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Nilsson returns, ready to create history
10/05/2017 9:42 PM ET
Bandits manager David Nilsson posing with the Claxton Shield
Bandits manager David Nilsson posing with the Claxton Shield (SMP Images)

The Australian baseball legend is back and has his sights set on championship number three. David has a knack for creating history and in 2017 is determined to go one further as Head Coach of the Brisbane Bandits.

Nilsson's eight year career with Major League Baseball's Milwaukee Brewers established him as a legend in his home country. He hit .284 over the course of eight seasons, hitting 105 home runs and driving in 470 runs. When you add in an MLB All Star appearance, a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games, a Sports Australia Hall of Fame induction and the Australian Baseballs Helms Award at 16 years old, Nilsson's athletic credibility stands above most. With back to back Championships in the new ABL Nilsson's focus is set on writing the record books, an ABL Three-peat.

With the success of the last two seasons, Nilsson doesn't expect much to change in the upcoming year. His mindset remains focused with developing baseball as a dominant force in Queensland and growing the local talent base.

"Anytime you're a part of a championship team it is special." Nilsson said. "To do that two years in a row is exceptional. The playing groups we have had over the last two seasons have had the same core value, a team first, family environment and accepting one's role within the team. This is the foundation of our success," he said. Nilsson's focus on the development of baseball in Australia sets him apart as a leader. It's a quality Brisbane Bandits CEO Mark Ready admires in his character.

"As one of Australia's greatest ever baseball exports, Nilsson's attitude and passion drives him to invest so much more back into the sport here at home. He has one of the best strategic minds I've seen in the game. His Big League catching career still serves him and the sport well as he continues to steer the ship," Ready said.

The first pitch of the 2017/18 season is just weeks away when the Brisbane Bandits will open at home against the Elite Canberra Cavalry at Holloway Field on November 16.

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