With father battling cancer, Grant Balfour earns early induction into Australia's Baseball HOF
Grant Balfour to get early induction into Aussie HOF
Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour is one of the best Australian baseball players ever. While the ABL has a track record of entertaining action on the diamond, very few Aussie players have experienced prolonged success in Major League Baseball.
Balfour made his MLB debut in 2001, but didn't exceed rookie limits until 2004 with the Twins. Over parts of 13 MLB seasons, Balfour has appeared in 528 games and maintained a 3.46 ERA while accumulating 84 saves. Of those 84 saves, 74 have been in the last three seasons with the Athletics and Rays.
Baseball Australia -- "the governing body for all levels of baseball throughout the country" -- is set to induct Balfour into its Hall of Fame, even though he's still active in MLB, so that his father David will be able to see it. David Balfour was a rugby player for the Balmain Tigers back in his youth, but has spent recent years battling cancer and undergoing chemotherapy for a tumor in his neck.
Tune in to MLB Network for Game 1 of the ABL Championship between the Perth Heat and the Adelaide Bite on Feb. 6 at 3:30 am ET.