Aaron Altair, 32, who once blamed fame for his home run off Clayton Kershaw, has at least gotten a shot at the big leagues.굿모닝토토
Altair is a German-American outfielder who played for the NC Dinos of the KBO in 2020 and 2021.
In two years in the KBO, he hit 63 home runs and drove in 192 runs.
However, he turned down a big contract offer from NC ahead of the 2022 season and unexpectedly returned to the United States. It was for a big league challenge.
But we haven’t heard from him since. There was no minor league contract, let alone a major league one. There were even reports that he had given up on baseball.
After a mysterious 2022, Altair made a surprise visit to NC’s spring training camp in February 2023 to announce that he hadn’t retired and was playing baseball again.
In March, he signed with the Tri-City Valley Cats of the independent league, which isn’t even a minor league.
Players who have breakout seasons in the independent leagues sometimes get signed by big league teams. Pitcher Rich Hill had a brief stint in the independent leagues, and Japanese pitcher Yoshitomo Tsutsugo used the independent leagues to get back to the big leagues.
Altair showed off his rusty bat in 82 games in the independent leagues this year, hitting .310 with 91 doubles, 21 home runs, and 70 RBIs. He had a .294 batting average and a .385 on-base percentage. He also had a .555 on-base percentage and a .940 OPS.
It’s unlikely that Altair will return to the big leagues anytime soon. However, he’s likely to sign a minor league deal to get back into the big leagues.