Kiwi teen signs seven year Major League deal

Last updated 09:41 19/01/2012
Pita Rona
SHANE WENZLICK/Fairfax Media
IN THE BIG LEAGUES: Auckland 17-year-old Pita Rona has been snapped up the Baltimore Orioles.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

Black Sticks men draw 1-1 with Kookaburras Top seed binned in NZ Badminton Open final Klitschko set for a Leapai knockout - Williams Anaheim, Montreal take 2-0 leads in first round Track team to go gold or go home in Glasgow Boxing saved my life, says Hasim Rahman Black Stick Dean Couzins set to join 300 club Davison relishing worker role for triathlon team Overtime playoff wins for Colorado, St Louis Bevin's hard work rewarded with Games place

New Zealand teenager Pita Rona has penned a seven-year deal with Major League Baseball franchise the Baltimore Orioles.

The Aucklander, 17, a former Black Sox softball player, controversially switched codes late last year to focus on baseball, and he was signed after Orioles scouts came to New Zealand this week to look at talent.

He will link up with the team's development programme in Australia.

Rona told Radio Sport this morning that he watches a lot of MLB and to know that he could play there is ''crazy'', though he is expecting to have to work extremely hard before he gets a shot at the big time.

New Zealand has never had a major league baseballer.

Ad Feedback

- © Fairfax NZ News

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content