‘Koreans only’: No Aussies in new Australian baseball team
Australia’s newest baseball team will feature no Australian players.
The seventh Australian Baseball League franchise will be made up entirely of Korean players, predominantly from the Korean baseball league – the KBO.
The ABL is expanding the number of teams in the competition from six to eight for the 2018/19 season, which begins in November.
Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale maintains a key indicator of the team’s success will be whether it can engage with the sport at a grassroots level.
“We’re expecting that they will certainly all be coming out of Korean leagues, and at this stage all Korean players,” Vale told Macquarie Sports Radio’s Cam Reddin.
Geelong is considered the favourite to house the new team, which will be named and branded after its Australian home town.
“That may change over time. It may be that we do look to integrate our local players into that team,” Vale said.
“It’s an Australian city that’s in our competition. It just happens to be an all-Korean team that represents them.”
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