Kiwoom Heroes head coach Ko Hyung-wook has accepted Kim Hye-sung’s (24) move to the major leagues. I used the word “de facto” in the title of this article because it’s not an official announcement from the club. However, since Kiwoom does not have a parent organization, the opinions of the club’s leaders often lead to the club’s official position.굿모닝토토
In addition, Kiwoom has actively supported players’ attempts to reach the major leagues, as seen in the cases of Kang Jeong-ho, Park Byung-ho, Kim Ha-seong, and Lee Jung-hoo. Of course, it’s good for business if they get paid for their posts. But the organization has traditionally honored the individual’s personality and dreams as much as the team’s plans.
Hye-Sung Kim has made her major league dreams known on numerous occasions, and she’s earned the right to do so over the years. She is a favorite to win the Golden Glove at second base for the second straight year and the Golden Glove in center field for the third straight year. He also won the inaugural Second Base Defense Award.
Through this season, he has six years of full-time service time. If he completes the 2024 season, he will be eligible for the major leagues through the posting system. Kim Ha-seong (28, San Diego Padres) publicly supported Kim in a recent press conference, saying she deserves to be in the major leagues.
In fact, some in the industry believe that Kim is more versatile than her “best friend” Lee Jung-hoo. She can play multiple positions, run the bases, and steal bases. She hasn’t demonstrated the same level of hitting sophistication as Lee Jung-hoo, but that should change next year. Of course, home run production is down, but the major leagues have created an environment where shifted hitters can go long with pitch clocks, no shifts, and limited pitches.
“We don’t stop players from doing what they want,” Ko said with a laugh on the phone on Aug. 22. It’s not a rhetorical question. We’ve already seen Kim’s major league dream firsthand. The club’s stance on respecting a player’s future hasn’t changed, and Ko supports Kim’s future as a baseball coach.
Of course, he said, “You have to play well next season. We have to show good form again next year, and we will talk about it naturally as we play next season.” The club hasn’t talked to Kim Hye-sung or her agency about going to the major leagues or posting.
Kim has also expressed her dream of playing in the major leagues several times, but she has never mentioned a time frame. One option is to post in a year, and another is to become a free agent in two years. The in-depth conversation will come naturally as the team prepares for the 2024 season, and Kiwoom is ready to cheer and support Kim’s future.
Coincidentally, Kiwoom selected Choi Joo-hwan (35) with the first overall pick in the second round of the draft. Although he is in his mid-30s, he is not yet at the point of decline. He can play both second and first base, and unlike Kim Hye-sung, Avery has the ability to hit one out of the park. She is the type of hitter who can fill in the gaps in the Kiwoom batting order.
Choi Joo-hwan’s nomination is probably a decision that also takes into account Kim Hye-sung’s future. For now, he can coexist with Kim at first base, second base, and designated hitter next year. Choi has also played third base in his time with the Doosan Bears. It gives the young center fielders time to develop.
For the second year in a row, Kiwoom will produce a major leaguer through its posting system. For Kim Hye-sung, 2023 and 2024 are more important than 2023.