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US pitcher makes a mark in ‘beautiful’ Guadalajara

It’s looking set to be another productive season for the Charros de Jalisco’s Brian Broderick, last year’s Liga Mexicana del Pacifico (LMP) “Reliever of the Year.”

The 29-year-old Phoenix, Arizona native already has four saves this year.

Even though he’s having to live out of a hotel along with the other five foreigners on the team – all but one are from the United States –  Broderick is clearly enamored with Guadalajara.  

“It is absolutely beautiful. Everything about the city I enjoy. Also, the people and the fans are amazing,” he told the Reporter in an interview.

Broderick played his college ball at Mesa Community College in 2006 and Grand Canyon University in 2007, both colleges in Phoenix. He was chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 21st round of the 2007 major league draft. 

“I was speechless,” he recalls from that day. “I was sitting on the couch just watching TV with my mom. Getting that phone call, your heart starts racing. It was amazing.”

Broderick was taken in the “Rule 5” draft by the Washington Nationals before the start of the 2011 season. He made his big league debut in April of that year against the Atlanta Braves and appeared in 11 games for the Nationals. 

Following a second stint with the Cardinals and another with the Nationals, Broderick signed a minor league deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks in January 2014.

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