‘Hit well, run well’ Kim Ha-sung now looks to Ichiro!

Ha-Sung Kim (28, San Diego) is making history. Not only is he breaking Korean and Asian major league single-season records, but he now has his sights set on Major League Baseball legend Ichiro Suzuki (retired).메이저사이트

Kim stole his 23rd and 24th bases of the season against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 5, breaking the record for most stolen bases in a single season by a Korean major leaguer. He surpassed the previous record of 22 stolen bases set by Shin-Soo Choo (SSG) in 2010 while playing for Cleveland.

Against Houston on Sept. 9 (KST), Kim stole three bases in a row. He stole his 32nd, 33rd, and 34th bases of the season in one day. He surpassed Japanese infielder Kazuo Matsui’s 32 stolen bases with Colorado in 2007, setting a new record for most stolen bases in a single season by an Asian infielder. On Dec. 12, he stole his 35th base against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Kim is now chasing Ichiro’s 40th stolen base. Ichiro is the only Asian major leaguer with more than 40 stolen bases. The Junjok outfielder, who has 509 career stolen bases in the majors, stole 56 bases in 2001 and reached the 40-steal mark five other times: 2006 (45), 2008 (43), 2010 (42) and 2011 (40).

After stealing 16 bases in 85 games in the first half, Kim added 19 in 55 games in the second half. San Diego has 18 games left in the season. It will be interesting to see if Kim, who is hitting and running well, can reach the 40-steal plateau.

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