160-game Australian Baseball League season underway

160-game Australian Baseball League season underway
22/11/2022
The eight-team league features MLB, NPB and KBO talent.

The 2022-23 Australian Baseball League (ABL) season, which consists of a 160-game regular season, opened on 10 November and will finish on 19 January after 10 rounds. The schedule includes a break from 19 to 25 December.

The league has an international touch, including among the participants New Zealand, Auckland Tuatara, and Korea; Geelong Korea is entirely made of prospects from the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) league managed by Byung-Koo Lee.

The eight participants are split into two divisions.

Auckland Tuatara, Brisbane Bandits, Canberra Cavalry and Sydney Blue Sox will compete in the North East Division.

Peth Heath, Adelaide Giants, Melbourne Aces and Geelong Korea will play in the South West Division.

The top two finishers of each division will advance to the post season.

The ABL showcases Major League Baseball (MLB), Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) and KBO talent during their winter season.

Former MLB utility infielder Tzu Wei Lin, a native of Taiwan, will play for Auckland.

The Bandits count on three players with MLB experience: Donald Lutz, David Huff and Alex McRae. Veteran Daikan Yoh, a native of Taiwan, is a former NPB All-Star while manager David Nilsson, a former MLB All-Star, is the Australian National Team skipper.

The Cavalry added to the bullpen Taisei Irie and Ryosuke Miyaguni of NPB's Yokohama DeNA Baystars.

Power hitter Sammy Siani of the Blue Sox is one of the top prospects of MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Giants count on seven players under contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, including their two catchers: Canadian Anthony Quirion and Venezuelan Arturo De Freitas.

Geelong's pitcher Yoonsung Oh appeared in 33 KBO games for the Kiwoom Heroes in the 2022 season.

Canadian slugger Jacob Robson (Aces) played for the Detroit Tigers of MLB in 2021 while former World Series champion Josh Reddick is on the Heat's roster.

Sportradar broadcasts the ABL game through a dedicated OTT web platform and is working on a dedicated App for the 2023-24 season.

The ABL is a WBSC Associate Member.