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No.34 - ML Aust

We reserve this space to pay tribute to the next Australian(s) who will earn their way to
baseball's pinnacle... 'The Show'... 'The Big League'... 

The obvious possibilities are well, you tell us?

'Flintoff & Dunn' wish them all good luck and good health for the coming season.
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No.35 - ML Aust

 

 

4 OCT 2017 - GREGORIUS HAMMERS BIG HOMER FOR YANKS IN WILD CARD GAME!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Didi Gregorius
After an outstanding season both offensively and defensively, shortstop DIDI GREGORIUS came through again in a big way for the New York Yankees at a most crucial time to help them to overrun a plucky Minnesota Twins 8-4 in the American League Wild Card Game at New Yankee Stadium.

Not long after the Yankees' No.1 starter Luis Sevarino had been shelled out of the game in the top of the first with three runs on the board for the 'Twinkies', it was time for their hosts to hit back quickly. Gregorius came to the plate with two team mates aboard and with one out and, after battling a tense at bat, he hammered one over right-centre field for a three-run bomb that tied the game in the blink of an eye. It put his team back on the road to victory when it really mattered.

1 OCT 2017 - PETE MOYLAN HOLDS 24th & PLAYS ML SEASON HIGH 79th!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
As a final wrap-up of the 2017 regular season, we are happy to report that Australia's popular "elder statesman" PETER MOYLAN finished another terrific season personally with his 24th hold of the campaign helping the Kansas City Royals to outlast the playoff bound Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3.

With one on and two out in the bottom of the seventh, Pete was called upon to take care of Arizona's superstar MVP candidate, Paul Goldschmidt, who he got to ground into a force out fielded by the second baseman. Pete's line for the game was 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.49 ERA). Not for the first time in his career, the durable and reliable Moylan topped the major leagues for appearances (79), sharing it this year with Cleveland's Bryan Shaw. We tip our caps to you Pete!

30 SEPT 2017 - PETE MOYLAN HOLDS No.23 FOR ROYALS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Into the final few days of the 2017 regular season, Australia's PETER MOYLAN continues to rack up the holds with his 23rd of the year coming yesterday after he pitched 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (3.51 ERA) for the Kansas City Royals during their narrow 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Coming on to begin the top of the sixth, Pete quickly got Chris Iantetta to ground out to short and followed by punching out Paul Goldschmidt for the second out. However, he was not allowed to go any further when J.D Martinez lashed a line drive double to right and he represented the tying run.

Fellow Aussie WARWICK SAUPOLD didn't fare quite so well with 0.2ip 2h 1r 1er 1bb 1k (4.88 ERA) for the Detroit Tigers who were doubled 3-6 by the home standing Minnesota Twins at Target Field.
After coming to the mound for the bottom of the sixth, Warwick was greeted by a leadoff single from Chris Giminez before he got Ehire Adrianza to pop out to the third baseman. A full count walk to Brian Dozier advanced the runner to second and he was duly cashed in by Eduardo Escobar who punched a single up the middle. Saupold fanned Byron Buxton for the second out before being lifted.

Warwick Saupold

29 SEPT 2017 - WARWICK SAUPOLD STUNG BY THE LONG BALL!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Warwick Saupold
Australia's 32nd major league player, WARWICK SAUPOLD, was stung by a long ball today while pitching 1.0ip 1h 1r 1er 0bb 0k (4/79 ERA) for the Detroit Tigers in the midst of their 4-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. Taking over for the bottom of the sixth, Warwick was rudely greeted by a leadoff home run from Paulo Orlando who went deep over left centre. He was solid enough after that to get Alex Gordon to ground out to second, Whit Merrifield to fly out to right and Lorenzo Cain to ground out to second. Unfortunately he was saddled with KC's only run for the game.

Fellow West Australian LIAM HENDRIKS secured the one out asked of him today to record the simple line of 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (4.22 ERA) for the Oakland Athletics who rolled over the Texas Rangers 4-1. Liam played a key role for his team to get the final out in the bottom of the seventh after entering the game facing a big bases loaded threat. Hendriks held his nerve admirably to get Elvis Andrus to line out to right. At the time the go-ahead run was on base and it was obviously a critical moment in the game.

