Talk to enough baseball enthusiasts, and you’ll eventually find one who isn’t completely stupid about cricket. In fact, some will rightly note modern cricket essentially borrowed its fielding techniques from baseball coaches and trainers (the name Mike Young will pop up at this point).
Sure, the game’s not as interesting or complex or, quite frankly, as difficult, as cricket, but it has its charms (and it’s the best of American sports). In that spirit, I wanted to pass around a note for the re-launching of a baseball league in Australia next week (disclosure: I have family invested in the effort):
Next weekend sees that start of a new era in Australian baseball with the first game of a new national league. Some ten years after the collapse of its previous incarnation the Australian Baseball League comprising teams from Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth will run from November through to the end of January.
That link also has details on baseball’s history in Australia. Apparently, Ian Chappell knows what a curveball is. Huh.