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Major League Baseball steps up to the plate in Sydney

7 November 2013
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell, Treasurer Mike Baird and Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton joined players and fans for the official Sydney Blue Sox Season Launch at the SCG.
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Mr O’Farrell said the upcoming baseball season was being eagerly anticipated ahead of the first ever Major League Baseball matches to be staged in Australia in March.

“This is an exciting time for baseball in Australia and I’m sure the Sydney Blue Sox will be riding a wave of popularity this season,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“Baseball fans from around the globe will have their eyes trained on the SCG when the Arizona Diamondbacks take on the LA Dodgers in March next year.

“These Major League Baseball matches will deliver a direct visitor impact of more than $13 million for the local economy and expose Sydney to a massive worldwide television audience – as well as being a great boost for the sport locally.”

Mr Baird, who is a member of the Blue Sox Advisory Board, encouraged families to get out to the ball park.

“The Blue Sox is Sydney’s team,” Mr Baird said.

“This young sport is only going to get bigger with Major League coming next year. I encourage everyone to get on board and enjoy what is a true family sport.”

Ms Upton said there has never been a better time to be a baseball fan in Sydney.

“In just their fourth year, the Sydney Blue Sox are stronger than ever, with a passionate fan base that continues to grow,” Ms Upton said.

“They’ll play the first match of the season this Friday against the Canberra Cavalry at Blacktown International Sportspark, Rooty Hill.

“It’s great to see the Sox, together with Baseball NSW, are also working to develop grassroots baseball by hosting community events, like the Blue Sox U9 Cup and training clinics.”

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