Liam Hendriks

25 SEPT 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS & WARWICK SAUPOLD BOTH SHINE!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Peter Moylan


Kevin Kiermaier

Yes, it was a non-save situation, but Aussie reliever LIAM HENDRIKS would have enjoyed closing out the Oakland Athletics 8-1 win over the Texas Rangers this morning with a slick 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (4.31 ERA). With an absolute minimum of fuss, he got Delino DeShields to fly out to right, struck out Willie Calhoun on four pitches and then got Elvis Andrus to line out to centre field on his first pitch. It was just the type of quick and clinical finish that all managers appreciate.

Australia's WARWICK SAUPOLD was very sharp today, pitching a strong 1.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 2k (4.72 ERA) at the end of the Detroit Tigers' 4-10 loss to the Minnesota Twins. Pitching the top of the ninth, Saupold struck out both Eduardo Escobar and Byron Buxton before getting Mitch Garver to line out to the first baseman.
After some tough outings lately, it was great to see Warwick earn a positive result today, even though his team was soundly beaten.

Veteran Aussie had the briefest of outing yesterday when pitching for the Kansas City Royals in the seventh inning of their big 8-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. With two runners aboard and nobody out, Pete came to the mound and hit Tim Anderson with his very first pitch to load the bases… and that was it for him!
It left him with the rather unusual line of 0.0ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.59 ERA).

Star short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) batted 1-4 (.287) with a run batted in for the New York Yankees who couldn't reel in the Toronto Blue Jays in a 5-9 loss today.

Outfielder KEON BROXTON (Sydney Blue Sox 2014) supplied one of only three hits for the Milwaukee Brewers who were strangled in a 0-5 shutout by the visiting Chicago Cubs.

A couple of former ABL imports grabbed the headlines today during the Baltimore Orioles 9-4 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) launched his 15th home run while batting 1-5 (.276) for the vanquished Rays, while MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) collected his eighth win of the season with a valuable relief effort of 1.2ip 0h 0er 0bb 2k that took his season record to 8-1, 2.70 ERA.


Warwick Saupold


Keon Broxton


Mychal Givens

23 SEPT 2017 - PETE MOYLAN GETS FOUR OUTS FOR KC IN LOSS!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Experienced Aussie PETER MOYLAN was as clean as can be today for the Kansas City Royals with a sturdy relief effort of 1.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.59 ERA) in the midst of their tough 6-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field. Pete was inserted into the fray after a leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth with the runner aboard and nobody out. He quickly got Tim Anderson to pop out to the shortstop ahead of an unassisted double play neatly secured by the first baseman to end the inning. Moylan returned for the bottom of the sixth and he got former ABL import ADAM ENGEL (Melbourne Aces 2015) to ground out softly to the short stop before making way after doing his job well once again. Engel batted 0-4 (.177) as the #9 hole hitter for the 'ChiSox' and his defence is clearly more valuable than his offence at this stage.

Star outfielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.275) and he scored a run to help the Tampa Bay Rays to stomp on the Baltimore Orioles 8-3 this morning. Converted former ABL infielder MYCHAL GIVENS (Perth Heat 2012) did all that he could with a tidy 2.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k (2.76 ERA) for the Orioles.

Mychal Givens

22 SEPT 2017 - PETER MOYLAN BRIEF - WARWICK SAUPOLD STRUGGLES!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Peter Moylan
Seasoned Aussie PETER MOYLAN did all that was asked of him by getting out the only batter he faced for the Kansas City Royals who outlasted the Toronto Blue Jays 1-0 this morning. With one out in the bottom of the seventh and no runners on base, Pete got Kevin Pillar to ground out to the third baseman with just two pitches, both thrown for strikes. It left him with the simple line of 0.1ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (3.67 ERA).

Not for the first time lately, Australia's WARWICK SAUPOLD suffered from entering a game to relieve when the result was already heading south for his Detroit Tigers and he again suffered accordingly during their heavy 1-12 pummelling by the Minnesota Twins. Warwick came to the bump to begin the top of the fifth and it didn't go well for him when Robbie Grossman and Joe Mauer both walked, either side of getting Brian Dozier struck out swinging for his only out. Those walks came back to haunt him when Jorge Polanco singled to left to load the bags and Eddie Rosario followed with a RBI single. That flurry of action left him with the rather ugly pitching line of 0.1ip 1h 1r 1er 2bb 1k (4.80 ERA).

