Australian Rules Baseball

The Dodgers and Diamondbacks should help the game grow Down Under

Originally Published: March 19, 2014
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

When Ryan Rowland-Smith was growing up in Sydney, Australia, about the only exposure most Australians had to baseball was "The Simpsons" 1992 episode "Homer at the Bat," in which Mr. Burns hires nine major league ringers to play on the company softball team.

Rowland-Smith made his major league debut 15 years later against Ken Griffey Jr., which he was happy about because Junior was the only active major leaguer at the time his friends back home in Australia could identify. Friends would ...

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