The Sydney Blue Sox are the professional baseball team of NSW in the Australian Baseball League. Our season runs November to January each year and provides the perfect family outing in summer! more
The Sydney Blue Sox are a professional baseball team. It is one of the six foundation teams existing in the Australian Baseball League. Their home ground is at Blacktown International Sportspark (BISP), which is also one of the two venues utilised for the Olympics in 2000.
The Blue Sox are also recognised as the team in the Australian Baseball League that took the initiative to implement sabermetrics as the guideline for taking their team forward. This was done with the support of volunteer statistician, Anthony Rescan.
The Blue Sox were the host for the opening day of the Australian Baseball League in November 2010. They played with Canberra Cavalry and beat the opponent by 1-0.
When the Australian Baseball League was announced, it was speculated that there would be ten teams in the competition. However, two months later, the number and locations of the teams were announced with Sydney having one of the five confirmed teams and Canberra successfully attaining the position of the sixth team.
The Origin of the Name
A competition was organised in December 2009 with the title ‘Name your ABL Team’. Participants were asked to choose from one of the four team names given as options – Sydney Bluewave, Sydney Rocks, Sydney Sting, and Sydney Surf. However, when the final name was announced in August 2010, it was Sydney Blue Sox. Blue, the traditional colour of Sydney was associated with New South Wales sporting teams.
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In the initial roster, Sydney’s team had two players – Koo Dae-Sung and Chris Oxspring. It was managed by Glenn Williams. Some players also had experience from international leagues such as Korea Baseball Organisation and Nippon Professional Baseball. All had extensive Major League experience making Sydney’s team the most experienced roster for any of the teams in the league.
We are based at Blacktown International Sportspark, our memberships and game tickets provide some of the best value live-sports action around, with tickets starting from just $10!