Flintoff & Dunn's NEWS ARCHIVE

It is intended that this page will maintain a historical record of previous news published on this site. From time to time we will archive old or outdated news on our "WHAT'S NEW" & "AUSSIES IN THE US LEAGUES" pages. It may interest some people to read the developments in chronological order right here.

OCT-NOV 2015

To make things easier for our loyal subscribers we will adopt a new format of
providing news involving
AUSTRALIAN Players in yellow text, while 
news about former AMLB IMPORT Players will be in white text.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Kevin Kiermaier
People who have watched the exploits of recent ABL import KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) would not be surprised in the slightest that he won the much coveted Platinum Glove Award as the best overall defensive player - for any position - in the American League. No doubt Kiermaier has been nothing short of a "human highlight reel" as the regular centre fielder for the Tampa Bay Rays throughout the 2015 season and he is a very worthy winner of the huge award.

Baseball fans would be well aware that Gold Gloves have been awarded on a position by position basis to major league players for many years, but the Platinum Gloves have only been awarded since 2011, one per league, and they have become the most prestigious defensive award in baseball.

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
We have often repeated that baseball is perhaps the greatest "leveller" among all sports, and it was hardly ever better illustrated than with the performance of Australia's major league reliever LIAM HENDRIKS. After a rough outing the previous day, Liam was simply outstanding, albeit in a losing cause, for the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 4 of the ALCS that they lost heavily 2-14 to the runaway Kansas City Royals. When veteran knuckleballer R.A Dickey was unable to get through the second inning of the game, Hendriks was required to put on his fireman's uniform and, as a fire fighter might say, "put the the wet stuff on the red stuff". Our man inherited runners on first and second bases and two out in the top of the second and, worse still, an already gaping 0-5 hole to dig out of. Before he had thrown his first pitch, Liam wheeled around and threw a perfect "strike" to the second base bag that had the runner on second picked off while trying to retreat to the bag. This proved to be a pivotal start to what was a record breaking effort by the Aussie who broke an 85yo major league baseball playoff record by securing 13 outs from twelve batters faced, the most ever for more-outs-than-batters-faced performances.
Needing to protect the Blue Jays bullpen from over-use, the life long starting pitcher was ready to roll up his sleeves and eat some innings for his teamů and he did so in magnificently efficient and effective style.
In the top of the third he got Eric Hosmer to ground out to short, Kendrys Morales to ground out to first and Mike Moustakas to fly out to third on a brilliant sliding catch. The top of the fourth saw the only hit he allowed when Alex Rios singled into centre field after Salvador Perez and Alex Gordon had both flied out to the corners. That inning concluded with Rios caught stealing on a reviewed play.
Liam then blazed through the fifth inning with Alcides Escobar grounding out to second, Ben Zobrist doing the same and Lorenzo Cain called out on strikes. He was just as efficient in the sixth when Eric Hosmer struck out swinging, Kendrys Morales fouled out to the third baseman and Mike Moustakas flying out to centre field.
Liam Hendriks' mighty 4.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k effort enabled the Jays to climb back into the contest at 2-5 when he departed but, unfortunately, things fell apart for Toronto from then on as they slipped to a very precarious 1-3 deficit in the best-of-seven series. Make no mistake it was a tremendous performance for our Aussie in the toughest of all situations.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
At the inevitable risk of sounding like "apologists" for our own Aussie, LIAM HENDRIKS, it is nonetheless a strange truism of baseball that relief pitchers do not enjoy pitching with a big lead in hand. The assignment for Hendriks in Game 3 of the ALCS in Toronto was to make hasty work of the final inning of the game with his Blue Jays leading "comfortably" 11-4 over the visiting Kansas City Royals. Of course there is rarely anything totally "comfortable" about a baseball game until the final out is recorded... and so it proved once again, to the detriment of our man. In fact, Liam did his job by throwing strikes, and with good velocity in the 97mph region, but he also found the fat part of the plate more often than he'd have liked. The free swinging Alcides Ecobar greeted him with a "seeing eye" infield single to the short stop and Ben Zobrist followed with a double to right field that barely scraped under the first baseman's glove. Lorenzo Cain took advantage of the runner at third with a sacrifice fly to right field that proved to be the only out for Hendriks on this occasion. Eric Hosmer followed with a RBI single that bounced back through the pitcher's mound to bring out the hook. To add insult to injury, next batter Kendrys Morales went deep to cash in the last of Liam's base runners and to draw the Royals somewhat threateningly to within the eventual final score of 8-11. We might say this a bit too often with respect to our countrymen, but Hendriks' line of 0.1ip 3h 3er 0bb 0k was not quite as bad as it looks on paper and an inch or two here and there would have brought a very different outcome.
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks
Aussie flag bearer LIAM HENDRIKS did pretty much exactly what was asked of him in a very high pressure situation, but his effort ended in vain when his Toronto Blue Jays fell behind 0-2 in their American League Division Series when they lost both games at home to the strong finishing Texas Rangers. The home standing Blue Jays had just fallen behind 4-5 in the top of the 14th inning when Liam was called into action, hoping to keep the opposition lead to just the one run. However, with runners on second and third bases and two out, another run scored when the speedy Delino DeShields "legged out" and infield ground ball to the short stop and thereby driving in the Rangers' sixth run. With a runner still on third base and DeShields predictably stealing second base Hendriks held firm to get the dangerous Shin-Soo Choo to line out to centre field to end the inning. Unfortunately there was to be no comeback for the Jays in the bottom of the 14th as Texas claimed a 6-4 triumph. Liam's playoff debut ended with the line of 0.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA)
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks

