DEEP DIVES: The history of every MLB player born in the Bahamas

Updated: Aug 1, 2021


Antoan Richardson became the sixth Bahamian MLB player when he made his debut in 2011 and was the last until Jazz Chisholm last season.

When Jazz Chisholm made his MLB debut on September 1, 2020, he became just the seventh MLB player out of 19,902 to hail from the Bahamas to suit up in a game and the first to play in a game since 2014. With that in mind, I thought I'd give a brief history of all seven Bahamian MLB players and how their careers panned out.


André Rodgers: 1957-67, born 12/2/1934 in Nassau

André Rodgers became the first Bahamian to suit up in a major league game, doing so for the New York Giants in 1957. A talented cricket player, he paved his own way into the leagues. Having to learn how to hit major league pitching and not shy away from curveballs, he made his debut in 1957.


While he was never an All-Star, Rodgers strung together a solid career and is the all-time leader in every single offensive statistic amongst Bahamian players, a trailblazer for the Bahamas. He batted .249/.328/.365 over 11 seasons, racking up 6.4 fWAR at shortstop. He swatted 45 home runs, drove in 245 runs, and racked up 628 hits playing for the Giants, Cubs and Pirates before calling it a career in 1967.


Tony Curry: 1960-66, born 12/22/37 in Nassau

Tony Curry, similarly to Rodgers, was a talented cricket player and also played football in the Bahamas. After stringing together video-game numbers in the minors, including 43 home runs, 173 RBI and 346 hits. He made his debut on April 12, 1960 with the Philadelphia Phillies, starting his career on a similar stretch. After batting .214 through his first eight games, he went 2-4 against the Pirates on April 28 -- beginning a stretch of 25 games where he would bat .374 with four home runs. There was a time where Curry was second in the league in the batting race as well.


He finished a solid rookie season batting .261/.308/.408 with six home runs and 34 RBI. His production tapered off the following season, going just 7-for-36, and was subsequently traded to Cleveland, where he wouldn't appear in a game until 1966. His final career line: .246/.295/.374, six home runs, 40 RBI.


Ed Armbrister: 1973-77, born 7/4/48 in Nassau

Ed Armbrister was signed as an amateur free agent out of the Bahamas by the Houston Astros in 1967. After that, he was involved in the trade to the Reds that transformed them to the juggernaut 'Big Red Machine' as they became known as, heading to Cincinnati alongside Joe Morgan, Jack Billingham, Cesar Gerónimo and Denis Menke.


Armbrister became a solid bench option for the Big Red Machine and, to date, is the only Bahamian to win a World Series, doing so in 1975 and 1976. In 224 career games from 1973-77, Armbrister batted .245/.307/.377, hitting four home runs and driving in 19 runs. He contributed 0.4 fWAR and spent his entire career in Cincinnati.


Despite batting just 1-12 in ten postseason games, Armbrister found himself at the forefront of one of the most controversial World Series plays in 1975. Laying down a bunt, Armbrister tangled with catcher Carlton Fisk, who threw wild to second base, allowing Cesar Gerónimo to get to third and eventually score the winning run with no interference call made.


Wenty Ford: 1973, born 11/25/46 in Nassau

Wenty Ford is still the only pitcher to hail from the Bahamas to make it to the major leagues, having a brief cup of coffee with the Braves in 1973. In four games, he got two starts, pitching to a 5.51 ERA. In his major league debut, he twirled a complete game against Hall of Famer Juan Marichal in Atlanta and got the win. He went 2-5 batting in his career, finishing with a .400 career batting average.


Wil Culmer: 1983, born 11/11/57 in Nassau

Culmer also secured a cup of coffee in the major leagues in 1983 with Cleveland after destroying the minor leagues, and after going 2-3 on 4/12/83 in his debut, he subsequently went 0-16, finishing his MLB career with a .105 average with a single RBI to his name.


Antoan Richardson: 2011-14, born 10/8/83 in Nassau

Richardson, who is now a coach within the San Francisco Giants organization, became the first Bahamian to make his MLB debut in 28 years when he made his on 9/4/11. Richardson had a solid stay in limited major league appearances, going 2-4 in 2011 with the Atlanta Braves and 5-16 with the Yankees in 2014. After playing at Vanderbilt, Richardson was drafted four times before signing with the Giants in 2005 after the fourth time. He holds a career .350/.381/.350 batting line, stealing six bases without ever being caught.


He scored the winning run on Derek Jeter's final Yankee Stadium at-bat walk-off and was also featured in an amusing video where switch-pitcher Pat Venditte confused Antoan Richardson by continuously switching his pitching hand for the switch-hitter Richardson, leading to a slight delay in the game.


Jazz Chisholm: 2020-present, born 2/1/98 in Nassau

Chisholm was acquired from the Diamondbacks for Zac Gallen. After a debut in the truncated 2020 season where he started off slow but picked it up as he got more chances, Jazz Chisholm will look to cement his legacy in the MLB. He is currently ranked no. 2 in Miami's prospect rankings behind Sixto Sanchez. He plays with an infectious energy that anyone watching can love, and he quickly has become one of my favorite Marlins players as he battles for the second base job for the Marlins this season. Despite batting .161 with two home runs last season, the future is bright for Jazz Chisholm.


While the history of Bahamian MLB players is brief, there were a lot of interesting moments and things about them, and Jazz Chisholm will try to become the best as he plays more in the Marlins system. You probably would not have known how many Bahamian MLB players there have been without taking a deep dive.



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