While Major League Baseball is the professional league most consumed by viewers across the globe, it is far from the only pro league in existence. There are many other leagues that play at different times of year and are located on multiple different continents.
Another new professional baseball league was created recently and is the first of its kind. Baseball United describes itself as the first ever professional baseball league created to serve the Middle East and South Asia according to their bio on the X social media platform.
The league's president is Kash Shaikh and co-owners include former baseball players Barry Larkin, Mariano Rivera, Adrian Beltre, and Felix Hernandez. On Monday, the league held its inaugural draft in which many other former baseball players were selected.
One of the selections was former Brewers utility man Hernan Perez.
Hernan Perez, who played for the Milwaukee Brewers for five seasons in the late 2010s, was selected in the sixth round of the Baseball United draft. The team that had the honor of picking him was the Dubai Wolves.
Perez was one of the many waiver claim reclamation projects during the David Stearns era when he was claimed by the Brewers in the middle of the 2015 season. Though he wasn't exactly a big slugger, he hit for decent average and was one of the most defensively flexible players the Crew have ever had.
In 572 games as a Milwaukee Brewer, Perez hit .258 with a .688 OPS. He also collected 74 doubles, slugged 45 homers with 175 RBIs, and also scored 175 runs. His best season for the Crew came in 2016 when he hit .272 with a .730 OPS, hit 13 homers, drove in 56, and stole 34 bases, which was just under half of his career total in steals of 69.
Perez was also a utility man in every sense of the word. In his five seasons in Milwaukee, he played every single position except catcher, even pitching 7.1 innings in Brewer blue, giving up six runs and striking out three.
All kinds of other former MLB players were drafted to the new league as well. Did Gregorius, Pablo Sandoval, Robinson Cano, Andrelton Simmons, and one of the most fun pitchers in MLB history, the seemingly ageless Bartolo Colon, are all members of the Baseball United league.
Any chance to bring more baseball massess is a great thing. It's even greater when fun former Brewers get to be seen by a new group of fans.