Harry Brook to try hand at baseball as he joins St Louis Cardinals for MLB spring training
“I’m really excited for this partnership and can’t wait to try my hand at hitting some home runs,” Brook said in an MLB press release. “I’m intrigued to see how different it is to cricket and what similarities there are too – will a home run feel as good as hitting a six?
“I’m also excited to learn from how other professional sportspeople go about their game and see if there are any transferable skills between batting in baseball and cricket. It’s going to be amazing to see baseball first hand in the US and help spread the word back in the UK and hopefully help build baseball’s fan base here.”
Brook will film some promotional content with the Cardinals while in the US before returning home on Sunday. It is understood that the deal will also see Brook play in the IPL and the Ashes with an MLB logo affixed to the back of his bat, while Wong will do the same in the upcoming WPL and the English summer.
Brook was initially due to play for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL in March and was considered for selection for England’s white-ball tour to Bangladesh. But he has instead opted to rest ahead of the IPL after a hectic winter, and will spend around three weeks at home after his trip to the US, before travelling to India to fulfil his lucrative contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad.