Sydney Blue Sox

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Sydney Blue Sox
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Team Details
League Australian Baseball League
City Blacktown, New South Wales
Ballpark Blacktown Baseball Stadium
Year founded2009
Inaugural season 2010–11
Postseason
ABL ChampionshipsNil
Minor premierships1 (2010–11)
Uniforms
Sydney Blue Sox uniform.png BlueSox caps and uni.png
Colours     Carolina blue
     Black
     White
Management
Manager Flag of Australia (converted).svg Shane Barclay
Owner Flag of Australia (converted).svg Adam Dobb

The Sydney Blue Sox are a professional baseball team, and one of eight foundation teams in the re-formed Australian Baseball League (ABL). The team plays their home games at Blacktown International Sportspark (BISS), [1] one of the two venues used for baseball at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, when it was known as Blacktown Olympic Park. The Blue Sox hosted the league's Opening Day for the inaugural season on 6 November 2010, when they played against the Canberra Cavalry, [2] and won the game 1–0. [3] The Blue Sox are the only team in the Australian Baseball League to implement sabermetrics as a way to run their team with volunteer statistician, Anthony Rescan. [4]

The Australian Baseball League (ABL) is a professional baseball league in Australia. The league is governed by the Australian Baseball Federation (ABF). It uses the same name as a now-defunct competition held during the 1990s, and though it shares some history of the original league with the Claxton Shield awarded to winners of both competitions, it is considered to be a separate competition.

Blacktown International Sportspark is a multi-sports venue located in Rooty Hill, a suburb in Sydney, Australia. The venue includes two cricket grounds, which have also been used for Australian rules football, an athletics track and field, three baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, four softball diamonds, administration centers and park land.

Opening Day Day on which professional baseball leagues begin their regular season

Opening Day is the day on which professional baseball leagues begin their regular season. For Major League Baseball and most of the minor leagues, this day typically falls during the first week of April. In Nippon Professional Baseball, this day typically falls in the last week of March.

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Fan response was very positive for the Blue Sox in the lead up to their inaugural season. As the sole team in New South Wales, they attracted interest beyond the Sydney metropolitan region; as far north as Newcastle, which hosted the former ABL franchise Hunter Eagles throughout the 1990s. Five hundred season tickets were allocated for the 2010–11 season, which sold out two months prior to the season's start; [5] a waiting list for 2011–12 season tickets was soon created. [6] Such was the demand to see professional baseball return to Sydney, several games had sold out well in advance of their scheduled dates, [5] including the season opener. [7]

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Newcastle, New South Wales City in New South Wales, Australia

The Newcastle metropolitan area is the second most populated area in the Australian state of New South Wales and the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie local government areas. It is the hub of the Greater Newcastle area which includes most parts of the local government areas of City of Newcastle, City of Lake Macquarie, City of Cessnock, City of Maitland and Port Stephens Council.

The Hunter Eagles were formed for the ABL 1994-95 season after purchasing the Sydney Wave's licence, who had left the league two seasons earlier. The Eagles played in the ABL until the ABL 1997-98 season, and did not have sufficient funds to remain in operation.

History

Formation

The creation of the ABL was announced at a press conference on the Gold Coast, at the Palm Meadows Baseball Complex, site of the Major League Baseball Australia Academy Program in July 2009. [8] Though there was speculation at the time that there may be as many as 10 teams in the competition, with teams possibly from New Zealand and Asia, [9] it wasn't until two months later that the number and location of teams was announced: Sydney would have one of five confirmed teams, [10] with Canberra eventually being successful in bidding for the sixth team. [11]

Gold Coast, Queensland City in Queensland, Australia

The Gold Coast is a coastal city in the Australian state of Queensland, approximately 66 kilometres (41 mi) south-southeast of the state capital Brisbane and immediately north of the border with New South Wales. With a census-estimated 2016 population of 569,997, the Gold Coast is the sixth-largest city in Australia, making it the largest non-capital city, and Queensland's second-largest city.

The Major League Baseball Australian Academy Program (MLBAAP) is a seven-week baseball development program held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia for prospective Australian baseball players and officials.

