Kim Ha-seong (San Diego Padres) became the 5th Korean major leaguer to reach 100 RBIs. There are still 132 games left, so it is expected that he will be able to rise to the 3rd place in the career RBIs of Korean big leaguers within this season.
Ha-seong Kim started as second baseman in the 2023 Major League (MLB) home game against the Cincinnati Reds held on the 2nd (Korean time) at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, and scored 2 hits in 4 at-bats (1 home run) and 3 RBIs. Scored 1 run and struck out.
Kim Ha-seong, who hit a double in the second at-bat at the end of the 4th inning and raised the sense of hitting, hit a 3-run homer with 2 outs on 1st and 2nd base at the end of the 5th inning, where the score was 3-3.
Kim Ha-seong hit an 86.7 mile (approximately 139.5 km) change-up thrown by Cincinnati’s second pitcher, Alex Young, with 2 balls and 2 strikes, and hit a home run with a distance of 353 feet (approximately 107.6 m) over the left wall.
It is the third home run of the season, added in 19 games after hitting a two-run four against the Atlanta Braves on April 10.
In addition, Kim Ha-seong, who recorded 99 RBIs in his career before this game, added 3 RBIs with a 3-run home run, breaking the 100 RBIs (102). This is a record set in 295 games after entering the major leagues in 2021.
A total of 26 Koreans have played in the big leagues, including Bae Ji-hwan (Pittsburgh Pirates) who debuted last year. Among them, only five players, including Kim Ha-seong, recorded 100 RBIs.
Choo Shin-soo (SSG Landers), who played in the major leagues from 2005 to 2020, is overwhelmingly in first place with 782 RBIs. Choi Ji-man (Pittsburgh) is behind him with 227 RBIs, and Kang Jung-ho and Choi Hee-seop are 3rd and 4th with 144 RBIs and 120 RBIs, respectively.
Kim Ha-seong, who entered the major leagues through the posting system, has been running as a full-time big leaguer since 2021. After struggling hitting in his debut season and posting 34 RBIs, he upgraded his hitting in 2022 to 59 RBIs. And he added 9 RBI this season, bringing his career RBI to 102.
At the current pace, Kim Ha-seong is expected to overtake Choi Hee-seop, who narrowed the gap by 18 cars. If RBI production is the same as last year, it is expected that it will be able to overtake Kang Jeong-ho, who has 42 cars. 크크크벳
Ha-seong Kim signed a 4+1 year contract with San Diego and the contract is guaranteed until the 2024 season. Even if he doesn’t break Kang Jung-ho’s record this year, it’s only a matter of time before he rises to third place in the Korean big leaguer career.
On the other hand, Ha-sung Kim’s ability to produce home runs and runs is at a high level even in San Diego. Home runs are tied for fifth with Matt Carpenter, Jake Cronenworth, and Nelson Cruz, and RBIs are eighth.
San Diego went on a three-game winning streak by beating Cincinnati 8-3 with Kim Ha-sung’s hard hit. In addition, with 16 wins and 14 losses, the gap with the Arizona Diamondbacks (16 wins and 13 losses), which leads the National League West, narrowed the gap to 0.5 games.