“Must sign extension”, can’t trade, evaluate resources…Kim Ha Sung shines

“Ha Sung Kim remains a very bright spot for the San Diego Padres. They should sign him to an extension beyond 2024.”

San Diego lost 6-7 in 12 extra innings to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday (July 17) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., in the 2023 Major League Baseball World Series. San Diego, which lost its third straight, fell to 44-50 on the season and is in fourth place in the National League West. They are 10 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers (53-39).

It’s an underwhelming report card. That’s because they’ve been rebuilding since last year. At the trade deadline, they added star players like Juan Soto and Josh Hader, and in the offseason, they added big names like Xander Bogaerts to bolster their depth. This time, it felt like the Tado Dodgers were going to be a reality. But when the lid was lifted, it was no different from previous years. In fact, they’re not even guaranteed to make the postseason.

While San Diego has been disappointing, Kim has been shining brightly. That was the case on Sunday. Batting first and second, Kim went 2-for-5 with a double, a home run, one RBI, and two runs scored. He extended his hitting streak to 13 games and is one home run away from tying the major league record for most home runs in a season.먹튀검증

This season, Kim has become an integral part of San Diego’s offense. Both offensively and defensively. In 89 games, Kim is batting .262 with 11 home runs, a .351 on-base percentage, and a .418 slugging percentage. In the leadoff spot, he’s even better, batting .259 with five home runs, 10 RBIs, a .362 on-base percentage and a .481 slugging percentage in 81 at-bats.

In his first year as a second baseman, Kim has also continued to excel defensively. According to Baseball Reference, he has a defensive WAR of 2.1. This ranked first among all major league players.

The local media has also heaped praise on him. Ben Higgins, a sports news radio host for San Diego’s local media outlet 10news.com, raved about Kim on social media, saying, “Even as everything crumbles around him, he remains a very bright spot in San Diego.” Kim’s career has been nothing short of spectacular.

He urged the Padres to sign Kim to an extension. Kim signed a 4+1 year, $39 million contract with San Diego in 2021 through the postseason system. The four-year deal ends in 2024. A mutual option would extend the deal for another year.

“Other players can be traded, but Kim will consider an extension beyond 2024,” Higgins said, expressing his hope that San Diego and Kim will stay together.


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