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  • Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney Australlia

    MLB is opening the 2014 season on March 22nd and 23rd at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney Australia, with two games between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks. The field is currently undergoing a transformation from a Cricket field to a MLB-capable ballpark.

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    Live Webcam of the transformation















  • #2
    IMHO, these attempts by MLB to grow the sport by staging games overseas is ridiculous. MLB will never get anything out of it. What is their goal? Just say for arguement's sake that the Aussies suddenly fall head over heels for Baseball. They organize their own professional league. Does MLB think that any of that Australian League revenue is going to come back to MLB? It will not. MLB does not hold a patent on baseball. And clearly, there won't be any interleague (MLB/Aussie) during the regular seasons. If the goal is to eventually have a real "World" Series where the champs of the leagues around the world face off to find the best team on the planet, I for one am not at all interested in that. Baseball is an American game. The current World Series is all I ever want.
    First Game- Twinight DH, Mets vs. Cards at Shea, August 22, 1965

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    • #3
      Aussies love playing and watching sports. Australian Rules football, soccer, rugby, and cricket are popular. They already watch MLB games so wouldn't these games help boost the ratings in Australia? I'd even admit kids for free.

      I hope to watch the games and thank you for sharing these photos.
      "He's tougher than a railroad sandwich."
      "You'se Got The Eye Of An Eagle."

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CHiller View Post
        IMHO, these attempts by MLB to grow the sport by staging games overseas is ridiculous. MLB will never get anything out of it. What is their goal? Just say for arguement's sake that the Aussies suddenly fall head over heels for Baseball. They organize their own professional league. Does MLB think that any of that Australian League revenue is going to come back to MLB? It will not. MLB does not hold a patent on baseball. And clearly, there won't be any interleague (MLB/Aussie) during the regular seasons. If the goal is to eventually have a real "World" Series where the champs of the leagues around the world face off to find the best team on the planet, I for one am not at all interested in that. Baseball is an American game. The current World Series is all I ever want.
        MLB owns part of the ABL, which already exists and is thriving. Improving the game overseas gives them chances to sign better players to play over here, and continue to grow the game here at home as well as abroad.

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        • #5
          Thanks much, Anubis, for the pics of this park as they make the transformation for baseball. :cap:
          Put it in the books.

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          • #6
            the main scoreboard is on the 3rd base line

            heck it is not even close to the setup at the coliseum

            is that a small scoreboard in centerfield or just a box?


            more information here
            http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...omes-to-Sydney
            http://thebaseballdigest.wordpress.com/
            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_in_Australia

            No there won't any interleague games between the Aussies and the USA
            that is what the World Baseball Classic is for.

            baseball is more popular in Japan, Asia, the Caribbean and Mexico
            and we don't have inter-leagues games with them.

            baseball and softball has been played down under for a long time
            http://www.mister-baseball.com/mlbs-...ney-australia/
            in 1984 I played on a U.S. Navy ship team against an Aussie girls softball team
            yes the girls beat us big time :ooo:

            Ditto=to what Anbis2051 said above
            Last edited by drdg; 03-12-2014, 02:46 PM.
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            • #7
              video of how MLB field was made at the SCG
              http://www.tmz.com/2014/03/18/l-a-do...?adid=tmzhero3


              cricket and/or baseball


              as of 3/18/2014 California time/date
              both MLB teams have arrived in Sydney
              http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/la/d...0&vkey=news_la
              Last edited by drdg; 03-18-2014, 03:02 PM.
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              • #8
                What are the dates and times of the games in U.S. time zones?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by chip View Post
                  What are the dates and times of the games in U.S. time zones?
                  1st game is Saturday night at 7pm (Sydney) local time or 1 am pst (California) or 4 am est (NY)

                  2nd game is Sunday at 10am local time or 7pm in L.A. 10pm in NY

                  don't forget to set your DVR,
                  for 4am New York start time is way too early in the am
                  and 10pm Sunday night is kind of late to watch a game
                  for those that have to work on Monday morning


                  http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/la/d...4&vkey=news_la
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by drdg View Post
                    don't forget to set your DVR,
                    for 4am New York start time is way too early in the am
                    and 10pm Sunday night is kind of late to watch a game
                    for those that have to work on Monday morning
                    Wish I had a DVR.

                    Maybe I'll see the last few innings of the first game and the first few innings of the second game.

                    Thanks for the times anway drdg.
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                    • #11
                      I like the older fashioned grandstands along the first base line in contrast to the newer seating behind home plate and around the 3rd base lines. It really gives an past-time look to the stadium. Something "somewhat" lacking in our modern parks. And when it is attempted it looks gawdy and overdone. (Just look at what will happen to Wrigley). With new jumbo-trons and screens everywhere. It is Sad.

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                      • #12
                        FYI It's spelled "Australia", no double l

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                        • #13
                          All ready!

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                          Anyone have any good shots from the exhibition?

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                          • #14
                            http://mlbsydney2014.com/
                            http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/...&vkey=news_mlb
                            http://www.adn.com/2014/03/20/338364...o-4-2-win.html


                            http://baseball.com.au/Events/Upcomi...CKS-AT-THE-SCG


                            some great photos here
                            http://www.veooz.com/photos/eG_e1QM.html
                            Last edited by drdg; 03-20-2014, 03:42 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by drdg View Post
                              1st game is Saturday night at 7pm (Sydney) local time or 1 am pst (California) or 4 am est (NY)

                              2nd game is Sunday at 10am local time or 7pm in L.A. 10pm in NY

                              don't forget to set your DVR,
                              for 4am New York start time is way too early in the am
                              and 10pm Sunday night is kind of late to watch a game
                              for those that have to work on Monday morning


                              http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/la/d...4&vkey=news_la
                              Correction:

                              Both games are on SATURDAY, U.S. time. The early game (night game Down Under) starts at 4 a.m. ET, while the other game (the day game the next day) gets under way at 10 p.m. ET Saturday night.

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