The Baseball Desert

Thursday, June 07, 2007

French revolution?

I don't usually follow the MLB draft, but today I'll be keeping an eye on the proceedings, as there is a possibility that Joris Bert could become the first-ever French player to be drafted.

Bert's stats this season at Frank Philips College - .395 BA, 28 RBI, 42 stolen bases in 49 games - have made some major league teams, including the Mariners, sit up and take notice. If he does get drafted, it may not quite signal the opening of the floodgates, but it's another small step towards the globalisation of the best game in the world.