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Tampa Takes Over the No. 1 Spot in Collegiate Baseball Newspaper NCAA Div. II Poll

Tampa No. 1 In NCAA Div. II Poll
 

 

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1. Tampa 11-0 480   2
2. West Florida 10-2 456   1
  Central Missouri 4-0 456   3
4. Grand Valley St. 0-0 424   5
5. Seton Hill 5-0 414 RV
6. St. Cloud St. 9-1 404   8
7.   Columbus St. 11-3 370   4
8.   Emporia St. 4-1 368   7
9. St. Mary’s (TX) 13-2 358 11
10.   LeMoyne 4-1 342   6
11. Delta St. 8-1 330 13
12. Tusculum 15-0 310 23
13. North Georgia 9-3 288 26
14. Southern Conn. St. 3-1 256 14
15. Cal. St. Chico 11-3 250 14
  UNC Pembroke 12-3 250   9
17. Franklin Pierce 4-1 232 16
18. Angelo St. 13-2 222 24
19. North Alabama 12-2 198 25
20. Harding 10-2 182 20
21. Georgia College 9-6 166 RV
22. S.C. Aiken 8-4 142 29
23. Catawba 9-4 112 RV
24. Southern Indiana 4-2   98 28
25. Mercyhurst 5-2   74 19
26. Minnesota St.-Mankato 5-1   66 27
27. Abilene Christian 10-5   48 RV
  Cal. St. Monterey Bay 12-6   48 RV
29. Nova S.E. 7-2   38 RV
30. Lynn 9-4   20 RV
  Francis Marion 8-7   20 12

 

 

Also Receiving Votes: Wayne St., MI (16), Cal. Poly Pomona (16), Western Oregon (16), Armstrong Atlantic (16), S. Arkansas (12), Mount Olive (10), E. Stroudsburg (10), Mesa St. (6), California, PA (6), Belmont Abbey (1), Arkansas-Mont. (1), West Texas A&M (1) Texas A&M-Kingsville (1), Florida Southern (1), Sonoma St. (1), Mansfield (1), Shippensburg (1), N. Kentucky (1), Ashland (1), Indianapolis (1), Missouri S&T (1), Winona (1), Wayne St., NE (1), New Mexico Highlands (1), Mass.-Lowell (1), Wilmington (1), Adelphi (1).

Not Reporting: Millersville

Press Release – Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

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FLORIDA NO. 1 IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL NEWSPAPER POLL

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Press Release

TUCSON, Ariz. — The University of Florida (7-1) has been ranked No. 1 in the latest NCAA Division I baseball poll by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.

The Gators, who have been ranked No. 1 for three consecutive polls, have won five in a row. Over the past week, Florida beat Bethune-Cookman, Central Florida and picked up three wins over William & Mary.

No. 2 South Carolina is perfect with a 6-0 record. The Gamecock pitching staff struck out 32 batters in 27 innings of work during a 3-game sweep of Elon over the past weekend and allowed just three runs.

No. 3 Stanford (7-0) has six wins over top 25 opponents this season. The Cardinal swept Vanderbilt and then swept a series against Texas. Stanford outscored the Longhorns in the 3-game set, 28-4.

No. 4 Rice (8-0) swept a 3-game series against Dallas Baptist. It is the best start for the Owls since 2001 when Rice began the season 8-0.

Poll Notes: Other teams have been red-hot to start the season. Four teams have a perfect 7-0 record to start 2012 in Miami, Fla., Georgia, Oregon and Southern California. The surprise team of the year so far is Maryland which is off to a 5-1 record, the best start in 25 years. The Terps have now beaten UCLA two of three and recently went undefeated in the Keith LeClair Classic. Maryland’s pitching staff has a 1.24 ERA, a mark that leads the Atlantic Coast Conference. Six teams fell out of the poll this week in Texas (lost five in a row), Texas Christian (1-3 last week), St. John’s (1-2 last week, 2-4 overall), U.C. Irvine (1-3 last week), Southern Mississippi (2-2 last week) and Georgia Southern (2-2 last week). New to the poll this week is Southern California (7-0), Cal Poly (7-1), Mississippi (5-1), Texas Tech. (7-1), Maryland (5-1) and UCLA (4-3).

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1957 college baseball season.

