San Diego Padres infielder Kim Ha-seong, whose helmet has become a trademark, will we see him less now?
Kim Ha-seong did an important job in the clubhouse ahead of the away game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, USA on the 29th (Korean time). Wearing a custom helmet brought by the helmet manufacturer.스포츠토토
He tried on all three samples brought by the helmet manufacturer to see if they fit his head.
This look was also uploaded to the Padres club’s Official X. Manny Machado, a fellow man passing by, said, “Don’t let it come off your head. That is the most important thing!”
Helmets manufactured by the major leagues are made based on the head shape of Westerners, so players from Asia such as Kim Ha-seong often face difficulties because the size of the helmet does not fit properly. In the past, Choo Shin-soo also wore a helmet with both ears to solve this problem.
Ha-seong Kim, who has received the samples brought by the manufacturer, will soon receive a special helmet tailored to his head size.
Can’t you see the helmet coming off during the at-bat or base run?
Kim Ha-seong said, “It will still come off,” and conveyed his thoughts. “Major league helmets are heavier than Korean helmets instead of harder. Because it is heavy, it shakes more when running and falls off,” he said about the reason why the helmet often comes off.
The way he runs until his helmet comes off has become a symbol of his hustle. The club even made his bobble head detachable.
It’s become a symbol of him, but I can’t leave it as it is. Because player safety is a direct issue.
Ha-seong Kim said, “In the at-bat, his helmet came off while avoiding the ball to his body, or when he was stealing, it is dangerous if he is hit in the head by a pitch or throw. He was also hit in the head with a throw to the head while stealing bases in Korea. Fortunately, he was wearing a helmet. If he was hit without a helmet, this is not just an injury, but a problem that could lead to a greater risk,” he said, expressing concern about the frequent removal of the helmet.
San Diego, heading towards the end of the season, is currently suffering from injuries. Choi Ji-man, who left due to a chest injury, is recovering in Arizona, and Jake Cronenworth was hit on the left hand by a sand dune and put on a cast. In the starting rotation, Joe Musgrove and Yu Darvish left due to an elbow injury.
It is important to reduce the risk of injury as much as possible. Kim Ha-seong expressed regret, saying, “I don’t get hurt because the players want to get hurt too.”
Meanwhile, against Adam Wainwright, Ha-Sung Kim (2nd baseman) Juan Soto (left fielder) Manny Machado (3rd baseman) Fernando Tatis Jr. (right fielder) Xander Bogaerts (shortstop) Garrett Cooper (1st baseman) Matt Carpenter (designated hitter) Gary The lineup of Sanchez (catcher) and Trent Grisham (center fielder) was announced.