Will Ha-seong Kim (San Diego Padres) continue the glory of Shin-soo Choo (SSG)?
Trade rumors about Kim Ha-sung keep coming out. The hopes and sources of various media such as the Miami Marlins, Atlanta Braves, and LA Dodgers are mixed, proving Kim Ha-sung’s changed status. Considering the propensity of ‘Mad Man’ AJ Preller, who does not hesitate to make bold trades, there is no law that Ha-seong Kim cannot be traded for the remaining two years of the guarantee contract.
However, Bleacher Report confidently classified Ha-seong Kim as the leadoff second baseman, predicting the starting lineup for the opening game of 30 major league teams on the 6th (hereinafter Korean time). Choo Shin-soo was the only Korean hitter to lead off the opening game in the major leagues. Choo Shin-soo often played leadoff during his time with the Texas Rangers. Even in 2020, the last season of the major leagues, it was the Texas Rangers’ opening game leadoff.
According to Bleacher Report, the San Diego Opening Day had Kim Ha-seong (2nd baseman) – Juan Soto (right fielder) – Manny Machado (3rd baseman) 메이저사이트 – Xander Bogaerts (shortstop) – Jake Cronenworth (1st baseman) – Matt Carpenter (designated hitter). – Austin Nola (catcher) – Trent Grisham (center fielder) – Jose Ajoca (left fielder) will form the starting lineup. The starting pitcher for the opening game is Yu Darvish.
Of course, there are variables here. “Their Opening Day starting lineup has never been set, as San Diego would be willing to listen to trade offers for Grisham and Kim Ha-sung,” said Bleacher Report. The signing of Bogarts is likely to mean that Fernando Tatis Jr. will receive an outfield ticket when he returns from suspension.”
It does not rule out the possibility of Kim Ha-sung’s trade. Also, the outfield will need to be revamped when Tatis returns at the end of April. Even so, Ha-seong Kim proves again that his status has changed enough to take on the lead-off role. He has already experienced a leadoff in the 2022 season. In addition, Kim Ha-seong second base and Cronenworth first base predicted a realistic positional move.
San Diego will enter the 2023 season with a 4-game home game against the Colorado Rockies starting on March 31. Bleacher Report predicted that Kyle Freeland would be the starter for Colorado’s opening game.