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Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s

NCAA Div. I Poll (As of Feb. 27, 2012)

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Rank School (Record) Points Previous
  1. Florida (7-1) 497   1
  2. South Carolina (6-0) 495   2
  3. Stanford (7-0) 494   3
  4. Rice (8-0) 492   5
  5. Texas A&M (6-1) 489   4
  6. North Carolina (5-1) 486   6
  7. Arkansas (7-1) 482   8
  8. Miami, Fla. (7-0) 479 12
  9. Georgia (7-0) 477 14
10. Florida St. (6-1) 473 11
11. Arizona St. (5-1) 471 13
12. Georgia Tech. (6-2) 469 10
13. Louisiana St. (5-2) 467   9
14. Louisville (6-1) 465 16
15. Oregon (7-1) 462 24
16. Oklahoma (4-2) 461 17
17. Cal. St. Fullerton (3-3) 459 19
18. Arizona (5-2) 455 22
19. Stetson (6-1) 453 23
20. Clemson (4-2) 449 25
21. Southern California (7-0) 446
22. Cal. Poly (7-1) 443
23. Mississippi (5-1) 439
24. Texas Tech. (7-1) 435
25. California (4-2) 434 20
26. Oregon St. (5-3) 433 21
27. Maryland (5-1) 429
28. UCLA (4-3) 427
29. Baylor (6-2) 426 26
30. Coll. of Charleston (5-1) 424 29

 

 

LOUISVILLE SLUGGER‘S” NATIONAL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

LHP Chipper Smith, Cumberland (TN): Smith fired Cumberland’s first no-hitter since 2004, striking out 14 batters over the 7-inning contest during a 5-0 win over Point Park. Smith allowed only two base-runners on a walk and a hit batter. At one point, he retired 15 consecutive batters.

1B Johnny Coy, Wichita St.: Coy hit .600 (15-for-25) with 8 runs, 3 doubles, 2 home runs and 20 RBI over five games last week. He also had a perfect fielding percentage in 35 chances at first base. His most memorable game was a 4-for-5 effort against North Dakota as he belted 2 home runs and collected 9 RBIs. The 9 RBIs was one shy of the school record.

LHP Brandon Bixler, Florida Gulf Coast: Bixler struck out 12 batters and came within one pitch of throwing a no-hitter in a 9-inning, 5-1 win over Bryant. However, David Soltis of Bryant ripped a 3-2 pitch up the middle for the first hit of the afternoon to ruin the no-no. It was the only hit he gave up.

CF James Ramsey, Florida St.: In four games last week, Ramsey made 19 plate appearances and reached base 15 times. He recorded 6 hits, 7 walks, one hit by pitch and reached on a fielding error. At one point, Ramsey reached base in nine consecutive at-bats.

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Germany: 2012 Preseason News and Notes

GERMANY – The Mainz Athletics have acquired the temporary services of Swedish catcher Bjoern Johannessen. The 37 year-old will play 16 games in the German League before returning to his native club, Stockholm BSK in May.

Johannessen, who batted .364 and drove 30 scores across the plate last year, will join his brother Peter on the A’s Opening Day roster.

REGENSBURG ADDS GERMAN STANDOUTS
The Buchbinder Legionaere have added a pair of national teamers, pitcher Dominik Hartinger and outfielder Eric Harms, for the upcoming 2012 season.

Hartinger, 29, previously suited up for the Gauting Indians, which withdrew from the German League this winter. The righty posted a 2-7 record with 63 strikeouts and an inflated 6.49 ERA a year ago.

The 18 year-old Harms is a member of the junior national team who batted .243 in limited action last year with the HSV Stealers.

HAAR INKS AMERICAN STARTER
The Haar Disciples have signed Indy League journeyman pitcher Nick Renault for the upcoming season. The American will replace Paco Garcia as the weekly foreign game starter.

The 32-year-old compiled a career 26-40 record and a 4.86 ERA in 149 appearances since 2005. The former Pac 10 hurler also punched out 411 batters in 479-plus innings.

DOHREN SIGNS MANAGER, PITCHER
The Dohren Wild Farmers have named former HSV Stealers pitching coach Oliver Bock as its new manager. Bock will welcome new foreign game starter Matt Keplinger, who replaces Garrett Rogers in the starting rotation.

Keplinger went 0-2 with a save and a 6.35 ERA in 22 appearances in 2011 with the University of Nevada

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Italy: 2012 Season Preview

ITALY – Reigning Italian Baseball League champion T&A San Marino will be the early title favorites this upcoming season after a string of clever free agent acquisitions. The 2012 IBL campaign gets underway on March 29.

The Titans (31-11), who won last year’s regular season crown before rallying to beat Danesi Nettuno in a seven-game Italian Series thriller, inked former Cariparma Parma shortstop Marco Yepez to replace Wuilliuans Vasquez. The Venezuelan middle infielder batted .307 and .303, respectively, in two seasons with Parma while playing in 84 consecutive regular season games.

Another key addition will be hard-throwing righty Rodney Rodriguez. The 29-year-old Dominican starter went a dismal 2-8 with a North East Knights squad that dropped 32 of 42 games a year ago. However, Rodriguez sported a nifty 2.99 ERA and 95 strikeouts over 81-plus innings.

Titans general manager Mauro Mazzotti also signed a pair of hitters and pitchers. Daniel Bittar hit .319 with 11 extra-base hits in 2011 with Grosseto, while Joe Mazzuca will be looking to rebound after his batting mark dip seven points to .245 last year.

