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Canberra partnership finalised
NPB powerhouse BayStars partner with Cavalry
07/16/2018 10:30 PM ET
 

The Canberra Cavalry have today announced a historic strategic partnership with Japanese baseball powerhouse Yokohama DeNA BayStars.

The BayStars are one of 12 teams in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), with benefits extending both on and off the field.

Canberra will receive affiliated players from the BayStars for the upcoming 2018/19 Australian Baseball League (ABL) season, while members of the BayStars front office will join the Canberra Cavalry staff in the future.

Baseball Australia CEO Cam Vale believes this partnership is a fantastic step forward for the league.

"We have made a concerted effort to enhance our brand in Asian markets, and this partnership has multi-dimensional benefits for both parties," Vale said.

"The BayStars are noted for sending high-quality talent overseas, and we are excited to see the first-class talent coming to the ABL."

2017 World Baseball Classic star Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh is one of many current BayStars players who have recently played baseball in overseas leagues. 

Current BayStars utility Taishi Nakagawa hit .315 in 26 games with the Perth Heat in season 2013/14, while Seibu Lions stars Kona Takahashi, Tomoya Mori and Shunta Nakatsuka all represented the Melbourne Aces in 2017/18.

DeNA BayStars president Mr. Shingo Okamura sees great potential in the partnership.

"We are very pleased to have concluded a strategic partnership with ABL powerhouse Canberra Cavalry," Okamura said.

"Australia is located in the southern hemisphere and is in an optimum environment for the players development in Japan's off-season. I expect the players to gain a lot of experience in Australia, which will bring new value to the DeNA Baystars.

"We are also planning business and baseball operations personnel exchanges. Through this partnership, we will continue making efforts to become an attractive club from a business perspective."

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