The first shortstop and second baseman in the KBO League to win Golden Gloves (GG) at the same time. This is the goal Kim Sun-bin (34, KIA Tigers) set out around this time last year.
Kim Sun-bin, who received GG in the shortstop category in the 2017 season, switched to second baseman in the 2020 season. In the 2019 season, Park Chan-ho, who was recognized for his defensive ability as the starting third baseman, moved to shortstop, and Kim Seon-bin took over the second baseman, which became vacant when Ahn Chi-hong moved to the Lotte Giants. 먹튀검증
In the 2021 second baseman GG vote, Kim Sun-bin received 85 votes, the second most after Jeong Eun-won (Hanwha Eagles, 121 votes). Until 2021, no player has won both shortstop and second baseman GG.
Kim Sun-bin’s challenge to be the first was blocked by Kim Hye-seong (Kiwoom Heroes). Kim Hye-seong, who was the shortstop award winner in 2021, even received second baseman GG in 2022. Kim Sun-bin played the most innings for a second baseman in the 2022 season (1134 and 1/3), and left a decent record at bat (0.287 batting average, 3 homers, 61 RBIs), but both offense and defense records were slightly behind Kim Hye-seong.
Although the challenge for the record failed, Kim Sun-bin is likely to spend 2023 more ambitiously.
First of all, your team wants to win. KIA, which ranked 5th in the 2022 regular season and advanced to the postseason (PS) after 4 years, raised its goal this year to win.
Kim Sun-bin, who has been in charge of the team for two consecutive years, is also very motivated. He said, “Last year, I couldn’t show the KIA fans playing PS for a long time because I was eliminated from the wild card match. I will work with them to lead the team.”
It is an important season for me personally. If you fill more than 145 days of registration for the 1st team in the 2023 season, you will be eligible for the second individual free agent (FA). Kim Sun-bin obtained his first FA qualification after the 2019 season, and signed a contract with KIA in January 2020 for a total of 4 billion won for 4 years.
Kim Sun-bin ranked 3rd in batting average (0.287) and 2nd in on-base percentage (0.373) on the team in the 2022 season. He is a player who does his part in any batting order. He is the leader of the center line on defense. He is the pillar of the team, even serving as the dugout leader.
Three years ago, when Kim Sun-bin’s contract was announced, there was also an eye that bubbles had formed in his ransom (4 billion won). Over the past three years (2020-2022), Kim Sun-bin has shown exemplary appearances on and off the ground, and now it has been evaluated as a contract that has been highly effective compared to investment.
Last month, Oh Ji-hwan, who is one year younger than Kim Sun-bin, signed a six-year contract with the LG Twins for a total of up to 12.4 billion won. Oh Ji-hwan and Kim Sang-soo, who was in sync with Oh Ji-hwan, obtained his second FA qualification this winter and signed a 4-year contract with KT Wiz (total of 2.9 billion won).
The value of a starting infielder is still high. If Kim Seon-bin maintains his current skills, he is expected to be treated better than his first free agent contract. If his individual performance, such as the GG award for second baseman, is recognized as the top of the league, his ransom will rise further.