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The Australian Baseball League gets underway

Nov 8, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

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There was a baseball league in Australia from 1989-99. It hemorrhaged cash, and was eventually bought by ex-Brewer Dave Nilsson. The league folded around then. I assume Nilsson still plays with it in his basement or something.

But now there’s a new one — also called the Australian Baseball League — that just debuted on Saturday.  It’s styled more like a winter league a la Mexico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. It has Ryan Rowland-Smith and Peter Moylan in it, so it has to be legit.  There are six teams: The Adelaide Bite; the Brisbane Bandits; the Canberra Cavalry; the Melbourne Aces; the Perth Heat; and the Sydeny Blue Sox.  If it’s successful in its first year they expect to expand with the Maitland Midnight Oil and the Victor Harbor Vegemite.

Or maybe not, but I have to get my daily Australia bashing in somehow.

Anyway, this time around the ABL has extensive financial backing from Major League Baseball, so it may last a bit longer. Perhaps INXS of ten years this time.

  1. BC - Nov 8, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Hopefully the umpires dress like those refs in Austrailian Rules Football, and use the same awesome hand signals. They epitomize cool.

  2. texasdawg - Nov 8, 2010 at 12:33 PM

    Great news. The more baseball, the better.

  3. Utley's Hair - Nov 8, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Hmm…INXS? Would that make Bud Light Michael Hutchence? So there’s hope for baseball now?

  4. sdelmonte - Nov 8, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Do they run the baseball in the other direction, being in the Southern Hemisphere?

    • Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 4:46 PM

      Damn! You japped my Coriolus Effect joke! That leaves sheep….

  5. JBerardi - Nov 8, 2010 at 5:14 PM

    I see you’ve played knifey-spoony before.

  6. Old Gator - Nov 8, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Q: Why did God invent women?
    A: Because sheep can’t type.

    Q: What do you call an Australian shepherd with sheep and goats?
    A: Bisexual. (A1: a bigamist)

    Q: Why do Australian shepherds herd their sheep to the edge of the cliff?
    A: The sheep push back harder.

    See, you should have left my beloved Coriolis Effect alone, matey.

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