2014 HOF Inductee - Brendan Kingman

Personal Details

DOB:  DOB:  22/05/1973                               

From:  NSW                               

Nomination category:  Playing / 1989 – 1999 & 2000 - onwards    

 

State Baseball

As a junior Brendan represented at both state and national level. Brendan was a part of every representative team in Australia throughout the rest of his playing career.

In 1995-1996, Brendan hit .292.528 to help Sydney to an ABL title.

He was the 1997/98 Australian National League batting champion and MVP whilst playing for the Sydney Storm. He still holds the record as the longest serving Australian Baseball representative.

He was part of the 2003 to 2008 NSW Claxton Shield teams.

In 2005 coached the NSW under16 state team to win the Australian National Championship

 

National Baseball

He hit .319, 574 .670 in the 1993-1994 Australian Baseball League with a league-leading 17 home runs for the Sydney Blues. He made the All-Star team at third base.

In the 1996-1997 season, Kingman hit .325 .716 for the Blues and was selected as an All-Star outfielder. He led the league in slugging percentage and home runs (21). His 62 RBI was one behind league leader Ronny Johnson

1998 Australia's only Triple Crown winner 1998 Sydney Storm of the Australian Baseball League He represented Australia at a senior level in 1995, 1997, 1999 to 2008.

 

International

Kingman's professional career in Australia began in 1991. A year later, he joined the Florida Marlins system and hit .281.450 .294 as a third baseman and DH for the GCL Marlins. With the same club in 1993, Kingman batted .261 .383 .421 as a corner infielder.

He obtained his first professional contract in 1992 with the Florida Marlins and remained with that organisation through to 1996. From 1998 to 2000 he was signed with the Seattle Mariners reaching AA and on 40-man Major League roster in 2000, in 2001 and 2002 played with Bridgeport Bluefish in the Atlantic League. (Independent)

Moving into full-season ball, Brendan batted .263/.342/.372 for the Kane County Cougars. With Kevin Millar at first base, Kingman played primarily DH. Kingman moved up to the Brevard County Manatees in 1995 and hit .289~.368/.421. Now a full-time DH, his 9 home runs were second on the club to Millar.

The Marlins let Kingman go after the 1995 season.

Kingman's career really took off in 1997-1998 when he broke every ABL record in the Triple Crown categories with a .487 average, 28 home runs and 66 RBI (tied for the lead). He led in slugging with a record 1.083 mark, 174 total bases in 156 AB. He was both the All-Star DH and MVP that year. It earned him a return ticket to Organized Baseball as the Seattle Mariners signed him.

In 1997 Brendan was a member of Australia’s Intercontinental Cup team in Barcelona which won Australia’s first medal in a worldwide event – bronze. He was 7 for 26 with a homer as the primary Australian RF in this event.

Kingman's return to the USA was an impressive one. He batted .340 .393 .524 for the Lancaster Jethawks. He won the California League batting title, beating out Jarrod Patterson, for his second batting crown in the span of a year. He scored 91 runs, hit 30 doubles and 16 home runs. He also hit into the most double plays (20). Kingman was named the All-Star DH in the California League that year.

In 1999, he moved up to AA with the New Haven Ravens. He led Eastern League first basemen in fielding percentage (.993) and hit .279.314.377. After 11 games with New Haven in 2000 (.282/.317/.359), he moved to the independent leagues.

In 1999 he was part of Australia’s Intercontinental Cup side which won the gold medal.

Kingman hit .280/.387/.480 in this event. Australia faced Cuba in the Final of the Intercontinental cup and in the top of the 9th inning the scores were locked at 5-5, with one out Kingman hit a double to the left field fence and was replaced by a pinch runner, this runner was consequently knocked in by a single by Gary White. Grant Balfour was credited with the save in the bottom of the 9th after closing down the formidable Cuba lineup, the final out recorded with a K2.

Kingman hit .238 .262 in limited action for the 2000 Catskill Cougars. In 2001, Kingman batted .278.416 as a 3B/1B for the Bridgeport Bluefish. His 74 runs tied for the team lead. During the 2001 Baseball World Cup, he hit .262 .241.250 as the Australian 1B. In 2002, he returned to Bridgeport and hit .234 .332 in his last season in the USA.

 In 2003, Kingman hit 3 home runs for the New South Wales Patriots, tying for the lead in the Claxton Shield for his 4th home run crown in Australia. He was named to the All-Star team at third base.

In 2004 member of Australian Silver Medal winning team at the Athens Olympics. Hitting in the only run against Daisuke Matsuzaka to win the semi-final against Japan.

The first baseman for Australia in the 2004 Olympics, he hit .282/.344/.370 for the silver medalists. In the semi-finals, Kingman's single to right against Daisuke Matsuzaka scored Brett Roneberg with the lone run of the semi-finals, impressing the favoured Japanese team and handing Chris Oxspring the win. Kingman later made the final out of the competition. Down 6-2 with 2 on and 2 out in the 9th inning, he was retired by Danny Betancourt to end the game.

Kingman produced at a .429/.500/.476 clip in the 2005 Baseball World Cup, finishing fifth in the tournament in batting average. Kingman was 1 for 5 with 2 strikeouts and an RBI for Australia in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, playing one game at third instead of Glenn Williams and pinch-hitting once for Dave Nilsson. He hit .250/.333/.333 in the 2006 Intercontinental Cup. Kingman even pitched three scoreless innings.

Kingman was back for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, going 6 for 15 with a walk, 2 doubles and 6 RBI while splitting first base duties with Williams. He came up with the potential tying run on board and a 6-4 deficit in the 8th inning against Mexico but was retired by Roberto Ramirez. Australia went 4-3 in the tourney and failed to earn a spot in the 2008 Olympics

Kingman’s battle with injuries has forced him into involuntary retirement from Representative Baseball.

In 2010 Brendan played four games with the Sydney Bluesox and in his last game he hit 2 homeruns.


Awards / Trophies / Recognition received by Nominee

He obtained his first professional contract in 1992 with the Florida Marlins.

1993-1994 Australian Baseball League with a league-leading 17 home runs for the Sydney Blues. He made the All-Star team at third base.

1997/98 Australian National League batting champion and MVP whilst playing for the Sydney Storm.

1998 Australia's only Triple Crown winner 1998 Sydney Storm of the Australian Baseball League

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