September 05, 2023 09:28
Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres has passed a milestone for a Korean player in Major League Baseball by recording more than 30 steals in a single season.
Kim picked up his 30th and 31st steals in a home game against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.
As the starting second baseman and lead-off hitter, Kim went one-for-three with a walk and two steals.
In the bottom of the first inning, he had a hit in his first at-bat and stole second base. It was his 30th steal of the season and first in nine games since the Padres faced the Milwaukee Brewers on Aug. 26.
In the fourth inning with a runner on third and two outs, and his team leading 4-0, he picked up his 31st steal after a walk.
It was the third game this season in which Kim stole two bases.
His batting average for the season rose to 0.275 after the game. The Giants won 4-0.
Previously, Choo Shin-soo held the record for the most steals in a season by a Korean in MLB with 22 when he was playing for the Cleveland Indians in 2010. Choo is now playing for the SSG Landers in Korea.
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