The Melbourne Aces are a professional baseball team in the Australian Baseball League based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Our home field is the Melbourne Ballpark in Altona. Over the years we have been lucky enough to have many of our players go on to great success in Major League Baseball, including last year’s Rookie of The Year, Ronald Acuña Jnr. Every year we have players from all over the world come and compete from October to February.
The Melbourne Aces are a founding member of the modern formation of the Australian Baseball League, a recognized winter league of Major League Baseball. The 2019/20 season marks both the league and the team’s 10th season of operation.
Over nine seasons of play, The Aces have an all-time record of 177-220 with five trips to the ABL playoffs. 19 current or former Major League players have come through the organization, including Aces’ General Manager Justin Huber and Commercial Operations and Marketing Director, Luke Hughes.
Melbourne began to play in November 2010 under manager Phil Dale. The team finished 18-21 and earned a playoff berth and advanced to the ABL’s semifinal series.
Dale piloted the team to a 76-100 record over four seasons, including a Championship Series berth in the 2011/12 season.
After three last-place finishes in four years, former Team Australia manager Jon Deeble took over the helm of the team ahead of the 2016/17 season. Since the start of Deeble’s tenure, the team has gone 66-54, including a franchise-best record of 26-14 (.650) for the 2016/17 season and automatic Championship Series berth.
Melbourne has made the playoffs for all three seasons under Deeble and looks to make it four straight in 2019/20.
For the first two years of play, the Aces called the redeveloped Melbourne Showgrounds home, before moving to their current home, Melbourne Ballpark, where the team has played home games for the last seven seasons.