The reason why Darin Ruff (37, San Francisco Giants) was sluggish in the US Major League (ML) New York Mets has been revealed.
Ruff played as the 5th and designated hitter in the 2023 Major League home game against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at Oracle Park in San Francisco, California on the 13th (Korean time), and played an active role with 2 hits, 1 RBI and 1 strikeout in 4 at-bats. Despite Ruff’s performance, San Francisco allowed a come-from-behind 3-run homer to Max Muncy in the 6th inning and suffered a come-from-behind loss 5-10.
This day was Ruff’s return to San Francisco. From 2017 to 2019, Ruff made a big success as the 4th hitter of the Samsung Lions in the Korean KBO League, then returned to the major leagues through San Francisco in the 2021 season. In the first year of his return, he started as an invited player to spring camp and became a member of the platoon.
However, last year in San Francisco, he had a batting average of 0.216 and an 11 home run OPS of 0.701 in 90 games, and eventually moved to the New York Mets at the trade deadline. It was even more shocking at the New York Mets. He played in 29 games, hit no home runs, and had a batting average of 0.152 and an OPS of 0.413.
The reason for this was known through MLB.com, the official website of the major leagues, which dealt with the return of Rough. MLB.com said, “Ruff had a disappointing seven months in New York. The reason for his lack of success was the unexpected death of his father. He mourned his father’s absence and traveled back and forth between New York and home (Omaha, Central America) for his family. Personally, I had a rough year,” he explained.
According to San Francisco local media Mercury News, Ruff’s father, Bill, passed away suddenly in March last year. However, some New York Mets fans who learned about this only after Ruff left reacted coldly. Another American media, Sports Kidda, said, “One thing many Mets fans didn’t know was that Ruff was grieving the loss of his father while he was here. He had a very close relationship with his father, and his death affected him a lot.” Their reactions were also shared. 메이저놀이터
Some Mets fans were cynical, saying, “I feel bad. I don’t know why Ruff kept it a secret” and “It’s sad, but (trade) is a business that speaks for itself.”
For the New York Mets, there is no choice but to be disappointed. The Mets gave up a total of four players to San Francisco last year to acquire Ruff, including major league roster infielder JD Davis, starting pitcher Thomas Szappusky, and minor leaguers Carson Seymour and Nick Zwack. It is a trade that only matches the assortment except for Davis and Szapusky, but it is regrettable because there is nothing to gain from the New York Mets.
San Francisco just brought back the rough, which was released in early April after outfielders Austin Slater and Mitch Haniger left due to injuries. Since the released player was brought in, San Francisco only needs to pay the basic salary. Ruff is expected to play an active role as a left-handed opponent platoon like he did in the 1st season of San Francisco, and on this day also played an active role, such as hitting a timely hit against Clayton Kershaw.
After the game, Ruff said in an interview with MLB.com, “The hugs I had with my teammates today were even better than the hugs I had when I was traded last August. It was great to see everyone.”