Interview with Padres Kim Ha-seong, SAMURAI JAPAN “is a very good organized team”
Infielder Kim Ha-seong of Padres responded to an interview with the Full-Count editorial department and expected pitcher Shohei Ohtani to win the MVP award. He praised the two-sword style, which is one of the most promising candidates for the American League MVP, saying, “Otani is the MVP? Of course. The batting and pitching are very good. No doubt.”
Kim Ha-seong entered the Padres from the Korean professional baseball player Kiwoom using the posting system last year. This season, the first year of the major, he has participated in 109 games with a batting average of .201, 6 home runs, 29 RBIs, and 5 stolen bases (until 19th Japan time). He has helped the team fighting for the postseason with good luck. Shohei Ohtani, who is also from Asia at the age of 25, seems to be reflected in “special”.
“Otani is exceptional. He has an American body, not an Asian body. He has tremendous power. He has hit more than 40 here.”
The 25-year-old played as a shortstop for the 2017 WBC, 2019 Premier12 and South Korea. I haven’t had a chance to play against Otani in an international tournament, but I’ve been checking dual wield men since the Korean era. “Of course I knew it since I was in Korea. Everyone knows it. It’s very famous. Of course I want to do it if I have a chance. I think it’s a difficult opponent, but I want to play if I have a chance.” There are few opportunities to play because the leagues are different, but I eagerly aspired for a direct battle with pitcher Otani.