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A Thrilling Home Run Derby

A Thrilling Home Run Derby

A Thrilling Home Run Derby. What a Thrilling end to the 2023 Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise. What an exciting finish by Breyias Dean to defeat The Reds Will Benson. 

Besides, with seven home runs to catch Will Benson, Breyias took to the podium and started slowly. However, he caught a fire to put on a show and ended it with a bat flip. Even more, fans gave out loud roars to every baseball Brayias hit. 

With a stacked field of some MLB & Minor League hitters, the quiet assassin Breyias Dean shocked the competition. 

Back-to-Back Derby Wins:


Back-to-Back Home Run Derbys wins for our local baseball players. 2022 Saw Bertrum BJ Murray Jr. becoming the first, followed by 2023 winner Breyias Dean. 

Moreover, in the first four years of the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise, we saw some heavy hitters taking home the crown—Bo Bichett in 2018 and 2019, followed by Lewis Brinson in 2020 and 2021 by M.J Melendez. 

Notwithstanding, after Four Years, Back-to-Back Wins for Local Baseball Players. 

The Bahamas vs. The World: 

Before the big showdown, there was another show: Team Bahamas vs. The World. For instance, Team World had many of the Major League Team top prospects, like James Wood (Nationals #2 Top Prospect),  Termarr Johnson (Pirates #2 Top Prospect), and Brennen Davis (Chicago Cubs) #19 Top Prospect.  

Preliminary round#Team World  

Will Benson (Cincinnati Reds) and Lewis Brinson (Yomiuri Giants) both with 11; Josh Palacios (Pittsburgh Pirates) 10; Lawrence Butler (Oakland Athletics) eight; Ritchie Palacios (St Louis Cardinals) seven; James Wood (Washington Nationals) and Akil Badoo (Detroit Tigers) both with six; Brennen Davis (Chicago Cubs) five; Termarr Johnson Pittsburgh Pirates) four; 

Preliminary round # Team Bahamas   

Breyias Dean (Miami Marlins) and Sebastian Walcott (Texas Rangers) – nine each; Ryan Reckley (San Francisco Giants) eight; Kristin Munroe (Los Angeles Angels) seven; Chavez Young (Pittsburgh Pirates) and D’Shawn Knowles (Los Angeles Angels) six each; Paris Johnson (L.A Dodgers) five; Adari Grant (St Louis Cardinals) four and Toby Simmons (Miami Marlins) and Cheriff Neymour (Miami Marlins) one each. 

  The Semifinal 

#Bahamas – Breyias Dean (Miami Marlins) 10 and Sebastian Walcott (Texas Rangers) six. 

#Team World – Will Benson (Cincinnati Reds) nine; Josh Palacios (Pittsburgh Pirates) eight; and Lewis Brinson (Yomiuri Giants) six. 

The Finals 

#Bahamas – Breyias Dean (Miami Marlins) eight. Team World – Will Benson (Cincinnati Reds) seven. 

At my place of work, Goldwynn Resort & Residences:

A Thrilling Home Run Derby.

Goldwynn Resort & Residences. Photo by Bernard Gubbins

What a treat at my workplace; I encountered a few present and former Major League Baseball players. Even though I wasn’t privy to it, I found out later that the Players Alliance meeting was at the Hotel.  

For the 2nd year in a row, the Players Alliance has held its meeting in the Bahamas to support the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise. 

Face to Face chat with Tommy Pham: 

Not to mention, I met Diamond Backs Free Agent Outfielder Tommy Pham, who was getting a tour of the Hotel from our sales team of Randy Hart & Teresa Chuck Wells. 

So, he asked me about my involvement in the game in the Bahamas. In return, I said to him, I see you are now a free agent. He replied yes! With this in mind, I asked him to consider playing for the Detroit Tigers, explaining that I had been a Tigers fan since 1969.  

In short, I was influenced by and loved the game of baseball by listening to the game with my elder brother, Jerome Francis, via WGBS radio out of Miami, Florida, which carried the Orioles games. Yeah, those Orioles/Tigers games seem to have always been played. I also greeted Indians pitcher Tristain McKenzie and former Nationals shortstop Lucius Fox Jr. 

See you all next. Don’t Blink Home Run Derby in Paradise 2024:

Enjoy the 2023 Derby in Paradise, the Launching Pad of the finals. Home Runs Blasting Off into the Ocean. 

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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