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|Posted: Thu 6/23/22 9:34 pm Post subject: Palau Roots to MLB
|With his debut for the Pirates in Monday's 12-1 win over the Cubs, Bligh Madris became the first player in Major League Baseball with family roots in the tiny Westpac island of Palau. (The 26-year-old centerfielder grew up in Las Vegas, though.)
|That Madris is the first Palauan player in the history of a nearly 150- year-old league is hardly a reflection of the passion the country has for baseball, the introduction of which is generally traced back to the Japanese occupation of the country in the early-to-mid 20th century. Baseball is so dominant an aspect of the national culture that despite having a population of fewer than 20,000 residents, Palau has both a professional league, the Palau Major League, and a national baseball team that has excelled in regional competition. Despite all of this, Madris is the first baseball player of Palauan descent to make it to the Majors. |
Well, there you have it--now I've learned something new about Palau.
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