Tyler Collins

Australian LIAM HENDRIKS ended his very positive 2015 regular season on a strong note with a couple of crisp outs in the final game of the regular season. Liam threw five of ten pitches for strikes with 0.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 0k (2.92 ERA) for the Toronto Blue Jays who had nothing to play for in a meaningless 3-12 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Hendriks came to the bump in the bottom of the fifth just after the Rays had homered to take a demoralising 12-1 lead and with one out in the inning. He wasn't about to let things get any further out of hand with Luke Maile grounding out back to himself on the infield and Brandon Guyer grounding out to the short stop. We wish Liam every success in the post season where a World Series ring is a very genuine possibility for our man.

Recent ABL import DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) also concluded a positive first season as the new starting short stop for the New York Yankees who lost their final game of the season 4-9 to the Baltimore Orioles. He also enters the post season on a good note by batting 2-3 (.265) plus a walk and a run batted in.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) batted 1-4 (.266) with a walk and three big RBIs coming via a booming triple for the Detroit Tigers who rolled over the rival Chicago White Sox 6-0.

Although he didn't see a lot of playing time in the majors this season, as least JAMES JONES (Adelaide Bite 2012) finished the season on the big league roster with another appearance as a defensive replacement for the Seattle Mariners who edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 in the last game of the year.

Didi Gregorius

James Jones

Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan

Kevin Kiermaier

Keon Broxton

Tyler Collins

Aussie PETE MOYLAN was again used as a "spot reliever" today when he threw just four pitches for the Atlanta Braves who were shut out 0-3 by the visiting Washington Nationals at Turner Field. Moylan took over to begin the top of the eighth but, after Wilson Ramos led off the inning with a single into right field and a left-handed pinch hitter was summoned, he was immediately lifted. His line for the day was 0.0ip 1h 1er 0bb 0k (3.48 ERA) when his base runner scored later in the frame. Yesterday Moylan played a more critical role for the Braves when he recorded his third hold of the season with a decisive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k in their 2-0 win over the 'Nats'. Pitching the top of the seventh, Pete struck out Michael Taylor, then got pinch hitter Reed Johnson and Anthony Rendon to both ground out to short.

The impressive MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) struck out all three batters he faced with 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 3k (1.88 ERA) for the Baltimore Orioles who outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4. Givens was a little less clinical yesterday when he pitched 1.0ip 0h 0er 2bb 1k in the Orioles 8-1 win over the Jays. In that game Australia's LIAM HENDRIKS took some uncustomary lumps while pitching in relief for Toronto. Liam was handed the "poisoned ball" in the bottom of the seventh, just after Baltimore had cracked open a 0-0 game with back-to-back home runs to open the frame. He was unable to halt the runaway momentum when Jonathan Schoop doubled to deep centre field and Matt Wieters followed with a four pitch walk. Liam was given the hook after Steve Pearce singled up the middle and he received a further slap when all three of his runners were cashed-in during the inning after he departed. If left him with the unflattering line of 0.0ip 2h 3er 1bb 0k (2.95 ERA).

Short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-2 (.263) plus a walk for the New York Yankees who claimed a consolation win in the final game of the series 4-1 over the belatedly in-form Boston Red Sox.

KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) was swinging the stick with authority again today with 3-4 (.265) for the Tampa Bay Rays who saw off the Miami Marlins 4-1.

Finally seeing some decent defensive action yesterday was our most recent new major leaguer KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) who played both left field and centre field as an injury replacement during the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-11 loss to the St.Louis Cardinals in the second game of a double header. Broxton batted 0-1 (.000).

Evergreen backup catcher DAVID ROSS (MLB All-Stars 2001) batted 1-5 (.179) for the Chicago Cubs who romped 10-3 over the Cincinnati Reds.

TYLER COLLINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2012) chimed in with two more RBIs while batting 1-4 (.263) for the Detroit Tigers during their 2-6 defeat by the Texas Rangers.

Another recent addition to our list of new major league players, ROCKY GALE (Adelaide Bite 2015), finally enjoyed his first major league hit as the starting catcher for the San Diego Padres who were blanked 0-5 by the Milwaukee Brewers.

Liam Hendriks

Mychal Givens

David Ross

Rocky Gale


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