A young Palauan Bligh Madris made history this week, becoming the first person from Palau to get into the US major baseball leagues.
Earlier this month, Style Madris, Bligh Madris’ father said in an interview with Guam Post, that his son Bligh Madrid will be the first Palauan to play in the Major Baseball League, saying it was not a matter of if but when. Today his prediction has been fulfilled when Pittsburgh Pirates announced that Bligh Madris will join the Pittsburgh Pirates roster.
Madris has spent 46 games with Triple-A Indianapolis. Over those 46 games, he has batted .304/.318/.519 with 5 home runs.
Bligh Madris was selected in the 9th round of the 2017 major league amateur draft by Pittsburgh out of Colorado Mesa University.
In 2021, Bligh Madris was awarded the 2021 Indianapolis Indians Rookie of the Year.
He has worked his way up on the minor league ladder and his hard work has paid off with him being called up to the major leagues.
Bligh is the son of Style and Kim Madris from Peleliu State, both of whom are quite proud of their son.
Palauans also across social media have been expressing pride in their fellowman, Bligh Madris. (By: L.N. Reklai)