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  • Originally posted by brewcrew82 View Post
    After working into his third inning it'll be interesting to see how Canberra use their closer, Sean Toler, for the rest of the series.
    I was thinking that, too!
    "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one one of them."--Pee Wee Reese

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    • 8th February

      ABL Championship Series Game 2

      Perth (H) d Canberra 2-1 (Perth win best of three series 2-0)
      - Perth take out their third championship in four years. A well deserved title for the best run team in the league.
      RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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      • As an update to the last post. Heat shortstop Joey Wong has been named the ABLCS MVP. He drove in the winning run last night and made some massive plays in tonight's game. There was really nobody else in my view that deserved it.
        Wong has won both the MVP of the ASG and the ABLCS. In all a pretty fruitful year for him.
        RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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        • Joey Wong is the guy from Oregon, isn't he? Do you know if he is in Australia "on assignment" (so to speak) from an MLB team?
          "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one one of them."--Pee Wee Reese

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          • He's in the Rockies organisation.
            RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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            • More info on Joey Wong here:
              http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=502292

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              • Here's an article at mlb.com on Perth winning the ABL championship. Wow, news travels! They didn't have anything on the Bundesliga or British championships I don't think.

                Perth captures ABL championship
                Rockies prospect Wong named MVP of series against Canberra

                By Craig Durham / Special to MLB.com | 2/8/2014 11:30 A.M. ET

                PERTH, AUSTRALIA -- The Perth Heat defeated the Canberra Cavalry, 2-1, on Saturday to secure the 2013/2014 Australian Baseball League championship, Perth's third in the last four seasons.

                Heat starter Brian Baker held the Cavalry to one run on just two hits over 6 1/3 innings, earning the victory in his first start of the postseason. A late-season addition to the Heat, Baker was 1-0 with 1.69 ERA in four regular-season appearances before winning his only start in the playoffs. The right-hander spent eight seasons in the Minor Leagues, pitching in the Rays and Brewers organizations.

                Following Baker, Tigers prospect Warwick Saupold earned the save for Perth, tossing two scoreless, hitless innings of relief. The right-hander struck out four, and finished the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.

                Perth scored its first run in the first inning on a Brandon Tripp RBI single, and jumped ahead, 2-0, on an RBI single by Rockies catching prospect Allan de San Miguel in the sixth. Canberra's lone run came on a Jeremy Barnes solo shot in the seventh.

                Rockies prospect Joey Wong took home series Most Valuable Player honors, his second MVP award in the ABL this season. He was previously named MVP of the ABL All-Star game in mid-December.

                A native of Salem, Ore., Wong won Game 1 with an RBI double in the bottom of the 14th and capped his season with a 2-for-2 showing in the decisive second game. On top of his strong showing at the plate, the shortstop made a number of tremendous defensive plays throughout the series.

                Braves prospect Matt Kennelly also delivered two hits for Perth, finishing the series 4-for-8 with a double, a triple and an RBI.

                For Canberra, the 2012/2013 ABL Champions, a second consecutive one-run defeat ends a season that featured a stunning run to the Asia Series Championship, and a playoff-clinching victory on the final day of the regular season.

                Blue Jays prospect Jack Murphy, recently voted as the "Fans Choice" award winner in the ABL, finished Saturday's contest 1-for-2 with a pair of walks, and was 3-for-6 with five walks in the series from his spot in the middle of the Cavalry lineup. Fellow Blue Jays prospect Jon Berti recorded a hit and a stolen base in the series, following a regular season that saw him steal 31 bases in 46 games to shatter the previous ABL record.

                Perth's championship comes on the heels of a 32-14 regular season. The team featured members of the Braves, Orioles, Padres, Pirates, Rockies and Tigers organizations.

                Craig Durham is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
                "It ain't braggin' if you can do it." Dizzy Dean

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                • But then neither the British nor German league is being funded by MLB.
                  RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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                  • The finals games are up on MLB.com

                    Game 1- http://m.mlb.com/video/v31347951/per...40209_18306714

                    Game 2- http://m.mlb.com/video/v31350625/hea...40209_18306714
                    RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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                    • Nice article on how MLB prospects performed in the 2013-14 Australian Baseball League season:

                      Craig Durham, 'MLB Prospects Show Off Skills In Australian League'
                      http://thebaseballdigest.wordpress.c...ralian-league/

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                      • I don't know if this is the right time to bring this up but...
                        An interview from a Bundesliga player whom also played in the ABL brought this up. Baseball style in Australia is very power dependent, everyone of them tries to swing for the fences. This might seem like a good approach but, on top of that this style continues on in every situation, even if there is a runner on third the Aussies will try to hit a home run.

                        This is pretty interesting, looking at Aussies record in WBC I can conclude that Aussies can thump weak pitching, but when it comes to above average pitchers they're helpless. In 2013 Aussies had a total base of 25 but only scored 2 runs... it's a small sample size but it reflects that they aren't capitalising on each hits.

                        Does anyone agree to this?

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                        • Originally posted by brewcrew82 View Post
                          Now the seasons over I will pick the awards for the year-

                          Helms awards (player of the year)- Brandon Tripp (Perth). Tough call to go against Ryan Casteel of Melbourne though. I see it as a toss up.
                          Pitcher of the year- Mike Ekstrom (Perth). Only played half a season but dominated like few ever have.
                          Hitter of the year- Ryan Casteel (Melbourne)
                          Reliever of the year- Dae-Sung Koo (Sydney)
                          Rookie of the year- Jessie Barron (Perth). He had less than 20 AB last season so I am assuming he'll still be eligible.

                          Lets see how close I get...
                          Three out of five isn't too bad I guess.

                          The awards have been announced. Here are the results:
                          Helms awards (player of the year)- Ryan Casteel (Melbourne)
                          Pitcher of the year- Mike Ekstrom (Perth)
                          Hitter of the year- Ryan Casteel (Melbourne)
                          Reliever of the year- Dae-Sung Koo (Sydney)
                          Rookie of the year- Lewis Thorpe (Melbourne)
                          Gold Glove- Joey Wong (Perth)

                          For the rest of the awards, click here.
                          RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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                          • More like 3.5 out of 5...you did predict that Casteel was also a strong candidate for the Helms award.
                            "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one one of them."--Pee Wee Reese

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