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The Dodgers, Diamondbacks to begin next season in Australia

Jun 12, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Kangaroo

There was a time when the worst criminals in the bloody empire were sent down to New South Wales as punishment for their transgressions. But really, sending people there for a mere beanball war seems a bit extreme:

US Major League Baseball is coming to Sydney, with the opening series of next season – between the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks – to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground next March.

In a $13 million coup for the state government, the opening series of the MLB will be held at the SCG on Saturday March 22 and Sunday March 23 – the first time a competitive US baseball fixture will be held in Australia and only the sixth time one has been staged outside America.

Or maybe this is something done independent of last night’s stuff. I dunno.

I guess this means it would be rude of the Dodgers to release Peter Moylan before next season, huh?

And if Luke Prokopec and Dave Nilsson don’t throw out the first pitches at each game, some people are going to have to take a long look in a mirror and think about their priorities.

  1. stex52 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    The mind boggles. After last night’s game? It will be something to see a nation that loves rugby saying “Baseball is too violent!”

  2. pjmitch - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    So stupid. Why do this? If Baseball is hell bent to have a need with this idea, why not match up cold weather teams to avoid a week or so of snow at their parks, like Colorado or Chicago?

    • Ralph - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      This is MLB we’re talking about. Stop trying to make sense.

      In all actuality, they probably chose those teams due to the length of the flight. This way it’ll be juuust a bit shorter for the teams.

      • kevinbnyc - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

        Shortening a 20 hour flight by 90 minutes is a little too stupid even by MLB standards to be the reason.

  3. chacochicken - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    20 cent platypus beer night

    • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      “Waltzing Matilda” during the 7th inning stretch?

      • chacochicken - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong,
        Under the shade of a Coolibah tree,
        And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil,
        You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

        Waltzing Matilda, Waltzing Matilda,
        You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me,
        And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boil
        You’ll come a Waltzing Matilda with me.

  4. number42is1 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    will there be iocain powder?

  5. baseballici0us - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    Hathe irony.

  6. historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Poor kiwi. Penal colony jokes.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      Kiwi? There’s going to be New Zealand jokes?

      • historiophiliac - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:58 PM

        Oh, memory fail. :(

  7. randygnyc - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Come and listen for a moment, lads
    And hear me tell my tale
    How across the sea from England
    I was condemned to sail
    Now the jury found me guilty
    Then says the judge, says he
    “Oh, for life, Jim Jones, I’m sending you
    Across the stormy sea
    But take a tip before you ship
    To join the iron gang
    Don’t get too gay in Botany Bay
    Or else you’ll surely hang
    Or else you’ll surely hang”, says he
    “And after that Jim Jones
    It’s high above on the gallows tree
    The crows will pick your bones”

    • chicitybulls - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Hickory Dickory Dock…

  8. Detroit Michael - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    So will it be mandatory for Hardball Talk posts to refer to “baseball games” as “baseball fixtures” for the next couple of days?

  9. DiscountMescan - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Two teams enter, one team leaves.

    • valarmorghuliss - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      Brilliant

  10. specialkindofstupid - Jun 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I feel a reference to 80′s Australian icon Yahoo Serious is in order.

    As you were.

  11. gothapotamus90210 - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    @ Craig – what about Graeme Lloyd throwing out the first pitch?

    • Detroit Michael - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      28 players born in Australia, all but one of which played MLB baseball during the past couple of decades.

      http://www.baseball-reference.com/bio/Australia_born.shtml

  12. willtarantino - Jun 12, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Just thought that, according to this quote, Canada may like to know that it has been officially usurped, considering that only 6 games have ever been played outside America. What happened to Toronto and for a while at least Montreal?

    • Francisco (FC) - Jun 12, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      Canada is included when talking about “America” the continent.

  13. nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I’ve watched the Australian baseball championships on TV a couple of times and it’s a hoot. Especially listening to the announcers call the game in Australian, which is similar to English but definitely not identical! :-)

  14. leftywildcat - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Next two teams to have a brawl like that one get to play each other in next season’s opener in Antarctica.

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