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MLB headed to Australia in 2007


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I've lost the link, but the MLB will be in Australia in 2007.

That's right. No not an international match or two, but a whole league.

Starting 2007 six Australian teams will play a 4month season with lists full of MLB players. It is an attempt to keep the MLBers playing in the off-season, which is our summer. Funded 75% by MLB and 25% Australian Baseball Federation.

Games will be 3-game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights or arvo's.

The 6 teams:

-Melbourne

-Sydney

-Adelaide

-Perth

-Brisbane

-Australian Provincial (Canberra)

Stadiums over here seat on average about 3500, plus standing room on the hills around the diamond.

Hope it works.

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Its just another Winter League, but if they get some bi prospects it should be somewhat successful like Arizona Fall League.

Er--- that would be really a Summer League. In the Southern Hemisphere summer runs from December to March when you, Northerners, pass the winter.

Yeah, Alphabet Man, I also hope the league will work. I always support baseball everywhere. :)

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I just hope they find a more central venue for Melbourne, the Melbourne BallPark is in the middle of no-where out in Altona

sounds like the ice rink we supposedly have here...basically, you either don't know it exists, or you've heard it does but have no clue where it is.

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sounds like the ice rink we supposedly have here...basically, you either don't know it exists, or you've heard it does but have no clue where it is.

oh our ice rink is like that too

YCSM, yeh im not sure, i think the contracts are going to be handeled by ABF and MLB from the Gold Coast base, which is where the money is.

At the moment, there is a strong base of juniors playin the game (and Softball) but there is no top league in the country. This will be it. Of course, throw in the Major Leaguers and you've got yourself a talent-filled league.

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I've lost the link, but the MLB will be in Australia in 2007.

That's right. No not an international match or two, but a whole league.

Starting 2007 six Australian teams will play a 4month season with lists full of MLB players. It is an attempt to keep the MLBers playing in the off-season, which is our summer. Funded 75% by MLB and 25% Australian Baseball Federation.

Games will be 3-game series on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights or arvo's.

The 6 teams:

-Melbourne

-Sydney

-Adelaide

-Perth

-Brisbane

-Australian Provincial (Canberra)

Stadiums over here seat on average about 3500, plus standing room on the hills around the diamond.

Hope it works.

3,500 seats????

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDNG ME!!!!

IN order to have an aussie equivalent of MLB, the stadium would need a seating capacity of At Least 25-35,000!!!!

www.rushinoz.com

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3,500 seats????

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDNG ME!!!!

IN order to have an aussie equivalent of MLB, the stadium would need a seating capacity of At Least 25-35,000!!!!

Man, Australia has 20,555,300 habs. USA, 300,088,297 habs (Wikipedia's numbers). Think about filling day after day 25,000 seats in a little country in population's terms.

Venezuela has 26,749,000 habs and its winter league always draws around 5,000 spectators and the ballparks have some 8,000 seats except the Estadio Olímpico de la UCV that seats 30,000 and is used for the derbies between the Caracas Leones and the Magallanes Navegantes.

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3,500 seats????

YOU'VE GOT TO BE KIDDNG ME!!!!

IN order to have an aussie equivalent of MLB, the stadium would need a seating capacity of At Least 25-35,000!!!!

www.rushinoz.com

NoHo, just about the only thing taht usually draws anywhere close to that (30-35,000) in Aus is AFL footy, and they just play once a week. Baseball's a niche sport there, so using ballparks with seating around 3000-4000 is smart IMO. Heh, they'd outdraw the D-Rays, at least :D

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If the league can draw 3,500- 4,000 that will be good, as pointed out above, yes we are small country compared to the US. 25-35K will only regularly get filled for AFL matches or cricket or Melbourne Victory.

In fact, Melbourne Victory draw more than many EPL teams, alright they have smaller stadiums but yeh.

Apart from a strong playing base, they havent got a big supporter base (the sport in general).....its basically what the FFA did to get soccer back on the map.

South Australia and the ACT are building new venues, i'd assume the ACT ones would be part-time, shared with the AIS (the Australian talent spotting agency basically). Haven't heard about the others. Most likely the current state stadiums.

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