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1st MLB Coach From The Bahamas

New York Yankees, Antoan Richardson Batting

The 1st MLB coach from the Bahamas is Antoan Richardson; Making Bahamian Baseball History as the first to coach in an MLB game coaching first base on June 14th. On June 14th, 2019  San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy brought in former 2005 Giants 35th round drafted pick, to coach against the Brewers.

Photo by Keith Allison on Flickr

Antoan played major league on two occasions, in 2011 with the Braves and 2014 with the Yankees. Not to mention scoring the winning run on Derek Jeter’s final MLB career hit.

Coaching former teammates

And so as a draft pick of the Giants, Antoan was right at home, coaching some of his former teammates like Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner, and Brandon Crawford. In addition to a few players whom he suited up with in spring trainings.

Giants Baseball history and the Bahamas

The Bahamas has a rich history with the San Francisco Giants; In 1957 the then New York Giants signed Andre Rodgers the first player from the Bahamas to play at the MLB level. And in 1958 when the Giants moved to San Francisco Andre, Rodgers was member of the team making him an original San Francisco Giants.

Not to take away from Antoan Richardson’s historic moment. With Andre Rodgers’s first Bahamian to play mlb, and Antoan Richardson being the last to play in the major leagues; Antoan worked very hard towards his achievements, from a 35th round pick to major league baseball.

Drafted four times was no small feat, and he spent a lot of time in the minor league system. After he had retired from baseball for awhile, then came this story, the Blue Jays Hire Antoan Richardson As Outfield Coordinator. 

Happy for a new career in professional baseball, his friend and family were delighted over this news, Then came this news, Antoan Back With The Giants. We all said to ourselves okay, this is very interesting.

Making Bahamian Baseball History

On June 14th, 2019 Antoan Richardson became the 1st MLB Coach From The Bahamas, coaching first base against the Brewers.

First base coach #83 Antoan Richardson, Convincing the umpire to call safe. Click on photo for video.

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