A stage where you can fully express your competitive spirit and compete. For Kurt McCarty (28), the KBO League means that.
SSG Landers new foreign pitcher McCarty recorded 1 win, 1 loss and an average ERA of 3.09 in 4 games he started in April. In his first appearance, against the KIA Tigers on the 2nd, he gave up 10 hits and 8 runs, giving up anxiety, but on the 9th against the Hanwha Eagles, he rebounded with 6 scoreless innings. McCarty threw well against the NC Dinos on the 15th and against the Kiwoom Heroes on the 22nd, recording 7 scoreless innings and 2 runs in 7 innings (no loss), respectively. He has held no earned runs in the last 3 games (20 innings) in a row.
SSG coach Kim Won-hyung said, “The first game (against KIA on the 2nd) was a process of adaptation with a lot of spectators. The pitch, which aggressively put various breaking balls into the strike zone as well as fast balls, was impressive.” McCarty said calmly, “In fact, compared to the first game, there is nothing particularly different in the following 3 games. In the KIA game, the opposing batters seemed to only hit the ground empty space, and the field team’s defensive support was good in the last 3 games.” .
Most foreign players head to the Asian stage to confirm their competitiveness or to earn more money.
The background of McCarty’s trip to Korea seems a little different. He explained, “As a player, I have a competitive spirit and always want to win. I don’t mean to say anything bad about the American league system, but the minor leagues weren’t a stage where players and teams wanted to win.” In the game, I was able to give the meaning that other pitchers could rest if I went to the mound, but there was no such thing in the minor leagues. So, I had a dream to play in Korea, where I was tasked with leading the team to victory.”
McCarty, who was selected by the Cleveland Guardians in the 2017 MLB draft, entered the big leagues in 2022 and pitched in a total of 13 games. In his previous five years (2017–2021), he had started a total of 95 games in the minor leagues.
Even his brief big league experience confirmed his thirst. McCarty said, “Even in MLB, when it is confirmed whether or not to advance to the postseason (PS), there are many games in which the results are meaningless. In the KBO League, the advantage is different for each ranking. It is fun and attractive that all 144 games are important matches,” he emphasized.
SSG kept first place throughout the regular season last season (2022) and won, but the magic number disappeared on October 4, four days before the final game. McCarty, who has always wanted to throw the ball seriously in the air current, found the KBO league’s PS method more interesting. He has
already adapted to Korean culture. He has a hobby of walking in front of his house with his wife, and the food goes well with him. 토토사이트
When asked about McCarty’s willingness to re-enter the big leagues, he laughed, saying, “I like the KBO league.” McCarty, who saw SSG’s Korean Series victory last season through YouTube, expressed his desire to win, saying, “I got goosebumps all the time watching it. I wanted to be there too.”