23 April, 2023
The moment a baseball player hears his name called to the major leagues is one of the most anticipated in the sport. But some players have to hold their horses for longer than others.
Class AA shortstop Drew Maggi was shocked to learn on Saturday that the Pittsburgh Pirates were signing him after 1,155 games and 13 seasons in the minors.
Rookie manager Callix Crabbe made the announcement in the locker room of the Double-A Eastern League’s Altoona Curve, causing a tense and emotional scenario.
Crabbe made the revelation, telling his squad that the man in question “exemplifies grit.” also, perseverance.
Before being demoted back to the minors, Maggi, now 33, came close to making his MLB debut on September 18, 2021, when he was picked to join the Minnesota Twins’ taxi squad.
Maggi will don the No. 39 for the Pirates, which was formerly worn by 1978 National League Most Valuable Player and former Pirates outfielder Dave Parker.