Happy 46th Independence Bahamas
Happy 46th Independence Bahamas.
Photo by Mathew Carper, Robinson, Isaacs, and Knowles.
The Game of Baseball in the Bahamas
Some said that the game of baseball started playing in the Islands from as far back as the early 30s. Mostly against visiting US sailor from the warships that docked at local harbors.
As a result, the formation of the Bahamas Baseball Association in August 1954 to start up local baseball. However, by that time Andre Rodgers, a local Softball player. Had already signed to play minor league baseball with the Giants.
Happy 46th independence, 65 years of Baseball
Becoming an Independent Nation on July 10th, 1973, also saw two of our major league players making their big league debut.
Edison Armbrister with Cincinnati Reds and Wenty Ford with the Atlanta Braves. Making them the third and fourth baseball players from the Bahamas to play MLB.
However, twenty-seven players played in the minor leagues of baseball before July 10th, 1973.
After a while, there were very few players from the Island signing to play minor league baseball.
Also in 1986, we saw our first player drafted by the Orioles Ken Adderly, with the last player to sign from the soil in 1997.
In short, no other local player signed from 1986 to 1997 until the Dodgers signed one in 1997 and next player drafted was in 2000.
A SpringBoard to Minor League Baseball.
After the signing of Jaamal Johnson in 1997 by the Dodgers, and the drafting of Angelo Burrows by the Braves in the June 2000 draft.
Hence saw a springboard for our ballplayers to follow their friends whom they grow up playing the game.
Added to the confidence of local players that they could be next was the signing of Antoan Richardson by the Giants in 2005, and Albert Cartwright by the Astros in 2007.
By the way, fifty-three players played professional baseball. And from 1973 to the present Seventeen were drafted, with 15 of 17 signings and two went back to college.
Also, to Summarize from 2014 to present, 33 players played pro ball, Seven drafted, three played in an independent Leagues, and 23 international signings.
We are a Proud Nation
Happy 46th Independence Bahamas. We are so proud of our minor league baseball players as a nation. Whom are ambassadors for this great little Country.
Highlighting D’Shawn Knowles and Kristian Robinson who are playing some good baseball. Todd Isaccs Jr in Triple-A is playing at the highest level, D-Backs #1 top prospect Jasrado Chisholm, Ray #10 top prospect Lucius Fox Jr and Anfernee Seymour, are performing at the Double-A level.
We are so Proud of our Six Top Prospects: Six of our sixteen minor league players are Top 30 Prospects. #1 Jasrado Chisholm D-Backs, #5 Kristian Robinson D-Backs, #8 D’Shawn Knowles Angles, #10 Lucius Fox Jr Rays, #14 Trent Deveaux Angels, # 16 Tahnaj Thomas Pirates, and #17 Chavez Young Blue Jays.
Together with, Legends on Deck & Baseball Bahamas. Happy 46th Independence Bahamas!!!
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