Stellar line-up set for baseball showcase

On Sunday afternoon the best baseball talent in Australia will gather at the Melbourne Ballpark for the 2012 Australian Baseball League All-Star Game.

The game will feature Team Australia and the World All-Stars, made up of the best import talent from across the league.

Ten players involved in the clash have played in Major League Baseball, including Luke Hughes, Justin Huber, Virgil Vasquez and Korean legend Dae-Sung Koo.

The game, presented by the Be the Influence: Tackling Binge Drinking campaign, will also showcase an array of talent from three of the best international leagues in the world, including the Korean Baseball Organisation and Nippon Professional Baseball.

The event will also serve as the perfect warm-up for Team Australia before they head to the World Baseball Classic in Taiwan in March.

Team Australia will be looking to continue its recent form after it defeated the Sydney Blue Sox 2-1 when the teams met in a three-game series before the start of the ABL season. It will be the first chance for the Victorian public to to see Team Australia for four years.

While the game may not be a landmark one on the Australian sporting landscape, it is a clash with wide international appeal. It was viewed in more than 300 million homes in 45 countries last year, with similar numbers expected for the clash this weekend.

The game will be the second All-Star clash in the three-year history of the league. In the inaugural clash last year the World All-Stars won 8-5 in front of 2884 fans at Barbagallo Ballpark in Perth.

The first pitch is at 2pm on Sunday, with gates opening at midday.

Tickets start at $5 for children and $10 for adults and are available at the ABL website.

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