Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) has become the first South Korean player to win the Gold Glove, which is awarded to the best defender at each position in Major League Baseball (MLB).Kim was named the National League’s Gold Glove winner at utility infielder on the 2023 MLB bi-league Gold Glove list, which was announced today (June 6).Kim beat out finalists Mookie Betts (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Korean Tommy Hyun-Soo Edmon (St. Louis Cardinals), who played with the Korean National Baseball Team at the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in March of this year. Kim became the first Korean big leaguer to win a Golden Glove in the All-Arounder category, thanks to his solid defense at every infield position except first base, including third base and shortstop, in addition to his primary position of second base.
Kim was a finalist in the shortstop category last year, but missed out on the award .He is the first Asian infielder to be recognized as a Defensive Player of the Year, dispelling the myth that Asians have a hard time finding a place in the big league infield .When San Diego acquired Xander Bogaerts this year, Kim moved from shortstop to second base, anchoring the Padres’ infield this season with 101 games at second base, 30 at third base, and 18 at shortstop.MLB.com noted that Kim once again showed his versatility at second base, shortstop, and third base for San Diego this season, noting that in terms of defensive runs saved (DRS), a metric that measures how many runs a defender prevents, Kim had 10 at second base and three at third base and shortstop, for a combined total of 16.
His DRS at second base was the second-highest in the league behind this year’s National League Second Base Gold Glove winner, Nico Horner (Chicago Cubs-12), who was recognized as the league’s best second baseman, ahead of Kim and Bryson Stott (Philadelphia Phillies), who were also Gold Glove finalists at second base .Gold Glove Award organizer Rawlings, a manufacturer of baseball equipment, combines the votes of 30 club managers, a coaching staff of up to six members per team, and defensive metrics from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to determine the winners. The coaches’ vote counts for 75% of the vote, outweighing the statistical defensive metrics (25%).For the nine traditional positions, including pitcher and catcher, Rawlings uses a combination of 75% of the coaches’ votes and 25% of SABR’s defensive metrics to determine the winners, with only the recently created Utility Player category using a proprietary defensive metric developed in collaboration with SABR.
Rawlings and MLB.com did not release the winners’ specific vote ratings or fielding percentage scores .However, we can use SABR’s defensive metrics to get an idea of Kim’s performance this year. According to SABR’s fielding rating for all National League outfielders across all positions, Ha-Sung Kim ranked ninth overall with a rating of 9.0. The top spot 카지노사이트 goes to the Colorado Rockies’ center fielder.