Saturday, April 30, 2011

Derek Jeter: New York Yankees

Derek Jeter (pictured above) continues to prove that he is the most outstanding New York Yankee since Mickey Mantle. Now in his 17th year of Major League Baseball Jeter is fast approaching hit number 3,000. Barring injury he should achieve this milestone well before the conclusion of the 2011 season. Jeter's career is brimmed with glory and the attainment of five Baseball World Series victories, and counting, is the resume of a certain Hall of Famer and Yankees Legend. But his achievements extend beyond the field of play, and Jeter is noted for his generous contribution to the community and gentlemanly disposition. We are all very lucky to have seen and continue to see his brilliance, and there is no doubt that Jeter will be a Yankee for the life of his career. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

San Francisco Giants: Bay Area Aussies

To date two Australians have played Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants. The first was Damian Moss in 2003 followed by Travis Blackley in 2007, and West Australian pitcher Cameron Lamb is currently within the Giants Farm System. Traditionally the Giants have not been particularly active in Australia in terms of regularly signing amateur free agents. Nevertheless they have a decent alumni of Aussies, and the return of the Australian Baseball League may encourage the Giants to increase their scouting in Australia. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Philadelphia Phillies: Aussie Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies have established a strong presence in Australia during the last ten years in particular. Australians have played within the Phillies Farm System as far back as the 1980's though, such as Sydney catcher Gary White from 1987 to 1988. Aussies Brad Harman and Chris Snelling both played Major League Baseball with the Phillies in 2008, and Queensland pitcher Drew Naylor is a top prospect within their Farm System. The Phillies generally have about five Aussies within their farm system which is consist for the 2011 season too. During the last three to five years the Phillies have rivaled the Minnesota Twins for the highest number of Australian signed players. Nathan Davison is scouting for the Phillies in Australia, and it is likely that the number of Aussies within their farm system will continue to rise. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Oakland Athletics: Aussie A's

The green and yellow team colours of the Oakland Athletics is similar to Australia's national sporting colours of green and gold. In 2007 Chris Snelling became the first Aussie to play for the Oakland Athletics, followed by Grant Balfour. Balfour is currently on the Athletics major league roster and he is making a regular contribution to the team. The Athletics have sporadically had Australians within their farm system, but with Russell Spear scouting for them in Australia it is just a matter of time before more Aussies join this club. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Tampa Bay Rays: Aussie Sunshine

The Tampa Bay Rays have become a popular team for fans of baseball in Australia. So far two Aussies have played Major League Baseball with Tampa Bay. Damian Moss was the first in 2004 back when Tampa Bay went by the name Devil Rays. The second was flamethrower Grant Balfour who established himself as a colourful identity on the team from 2007 to 2010. 2008 and 2010 were stellar seasons for him, and in 2008 Balfour played in a Baseball World Series with the Rays, making him only the second Aussie to do so. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Florida Marlins: Aussie Big Fish

The Florida Marlins have some interesting Australian Baseball History. In 1993 they signed Australian Rules Football player Justin Charles, and to date two Aussies have played Major League Baseball with them. The first was Mark Hutton in 1996 followed by Graeme Lloyd in 2002. Despite spending his career as a pitcher Hutton enjoyed his time in the National League where he had the opportunity to bat. During his MLB career he had 24 plate appearances and a lifetime batting average of .304 including one home run. Whilst the Marlins don't currently have any Aussies within their farm system they have generally stocked one or two Aussies per seasons over the years. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Detroit Tigers: Motown Aussies

The Detroit Tigers are emerging as a popular club for Australian baseball players. At present pitcher Brad Thomas is on their major league roster. The Tigers have had Australians within their farm system dating back to the early 1980's. Gary Nilsson played Minor League Baseball with them in 1984 and Mark Ettles was drafted by the Tigers in 1989. Whilst the Tigers have historically not signed as many Aussie players as the Seattle Mariners or Minnesota Twins, we should expect to see plenty do so in the future, as Kevin Hooker and Glenn Williams are both scouting for the club in Australia and the Pacific. In addition, Aussie Andrew Graham is a field manager in the Tigers Farm System. Knocking on the door for a major league call-up are Aussie pitchers Brendan Wise and Chris Oxspring, who are both at present playing AAA in the Tigers farm system. The Detroit Tigers therefore have the capacity to be strongly represented with Aussies in both playing and support positions. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

New York Yankees: Pinstriped Aussies

The New York Yankees are one of the most famous sporting teams in the world. So to have had two Australians wear the pinstripes of the Yankees is a special chapter in Australian Baseball History. It is possible to round up the number of Aussies to three with adopted Australian Pat Kelly. In 1993 Mark Hutton was the first Australian to start a Major League Baseball game as a pitcher. In 1996 and 1998 Graeme Lloyd was the first Australian to win a Baseball World Series. He is also the only Australian to have recorded a pitching win in a World Series game and the only Australian to have had an at-bat in a World Series game. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.  

San Diego Padres: Four Aussie Amigos

The San Diego Padres are like a home away from home for Australian baseball players. With nice warm weather and sparkling beaches San Diego is a comfortable city for Aussies. In 1991 Craig Shipley became the first Australian to play Major League Baseball with the Padres, followed by Mark Ettles, Chris Oxspring, and Justin Huber. At present the Padres are equal second with the Milwaukee Brewers and Los Angeles Dodgers for number of Aussies to play on a MLB team. The Padres usually have multiple Australians within their farm system, and this is the case for the 2011 season with pitching prospect Josh Spence. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.  

Atlanta Braves: Aussie Bravehearts

The Atlanta Braves patronage of Australian baseball talent dates back to the 1980's. But it was in the 1990's that the Braves set the record for the highest signing bonus for an Australian amateur free agent. In 1993 the Braves signed Glenn Williams for approximately 1.2 million Australian Dollars. So far three Australians have played Major League Baseball with the Braves. The first was Damian Moss in 2001, followed by Peter Moylan, and Phil Stockman. Moss displayed impressive form with the Braves in 2001 and 2002, and Moylan has established himself as a regular major league player since 2006. The Braves usually have multiple Aussies within their farm system too. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Milwaukee Brewers: Aussie Brew Crew

The Milwaukee Brewers seem to like the taste of Fosters Beer, as to date four Australians have played Major League Baseball with them. The first was Dave Nilsson in 1992, followed by Graeme Lloyd, Trent Durrington, and Grant Balfour. The Brewers have recorded plenty of Australian Baseball History. In 1993 Graeme Lloyd pitched to Dave Nilsson which made the first all-Australian battery. In 1999 Dave Nilsson was a National League All-Star for the Brewers, and in 2004 Trent Durrington was the first Australian positional player to pitch at the major league level. The Brewers are currently equal second with the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers for total number of Aussies to play on a single team. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Dinkum Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have remained a steady recruiter of Australian baseball players dating back to the early 1980's. Dodger blue and Australian true-blue baseballers have a noteworthy history. To date four Australians have played Major League Baseball with the Dodgers. The first was Craig Shipley in 1986, followed by Jeff Williams, Luke Prokopec, and Trent Oeltjen. Currently the Dodgers are equal second with the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers for total number of Australians to play MLB with a single team. To purchase a copy of my baseball themed books please refer to these links: Boomerang Baseball cheapest seller and The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento cheapest seller.