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Chris Oxspring

Chris Oxspring - RHP
Hometown: Ipswich, QLD
Debut: 2 September 2005
Final Game: 17 September 2005
Teams played for: San Diego Padres, Hanshin Tigers (NPB), LG Twins (KBO), Lotte Giants (KBO)

Though Queenslander Chris Oxspring's MLB career lasted just five games, his professional career has spanned decades and continents and he remains active on the mound in Korea.

Oxspring grew up in Ipswich, southwest of Brisbane, and spent his first professional season with the independent Cook County Cheetahs of the Frontier League in 2000. He went 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA with the Cheetahs, and signed with the San Diego Padres that October.

After going 12-6 with a 4.03 ERA for Triple-A Portland in the 2005 Minor League season, Oxspring earned a September callup and made his MLB debut for the Padres on 2 September. He was shaky in his first appearance, giving up five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven batters as the Padres lost to the Milwaukee Brewers. Oxspring finished the season in the Majors, though, posting a 3.75 ERA and striking out 11 batters in 12 innings pitched. Unfortunately, the Padres released him that December, and he spent the 2006 season with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball.

Oxspring's performance in Japan earned him another MLB shot with the Brewers, and he spent the first half of the 2007 season in their organisation. Milwaukee released him halfway through the season, and his international odyssey continued when he signed with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. The righty played for the LG Twins until 2010, when he capitalised on a strong inaugural ABL season by signing a free agent deal with the Detroit Tigers, hoping for another shot in MLB. After going 0-1 with a 6.53 ERA at Triple-A Toledo, the Tigers released Oxspring, and he spent the rest of the season with the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League.

"Ox" returned to KBO in 2013, signing with the Lotte Giants and thrived in his first season with the team, going 13-7 with a 3.29 ERA in 30 starts. He remains a part of the Giants' rotation, continuing his international professional career.

In international play, Oxspring has been an anchoring force for the Australian national team, helping the Southern Thunder win the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics and participating in the 2009 and 2013 World Baseball Classics.

When the new ABL rebooted in November 2010, Oxspring threw out the first official pitch of a new era of professional baseball Down Under. That day, he threw six shutout innings and helped the Sydney Blue Sox defeat the Canberra Cavalry 1-0 on Opening Day. Oxspring pitched for the Blue Sox for three seasons, compiling a 12-8 overall record with a 2.64 ERA, and currently serves as the team's bullpen coach, in addition to playing in Korea.

View Chris Oxspring's career statistics from Baseball Reference

(Photo at right: Oxspring deals a pitch for the Sydney Blue Sox during the ABL's 2012/13 season. Credit: SMP Images/ABL Media)