The pitching staff will be bolstered by talented reliever Yulman Ribeiro and veteran southpaw Chris Cooper. Ribeiro was 1-2 with three saves and a 0.98 ERA last season with Bologna. Cooper had a forgettable 2011 for Grosseto with a 1-5 record and a 6.96 ERA one season after going 4-4 with an impressive 2.38 ERA in 13 starts.

FORTITUDO BOLOGNA (29-13)
The IBL powerhouse has enjoyed a relatively quiet winter. Skipper Marco Nanni welcomes Japanese corner infielder Takahiko Sato, a former Phillies prospect who played seven seasons in the Japanese League. Bologna will once again feature one of the leagues top pitching cast headlined by Jesus Matos, Fabio Betto and Cody Cillo.

CARIPARMA PARMA (28-14)
The defections of pitchers Roberto Corradini and Pedro Orta, along with steady shortstop Marco Yepez and outfielder Rodnet Medina, was not good news. Light-hitting former big leaguer Anderson Machado will be the new shortstop while promising 20-year-old pitching prospect Andrea Pizziconi will be back on native soil after stints in the US minor leagues.

DANESI NETTUNO (25-17)
Nettuno won 17 of their last 24 regular season games a year ago before dropping a seven-game thriller to San Marino in the Italian Series. Former Major Leaguer Kris Wilson will be replaced by Dirk Hayhurst, who made his big league debut in 2008 opposite Barry Zito. Another addition, right-hander Yovany D’Amico, went 3-4 with a 3.31 ERA for Grosseto last year.

TELEMARKET RIMINI (24-18)
The Pirates faded down the stretch last season and failed to make the postseason. But the re-signing of shortstop Brandon Chaves, who hit .351 with 14 extra-base hits in his maiden IBL campaign, was key for an offense that lost sluggers Josh Phelps and Bryant Nelson over the winter. The additions of pitchers Roberto Corradini, Francisco Cruceta, and Carlos Pezzullo should help propel the Pirates into this year’s postseason dance.

GROSSETO BASEBALL (18-24)
The Mike Hartley era begins with optimism as the new IBL franchise should be a playoff contender in 2012. The former big leaguer, who guided the German club Heidenheim Heidekoepfe to the national title in 2009, will be joined by Cuban slugger Rolexis Molina along with right-handers Michael Smith and Panagiotis Sikaras. Other signees includes Greek national team pitcher Theon Bourdaniotis, shortstop Jay Pecci, and catcher Chris Grossman.

NORTH EAST KNIGHTS (10-32)
The Knights have made numerous moves this offseason, but only a pair of signings appear to be significant. Venezuelan right-hander Miguel Pinango, who spent nine seasons in the US minor leagues, will be the new weekly Game 1 starter. Late-game specialist Jose Angel Mejias, who pitched the last two years in Mexico, Bolivia, Venezuela and Colombia, will assume the closing duties.

NOVARRA UNITED (3-39)
Cellar-dwelling Novara improved its talent base with the acquisitions of outfielder Rodney Medina and American pitcher Mitch Waters. Other signings includes Pedro Orta and Antonio Noguera.

Marvin Moore is a freelance writer and former int’l baseball coach. He currently teaches baseball to underpriviliged Filipino boys at the Future Stars Baseball School in Bohol, Philippines.

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Larry Walker and Canadian Ball Hall partner for 2nd year of trophy line

Press Release Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame

London’s Nothers Signs & Recognitions to market unique award Canada-wide

St. Marys – Larry Walker has agreed to lend his image and signature to a second series of team trophies available Canada-wide through Nothers Signs and Recognitions, in partnership with the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. The Fergie Jenkins version of the exclusive trophy was a hit at team banquets from coast to coast last year.

The trophy, available in two sizes, and the medal, available in gold, silver or bronze, are for giving grass roots players something to remember their season by, be it for winning or just participating.

“It is a classy and meaningful tangible for their bedroom shelf, a symbol of how much fun the baseball season was, and hopefully a reminder to sign up again next year,” said Ball Hall director of operations Scott Crawford.

The trophy displays an autographed photo of Walker, the greatest position player Canada has ever produced, who was inducted into the Canadian Ball Hall in 2009. The red maple leaf is incorporated to emphasize that baseball is a proud part of Canadiana, because of the deep heritage of baseball in Canada, and the significant impact that Canada has had on the baseball industry.

“A portion of the proceeds from each award will be donated towards funding the Hall of Fame’s KIDS ON DECK summer camp program,” said Jim Nother, president of Nothers Signs & Recognition.

“This camp helps boys and girls aged 9-15 not only learn baseball and softball, but it also serves as a medium to break down perceived barriers and promote cultural awareness. We praise the Hall for their commitment to this cause, and we felt this was the perfect way to demonstrate our support.”

Walker, born in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, belted 383 career homeruns among his 2,160 hits while compiling a .313 lifetime batting average over his 17-year career, has been giving back to his native country in this regard, as well as by helping coach Team Canada in recent years.

