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Baseball Bahamas – Where The Next Stars of The Game Are Born

Todd Issacs – Minor League Baseball Player from the Bahamas. Photo by Mathew Carper

Just a short introduction of myself.

My name is Jeffrey Francis or Jeff Francis and I run the baseball site, Baseball Bahamas where I write about the minor league baseball players that are from my beautiful island in the Caribbean.

At the age of 18 years old, I started coaching this wonderful game of baseball. The love of the game grew from my childhood as I started listening to games in the late 60’s out of Miami, Florida. Then in the early 70’s, I started playing in various leagues locally, right up to the premier senior league, the same league where all of the current Bahamian minor leaguers have played.

In 1982, I was invited to a three day tryout with the New York Yankees in Hollywood, Florida.

Now my love for the game has brought me to following the next stars from our homeland and giving them the platform they deserve.

I am thankful to Legends on Deck for providing this platform which will allow me the opportunity to share about the 19 active Bahamian minor league ball players and their 2018 achievements. I will also follow up with an end of year review on all of the players.

I am looking forward to sharing and truly introducing the baseball players to the world, and the country where they are from.

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Jeff Francis

Office Assistant at Wynn Bahamas Ltd
Jeffrey was born on April 29th, 1961, in Nassau, Bahamas to Rejoiner Ann Rolle and Jerome James Francis Etienne.

Married to Andrea G. Rolle-Francis, they have two daughters; Janae Latoya Francis, a graduate of Allegany College of Maryland, and Jessica Lee Francis a graduate Potomac State College West Virginia University in Kyser West Virginia.

Jeffrey was coaching the sport of baseball from 1980 at the age of 18 years old because he loved the sport as a kid. He started listening to the game over the radio out of Miami Florida in the late 60s and in the early 70s started playing the game locally in various local leagues right up to the premier senior league; a league where all of the current Bahamian minor leaguers played.

In 1982, Jeffrey had an invite to a three day tryout with the New York Yankees in Hollywood Florida, which was an awesome experience that is lasting a life time memory for him.

Jeffrey has been following the Bahamian baseball players in the minor leagues since 1999 with Angelo Burrows, but found greater interest with the signing of Antoan Richardson in 2005. He also writes a year end review on their play on his Facebook page, Baseball Bahamas, and he has a website with the same name. He has a great following and would love to expose the baseball players to a bigger worldwide audience.

He has a good relationship with all the players because he personally coached most of them.

His favorite MLB Team is the Detroit Tigers from 1969.
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