Will Kim Ha-seong Win the Long-Awaited Gold Glove’?

Candidates in ‘two categories’ for second baseman and utility

will be decided based on votes from each team’s coaches and defensive indicators.

first Korean player to receive the award will be decided on the 6th of next month.

Kim Ha-seong (28), the brightest player in San Diego in this year’s American Professional Baseball (MLB)

has increased his chances of becoming the first Korean big leaguer to win the Gold Glove Award, given to the best defender at each position.

Ha-seong Kim was named in two final candidates for each National League position for the 2023 Rawlings Gold Glove Award announced on the 19th. 카지노사이트

The final candidates were narrowed down to three per position. 

Ha-Seong Kim competes with Nico Horner (Chicago Cubs) and Bryson Stott (Philadelphia) in the second base category.

Ha-seong Kim is also a candidate in the utility (all-rounder) category, competing for the award with Mookie Betts (LA Dodgers) and Korean-born Tommy Edman (St. Louis), who played with the Korean national baseball team in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March this year. 

Betts was also included in the nominations for the right field award.

MLB.com introduced that Kim Ha-seong, Horner, and Stott all have something in common: they moved to second base after their team recruited a large shortstop, and were candidates for the Gold Glove Award.

The Cubs signed Dansby Swanson, Philadelphia signed Trey Turner, and San Diego signed Sander Bohartz.

Stott and Horner recorded +16 and +15 in out-contribution-against-average (OAA) figures, respectively, while Ha-seong Kim was rated +7 as a second baseman and +10 in OAA for all positions.

One of Ha-seong Kim’s greatest strengths is that he boasts solid defense at all positions in the infield, including third baseman, second baseman, and shortstop, excluding first baseman.

Ha-seong Kim also competes in the utility category with Betts, who played three positions: right fielder, second baseman, and shortstop, and Edman, who also played three positions: second baseman, outfielder, and shortstop.

The Gold Glove winner is determined by combining the votes of 30 team managers and up to six coaches per team with the National Baseball Research Association’s defensive index.

The coaches’ vote accounts for 75%, overwhelming the defensive index (25%), which is a statistical figure. 

Even if Kim Ha-seong falls behind in numbers, he can turn it around if he leaves a strong impression on the coaching staff.

Ha-Seong Kim was a finalist for the National League Shortstop Gold Glove Award last year, but unfortunately was defeated by Swanson of the Chicago Cubs and did not receive the award.

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