Deck McGuire is the definition of perseverance. Without it, he wouldn’t still be playing baseball.
Over the last seven seasons the former No. 1 pick of the Toronto Blue Jays has been on quite a journey, pitching in nearly 200 games and playing for four different Major League organizations, the latest being the Cincinnati Reds.
The former Georgia Tech standout has logged more than 1,000 innings and has won nine games five times – he narrowly missed on the elusive 10th win Monday night after coming away with no decision in Pensacola’s 3-1 win over Jackson. He has no plans to call it a day in the pursuit of his Major League dream anytime soon.
In the wake of that no decision against the Generals last week, McGuire’s attitude is just as impressive as his willingness to stick it out in a game where there are no guarantees regardless of how high you are drafted.
He was wearing a smile as he stood in the tunnel leading to the clubhouse and talked about his latest performance for the Double-A Blue Wahoos, one in which he went seven innings and gave up just one run on five hits. He struck out seven.
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