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Brad Thomas sent to the Minors

The Detroit Tigers today announced that the club has outrighted the contract of Brad Thomas to Triple A Toledo.

Brad saw action in 12 games with the Tigers during 2011 before he landed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season on May 11 with left elbow inflammation. He finished 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA (11 innings pitched/11 earned runs).

Brad is a six-year, renewal-option player, so he will be become a free agent on Thursday and will be eligible to sign with any major league organization.

Final stats for our major leaguers

With the season over and no Australians in the post season it’s time to finalise the season stats.   Elizabeth Cage of MLB has listed their details in the latest issue of  THE PITCH.  [To subscribe to THE PITCH simply send an email to this address with your request – new subscribers are always welcome and can be easily added by request.  You may contact Elizabeth’s office at: or by telephone 0292382292.]

Grant Balfour (Glenwood NSW) has ended the season 5-2 with a 2.47 ERA having pitched 62.0 innings over 62 games.  He’s allowed 17 earned runs on 44 hits and 20 walks while striking out 59.  The A’s were 74-88 (.457) finishing in third place in the AL West.

Liam Hendriks (Perth HEAT) has ended the season 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA having pitched 13.1 innings over four games.  He allowed 16 earned runs on 29 hits and six walks while striking out 16.  The Twins finished with a 63-99 (.389) record and in last place in the AL Central. 

Luke Hughes (Perth HEAT) has ended the season with a .223 batting average with 12 doubles, seven homeruns and 30 RBI with three stolen bases over his 287 at-bats in 96 games with the Twins.  The Twins finished with a 63-99 (.389) record and in last place in the AL Central.

 Shane Lindsay (Melbourne Aces) did not pitch this week.  He finished the season 0-0 with a 12.00 ERA having pitched six innings over four games.  He allowed eight earned runs on 11 hits and five walks while striking out six.  The White Sox finished 79-83 (.488) and in third place in the AL Central.

Peter Moylan (Melbourne VIC) has ended the season with an appointment to undergo surgery (see story below).  On the season he was 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA having pitched 8.1 innings over 13 games.  He allowed three earned runs on 12 hits and three walks while striking out ten.  The Braves finished the season 89-73 (.549) in second place in the NL East and missed out on the Wild Card slot on the last day’s play.

Trent Oeltjen (Sydney Blue Sox) has ended the season batting .197 with one double, one triple, two home runs and six RBI with six stolen bases and 10 runs scored, he’s walked 13 times and struck out 30 times in his 71 at-bats over 61 games for the Dodgers.  The Dodgers finished up 82-79 (.509) and in third place in the NL West.

Josh Spence (Grovedale VIC) finished the season with an 0-2 record, a 2.73 ERA having pitched 29.2 innings over 40 games.  He’s allowed nine earned runs on 14 hits and 19 walks while striking out 31.  The Padres finished the season 71-91 (.438) and in last place in the NL West.

Brad Thomas (Newport NSW) has ended the season on the 60-day disabled list; he last pitched for Detroit on 10 May. On the season he was 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA having pitched 11.0 innings over 12 games.  He allowed 11 earned runs on 17 hits and six walks while striking out seven.  The Tigers finished 95-67 (.586) champion of the AL Central title.

Rich Thompson (Sydney Blue Sox) finished the season 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA having pitched 54 innings over 44 appearances.  He allowed 18 earned runs on 46 hits and 20 walks while striking out 56.  The Angels ended up 86-76 (.531) in second place in the AL West.

A dubious Brad Thomas record

As Greg Johns at pointed out today for left-handed reliever Cesar Jimenez, the first win was a long time coming. Five years and 10 days, to be exact, from the time he made his Major League debut for the Mariners in 2006 to his first victory in Wednesday’s 5-4 nail-biter over the Twins at Target Field.

What Greg also revealed was that only three active Major League pitchers waited longer between their first game and first win — and Brad Thomas was the longest at 8 years, 337 days.

Brad’s Major League debut was with the Twins on May 16th 2001 but his 1st win was against the Rangers on 24th April 2010 for Detroit when he threw 3 innings, coming on in the 7th, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits in the Tigers late inning 8-4 victory.

So what was he doing during the 8 years and 337 days.

He was originally signed by the Dodgers as an undrafted free agent in 1995. They released him on May 9, 1997, due to visa issues with the government, and three days later, he signed with the Twins.    Brad became the #1 pitching prospect with the Twins from 1998-2004. He was a 4-time All-Star in the minor leagues and a World All-Star (2001 Futures Game).