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Sport bringing hope to young people in Zambia

Press Release International Olympic Committee

A delegation led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Jacques Rogge and United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today concluded a visit to Lusaka, Zambia, where it visited the Olympic Youth Development Centre and other community projects in the area.

The delegation said it was pleased with the impact the centre – a pilot project established by the IOC in collaboration with International Federations and the local government – was having on young people in the region since its opening in 2010.

The IOC President and UN Secretary-General met young athletes during a tour of the centre, the first in a series of multi-sport facilities scheduled to be built in developing countries as part of the IOC’s Sport for Hope programme. The aim of the programme is to provide young people and communities in developing countries with opportunities to practise sport and receive education on the values of Olympism.

The Olympic Youth Development Centre has already been visited by thousands of athletes from Zambia and neighbouring countries. The facility includes synthetic football and hockey pitches, a running track, tennis courts, a boxing ring and multi-purpose areas that can accommodate sports such as basketball, handball, weightlifting, volleyball, judo and gymnastics. The centre also offers a wide range of educational programmes, health services and community activities aimed at improving the quality of life in a country ravaged by HIV, poverty, crime and unemployment.

“This is my second visit to the Olympic Youth Development Centre and I am honoured by the presence of the UN Secretary-General – proof of the strong and increasing cooperation between the IOC and the United Nations,” said President Rogge. “Having met with some of the young athletes using the facilities here today, I can see firsthand how sport truly is bringing hope to the young people of Zambia and neighbouring countries. We look forward to replicating this in other parts of the world.

“This impressive centre goes beyond excellence in sport. It helps to educate young people about healthy positive lifestyles, literacy, life skills and gender empowerment,” said the UN Secretary-General. “All of us – the government of Zambia, the IOC and a wide range of UN agencies – are working as a team. Our goal is to make all the Zambian people winners.”

The IOC recently began work on the second Olympic Youth Development Centre in Port-au-Prince, in collaboration with the Haitian government and National Olympic Committee. The centre is scheduled to open in 2014.

The delegation also met young people from the Chiawa Game Management Area, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project, where IOC President Rogge made a financial donation on behalf of the Olympic Movement. The contribution will be put toward renovating the community’s football pitch and dressing room, and providing basic sports equipment. The facilities will feature an information area designed to educate the community on pressing environmental issues in Zambia, such as forest management and biodiversity. The IOC chose the project because it advocates sustainable development among young people using sports development as a tool.

The delegation’s first stop of the day was at the Fountain of Hope centre in Kamwala, where UNICEF’s implementing partner, Sports in Action, is running a project focusing on the rehabilitation of street children and other young people through sport. The project offers formal education and health services using sport as a tool and is part ofInternational Inspiration, the official international sports legacy programme of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The goal of International Inspiration is to enrich the lives of 12 million children in 20 countries by offering opportunities for physical education, sport and play, with all the benefits they bring, such as improved health and self-empowerment.

Other members of the delegation included IOC Vice President Thomas Bach, IOC Executive Board (EB) Member Sam Ramsamy, IOC EB Member Nawal El Moutawakel, IOC Member in Zambia Patrick Chamunda, and UN Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke.

The IOC obtained UN Observer status in 2009. Today, the IOC works with more than 20 UN agencies to build a better world through sport. The IOC is active in assisting the UN Member States achieve their Millennium Development Goals, which aim to make progress in eight priority areas: ending poverty and hunger; universal education; gender equality; child health; maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS; environmental sustainability; and global partnerships.

Courtesy IBAF.org

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Asking for Help from Our Readers on a Video Project

First of all, forgive me for not keeping the site up to date like it should be. I should be back to regular posting this week. The reason I have been lacking in posting is we are undertaking a new project here at Baseball de World, and I’d like some input from our readers.

A few colleagues and I are in discussions for making a documentary on baseball in Korea? Baseball here is an extremely popular sport and it continues to grow at every level.

However, we have not fully decided which direction to take with what exactly to include in the film. So I’d like some ideas from our readers if you might like to chime in.

First of all, what would you like to know about baseball in Korea? Are you only interested in the professional ranks, or would the high school/college levels interest you as well (high school baseball if huge here).

We have not quite decided on a full length documentary or shorter segments focusing on each team in the league or something like that. Which would you prefer or you have a preference?

We are not filmmakers and this will not be a huge budget project. However, with our resources pooled together I think we will be able to put out a pretty good quality product.

This is not something we are looking at to make us rich and famous. Everything we do here is simply for the love of the game. So please share your comments and suggestions. We’d love to hear them all.

Who knows if this were to be enjoyable for us, we might try to expand to other countries around the world and produce a short film on baseball there as well.

Feel free to comment here or drop me an email at esbynum AT baseballdeworld.com

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Eric Bynum

Managing Editor

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Korea: KBO Shortlists Three Cities to Host the 2012 Asia Series

SEOUL – The Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) has announced a shortlist of three cities to host the 2012 Asia Series.  Seoul, Busan, and Incheon are on the shortlist. Each city has a stadium that holds at least 25,000 fans.

