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5 Reasons to be excited about the Bite in 2017
01/01/2017 6:40 PM ET
There are only four weeks to go in the ABL season and the Bite are in the thick of a Championship race. Will this be the year they finally get over the hump and win that illusive Claxton Shield?
Here are five reasons to get excited about the Adelaide Bite in January, 2017.
1. They're primed to host a home finals series...
....and it doesn't get much bigger than this weekend vs. the Canberra Cavalry. After 24 games the Adelaide Bite are sitting at 12-12, just one game behind the 13-11 Cavalry. The Bite played 16 of their first 24 on the road and came out of the difficult stretch holding down the third and final playoff spot. If they can string together some wins in front of the home crowd the Bite have a great chance of hosting a finals series.
But we'll need your support to get there!
2. They're the only team to knock off the first place Aces
At 18-6 the Melbourne Aces are on a historical pace. They have many current or former Major League players and are coached by Team Australia Manager John Deeble.
But despite all their accolades, the Adelaide Bite are the only team to really to take it to the Aces. In November the Bite defeated the Aces 3-1 in a series and it could have been a sweep if it weren't for some unfortunate errors.
The Bite are the only team who have had answers for a potent Aces side. Could this be the year?
3. They have players who lead the ABL in all the major categories...
You want excitement? Few players in the ABL can provide the thrills this current Bite squad has. Here are your your leaders in key stat categories
ABL Leaders - Home Runs
1. Mitch Dening (Adelaide) - 6
2. Marcus Greene Jr (Adelaide) - 5
3. Alan De San Miguel (Melbourne) - 5
ABL Leaders - Runs Batted In
1. Marcus Greene Jr (Adelaide) - 22
2. Ledarious Clark (Adelaide) - 20
3. Mitch Dening (Adelaide) - 19
4. Rest of the ABL
ABL Leaders - Stolen Bases
1. Ledarious Clark (Adelaide) - 13
2. Rest of the ABL
4. They have players who could one day be in the MLB and Aussies who look like they'll be playing in the World Baseball Classic...
Stars, stars and more stars! Every year the Bite have had players play in the Major Leagues. In fact, no ABL team has more alumni move on and play in the bigs.
This year's contenders are our star studded class of imports. Each of our affiliated imports - Marcus Greene Jr (San Diego), Jordan Cowan (Seattle), Josh Altmann (Texas), Red Clark (Texas) - have a legitimate shot at making it one day to the big leagues.
Want Aussie content? We have you covered. 16-year-old Jack O'Louglin is among ABL leaders in all pitching categories, Mitch Dening just clubbed three home runs in one game and could be named to Team Australia, Stef Welch is an Australian mainstay at third base and guys like Matty Williams, Steve Chambers and Angus Roeger are All-Stars making a case to represent their country at the "World Cup" equivalent in March.
5. They play at a great place to watch a ball game...
With 11 home dates in January it is certainly 'The Month of Baseball'. There are plenty of exciting dates including Emergency Services Appreciation Night on January 6, Bring Your Dog to the Ballpark on January 8 and CanTeen Weekend from January 12-15.
There is lots to do for the kids and $5 beers for Mum and Dad! Make sure you get to West Beach to check out the Bite at their new home!

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