Kim Ha-sung Received a Golden Glove

“Awesome Kim” Kim Ha-sung (28) won the Golden Glove for the first time as a Korean player in MLB (U.S. professional baseball). The Golden Glove is an award given to the best defenders in each position throughout the year in MLB. 

Kim Ha-sung, a member of the San Diego Padres, wore golden gloves for the first time in the history of Korean major leaguers. He is the second Asian player after Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners. Ichiro won the Gold Glove in the American League (AL) outfielder category for the 10th consecutive year from 2001 to 2010. 

Earlier, Kim Ha-sung was proudly named in the utility category in the Gold Glove Award list announced by MLB Secretariat and Gold Glove host Rawlings on the 6th. Nico Horner (26, Chicago Cubs), Bryson Stott (26, Philadelphia Phillies), Mookie Betts (31, LA Dodgers), and Korean Tommy Edman (28, St. Louis Cardinals) were among the three finalists in the National League (NL) second baseman category. 

He was behind Horner in the second baseman category, but Kim Ha-sung beat Betts and Edman in the utility area. This season, Kim Ha-sung showed off an iron wall in the infield. He played 106 games (98 starts, 856 2/3 innings) as a second baseman. He was in charge of 32 games (29 starts, 253 1/3 innings) and 20 games of shortstop loans (16 starts, 153 1/3 innings).

He had the best defense ratio of 0.991 among second basemen and never trailed by third basemen (0.986) and shortstop (0.966). He was nicknamed “Awesome Kim (Amazing Kim)” due to his throwing, hustle play and stable defense. 

Kim Ha-sung, who advanced to the MLB stage in 2021, was nominated for the Gold Glove shortstop category last year, but he lost to Dansby Swanson (29, Chicago Cubs), who played for the Atlanta Braves at the time.

Work Cited 

Person. “SD Ha-seong Kim” Koreatimes, The Korea Times, 5 Nov. 2023, LNGMO3FVRKHCFCM/?utm_source=naver&utm_medium=original&utm_campaign= biz“ seong kIm

By. Dongho Kim