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Sydney to host MLB '14 opening series


Hathaway Browne

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US Major League Baseball is coming to Sydney, with the opening series of next season - between the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks - to be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground next March.

In a AU$13 million coup for the state government, the opening series of the MLB will be held at the SCG on Saturday March 22 and Sunday March 23 - the first time a competitive US baseball fixture will be held in Australia and only the sixth time one has been staged outside America.

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"Sydney will host the first two games for the opening series of 2014 Major League Baseball at the Sydney Cricket Ground," Premier Barry O'Farrell said.

"The opening series will feature the LA Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks playing the first two games of the season.

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"Sydney has a history of hosting significant baseball games at the SCG, with the Chicago White Sox playing against a combined NSW team in 1914," he said.

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This is a good move; Australia might be fertile ground for serious baseball development one day.

One day? There are 31 Australians who've played Major League Baseball to date and there's dozens littered through the minors at present. It's a large niche sport here already with our domestic league being supported financially by MLB.

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