Northern Ireland

West Belfast man hits the big league

P.J. Conlon Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Conlon was born in Belfast before moving with his family to California aged two

A west Belfast born man is set to quite literally join the big league.

PJ Conlon will make his Major League Baseball debut for the New York Mets at 19:10 local time in Cincinnati on Monday.

In doing so the 24-year-old will become the first Irish-born player to play at that level since 1945.

His family moved from Rockville Street to California in 1997.

The left-handed pitcher was elected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of San Diego.

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Image caption Sadiq Khan once pitched a ball at the New York Mets' stadium, Conlon will probably do slightly better

The New York Mets are based in the New York City borough of Queens.

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