Ichiro goes 1-for-1 with a walk in a no-hitter against the Dodgers
Ichiro, 15G in 2007, most by an A’s player

There has never been a Korean hitter in Major League Baseball (MLB). Ha-Sung Kim (28, San Diego, pictured) will try to break Ichiro Suzuki’s (50, retired) record.

Kim batted first and third in the lineup in San Diego’s 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a seven-game series, recording a hit and a walk. In doing so, Kim reached base at least twice (multi-hit) in 14 consecutive games, dating back to a visit to Detroit on May 23.

So far, only Japan’s Ichiro is the only Asian hitter to do that in MLB. Ichiro had a 15-game streak of multi-hit games dating back to June 4, 2007, when he was playing for Seattle. If Kim drives in at least two runs against the Dodgers on August 8, he will tie Ichiro’s record. The previous record for consecutive games with multiple hits was seven games in his Korean professional baseball career.

To this day, Kim has a Wins Above Replacement (WAR) of 5.6, which ranks third in MLB, according to Baseball Reference. Only pitcher and hitter Shohei Ohtani (29-LA Angels-8.4) and National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) Ronald Acuña Jr. (26-Atlanta-5.8) have a higher WAR than Kim. 스포츠토토맨 Even Ohtani (5.3) has a lower WAR than Kim, based solely on his performance in the field.

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