No hitter and release in Korea… Former Samsung Maguire retires at age 33

The protagonist of the last no-hitter game in the KBO League, former Samsung Lions pitcher Deck McGuire (33), announced his retirement from active duty. 

Maguire announced his retirement from active duty on his SNS on the 17th (hereinafter Korean time). Born in 1989, he came down from the mound at a relatively young age of 33. 

Maguire said, “I fulfilled my dream of becoming a professional baseball player for 12 years, and that time is over. I am grateful to all the clubs that allowed me to wear the uniform. I’m grateful to all the leaders I’ve talked to about life and baseball. I am grateful to all my teammates and family,” he said. “I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I want to continue to be with baseball.” 

McGuire, a 198 cm tall right-hander, is a prospect selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 11th overall round in the 2010 draft. However, he did not grow as much as he expected, and in 2017, at the late age of 28, he made his big league debut with the Cincinnati Reds. 

He showed potential with an average ERA of 2.63 with 1 win and 1 loss in 6 games (2 starts), but the following year, he went back and forth between Toronto and LA Angels in 21 games (4 starts) and 2 losses with an ERA of 6.16. 안전놀이터 He threw a challenge to the Korean stage in 2019, leaving a record of 27 games (6 starts), 1 win, 3 losses and an average ERA of 5.23 in 2 seasons in the major leagues. 

After signing with the Samsung Lions of the KBO League, expectations were raised as an ace to the extent that he started as a starter in the opening game. He quickly melted into the culture of good manners in Korea, such as taking off his hat every time he received a ball from the referee and bowing 90 degrees to the batter after the ball, but his performance was up to expectations with 4 wins and 8 losses in 21 games (112⅓ innings) with an earned run average of 5.05. It’s crazy. Due to overlapping sluggishness and hamstring injuries, he was released in early August. 

Although he did not succeed in Korea, he also left unforgettable memories with the no-hitter game. On April 21 of that year, in 9 innings against Hanwha in Daejeon, he had a walk and one hit ball each, but he struck out 13 and did not hit a single hit. The 14th no-hitter game in KBO league history. It hasn’t come out since Maguire. He was also the first player ever to achieve his first win in his KBO League debut with a no-hitter game. 

After leaving Korea, he signed a minor contract with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2020, but was released when the opening was delayed in the aftermath of the corona. After a year of forced hiatus, he signed a contract with Taiwan Professional Baseball’s Rakuten Monkeys in 2021, but was released again as he was sluggish with an ERA of 6.00 in 10 games, 1 win and 3 losses. This year, he signed a minor contract with the Cincinnati Reds at the end of May after playing for the Gastonia Honey Hunters in the American independent league.

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