Kang Jung-ho’s super catch of ‘The Spectator’ gave joy to the local fans, but it was a scene that left another bittersweet feeling for our fans.

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