Bishop’s base­ball dream reignited

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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.’’

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