During his time on the Dodgers, pitcher Kenta Maeda was never one to take himself too seriously. He rarely, if ever, made himself the center of attention and always competed in each and every appearance.
After four seasons with the Dodgers, Maeda was traded to the Twins in exchange for Brusdar Graterol and Luke Raley in February of 2020. Sending Kenta to Minnesota was part of the fallout from the Dodgers acquiring Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox.
On Friday, Maeda, who’s rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, made the trip from the Twins Fort Meyers complex to Tampa Bay to cheer on his teammates from the dugout as they took on the Rays. Unfortunately for Kenta, he happened to join the team for the game that ended their seven-game winning streak.
As recompense for his transgressions, Maeda did not make a return trip to the visitor’s dugout at Tropicana Field. Instead, he left a heartfelt message and apology for his teammates. Ever the classy individual, right-handed pitcher took full responsibility for the Twin’s loss on Friday.
After all, baseball is a game full of superstitions.
This isn’t the former Dodgers pitcher’s first amazing social media moment. After the universal DH was announced, the hurler expressed his displeasure. Jokingly, of course.
In his first season with the Twins, Maeda was one of the best starters in baseball in the abbreviated 60-game season. He posted a 2.70 ERA and led the MLB in WHIP (0.75) in 11 starts. He wound up finishing second in AL Cy Young behind Cleveland’s Shane Bieber.
The Twins are hopeful that Maeda will return sometime during this season.
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