11 May 1979 |
Durban, South Africa
Barry Peter Armitage (born 11 May 1979 in Durban) is a South African baseball pitcher. Armitage was the first South African-born baseball player ever to make an appearance in any Major League Baseball game when he threw an inning for Kansas City Royals against the Houston Astros in a 2005 exhibition game.
Armitage signed with the Royals following a try-out in front of then assistant general manager Allard Baird in 2000. He made his professional debut later that year with the Gulf Coast Royals of the Gulf Coast League in the United States. Armitage left the Royals farm system following two seasons with the Wichita Wranglers of the AA Texas League. Armitage played in 2007 in the Atlantic League with the Newark Bears and Lancaster Barnstormers. Armitage did not play professionally in 2008.
Barry Armitage married Jen Dishner on March 18, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona. They reside in Phoenix, Arizona with their two dogs, Simba and Nala.
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