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M.L.B Trade Deadline The Kid Traded

At the M.L.B trade deadline, the Kid traded. The D-Backs traded #1 Prospect Jasrado Chisholm to the Miami Marlins for Pitcher Zac Gallen.

After the trade, The Marlins sent him to double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimps. Then made Chisholm their #4 top prospect behind Sixto Sanchez, JJ Bleday and Jesus Sanchez. Jesus was also traded at the deadline to the Marlins from the Tampa Rays.

What does this trade mean for Chisholm:

Well, we will have to wait and see; But for now, he has a teammate in childhood friend Anfernee Seymour. You see, both Chisholm and Seymour grew up in the Bahamas and played in the same league as kids.

Seymour, who is the most senior to this crop of baseball players from the Islands, was always the person they looked up to as kids.

With the heart of a champion is the way Anfernee plays the game. So Jazz is in good company.

Now he has to work on the game that will get him to the top level. All fingers are cross that this will happen this year.

Playing with Anfernee Seymour:
M.L.B Trade Deadline The Kid Traded

Marlins Anfernee Seymour, Photo by Tom Hagerty

Playing on the same team with Anfernee Seymour could be beneficial for Jasrado Chisholm. Seymour, the longest minor league player at present from the Bahamas, was Drafted by the Marlins in the 7th round of June 2014 draft. He is playing in his sixth season.

In the meantime, He is less than twenty hits away from 500 career hits. Also with the season winding down, he has to make every at-bat count.

Furthermore, being the player and leader that he is, He can focus on both: five hundred hits, and the Kid.

The Next Bahamian to the Majors:

Twenty young talented players are in the minor leagues. The race is on for the next MLB player.

Generally, the people from the Islands are big baseball fans and has followed the game for a very long time waiting on the next locally grown player to get the call.

Hence, it was no coincidence that half the nation was up when Antoan Richardson scored the winning run for the Yankees on Derek Jeter’s final career at-bat.

M.L.B Trade Deadline The Kid Traded to the Miami Marlins lit up social media in the Bahamas. It was a big buzz; my phone was ringing for the inside scoop, as information came to me that Jazz was on his way to the Marlins.

Western Nassau, Bahamas, A.K.A Miami Dade County:

There is a saying that Bahamians believes that they have the rights to go to Miami, Florida, anytime they wish! Its called West Nassau.

Bahamians were traveling to Miami for the 18 century. Also, flight to Miami today is less than 35 minutes.

When the Call Comes:

Finally, when the call up comes. We will be there. Family and friends living in Florida, and in the Islands can’t wait to invade Marlins Stadium to watch Anfernee and Jasrado playing in Miami.

Lucius Fox and the Tampa Rays are also a short flight for us. We are hoping to watch him in the Rays Stadium also.

The Nations baseball fans are in a wait and see, with hope.

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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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