Star rookie RHYS HOSKINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2016) batted 1-4 (.293) with two RBIs for the Philadelphia Phillies who were beatedn narrowly 4-5 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Warwick Saupold

21 SEPT 2017 - LIAM HENDRIKS GRABS HIS FIRST SAVE FOR 2017!
Here is an update of what some Aussies and former AMLB imports have been doing in the US major leagues:

Liam Hendriks


Rhys Hoskins

Australian reliever LIAM HENDRIKS must have been delighted to fill the roll of closer for the Oakland Athletics today after his 0.2ip 0h 0r 0er 0bb 1k (4.38 ERA) effort brought him his first save of the season at the end of a tight 3-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. Liam was summoned to the hill with only one out in the bottom of the ninth, just after the Tigers had plated two runs to pull within one. With the home fans suddenly energised in Comerica Park, Liam kept his calm to get Jose Iglesias to ground into a force to the short stop. Even after a wild pitch moved the runner into scoring position, Hendriks struck out Alex Presley to end the game in impressive style.

Star short stop DIDI GREGORIUS (Canberra Cavalry 2011) clocked his 25th home run of an unusually power laden season for him while batting 1-4 (.291) with three RBIs as part of the New York Yankees 11-3 hammering of the travelling Minnesota Twins.

Philadelphia Phillies rookie "phenom" RHYS HOSKINS (Sydney Blue Sox 2016) batted 0-2 (.294) today, but he did walk twice to indicate the power threat he poses during their 7-5 home win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Apparently the former ABL import has made such a huge early impression on long-suffering Phillies fans that they have begun naming new born children after him!!

Centrefielder KEVIN KIERMAIER (Canberra Cavalry 2012) batted 1-4 (.276) with a run batted in as part of the Tampa Bay Rays comfortable 8-1 win over the visiting World Champion Chicago Cubs.


Didi Gregorius


Kevin Kiermaier

 

  
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No.3 - ML Aust
David Nilsson
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Graeme Lloyd
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Mark Hutton
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Mark Ettles
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No.9 - ML Aust
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Chris Snelling
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Glenn Williams
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Justin Huber
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Chris Oxspring
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Peter Moylan
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Phil Stockman
No.24 - ML Aust
Ryan Row'd-Smith
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Richard Thompson
No.26 - ML Aust
Brad Harman
No.27 - ML Aust
Trent Oeltjen
     
No.28 - ML Aust
Luke Hughes
No.29 - ML Aust
Josh Spence
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Shane Lindsay
No.31 - ML Aust
Liam Hendriks
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Warwick Saupold
No.33 - ML Aust
James Beresford
     

 


James Beresford

No.33

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.33 player to reach the US Major Leagues.
As Australian baseball devotees we are entitled to suggest that it is LONG overdue, however, today we will put that aside to simply delight in the fact that Australia's 27yo star
JAMES BERESFORD has finally been rewarded with a richly deserved major league debut this morning 11 Sept 2016 (AUS time).
It has taken ten long years, or to be a tad dramatic nearly 3,500 calendar days, of toil in the minor leagues for Beresford to be given an opportunity that his consistent brilliance has very often deserved before now. To put this in greater perspective, James has played 1,070 minor league games since his debut in 2007 and the last 440 of those at 'AAA' level where he has consistently excelled both offensively and defensively. The career shortstop and junior starting pitcher has built his recent reputation as an elite middle infielder and high-average hitter, but this season he has been asked to become more of a utility infielder by adding the corner infield positions to his repertoire. This may be significant insofar as his major league debut comes as the starting third baseman and #8 slot hitter for the Minnesota Twins who faced the contending Cleveland Indians in front of 23,584 home fans at Target Field today.
His first action came when he initiated a very neat double play in the top of the second inning before getting his first plate appearance in the home half of the same frame. With one on and one out, he didn't fail to pull the trigger by slapping the first major league pitch he faced from Cleveland starter Mike Clevinger to the first baseman who forced out the runner at second base for a fielder's choice. Beresford then led off the bottom of the fifth with an infield grounder that was snagged by relief pitcher Perci Garner for the force out at first.
A magic moment arrived for Beresford in the bottom of the seventh when he hit safely in his debut game by rifling a pitch from Shawn Armstrong back up the middle for a leadoff single that clearly energised the home fans. James was left stranded on second base as the game remained deadlocked at 1-1. Up again in the bottom of the ninth Beresford, quite typically, did his job by professionally executing a sacrifice bunt off Bryan Shaw after team mate Kurt Suzuki had walked to lead off the inning. Unfortunately it did not result in the winning run as the game ventured into extra innings.
After making another neat defensive play in the top of the twelfth, James led off the bottom of the same inning with a sharp line out to left field off Joe Colon.
Memorably for James Beresford, who is the ultimate competitor, the Twins did the right thing by celebrating a terrific debut game via winning in dramatic fashion with a tense walkoff 2-1 victory in the bottom of the twelfth!!!
For an Australian National team fixture and former junior prodigy, his destiny has now been achieved!!


