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Bradley Richard Thomas (born October 22, 1977
in Sydney, Australia) is a Major
League Baseball pitcher
for the Detroit
Tigers. He bats and throws left-handed.
Thomas signed as an undrafted free agent in 1995 by the Los Angeles
Dodgers. The Dodgers released him on May 9, 1997, due to visa
issues with the government, and three days later, he signed with
Twins. Thomas became the #1 pitching prospect with the Twins
from 1998-2004. Thomas was a 4-time All-Star in the minor leagues
and a World All-Star (2001 Futures Game). Thomas played in the
majors with the Twins between 2001 and 2004 appearing in 101
games. Thomas was traded to the World Champion Boston Red Sox in
2004. In 2005, Thomas signed with the Hokkaido
Nippon Ham Fighters of Japan. Thomas played for them from 2005-2006,
appearing in 99 games as a relief pitcher. Compiling a 2.9 ERA over
2 seasons. Thomas was a member of the 2006 Japan Series and Asian
Series Champions, Nippon Ham Fighters. Thomas holds the record for
a 157 km/h (98 mph) fastball from a left-hander in Japan.
Thomas signed with the Seattle Mariners for the 2007 season.
Thomas signed with the Hanwha Eagles in Daejeon, South Korea where he was the league leader
in most pitching categories, including 31 saves (126 game season).
Thomas was the closer for the KBO All-Star team. Thomas broke the
long standing KBO Saves record in 2008.
Thomas was a member of the Australian National Team, having
competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and also World Cups. 2009 World
Baseball Classic (WBC) Closing Pitcher with 1 inning and 2
Strikeouts vs Cuba 3-10-2009.
Thomas signed a major league contract with the Detroit Tigers on
December 7, 2009.