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Meet the Team: 2019/20 Player Announcements
07/05/2019 12:31 AM ET

Keep up to date with the player signing announcements for the upcoming 2019/20 ABL season.

ANNOUNCEMENT | THURSDAY 18 JULY 2019

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Maestri

Welcome back Blue Sox starting pitcher Alessandro Maestri!

Alessandro was a solid starting pitcher for us last seasons, who had 5 wins last year and a 2.93 ERA. He is expected to continue getting a start for the first game of each series, and we are excited he will be back again from Italy!

New Blue Sox manager Shane Barclay said, "Obviously, the return of our Game 1 starter from last year was extremely important. The quality starts he provided last season played an enormous role in the team's success, setting up the pen for the remainder of the series in most rounds."

Quick Q&A with the man himself:

Q: What did you like most around the ballpark last season?

A: The ballpark itself is probably the best one in the league, but the fans and the atmosphere at game time is the best part!

Q: What do you think it will take to see the Sox return to playoffs baseball and finally reach that Championship Series?

A: I think we have to go about our season the same way we did last year. We don't have to change anything. We definitely had the best group of players in the league.

Q: What was a favourite moment for you last season?

A: Winning Game One against Perth Heath in the semi finals.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?

A: Again, the fans and the game time atmosphere.

Q: What have you been up to in the off-season?

A: I've been playing ball back home in Italy, season will finish in August. In September I will be playing with the national team, trying to qualify for the Olympics!



ANNOUNCEMENT | FRIDAY 12 JULY 2019

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Murphy

Welcome back Blue Sox catcher Jack Murphy!

The American behind the best mo in the ABL, Jack brings years of AAA experience to the team and has impeccable decision making skills behind the plate (not to mention he's a 3 time ABL All-Star). Welcome back Jack!

Blue Sox manager Shane Barclay said, "Jack is one of our most crucial signings for this season. His leadership and management of pitchers is second to none. I know every player in the squad is looking forward to his return."

Quick Q&A with the man himself:

Q: What did you like most around the ballpark last season?

A: Slip and Slide Sundays are a must!

Q: What do you think it will take to see the Sox return to playoffs baseball and finally reach that Championship Series?

A: I think we are right where we need to be. Everybody wants it to be right away. We took a lot of great steps last year, and we will look to build on that again this year.

Q: What was a favourite moment for you last season?

A: Jacob Younis's long at bat and walk off walk. It was just a really special night. The ballpark was just an incredible atmosphere.

Q: What are you most looking forward to this season?

A: I'm just really excited to get back on the field and hear that cowbell going off!

Q: What have you been up to in the off-season?

A: Thinking every day about how to get us that Claxton Shield!


ANNOUNCEMENT | FRIDAY 5 JULY 2019

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D'Antonio

Welcome back Blue Sox DH Trent D'Antonio!

With a team leading 34 runs last year and a 0.440 on-base percentage, we are excited to have our DH back on board!

New Blue Sox Manager Shane Barclay said, "It's fitting that Trent is our first re-signing officially announced for this season, the 14th consecutive year he has represented this State."

"He has developed an understanding of the strike zone which has made him the Country's leading On-base player. His ultra-competitiveness and determination make him an integral part of our roster."

Quick Q&A with the man himself:

Q: What was your favourite change around the ballpark last season?

A: The atmosphere in the crowd was definitely my favourite last year and hopefully it will be even better this year!

Q: What do you think it will take to see the Sox return to playoffs baseball and finally reach that Championship Series?

A: Nothing changes with what we are trying to do this year. Get to the playoffs and win that sudden death game that takes us all the way to a championship.

Q: What was a favourite moment for you last season?

A: My favourite moment was the walk-off win again Brisbane at home on the Saturday night! Anyone who was there knows what I'm talking about. I've never heard that stadium so loud!

Q: What have you been up to in the off-season?

A: *laughs* I've been working! But that keeps me hungry to play every year and helps me appreciate the game, the league and the fact that I can still compete at that level.

 



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