This will be the first time the Asia Series will be held in South Korea. Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and China will compete in this years Asia Series. The winners of each league, and a second team from Korea, will compete for the title currently held by the KBO’s Samsung Lions.

The final game will take place on November 11. The rest of the schedule and the venue is still to be determined by the KBO.

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Asian Baseball Executives meet in Tokyo

BFA Executive Committee Meeting took place on February 23 to streamline the Asian competition calendar

The Executive Committee of Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) met in Tokyo on February 23, 2012 to streamline the Asian competition calendar in response to the new Format of International Tournaments adopted by IBAF at its Congress in Dallas last December, as well as to discuss some other important issues, which will be reported to IBAF President by the BFA Secretariat later.

The meeting was chaired by BFA Vice President Yoshinobu Suzuki of Japan, delegated by President Seung-Kyoo Kang of Korea who could not join owing to other pressing needs, and was joined by representatives from China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Korea, Pakistan and Philippines.  The 3 major sponsors, Mizuno, SSK and Nagase-Kenko were also invited to the meeting followed by a joint dinner.

The Executives agreed that the success of reinstatement of baseball in 2020 Olympic Games is crucial for the future development of baseball and pledged support to the works of IBAF Olympic Reinstatement Commission led by President Riccardo Fraccari.

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South Korea: KBO Awards 10th Franchise to Harim

SEOUL, South Korea – The KBO announced the newest franchise team has been awarded to the largest chicken company in the country Harim.

Nothing other than that they have been awarded the newest franchise has been announced as of yet. It is speculated that they will play in the 2nd tier league in 2013 and be ready for the KBO by 2014.

It was announced they will play in North Jun-ra province, and it is thought they will wind up in Jeonju. The Kia Tigers currently play in the southern part of the province.

Last season the 9th franchise was announced in the NC Dinos to begin play in the KBO in the 2013 season. The Dinos will play in Changwon, South Korea.

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South Korea: Former MLB Pitcher Horacio Ramirez Signs with Kia Tigers

GWANGJU, South Korea – The Kia Tigers have announced the signing of former MLB pitcher Horacio Ramirez.

Ramirez spent last season between the big leagues with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and their AAA team in Salt Lake City.

Ramirez went 3-2 with 6 saves with Salt Lake City in 45 games out of the pen with a 3.96 ERA. He also pitched 12 games in relief for Anaheim going 1-0 in 9 innings posting a 6.00 ERA.

For the first part of his career, Ramirez was a starter but he has not been a regular in a rotation for the past few seasons. In his MLB career, Ramirez is 40-35 over 169 games (105 starts) posting an ERA of 4.65.

Ramirez will join Alax Graman with the Kia Tigers as the two foreign imports at the start of the 2012 season.

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Clint Eastwood to Star in Baseball Movie

Last year Brad Pitt and Moneyball put baseball back in the limelight in Hollywood. With all the buzz surrounding last year’s hit, Clint Eastwood is busy making a baseball movie of his own.

Eastwood stars as an aging scout who is taking his daughter on one last recruiting trip. The movie is full of stars with Eastwood, John Goodman, Amy Smart, and Justin Timberlake.

The movie titled Trouble with the Curve is scheduled to be released in late September of this year.

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MLB: League Will Void Orioles Contract with Korean Prospect

Reports are out that Major League Baseball will void the Baltimore Orioles contract with 17-year-old pitcher Seong-Min Kim due to a breach of protocol.

The Korean Baseball Organization filed a letter of protest claiming the Orioles broke protocol by not reaching out to the KBO before signing Kim to a contract. Before negotiating with Korean amateurs, teams are required to make inquiries. The Orioles scout who signed Kim will be banned from attending amateur games by the KBO.

It is possible that the Orioles will face further penalties for what Baltimore executive vice president of operations Dan Duquette called an “unintentional breach of protocol”.

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Division II College Baseball National Poll – Central Missouri on Top

The defending champion University of West Florida Argos are climbing the rankings back up toward the top where they finished the 2011 season. The Argos have started off to a 6-1 record to climb up to #2 in the polls behind Central Missouri (who has yet to play and was the preseason #2). The preseason #1 team, Mount Olive, has fallen to 6th in the polls after losing a game to Wingate (#32).

