8 December, Canberra: This morning the Australian Baseball League announced the full roster for 21st December's inaugural All Star Game being played in Perth. Five Canberra "UberGlobal" Cavalry players were named to the squads; three to the World All Star team and two to Team Australia.
Local ACT pitchers Hayden Beard and Steven Kent were named to Team Australia. Both players pitched for the national team in the Baseball World Cup this spring in Panama. Beard, a prospect in the San Diego Padres Organization, has proven to be a key cog in the starting rotation for the Cavalry. In his last two starts he is 2-0 allowing only six hits and one earned run with 12 strikeouts.
Kent has become the glue of the staff, coming out of the bullpen late in games to get a key out, hold a lead, or put the team in a position to come back. He currently leads the league in wins with three, is second in the league in saves with two, is second in the league in earned run average with 1.26, and has 16 strike outs in only 14 and a third innings pitched.
Taking on Team Australia in the All Star game is a team made up of ABL All Stars from around the world. The Cavalry send three players to represent the capital city in the game, Mike McGuire, Brian Burgamy, and Todd Glaesmann.
McGuire is not only the ace of the Cavalry staff, but is considered the best pitcher in the league. He is in line to win the pitching triple crown, leading the league in strike outs (35), earned run average (0.35), and is one behind teammate Steven Kent for the league lead in wins with two.
Glaesmann came to Canberra as a top prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization. Glaesmann is second in the league with stolen bases with six. He has the best batting average on the team hitting .333 and is third in RBI with 10.
Burgamy, the team's clean-up hitter, is a strong power hitter for the Cavalry. He leads the team in home runs (three) and is second on the team in RBI (13). With his .328 batting average (second on the team), .525 slugging percentage (team leader), .423 on-base percentage (team leader), and .947 on-base plus slugging percentage (team leader) he has proven to be driving force in the Cavalry offense.
The ABL announced the All Star Game last Saturday night in Perth before the Cavalry beat the Heat 12-3.
"Sending five of our players to the All Star Game is a testament to the way our entire team is playing right now," Cavalry General Manager Peter Bishell said. "Hayden and Steve represented Australia well in Panama and it is great for all of us to have Team Australia play on home soil this year. While we have been able to see Mike, Brian, and Todd every day, this is a great opportunity for baseball fans worldwide to see how talented the Canberra 'UberGlobal' Cavalry are."
Nearly a half billion baseball fans in over fifty countries are expected to watch Australia's brightest baseball talent from the ABL take on the League's top international players in the newly created 2011 ABL All-Star Game at Barbagallo Ballpark in Perth on Wednesday, 21 December at 4pm local time.
The 2011 ABL All-Star game will be televised live in Australia by Fox Sports and replayed through the MLB Network in the United States as well on other media outlets through the US and Asia. The estimated audience is expected to be one of the largest ever for a baseball game held in Australia.