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Chris Andrew Oxspring (born 13 May 1977 in Ipswich, Australia) is a former Australian professional baseball pitcher who played for a number of teams around the world.

Chris Oxspring
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Pitcher
Born: (1977-05-13) 13 May 1977 (age 42)
Ipswich, Australia
Batted: Left Threw: Right
Professional debut
MLB: September 2, 2005, for the San Diego Padres
NPB: April 6, 2006, for the Hanshin Tigers
KBO: July 21, 2007, for the LG Twins
Last appearance
MLB: September 17, 2005, for the San Diego Padres
NPB: August 26, 2006, for the Hanshin Tigers
KBO: October 3, 2015, for the KT Wiz
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–0
Earned run average3.75
Strikeouts11
KBO statistics
Win-loss record49-40
Earned run average3.90
Strikeouts567
Teams
As player

As coach

CareerEdit

Oxspring joined the Hanshin Tigers in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the 2006 season. On 15 December 2006, Oxspring signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. On 10 July 2007, his contract with the Brewers was sold to the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization just one day before serving as the Pacific Coast League's starting pitcher in the 2007 Triple-A All-Star Game.

Internationally, Oxspring was a star for Australia in the 2004 Olympics, pitching 2–0 with wins both against Japan, earning him a silver medal.

Oxspring had the honour of throwing out the first official pitch of the Australian Baseball League to catcher Andrew Graham when the Blue Sox played the Canberra Cavalry on 6 November 2010. Oxspring threw six shutout innings in a game Sydney won 1–0.[1]

On 8 December 2010, while playing with the Sydney Oxspring signed a minor league deal with an invitation to Spring training with the Detroit Tigers. At the end of the 2010–11 Australian Baseball League regular season, he led the league in innings pitched (68.2), game started (11) and strikeouts (71).[2]

In June 2011, Detroit released Oxspring after struggling for their AAA affiliate, the Toledo Mud Hens conceding a 6.53 ERA over 20.2 innings. He shortly after signed with independent team the Somerset Patriots for the remainder of 2011.

In 2013 and 2014, Oxspring played with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. In 2015, he played with the KT Wiz of the Korea Baseball Organization. From 2016 to 2018, he had served as a pitching coach for the Lotte Giants. On 3 December 2018 Oxspring announced that he will no longer coach the Giants and return to Australia to reunite with his family.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Sydney vs Canberra Boxscore 6 November 2010 – Australian Baseball League
  2. ^ ABL League Pitching Leaders – Australian Baseball League

External linksEdit

  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Career statistics and player information from Korea Baseball Organization
  • Chris Oxspring at databaseOlympics.com at the Wayback Machine (archived 2006-06-04)
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Chris Oxspring". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.