Warwick Saupold

No.32

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.32 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 May 2016 (AUS time), 26yo West Australian right hand Pitcher
WARWICK SAUPOLD.
Well subscribers, it has been a very long time coming - over four and a half years - 1,712 days in fact, since his former West Australian team mate LIAM HENDRIKS became the 31st Aussie to ascend to the US major leagues with the Minnesota Twins.
Warwick virtually knocked the door down for a big league call-up by owning a 3-1, 2.37 ERA record from eight outings at 'AAA" Toledo this season that has included four starts. He made his major league debut for the Detroit Tigers on the road in Baltimore at Oriole Park, Camden Yards at the end of his team's 3-9 loss to the O's. 32,174 fans saw our latest Aussie big leaguer take the ball for the last couple of outs just after Jonathan Schoop had clocked a grand slam home run to pad the Orioles' lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. With just two pitches he had Hyun Soo Kim ground out to the second baseman before recent ABL import JOEY RICKARD (Brisbane Bandits 2014) singled into left field. He was stranded on base when Saupold had young star Manny Machado ground back to the mound for his own assist.
His debut pitching line was 0.2ip 1h 0r 0er 0bb 0k (0.00 ERA). Once again our hearty congratulations to you Warwick!


Liam Hendriks

No.31

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.31 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 September 2011 (AUS time), 22yo West Australian Right Hand Pitcher
LIAM HENDRIKS.
22yo Perth pitcher LIAM HENDRIKS today became the 31st Australian to play at the major league level when he made his debut as the starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins in their spanking new Target Field Stadium, Minneapolis. The young tyro that ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ nicknamed the “Wanneroo Wrecker” because of his amazing exploits as a teenager for WA in the Claxton Shield has had a dizzy climb in professional baseball this season. This time last season Liam was pitching at ‘Advanced A’ level for in the Twins organisation, but this year has seen him really take off. After starting the 2011 season in dominant fashion at ‘AA’ New Britain, Hendriks earned a promotion to ‘AAA’ Rochester where he pitched well enough to be selected for the World Team to contest the prestigious All-Star weekend Futures Game. Not long after he now finds himself achieving the dream of all aspiring baseballers by reaching the pinnacle of the sport.

Liam’s debut started in ideal fashion in front of 36,959 home fans versus the visiting Chicago White Sox with a neat, nine pitch, 1-2-3 first inning where he had Juan Pierre line out to left, Alexei Ramirez fly out to left and A.J Pierzynski struck out swinging. Due to the length of his start the rest of the inning-by-inning detail will remain on the individual report for 7 September 2011.

After throwing 99 pitches (65 for strikes) Hendriks was relieved before the beginning of the eighth inning with a quality start of 7.0ip 4h 3er 3bb 4k for his initial big league record of 0-1, 3.86ERA. Even though he was saddled with the loss because of his team mates being shut out in a 0-3 defeat by the ‘Chisox’ it was a most outstanding debut effort.

Welcome to the most exclusive Australian baseball fraternity LIAM HENDRIKS.


