October 20, 2023 10:22
Kim Ha-seong of the San Diego Padres has been named a finalist in two positions for the Gold Glove Award.
Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced the finalists for the award, which is given to the top fielders in each position in the National League and the American League.
Kim was selected among three finalists for both the second base and utility positions in the National League. He will compete with Nico Hoerner of the Chicago Cubs and Bryson Scott of the Philadelphia Phillies for the second base spot, and Mookie Betts of the Los Angeles Dodgers and half-Korean player Tommy Edman of the St. Louis Cardinals for the utility spot.
Kim mostly played as a shortstop until last year, when he was a finalist for the position, losing out to Dansby Swanson, who was playing for the Atlanta Braves at the time. After the Padres signed star shortstop Xander Bogaerts ahead of this season, Kim was moved to second base. He also plays at third base or shortstop when needed.
This season, he played 856 and 2/3 innings in 106 games (98 starts) at second base, 253 and 1/3 innings in 32 games (29 starts) at third base, and 153 and 1/3 innings in 20 games (16 starts) at shortstop. He posted an outstanding fielding percentage of 0.991 as a second baseman and performed solidly at third base (0.986) and shortstop (0.966).
The winners are determined through votes by 30 MLB club managers and up to six coaches from each team, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
"I would be lying if I said I didn't want the award. I'm hoping to win it," Kim said when he returned to Korea on Oct. 12.
If he wins the award, he would be the first Korean to achieve the feat.
The winners will be announced on Nov. 5.
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