THE BALL GAME IN AUSTRALIA
SO YOUR SEASON’S FINISHED AND WINTER IS SETTING IN….THINK AGAIN. AUSTRALIA’S MAJOR SUMMER BASEBALL COMPETITION STARTS IN OCTOBER AND FINISHES IN MARCH AND AMERICAN AND CANADIAN PLAYERS ARE IN DEMAND
Latest: The Footscray Baseball Club, located in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville, (only 8kms from the CBD) is looking for a pitcher for the upcoming summer season which commences in October. See contact details below.
Australian baseball history goes back a long way and the game continues to grow in popularity. American players can expect to play a high standard game and enjoy a “vacation” down under.
In the interests of fairness game rules usually restrict the number of import players that each club can field at any one time. For example a pitcher can only pitch every 2nd game and only 2 import players can be on the field at any given time. Most Americans play in the various State Leagues which are the top grade in Australia.
At the bottom of this page you will find a list of baseball association and club contacts, feel free to email them for further advice and information.
Good players can expect to receive all or some of the following benefits:
Use of a car.
Work. ( This may depend on the issue of a work visa but talk to the club in the first instance).
Match Payments and incentives. (Again talk to the club in the first instance).
Your not going to get rich playing baseball in Australia but it’s guaranteed that you will have a great time in a wonderful country.
Australian Clubs Please email the webmaster if you would like your club’s contact details added to this list.
Stuart Johnson Baseball Western Australia.
Peter McClenahan Baseball Queensland
Nathan Warren Deakin Baseball Club Geelong Victoria
Dean Anglin Newport Rams Baseball Club. Melbourne Victoria
Nic Fraser Easton Kalamunda Rangers Baseball Club, Perth Western Australia.
Lynn Fraser Footscray Baseball Club. Melbourne Victoria.
Russell Hart. Henley and Grange Baseball Club.
AUSTRALIAN BASEBALL LEAGUE:
The league is always on the lookout for quality playing personnel.
The current priority for player recruitment is:
Australian nationals (both free agents and those contracted to Major League Baseball organizations); and / or
·Overseas nationals currently contracted to professional baseball organizations.
Players who don’t fulfill the above criteria may still be considered, however, it would be unlikely that they would be offered a contract “sight unseen”.
The league will be holding open try-outs in various Australian cities later this year. Details will be advertised here: www.the ABL.com.au
You may still be considered by many amateur clubs… See the contact list above….