Kim ‘Daesung’ Ha-seong steals 30 bases in first season in Korean Big League

The San Diego Padres of Major League Baseball (MLB) declared last month’s home game against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park in San Diego, California, “Kim Ha-Sung Day”. The team gave out Kim “bobblehead” dolls to fans at the game. Unlike other players, Kim’s bobblehead is designed with a removable helmet. It mimics the way Kim runs so fast on the field that his helmet flies off.

With his trademark run, Kim showed off his base running prowess on the world’s biggest stage, becoming the first Korean to reach 30 stolen bases in a season in the big leagues.

Kim Ha-seong started at first base and went 1-for-3 with a home run, a walk and two stolen bases against the San Francisco Giants on Thursday at Petco Park. Kim’s performance led San Diego to a 4-0 victory over the Giants, extending their winning streak to three games.

Kim recorded a hit in his first at-bat. He took a sinker from starter Alex Cobb and dropped it in front of the right-field fence for his first hit. After stealing first, he stole second on the next at-bat, Fernando Tatis, Jr. It was the moment that Kim conquered the 30-steal plateau, a milestone that no Korean has yet reached. The previous record for most stolen bases by a Korean major leaguer was 22, set by Shin-Soo Choo in 2010 for the Cleveland Indians (now the Guardians).안전놀이터

Kim was thrown out running to third base on Tatis Jr.’s single, but his sprinting instincts were not dampened. After striking out in the second inning, Kim completed his multi-hit game by stealing second and third with two outs in the fourth inning for a 4-0 lead. With two stolen bases in one game, Kim now has 31 stolen bases on the season. Kim, who had a chance to steal three bases, was stranded on a foul tip in his final at-bat in the seventh inning. Kim’s previous record for most stolen bases in a game was three against the Seattle Mariners on May 10. He is eighth in the MLB in total stolen bases.

Kim is on pace to set the American record for most stolen bases in a single season, including his time with Kiwoom. He stole 33 bases in the 2019 season with Kiwoom.

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