Balfour to be inducted in hall of fame
|09/07/2018||Posted by admin under 南京夜网||
Top honour: Former Kings Langley local Grant Balfour is set to be inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame. Picture: Getty Images Australian baseball star Grant Balfour is set to be inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame, class of 2015.
In what are unprecedented special circumstances, the Heritage Committee and Baseball Australia Board have decided to bring what is the inevitable induction of Grant into the Hall of Fame forward, so that his ailing father David can see the honour.
The Sydney native grew up in Kings Langley, where he began playing junior baseball.
Signed by the Minnesota Twins in 1997 as a 19-year-old amateur free agent, Balfour went onto make his MLB debut with the Twins in 2001.
The right-handed pitcher currently with the Tampa Bay Rays will be inducted for the special playing category for Outstanding International Career.
A cult-figure among baseball fans for his intense on-field persona, Balfour has racked up 10 years of Major League Baseball service, putting together arguably the finest career of any Australian in the Major Leagues. His career highlights include being selected in the 2013 American League All-Star Team and pitching in the postseason with three different clubs, including the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 World Series.
Balfour has served as a relief pitcher for a number of Major League teams over 11 seasons, including the Minnesota Twins, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays.
A career 3.46 ERA over 528 games with 84 saves and 571 strikeouts in 535.1 innings, he also holds the Athletics consecutive save record at 44.
Speaking of his induction from Florida, US, Balfour said he is grateful to be classed among his Hall of Fame peers.
“I am honoured to be inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame with many other greats who have played or made a huge impact on this game,’’ he said.
‘‘I started out playing baseball at the age of six and continue to play the game today. It has been my life and I am very fortunate to have made a great living from this game.
‘‘I continue my passion for the game and hope to accomplish many more things to come. I want to thank my family who have been there for me my whole career and are my biggest fans.’’
Grant joins Trent Durrington and John Galloway as the Hall of Fame Class of 2015 inductees, to be honoured at the Australian Baseball Gala on SaturdayFebruary 28.