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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Why pitcher Kyle Farnsworth took his talents south of the border

Kyle Farnsworth is 40 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2014. You might recall that he made headlines a year ago by somewhat secretly joining the Orlando Phantoms, a semipro football team.

But none of that means Farnsworth is retired from baseball. He has been toiling the past two seasons in the Mexican League, and if his well-traveled past is any indication, there’s no telling where his next move will take him….

Despite a track record of 16 big league seasons pitching for nine teams, including the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays, he couldn’t persuade anyone in MLB to give him another chance, so he ventured south and joined the Pericos de Puebla for the second half of the 2015 Mexican League season. (The Mexican League is classified as a Triple-A circuit, but it’s the top level of baseball in the country.)

“I knew I still wanted to play, still wanted to compete, and [I thought I could] do well,” he said. “I still have the fire in me. The Mexican League came along and gave me an opportunity to continue my dream.”


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 07, 2016 at 11:51 AM | 21 comment(s)
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