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    Ray Poitevint, one of the true international trailblazers in international scouting, is associated with this effort. That gives it some credibility.

    Some places in the Caribbean (the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas) enjoy both baseball and cricket and have sent a sprinkling of players to the majors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIBaseball View Post
    Ray Poitevint, one of the true international trailblazers in international scouting, is associated with this effort. That gives it some credibility.

    Some places in the Caribbean (the Virgin Islands and the Bahamas) enjoy both baseball and cricket and have sent a sprinkling of players to the majors.
    Interesting to note that the Pirates had one of the first players from the USVI...Al McBean back in the 60s...
    Man, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SDL View Post
    Interesting to note that the Pirates had one of the first players from the USVI...Al McBean back in the 60s...
    Before McBean the Bucs had Joe Christopher; in that era they also had cup-of-coffee guy Elmo Plaskett.

    Their V.I. connection was a result of international superscout Howie Haak, who prefigured Poitevint. If Howie were around today, he'd be checking out Asia as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VIBaseball View Post
    Before McBean the Bucs had Joe Christopher; in that era they also had cup-of-coffee guy Elmo Plaskett.

    Their V.I. connection was a result of international superscout Howie Haak, who prefigured Poitevint. If Howie were around today, he'd be checking out Asia as well.
    I knew Howie. Awesome guy, and a true legend.

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    Through July 31st, Rinku Singh is 1-1 with a 12.60 ERA in five games . Dinesh Patel is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in four games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet_Bokke View Post
    They did rather well against the GCL Yankees considering it was their first game of baseball!

    Dinesh Patel-
    1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 Strikeout (9 Pitches, 7 Strikes)- 0.00 ERA

    Rinku Singh-
    1 IP, 2 Hits, 1 ER, 1 Strikeout (20 Pitches, 13 Strikes)- 9.00 ERA

    Sian xx
    Is this is true? Is the this the first baseball game they have ever played in? Doesn't that seem completely stupid of the Pirates? You take these two guys and put into a professional baseball game without ever playing in a game at any level?
    Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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    i doubt it was patel's first game....as for singh, it very well could've been
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    Anyone have any information on season 2?
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolando_Roomes anybody heard of this guy? Cricketeer who became a ballplayer. Apparently he struck out a lot.

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    I remember him. I think he played for the Reds.

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    are the indians still playing?

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    Man, do I *HATE* the Yankees!!!!!!

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    I read that one of the Indian pitchers was promoted.

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    Yes. Rinku Singh (the left-handed one) was called up to the Pirates' short season Single-A State College (West Virginia) Spikes. His numbers have actually been pretty damn good:

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/m...pbp&pid=573653

    Meanwhile, Dinesh Patel has been struggling in rookie ball:

    http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/m...pbp&pid=573652

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    apparently rinku singh will be playing for the canberra cavalry

    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news...s/1982658.aspx

    He's listed down at the bottom of the article

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    Dinesh Patel has been released -- Rinku Singh is still going strong

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    Dinesh Patel has been released -- Rinku Singh is still going strong
    Yup. Here's what the Pirates' president had to say anout Dinesh:

    Both Rinku and Dinesh made tremendous progress in both terms of their baseball development and their overall development as young men since the day that we signed them. For two young men who had never seen a baseball let alone played the game, their feats on the baseball field were and are remarkable. Dinesh was recently released, as it became clear that it was not likely that he would develop into a Major League player. He was very grateful for the opportunity and thankful for the intense training he received from our staff. Rinku is developing very nicely and is currently pitching for the Melbourne team in the Australian Winter Baseball League.
    Meanwhile, Rinku picked up his first win yesterday as the Canberra Cavalry's left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. His 1.69 ERA makes him one of the top pitchers on the team.

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    What kind of athlete is Rinku Singh? Did he play other sports in India? What he is doing is remarkable, kind of Ron LefLore-ish development.
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    I always found it hilarious that Ron LeFlore's talent was stealing bases. Never failed to crack me up.
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    Both Indians were cricket players.

    The vision of the "million-dollar hunt" was or is that in much of the world, involving millions of players, cricket is high-level competitive sport with a specialist bowler role broadly similar to the baseball pitcher role. In many young men where cricket is the hardball game of choice, bowling must develop the arm strength necessary for major league pitching.
    Last edited by Paul Wendt; 12-04-2010 at 11:30 AM.

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