“I think records come when you stay injury-free and do your best every day on the field.”
NC Dinos outfielder Son Ah-seop, 35, is on the verge of making KBO history. He is on track to reach 150 hits in eight consecutive years, the first in the KBO, and 200 runs in 11 seasons, the second in history.
First, there has never been a 150-hit season in eight consecutive years. If he does, he will become the first player to reach 150 hits in eight consecutive seasons, surpassing former LG Twins player Park Yong-taek (150 hits in seven consecutive seasons, 2012-2018).
Son, who made his debut with the Lotte Giants in 2007, hit his first triple-digit home run in 2010 with 129 hits. He consistently hit over 150 hits from 2012 to 2014, but his streak of four consecutive 150-hit seasons came to a halt in 2015 when he hit just 141.
He then hit 186 in 2016, and hasn’t hit 150 in a season since. If he had hit more than 150 in 2015, he would have had a staggering 11 consecutive 150-hit seasons.
Second, 200 RBIs in 11 consecutive seasons for only the second time in history. If he achieves this, he will be tied with former Lotte Giants Lee Dae-ho (2005-2011 and 2017-2020) for the most consecutive seasons. It’s no exaggeration to call him a living legend.
Game 15 of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO League against the Kiwoom Heroes at NC Park in Changwon on July 7. Son started in right field as the leadoff hitter and hit a double in the second inning and a double in the fourth inning. He went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored, and a walk to help his team win the game.
Son added a double and a triple on the day, giving him 148 hits and 198 RBI on the season. He is now just two away from 150 hits and 200 RBIs.
After the game, Son said, “I was told after the game that I was two away from 150 hits for the eighth consecutive season and 200 hits for the 11th consecutive season. I think records are something that come with doing your best every day on the field without injury. I’m not going to think about it too much and just focus on helping the team win.”
With the win, NC jumped to third place with a midweek three-game sweep. They are now 8-2 in their last 10 games and 5-1 in September. Son is batting .339 with 148 hits, five home runs, 63 RBIs and 76 runs scored.
“Every game is really important with the fierce standings battle going on, and I’m happy that the team is able to continue its winning streak. I’m only happy for the moment, and I’m determined to prepare well for the upcoming four-game series.”
“Every game feels like a national final, and every game is important. We will do our best to win no matter what team we face.”먹튀검증
NC will play a four-game weekend series at home in Changwon, including a doubleheader against the Lotte Giants. Lotte is Son’s hometown team. Will he be able to break the record in front of his hometown team?