Pittsburgh Pirates’ Drew Maggi spent 13 years in the minor leagues only to get hit with a pitch-clock violation in his debut at-bat last night
Drew Maggi spent 13 seasons in the minor leagues before getting a chance to make his Major League Baseball debut last night with the red hot Pittsburgh Pirates.
In an 8-1 dismantling of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Maggi finally got the call in the bottom of the eighth inning to step up to the plate and PNC Park absolutely loved it.
Drew Maggi MLB Debut
Maggi received a roaring round of applause and a standing ovation from the Pittsburgh fans in attendance and given the occasion, it definitely slowed things down while the pitch-clock was ticking away, resulting in the home plate umpire issuing Maggi a pitch-clock violation.
Welcome to Major League Baseball in 2023
Look, I completely understand that umpires have to make these types of calls now. There’s really no room for any type of exceptions either, but that doesn’t mean it’s not annoying and honestly, pretty ridiculous when it happens.
We saw this happen with Cody Bollinger returning to Dodger Stadium and receiving a standing ovation earlier this season.
Cody Bollinger Pitch Clock Violation
How will Bryce Harper handle the pitch-clock?
It also makes me wonder how Bryce Harper will handle the new pitch-clock rules while making me worried we may never see another walkup like we did in the NLCS in baseball ever again.
Anyways, Drew Maggi’s journey to the MLB was pretty special.
Grinding out 13 years in the minor leagues before finally getting your shot is pretty freaking cool.
Drew Maggi on Major League Baseball Debut
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Originally tweeted by Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) on April 27, 2023.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been the biggest surprise in the MLB to start the 2023, storming out of the gates to a 17-8 record. They are 8-2 over their last 10 games and are currently in first place in the National League Central, leading the Milwaukee Brewers by a game.
Maggi will continue to get playing time with the Pittsburgh Pirates and is listed as the starter at third base today as the Buccos face the Dodgers again at 12:35PM in Pittsburgh.