Pittsburgh Pirates fans were furious. This is because Pittsburgh coach Derek Shelton did not appoint Choi Ji-man (32).
Pittsburgh lost 0-7 against the Houston Astros in the ‘2023 Major League Baseball’ held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on the 13th (Korean time). The mound also failed to block the opponent’s lineup, but the offensive flow was frustrating. Against the Houston mound, he bowed his head with only three hits and an empty ball.
Bae Ji-hwan (shortstop) – Brian Reynolds (left fielder) – Andrew McCutchen (designated hitter) – Carlos Santana (1st baseman) – Brian Hayes (3rd baseman) – Connor Joe (right fielder) – Jack Swinski (center fielder) -Mark Mathias (second baseman)-Tyler Heineman (catcher) made up the starting list.
There is something that stands out.메이저놀이터 Choi Ji-man, who hit home runs in two consecutive games, was left out of the starting list.
Choi Ji-man is one of the best hitters among Pittsburgh hitters in recent years. In the previous two games against Houston (11th and 12th), he boasted excellent sense with 3 hits (2 homers) and 2 RBIs in 8 at-bats. In particular, all three of his hits were long hits, and it was significant in that it was a single shot that attacked opposing aces who were cruising, such as Framber Valdez and Christian Javier.
However, only Choi was excluded from the selection list, and no accurate news regarding this was known. There was no special mention from coach Shelton, such as injury and condition management, and since the opponent was not a left-handed pitcher, more question marks followed.
For this reason, Pittsburgh fans complained about manager Shelton’s lineup management in a post on the starting list on the 13th uploaded to the club’s social media. Choi Ji-man, who has recently been in good shape, should be included in the starting list.
Fans said, “Why is only Choi, the hottest player in this series, on the bench?”, “I don’t understand why Jiman Choi didn’t play against a right-handed pitcher”, “I’m not a fan of Jiman Choi, but Coach Shelton intentionally said, “I’m not a fan of Jiman Choi. I put the player on the bench. Was there an order from the top? This shouldn’t happen again”, “Leave the manager to me. At least I’m not going to leave a hitter who hit a home run in two consecutive games on the bench”, etc. Criticism continued in a strong tone.
It was not known whether Choi Ji-man’s absence had an impact on the outcome of the game, but it was a bench judgment that fans could surely regret when seeing Pittsburgh’s lethargic loss that day.
While it is not known for what reason Choi Ji-man was absent, fans’ dissatisfaction with manager Shelton and the club is growing out of control.