Shane Lindsay

No.30

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.30 player to reach the US major leagues on
3 September 2011 (AUS time), 26yo Victorian Right Hand Pitcher
SHANE LINDSAY.
26yo Victorian right hand pitcher SHANE LINDSAY today (3 September 2011 AUS time) became the 30th Australian to reach the US major league. Hard-throwing Lindsay may be an enigma in Australian baseball where he has rarely flourished, yet he has been an asset as a relief pitcher in the US professional scene. After having one of his best seasons with the Chicago White Sox this season, mainly in 'AAA', he certainly earned his call up to the extended September roster of the big league 'Chisox'.
Lindsay enjoyed a positive debut when he closed a wide 1-8 defeat by his former Detroit Tigers club in front of just over 42,000 away fans at Detroit's relatively new Comerica Park stadium with 1.0ip 0h 0er 1bb 1k (0.00ERA). As he often does in Australia, Shane struggled for control with only seven of 17 pitches thrown for strikes, yet 'Flintoff & Dunn' will not use this to sour a memorable major league debut.
Pitching the bottom of the eighth, Lindsay got Dayan Viciedo to ground out to the third baseman before issuing a four pitch walk to pinch hitter Brent Lillibridge. His next pitch saw Tyler Flowers foul out to right field and he finished his job by getting Brent Morel to ground out within range of the catcher.

Welcome to the very exclusive club SHANE LINDSAY... it is something that can never be taken away!


Josh Spence

No.29

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.29 player to reach the US major leagues on
25 June 2011 (AUS time), 23yo Victorian Left Hand Pitcher
JOSH SPENCE.
23yo Victorian lefty pitcher JOSH SPENCE today (25 June 2011 AUS time) became the 29th Australian to reach the US major league. After being called up to the San Diego Padres big league team last week, Josh did not get to make his major league debut in Boston's fabled Fenway Park, but it may have been even better for him to debut at the Padres home Petco Park in front of just over 27,000 Californian fans. He would have also enjoyed a relatively "stress free" outing by closing out San Diego's runaway 11-2 win over the visiting Atlanta Braves. In fact Josh was most efficient in his debut with a dominant 1-2-3 inning against the meat of the Atlanta Braves lineup. He started by striking out young star Jason Heyward on five pitches before getting future first ballot Hall-of-Famer Chipper Jones to pop out to the second baseman. He then secured the last out of the game with All-Star MVP catcher Brian McCann grounding out to the second baseman. Like all major league debuts, this will be a moment in his life that he will never forget!
His pitching line after his first appearance is an impressive 1.0ip 0h 0er 0bb 1k (0.00ERA).

I'm not sure if this qualifies under the definition of "six degrees of separation" but your writer has followed Josh Spence's career since his early days when his Geelong team were great rivals of my son's Waverley teams in the Victorian State League Junior competition. In fact, I was line umpiring in an U14 game at Geelong when big Josh, who was already a young star, drilled my diminutive (at the time) son in the middle of the back with an accidental pitch! I thought that my little lefty batter may have been dead at the time and I think that young Josh Spence was a bit concerned too? We're just really delighted that he made it from those memorable early days all the way to the pinnacle of world baseball!


Luke Hughes

No.28

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.28 player to reach the US major leagues on
29 April 2010 (AUS time), 25yo West Australian infielder
LUKE HUGHES.
25yo WA infielder
LUKE HUGHES today (29 April 2010 AUS time) became the 28th Australian to reach the US major league. Hughes made his debut starting at third base for the Minnesota Twins against the Detroit Tigers at Detroit’s Comerica Park, in front of just under 20,000 fans. Batting in the #9 hole, Luke had an unusual first plate appearance with one on and two out in the top of the second inning when, after working a 3-1 count while facing starter Matt Scherzer, he saw team mate Delmon Young out caught stealing third base to end the inning. Still at bat to start the top of the third Luke slammed a 2-2 fastball from Scherzer over the right field fence for a leadoff home run... from his very first major league at bat! In the top of the fourth he flied out to the catcher in foul territory off Scherzer’s second pitch fastball. Then, in the sixth, he grounded out to the third baseman from the first pitch he saw from Aussie compatriot Brad Thomas. Hughes then made the third out in the top of the eighth when he was struck out swinging on a nasty third pitch curveball from Phil Coke. It ended Luke’s debut with the bat at 1-4 (.250) with the RBI coming from the home run that he won’t ever forget. It hardly mattered that his Twins were beaten 6-11 by the hosting Tigers. Welcome to a select and very elite club LUKE HUGHES.


