Super League Baseball Adelaide has kicked off with a swell of excitement.
Earlier this week we revealed that there would be a brand new four team, nine week competition on Wednesdays at West Beach from October – December featuring the best players in South Australian baseball.
Each team will be run by a coach / general management combination who will be tasked with recruiting four marquee players and then selecting players who register for the draft.
If you are a player interested in declaring for the Super League draft you can register at http://www.superleaguebaseball.com.
We are pleased to reveal the four Coach and General Manager combinations of the inaugural season of the Super League. Team names and logos will be revealed in the next week.
TEAM 1: Michael Dunn (GM) and Scott Gladstone (Coach)
General Manager: Michael Dunn
Head Coach: Scott Gladstone
Michael Dunn and Scott Gladstone have come together to create a formidable combination of experience at the highest level of Australian Baseball. Both have pedigree and a wealth of knowledge that will give them an edge.
Dunn played over 300 games in the original ABL and was the Giants 1996 Team MVP and league All-Sar. He is the all-time Giants leader in on-base-percentage. He also represented Australia on numerous occasions including the U19 World Cup and at a competition with the Senior Team in 1995 in Nicaragua.
Gladstone is the career batting average record holder at Parkland College (Junior College), University of Tennessee at Martin (D1) and Adelaide Bite. He is a 6 time A-Grade Premiership player at Kensington Baseball Club.
Both Dunn and Gladstone are current Adelaide Bite assistant coaches.
Gladstone says he wants to create a squad will be a fun team to be a part of.
“Our goal is to put together a team of good guys that truly enjoy being around one another,” he says. “Overall, I’m excited to see the improvement in South Aussie juniors as they get an opportunity to compete against a higher standard on a more regular basis.”
Dunn says he is excited about the growth and development of all players playing in a league stronger than club baseball with the best players available in the SABL.
“That can only make all players better, but especially the younger ones,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to grow and shine and then move to the next level whether that be with the Bite, college or pro ball.”
TEAM 2: Scott Pratt (GM) and Adrian Chenoweth (Coach)
General Manager: Scott Pratt
Head Coach: Adrian Chenoweth
Scott Pratt played in both of BaseballSA’s previous Wednesday night competitions in the late 80s and mid 90s and takes the helm of a team in the new incarnation.
Pratt says this format is all about bringing in good people and pushing players to become better.
“Having played in the last two competitions I found that playing in a higher standard of competition not only improved my baseball but it was fun to play with guys from other clubs,” he says.
“It is going to improve our Bite players, our up and coming Bite players and competitors in club ball. This will give extra opportunities for our junior players to be involved with elite baseball.”
Pratt has an impressive background. He played for the Giants in the 90s, played 540 Div 1 Games, 740 Club Games, 3 time Premiership Player, and 3-time Div 1 Best and Fairest for the Goodwood Indians.
Pratt is one of the most respected names in South Australian baseball and welcomes another well-respected name, Adrian Chenoweth, to head up his coaching staff.
Chenoweth played Division 1 Baseball from 1995 to 2017, playing nearly 600 division 1 games for Golden Grove and Kensington. He coached senior baseball at Divison 1 level for nine years.
“I’m excited about the Super League because I’m old enough to remember watching the old Wednesday night competition in the 80s. I loved going with my brothers and parents to watch players who I wanted to be like,”
Chenoweth says he is going to try to build a team with great defence.
“With this competition coming back it will do great things for baseball in Adelaide,” he says. “It will be a lot of fun.”
Pratt adds it’s great to see so many coaches getting involved.
“This competition is bringing back some good quality people to the game and it also has given some younger coaches a great opportunity to improve their coaching,” he says.
“There certainly is a positive vibe going around the baseball community.”
TEAM 3: Mark Haylock (GM) and Paul Green (Coach)
General Manager: Mark Haylock
Head Coach: Paul Green
Assistant Coaches: Nick Hutchings and Glen Simmons
Mark Haylock is running an intriguing side that will likely be strapped with some of the best young talent and emerging coaches in the state.
Haylock played 20 years at Woodville and coached for 20 years. He had coaching stints with the Adelaide Bite and the SA Senior Teams, the Australian U19 and U17 teams, SA State U18, 16s and 14’s and the Goodwood Indians (three premierships).
As you can see, Haylock has a strong history of developing young talent.
“I’m excited about the opportunity for our best young players to play in a high quality competition,” he says.
Haylock’s staff will be run by baseball legend Paul Green and coaches Glen Simmons and Nick Hutchings.
Paul Green will roll into the ballpark every day on his Harley Davidson to lead a team that is expected to be a young and fun squad.
Green played for the Adelaide Giants, was an assistant coach with the Adelaide Bite and was a premiership winning coach with the Glenelg Tigers.
“I just love being involved in baseball,” Green says. “Love the game. And I hopefully have something to offer.”
Greeny says it’s great to work with a great team led by Haylock.
“Mark is a reliable and steady guy with a great knowledge base. I think through previous exposure through club ball coaching we have very similar values.”
Green leads a talented and emerging staff.
Simmons is jumping into the coaching ranks with an impressive track record. He played 700 A-Grade games with East Torrens, was on the inaugural Bite team, won two A-Grade Premierships, the SABL Batting Awards and made multiple state All-Star teams.
“I’m not only excited for the opportunity to be part of a great concept that will excite fans and push players to excel but the opportunity to coach a showcase of SA and international talent,” Simmons says.
Nick Hutchings is also on the staff. He is one of the youngest and brightest coaches in the state. Hutchings, 22, recently led the Seahawks little league team to a silver medal at the Australian Little League Championships.
Hutchings signed a contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates at 16 years old and is a regular pitcher on the Adelaide Bite.
TEAM 4: Chris Lawson (GM) and Paul Mildren (Coach)
General Manager: Chris Lawson
Head Coach: Paul Mildren
Premiership winning SABL coach Chris Lawson is set to be the General Manager of a Super League team.
Lawson has playing experience in the SABL and ABL for the Adelaide Bite. He won Glenelg’s last premiership in 2016 as a coach. He brings playing experience from playing at Georgia College for four years in the early 2000s.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the best mix with the best,” he says. “It will be a fast paced environment that brings the community closer together.”
In perhaps one of the most exciting coups for the Super League, Paul Mildren makes his return to the elite ranks of South Australian Baseball as a coach. It’s an interesting connection between the two that goes back to Adelaide Bite days. Chris Lawson relieved Mildren in the first ever Bite game.
Mildren was on the 40-man-roster of the Florida Marlins (MLB) in 2007. He has minor league baseball experience and played as high as AAA. He’s pitched for the Adelaide Bite and for Team Australia at various competitions including the 2009 World Baseball Classic.
“I’m excited for the chance to see SABL’s best talent playing together in an exciting new format that will challenge the strategy of some of the best baseball minds around,” he says.
When asked about the teams recruitment strategy, Lawson was reluctant to give away any secrets. But Mildren revealed this:
“Home run hitters x fastballs and splitters = winners!”, he says. “No frills. Just good blokes that know how to play the game right.”