Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego) has stopped rolling. He is just three home runs and four stolen bases away from the milestone.
Kim has been out of the starting lineup for three consecutive games until Tuesday’s game with abdominal pain. He is still out of the lineup after a sudden absence on April 18. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, “The team’s medical staff said it wasn’t a big deal, but I’ve had pain for a couple days. It doesn’t feel very good. I’m still waiting for the medical team’s opinion,” he said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
In 143 games this season, Kim is batting .265 with 17 home runs, 58 RBIs, 81 runs scored, 36 doubles, a .356 on-base percentage, a .407 slugging percentage, and a .763 OPS. With his best performance, he has become a national star in just his third season in the majors. His growth has accelerated since taking over the leadoff spot. 스포츠토토
With three more home runs, Kim will become the first Asian infielder to record 20 home runs and 20 doubles, and with four more stolen bases, he will become the first Asian player to record 20 home runs and 40 doubles. However, he had to stop his record chase after complaining of abdominal pain. It looks like he’s taking a breather on the threshold of the record.
The Padres have 10 games left, not including the game against Colorado on Tuesday. With the postseason virtually out of reach, Kim doesn’t have to push himself too hard. The only question is whether he’ll continue his quest for the record. If his health improves, he’ll be at a crossroads.