Trent Oeltjen

No.27

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.27 player to reach the US major leagues on 7 August 2009 (AUS time), 26yo New South Wales outfielder TRENT OELTJEN. 26yo NSW outfielder TRENT OELTJEN today (7 August 2009 AUS time) became the 27th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Oeltjen made his big league debut for the Arizona Diamondbacks and he was a major part of the 'D-Backs' comeback victory 11-6 over the Pittsburgh Pirates after 12 innings. In fact Trent could hardly have imagined a more exciting big league debut than he experienced in front of 17,311 fans at Pittsburgh's PNC Park. Batting in the seven hole and starting at left field, he had a dream beginning when he reached on an infield single in the second inning, then promptly stole second base. In the fourth inning he flied out to right field, followed by a pop out to the second baseman in the sixth. All of those at bats were facing Pirates' starter Kevin Hart. Oeltjen's magic moment arrived when he led off the eighth inning facing Jesse Chavez and he made himself an immediate hero for the 'Snakes' with a towering home run to right field that tied the game and gave his team the opportunity to win in extra innings. Facing Matt Capps in the top of the tenth he bunted into a fielder's choice force out and, although he failed to advance the runner, he made up for this by stealing second base himself for his second theft of the game. Trent was asked to leadoff the 12th with another bunt but it was unsuccessful when he popped up to the catcher. It didn't stop him enjoying Arizona's dramatic win, or from enjoying a wonderful debut in the major leagues. You've made it Trent!


Brad Harman

No.26

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.26 player to reach the US major leagues on
23 April 2008 (AUS time), 22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN
.
22yo Victorian short stop BRAD HARMAN today (23 April 2008 AUS time) became the 26th Australian to reach baseball’s pinnacle; the US major league. Harman made his big league debut as a pinch hitter for the Philadelphia Phillies during their 8-6 win over the Colorado Rockies in front of a 26,665 crowd at Coors Field, Denver, Colorado. In fact our Brad was to make the last out of the game for the Phillies when he replaced Ryan Madson as a pinch hitter with two out in the top of the ninth. Brad battled Rockies closer Manny Corpas until he popped out to short stop on his fifth pitch fastball. He was then lifted before the bottom of the ninth in a defensive adjustment when he was replaced by closing pitcher Brad Lidge. ‘Flintoff & Dunn’ CONGRATULATES Brad on making it all the way to the top and we hope that he gets plenty more opportunities to become a regular big league player.


Richard Thompson
No.25

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.25 player to reach the US major leagues on
1 September 2007 (US time), 23yo NSW RH pitcher RICHARD THOMPSON.
 
After climbing to ‘AAA’ level and performing extremely well towards the end of the 2007 season, Australian RICHARD (the Americans like to call him RICH) THOMPSON took advantage of the expanded September rosters to become our 25th major league player. Thompson was immediately thrust into action to pitch the top of the eighth inning for the Los Angeles Angels during their 6-7 loss to the Texas Rangers, witnessed by 38,342 home fans at the Angels Stadium of Anaheim. He started superbly by having Jason Botts struck out swinging on his fourth pitch which was a canny off speed offering. He followed by having young star Jarrod Saltalamacchia struck out swinging on six pitches, whiffing at the last two 94mph heaters. He was then a touch unfortunate when Ian Kinsler sliced a tidy "low and away" full-count pitch for a soft floater to right field. Richard concluded his scoreless inning of work today by having Ramon Vasquez ground out to the second baseman. His debut day was done with a most satisfying and memorable
1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA), with 12 of his 19 pitches thrown for strikes… way to go RICH!


Ryan
Rowland-Smith

No.24

24yo NSW right-hander RYAN ROWLAND-SMITH became Australia's 24th player to reach baseball's pinnacle of the US major leagues when he pitched for the Seattle Mariners against the Cincinnati Reds on 23 June 2007 (AUS date) at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. A crowd of 46,340 were on hand to witness the latest Aussie big leaguer make his first out, and one that will be written into folklore, when he had future Hall-Of-Fame great Ken Griffey Junior struck out swinging to end the 6th inning. It could not take the gloss from Ryan's impressive big league debut that his team was already trailing by the ugly final score of 1-16 when he returned to polish off the top of the seventh inning. He had Jeff Conine ground out to the third baseman, before finding himself under a little pressure when Adam Dunn singled to left field and Edwin Encarnacion reached by the unusual route of catcher's interference. He escaped the jam by having Alex Gonzalez fly out to left field and then Josh Hamilton struck out swinging. In all Rowland-Smith threw a high-quality 15 of 20 pitches for strikes for a memorable debut of 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k (0.00ERA).


