Legends On Deck

Spring Training with the L.A Angels

Spring Training with L.A Angels. D’Shawn Knowles got assigned to the Los Angeles Angels on February 23rd, 2020. The second-year minor league player is excited about the opportunity.

Hence, embracing his chance to rub shoulders with some of the game’s best players and future Hall of Famers.

Knowles is the Angels number seven top prospect. Furthermore, he said, felt grate amount his teammates, and spent some time picking at their brains on their approach to the game. Plus, learn what to do at the plate in hitting situations. Let alone, with likes of Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Justin Upton, Anthony Rendon, and number one top prospect Jo Adell. He is in good company.

Let alone. The 19-year-old Knowles has played in 4 games so far. With eight at-bats and two hits, whiles, striking out three times and a .250 batting average.

A Proud Moment Spring Training with the L.A Angels.
Spring Training with the L.A Angels

San Francisco Giants first base coach and D’Shawn Knowles

What is more, so sweet about this spring? February 29th was exciting for D’Shawn Knowles. Besides, how often do you get to play against one of your local coaches? Giants’ first base coach Antoan Richardson was one of D’Shawn’s local instructors and coach three years ago.

Indeed, I am sure they were looking forward to this game. Ironically, Antoan got to watch D’Shawn get his first hit of the spring season as he finishing the day 1 for 4. A proud moment for Antoan Richardson.

There are four players from the Bahamas playing M.L.B spring training baseball. And in the coming weeks, there will be more. All of the other players are playing in the Grapefruit League, so playing against Antoan was a breath of fresh air.

Twins coast to coast:
Spring Training with the L.A Angels

Twin Brothers D’Shawn and D’Vaughn Knowles

D’Shawn will be looking forward to the day his twin brother joins him. D’Vaughn Knowles, a player with the Gulf Coast Yankees East.

Also, in this wait for the next MLB player from the Islands. We want to congratulate our last MLB player on becoming our first MLB coach.





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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