Daryl Maday Sighting
Former long-time San Francisco Giants prospect Daryl Maday threw a no-hitter yesterday for the Goyang Wonders of South Korea’s KBO Futures League, the KBO’s minor league. He beat the Sangmu Phoenix, which is a team sponsored by the South Korean armed forces and is composed of baseball players performing their two years of obligatory military service, sort of like how MLB players in the military during World War II mostly played on military teams as entertainment for other service men.
The Goyang Wonders are in independent team, not affiliated with any of the KBO’s major league teams. In fact, while it plays 90 games a year against other Future League teams, these games are apparently “exhibitions” that do not count in the Futures League standings, although the Wonders are trying to become a full-fledged member of the league.
The Wonders are owned by a relatively young South Korean tech billionaire, Min Hur, who himself briefly pitched (one start) in the Independent-A Can-Am League after paying Phil Niekro to teach him how to throw a knuckleball.
Daryl Maday made it up to AAA a couple of times but didn’t pitch well there. Hope he is able to find success in South Korea and perhaps work his way up to KBO’s Champions (major) League. Good luck to him!