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By George, he's still got it!
12/07/2017 8:49 PM ET

Ask anyone who's been involved with the Melbourne Aces for any period of time who their favourite player is and they'll almost unanimously say Darryl George.

His standing as the nicest guy in baseball aside, this is one seriously talented ballplayer and the Aces line-up is reaping the benefits of a healthy Darryl George.

Despite struggling through an injury plagued 2016/17 season, the infielder has now started 12 consecutive games at shortstop and says it's great to be back in an Aces jersey.

"It's just good to get out there and have fun with the guys and enjoy playing the game again.

"I've been playing in the NPB over in Japan, I was just in the minor league over there having a bit of a run around, eating some noodles and sushi" joked George. 

Due to injury and his contractual obligations in Osaka, George would manage only five starts for the Aces last season with the Melbourne veteran optimistic about what lay ahead for the 2017/18 Aces.

"I think we're off to a great start, the teams really gelling together well. 

With the Aces currently sharing top spot on the Australian Baseball League (ABL) ladder, George says he's reluctant to look too far ahead but says he's hopeful the team can go one better this year and claim that elusive ABL Championship.

"Look, we're definitely trending upwards, in that opening series things could've gone either way. 

"We were just a little bit sluggish initially but we've cleaned it up together and I think moving forward the team is only going to get stronger" explained George. 

 As for being a fan favourite at Melbourne Ballpark, George is unfazed by the extra attention.

"I don't pay too much attention to it when I'm playing. 

"It's always good to have fans down there who are supporting us and getting around us. It makes life a lot easier and fills us with a lot of confidence."

Not generally known for his power, George currently leads the Aces in home runs (3) which in inclusive of his solo shot in Thursday night's series opening loss in Canberra. Look for a response from the Aces as they look to build momentum leading into their final home stand before Christmas against the Sydney Blue Sox, 15 - 17 December.

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