Phil Stockman

Australia's
No.2
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'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.23 player to reach the US major leagues on
15 June 2006 (US time), 6'8", 26yo Queensland RH pitcher PHIL STOCKMAN 

Australia salutes its 23rd player to reach the pinnacle of world baseball in the US major leagues with the debut of Queensland's 6'8" pitching giant PHIL STOCKMAN for the famous Atlanta Braves. Stockman, who arrived at Atlanta from the Arizona Diamondbacks this season, has earned his call-up to the struggling Braves' big league roster after his outstanding form at 'AAA' Richmond and 'AA' Mississippi this season. Stockman made his debut pitching the bottom of the eighth inning for the Braves in their 2-3 loss to the Florida Marlins in front of a paltry 7,162 hard-core fans at Miami's Dolphins Stadium. 
'Big Phil' did not allow any further damage to the scoreboard, even after the first batter he faced, Jeremy Hermida slapped a double to right field on a full count. He then got an assist for fielding a sacrifice bunt from Alfredo Amezaga for his first major league out. Stockman tidied up the inning by leaving Hermida stranded on third when he induced Miguel Olivio to fly out on a 3-1 pitch and then pinch-hitter Joe Borchard lined out sharply to centrefield. In all Stockman threw 9 of his 17 pitches for strikes in a quite impressive debut performance of 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 0k (0.00ERA). Nice job "big fella"!


Peter Moylan

Australia's
No.2
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'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.22 player to reach the US major leagues on
13 April 2006 (US time), 27yo Victorian utility / RH pitcher PETER MOYLAN.
 
So, here's one for "Ripleys Believe it or Not?" Peter Moylan, as the commentators at the recent World Baseball Classic would constantly remind us, is the previously unknown pharmaceuticals salesman from Melbourne, Australia who somehow rose from obscurity to find a three-quarter arm fastball in the 95mph range that dazzled some of the major leagues best hitters. 'Big Pete' Moylan is not such a surprise to Australian baseball fans as a guy who has been at the forefront of Aussie baseball for some time. In fact, to explain his versatility, Peter Flintoff recently witnessed him playing at third base and smashing two monster home runs for his Victorian club team Blackburn against the powerhouse club Waverley... he also recently played at first base and pitched in relief for Victoria at the Claxton Shield... that is the type of player that Moylan is! In fact, it was the somewhat eye-catching and remarkable side-arm velocity of Moylan at Blacktown in 2006 that led legendary Australian scout and pitching great Phil Dale to sign Moylan on a minor league contract to join the famous Atlanta Braves. Fast forward to 13 April 2006 and there we find Peter Moylan summoned from the Braves bullpen at Turner Field, in front of 37,107 fans to pitch late relief against the Philadelphia Phillies who were already on their way to a 7-5 victory. Moylan pitched 1.0ip 1h 0er 0bb 1k to become the 22nd Australian player to reach the US major leagues. Pete entered the game in the eighth inning to induce a fly out from Ryan Howard before David Bell drove a two-base hit. He then had catcher Mike Leiberthal pop out to first before halting the inning with David Delluci called out on strikes. In all he threw 16 pitches on debut and nine of them were for strikes. Way to go PETE!


Chris Oxspring
Australia's
No.2
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'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.21 player to reach the US major leagues on
2 September 2005 (US time), 28yo Queensland born RH pitcher CHRIS OXSPRING.
 
Australia's 2004 Olympic silver medal star CHRIS OXSPRING has had to be patient before becoming the 21st Aussie to reach the US major leagues. In his fifth season with the San Diego Padres organisation, Chris has steadily worked his way through the minor leagues and has been a steady performer at 'AAA' level for the past two seasons. He finally received the ultimate reward with his call-up to the Padres big league roster this week and with his major league debut today.
Chris was immediately handed a daunting task, coming in after just 1.2 innings to relieve the Padres ailing starter Brian Lawrence who had already allowed five runs. However, while he was touched for a couple of home runs, he also struck out seven in what was a promising debut in the context of a game that was already out of hand for his team. Whatever, he will never forget his major league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers in front of 18,000 fans at Miller Park. Well done Chris, you have deserved it!
He pitched 5.1ip 6h 5er 3bb 7k (8.44ERA) in the Padres 12-2 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.


