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Balfour steps down as Blue Sox General Manager
Led team to record memberships, crowds
08/26/2013 11:05 AM ET
Blue Sox GM David Balfour (right) with his son Grant, a 2013 American League All-Star.
Blue Sox GM David Balfour (right) with his son Grant, a 2013 American League All-Star. 

SYDNEY, 26 August - Sydney Blue Sox General Manager David Balfour has stepped down from his post with the team effective immediately. Balfour's tenure with the team has brought unprecedented success in terms of memberships, sponsorship, and membership sales, and he will continue his work with the ABL at the league level as Special Assistant to the CEO/GM.

David has been battling cancer and defying medical odds for some time, most recently fighting a secondary cancer tumor that appeared in June of 2012, after an already lengthy battle with pancreatic cancer. A further relapse in July 2013 has seen David carry out another course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and David has been rendered partially paralysed as nerves in his arm have been crushed by his tumor.

To date, he remains the only known survivor of this particular type of cancer and continues to improve in his health.

In spite of his remarkable resilience, David's cancer treatments have taken an inevitable physical toll, and he is no longer able to commit to the exhaustive and demanding hours required of the GM role with 100% certainty. As a consummate "team player," David is adamant he could continue but fears he could possibly let down his fellow workers, a fact he personally finds unacceptable and unfair on both the Blue Sox franchise and the ABL.

"I appreciate the time I had at the Sydney Blue Sox and knowing that I introduced various changes that will lead the Blue Sox in the right direction," Balfour said. "I know with all that is in place we can achieve targets. I am very happy with how just four Blue Sox staff handling the membership drive doubled our membership to ABL record. Planning same showed as the results speak for themselves.

"I wish to thank Blue Sox supporters for their attendance at games and the comraderie that has been created. I have enjoyed your company and your support."

The ABL home office will utilise David's experience and expertise to offer ongoing assistance to senior ABL management and to all ABL teams.

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