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Harris announced as Blue Sox Manager
08/10/2017 12:28 AM ET
 

The Sydney Blue Sox are excited to announce Tony Harris as the new manager of the team. Harris joins the Sox with experience in the Australian Baseball League as both a player and a coach.

"I'm really excited to have the opportunity to lead the Sydney Blue Sox this upcoming season & hopefully draw the best out of the amazing local talent Sydney has to offer," Harris commented.

Harris played and coached in the previous Australian Baseball League, coaching the Adelaide Giants from 1992-1999 and was a three-time "Manager of the Year".

In the new Australian Baseball League Harris has worked with two teams. He managed the Adelaide Bite for three seasons and led them to the Championship Series against the Perth Heat in 2011. He was also on the Melbourne Aces coaching staff during the 2013/2014 season and had previously managed South Australia in the 2010 Claxton Shield.

On an international stage, he served as a member of the coaching staff when Australia won a silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games. He has also had coaching roles with the Australian national team in the Intercontinental Cup (1997 & 1999), Olympic Games (2000 & 2004), Baseball World Cup (2001, 2005, 2007), World Baseball Classic (2006, 2009), Final Olympic Qualification Tournament (2008) and World Youth Championship (2009).

In addition to his work with the ABL, Harris also coached in the Minor Leagues from 1992-2006 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and an international scout for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Harris is looking forward to his move to Sydney.

"It's an awesome city and great organisation headed by Mark Marino & the Blue Sox staff. We are all very passionate baseball people who only want the best for the Blue Sox and the league."

"We expect to have a great coaching staff together with an exciting mix of young Aussie players supported with selected veterans and handpicked import players from around the globe. I believe it's going to be a great year for Sydney baseball and I am very much looking forward to meeting these passionate fans of Sydney I've heard so much about."

For your chance to see the Sydney Blue Sox in action under new management in 2017/18, secure your membership now by contacting the Blue Sox office on (02) 9675 6872 or memberships@sydneybluesox.com.au today!

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