Brad played in the majors with the Twins between 2001-2004  appearing in 101 games before being traded to the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 2004.  He did not record a win in that time with the Twins.

In 2005 he signed with the Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan and played for them from 2005-2006 appearing in 119 games as a relief pitcher compiling a 2.9 ERA over 2 seasons.

He was a member of the 2006 Japan Series and Asian Series Champions, Nippon Ham Fighters.    Brad holds the record for a 156 km/h (97 mph) fastball from a left-hander in Japan.

He signed with the Mariners for the 2007 season and in 2008, he signed with the Hanwha Eagles in the Korean Baseball Organisation.   During his two years in the KBO league, he had 44 saves with a 5-1 record and a 2.06 ERA as the closer for the Eagles. He owns the KBO single season (120 Games) record for Saves, with 33 in 2008.

Brad signed a major league contract with the Tigers on December 7, 2009 and spent the entire 2010 season pitching out of the Tigers bullpen, compiling a 6-2 record with a 3.89 ERA in 69-1/3 innings.    He made 2 spot starts for Detroit vs Texas Rangers and New York Yankees.

This year he  started the season 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA through 12 outings. He was placed on the 15 day disabled list on May 11, with left elbow inflammation.   Eventually he was activated from the disabled list and optioned to Triple-A Toledo on July 15.    But on July 25, 2011, Brad was placed on the 60-day disabled list and removed from the 40-man roster.

More on Brad Thomas and that canceled 9/11 booking

We mentioned the other day how winning a game saved Brad Thomas’ life when he had to cancel his booking on the Boston/LA flight that eventually flew into the World Trade Centre.   As Tyler Mason reports it – Brad and Michael Cuddyer have a special bond that has remained strong since those momentous days 10 years ago.

Brad Thomas had his plane tickets before his Double-A New Britain (Conn.) Rock Cats finished the 2001 season. As his team progressed through the playoffs, his flight was pushed back — to Sept. 11. He and his future wife, Kylie, were scheduled to board a plane from Boston to Los Angeles before flying to Thomas’ native Australia as soon as the season ended.

Days earlier, though, fellow Minnesota Twins minor leaguer Michael Cuddyer changed Thomas’ plans with a couple home runs — life-saving home runs.

“Michael pretty much saved our lives single-handedly by knocking in the winning runs in the last of the playoff games that took us to the next round,” said Thomas, now a pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.

Cuddyer had helped prolong the Rock Cats’ season by hitting two playoff homers that sent the Rock Cats into the Eastern League championship. An extended season kept Brad and Kylie Thomas off the plane that left Logan International Airport in Boston and eventually crashed into one of the World Trade Center towers on the morning of Sept. 11.


Brad Thomas’ 9/11 near miss

Winning a play-off game saved Brad's life

Its not often that one can say that winning or losing a baseball game is a life or death experience.   But it was for Brad Thomas back in September 2001.

Those of you who know Brad personally will have heard this story from him, but Michael Cuddyer in his personal blog mentions it again today.  As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Michael shares his unique memories. retelling his experiences of 9/11 and how it affected him as a minor leaguer in the Twins organisation playing for the AA New Britain Rock Cats.   Brad Thomas was a team mate.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001 was supposed to be a great day in Rock Cats history. There was going to be a big crowd at the stadium to cheer for the team, which just a year earlier finished the season 40 games under .500. I was supposed to be a guest DJ on a local top-40 radio station that morning. I was really excited because they said I would have full say about which songs would be played on the morning drive.

I remember I was in my hotel room about 90 minutes outside of New York City when I got a phone call from the station’s producer telling me not to come into the studio. I had just woken up and didn’t know why he didn’t want me to come in. All he said was that I should turn on the TV. Then he hung up and went on reporting the news on the air.

At first, like many, I didn’t understand what was going on. I saw the smoke coming from the first tower and remember thinking someone must have lost control of the plane or that an engine blew. Terrorist attacks were the furthest thing from my mind. Then, obviously, the rest of the morning’s events took place — memories I don’t need to relive here through words.

Around mid-morning, the team was called to come to the park to talk about what was going to happen with the championship series — not that anybody really cared at that point. When I arrived, some people in the front office were crying, but most people, including my teammates, were just numb over what had just happened to our country.

