I was a KBO 10% foreign hitter… Persistent ML vitality, WBC Korean big leaguer ‘backup’
In the KBO League, I was a foreign batter in the 10%…
Taylor Motor (34, St. Louis Cardinals) entered the major leagues again. St. Louis sent promising outfielder Jordan Walker (21) to Triple-A while signing a major league contract with Motor ahead of an away game against the San Francisco Giants on the 27th (Korean time).
The evaluation that it is an unexpected choice is dominant. MLB Traderumors said, “Walker’s demotion to the minor leagues is high-profile, but it’s also surprising to see St. Louis move quickly to bring the motor back.”
Motor first stepped into the major leagues in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays. After that, after playing for the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins, his career was cut off at the end of 2018. And in the 2020 season, he joined the Kiwoom Heroes in the KBO League.
This deal was not good enough to be considered as one of the cruelest foreign players ever in Kiwoom. Motor only had 4 hits in 35 at-bats, a batting average of 0.114, 1 home run, 3 RBIs and 4 runs in just 10 games. While striking out 10 times, he could hardly adapt to the KBO league. He played as the starting third baseman, but he was evaluated as ‘under-skill’ early and left.
Kiwoom called up again after giving him a chance in the Futures League at the time, but quickly lost money. While Kiwoom was sorting out his relationship with Motor, Motor’s wife caused controversy by complaining about his quarantine life in Korea on social media. The parting wasn’t clean either.
Kiwoom later suffered cruelty as a foreign hitter, and then enjoyed it through Yasiel Puig in 2022 and Edison Russell in 2023. At that time, Motor was expelled and Kiwoom’s new foreign hitter was Russell. Russell is back after 3 years and bombing the KBO league.
However, the movement of the motor is also interesting. He hasn’t shown much in the major leagues, but he survives by tenacity. Since 2021, he has been with the Colorado Rockies, Boston Red Sox, and Cincinnati Reds, and signed a minor contract with the St. Louis Cardinals ahead of this season.안전놀이터
Of course, in 7 games, 4 hits in 18 at-bats, batting average of 0.222, 1 RBI, OPS of 0.633, there was nothing special. St. Louis later dealt with a nomination for the motor, but this time they got their hands on it again. Even a major league contract. Instead of a 21-year-old outfield prospect, he chose a 34-year-old backup infielder.
Motor backs up starting shortstop Tommy Edman, second baseman Brandon Donovan and Paul DeJong. In particular, Edmund joined the WBC Korean national team in March and is familiar with Korean fans. MLB Trade Rumors said, “Motor is the insurance of the center infield.” The defense wasn’t bad at Kiwoom. Anyway, it is a persistent vitality in the major leagues. On this day, he did not play against the San Francisco Giants.