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ABL announces 2012/13 season schedule
Circuit's third season features record 138 games
06/01/2012 5:25 AM ET
The curtain rises on the Australian Baseball League's third season on 1 November.
The curtain rises on the Australian Baseball League's third season on 1 November. 

SYDNEY, 1 April - The Australian Baseball League has released the 2012/13 game schedule for next season which will feature a record 138 games in the regular season with the League’s six clubs hosting at least 23 home games per team.

The first pitch on 1 November, 2012 will mark the official start of the ABL’s third season and  is expected to  cement Australia’s place as the premier professional baseball league in the southern hemisphere.

When asked about the 2012/13 season, ABL General Manager Ben Foster said the League was confident it was the best schedule they had released to date and was a positive move forward for players and fans alike.

“We sought extensive feedback from our coaches, players, administrators and most importantly our fans when creating this new schedule,” he said.

“Not only does this continue our ability to showcase the very best talent from here at home and around the world, but it puts increased focus on what our fans want - more home games for every team at times when families can come and enjoy themselves at the ballpark.”

Teams will play a minimum of eight games against each opponent, but will also feature three additional games against their two closest geographical neighbours; building upon both traditional and newly established rivalries.

In what is also seen as a major coup for fans, the 2012/13 will feature an increased number of home series for all teams, a decrease in the number of mid-week games, and a heavy focus on games during the summer school holiday period. The ABL will also continue to promote a number of  marquee international events during the course of the season.

The Asia Series (6 -13 November) featuring the champion teams from across Asia, the ABL All-Star Game (16 December) with Team Australia on home soil against the world’s best, and ABL Championships Series (8-10 February) will again showcase the league to a global audience.

“The ABL is proud to boast one the most competitive international schedules that rival any sport in Australia,” Foster said.

“The Asia Series has confirmed that we can compete with established baseball powerhouses across Asia, and our All-Star Game and Championship Series are broadcast to hundreds of millions in over 50 countries around the world.”

Opening Day on Thursday, November 1 will see the Adelaide Bite hosting the defending champion Perth Heat in a rematch of the inaugural season ABL Championship Series. Meanwhile the Sydney Blue Sox will renew their heated rivalry with the Canberra Cavalry when they kick off their season on the road at “The Fort” in Canberra from November 2. The Brisbane Bandits and Melbourne Aces launch their campaigns a week later against the Sydney Blue Sox and Adelaide Bite, respectively. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.