Former Oregon Duck Scott McGough has received the opportunity of a lifetime as he was named to the United States national baseball team back in July.
McGough previously played for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team in 2010, and over a decade later he has the chance to win gold.
The opportunity to win gold is much more special given baseball wasn’t played at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics.
"The fact that baseball is back in and I was asked to play? Absolutely it's a dream come true," he told goducks.com.
McGough has become a nomad throughout his professional career. Having been part of four MLB organizations, he was only able to receive an opportunity in 2015 with the Miami Marlins. With them, he appeared in six games.
From there he would go on to play in the minor leagues for the next three seasons.
As the story goes, a scout from the Tokyo Yakult Swallows was in attendance for one of his games in Albuquerque and expressed interest. After re-signing with his minor league for another season, the Swallows would go on to buyout his contract.
Since then, McGough, 31, has had the best stretch of his career. He’s compiled a 3.19 ERA in 154 appearances since 2019, including a 2.39 ERA with 16 saves and 53 strikeouts in 37.2 innings so far this season.
"The older you get, the more you figure out things with your body – how to pitch, what to throw a guy," said McGough. "You read stuff a little bit better. Yeah, I absolutely feel great. Everything's going really well this year."
Along with being an Olympian and a former pro athlete, McGough was also well received while he was with the Ducks. He was a two-time captain and voted the best teammate. Qualities any team would want.