LG Twins manager Yoon Kyung-yeop mentioned Kim Ha-seong while talking about the defense, including outfielder Moon Sung-ju and future hot corner outfielder Moon Bo-kyung, before the team’s game against the KT Wiz at KT Wiz Park in Suwon on Saturday.
Kim is one of Yoon’s protégés. Yim has been Kim’s closest and longtime mentor since his KBO debut in 2014. At the time, Yeom was at the helm of Kiwoom’s predecessor, Nexen.
He was the head coach of SSG’s predecessor, SK, and after he hung up his boots, he traveled to the United States to receive coaching training in San Diego. That’s when he met Kim again.
They became a close-knit group of teachers and students. For Yeom, Kim Ha-seong is a special person. Kim has since established himself as one of the top infielders in the major leagues, thanks in part to his advice.
“If you are recognized for your defense, you can last 10 years in the first team in any league,” Yeom said. “Kim Ha-seong is guaranteed 10 years in the major leagues. He was guaranteed 10 years in the majors because he was recognized for his defense,” he said with a smile.
Since breaking into the big leagues, Kim has shown the ability to play shortstop, second base, and third base. Last year, he was one of three finalists for the National League Gold Glove at shortstop, filling the void left by the departure of Fernando Tatis Jr.
Despite playing second base, his defense hasn’t changed. He’s also been productive at the plate. He’s become San Diego’s No. 1 hitter.
On the 26th, he surpassed Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta) to lead the National League in bWAR (wins above replacement) according to Baseball-Reference.
It’s all thanks to his defense. Yoon said, “The first thing I told him was, ‘The first thing is defense. (If you are recognized for your defense, you can last 10 years. It’s important to get a lot of money as a free agent, but it’s more important to play in the major leagues for 10 years. To do that, you have to be a good defender and show your power first.”카지노
True to his mentor’s wishes, Kim has been recognized for his defense in the major leagues and has garnered a lot of attention for his energetic baserunning.