New Zealand Country in Oceania

New Zealand is a sovereign island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island, and the South Island —and around 600 smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinct biodiversity of animal, fungal, and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

Names and colour schemes for each of the teams were determined through a competition launched in December 2009 called "Name Your ABL Team". Fans were asked to select from one of four options for the team's name or provide their own alternative. Though the four options provided for the Sydney team were "Sydney Sting", "Sydney Rocks", "Sydney Surf" and "Sydney Bluewave", [12] the name announced in August 2010 was "Sydney Blue Sox", with Sydney's colour being the blue traditionally associated with New South Wales sporting teams. The Blue Sox would have Blacktown Olympic Park as their home ground, which had been the New South Wales Patriots home in the Claxton Shield the previous three seasons. [1]

Blacktown Baseball Stadium

Blacktown Baseball Stadium is a baseball facility located in Rooty Hill, a suburb in Sydney, Australia.

New South Wales Patriots compete in the Claxton Shield baseball championship in Australia.

The Claxton Shield was the name of the premier baseball competition in Australia held between state-based teams, as well as the name of the trophy awarded to the champion team. From the summer of 1989–90 until 2001–02, and again since 2010–11, the tournament was replaced by one of three other competitions: the original Australian Baseball League (ABL), the International Baseball League of Australia (IBLA), and since the 2010–11 season the new ABL. Despite other competitions being held in place of the Claxton Shield, the physical trophy has remained the award for the winning teams. Though city-based teams have competed for the Claxton Shield in some seasons, the name engraved on the shield is that of the winning state; for the 2010–11 ABL season won by the Perth Heat, "West Australia 2011" was engraved.

On 19 August 2010, Blue Sox signed Glenn Williams as manager for the 2010–11 season. [13] Williams had last played baseball in Australia with the Patriots in the 2007 Claxton Shield, [14] and played 13 games for the Minnesota Twins during the 2005 Major League Baseball season, [15] becoming the 17th Australian-born player to reach the Major Leagues. [16] The following month, Eddie Bray was appointed as general manager of the club, having held the same role with the Patriots in the 2010 Claxton Shield. [17]

Glenn Williams baseball player

Glenn David Williams is a retired third baseman from Australia, who played in the Minnesota Twins organization. He played in Major League Baseball for the Twins during the 2005 season. He was a member of the team that won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. Williams currently has a 13-game hitting streak, as he has a hit in every game that he has played in while in the major leagues.

Manager (baseball) someone who manages a baseball team

In baseball, the field manager is the equivalent of a head coach who is responsible for overseeing and making final decisions on all aspects of on-field team strategy, lineup selection, training and instruction. Managers are typically assisted by a staff of assistant coaches whose responsibilities are specialized. Field managers are typically not involved in off-field personnel decisions or long-term club planning, responsibilities that are instead held by a team's general manager.

The 2010–11 Australian Baseball League season was the inaugural Australian Baseball League (ABL) season, and was held from 6 November 2010 to 13 February 2011. It came 12 years after the old Australian Baseball League ceased and is the successor of the mostly amateur Claxton Shield competition that has been played since 1934. The season consisted of six teams competing in a 40-game schedule, followed by a three-round finals series to determine the ABL champion.

Inaugural season

Sydney's initial roster included two players—Chris Oxspring [18] and Koo Dae-Sung [19] —and manager Glenn Williams [20] with Major League experience. With Oxspring also taking on the role of pitching coach, and a number of players with experience from international league's including Nippon Professional Baseball and Korea Baseball Organization, and the late addition to the roster of active Major Leaguers Trent Oeltjen [21] and Rich Thompson, [22] Sydney had the most experienced roster of any of the teams in the league.

Chris Oxspring Australian baseball player

Chris Andrew Oxspring is a retired Australian pitcher who played for a number of teams around the world.

Nippon Professional Baseball baseball league representing the highest level of professional baseball in Japan

Nippon Professional Baseball or NPB is the highest level of baseball in Japan. Locally, it is often called Puro Yakyū (プロ野球), meaning Professional Baseball. Outside Japan, it is often just referred to as "Japanese baseball". The roots of the league can be traced back to the formation of the "Greater Japan Tokyo Baseball Club" in Tokyo, founded 1934 and the original circuit for the sport in the Empire two years later - Japanese Baseball League (1936-1949), and surprisingly even continued to play through the dark years of total warfare with Japan's invasion of Manchuria in 1931, and intervening in the Chinese Civil War in 1937 with the wider Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), and into the greater World War II (1939-1945).

