“I’m proud of him, he’s the best son ever. I’m lucky to have a son like him.”
NC Dinos ace Eric Peddie, 30, after winning five awards, including the MVP trophy. His father, Scott Peddie, watched from the sidelines of the awards ceremony. He had flown to South Korea from the U.S. with his son, wondering when he would be able to attend such an honor. He couldn’t have been happier to congratulate his son, who has quietly and diligently worked his way up through the ranks of baseball players.굿모닝토토 도메인
Pedi was named MVP of the 2023 Shinhan Bank SOL KBO Award Ceremony held at the Westin Chosun Chosun Seoul in Sogong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul on July 27. He received 102 out of 111 votes in the journalists’ poll, representing 91.9% of the vote.
In addition to the MVP, he won four more trophies, making him a five-time winner. Pedi started 30 games this season, posting a 20-6 record, 180⅓ innings pitched, 209 strikeouts, and a 2.00 ERA. He led the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA, becoming the fourth player in KBO history and the first foreigner to win the Pitcher’s Triple Crown. In addition, he became the first pitcher to win the newly created defense award.
“I traveled a long way to be there for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and to see my son win the MVP,” said Scott. “Pedi was the best son I could ever be proud of. He excelled in school. I’m lucky to have a son like him,” he smiled.
He gets emotional when he talks about watching his son get recognized in other countries. Pedi was a first-round pick of the Washington Nationals in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, but his career never quite took off. He broke into the big leagues in 2017 and appeared in 102 games (88 starts) through last year, posting a 21-33 record, 454 1/3 innings pitched, and a 5.41 ERA. While he was capable of competing for four or five starts in Washington, he decided to take on a new challenge in Korea, and it paid off.
Adjusting to the Korean team and culture wasn’t easy. “For the first time in my baseball career, I felt like an ‘outsider,'” Peddie recalls of joining the team for NC’s spring training in Tucson, Arizona, in February. It was a new environment and there was a language barrier. But I wanted to make the team like me, and I put in a lot of effort. I wanted to make the team like me, and I put in a lot of effort, and now I’m really happy that they’re like brothers.”
“I left the choice up to him, but I remember telling him that it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live abroad and play in a different league, so he should choose well,” Scott said.
As he talks about how proud he is of his son for successfully completing the challenge, he gets a little teary-eyed. “As a dad, it’s natural to be proud of Pedi,” he says, “but I was just so proud of him, I was crying. He works so hard,” he said, choking back tears.
Scott also traveled to South Korea in July with another family member to enjoy the culture of the KBO. “We were there for about 16 days in July and watched him pitch four games, and we went to the All-Star Game. It’s always fun to see him pitch. I also enjoyed the Korean fan culture. It’s fun to sing along to the chants and stuff like that.”
He also remembers his son, who was unwell during the postseason and was limited to one appearance, and who broke down in tears when NC was eliminated from the playoffs. At the time, there were suspicions that Pedi was saving his body in anticipation of entering the major leagues.
Scott said, “I believe that if he could have pitched, he would have pitched. I think he was very disappointed because he is a serious player and I think he was very angry.” Scott comforted his son, who must have been upset.
Pedi will now begin to weigh his options, including staying with NC and returning to the United States. NC has made it a priority to re-sign Peddie, which is very difficult to do when you’re engaged in a bidding war with a major league club.
“If we’re talking about next year, I think I need to talk to NC first, and then I might talk to other teams. I’m going to put my family first and make a decision.” We can look forward to seeing Pedi and his father, Scott, in an NC jersey again.