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Blue Sox land former MLB shortstop
Ngoepe made history as first African-born MLB player
08/30/2018 1:54 AM ET

Gift Ngoepe - the first African-born player to feature in the MLB - is headed to the Australian Baseball League this summer.

The former Pittsburgh and Toronto infielder has signed with the Sydney Blue Sox for the 2018/2019 season.

Ngoepe, 28, made history in 2017 when he became the first African-born player to reach the Majors.

He went on to play 41 games, including 13 for the Blue Jays this season.

Sydney manager Tony Harris was excited to have Ngoepe onboard this season.

"I have known him for many years and not only is he an amazing defender at shortstop, but I also expect him to be exciting at the plate," Harris told

"(Gift) really fits our culture and will quickly become a fan favourite.

"Having spent time at the Major League level these past few years our fans will witness baseball at its highest with Gift."

Ngoepe has hit .168 with two home runs and eight RBIs during 48 games with Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 2018.

The Blue Sox are at home to Geelong-Korea on Opening Weekend, from November 15 to 18.

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This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.