Seattle Mariners right-hander George Kirby, who is in his second season in the major leagues, became the target of criticism for a word he left in an interview.
Kirby said in an interview after pitching in the away game against the Tampa Bay Rays on the 9th (Korean time), “Honestly, I didn’t want to pitch in the 7th inning. At that time, he said, “He already had 90 pitches and he didn’t think he needed to throw any more.”
On this day, Kirby pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 home run, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts, and 4 runs.
After allowing two runs in the first inning, they stabilized and remained scoreless until the sixth inning. Meanwhile, the team went back to 4-2.
On the mound in the 7th inning, he allowed a double to Jose Siri and then hit a tying two-run home run to Lene Pinto. The team ended up losing 4-7, allowing 4 runs in the 7th inning.
The despair of hitting a tying home run did not seem to have gone away. And he caused controversy by leaving a comment that was unbecoming of a professional athlete.
Retired players all shared his interview video through their X (formerly Twitter) account and left a comment.스포츠토토
“This is one of the reasons I will never coach in the big leagues,” said Jared Weaver, who played 11 seasons for the Los Angeles Angels. I threw 90 pitches and shouldn’t have left? What on earth is this? I’m truly embarrassed. “Let’s come to our senses and work,” he wrote.
Derek Holland, who played 13 seasons in the major leagues, re-shared Weaver’s post and said, “That’s absolutely correct. I wasn’t the best pitcher, but I always wanted to throw until my team got the ball. I wanted to start and finish. All the veterans instilled that awareness in me. “If I had said that, the veterans wouldn’t have left me alone,” he said.
“I can’t imagine thinking those things on the mound or during the game,” said Mark Mulder, a two-time All-Star with the Oakland Athletics. “It’s really crazy that a player playing at a high level can be so mentally weak,” he criticized.
Roger Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, also added a word of support. “It’s really painful to hear,” he began, adding, “It’s something that wouldn’t have made sense in the past. “Unfortunately, this is the way athletes are educated in the modern era of data analytics.”
The person who caused the controversy bowed his head within a day. Kirby, who met with reporters ahead of the away game against Tampa Bay on the 10th, said, “It was clearly something I messed up. That’s not who I am. It is up to the manager to decide when I go off the mound. It really didn’t look like me. I am an athlete who loves to compete. “I ruined it,” he said, regretting his remarks.
“If a mistake you make only affects you, it won’t be a big deal,” said coach Scott Service. But if it affects others, then it starts to get noticed. “I think Kirby will learn something from this incident,” he said.