A trio of former Major League pitchers – Kris Wilson, Jim Brower and Mike Hartley – headline the 2010 i-baseballcontent.com European Leagues American Import All-Stars.
The 33-year-old Wilson (pictured) had a 14-9 record with an ERA of 5.44 in 95 MLB appearances (20 starts). He struck out 142 batters in 243 1/3 innings with 68 walks. This past season for Danesi Nettuno of the Italian Baseball League (IBL), the right-hander posted a 7-4 record with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.
Brower, who tossed a no-hitter in his IBL debut, suited up for eight different MLB teams. The 38-year-old righty went 8-4 with 69 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 83 1/3 innings for the Telemarket Rimini Pirates.
Hartley, who suited up for the Dodgers, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox in more than 200 Major League appearances, guided the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe to the European Champions Cup Final Four title game this past season. The 49-year-old skipper led the German South Division club to its first national championship in 2009, and lost in the Bundesliga championship series this year against the Regensburg Legionaere.
Other notable Americans having success on European diamonds this past season includes first baseman Gary Burnham and pitchers Patrick Ahearne and Eddie Aucoin.
Burnham signed with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2007 and spent a decade in the minor leagues with several organizations. The 35-year-old, who has also played in Taiwan and Japan, batted .329 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 21 walks and 24 RBIs for the Godo Knights.
Ahearne played a lone season (1995) in the big leagues but won 114 games and logged more than 2,000 innings in a long minor league career. The 40-year-old compiled a 5-0 record in 2010 with 39 strikeouts and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings for Czech powerhouse AVG Draci Brno.
Aucoin, who compiled a 17-1 record on the indy circuit, is a well-travelled pitcher who has played in Colombia, Germany and the Netherlands. The 35-year-old went 7-5 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 94 innings with the Hoofddorp Pioniers this past season.
2010 American Imports All-Stars
C – Tyson Jaquez, Dohren Wild Farmers (Germany)
Batted .429 with seven doubles, five homers, 21 runs scored and 23 RBIs.
C – Whitney Pierce, Schwaz Tigers (Austria)
Aurian League MVP hit .423 with nine doubles, six home runs, 25 walks and 41 RBIs.
C – Bryce Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
Batted .387 with eight doubles, 30 runs scored, 18 walks and 15 RBIs.
1B – Ty Ericksen, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Hit .376 with five doubles, 18 walks, 26 runs scored and 23 RBIs.
1B – Gary Burnham, Godo Knights (Italy)
Batted .329 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 21 walks and 24 RBIs.
1B – Brian Hipps, Zurich Challengers (Switzerland)
Hit .469 with 13 doubles, two homers, 34 runs scored, 16 walks and 25 RBIs.
2B – Zach Kim, Haar Disciples (Germany)
Batted .350 with 12 doubles, 22 walks, 14 steals, 39 runs scored and 18 RBIs.
SS – Evan Porter, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Hit .402 with six doubles, four home runs, 37 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
SS – Matthew Vance, Buchbinder Legionaere (Germany)
Batted .424 with 11 doubles, five homers, 17 steals, 37 runs scored and 24 RBIs.
SS – Dennis Kelly, Mannheim Tornados (Germany)
Hit .425 with 10 doubles, six home runs, 23 walks, 19 steals, 39 runs scored and 26 RBIs.
SS – Kory Twede, Gauting Indians (Germany)
Batted .385 with nine doubles, four homers, 12 steals, 22 runs scored and 17 RBIs.
SS – Chris Beck, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Hit .422 with seven doubles, 16 walks, 15 steals, 30 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
3B – Shawn Vance, Sundbyberg Heat (Sweden)
Batted .471 with 12 doubles, three home runs, 32 runs scored and 43 RBIs.
3B – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Hit .339 with eight doubles, six homers, 23 runs scored and 24 RBIs.
OF – Jordan Pennington, Montpellier Barracudas (France)
Hit .436 with 11 doubles, five triples, 29 runs scored, 28 RBIs and 41 hits.
OF – Joseph Slater, Cologne Cardinals (Germany)
Batted .333 with six doubles, 13 steals, 25 runs scored and 34 hits.
OF – Kevin Malone, Valencia Astros (Spain)
Batted .394 with eight doubles, six homers, 44 runs scored and 31 RBIs.
OF – Tim Stewart, Savigny Lions (France)
Hit .341 with nine doubles, three homers, 24 runs scored and 25 RBIs.
SP – Jim Brower, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Went 8-4 with 69 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 83 1/3 innings.
SP – Terrence Antonacci, Hoboken Pioneers (Belgium)
Posted an 8-0 record with 62 strikeouts and an 0.92 ERA in 59 innings.
SP – Eddie Aucoin, Hoofddorp Pioniers (Netherlands)
Went 7-5 with 67 strikeouts and a 1.72 ERA in 94 innings.
SP – Patrick Ahearne, AVG Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
Posted a 5-0 record with 39 strikeouts and a 1.41 ERA in 44 2/3 innings.
SP – Cody Cillo, UGF Bologna (Italy)
Compiled a 6-3 mark with 67 strikeouts and a 2.75 ERA in 72 innings.
SP – Daniel Meier, Paderborn Untouchables (Germany)
Went 7-5 with 94 strikeouts and a 1.58 ERA in 102 1/3 innings.
SP – Reed Brown, Stock City Cubs (Austria)
Compiled an 8-4 mark with 158 K’s and a 2.06 ERA in 105 innings.
SP – Bobby Carrington, ADO (Netherlands)
Went 3-3 with 77 strikeouts and a 1.82 ERA in 79 innings.
SP – Dusty Bergman, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Posted a 5-1 record with 62 strikeouts and a 2.81 ERA in 64 innings.
SP – Jason Enewold, Karlskoga Bats (Sweden)
Went 8-4 with 74 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA in 81 innings.
SP – Josh Rickards, Solingen Alligators (Germany)
Posted a 9-2 record with 101 strikeouts and a 1.21 ERA in 82 innings.
SP – Kris Wilson, Danesi Nettuno (Italy)
Went 7-4 with 70 strikeouts and a 2.50 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.
SP – Ben Grover, L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Posted a 5-1 record with 42 strikeouts and a 1.93 ERA in 84 innings.
SP – Vince DeCoito, Dohren Wild Farmers (Germany)
Compiled an 8-5 mark with 10 complete games, 136 K’s and a 2.94 ERA in 110 1/3 frames.
SP – Chris Cooper, Montepaschi Grosseto (Italy)
Posted a 4-4 mark with 49 strikeouts and a 2.38 ERA in 75 2/3 innings.
RP – Chris Di Roma, Telemarket Rimini (Italy)
Went 1-1 with eight saves, 37 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA in 44 innings.
RP – Kyle Ward, Mr. Cocker HCAW (Netherlands)
Went 5-4 with 36 strikeouts and a 2.59 ERA in 48 2/3 innings.
RP – Marco Grifantini, Cariparma Parma (Italy)
Posted a 5-0 record with four saves, 46 strikeouts and an 1.85 ERA in 48 2/3 innings.
COACH – Mike Hartley, Heidenheim Heidekoepfe (Germany)
Led squad to the finals of the European Final Four and the German League.
Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS
Marvin Moore is a freelance writer at i-baseballcontent.com
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.