Blank faces and stares filled our clubhouse as our manager, Stan Cliburn, informed us we were on hold as to when the series would resume, if it ever would resume. Then came the news Brad Thomas was willing to share. Brad is from Australia, and the best way to get to Australia is through Los Angeles. When guys are in the minor leagues, they need to make travel arrangements prior to the end of the season in order to get the best prices. So we all had booked flights home before the playoffs began, and Brad was no different.

We knew that we were in the playoffs, but had we lost in the first round, the season would have been over Sept. 9. Brad had booked his flight for Sept. 11. He was not the only one who booked a flight that day, but he was the only one who was booked on the flight that took a detour off of its route from Boston to LA, right into the World Trade Center. 

More on the ailing Brad Thomas

Brad may not pitch again this season

Jason Beck at reports on the Brad Thomas situation.

Less than two weeks after the Tigers designated left-hander Brad Thomas’ contract for assignment, they had to take it back. The assignment was voided after doctors recommended Thomas not throw for the next few weeks to try to get past the elbow discomfort that has sidelined him.

The injury means that Thomas could not be activated from the disabled list, as he was before the Tigers designated him.

The move had the potential of creating a roster crunch for the Tigers, who filled their 40-man roster by purchasing the contract of reliever Chance Ruffin after Sunday’s game. Since Thomas hasn’t pitched in the Majors since early May, however, he was eligible to be placed on the 60-day disabled list, thus not counting against the 40-man.

There’s a strong chance Thomas will end the year on the DL, whether or not he pitches again in the Minors.

Brad Thomas put on DL

In a move that will surprise no-one Brad Thomas is now on the 60-day DL rather than being outrighted, tweets’s Jason Beck.

Brad insisted on being re-examined by famed surgeon Dr James Andrews when the Tigers originally outrighted him to AAA.

Brad Thomas to rest his elbow for four weeks

Dr. James Andrews advised Brad Thomas to rest for four weeks before a decision is made about surgery.
If surgery is required, Andrews will operate to remove a tiny spur and check on the cartilage. Brad was originally placed on the disabled list in May with left elbow inflammation after posting a 9.00 ERA over 12 relief appearances. He was removed from the Tigers’ 40-man roster earlier this month. 

Brad Thomas will visit Dr. James Andrew

Kurt Mensching is saying that Brad Thomas will see famed surgeon Dr. James Andrew about the continuing problem with his elbow:

You’ll recall last Wednesday the Tigers outrighted left-handed reliever Brad Thomas to Triple-A Toledo. He had until Sunday to decide whether or not to take the assignment. Apparently he’s taken the assignment, where the Hens immediately placed him on the inactive list. In the meantime, Thomas will visit Dr. James Andrews to look closer at is elbow problems.

The Toledo Blade’s John Wagner spoke with Thomas for an update and reported in a story today:

Thomas said he will see Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to determine his next course of action.

“When Dr. Andrews looked at the MRI, he asked, ‘How is this guy even throwing?’ ” Thomas said. “But I wanted to get back and help my mates up there [in Detroit].

“When I talked to the Tigers about this a month ago, I said it would take 4 to 6 weeks to come back for me to get back if [the doctors] went in and cleaned that up. I just need to get this fixed.”

The Tigers must have felt otherwise, as Thomas instead was given a rehab assignment with the Mud Hens rather than getting it cleaned up. With Toledo, he felt more elbow pain and went back to see the Tigers doctors again. After a few days, he was sent back to Toledo. And as you’ll recall, soon after he was outrighted to the Mud Hens.

It sounds to me that Thomas may not have been real happy with the medical decision, but also that he just wants to get healthy again and prove his worth. Hopefully they’ll get everything sorted out.


Is Brad Thomas finished with the Tigers?

Ian Casselberry at believes that he is.

Whatever direction the Detroit Tigers decide to go with their left-handed reliever corps, Brad Thomas will no longer be a part of that process.

The Tigers announced on Thursday that Thomas had been outrighted to Triple-A Toledoafter clearing waivers. Thomas was activated from the 15-day disabled list, where he’d been since May 21, and now has 72 hours to decide whether to accept the assignment to Toledo or refuse it and become a free agent. (He has $400,000 remaining on the one-year contract he signed with Detroit before this season.)

With three lefties already in the bullpen — David Purcey, Adam Wilk and the newly returned Phil Coke — in addition to Charlie Furbush and Daniel Schlereth also being available for call-up, it was pretty apparent that there wasn’t a spot available for Thomas anymore.   More…


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