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The Australian Baseball Federation is the national governing body of Baseball in Australia. Baseball is played in all the mainland states and territories, but it struggles for popularity due to the popularity of many other sports, including the comparable sport of cricket, in which Australia has always been one of the leading nations. School-aged children are generally guided toward a future in cricket, rather than baseball, especially in the private schooling system.

Australian Baseball Federation
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SportBaseball
JurisdictionAustralia
AbbreviationABF
AffiliationWorld Baseball Softball Confederation
Regional affiliationBaseball Confederation of Oceania
Australia

They are 25% stakeholders along with Major League Baseball of the Australian Baseball League which began play in November 2010. Since Australia's silver medal performance at the 2004 Athens Olympics the participation rate in most of the eastern states has remained stable, however there has been a large increase in the sport's popularity and participation in Western Australia.[1]

In 2003, within Australia there was roughly 57,000 Australians playing baseball in around 5000 teams.[2]

The most notable Australian-born baseball players include Dave Nilsson and Graeme Lloyd - children were once issued a poster of the two with the slogan AUSTRALIAN RULES BASEBALL.[3]

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AwardsEdit

Baseball Australia Hall of FameEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Chris Egan (17 October 2006). "Perth Heat going from strength to strength". www.austadiums.com.
  2. ^ IBAF
  3. ^ ESPN - Welcome to Australia - MLB

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