Craig said the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he signed with the Korea Baseball Organization’s Kiwoom Heroes with a promise to play an everyday role.
During a game against the Cubs on May 27, the rookie first baseman only had to mark Javier Baez or touch first base for the final from the inning, chasing Baez instead as he retreated toward home plate, then throwing at the catcher Michael Perez than the boys Willson Contraras raced home.
Contreras beat the day, and Baez then hit a throw to first base in the 5-3 loss.
“I feel like this game somehow defined me,” Craig told the Post-Gazette. “I didn’t want that to be the case. That’s another thing that led to my decision to go there. In a way, I almost have to start over.”
Craig, who was to become a free agent at the end of the 2021 season, played for Triple-A Indianapolis. In 20 games with the Pirates, he averaged 0.203 with 22 strikeouts.
“I’ll still be a free agent in October or whenever,” said Craig. “That helps me get my feet wet with something else.”
Craig said he expected to be on the reels “for the rest of my life” to catch the slip against the Cubs.
“There are times when it hits me and I think, ‘Did this really happen?” “Craig told the Post-Gazette. “It will hang over my head for the rest of my career. But I want to give myself the opportunity to break away from it a little.
“… I have a feeling that most of the players in their careers always have a game or some type of event,” he added. “Mine is just a little bigger than others. If I were 15 in my career, I wouldn’t be driving the game anywhere near as crazy. But because I only had a month” [of service time], it seemed so much worse. “