Best in Pittsburgh, but had no hits in 3 at-bats in the first exhibition game after transfer
Choi Ji-man (32, Pittsburgh Pirates) had no hits in the major league (MLB) demonstration game he played for the first time after transferring.먹튀검증
Choi Ji-man started as the designated hitter in the 2023 MLB demonstration game against the New York Yankees held on the 3rd (Korean time) at Lecom Park in Bradenton, Florida, USA, and went 3 at bats with 1 strikeout and no hits.
In the bottom of the second inning, with Pittsburgh trailing 0-3, Choi Ji-man, who had his first at-bat as the lead batter, struck out on a miss by Yankees starter Wandy Peralta.
In the second at-bat he entered in the bottom of the 4th inning with no runners on second base, he retired with a grounder to second base, and in the bottom of the seventh inning, he was out with a grounder to first base.
In the bottom of the 9th inning, Choi Ji-man made his last at-bat with 2 out on 1st and 2nd base, but was replaced by pinch hitter Malcolm Nunes and ended the game unfortunately.
Choi Ji-man, who underwent surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow last November, made his first appearance in an exhibition game on this day after rehabilitation.
Initially, he was listed on the final list of the Korean national team for the 2023 World Baseball Classic (WBC), but the participation was canceled due to opposition from the Pittsburgh club, which was concerned about his physical condition.
Choi Ji-man, who trained at the Pittsburgh spring camp instead of joining the national team, is expected to become the team’s first baseman this season. He becomes a free agent (FA) after the season.
Meanwhile, Pittsburgh lost to the Yankees 1-9. Bae Ji-hwan, who plays together with Choi Ji-man in Pittsburgh, did not participate in the game that day.