The Pirates optioned Dovydas Neverauskas, the first Lithuanian to pitch in the Majors, to Triple A in order to make room for Ngoepe on the active roster.
"Representing my country and my continent‚ and them pushing me every single day‚ is awesome support and love from them‚" Ngoepe said. "There are 1.62 billion people on our continent. He's one of them, 1.62 billion.' Everybody was pulling for him". He's also versatile on defense with the ability to play at third and second base in addition to his natural shortstop position. "[Francisco] Cervelli hugged me and I could feel my heartbeat through my chest".
Ngoepe, who is from from Pietersburg, South Africa, became the first black South African to play professional baseball - at any level - when he signed with the Pirates in 2008. And it wasn't having to sweat out a 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs with his Pittsburgh Pirates teammates Wednesday night at PNC Park after they almost squandered a 5-1 lead.
"The less I fought myself, the better off I was", Ngoepe said.
To make his story even more inspiring, the South African-born native started playing in the Pirates' minor league system back in 2008, taking him almost a decade to reach the pinnacle of his career.
Of course, all of the Pirates dalliances with baseball players with unique backgrounds haven't been success stories. "I first saw him 6 ½ years ago in instructional league and he's completely changed".
The 27-year-old Ngoepe was recalled by Pittsburgh from their minor league affiliate Indianapolis earlier in the day. "It was my dream from the time I was a 10-year-old boy to make it to the major leagues and I reached my dream".
"Guys get called up all the time, and it's special, but this is just different", Mercer joked.
Baseball is still a novelty in most of the African continent, where soccer remains by far the most popular sport.
It seems likely that Ngoepe will get into a game quickly, despite Clint Hurdle's tendency to disappear rookies, as it'll be hard for Hurdle to hide (Or is it hide from?) both Ngoepe and Alen Hanson.
The ambitious series co-stars Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel and Joseph Fiennes, and has so far been embraced by critics. We can't wait to explore the world of Gilead and continue Margaret [Atwood]'s vision with another season on Hulu".
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The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force is planning another joint exercise soon with the Carl Vinson in the Sea of Japan. The incessant drum beat was continued last week with statements from the U.S. defence and state departments.
The forward went just two-of-eight from the line in the fourth, allowing Houston to eventually take the lead for good. They have lost two straight games after dominating the first two games against the Memphis Grizzlies.
North Korea poses "a grave threat" not just to the United States and its Asian allies, but also to China, he said. A lot of people, I'm sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else.
Cain (2-0) allowed two hits, struck out three and walked one and has been a steady presence in San Francisco's rotation so far. Garza, who suffered a right groin strain at the end of spring training, was reinstated from the disabled list before the game.
Both teams will be desperate for three points to boost their hopes of securing a Champions League soccer qualifying spot. Arsenal will be playing without midfielder Granit Xhaka who faces an ankle injury from the last week's Tottenham match.
Fom January 1 through November 12 previous year , 6,785 Afghan national security forces were killed, said John F. Fighting in Afghanistan raged even before the militant group announced the start of its spring offensive.
Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead
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Royal Caribbean to increase port calls to Malaysia
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Disney sets summer 2019 release for 'Star Wars IX'
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Trump appoints Randolph Alles as new Secret Service director
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