Kim calls for return of Ha-Sung Kim at shortstop…SD to revamp infield for 2024 season
The San Diego Padres’ 2023 season is being labeled a failure. It’s all over, but the aftermath still lingers. There’s a lot of talk about the need to overhaul the infield defense. This means that the “Korean Big Leaguer” Kim Ha-seong, 28, needs to find his place.
The American sports publication The Athletic highlighted the need to move Zander Bogaerts, San Diego’s starting shortstop for the 2023 season, to a different position.
One of the most consistent offensive and defensive performers in the league, Bogaerts signed an 11-year, $280 million contract with the Padres prior to the 2023 season. Kim, who was a finalist for the National League (NL) Gold Glove at shortstop in 2022, will play second base for Bogaerts in 2023.짱구카지노
He was again nominated for the Gold Glove in 2023 for his stellar defense. He was also nominated in the Utility Player category, which recognizes players who play multiple positions. On the other hand, Bogart’s defensive numbers were below average.
According to The Athletic, San Diego internally believes the ideal infield would be Kim Ha-Sung at shortstop, Manny Machado at third, Jake Cronenweth at second, and Bogaerts at first. For now, Bogaerts is confident in his defense at shortstop, but he could consider a position switch if the team wants him to.
San Diego’s infield is complicated, with Fernando Tatis Jr.’s primary position being shortstop during his PED suspension. In addition, third baseman Machado underwent elbow tendon surgery on April 4 and is unlikely to be available for the start of the 2024 season. This is not a situation where you can build your best infield for the start of the 2024 season.
Kim is determined: “Bogaerts is our shortstop. I respect him. After a season of working together, I feel confident that I can play solid defense. I don’t mind playing second base again (in 2024).”