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Australians In Major League Baseball

Wed Aug 17, 2005 9:55 am

How many Aussies made it to The Show and played baseball in the American Major Leagues?

David Nilsson- Milwaukee Brewers


Graeme Lloyd- New York Yankees, Montreal Expos, other teams


Glenn Williams- Minnesota Twins


Which players am I forgetting?
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:16 am

baseball-reference.com lists 16 Australian born

http://www.baseball-reference.com/bio/Australia_born.shtml

The first was Joe Quinn, who made his debut in 1884 (that's right, eighteen eightyfour) and managed from 1895 - 1899 (he compiled a record of 23 wins and 132 losses)

The next Australian was Craig Shipley (1986 - 1998) I wonder if Joe's managerial record was the reason it was nearly 100 years between Australian players in MLB  Smile

13 of the 16 were pitchers.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:19 am

I had definitely forgotten about Grant Balfour. Suprising, since he pitched for my hometown Rochester Red Wings. Worst name for a pitcher, ever.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:25 am

Actually, I guess it's 17 now - Glenn Williams isn't on the baseball-reference list, as it only goes through the final 2004 season stats, and he didn't make his MLB debut until this season.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:25 am

Dave Nilsson was a masher...that dude was bad ass up until a couple of years ago when he got hurt and retired.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Wed Aug 17, 2005 10:50 am

This guy plays - not right now though...

http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/NASA...b/team/player.jsp?player_id=429715

He's actually a friend of a friend... never met him though.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Thu Aug 18, 2005 1:22 am

Is Blackley at AAA right now?
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Thu Aug 18, 2005 9:48 pm

Quoting LHMark (Reply 6):
Is Blackley at AAA right now?

I don't know what AAA is but my friend is going over for Trav's wedding in October. I think baseball wise he is out for the season with some injury.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Fri Aug 19, 2005 1:35 am

AAA is the top level of minor league baseball. One step below the majors.
 
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Fri Aug 26, 2005 8:17 pm

It must be a karma thing. You talk about Australian ballplayers, and they magically appear.

I wound up sitting next to Aussie pitcher (and brief major-league callup) John Stephens at last night's Red Wings-Ottawa Lynx game. He was getting velocities for his Ottawa teammates with the radar gun. He educated me on the structure of Australian baseball. Apparently, MLB scouts them pretty heavily.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Fri Aug 26, 2005 11:15 pm

Quoting LHMark (Thread starter):
David Nilsson- Milwaukee Brewers

I remember, they called him "The Thunder From Down Under". He did have some pop in his bat but he also swung at everything so his BA was shit.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Sat Aug 27, 2005 1:23 am

Quoting LHMark (Reply 9):
He was getting velocities for his Ottawa teammates with the radar gun. He educated me on the structure of Australian baseball. Apparently, MLB scouts them pretty heavily.

Like his stint in the majors he was fucking that up too as he was getting readings of 108mph. Nice one John. At least he knows with Sid Pontoon Boat about to end up mangled in a DUI wreck, he will have another chance shortly.
 
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Sat Aug 27, 2005 2:37 am

More surprising than the Australians.. There is a French Canadian pitcher with the Dayton Dragons (Cin Reds A team). I had no idea there was even a word for baseball in French.

The guy is pretty good, he may go all the way unless he self-destructs.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Sat Aug 27, 2005 4:48 am

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 12):
There is a French Canadian pitcher with the Dayton Dragons (Cin Reds A team). I had no idea there was even a word for baseball in French.

Judging by attendence at Expos games neither did the Queebecios.

Eric Gagne, the closer for the Dodgers, is French Canadian and he has been around for a while.
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RE: Australians In Major League Baseball

Sat Aug 27, 2005 6:05 am

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 12):
There is a French Canadian pitcher with the Dayton Dragons

Lets hope he isn't a closer. I wonder whats French for "surrendered the game winning home run...again".

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