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Who is that? Warren Saunders

Who is that? Warren Saunders

Who is that? Warren Saunders was the answer to me. As a result of the sound of a base hit to center field at the 2015 Baseball Nationals. In this case, what does the sound of a hit sounds like? However, not watching, again I heard the sound of bat hitting ball, again asking who is that? A boy name Warren Saunders someone said; I replied to the dugout, that kid can hit. 

I have seen many hitters: 

For the most part, I had seen most of the best players who played in the nationals; but the sound of that hit; sounded a lot different from this kid’s bat. Fast forward to 2017, when Saunders came to play in the league that I coached in. Moreover, this move was to help him follow his dream of playing in the minors on his way to the majors. 

Freedom Farm Baseball:

He was from the Island of Grand Bahama; Warren came to Freedom Farm after attending high school in West Virginia. 

Hence, the move brought him to a league that played the most games at a pretty good level and closer to IElite Academy, where he trained. 

Warren sign with the Mets:
Who is that? Warren Saunders

The Mets signed Saunders in 2018. Photo by Helene Haessler

As a result of hard work, I knew this day would come; on August 29, 2018, New York Mets signed free agent SS Warren Saunder to a Minor League Contract. 

However, He did not start play until the 2019 season. In summary, his rookies season saw him playing in 33 games, 127 at-bats, 41 hits for a .323 average; I told you guys this kid could hit. 

No 2020 Season, yes 2021 Season:
Warr

Warren is at first base. Photo Helene Haessler 

 

By the way, this season, Warren was moved up to Low-A for the 2021 season, more games, more at-bats, and has already collected 100 career hits. After 63 games played so far, he has 66 hits in 243 at-bats for a .272 average. So now, as we watch him get better at this new level, we look forward to the rest of the season; we say go, Warren go. 

One Road Trip in two years:

Such as I love to travel to watch my kids play; there was only one in two years to watch The Kid, Jazz Chisholm & the Marlins vs. Antoan Richardson & the Giants, in Miami. By the way, what a proud weekend to watch them both in action at the MLB level; how happy I was. There are so many road trips to take. However, it isn’t as easy as times pass with this Covid virus out there. Then again, there are players to watch play, so more road trips are to come, and I must hear the sound of the ball coming off the bat of Boobi. 

Warren Saubders

2019 Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise. Photo by 360 Designs & Images

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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