Kim Hye-sung (24), the signature star of the Kiwoom Heroes, has publicly declared her intention to play in the Major League Baseball. “I want to improve my skills and challenge the major leagues next year,” Kim said at the 2023 Magumagu Real Glove Awards held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on January 1.굿모닝토토
Kim’s Major League Baseball dream has been in the news since the 2023 season. She has expressed her intentions directly and indirectly, and seems to have made up her mind before and after the APBC after the 2023 season. “I don’t stop players from doing what they want,” manager Ko Hyung-wook told a reporter.
Kim Hye-sung is scheduled to meet with manager Hong Won-ki and general manager Ko Hyung-wook on April 4 to announce her decision to play in the major leagues. The club has already decided to support her dream. There is no chance that Ko Hyung-wook will suddenly change his mind and deny Kim a major league post after the 2024 season.
We applaud Kim for publicly declaring her intention to play in the major leagues. Not because it’s newsworthy, but because she’s earned it and people have recognized it. She became the first second baseman to win a Golden Glove and the first second baseman to win a Golden Glove. I practically booked it for a third year in a row. No one can argue that she is the best offensive player and center fielder in the KBO.
All Kim has to do is make a bold public declaration, have a solid 2024 season, and get evaluated by Major League Baseball. That in itself is motivation. Kim has been at the top of the league for the past two or three years, but she has never given an interview in which she said she was satisfied.
At spring training in Scottsdale, Arizona, before this season, she talked about individual batting titles and the Golden Glove, in addition to stolen bases. His batting average was at the top of the league and his on-base percentage, a perceived weakness, was at a career high, but he missed out on the batting title by a hair. However, the Golden Glove is practically reserved.
If he literally bombs the KBO in the 2024 season, he’ll naturally attract major league attention and increase his value. His sincerity, desire, and hard work for baseball have gotten him this far, so there’s a good chance he’ll do even better in 2024.
For reference, Lee Jung-hoo also publicly declared at Goheung Spring Training in February 2022 that he would enter the major leagues after the 2023 season. Considering this, it’s not a rash or quick decision for Hye-Sung Kim to make to reach the major leagues after the 2024 season. Lee Jung-hoo proved the reason for his declaration by winning five batting titles and the MVP in the 2022 season.
What about Kim Hye-sung in 2024? There’s no reason she can’t do what Lee Jung-hoo did. I’d like to see her go to the major leagues as confidently as he did.