By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
JAZZ Chisholm was the latest Bahamian to crack the Major League when he came out of the dugout to play for the Miami Marlins last night.
The talented 22-year-old shortstop came in to complete the game for starter Miguel Rojas in a Marlins’ 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays at the Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.
While he didn’t get to bat, Chisholm made his first defensive play in the top of the ninth to help the Marlins preserve the win and improved their win-loss record to 16-15 on the season played without any fans due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Chisholm follows Antoan Richardson, the last Bahamian to play in the Major League in 2014 with the New York Yankees in his second sting. He made his first appearance in 2011 with the Atlanta Braves.
Andre Rodgers made the breakthrough for the Bahamas in 1957 with the New York Giants. As an infielder, Rodgers also played for the San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Outfielder Tony Curry played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cleveland Indians from 1960-66; outfielder Ed Armbrister played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1973-77, including the 1975 World Series when he was involved in a controversial bunt in game three; pitcher Wenty Ford played for the Braves in 1973 and outfielder/designated played Wilfred Culmer played for the Cleveland Indians in 1983.
Chisholm was called up by the Marlins just before the game. He was traded from the Diamondbacks on July 31, 2019, but didn’t get to play Triple A ball as he was a high prospect, making their 40-man roster at the start of the season.