Bermuda is not exactly a baseball hotbed. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be in the future. Sometimes, it just takes one success story to make a country fall in love with a sport, and where Bermuda and baseball are concerned, that story may have just come along in the form of Adam Hall.
Hall is the first Bermuda native to play professionally in the U.S., and is right at the doorstep of Major League Baseball, the preeminent baseball league in the world. He was picked 60th by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2017 MLB Draft, and looks all but ready to become part of the franchise’s Major League team – possibly as early as the 2020 season.
And for his part, Hall seems cool with being baseball’s ambassador in Bermuda.
At the very least, Hall is now Exhibit A that a Bermudian can excel in a sport other than football or cricket. However, Hall did have to make a detour to Canada en route to the MLB, given that the islands just don’t have the infrastructure in place to develop a top-level baseball talent. Now 20, Hall left Bermuda for Canada around the age of 12, after Bermuda’s limited baseball system – namely, YAO Baseball Bermuda – had done all it could for him. In Canada he found the development he needed, and ultimately fulfilled the dream of making it into the U.S. professional ranks.
Now, Hall is, again, right on the cusp of the world’s best baseball league. He demonstrated his readiness recently when he won April’s Player of the Month honors for the Orioles’ minor league team, the Aberdeen IronBirds. That’s still a few steps down from MLB competition, but Hall’s production makes it likely that he’ll move up the ranks in short time, such that he could ultimately become a key cog in an ongoing youth movement for the Orioles.
Right now, the Orioles at the Major League level are mired in one of their worst seasons of all time. They’re at last place in the American League East division, and the MLB betting markets really aren’t even factoring them into the playoff picture. What this means though is that the team can focus fully on developing and acquiring young, talented players. The Orioles have great odds on the top pick in the 2020 draft, may yet trade some older Major League players for younger talent, and will be looking at a full-scale rebuild heading into 2020. That more or less sets up a perfect environment for a player like Hall looking to make his mark. Again, he has a ways to go, but a productive, promising 20-year-old climbing the ladder in an organization desperate for fresh talent and internal solutions is in a good spot.
If he does make it to the MLB to become a fixture with the new-look Orioles a year or two from now, Adam Hall may be just the man to make baseball more prominent in Bermuda. Since he was drafted in 2017, Hall has returned to the islands numerous times, linking up with his former coach Joel Czember (who played baseball in junior college in the U.S.) to share the game with kids. Czember has spoken about Hall’s positive impact on young baseball players in Bermuda, and for his part believes it might just be a matter of time before the sport takes off on the islands.
If that proves to be true, it will be with significant thanks to Hall, who regardless of what happens in the years ahead has already become a unique Bermudian sports star.
- Hall is the first Bermuda native to play professionally in the U.S. – https://www.sportingnews.com/ca/mlb/news/baltimore-orioles-top-prospect-adam-hall-milb-mlb-news-exclusive-interview-aberdeen-ironbirds/1inr50s8j5gco1k9mb22tyq8uu
- Won April’s Player of the Month honors – http://bernews.com/2019/05/adam-hall-wins-minor-league-player-of-month/
- The MLB betting markets – https://www.gambling.com/us/online-betting/markets/mlb