The Major League Baseball (MLB) San Diego Padres built a golden infield. Ha-seong Kim (28) was proudly included here.
The San Diego Union-Tribune, an American media, said on the 10th (Korean time), “Jake Cronenworth (1st baseman) – Kim Ha-seong (2nd baseman) – Xander Bogatz (shortstop) – Manny Machado (3rd baseman)’s infield is the best in club history. “claimed. 스포츠토토
The media took time to predict San Diego’s 26-man roster for the 2023 season opener. San Diego will begin its 162-game campaign, starting with a game against Colorado on March 31 at Petco Park, its home stadium.
The media, which rated it as ‘the most anticipated season in the team’s history’, said, “It starts with a big hole in the lineup.” This is because ‘home run shortstop’ Fernando Tatis Jr. (24) cannot play at the beginning of the season due to a disciplinary action for taking a banned substance. Still, he predicted, “After returning on April 21, San Diego will compete for the National League West championship for the first time in 17 years.”
San Diego’s infield has been cataclysmic this winter. This is because Bogarts was recruited through a free agent (FA). As a 10-year veteran shortstop in the big leagues, it was expected that he would keep the position as it is, and in fact, local media see Bogarts as the main shortstop.
As a result, Kim Ha-seong, who was the main shortstop during Tatis’ vacancy, moved to second base, and second baseman Cronenworth settled in the first base position. “Although Cronenworth doesn’t have as much power as a traditional first baseman, San Diego’s infield is the best in the club’s history.”
San Diego’s infielders are highly regarded for their utility abilities. Ha-seong Kim can play all infield positions except first baseman, and Cronenworth can see all infield positions. Newly recruited veteran infielder Matt Carpenter is also a player who defends first base, second base, and third base. The media said, “Their versatile abilities will give manager Bob Melvin the opportunity to use multiple lineups.”
Kim Ha-seong, who is in his 3rd year in the big leagues this year, will participate in San Diego’s spring camp on the 16th ahead of joining the World Baseball Classic (WBC) national team. Although his position in the team increased last year, he has to prove his worth in this position as he cannot be called an immovable main player