A rugby ball is a baseball life.
This is the story of Adrian Sampson (32, Chicago Cubs), who joined Lotte in 2020. Sampson started on the 25th (hereinafter Korean time) in the 2023 major league away demonstration game against the Cleveland Guardians held at Goodyear Goodyear Ball Park in Arizona, USA, 5 innings, 7 hits (3 homers), 4 strikeouts, 1 walk and 3 runs.
He was unstable in pitching. He hit three homers, all of which were solos, so he avoided massive runs. Still, the average ERA was lowered. This is because the contents of pitching in the demonstration game are quite uneasy. Prior to this day, the average ERA in four games was 9.95. On this day, 2 losses in 5 games and an average ERA of 8.66.
Sampson signed a contract with the Cubs for $1.9 million (about 2.5 billion won) in the 2022-2023 offseason. It’s a dignified major league contract. It’s a phase wall. He entered the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners in 2016, went through the Texas Rangers, and stayed with the KBO Lotte Giants in 2020 with a 5.40 ERA of 9-12 in 25 games.메이저놀이터
It was early in the COVID-19 pandemic. The start of the season was delayed to May, but I had to go to the US at the end of April. Due to his father’s poor health, he could not ignore the decline in his condition due to the two-week quarantine after returning from the United States.
In the end, it was difficult for Sampson to renew his contract with Lotte. He moved his steps back to America. He signed a minor contract with the Cubs. Still, he took quite a few chances in the major leagues, going back and forth from start to finish. In 2021, he went 1-2 in 10 games with a 2.80 ERA, and in 2022, he went 4-5 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 games. On the way, he was also nominated for Yang, but also went through the twists and turns of re-joining.
This time, the Cubs recognized Sampson’s work and signed a major league contract, but Sampson is not very good in the exhibition game. He is uneasy with a batting average of 0.301 and a WHIP of 1.53. He hit back-to-back home runs off Jose Ramirez and Josh Bell in the first inning, both of which went into the middle of the strike zone. The ball hit by a solo shot by Miles Straw in the 5th inning was also a mistake that went into the middle.
There’s no reason to worry about the 40-man roster since he’s signed a major league contract, but it looks like he needs some overhaul. It is fortunate that we have time to readjust because it is an exhibition match. The Cubs lost to Cleveland 3-5.