SD “August 23, Kim Ha-seong Day”… Putting down trade rumors
It seems that Ha- seong Kim (28, San Diego Padres)’s trade possibility is sinking to the surface as he produced 40,000 bobblehead dolls .
According to the 2023 season 메이저사이트 promotional event schedule recently released by the San Diego club through the club’s website, the ‘Kim Ha-seong Day’ event will be held on August 23 (Korean time). The San Diego club will present 40,000 Kim Ha-seong bobblehead dolls on a first-come, first-served basis to spectators who enter on the day.
The gift of bobblehead dolls is a long-standing tradition in Major League Baseball. In particular, the bobblehead dolls are made in imitation of the team’s leading stars, and are characterized by nodding their heads. San Diego has a total of five bobbleheads, including key players Juan Soto (April 14), Manny Machado (May 15), Darvish Yu (July 25), Fernando Tatis Jr. (September 6), and Kim Ha-seong. produce Kim Ha-sung’s bobblehead doll shows him running through base play. Kim Ha-seong, who is in his 3rd year in the major leagues this year, is the first to be recognized as the team’s flagship player.
Ha-seong Kim, who left Kiwoom in the KBO League in 2021 and entered the big leagues, played a big role as the main shortstop in the team last year. In particular, he showed off his outstanding defensive skills to the point of being nominated for the Gold Glove Award for shortstop in the National League, and showed off his improved skills in his batting, such as hitting 11 home runs.
As a result, rumors of Kim Ha-sung’s trade are gradually fading. As San Diego signed shortstop Xander Bogarts as a free agent (FA) this winter, Ha-sung Kim’s future has attracted attention. In the local area, the Boston Red Sox and the Atlanta Braves, where the main infielders left, were also cited as expected destinations. However, the fact that San Diego arranged a bobblehead event for Kim Ha-seong can be interpreted as meaning that it will not give him up if possible.
The American media is also predicting Kim Ha-seong as the starting second baseman this year. ESPN, a famous American sports media, predicted that Kim Ha-seong would play as the first batter and second baseman while ranking the expected batting order and offensive power for the opening game of 30 major league clubs on the 28th.