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Australian Baseball League Championship Series Set


Two-time defending champion Brisbane Bandits are back in the 2018 Australian Baseball League Championship Series after defeating the Melbourne Aces in the semi-finals. They will face off with the Canberra Cavalry who are in their 3rd championship series.

Canberra has won one championship, coming back in 2012-2013 season. They played in one more series the following year but fell to the Perth Heat. Brisbane has only made two championship series as well, but they won both the past two seasons.

Brisbane led the league this past season with a 28-11 record. Canberra was 4 games back in third place at 24-15. The two teams faced off with one another during Round 1 and Round Round 10 just before the playoffs. Brisbane holds a 5-2 record over their championship counterpart this season. However, the two teams split the final 4 games of the year in Canberra.

Brisbane is led by a powerful duo in T.J. Bennett and former Cincinnati Reds outfielder Donald Lutz who both hit 16 home runs this season to share the league lead. They were joined in the Brisbane infield by Chih-Sheng Lin, a veteran of the World Baseball Classic and the Chinese Professional Baseball League out of Taiwan, who hit 11 dingers.

The championship gets started this Friday in Canberra before heading back to Brisbane for the final two games of the best-of-three series.

If you are interesting in watching the championship series, you can do so on ABLtv.com. Click here for links to future games and archived games as well.

2018 Australian Baseball League Championship Series

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MLB: German Donald Lutz to Make Major League Debut


Donald Lutz will become the first German to make it to the Big Leagues out of the MLB Europe academy when he makes his Major League Debut sometime in the next day or two. He got the call yesterday, but is still waiting to be assigned to the big league club.

Lutz, welcomed by the Cincinnati Reds on Twitter today, will soon make his Major League debut.

 

Lutz was born in the United States, but at the age of one left for Germany where he grew up. Lutz played for Germany in last year’s WBC Qualifier that took place in Regensburg, Geramny. During the Qualifier, Lutz played first base and hit .308 during the four games.

He is rated at the best power hitter in the Reds organization by Baseball America, and is a Top 20 prospect. He was signed in 2007 as a free agent, and progressed through the Reds organization ever since.

In 2012, Lutz split most of his time between High-A and Double-A ball where he combined to hit 22 home runs while posting a .269/.336/.517 line. He has struggled a bit so far this year hitting just .211, but he has hit five home runs in 21 games.

I had the chance to see Lutz play with the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos earlier this season. During that game Lutz went 1-for-3 with one of the hardest hit home runs I’ve ever seen. He hit a low line drive over the right-field fence that might have knocked it down had it been a little lower.

Lutz has not been activated as of the time of this post, but it looks like it could happen tonight corresponding with Chris Heisey’s injured hamstring that will probably land him on the 15-day DL.

We wish him luck whenever he gets his chance. I know he has the support of an entire country behind him.

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