Travis Jarrod Blackley
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- High School Cheltenham Secondary College
The brother of Adam Blackley, Travis Blackley made his major league debut at age 21.
He pitched for the Australian national team in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, going 0-1 with a 1.64 ERA. He was third on the staff in ERA behind Dushan Ruzic and brother Adam. He threw five shutout innings against the Dutch national team but allowed two runs in the sixth and was relieved. He allowed only one run in his start against the Japanese national team but Australia was shut out by Tadashi Settsu. The Philadelphia Phillies took him with the 15th pick of the 2007 Rule V Draft.
In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, Blackley got a key start against the Cuban national team and did a great job. He allowed a third-inning run when Luis Miguel Navas singled, was bunted over and came in on a hit by Frederich Cepeda. It was the only run he gave up in 5 2/3 innings against Cuba as he battled Aroldis Chapman evenly; his bullpen gave up 4 runs in 3 1/3 innings, though, and Cuba went on to win 5-4.
He went five years between stints in the major leagues. Before resurfacing with the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics in 2012, he had last played in the bigs in 2007, also with the Giants. In the interregnum, he pitched all over the world - including in the United States, Mexico, Australia and South Korea.
In the finale of the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers, held in February 2016, the veteran got the start against South Africa. He allowed a leadoff homer to Gift Ngoepe then pitched 5 shutout innings before giving up a three-run homer to Kyle Botha in the 6th; Peter Moylan relieved him with a 4-3 deficit but Australia rallied to win a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. He then was 8-8 with a 3.92 ERA for the 2016 Pericos de Puebla but dazzled in the postseason, capped by a two-hit, two-walk gem over eight scoreless frames in the title clincher to give Puebla their first Mexican League pennant in 53 years. He was named playoff MVP.