Bishop’s baseball dream reignited
Te Wera Bishop’s major league baseball dream is alive again, after the Porirua catcher signed a contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Bishop, 21, signed a minor league contract with the Brewers after impressing Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke in a try-out in New Zealand recently. Bishop hit the headlines in 2011 when at 17 he was signed by the glamour Boston Red Sox club.
However, he was released two years later and has since played for the Adelaide Bite in Australia’s baseball league.
‘‘It totally came out of the blue being able to work out for the Brewers manager when he was here,’’ Bishop said.
‘‘I’m unbelievably happy to be given another chance to make the big leagues.’’
Bishop will report to minor league spring training in Florida in a few days’ time.
‘‘I’ve got to get all the paperwork sorted, and the Brewers need to get a medical report from Boston, to ensure there are no hidden or long-term injuries they need to be aware of,’’ Bishop said.
He joins Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher John Holdzkom as the New Zealand flag-bearers in American baseball.
‘‘Te Wera was at a crossroads in his career after being released by the Red Sox in 2013, and it’s a full credit to him that he has done the work and never gave up,’’ said Baseball New Zealand chief executive Ryan Flynn.
‘‘His story is one of true perseverance and a message to a lot of people involved in the sport that you should never give up on your dream.’’