Sport

Canberra Cavalry's Marcus Lemon has no sour grapes over ABL import rules

Canberra Cavalry utility Marcus Lemon says he's "not quitting yet" on his dream of following his father into the Major League, adamant that being cut by his third team in five years will only make it sweeter if he achieves his dream. 

Lemon was offloaded by Detroit Tigers after a two-year minor league stint, and has also spent time at Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves. 

Marcus Lemon will assume a bigger role for Canberra Cavalry against Perth this week.
Marcus Lemon will assume a bigger role for Canberra Cavalry against Perth this week.  Photo: Rohan Thomson

The 26-year-old would have figured more prominently with the Cavalry if not for the Australian Baseball League's import rules, but gets his chance in this week's crucial home series against Perth after a season-ending hamstring injury to Christian Lopes. 

Lemon, whose father Chet played 16 seasons with Chicago Whitesox and Detroit, will assume short stop duties for the remainder of Canberra's campaign. 

The Cavalry (19-19) are equal third with Brisbane heading into their penultimate series against second-placed Perth (21-19), beginning on Thursday. 

Lemon insisted he has no sour grapes over the import rules that have limited his game time, but is keen to prove his worth as Cavalry fight for a top-three spot. 

"I understand the situation. I know how the rulings have been this year and to be honest, I just take it in my stride," Lemon said. 

"Whatever opportunities I get I have to make the best of it, it's better than sitting at home not playing. I love it out here, I'm having a good time."

Lemon said he has spoken with his father about his ongoing battle to crack the big time and hasn't given up hope. 

"We always laugh and talk about it and he said 'keep trying hard', my overall goal is to be a major league baseball player," Lemon said. 

"He retired when I was four and to have him there coaching me every day was a huge influence.

"Every little journey I've taken, the day I get there will make it that much sweeter. I haven't made it yet, but I'm not quitting yet."

The Cavalry will use Thursday's match to raise money for children's charity Ronald McDonald house, with donations to be collected at the ground. 

ABL

Perth v Canberra at Narrabundah Ballpark (Thursday, 7pm; Friday, 7pm; Saturday, 7pm; Sunday, noon).