The San Diego Padres will feature outfielder Juan Soto and closer Josh Hader in the 2023 Seattle All-Star Game.
On the 3rd (Korean time), ESPN, a sports channel, was notified that second baseman Kim Ha-seong, Soto and Hader, had been selected as all-stars representing the team before the total of 64 players from both leagues were announced.
Internally in San Diego, the exclusion of outfielder Fernando Tatis Jr. deserved more attention. Tatis had a batting average of 0.280, 16 home runs, 14 stolen bases, and 3.6 WAR (contribution to the win versus substitute ), but was pushed back by Soto.
In fact, it is true that second baseman Kim Ha-seong secretly hoped to be selected as an All-Star. This is because it has been highly evaluated by experts in recent home runs, defense, and run runs. In particular, MLB Network, the official broadcasting station of the major leagues, is continuing to praise, saying, “They are performing at a monster level.”
Director Melvin also revealed his candid mind to Kim Ha-seong separately, saying, “They are all-stars in my heart,” while announcing Soto and Hader as two all-stars. Ha-seong Kim also made up his mind during a phone call with personal hitting coach Choi Won-je that day, “I will definitely try to go to the All-Stars next year.”토토사이트 순위
Miami Marlinson Luis Araez has already been selected as the National League second baseman by fan vote. Araez received great appeal as he was challenging a batting average in the 40% range when the fan vote was in full swing. The current batting average is 0.389. This is his second All-Star selection.
Atlanta Braves Ozzie Albis was selected as the backup second baseman. Alvis has a huge home run lead. 0.259 batting average, 20 home runs, 59 RBIs, 0.817 OPS, and 2.4 WAR. Ha-seong Kim has a batting average of 0.258, 10 homers and 31 RBIs, an OPS of 0.764, and a WAR of 3.6.
At second base, the fielder with the highest WAR across both leagues is Arizona Diamondbacks Keitel Mateiro, 3.7. Kim Ha-seong is tied for second place with Araez in the second baseman category. Matei was also excluded from the announcement. In the future, if a roster adjustment is required due to an injury, it will be ranked first.
In the case of the American League, the starting pitcher is Marcus Simien of the Texas Rangers. Except for the first baseman, Texas received first place in the fan vote with four players including catcher, second baseman, third baseman and shortstop. As a backup second baseman, Toronto Blue Jays Whit Merrifield grabbed an All-Star ticket.
Toronto has no starter, and four backups were selected: first baseman Vladimir Guerrero, second baseman Merrifield, shortstop Bo Bisset and starter Kevin Gaussmann.
Backup second baseman Merrifield has a batting average of 0.282, 2 home runs and 30 RBIs, an OPS of 0.700 and a WAR of 1.3, far behind Kim Ha-seong. All AL second basemen performed worse than the NL in the first half of this year. There are only seven second basemen including Albis, who has the most double-digit homers in the first half, and Kim Ha-seong.
Even if Ha-seong Kim was selected as an All-Star in 2023, he had results in the first half that had nothing strange at all.
The first all-star Korean major leaguer is Los Angeles Dodgers starter Park Chan-ho. In 2001, 22 years ago, he was selected for the Seattle All-Star Game, the game of the year. The second is Arizona Diamondbacks Kim Byeong-hyun, the third Texas Rangers Choo Shin-soo, and the fourth Los Angeles Dodgers starter Ryu Hyun-jin.
In terms of MLB debut, Kim Byung-hyun, who debuted in 1999 and became an All-Star for the first time in 4 years, was the fastest. Choo Shin-soo achieved his dream 13 years after his debut.
Meanwhile, Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers won 10 games in the first half and was selected as an All-Star for the 10th time in his career. Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was selected as the 11th All-Star, the most out of 64 players in both leagues. 26 are the first All-Stars.
The 2023 All-Star Game will be held on July 12 at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.