Major League Baseball star Paul Goldschmidt is heading to Auckland in November to promote the game in New Zealand.
Goldschmidt, who plays for first base for the Arizona Diamondbacks, will host a hitting clinic for local baseball players at Eden Park on November 7 - and will travel to New Zealand with franchise president Derrick Hall.
The duo will be in New Zealand for just a day, before heading to Australia to promote the Major League season opener between the Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers in Sydney next year.
This is a big deal for our baseball programme," Baseball New Zealand chief executive Ryan Flynn said.
"Not only is Paul one of the top 2-3 offensive players in the world, but Derrick and his team represent one of the most progressive and forward thinking professional sports organizations in North America."
Goldschmidt,w as a stand-out performer for the Diamondbacks in 2013, appearing in the league All Star Game and gaining a nod as finalist for the National League Most Valuable Player trophy.
The current season was Goldschmidt's third season in the major leagues.
The young first baseman joins New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, San Diego Padres catcher Nick Hundley and Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Mark Melancon as Major League stars to visit New Zealand in the last three years.
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