Rank Team Record Points Previous
1. Central Missouri 0-0 460   2
2. West Florida 5-1 452   4
3. Tampa 6-0 450   5
4. Grand Valley St. 0-0 440   3
5. Columbus St. 6-0 434   9
6. Mount Olive 5-1 404   1
7.   Francis Marion 4-2 382   6
8.   Emporia St. 0-0 378   8
9. Millersville 3-1 330   7
10.   Cal. St. Chico 4-0 318 12
11. St. Cloud St. 4-0 316 13
12. St. Mary’s (TX) 6-1 300 11
13. N.C. Pembroke 8-0 296 16
14. Southern Conn. St. 0-0 288 10
15. Franklin Pierce 0-0 262 14
16. Delta St. 3-0 224 30
17. Western Oregon 7-2 208 25
18. Southern Indiana 0-0 202 19
19. Winona St. 0-0 194 17
20. Mercyhurst 3-0 192 18
21. Armstrong Atlantic 6-0 162 22
22. Southern Arkansas 4-1 140 20
23. Florida Southern 5-2 126 15
24. Cal. Poly Pomona 7-0 122 23
25. Minnesota St.-Mankato 0-0 120 21
26. North Alabama 5-1   58 RV
27. LeMoyne 0-0   44 26
28. Harding 3-0   40 RV
29. Mesa St. 5-3   18 29
  Wayne St. (MI) 0-0   18 30

Also Receiving Votes: Limestone (12), Wingate (12), S.C. Aiken (12), S.E. Oklahoma St. (10), Barry (8), Northern Kentucky (6), Ashland (4), Angelo St. (4), Indianapolis (2), Abilene Christian (2), Tarleton St. (2), Catawba (1), Tusculum (1), Georgia College (1), Cameron (1), Incarnate Word (1), Nova Southeastern (1), Florida Tech. (1), Cal. St.-Monterey Bay (1), U.C. San Diego (1), California, PA (1), Seton Hill (1), Kutztown (1), Slippery Rock (1), West Virginia St. (1), East Stroudsburg (1), Drury (1), Missouri S&T (1), Quincy (1), Nebraska-Kearney (1), Wayne St., NE (1), Augustana (1), New Mexico Highlands (1), Mass.-Lowell (1), Wilmington (1), Adelphi (1).

 

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College Baseball 2012 Preseason Poll

The two time defending national champion South Carolina Gamecocks are back among the top of the national polls, but they aren’t at the top. Florida grabs the nod as the top team in the Division 1 ranks as they return with a load of talent. Arkansas joins the Gamecocks and Gators representing the SEC in the top 10.  The state of Texas claims 40% of the preseason top 10 with Texas (#5), Texas A&M (#6), Rice, (#7), and TCU (#10).

The first games kick off this weekend in what is shaping up to be another great run to Omaha. Below is the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper preseason poll which is the oldest college baseball poll having started in 1958.

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll (As of Dec. 19, 2011)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (’11 Final Record) Points
1. Florida (53-19) 497
2. South Carolina (55-14) 494
3. Stanford (35-22) 490
4. North Carolina (51-16) 488
5. Texas (49-19) 485
6. Texas A&M (47-22) 484
7. Rice (42-21) 482
8. Arkansas (40-22) 479
9. Georgia Tech. (42-21) 476
10. Texas Christian (43-19) 474
11. St. John’s (36-22) 470
12. Louisiana St. (36-20) 468
13. Florida St. (46-19) 465
14. Miami, Fla. (38-23) 464
15. Louisville (32-29) 460
16. Oklahoma (41-19) 458
17. Arizona St. (43-18) 457
18. Georgia (33-32) 455
19. UCLA (35-24) 454
20. Arizona (39-21) 452
21. Cal. St. Fullerton (41-17) 449
22. California (38-23) 447
23. Vanderbilt (54-12) 445
24. Oregon St. (41-19) 443
25. Clemson (43-20) 437
26. Stetson (43-20) 435
27. Oregon (33-26-1) 432
28. Baylor (31-28) 430
29. U.C. Irvine (43-18) 425
30. Southern Miss. (39-19) 422
31. Missouri St. (33-23) 419
32. College of Charleston (39-22) 417
33. Virginia (56-12) 413
34. Georgia Southern (36-26) 412
35. Texas St. (41-23) 408
36. Central Florida (39-23) 406
37. Wichita St. (39-26) 403
38. Jacksonville (37-24) 400
39. Florida International (40-20-1) 397
40. Southern California (25-31) 395
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Coastal Carolina, Oklahoma St., Charlotte, East Carolina, Kent St., Creighton, Oral Roberts, Troy, South Alabama, San Diego, Gonzaga, San Francisco, Fresno St., Hawaii, Dallas Baptist, N.C. State, Alabama, Mississippi St., Auburn, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, Stony Brook, Maine, Connecticut, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, South Florida, Liberty, Winthrop, Purdue, Michigan St., Minnesota, Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas St., Texas Tech., Missouri, Cal Poly, Long Beach St., U.C. Riverside, James Madison, Tulane, Houston, Manhattan, Rider, Central Michigan, Illinois St., New Mexico, San Diego St., Nevada-Las Vegas, Austin Peay St., Samford, Elon, N.C. Greensboro, S.E. Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin, Louisiana-Lafayette, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic, San Jose St., New Mexico St., Cal. St. Bakersfield.Source: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

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Australia: Sydney Blue Sox One Win Away from Trip to Finals

MELBOURNE, Australia – Round 2 of the Australian Baseball League Playoffs kicked off on Wednesday between the Sydney Blue Sox and the Melbourne Aces. Sydney advanced after defeating Adelaide 3-games-to-1 in the first round, while Melbourne found it self in the 2nd round after losing in the first round to the defending ABL champion Perth Heat.

