|Free agent – No. --|
Born: 5 October 1976|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|Olympic medal record|
|2004 Athens||Team Competition|
Gavin Fingleson (born 5 August 1976, in Johannesburg, South Africa) is an Australian switch hitting former professional baseball player. Primarily a second baseman, he has also played designated hitter, third base and first base.
Fingelson is Jewish, and was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. He and his family moved to Australia when he was 11 years old. He was named the Maccabi World Union Australian Sportsman of the Year three times. He played six years for Ku-Ring-gai Stealers Baseball Club youth teams as a teenager.
Fingleson went to Masada College where he played a lot of baseball Fingleson went into the independent leagues in 1999, where he tied for fifth in the Texas–Louisiana League with a .350 average for the Bayou Bullfrogs. In the 1999–2000 International Baseball League of Australia, Gavin hit .386. Had he qualified, he would have led the IBLA in average; he made the All-Star team as the top designated hitter.
In 2000, Fingleson hit .348 for the Catskill Cougars, placing him fourth in the Eastern Division of the Northern League. The Cougars were loaded with Australians as teammates included Greg Jelks, Adam Burton and Brendan Kingman. In the 2000–01 IBLA, he batted .314 to finish fourth in average and third in hits with 49; only A. J. Zapp, Travis Wilson and Glenn Williams had better batting averages. He struck out in only nine of his 156 at bats, the lowest rate in the circuit. He again made the league All-Star team at designated hitter.
Fingleson hit .298 for the 2001 St. Paul Saints of the Northern League. He then went to the Taiwan Major League to play for the Chiayi-Tainan Luka, hitting .369 in 26 games. In the 2001 Baseball World Cup, Fingleson batted .269 as Australia's primary second baseman. After starting the 2002 or for Chiayi, he was released.
Fingleson went 12 for 29 with five doubles, three walks, five runs and seven RBIs for the New South Wales Patriots in the 2004 Claxton Shield. He tied for the most hits and extra-base hits and made the All-Star team at second base. He then signed with the New Haven County Cutters and hit .299 in 37 games.
In 2004, he was part of the Australian Olympic baseball team, that won a Silver Medal in the baseball tournament at the Athens Olympics. He ranked among the Olympic leaders in hits with 13, tied with Brett Roneberg for fifth and RBIs tied with Rodney van Buizen and Eriel Sánchez for third. That year he also played for the New Haven County Cutters of the Independent Northeast League, and hit .299.
With the Claxton Shield, the Fingleson hit .259. He slumped to .231 as Australia's second basemen in the 2005 Baseball World Cup. During the Claxton Shield 2006 tournament, he batted .391 with six runs in six games.
He hit .370 with seven walks in eight games for New South Wales in the 2007 Claxton Shield. In the 2007 Baseball World Cup, Gavin hit .286 with five runs and five RBIs in five games; he played third base and first base.
In October 2009, he was appointed the fielding coach of the Sri Lankan Cricket Team.
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