Last Saturday, the Australian Baseball League (ABL) officially began play. It is not the first baseball to be played in Australia, but it could be the most legit installment of professional baseball the country has ever seen. Major League Baseball is supporting its operation, which currently consists of six teams, with the possibility of adding two more in the near future.
Winter baseball is very popular amongst Minor League prospects, and even some Major League players, who are looking to strengthen their weaknesses and earn additional money in the offseason. The Caribbean Winter Leagues, comprised of leagues in Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic have been great places for the countries’ natives and American-born players to play in the Winter months. Australia may be a new alternative to those leagues.
This is great news for baseball agents. There are more opportunities to place players looking to play in the Winter months, and with more options, agents may weigh where they want to place their clients based on factors like location and salary. A bidding war between an Australian team and a Puerto Rican team might be unlikely, but at least there is a new league to consider sending your players.