Korea Baseball Organization governing body for professional baseball in South Korea

The Korea Baseball Organization is the governing body for the professional leagues of baseball in South Korea. The KBO was founded in 1981 and has governed two leagues: the KBO League and KBO Futures League (Korean: KBO 퓨처스리그 since 1982. It is one of two major baseball governing bodies; the other is the Korea Baseball Association, which is the governing body for amateur baseball competitions.

The Blue Sox hosted the inaugural game of the league, playing against the Canberra Cavalry at BOP, which they won 1–0. [23] They would go on to sweep the opening series, the first of three series sweeps they would accomplish through the season, the others two against the Adelaide Bite at home, and the Perth Heat in Perth at Baseball Park. Ironically, immediately after sweeping the Heat, Perth swept Sydney at BOP.

Sydney clinched first place in the league in their final game, beating the Cavalry at Narrabundah Ballpark in Canberra. They led Perth by half a game, with Adelaide a further game back, and the Melbourne Aces six games behind the Blue Sox. Finishing first earned Sydney the right to host the major semi-final series, in addition to a second chance if they lost the series, against the second-place Heat. [24] Perth maintained the perfect season record in Sydney, sweeping the series and qualifying directly to the championship series. [25]

The Bite, having defeated the Aces in the minor semi-final series faced the Blue Sox in the preliminary final series at BOP. Game one of the series featured Sydney starting pitcher David Welch, who threw the league's first no-hitter. [26] This would be Sydney's only win of the postseason, as Adelaide came back and won the series 2–1. [27]

Sydney players took three of the six season awards announced by the league:

Season records

Postseason
PFPreliminary final
MaSFMajor semi-final
MiSFMinor semi-final
Awards
POYPitcher of the Year
RELReliever of the Year
ROYRookie of the Year
Season records
ABL
Season
Team
Season
Regular Season ResultsPostseasonAwards
FinishWonLostPct.GB
2010–11 2010–11 1st2415.615Lost MaSF series (Perth Heat 2–0)
Lost PF series (Adelaide Bite 2–1)
Koo Dae-Sung (REL)
Trent Schmutter (ROY)
David Welch (POY)
2011–12 2011–12 4th2025.44414Won MiSF series (Adelaide Bite 3–1)
Lost PF series (Melbourne Aces 3–2)
Aidan Francis (ROY)
2012–13 2012–13 2nd2619.5780.5Lost PF series (Perth Heat 2–0)
2013–14 2013–14 2nd2323.5009.0Lost PF series (Canberra Cavalry 2–1)
2014–15 2014–15 3rd2224.4789.0Lost PF series (Perth Heat 0–0)
2015–16 2015–16 4th2629.47310.5
2016–17 2016–17 5th1426.35010.5
2017–18 2017–18 5th1327.35010.5
Overall record
 WonLostPct.
Regular season record156159.495
Postseason record714.333
All-time record163173.485

Current roster

Sydney Blue Sox roster - 2018–19 ABL
Active RosterReassigned PlayersCoaching staff
Pitchers

Right-handed pitchers

Left-handed pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

  • 79 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Travis Bazzana
  •  9 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Max Brennen
  • 11 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Trent D’Antonio
  •  7 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Dwayne Kemp
  • 99 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jake Levin
  • 24 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Zac Shepherd
  • 44 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Rixon Taylor-Wingrove
  • 34 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jacob Younis

Outfielders

  • 45 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Michael Campbell
  •  3 Flag of the Republic of China.svg Shen Hao-wei
  • 78 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jaelin Rae
  • 12 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Alex Howe

Pitchers

  • -- Flag of the Republic of China.svg Lo Chia-jen
  • 13 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Vaughan Harris
  • -- Flag of the United States.svg Zack Jones
  • -- Flag of Venezuela.svg Kender Villegas
  • -- Flag of South Korea.svg Kiho Yun

Catchers

  • -- Flag of Australia (converted).svg Caleb Shepherd

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager
  • 02 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Tony Harris

Coaches

  • 24 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Dormor
  • 22 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brendan Kingman
  • 36 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Brian Murphy
  •  6 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jason Pospishil
  • 19 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Mark Shipley



Injury icon.svg  : 7-day disabled list

18 November 2018.

Media

Sydney community radio station Triple H FM announced on 1 November 2010 they are to broadcast live every Blue Sox home match [31] as well as the Canberra away series.

Notable players

See also

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