Sydney Blue Sox 7, Melbourne Aces 5

Sydney jumped out to a Game 1 victory as they pounded Aces starter Travis Blackley (L, 0-1) for 7 runs over 7 innings. Blackley gave up 8 hits and walked 3 but did strike out 10.

Sydney fell behind early 3-0 but got on the board with a 4th inning solo home run by Boss Moanaroa (3-for-4).

The big inning for Sydney was the 5th as they scored 5 runs to take a 6-3 lead. Mitch Dening (2-for-4) got the scoring started in the 5th with an RBI single driving home Trent D’Antonio (1-for-3) who led off the inning with a single. With 2 outs, Sydney scored 4 more runs. The first 2 came on a Moanaroa bases-loaded single to right scoring Jacob Younis (1-for-3) and David Kandilas (0-for-3). The next hitter Tyler Collins (1-for-3) drove in the final 2 of the inning with a triple to center putting Sydney up 6-3.

Sydney Starter Craig Anderson (W, 2-0) earned the victory by going 5 innings and giving up 5 runs. Dae-Sung Koo (S, 3) picked up his 3rd save with a scoreless 9th.

On the offensive side for Melbourne, Justin Huber (2-for-3) had 2 hits including a RBI. Dominic Ramos (2-for-5) drove in a pair of runs with a 2-run home run in the 2nd inning to put Melbourne up 3-0.

Sydney Blue Sox 2, Melbourne Aces 7

Melbourne bounced back after Game 1 to even the series at a game apiece with a 7-2 win on Thursday.

Sydney jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the top of the first. Boss Moanaroa (3-for-5) singled to put Sydney on the board and he was followed by a Tyler Collins (0-for-3) sacrifice fly. However, that was all Sydney would get in the game.

Melbourne starter Ben Knuth lasted only 2 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 hits and 1 walk. Reliever Kevin Reese (W, 1-0) picked up the win with 5 innings of scoreless relief allowing 6 hits and striking out 4 along the way.

Sydney starter Chris Oxspring (L, 0-2) didn’t fare as well. He went 5 innings allowing 7 runs on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 6 to take the loss.

Melbourne was led offensively by Justin Huber (1-for-2) who drove in 3 runs in the game including 2 in the first inning on a 2-run home run. Brad Harmon (2-for-4) chipped in with a couple of hits and a RBI. Kevin David (2-for-4) added 2 doubles as Melbourne evened the series up at 1 game apiece.

Sydney Blue Sox 6, Melbourne Aces 2

Game 3 saw a power display by Blue Sox center fielder Mitch Dening (2-for-5) who hit a pair of 2-run home runs to put Sydney a game away from the ABL Championship. Home runs accounted for 5 of Sydney’s 6 runs as Tyler Collins (2-for-4) hit a solo home run in the 2nd inning to put Sydney on the scoreboard.

Sydney built a 6-0 lead before Melbourne got on the board with a run in the 7th and another in the 9th but it was too little too late. Brad Thomas (W, 1-0) pitched 7 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 6 to earn the victory for Sydney. Nic Ungs (L, 0-2) picked up the loss allowing 5 runs in 6.1 innings on 8 hits for Melbourne.

Two players accounted for all of Melbourne’s 5 hits. Justin Huber (2-for-4) hit a solo home run in the 9th inning, and Elliot Biddle (3-for-4) added a double.

The win puts Sydney 1 game away from the finals against Perth. There are no games slated for Saturday with Game 4 coming Sunday at 3:05pm. A decisive Game 5 will follow on Sunday if necessary.

The series winner will then travel to Perth February 10-12 to face off with the Heat in the finals of the ABL season.

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Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 2 Results

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Mexico bounced back from their first loss of the Series and it took 13 innings for the Dominican Republic to keep up its winning ways versus Venezuela.

Puerto Rico 0, Mexico 2

Game 1 of the day saw Mexico rebound from a abysmal offensive performance to pick up their first win of the Series. The offense still wasn’t great, but it was enough to earn the win. Karim Garcia (2-for-4) was the only player with more than 1 hit for Mexico who had a total of 5 on the game. Mexico scored 2 runs in the 4th inning on a Jose Rodriguez (0-for-2) sacrifice fly and an Iker Franco (1-for-3) RBI single.

Two runs was all Mexico would need as it got 7 shutout innings from starter Randy Keisler (W, 1-0) who gave up 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 5. Luis Ayala (S, 1) picked up the save with 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. Matt DeSalvo (L, 0-1) picked up the loss giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 3.2 innings.

Both teams move to 1-1 in the 2012 Caribbean Series.

