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Mexico: Blackley Signs With Korean Team, Done With Hermosillo

By Bruce Baskin

The Mexican Pacific League’s ERA leader is finished for the winter. Former major leaguer Travis Blackley (pictured), who was 5-1 with a 2.09 ERA for the Hermosillo Naranjeros, is back home in his native Australia and through pitching for the defending champion after signing a 2011 contract with a team in the Korea Baseball Organization. His new team has ordered him to stop pitching in Mexico despite a Naranjeros website claim that Blackley “did his utmost to get permission” to return to Hermosillo for the rest of the winter.

To replace Blackley on the roster, the Naranjeros picked up another ex-MLB lefty, Randy Keisler, off the Obregon Yaquis roster. Keisler, who went 4-4 in parts of three seasons with the Reds, Athletics and Cardinals between 2005 and 2007, was signed by Obregon in early December after a 3-3 summer with the Mexican League’s Laguna Vaqueros in 2010, but never pitched an inning for the Yaquis.

To replace Blackley on the roster, the Naranjeros picked up another ex-MLB lefty, Randy Keisler, off the Obregon Yaquis roster. Keisler, who went 4-4 in parts of three seasons with the Reds, Athletics and Cardinals between 2005 and 2007, was signed by Obregon in early December after a 3-3 summer with the Mexican League’s Laguna Vaqueros in 2010, but never pitched an inning for the Yaquis.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the BASEBALL MEXICO website.

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About Eric Bynum
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.

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  • http://nicholasrwhenning.blogspot.com Nicholas R.W. Henning

    Travis Blackley is a solid pitcher and I expect that he will make a big impact in Korean Baseball. Australia has a reliable record when it comes to players participating in Korea: Brad Thomas, Chris Oxspring, Adrian Burnside, and now Travis Blackley have all proven that they have excellent ability as pitchers. Nicholas R.W. Henning – Australian Baseball Author

  • ebynum

    I completely agree with you. I think he will do quite well in Korea, and I look forward to seeing him pitch next year.

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