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International Harvest

Milwaukee reaps the benefit of a trip abroad
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IN 2011, Eric Thames made his major league debut for the Blue Jays. By '14 he wasn't just out of the majors, he was out of the U.S., having signed with the NC Dinos of the Korea Baseball Organization. After three years and 124 home runs in the KBO, Thames has been a mashing success in his return to MLB: The Brewers' first baseman-outfielder was hitting .306 with 13 homers at week's end. He's not the first player to wash out domestically, succeed abroad, then come back stronger.

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PLAYER

FIRST SHOT

TEAM

NEXT MOVE

GRAND RETURN

TEAMS

HIGH POINT

Cecil Fielder 1B-DH, MLB

1985

Blue Jays

Japan

1990

Tigers, Yankees, Angels, Indians

Three-time All-Star

Doug Flutie QB, NFL

1986

Bears

Canada

1998

Bills, Chargers, Patriots

1998 Pro Bowl

Anthony Mason F, NBA

1989--'90

Nets

Turkey, Venezuela

1991--'92

Knicks, Hornets Heat, Bucks

2001 All-Star

Cameron Wake DE, NFL

2005

Giants

Canada

2009

Dolphins

Five-time Pro Bowler

Alexander Radulov RW, NHL

2006--'07

Predators

Russia

2016--'17

Canadiens

2nd on team in scoring