Melbourne Aces

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Melbourne Aces
Current season:
2019–20 Australian Baseball League season
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Team Details
LeagueAustralian Baseball League
CityMelbourne, Victoria
BallparkMelbourne Ballpark
Year founded2009
Inaugural season2010–11
Postseason
ABL Championships1 (2019-20)
Minor premierships1 (2016–17)
Uniforms
Colours  Red
  Midnight blue
  White
Management
ManagerJon Deeble
OwnerBrett Ralph and Shaun Ralph
General ManagerJustin Huber

The Melbourne Aces are a professional baseball team in the Australian Baseball League based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Their home field is the Melbourne Ballpark in Altona.

History[edit]

On Friday, 20 August 2010 it was announced that ex-Australian Baseball player Philip Dale would take up the head coaching role at Melbourne Aces.[1]

On Tuesday, 12 October 2010, it was announced by newly appointed General Manager Windsor Knox that the Aces would play home games at a redeveloped Melbourne Showgrounds.[2]

In their inaugural season the Melbourne Aces qualified for the finals before being defeated in the semi finals series against the Adelaide Bite.

On 24 March 2011 the team announced Jet Couriers as their naming rights sponsor for the 2011/12 season.[3]

On 13 July 2012, after many rumors and internet hype, the Melbourne Aces finally announced that they will move from their home field at the Showgrounds to the Melbourne Ballpark in Altona.[4] The move has annoyed and ostracized many Aces supporters from the South Eastern suburbs, but it was the only viable option for them to continue playing in the ABL. The Showgrounds was deemed to be an unsuitable field to play on in the 3rd season. The main reasons being the Aces would not be the sole occupants of the field, having to compete with Carnivals, Horse shows, Music Festivals etc. The Showgrounds were also alleged to be booked out until late December, meaning the Aces would have to find a different home venue for the first half of the season.

The Aces won their first ABL championship in 2020 when they defeated the Adelaide Giants in the 2020 ABL Championship Series 2 games to 0, bringing the Claxton Shield to Victoria for the first time since 2010, the 23rd time a team from Victoria has won the shield.[5]

Vs ABL sides[edit]

Games played Games won Games lost Games Tied Series played Series won Series lost Series drawn
Clubs
-vs- Adelaide Bite 22 10 12 0 6 2 3 1
-vs- Brisbane Bandits 24 14 10 0 6 3 1 2
-vs- Canberra Cavalry 17 10 7 0 4 2 0 2
-vs- Perth Heat 25 7 18 0 6 0 5 1
-vs- Sydney Blue Sox 22 10 11 1 5 2 3 0

Current Roster[edit]

Melbourne Aces roster - 2019–20 ABL
Active Roster Reassigned Players Coaching staff
Pitchers

Right-handed pitchers

  • 48 Australia Jack Enciondo
  • 35 Australia Scott Mitchinson
  • 33 United States Logan Sawyer
  • 12 United States Scott Shuman
  • 34 Australia Sam Street

Left-handed pitchers

  •  6 Australia Luke Abels
  • 45 Australia Cameron Gibbens
  • 44 United States Wes Helsabeck
  • 40 Australia Jon Kennedy
  • 44 United States Patrick Ledet
  • 19 Japan Hiromasa Saito
  • 21 Australia Josh Tols
  • 28 Japan Ryogo Tomiyama
Catchers

Infielders

  • 17 Australia Jared Cruz
  •  2 Australia Jarryd Dale
  • 27 Australia Ryan Dale
  •  3 Australia Mitchell Ellis
  • 16 Australia Luke Hughes

Outfielders

Pitchers

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 23 United States Shane Robinson
Manager

Coaches

  •  8 Australia Damian Shanahan



Disabled list : 7-day disabled list

17 December 2019.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stockman, Jennifer (20 August 2010). "Aces set to soar as Dale takes the Pilot's seat". Melbourne Aces. Australian Baseball Federation. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  2. ^ "New Home For Melbourne Baseball Hits Fever Pitch" (Press release). Government of Victoria (Australia), Minister for Sport & Recreation. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 15 October 2010.
  3. ^ "Aces announce Jet Couriers as major sponsor". 24 March 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Aces New Home is the Melbourne Ballpark". 13 July 2012.
  5. ^ "Aces sweep Giants, claim first ABL title". 8 February 2020.

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