Yesterday afternoon, the Goyang Wonders newly acquired starter, Daryl Maday, pitched a no-hitter. He played in the San Francisco Giants organization for the past seven years, and a former teammate of his currently happens to play for another Korean team.
Maday was perfect through 5.1 innings until he gave up a walk. However, he retired the final 11 batters for the no-no. He also struck out 14 batters in the process.
It is a shame that the game does not count in the standings, nor does it effect players’ stats. The Goyang Wonders are an independent ballclub own by a billionaire, who also pitches for an independent team in the United States. You can refer to our past article for more information about the team.
The Wonders claim they had been informed by the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) that they would be playing “officially” in the Futures League, which is KBO’s farm system. Instead the KBO granted the team 48 exhibition games against Futures League ballclubs for their inaugural season in 2012. This number, however, was raised to 90 this year, and the team continues to fight for an official status in the league. Wonders manager, Kim Sung-keun (김성근), believes outperforming other teams would give the franchise a leverage to gain that status.
Or is it a relief that it does not count in the standings? The victim of Maday’s no-hitter were the Sangmu Phoenix, who won the Southern League in the past two seasons. The team is operated by the Republic of Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps, which had been established specifically for athletes as an alternative for their conscription. Instead of guarding outposts and working on drills, players who make the Athletic Corps earn the privilege to continue their training of whatever sport they are involved in. (More on Korean athletes and conscription) So, he did pitch against Korean big league regulars.
Whether it counts or not, Maday has proved his abilities, and the Goyang Wonders are celebrating the first no-hitter in franchise history.
- Goyang Wonders: Box score of April 19, 2014
- Reuters (Dec. 26, 2012): Korea’s Wonders slam KBO’s “broken promise”
- The Korea Times (Dec. 28, 2011): Kim Sung-kun evaluates Goyang’s new Wonders