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Heat set to represent ABL in Asia Series once more
Defending champs to take on best from NPB, KBO, CPBL, and CBL
11/06/2012 11:47 AM ET
Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea will host the Heat's second Asia Series appearance.
Sajik Baseball Stadium in Busan, South Korea will host the Heat's second Asia Series appearance. 

BUSAN, South Korea - After an impressive opening series sweep of the Adelaide Bite presented by SA Power Networks, the Alcohol. Think Again Perth Heat are headed to Busan, Korea to represent Australia and the ABL brought to you by "Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking" in the prestigious Asia Series.

As the two-time reigning ABL champions, the Heat will compete against the champions of the second largest pro sports league in the world, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) as well as the Korea Baseball Organisation (KBO), the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) and the China Baseball League (CBL).  

The six competing teams are divided into two pools (A and B) and the team with the highest winning percentage from each pool will advance to the championship game, held on Sunday 11 November at 14:00.

The Heat will have the opportunity to showcase the high quality of Australian baseball while playing in front of tens of thousands of fans and television viewers reaching into the tens of millions.

All games will be played at Sajik Baseball Stadium, home of the KBO’s Lotte Giants. Perth will take on the host club on Thursday 8 November at 18:00 and then face the NPB’s Yomiuri Giants the following day, Friday 9 November at 12:00. The Yomiuri Giants were crowned champions of the Japan Series last Saturday for the 22nd time in franchise history.

In preparation for the Asia Series, the Heat revamped their roster with recent additions to their lineup. Baltimore Orioles imports Steve Bumbry (OF) and Michael Ohman (1B/C) arrived Sunday in Perth, just a day before turning around to head for Korea.

Another key addition for the Heat staff will be Korean hero Dae-Sung Koo. The lefty legend, who has pitched for MLB’s New York Mets, will also bring experience from his time playing with the KBO and the NPB. Australian baseball fans will recognize him from his two seasons with the Sydney Blue Sox, where he tallied up 12 saves with an impressive 1.00 ERA in 2010-2011, earning him the title of Reliever of the Year.

Baseball Operations Lachlan Dale said, "It's great to have a talent such as Koo on our roster. He is a national hero in Korea and I'm sure he'll add quality to our bullpen."

The Heat are optimistic that their return to the Asia Series will be successful due to their previous experience in the tournament, team chemistry, impressive domestic talent and strong imports. Their ultimate goal is to bring the title of Asia’s best to Australia, as well as the 1 billion Won (roughly AUD $885,000) cash prize.

Perth's Asia Series Roster

#

Player

Pos

Nationality

Bats

Thw

HT (cm)

WT (kg)

1

Corey Adamson

OF

Australia

L

R

185

85

2

Adam Melker

OF

USA

L

L

180

82

3

Aaron Bomoni

2B

Australia

L

R

175

79

4

Joshua McGee

3B/1B

Australia

L

R

188

86

6

Marshall Yanzick

2B

USA

R

R

188

85

8

Graeme Scorer

OF

Australia

R

R

183

95

9

Cameron Lamb

RHP

Australia

R

R

191

88

10

Lachlan Dale

1B

Australia

R

R

191

105

11

Allan de San Miguel

C/1B

Australia

R

R

176

95

12

Carter Bell

SS

Canada

R

R

185

89

14

Dean White

RHP

Australia

R

R

188

82

15

Dae Sung Koo

LHP

S. Korea

L

L

186

84

16

Luke Hughes

2B/3B

Australia

R

R

182

90

18

Steve Bumbry

OF

USA

R

R

180

84

20

Liam Baron

LHP

Australia

L

L

186

90

21

Brendan Wise

RHP

Australia

L

R

188

86

22

Matt Zachary

RHP

USA

R

R

195

98

23

Tim Kennelly

RHP

Australia

R

R

183

92

26

Daniel Schmidt

LHP

Australia

L

L

190

100

28

Anthony Claggett

RHP

USA

S

R

191

89

29

Michael Ohlman

1B/C

USA

L

L

182

78

31

Kevin Clark

1B/C

USA

R

R

182

97

32

John Pacella

RHP

USA

R

R

193

110

34

Virgil Vasquez

RHP

USA

R

R

191

82

35

Scott Mitchinson

RHP

Australia

R

R

191

84

38

Adam Millson

RHP

Australia

R

R

190

87


Pools and Schedule

▶ Pool A: CBA, CPBL, KBO 1 (champion team)

 Pool B: ABL-Perth Heat, NPB-Yomiuri Giants, KBO 2-Lotte Giants (host team)

Date

Time

Schedule

Venue

Nov. 8 (Thu.)

12:00

CPBL (A) : CBA (H) 

Busan

Sajik

Baseball

Stadium

18:00

 KBO2 (A) : ABL (H)

Nov. 9 (Fri.)

12:00

ABL (A) : NPB (H) 

18:00

KBO1 (A) : CPBL (H) 

Nov. 10 (Sat.)

12:00

NPB (A) : KBO2 (H)

18:00

CBA (A) : KBO1 (H)

Nov. 11 (Sun.)

14:00

Championship Game

Nov. 12 (Mon.)

-

Makeup Day

*Times listed locally for Busan, Korea 

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.