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The Melbourne Aces represented Melbourne, Victoria in the Australian Baseball League when it was re-established in 2010-2011.

Other players have included Adam Blackley, Travis Blackley, Bubbie Buzachero, Josh Davies, Justin Huber, Andrew Mann, and Kevin Reese. Peter Moylan was scheduled to play for the Aces during the 2010-11 season but was recalled to the US.

[edit] 2010-11

The Aces started life in the ABL at the Melbourne Showgrounds, and in their first season they were 18-21 under skipper Phil Dale. Despite playing below .500 they made the ABL playoffs due to the generous four of six team qualification but were swept in two games by the Adelaide Bite.

Aces squad members to be named Player of the Week were Yoshiyuki Kamei (week five and six) and pitcher Adam Blackley (week five and six).

[edit] 2011-12

Melbourne were again under .500 in their second season, finishing 21-24 - but in a competition dominated by the 34-11 Perth Heat the mark was good enough for second in the league - albeit 13 games behind Perth.

The Aces played Perth for the right to advance straight to the championship game and lost the series 3-1. They then faced the Sydney Blue Sox for a spot in the final. The Aces won 3-2, but fell 2-1 to Perth in the best-of-three title match.

Brad Harman was the league leading home run hitter with 15, and Elliot Biddle led the league in RBI with 42.

Player of the Week winners were John Edwards (week 4), Elliot Biddle (week 10) and pitchers Nic Ungs (week three) and Yusei Kikuchi (week five)

[edit] 2012-13

In the third year of the competition the Aces moved to a new stadium - Melbourne Ballpark but collapsed to a last placed 15-31 finish, a full 12 games behind league leaders Canberra Cavalry and six games behind the second last Adelaide Bite.

Despite their last place the Aces had several player of the week nominees. For position players Elliot Biddle in week two and Carlo Testa in week three. Pitcher Adam Bright was named the league's best in week 10.

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