Dominican Republic 5, Venezuela 2 (13)

The host Dominican Republic team took 13 innings to defeat Venezuela to move out in front of the standings at 2-0. The loss dropped Venezuela to 0-2.

The Dominican Republic jumped out to a 2-0 lead after scoring single runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In the 4th inning, Erick Almonte (2-for-6) got the scoring started with a RBI single to left field scoring Andy Dirks (2-for-6) from 3rd base. They picked up another run in the 5th on a single to center by Pablo Ozuna (3-for-5) scoring Pedro Florimon (1-for-3) to put the Dominican up 2-0.

Venezuela wouldn’t go away though coming back in the bottom of the 7th  to tie the game at 2. Edgardo Alfonzo (1-for-1) got Venezuela on the board with a pinch-hit single to center scoring Luis Maza (0-for-5) who had walked. Cesar Suarez (3-for-6) followed Alfonzo with an infield single to score Miguel Rojas (2-for-5) to tie the game.

The game stayed knotted at 2 until the Dominican broke out with 3 runs in the 13th inning. Florimon led off the inning with a walk. Jose Constanza (1-for-5) promptly sacrificed him to 2nd base. After Ozuna was walked, Dirks game up big with a single to right scoring Florimon. With runners at 2nd and 3rd, Venezuela set up the double play by walking Mauro Gomez (0-for-5) intentionally. However, it back fired as new pitcher Francisco Butto immediately gave up a 2-run double to Almonte.

That was all they would need as Jairo Asencio (S, 2) would come in and close out the game for his 2nd save. Merkin Valdez (W, 1-0) picked up the win with 2 scoreless innings of relief.  Dominican starter Lorenzo Barcelo pitched well going 5 scoreless innings but did not factor into the decision. Jon Hunton (L, 0-1) pitched 1.1 innings of relief taking the loss giving up 3 runs.

Standings
Country Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 2 0 1.000   –
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 1 1 1.000   1
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 1 1   .000   1
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 0 2   .000   2

 

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Dominican Republic: 2012 Caribbean Series Day 1 Scores

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The 2012 Caribbean Series began on Thursday with Puerto Rico facing off with Venezuela and Mexico squaring off with the host Dominican team.

So far the games have been exciting as Puerto Rico led off the Series with a win as Venezuela continues to struggle at the Series after finishing in last place a season ago.

Venezuela 1, Puerto Rico 3

Venezuela got off to a good start by scoring a run in the top of the 1st inning, but that’s all they could muster against the Puerto Rico pitching staff. Nelson Figueroa (W, 1-0) pitched 6.2 innings giving up a single run on a Adonis Garcia (2-for-4) single to pick up the win. Figueroa struck out 8 and gave up only 7 hits. Saul Rivera (S, 1) picked up the save with a scoreless 9th.

Puerto Rico bounced back quickly after being down early by scoring 2 runs of their own in the 2nd inning. Ruben Gotay (2-for-3) supplied the runs on a 2-run RBI single to right field. Jeff Dominguez (2-for-4) added the 3rd run of the game on a RBI single in the bottom of the 8th.

Seth Etherton (L, 0-1) took the loss for Venezuela going 4.1 innings allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 7.

Venezuela looks to bounce back on day two as they will take on the host Dominican team while Puerto Rico faces Mexico.

Mexico 1, Dominican Republic 2

The Obregon Yaquis started their title defense for Mexico against the host Dominican team on Thursday by dropping their match 2-1.  The two teams started off the 2011 Series with a memorable 15 inning game that was won by Mexico 4-3. Mexico defeated the Dominican team twice in last year’s series which was the difference between 1st and 2nd place. The Dominican’s got their payback on Thursday.

Kris Johnson (W, 1-0) pitched 5 superb innings allowing 1 run (0 earned) on 3 hits while striking out 4 to earn the victory. He was followed by a trio of relievers that did not allow a hit or walk for 4 innings to close out the game. Ramon Garcia pitched 2 innings, Jerry Gil pitched the 8th, and Jario Asencio (S, 1) closed out the game in the 9th to earn the save.

All the scoring came early in the game as Mexico jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the top of the 2nd on a Kris Johnson wild pitch. That was all the offense Mexico could muster as they were shut down the rest of the way.

The Dominican Republic bounced back quickly and tied the game in the bottom half of the inning when Pedro Florimon (0-for-3) grounded out softly to second base scoring Wilkin Castillo (1-for-1). The only other run of the game came in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With no outs, the Dominican Republic loaded the bases. Julio Lugo (1-for-4) promptly grounded into a double play scoring Pablo Ozuna (1-for-3) from third base.

Standings
Country Club W L W/L % GB
Flag of the Dominican Republic.svg Dominican Republic Leones del Escogido 1 0 1.000   –
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Puerto Rico Indios de Mayagüez 1 0 1.000   –
Flag of Mexico.svg Mexico Yaquis de Obregón 0 1   .000   1
Flag of Venezuela.svg Venezuela Tigres de Aragua 0 1   .000   1

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