It was done! After 11 years in the minors, Twins player finally made his MLB debut

It took 11 long years – which was a total of 1,042 games and 4,075 plate appearances in the minor leagues with five organizations – but infielder Drew Maggi finally managed to see action in the majors with the Minnesota Twins club.

The little things kept him going as he put his personal life aside for a decade to pursue his big league dream. He is not married or has children. He’s earned a minor league salary for all that time. But a text from his mother to continue or a message from his friend saying “We believe in you,” and the few opportunities he kept taking advantage of helped him move forward and come back year after year.

When Maggi, 32, was called into manager Rocco Baldelli’s office on Saturday, the third baseman panicked because he thought he was in trouble. Baldelli and first base coach Tommy Atkins asked him where he was on Friday night during Maggi’s first trip with the big team as part of the Minnesota rotating roster. Maggi insisted he simply went to get a drink from the bar at the hotel.

“Baldelli told me that that was exactly what he should be doing,” Maggi recalled. “Then he said, ‘Congratulations, you’re a major league now.’ My heart and my emotions were uncontrollable. “

Do-Hyoung Park / MLB.com

Gabriel Delgado

I started as a rookie on Al Bat in early 2018 and am going for my third season covering Major League Baseball as a web reporter. I am a fan of the San Francisco Giants, a number one defender of Barry Bonds and a critic of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Fernando Tatis Jr., Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña are the future of baseball, Mike Trout is overrated, and the Astros deserved to be taken away from the World Series for cheating. Besides baseball, I also enjoy soccer, football, basketball, and just about any other game that includes a ball or a ball. I am also an amateur musician, penniless gamer and very nerdy. Graduated in journalism from the University of Guadalajara, I graduated in 2017. Born in the shrimp capital of the world, Escuinapa, Sinaloa. I lived in Australia for a while; i survived giant spiders, tasmanian devils and fought a kangaroo and didn’t die trying.

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