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Donald Lutz became the first “German developed” player to play in the bigs last night

Apr 30, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

Donald Lutz

The quotes and odd phraseology are required because Lutz, who pinch hit in last night’s Reds game, was born in New York. But he moved to Germany when he was a baby and came up playing baseball over there. Past players who grew up in Germany were kids of U.S. military members stationed there. Lutz wasn’t.

Lutz eventually became a product of the Major League Baseball International European Academy, out of which the Reds signed him in 2006.  Before last night he hadn’t played above Double-A. Now he’s best known for, maybe, being the first of many ballplayers to come from Germany. At least in a sense.

  1. blacksables - Apr 30, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    More reason the WBC matters.

  2. historiophiliac - Apr 30, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    It’s starting to become an unfortunate trend having players named “Donald.”

  3. 4d3fect - Apr 30, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    “German developed”?

    Nobody chiming in with master race snarkery?

    -Yup, I’m too old.

    Even talking/writing like Plaschke.

  4. 13arod - Apr 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    this is raciest

    • jarathen - May 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

      What is it more racy than?

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