Justin Huber
Australia's
No.20

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.20 player to reach the US major leagues on
21 June 2005 (US time), 23yo VICT infielder JUSTIN HUBER.
 
Originally a highly regarded prospect as a catcher in the New York Mets organisation, the strapping Melbourne raised Huber has also had to endure an injury hindered apprenticeship as a baseball professional. But, having been traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2004, the opportunity to make a rapid rise to the big leagues opened up for Justin after the Royals converted him to a first baseman.
Finally, in front of 28,206 opposition fans at the Chicago White Sox home park US Cellular Field, Huber was summoned from the bench in the 9th inning of a 5-1 loss to pinch hit in place of regular first baseman Matt Stairs. He was caught on a solidly hit fly ball to centre field off Sox reliever Damasco Marte to start his career with 0-1, but simply making his debut will be more than enough excitement for Justin Huber on this day! We hope he has many, many more big days in the US major leagues! Good Luck Justin!


Glenn Williams
Australia's
No.19

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.19 player to reach the US major leagues on
7 June 2005 (US time), 27yo NSW infielder GLENN WILLIAMS.
 
Having been signed as a "golden boy" of Australian baseball, Sydney's Glenn Williams has been made to endure a tough apprenticeship, working his way up through the ranks with the Toronto Blue Jays and having established himself as a quality performer at 'AAA' level over the past few years. Maybe his career break arrived when he was traded to the Minnesota Twins for season 2005, culminating in his major league debut.
Williams made a dream start to his 'big league' career for the Minnesota Twins in their away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Bank One Ballpark. Glenn delivered a two-out, pinch hit single to second base off the experienced Shawn Estes in the sixth inning to advance a couple of team mates on the bases. He can always say that he made his major league debut with a hit in his first at bat... Way to go Glenn!


Travis Blackley
Australia's
No.18

'Flintoff & Dunn' CONGRATULATES AUSTRALIA'S No.18 player to reach the US major leagues on 1 July 2004 (US time), 21yo Victorian left-hand pitching star TRAVIS BLACKLEY. 
After earning his promotion via outstanding performances in the minor leagues over the past couple of years, Blackley took the mound for the Seattle Mariners in his major league debut in front of 35,966 fans at SAFECO Field. Not only did young Travis make his 'big league' debut, but he also performed superbly to pick up the WIN as the Mariners topped the visiting Texas Rangers 8-4. Blackley, signed as a free agent in 2000, worked the first 5.2 innings, departing to a standing ovation after surrendering a three-run home run to Kevin Mench that chopped a six-run Seattle lead in half. This aside, he shackled the very dangerous Rangers lineup with a magnificent start of 5.2ip 6h 4er 3bb 4k.


Travis Blackley


No.17 - ML Aust
Micheal Nakamura

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2003.
On Saturday, 7th June 2003 (US time) Melbourne pitcher MICHEAL NAKAMURA  became the 17th Australian player to play in the US major leagues. Nakamura made his stunning debut in front of nearly 32,000 fans at San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium. Nakamura could hardly have been more impressive coming in with two runners on board in the top of the 8th innings, getting a HUGE strikeout to end the innings, then completing the save with a blank in the ninth innings... he pitched 1.1ip 1h 0er 0bb 2k... WAY TO GO!!

 


Chris Snelling
Australia's
No.15 in MLB

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's first new major league baseball "ambassador" in 2002 CHRIS SNELLING who made his big league debut with.the  Seattle Mariners on 26 May 2002 against the Baltimore Orioles at SAFECO Field, in Seattle. Snelling became our 15th Australian major leaguer!

CONGRATULATIONS from 'Flintoff & Dunn' to Australia's latest major league baseball "ambassador" JOHN STEPHENS who made his big league debut with the  Baltimore Orioles on 30 July 2002 against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field, in Tampa. Stephens becomes our 16th Australian major leaguer!


John Stephens
Australia's
No.16 in MLB