It's with great sadness that today we are announcing that Ronald Acuna's season in the Australian Baseball League season has been cut short.
Dubbed 'The Answer to Everything", Acuna has been a human highlight reel this season and is required to return home to his native Venezuela to work through the passport renewal process, a requirement for him to be able to play baseball in the United States during the 2017 season and beyond.
After Acuna's trip back to work through his passport renewal, he unfortunately will not be returning to Melbourne for the remainder of this season's ABL.
Acuna has paced the league in multiple offensive categories this season and while his departure puts a dent in Jon Deeble's second half plans, it's not all doom and gloom for the Melbourne Aces as they head to Sydney to take on the Blue Sox in their New Years series with some big name ins.
Our travelling roster to take on the Blue Sox reads:
OUT: Ronald Acuna, Keisuke Honda, Shogo Noda, Mitch Kennedy, Shane Lindsay, Luke Abels, Nicholas Rossell
IN: Jeremy Guthrie, Peter Moylan, Sam Street, Darryl George, Brad Harman, Wigberto Nevarez
FULL ROSTER vs Sydney Blue Sox
Game 1: Mark Hamburger
Game 2: Jeremy Guthrie
Game 3: Dushan Ruzic
Game 4: Jon Kennedy
Alan de San Miguel
Game 1 (BISP): Thursday 29 December, 7.30PM
Game 2 (BISP): Friday 30 December, 7.30PM
Game 3 (BISP): Saturday 31 December, 6.30PM
Game 4 (BISP): Sunday 1 January, 1.00PM