Two weeks have passed since the Toronto Blue Jays’ final game of the 2023 season, but it is still controversial. Toronto lost 0-2 in the second game of the American League Wild Card Series against the 2023 Major League Minnesota Twins held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on the 5th (Korean time).메이저놀이터
The timing of replacing starting pitcher Jose Berrios, who had a 7-year, $131 million (approximately 178 billion won) contract, with relief Yusei Kikuchi, who had a 3-year, $36 million (approximately 48.9 billion won) contract, was very awkward. That day, Berrios had three hits until the third inning, but did not give up a single run without a walk. However, when leadoff hitter Louis Royce was walked in the bottom of the 4th inning, Max Kepler was immediately kicked out at the plate.
Afterwards, Kikuchi gave up a series of walks and hits, leading to the team’s defeat and the end of the season. Ryu Hyun-jin, whom I met at Incheon Airport on the 18th, also said, “I was preparing for the division series.” It’s a meaningless ending even for Ryu Hyun-jin, but how bitter will Berrios be?
Afterwards, the criticism from the Toronto media was enormous. When director John Schneider said something with the nuance that it seemed like it was not a decision he made of his own volition, even the fans were excited. The Athletic finally revealed that there is not a single decision that Coach Schneider can make alone on the field.
General manager Ross Atkins and president Mark Shapiro denied it one after the other. This means that it was not their decision. In the end, the pitcher change that day remained a mystery and was glossed over. President Shapiro, Director Atkins, and Director Schneider are all going together next year. This is the so-called ‘precarious cohabitation’.
When this came up as a question, Ryu Hyun-jin answered cautiously. First of all, he confirmed the simple truth that there is nothing a player can do about replacing and inserting players. “It would be disappointing from the player’s perspective. There is nothing he can do and he has to accept it. “(Pitcher replacement) is not something a player can do,” he said.
This means that nothing will change if you blame others. In fact, Ryu Hyun-jin also did not have good luck in September. However, as if she was liberated, she said, “I threw it wrong. Wouldn’t it get better next year? I am satisfied with just returning this year. “I will prepare to play better next year and bring joy,” she said.