HAPPY STAY: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a good experience in Australia.
HAPPY STAY: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly had a good experience in Australia. GETTY IMAGES

Clued-up Sherlock enjoys SCG trip

THE Arizona Diamondbacks may have left Australia empty-handed after losing both MLB games against the La Dodgers in Sydney, but the trip still provided great memories for third base coach Glenn Sherlock.

The Diamondbacks embraced their duty of helping spread the gospel of the game worldwide, making three trips Down Under between November and January to promote the series against the Dodgers, and the game itself to a new audience.

"It was a great opportunity for us to come to Australia and help the game, and play the Dodgers in a city that did such a great job preparing the field here," Sherlock told APN.

"It was a great place to play. Very exciting."

The trip wasn't Sherlock's first to Australia.

Before he tasted the exhilaration of a World Series title win in 2001 with the Diamondbacks, he spent a season working his backside off in the Australian Baseball League.

The year was 1993 and Sherlock, a catching instructor at the Yankees at the time, was sent to the Canberra Bushrangers as the team's manager.

Canberra has come a long way as a baseball city since those modest days.

The rebranded Cavalry won the 2012/13 ABL title, before upsetting Asia's best to win last year's Asia Series.

Sherlock said while the sport wasn't professional in Australia back then, the standard of the local players in the competition was high.

"There were a lot of good players. You could see a lot of passion back in those days in the Claxton Shield," he said.

"I think we had six Americans that came over and the Australian kids were working and playing baseball at night.

"So it was difficult for them, but they had a lot of passion for it."

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly may not have been to Australia before the series in Sydney, but he also said the trip was overwhelmingly positive.

"It was a great experience to be able to come here and see the city, and to be able to play in this atmosphere," he said.

"That's all positive.

"I think it was worth it for sure. I wasn't part of the conversations on whether some guys would come or not.

"I didn't hear much about that to be honest.

"It's been worth it. It's out of your routine, but at the end of the day it's something you won't forget."

Mattingly said he believed the injuries sustained by slugger Yasiel Puig (back) and pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) in Sunday's 7-5 victory, and the back

problem suffered by Adrian Gonzalez while sightseeing, were all relatively minor.