Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres), the first Asian infielder to win the Gold Glove, which recognizes the best defender at each position in Major League Baseball (MLB), has been nominated for the 2023 All-MLB Team at second base, which recognizes the best player at each position this year.
In the position-by-position nominations for the All-MLB Team announced by the MLB office on Monday (Sept. 9), Kim earned a spot on the list of eight nominees at second base, alongside “Little Giant” Jose Altuve (Houston Astros) and Nico Horner (Chicago Cubs), who won the National League Gold Glove at second base this year.
Kim was named the winner of the National League’s Utility Player of the Year award, which recognizes an all-around beast, on the list of Gold Glove winners in both leagues announced on June 6.
In his third year in the big leagues, Kim set new career highs in batting average (.260), home runs (17), RBIs (60), and stolen bases (38) this season and was also nominated for the Silver Slugger Utility Player Award, which recognizes the best player at each position.
Established in 2019, the All-MLB Team is a sort of All-Star team that includes the best players at each position that year.
The All-MLB First Team, comprised of the top players, and the Second Team, comprised of the runners-up, are determined by a combination of 50 percent online fan voting and 50 percent voting by a panel of media members, club officials, and former players. 토토사이트
Of the 122 nominees, 45 are from outside the United States, like Kim. In addition to Kim, there are six San Diego players on the list: Fernando Tatis Jr, Blake Snell, Juan Soto, Manny Machado, and Josh Heider.
Japanese baseball phenom Shohei Ohtani (Los Angeles Angels), who underwent surgery on his right elbow in September, was nominated in both the designated hitter and starting pitcher categories.
South Korea’s “Korean Monster” Ryu Hyun-jin, 36, was one of five starting pitchers named to the All-MLB Second Team in 2019 and 2020.