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BROXTON OFF TO GOOD START
FORMER Sydney Blue Sox player Keon Broxton has taken America by storm in his Major League Baseball debut last Monday.
In his first game for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 25year-old outfielder swiped a base and stole the final run of his team’s 9-3 win over the Colorado Rockies.
“It’s awesome to be able to come in and help them in any way that I can,” he said.
Broxton is the third Blue Sox player and the 15th Australian to make his way into Major League Baseball.
Upon his arrival in Sydney in 2013, Broxton injected life into the Blue Sox batting line-up. In 39 games with the Sox, he batted .231 with 10 extra-base hits and 34 runs scored to go along with 15 runs batted in.
Broxton said: “Sydney itself is awesome. The people down there are amazing. I had the best time I’ve ever had in my entire life there.”
Pittsburgh are currently chasing St Louis for the National League Central premiership, trailing by four games with just over a week left in the current season.
The Pirates lead the race for the National League’s two Wildcard tickets to the playoffs.
Keon Broxton makes his Major League debut for the Pirates.