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The new professional Australian Baseball League had its Opening Day of the 2010/11 Season this past week at Blacktown Olympic Park (Bluetown). This was a special occasion for the Pirates Baseball Club as we were heavily represented on the Diamond.

For the 1st time in 10 years Australia has a professional baseball competition, with teams represented by all major centres around the country. The ABL is a 40 game competition & playoffs (Nov - Feb), used to showcase the talents of players in this country & to provide a league (U.S MLB Winter League) for professional players from here & around the world to fine tune their skills on their way to the US, Japan & Korean Major League's, whilst establishing the ABL in its own right.

Sydney is represented by the Sydney Blue Sox. The manager of the Blue Sox is former major leaguer, Australian Glenn Williams (Twins) & the sox roster also includes other MLB players, aussie, Ryan Rowland-Smith (Mariners) & Dae-Sung Koo (Mets) from Korea. Other teams in the league are also heavily represented with major league talent.

Joining these established stars of the diamond are our own Quakers Hill Pirates major league (SWBL) players, Tim Auty (Mariners/Phillies MiLB), Todd Grattan (KOG, IBLJ), Josh Dean (Twins, MiLB), Alexander Johnson (Grayson, NJCAA) & Aaron Sookee (Angels, MiLB). Also representing the Pirates on the blue sox team is Pirates shortstop Jason Pospishil (Twins, MiLB), who is a member of the sox coaching staff.

2010 Pirates recruit Mitch Bray (Workers, SML) also represents the club at ABL level, having been selected in the Canberra Cavalry 35-man Roster, after trialling with the ballclub in October.

All of these players have featured heavily for the Pirates since the inception of the Pirates major league program, formed in 2008, and 5 of the 7 players were members of the Pirates 2009 SWBL Major League Championship winning team. The ABL is another level, but 1 not unfamiliar to these Pirates who have played at professional, college & major league levels all over the world. And the guys have done the Pirates brand proud, after signing contracts with these ABL ballclubs.

It is no easy feet to be signed to a professional team, so the Pirates players were understandably excited & humbled when it was announced that they had also been selected in the Sox 22-man roster for the opening series of the year against the Cavalry. Our players featured heavily in the Sox 4 game sweep over the Cavalry. Please check out the websites for full the story & to see for yourself how our Pirates made their mark.

It was a great week for baseball in this country & will go down as a great week in the history of the Quakers Hill Pirates club. The players look forward to seeing our little Bucs (many already have) get out to the ballgame in Pirates gear to support the boys & cheer on the Sox. I know there are a few kids out there now, that want to be the next Timmy jim (Auty), Cougar (Grattan) or the Subway (Johnson).