CANBERRA, 1 February - Canberra Cavalry standout second baseman Adam Buschini has been offered and accepted a contract to play in the San Diego Padres organisation.
Buschini was awarded the first ever ABL Triple Crown for his outstanding 2012/13 ABL regular season. The Triple Crown, awarded to a player who has attained the highest batting average, hit the most home runs and batted in the most runs in a single season, is one of the rarest achievements in all of baseball. In over 130 years of Major League Baseball history, the Triple Crown has been achieved only 16 times. Winners have included legendary players Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, and Lou Gehrig, joined last season by Miguel Cabrera. Buschini claimed the ABL crown with a .363 batting average, a league record-tying 15 homers, and an ABL record-breaking 50 RBIs in just 45 games.
Buschini has been the offensive spark for the Cavalry in the late part of the season and has led them to their first ever playoff berth. The American import is a two-time Delta Air Lines Player of the Week and helped Canberra reach a league-leading 481 hits and .295 team batting average.
"We couldn't be prouder of Adam, he has had an amazing season for us, and we are confident that he will do wonderful things for the Padres organisation," said Cavalry General Manager Thom Carter. "We are excited to be able to watch him a few more times at the Fort and know that he will help bring a championship to the greatest baseball fans in the Australia."
Buschini will join Cavalry head coach Michael Collins in the San Diego Padres organisation. Collins was a coach for the Padres in the Dominican Summer League in 2012 and will return to coach in the Arizona League.
"It is a great opportunity for the league and future players," said Collins. "It is nice to see him achieve his goal, and we are very excited for him."
The Padres have been home to many Australian baseball players over the years. Five have played for their Major League club: Mark Ettles, Justin Huber, Chris Oxspring, Craig Shipley, and Josh Spence. Three Australians are presently toiling in the Padres minor leagues: Hayden Beard, Corey Adamson, and Sam Holland.
This marks the second time Buschini will play affiliated baseball. In 2009, he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fourth round out of college at California Polytechnic State University but was released in 2010 after an injury.
Buschini and the Cavalry will host the 2013 Be the Influence ABL Championship Series presented by Fielders Choice on 8-10 February at the Fort at Narrabundah Ballpark as they look to bring the first ever Claxton Shield to the nation's capital. Tickets are available now.