Another heyday. Na Seong-beom of the KIA Tigers is walking on the path to success, winning the Golden Glove Award and being promoted to the national team following the FA jackpot.
Na Seong-beom was included in the 30-man final entry for the WBC 메이저놀이터 (World Baseball Classic) to be held in March. If there are no injuries or additional variables, Na Seong-beom is likely to compete in the WBC. Among the KIA players, Na Seong-beom, Yang Hyeon-jong, and Lee Eui-ri boarded.
It was a performance that was competitive even among his outstanding competitors. Na Seong-beom played all 144 games in the 2022 season. It is significant that the player who hit the FA jackpot played all the games in the first year of his contract. It means that he showed a steady appearance without any injuries or major sluggishness. Even though he played all games, he had 180 hits, 21 homers and 97 RBIs with a batting average of 3.2. Although he unfortunately failed to reach 30 home runs for the third consecutive year, he produced a season of 20 or more home runs for the eighth time in his personal career. Also, although his home runs decreased, his 50% slugging percentage was maintained. Rather, his on-base percentage increased.
With this score, he also won the Golden Glove. KIA produced candidates for all Golden Globe positions last year, but only one Na Seong-beom was awarded the prize. Lee Jung-hoo, who played an active role as the best outfielder and hitter in the league last year, broke through fierce competition with Jose Pirella and embraced the qualifications for the award, which is given to only three people. It has been seven years since the Golden Glove was awarded for two consecutive years in 2014 and 2015 when he was a member of NC.
Even though the WBC national team got on the Golden Glove, it has been a long time since Na Seong-beom’s Taegeuk mark. The 2014 Asian Games in Incheon was his first adult national team, and he won a gold medal at that event. And the following year, in 2015, he boarded the Premier 12, but after that, he had little luck in selecting the national team. After successfully completing the first season of his free agency contract, he took on a heavy duty role as he was awarded the Taegeuk mark again after 8 years.
In 2014 and 2015, when Na Seong-beom participated in international competitions, his position has changed again. At the time, he was not given much of a role in the national team because he was growing up as a young hitter in his 20s. But now, he has grown into a leading hitter representing the league. He transferred to the team while receiving the best treatment, and as a key hitter for the KIA, he should also be a key hitter for the national team. Na Seong-beom, who formed the outfield line with Kim Hyun-soo, Lee Jung-hoo, Park Hae-min, and Park Gun-woo, foretold another heyday for the national team.