Exit from Samsung → 2 years cold meal in minor leagues → Return to MLB after 1474 days → Surprising victory with 3 scoreless innings in front of family ‘Impressed’
Ben Lively (31, Cincinnati), who is familiar to KBO League fans by wearing Samsung uniforms over three seasons, did not give up his dream of returning to the major leagues. As a result, an emotional moment came.
Cincinnati beat the New York Mets 5-0 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 12th (Korean time). The winning pitcher in this game was a name familiar to us. It was Lively, who was recently registered on the major league roster and was waiting to play.
Lively’s last major league appearance was on April 29, 2019, with Kansas City. It took him 1474 days to stand on the mound in the major leagues. It was a difficult situation, but Lively played well in this game and laid the foundation for the team’s victory.
On this day, Cincinnati had to operate close to Bullpen Day. After bullpen resource Derek Law went down after throwing 20 pitches, Cincinnati put in Lively, fresh out of the minor leagues, as their second pitcher. With a 4-0 lead, Lively, who took the mound after one shot in the second inning, calmly blocked the Mets’ hard hitting line and built up the team’s winning spirit.
Lively, who did not concede by catching Marte with a grounder and Vogelbaek with a strikeout in the second inning with one out and one out, was hit by Alvarez and Nemo in a row after one out in the third inning and was driven into danger. However, he dealt with Lindor as a left fielder, followed by McNeil as a straight hit to first base, and escaped the biggest crisis of the day.
Lively, who finished the 4th inning safely, went down the mound after filling 3 innings with one more outcount in the 5th inning. He threw 48 balls in 3 innings and got 4 hits, but he held on well with no runs and finished his return to the major leagues with emotion. In a situation where the bullpen pitcher had to be saved as much as possible, Lively met the expectations of the bench 120%. Lively’s win went up as the team won 5-0. It was the fifth victory of his own major league career.
▲ Ben Lively at the time of Kansas City. After this game in the photo, he moved to Samsung.
Lively, who was nominated by Cincinnati in 2013, was a highly anticipated player, but after showing slow growth, he was traded and made his major league debut in Philadelphia in 2017. As a starter in 2017, he went 4-7 with an ERA of 4.26 in 15 games, but this was his prime. After participating in 10 games in 2018 and 1 game in 2019, he was released and received a love call from KBO League Samsung, which was looking for a foreign player to replace Dek McGuire, and stepped on the Korean stage.
Lively went out to 36 games in three seasons at Samsung and recorded an average ERA of 10-12 and 4.14. He had a good pitch, but frequent injuries were a problem, and he was eventually removed midway through the 2021 season.메이저사이트
Lively later sought a comeback in the minor leagues. He signed a 2022 minor league contract with Cincinnati, his home team, and played in Triple-A. Lively, who worked with Cincinnati again ahead of this season, performed well with an ERA of 2.33 in 5 Triple A games, and eventually succeeded in entering the 26-man roster.
And on the 12th, he celebrated his comeback with a thrilling victory. On this day, Lively’s parents and older sister visited the stadium and watched his younger brother’s ‘second major league debut’. After the match, Lively said, “It was an epic match” and recalled the years.