Kim prioritizes injury prevention with custom helmet construction
Injury prevention is of the utmost importance, therefore Kim creates a unique helmet
The helmet-ripping stormer has become a symbol of Kim this season.
Even the bobblehead dolls that were recently distributed on Kim’s Day were not in a batting stance, but in a base-running position, and they were specifically designed to make the helmet come off.
Kim’s offensive prowess this season prompted the San Diego Padres to create a custom helmet just for him.
Teammate Manny Machado offered advice on what kind of helmet would work best.
[Kim: “It’s because it’s heavier. This one is stronger. (Does it have more cushioning inside the helmet?) This one has a little bit more.”]
[Manny Machado: “Does it fit your head? You don’t want the helmet to come off, that’s the most important thing.”]
As Machado emphasizes, if the helmet comes off during a run, the risk of injury increases.
Last month, Kim collided with a catcher at home plate, and his helmet came off before he could make a head-first slide, nearly causing him serious injury.
This season, Kim’s helmet falls have been concentrated near home plate.
The customization of the helmet confirms Kim’s status as the team’s top hitter.
Today, Kim batted leadoff, extending his streak to 10 games in a row.
In the first inning, he lined a fastball from Wainwright for his first hit in four games.
Pittsburgh’s Bae Ji-hwan produced his first multi-hit game in 10 days.
In his first at-bat, he had an infield hit against starter Greinke.
In the third inning, he added a double, 먹튀검증토토사이트 and Bae’s helmet-ripping sprint was impressive.