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Graeme Lloyd

Graeme Lloyd - LHP
Hometown: Geelong, VIC
Debut: 11 April 1993
Final Game: 27 September 2003
Teams played for: Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Montreal Expos, Florida Marlins, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals

 

Less than a year after Dave Nilsson debuted for the Milwaukee Brewers, another young Aussie came up in Milwaukee and began making history of his own. When he debuted on 11 April 1993, Graeme Lloyd became the first Australian pitcher in Major League history. He and Nilsson combined for the first all-Australian battery in MLB history three days later, with Nilsson catching regularly for the Brewers at the time.

Originally signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1988, Lloyd began playing baseball at the urging of one of his sister's boyfriends and quickly showed a preference for it over cricket and Australian rules football. As an amateur, he played all over the diamond and showed some pop at the plate, homering off of Bob Nilsson while representing Victoria in the 1988 Claxton Shield.

Lloyd pitched in the minors from 1988 to 1992, and returned home to play in the first Australian Baseball League during the MLB offseason. The Brewers traded him to the Yankees in the middle of the 1996 season, and in New York he flourished as a lefty specialist reliever on a team in the midst of a dynastic upswing. That October, Lloyd made history once again, becoming the first Australian to both play in and win a World Series title. He had his best season in 1998, posting a 1.67 ERA and helping the Yankees capture their second World Series title in three years.

After being unable to sign with an MLB club for 2004 due to visa issues, Lloyd joined Team Australia in Athens that summer for the Olympics, helping the squad win the silver medal.

Lloys turned to coaching after the Olympics, becoming a familiar presence in the Perth Heat dugout in the 2008 Claxton Shield and later the new ABL, and also for the men's national team. Lloyd also recently helped the Emeralds win a bronze medal at the Women's Baseball World Cup in Japan, serving as the team's pitching coach.

View Graeme Lloyd's career statistics from Baseball Reference

(Photo at right: Lloyd [left] performing his pitching coach duties with the Perth Heat.)