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Arguably OT: Aussie Baseball Finals Go To Decisive Game Three



Of course any bit involving the concluding game between the Melbourne Aces and the Perth Heat is off topic, right? No Cubs prospects play for either team. None were even in the league this year. What could be further from off topic?

Last night's game (I started watching a stream of last night's game around 4 AM, part-way through) went extras. The home-standing Heat scored two in the fifth, with Melbourne tying the game in the sixth with a two-out single. That was all the scoring until the thirteenth, when Melbourne added a run. Despite getting two of the first three on in the bottom of the frame, Perth failed to score. If you happen to be awake early Sunday morning, it might be worth a follow.

As for the league, it tends to be a bit A level. By A level, do I mean Boise, Peoria, or Daytona? Yes. The ABL is an amalgam of Aussies, prospects, former prospects, and guys who just like baseball. A player like a Brett Jackson wouldn't have any reason to play there, but a Richard Jones (2011 Peoria 1B) or Jeff Antigua (Daytona/Peoria LHSP last year) might fit right in. As compared to any of the Central/South American Leagues, it tends to play a bit slow defensively, but the pitchers last night worked quickly.

As to why I consider it on-topic, I wouldn't be surprised to see some Cubs get in some play there sooner than later. The since released Alex Maestri played there a couple years ago. As Theo Inc is going to be putting pressure on players to get better by infusing more talent, decisions will have to be made. Before deciding who makes the 40 Man and who doesn't, an extra 150 plate appearances or so for some minor leaguers (a year before their 40 Man status kicks in) may help in determining who belongs.

After season 2012 is over, I wouldn't be surprised to see Eliot Soto or Eric Jokisch getting a chance Down Under next year. They are both perfectly usable minor league players that, their final year before 40 Man status kicks in, may need to separate themselves a bit. And it would make the Aussie League more relevant next year.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of SB Nation or Al Yellon, managing editor (unless it's a FanPost posted by Al). FanPost opinions are valued expressions of opinion by passionate and knowledgeable baseball fans.

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