Following a vote at last weekends AGM Cardiff Baseball are pleased to advise our intention to launch a second team this year to join the Merlins in the South West and Wales league. Whilst this still needs to be approved at the upcoming league AGM we do not foresee any issues with that.
This is a significant development and milestone for the club. 2021 had excellent attendances at many of our practice sessions but there was simply no way to give everyone the game time they either wanted and deserved. This was especially true in a team doing so well. Fielding a second team will of course double the game time we have available as an organisation and allow players to see more time in the field and build up experience much quicker.
This is an addition to the organisation, not a split or breakaway, and the players will continue to train as one and work as one to develop baseball in Cardiff. We have a great atmosphere and culture at the club that we are all very proud of and whichever team somebody plays for we want them to experience that. This will also give more opportunity this year to develop our coaching structure and specialise more by position. It also means that throughout the summer (Welsh weather depending) there will be the chance to watch baseball almost every weekend in the capital.
Thank you from all of us to all of those who have supported us so far. There is still lots of work to do but we can't wait to see you on the field in 2022.
We wrapped up our winter schedule with an excellent final indoor practice last Sunday (20th), with a bit of flyball work outside on the old astro pitch thrown in for good measure. We've put in a lot of hard work over the last 9 weeks and the improvement in the new players has been vast.
Thank you to everyone who made the effort to attend, as it's a little bit of a trek out to Colcot every week. Special mention for Jimmy, Sam and Martin who were at all 10 sessions including the Tryout. 👏🏻
With indoor practice now over, we head outdoors to Pontcanna Fields to continue our pre-season work. Here's how the upcoming schedule looks:
Sat 26th March: first outdoor practice, 9.45am - 12 noon
Tues 29th March: first Tuesday night practice, 6 - 7.30pm
Sun 10th Apr: First League game for Merlins I, at home to Bristol Bats
Sun 24th Apr: First League game for Merlins II, at home to Bristol Brunels