New Zealand team rejoins Australian Baseball League

New Zealand team rejoins Australian Baseball League
There's now professional baseball back in New Zealand, a country ranked 46th in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.

The Australian Baseball League (ABL) will welcome back the Auckland Tuatara, New Zealand's first and only professional baseball club, for the 2022-23 season.

"We had a face-to-face meeting in May, and the overall consensus was that every franchise has embraced the Tuatara back into the ABL," commented ABL CEO Paul Gonzalez.

Auckland pulled out of the ABL for the 2020-21 season. The entire league shut down for the 2021-22 campaign due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Currently, there are seven clubs in the ABL. The Geelong/Korea team may become the eighth participant.

The 2022-23 season is scheduled to begin around mid-November 2022. The final series is expected to end within the first week of February 2023.

The Melbourne Aces are the defending ABL champions.