The Canberra Cavalry, driven by Rolfe Renault, are happy to announce that fan favourite and All Star catcher Jack Murphy will be returning to Canberra for the 2013-14 season. Murphy is one of four prospects from the Toronto Blue Jays system that will bolster the Cavalry roster as the team looks to replicate the championship winning season of 2012-13. The other three players are shortstop Shane Optiz, second-baseman Jon Berti, and outfielder Michael Crouse.
With his long hair and recognisable moustache (deemed a "Murphstache"), Murphy quickly became a player to watch last season. He had a batting average of .304 with five home runs and 24 runs batted in. In the Australian Baseball League Championship Series he really shined, going 4-7 with two runs batted in.
But Murphy adds more to the team than just strong offensive numbers. "The core to a winning team is a great catcher," Cavalry General Manager Thom Carter said. "Jack worked very well with pitching staff last year and was a true field general. We were concerned about having to replace him. Staff worked really hard with Jack and the Blue Jays to bring him back. Today's announcement puts us in a great position to win this year."
Local catcher Robbie Perkins is back in Canberra after his first season in the Colorado Rockies system. After spending most of the Cavalry's 12-13 campaign injured, Murphy and Perkins will share the duties behind the plate.
Optiz, Berti, and Crouse were all teammates with the Dunedin (Florida) Blue Jays, the Class High A Affiliate of the Blue Jays. This is the third year that the Blue Jays have assigned players to the Cavalry and the partnership has been successful on both fronts.
The Cavalry open the 2013-14 season on 31 October with a four game series against the Melbourne Aces. Opening Day is the Cavalry's Centenary Match with pregame and in-game celebrations of the Centenary Championship. Two of the special events include the Cavalry wearing special Championship jerseys and the team receiving the key to the city. Memberships, groups, and single game tickets are available for all Cavalry games here on the website or by calling the office at 6295 8379.