On this day in 2003, the Brewers signed infielder Trent Durrington as a free agent. Durrington had spent the last ten years in the Angels organization and had three cups of coffee in the big leagues, hitting .173/.238/.187 in 59 games. He would fare slightly better as a Brewer, hitting .229/.267/.385 in 81 games over two years in Milwaukee.
While his performance as a Brewer was somewhat pedestrian, he is somewhat memorable for two reasons. First, he was born in Sydney, Australia. He's one of just 26 Australian players ever to reach the majors, and his 140 career games are sixth all time among his countrymen. Durrington was the third Australian Brewer, following in the footsteps of Dave Nilsson and Graeme Lloyd.
Second, Durrington is one of the few Brewer position players who have ever pitched in a game. On April 17, 2004 he needed just one pitch to get Jose Vizcaino to fly out for the final out of the eighth inning in a 14-5 Brewer loss to the Astros. Durrington is the only Australian position player to pitch in a game in major league history.
Durrington became a free agent following the 2005 season and played two more years in the minors, but never returned to the big leagues.
With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- Wisconsin Timber Rattler Greg Holle, who turns 23.
- 1961-65 Milwaukee Brave Frank Bolling, who turns 80.
- Superior, Wisconsin native Morrie Arnovich, who would have turned 101. Arnovich played seven major league seasons between 1936-46 as a member of the Phillies and two other teams and was a 1939 All Star.