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Tigers' Collins Selected to ABL All-Star Team

December 14, 2011 - New York-Penn League (NYPL) Connecticut Tigers

Norwich, CT - The Connecticut Tigers are proud to announce outfielder Tyler Collins' selection to Team World for the inaugural Australian Baseball League All-Star Game. Australia's best homegrown talent, Team Australia, will take on the best international players in the ABL, Team World, in Perth on 21 Dec at 4pm.

Collins, a 2011 member of the Connecticut Tigers, hit .329 with 3 HR and 10 RBI in 21 games for the Sydney Blue Sox. Collins led the led the league with 8 doubles.

The potential audience for the All-Star Game is expected to be one of the largest ever for a baseball game held in Australia, with the match to be broadcast live nationally on Fox Sports and replayed to over 20 Asian countries through the Australia Network and in the United States through the MLB Network.

Team Australia are reunited after their successful run at the recent IBAF World Cup, where they finished as the fifth best baseball team in the world after upsets of host Panama and Canada.

Team World will feature the ABL's best import talent from the US, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, India and Italy and includes three former Major Leaguers as well as players from Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League and the Korean Baseball Organization. For more information on the ABL All-Star game, please visit www.theabl.com.au.

The Connecticut Tigers are the Class-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers and play in the New York-Penn League. The Tigers saw a 23% increase in attendance in 2011 (the 4th highest in Minor League Baseball), and are entering their 3rd season at Dodd Stadium. The Box Office is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, tickets can be purchased over the phone at (860) 887-7962. For more information go online to cttigers.com.

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