Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland born baseball player Conlon to make Major League debut

Northern Ireland man PJ Conlon is to make his debut in the American Major League of Baseball on Monday night.

Conlon is set to break a wait of almost 109 years as being the first Belfast man to play in the big leagues since Harry McIlveen at the turn of the 20th Century.

The 24-year-old move to the States when he was just two and has been forging a name for himself breaking records as a schoolboy before catching the attention of big team scouts having success at every level of his minor league career. In 2016 he was named pitcher of the year.

And Monday will see him line out as starting pitcher for the New York Mets against the Cincinnati Reds. He'll be the first Irish born player to play since 1945 in the MLB.

The game is screened live on BT Sport 2.

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