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ABL: Jack Murphy ponders return to Canberra Cavalry

Canberra Cavalry cult catcher Jack Murphy refused to rule out returning for a third Australian Baseball League season, especially if they win their way back to a second consecutive Asia Series.

The Toronto Blue Jays prospect played a big role in the Cavalry's inaugural ABL title last season and they specifically asked the Blue Jays to send him back for a second season Down Under.

Murphy jumped at the chance of playing in the Asia Series in Taiwan last year, where the Cavs went on to become champions of Asia in stunning fashion, conquering teams with multi-million dollar payrolls along the way.

The Cavs are looking to win back-to-back Australian Baseball League titles when they play the Perth Heat in a best-of-three championship series. Game one was played overnight.

And if Canberra goes back-to-back, Murphy said the lure of another Asia Series might be enough to bring him back to The Fort.

''I didn't rule [coming back out] last year and I won't rule it out this year,'' he said.


''If we do manage to win there'll be another Asia Series again next year, which is obviously enticing to not only me, but a lot of the guys. It just comes down to how the team comes together and at some point Robbie Perkins is going to have to be the everyday catcher … so we'll just see how it all shakes out over the course of the off-season.''

The 25-year-old has played a lot of baseball in the past two years.

He spent 2012 playing in the high-A and double-A class in the minor leagues for the Blue Jays before his first season with the Cavs.

Then he was invited to Toronto's Major League spring training before playing double-A and triple-A (the level below the Majors) last year.

Taiwan lured him back for a second season in Canberra.

After producing two grand slams on the way to the Asia Series title, Murphy jetted home for a quick Christmas break.

But Murphy said he didn't feel drained by his endless summer.

Of course, Toronto will have the final say.

''I've always liked to play. I get a little over a month off at the end of the season in the States and that's more than enough for me,'' Murphy said.

''I just enjoy playing and we're focused on going to Perth and wrapping this season up with a victory.''


Canberra Cavalry v Perth Heat: At Barbagallo Ballpark, Perth. Game two - Saturday 10.05pm, game three - Sunday 6.35pm (if required). TV: Live on ESPN.