Ji-man Choi (32) and Bae Ji-hwan (24) belonged to Pittsburgh, a team that fell sharply in May. Locally, even the word ‘Maggie’s Curse’ appeared over this.
As of the 15th (Korean time), Pittsburgh is in second place in the Central Division of the National League with a record of 22 wins and 19 losses (0.537 win rate). It is not that big of a gap with Milwaukee (23-17), which ranks first in the district, by 1.5 games. However, compared to the beginning of the season, the upward trend is showing a significant decline.
Even at the end of last month, Pittsburgh maintained its No. 1 spot with a win rate of over 70%, including a 7-game winning streak. At the time, Pittsburgh coach Derek Shelton (53) was in such a good mood that he promised to shave his head if the team won 10 consecutive wins. From April 18th to 30th, in 12 games, it was a 11-1 loss.
However, in just two weeks, it became a completely different team. After falling into a 7-game losing streak since the match against Washington on May 1, they recorded a shocking record of 2 wins and 11 losses in the last 13 games.
As the situation progresses, the word ‘Maggie’s Curse’ is coming out inside and outside the Pittsburgh team. Maggie refers to Pittsburgh infielder Drew Maggie, 34.
An article introducing Drew Magee’s major league debut on the 27th of last month (Korean time). /Photo = MLB.com homepage capture
Maggie, who was nominated by Pittsburgh in the 15th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft and went pro, went through LA Dodgers, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Philadelphia, and wore the Pittsburgh uniform again in December of last year.
However, in 12 years, there was not a single major league career. In September 2021, when he was a member of Minnesota체스카지노, he was called up to the big leagues, but he had a painful experience of being demoted back to the minor leagues without being able to digest a single at-bat.
Maggie had another chance this year. He was called up to the major leagues on the 24th of last month to replace outfielder Brian Reynolds (28), who was temporarily out of power to attend his uncle’s funeral. After a long wait of 13 years, he came out as a pinch hitter in the 8th inning against the Dodgers on the 27th and finally returned to the big league stage.
However, he returned to the minor leagues on the 30th of last month when Reynolds returned. It was a planned farewell.
What stands out is the team’s performance before and after Maggie’s relegation to the minor leagues. Pittsburgh recorded a good record of 4 wins and 1 loss in the 5 games played during Maggie’s stay with the team. However, since he went back to the minor leagues, he has recorded a whopping 11 losses in 13 games. It is a result worthy of the phrase ‘Maggie’s Curse’.
As if the Pittsburgh team was conscious of this fact, it recently posted a post on its social media account with the title “Maggie’s Curse” and “After Maggie went back to the minor leagues, Pittsburgh recorded 9 losses in 10 games.” . It seemed to be a kind of torture plan to lift the curse. Pittsburgh beat Baltimore 4-0 in an away game on the 15th, breaking a four-game losing streak and winning their second victory in May.