Friday, April 22, 2011

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.