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John Moore

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 198 lb.

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John Moore played in all ten seasons of the Australian Baseball League's first incarnation. He also played for Australia in the 1996 Olympics.

Moore hit .278/.418/.380 for the 1989-1990 Perth Heat when the ABL was formed. He was just 3 for 37 with a double and a triple (though he drew 12 walks) in 1990-1991. In 1991-1992, he batted .317/.509/.463 as a bench player. He was a regular in 1992-1993, producing at a .304/.374/.536 clip. His 7 home runs were third-best in the league behind Tony Adamson and Greg Jelks. He was named the league's All-Star DH. He went 1 for 13 with a walk and a homer for Australia in the 1993 Intercontinental Cup, backing up at catcher, right field, left field and DH. The home run came in a rout of France.

John remained a solid offensive contributor in 1993-1994 (.298/.395/.504) and 1994-1995 (.288/.419/.576, 29 R, 28 RBI in 47 G). He hit .326/.447/.478 in 1995-1996, then played in the Atlanta Olympics. Backing up Scott Dawes at catcher and David Hynes in left field, he went 1 for 10 with a walk, double and five whiffs. His lone hit came off Rob Cordemans in Australia's 16-6 loss to the Netherlands.

Moore batted .301/.424/.509 with 45 runs in 57 games in 1996-1997 and played error-free ball in the outfield. He tied for fifth in the ABL in runs, behind Rich Butler, Mat Buckley, Jelks and Scott Tunkin. He was named a second-team All-Star outfielder behind Grant McDonald, Brendan Kingman and Clayton Byrne. The Perth native hit .267/.339/.514 with 10 home runs and 34 RBI in 47 contests in 1997-1998. He struggled in the 1998-1999 ABL, hitting .198/.291/.310 only.

Just one of 15 players to appear in the ABL's first ten-season run, he ranked among the career leaders in games played (366, tied for 15th with Richard Vagg), RBI (187, 19th, between David Clarkson and Stuart Thompson), doubles (61, tied for 15th with Matthew Sheldon-Collins and Jason Hewitt), OBP (.407, tied for 9th with Jon Deeble), strikeouts (215, 10th) and walks (190, 4th after Ron Johnson, Peter Vogler and Andrew Scott).

When the ABL was replaced by the International Baseball League of Australia, he hit .268/.379/.321 in 1999-2000. He did not play again until the 2004 Claxton Shield, when he was only 2 for 16 with four walks and 3 runs for the Western Australia Heelers. Overall, he had hit .274/.402/.460 with 209 runs and 195 RBI in 387 games in Australia from 1990-2004.

[edit] Sources

  • Flintoff & Dunn Australian Baseball Almanac
  • Old IBAF site
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