Christian Yelich (32‧ Milwaukee)’s future seemed to be as rough as his playing style. He hit well, ran well, could hit far and was young.
Yelich made a name for himself as one of the top players in the major leagues in 2018 and 2019. He recorded a batting average of 0.326, 36 home runs, 110 RBI, and an OPS (on-base percentage + slugging percentage) of 1.000 in 147 games in 2018, and was named the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) for the first time in his life. The following year, in 2019, he also recorded a batting average of 0.329, 44 homers, and 97 RBIs in 130 games, ranking second in the MVP vote.
He was the National League batting champion for the second year in a row, and also the OPS leader. Milwaukee thought, as anyone would have thought, that Yelich’s prime would be around for quite some time and that he would become the team’s franchise star. The nine-year, $215 million (approximately 283.6 billion won) contract signed ahead of the 2020 season symbolized this.
However, his performance plummeted immediately after his long-term contract, reminding him of another ‘curse’. Yelich’s OPS in 2020 was only 0.786, a sharp drop from the previous year (1.100), and fell further to 0.736 in 2021 and 0.738 in 2022. He’s batting 0.192 with 1 RBI and 0.594 OPS in his first 7 games this year, albeit early in the season.
Yellichi, who is going to a vicious contract after a blow that never survives. At one time, he was a special star that all teams in the league would want, but now, with sluggish performance and the shackles of long-term contracts, there were criticisms that no team would want it.
North American sports media’The Athletic’ picked Yelich from the worst malicious contracts selected by each team on the 8th (Korean time) and said,’When Yelich signs a 9-year, $215 million contract in March 2020, this is It seemed to be a figure that could be expected from a player who ranked 1st and 2nd in MVP voting in consecutive seasons (2018-2019),” said Yelich, who had just turned 28 (at the time of the contract), and had spent a lot of money until the 37-year-old season. Giving money isn’t exactly ideal, but it wasn’t unprecedented for a player with that kind of talent,’ he said.
However, ‘The Athletic’ said,스포츠토토 ‘The problem is that he hasn’t played at that (game) level since he signed the contract’ and said, ‘Is there a way out? does not exist. At this point, no one is willing to trade Yelich’s contract, and his right to veto the trade is another obstacle,’ he analyzed.