Experienced baseball manager Tony Harris will take the reigns of the Sydney Blue Sox in 2017-18.
Harris joins the side with plenty of local and international experience as both a player and a coach.
An Adelaide native, Harris started with the Adelaide Giants between 1992 and 1999 and was a three-time ‘manager of the year’.
He was a member of the Australian national team coaching between 1997 and 2009, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Harris was also a minor league baseball coach in the states between 1992-2006 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and a scout for the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates.
“I'm really excited to have the opportunity to lead the Sydney Blue Sox this upcoming season and hopefully draw the best out of the amazing local talent Sydney has to offer,” Harris said.
Harris takes over from previous manager Jason Pospishil, who will focus on his role as high performance manager for Baseball NSW.
The Blue Sox are coming off a tough season, finishing fifth with a 15-24 record in the 2016-17 season.
Harris comes with plenty of ABL experience, having previously coached the Adelaide Bite for three years and was part of the Melbourne Aces coaching staff in 2013-14.
He said he was looking forward to the move to Sydney.
“It's an awesome city and great organisation headed by Mark Marino and the Blue Sox staff,” Harris said.
“We are all very passionate baseball people who only want the best for the Blue Sox and the league.
“We expect to have a great coaching staff together with an exciting mix of young Aussie players supported with selected veterans and handpicked import players from around the globe.
“I believe it's going to be a great year for Sydney baseball and I am very much looking forward to meeting these passionate fans of Sydney I've heard so much about.”