Recently, WAR has been in the limelight as an indicator of a player’s value. This is an abbreviation of ‘Wins Above Replacement’ and is a number that indicates how much a player contributed to the team’s victory compared to the replacement player.
It is evaluated as a ‘revolutionary’ indicator in the history of saber metrics because it can compare the value of players regardless of position in that they cover pitching, hitting, defense, and running base. It is very intuitive and objective because variables such as the level of the league and the stadium are calibrated and put into the calculation.
We took a look at the WAR provided by the baseball reference that represents major league statistics.
Ha-seong Kim ranks first in the San Diego Padres. As of the 18th (hereinafter Korean time), Kim Ha-seong’s WAR is 1.8, the highest among San Diego pitchers. In second place is Zander Bogatz with a 1.7.
It is followed by Fernando Tatis Jr. (1.3) and Juan Soto (1.2), and among pitchers, closer Josh Heather leads with 0.9 and Nick Martinez is second with 0.8. Darvish Yu is 0.7. Kim Ha-seong’s WAR is the largest with defense at 1.3. In other words, it means that he is proving his value better with his defensive power.
As can be seen from the indicators, the fact that Ha-seong Kim is the most valuable player clearly shows the reality of San Diego, which boasts of super-luxury members. This year’s annual salary is $7 million, which is 12th on the team. It is said that players with high salaries such as Bogatz (25.45 million dollars), Darvish (25 million dollars), Soto (23 million dollars), and Joe Musgrove (20 million dollars) are worth less than Kim Ha-seong.
San Diego lost 3-4 in the home game against the Kansas City Royals at Petco Park that day. They recorded 2 wins and 9 losses in the last 11 matches.
With a record of 20 wins and 24 losses, they fell to 4th in the NL West. The gap with the district leader LA Dodgers widened to 8 games, and the NL Wild Card 3rd place Miami Marlins was 2.5 games away.
Even after recording 8 hits and 9 walks, he lost to Kansas City, who had 9 hits and 2 walks.
At the end of the 3rd inning, which was 0-0, Tatis Jr., the shortstop with 1 out, 1st and 2nd baseman, struck out in a row. In the 6th inning, which was trailing 1-4, the opponent’s balk with no bases loaded, and Bogatz’s infield hit with the bases loaded with 2 outs continued, making up for 2 runs.
However, after Grisham struck out with one out and bases loaded in the 7th inning, Soto, the third base runner, took advantage of the gap between opposing pitcher Aroldis Chapman’s pitch and fell behind the catcher and came home and was out. San Diego was unable to score an extra point. He was only 1 hit in 8 at-bats in scoring position.
On this day, Kim Ha-seong made a big success by posting 2 hits, 2 walks and 1 run in 3 at-bats, and catching a runner from 3rd to 2nd base with quick judgment in defense, but the team lost and could not shine. As of this day, the batting average is 0.235 (31 hits in 132 bats), 4 homers, 15 RBIs, 13 runs scored, OPS 0.696 is marked.안전놀이터
San Diego has an Opening Day payroll of $249 million this season, which is third overall. It is more than the district rival Dodgers ($222.72 million). This is the result of massive investments over the past three years.
After Kim Ha-seong signed a 4-year, $28 million contract in December 2020, the San Diego players who signed a long-term contract are Tatis Jr. (14 years, $ 340 million), Bogatz (11 years, $ 280 million), Darvish (6 years) ($108 million, 3 years), Manny Machado ($350 million, 11 years), Musgrove ($100 million, 5 years), Nick Martinez ($26 million, 3 years), Robert Suarez ($46 million, 5 years), Seth Lugo ($15 million over 2 years), Michael Waka ($26 million over 4 years), Matt Carpenter ($12 million over 2 years), Jake Cronenworth ($80 million over 7 years), Luis Garcia ($7 million over 2 years) etc.
It cost 1.418 billion dollars (approximately 1.8937 trillion won) only for them. It may go down in history as a team that produces the least return on investment.