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Old 06-13-2013, 12:30 AM
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Default 2014 MLB season will open in Australia

Dodgers/Diamondbacks will play 2 in Sydney March 22-23 to open the 2014 season

http://news.yahoo.com/2014-mlb-opene...014552704.html
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:14 AM
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Do curveballs break the other way there?
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Old 06-13-2013, 06:48 AM
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:17 AM
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Do curveballs break the other way there?
Yes. And they're called cycloneballs down there.
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Do curveballs break the other way there?
Yes, but they're packing a machine to make them break the right way.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:48 AM
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Dodgers/Diamondbacks will play 2 in Sydney March 22-23 to open the 2014 season

http://news.yahoo.com/2014-mlb-opene...014552704.html
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:52 AM
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:54 AM
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Dodgers/Diamondbacks will play 2 in Sydney March 22-23 to open the 2014 season

http://news.yahoo.com/2014-mlb-opene...014552704.html
Interestingly, the article said the White Sox played an exhibition game at the same venue in Sydney 100 years ago on January 2, 1914.

....why the heck did they play a game there in January in the middle of the winter? It must have been freezing there!
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:14 AM
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Interestingly, the article said the White Sox played an exhibition game at the same venue in Sydney 100 years ago on January 2, 1914.

....why the heck did they play a game there in January in the middle of the winter? It must have been freezing there!
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:07 AM
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Maybe instead of wearing blue pullovers, the umps wear the white sportcoats in honor of the Australian rules football officials.

Every "out" call could just be the fingerpoint like the Aussies.
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Old 06-13-2013, 12:51 PM
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Baseball is growing in Australia, they have had a pro league there since the 1990s and have produced a couple of major leaguers. I think this is a good move, I wish it were with more iconic teams. The Dodgers are certainly iconic but the Diamondbacks? Not as much.
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Baseball is growing in Australia, they have had a pro league there since the 1990s and have produced a couple of major leaguers. I think this is a good move, I wish it were with more iconic teams. The Dodgers are certainly iconic but the Diamondbacks? Not as much.
Right. Why not Dodgers-Giants because of the rivalry and the Giants' recent postseason success?
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:45 PM
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Right. Why not Dodgers-Giants because of the rivalry and the Giants' recent postseason success?
Because those games will easily sell out in the states and earn each club a ton of cash. Why give up two of your biggest gates of the year?
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Because those games will easily sell out in the states and earn each club a ton of cash. Why give up two of your biggest gates of the year?
Well, at worst you're asking each team to give up one home game, assuming that the teams split the two games in Australia home and away. I don't know that it makes that much of difference (seventeen games against each other instead of nineteen) over the course of a full season. Plus, it's great exposure for MLB.
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Because those games will easily sell out in the states and earn each club a ton of cash. Why give up two of your biggest gates of the year?
Because you're trying to grow the game and if you have two good teams that represents the best product that MLB has to offer you are likely to sell out in Australia too and can split the gate that way.
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