With last season’s one-run semi-final defeat to the Harlow Nationals in the 2013 National Championships still fresh in the memory of baseball fans, a big name signing is just the tonic followers of the Grovehill-based Herts Falcons need.
And after securing the signature of Abel Salas for the 2014 NBL season, the Falcons are setting out their stall for success.
Salas plays in the left field, first base and pitcher positions. He pitches and bats left handed adding to a Falcons batting line-up packed with hard-hitting lefties such as Ryan Bird, Phil Clark and Dave Tretheway.
Salas, 35, hails from Mexico but is no stranger to British baseball. He has has previously played in the NBL for the Mildenhall Bulldogs during the 2011 season.
In that year he had a batting average of .405 and slugging average of .568, with 12 runs batted in and only two strikeouts in 37 at bats. He also picked up seven stolen bases.*
As a pitcher, in 22.6 innings he had an ERA of 4.76 with a record of one win and two losses, striking out 19 batters.
When he joins up with the players shortly there will be familiar face for Salas as he will be reunited with his 2011 Mildenhall Bulldogs teammate, John Blose, who joined Herts last year.
The NBL teams are preparing for the new season and the next two months are critical as everyone looks to strengthen ahead of opening day in April.