Archive | March, 2012

Toronto Blue Jays Agree to Sponsorship Deal with Baseball Canada

Press Release Toronto Blue Jays

Building off of the agreement with Little League Baseball Canada and continuing with its commitment to amateur baseball in Canada, the TORONTO BLUE JAYS have partnered with Baseball Canada on a sponsorship package for all National Programs.

The Blue Jays will now provide support to all nine National Championships across the country, throughout the summer. Included are full page advertisements in the National Championship program, Blue Jays banners on the outfield walls and sponsorship funds to assist in bringing more recognition to these great championships. Additionally, through club marketing assets, the Blue Jays will provide scores, standings, and registration information for Baseball Canada Championship tournaments over the summer.

Beyond the National Championships, the Blue Jays will host Baseball Canada’s annual Mizuno Elite Camp at Rogers Centre, with Blue Jays Coaching Staff acting as lead instructors. Support will also be provided for the Baseball Canada Coaches Education Program and all National Team Programs are to receive a generous donation from the club.

In partnership with both Little League Baseball Canada and Baseball Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays have created a public service announcement that features; Brett Lawrie, Justin Morneau, and John Axford. The video encourages children across Canada to play baseball, and will begin airing coast to coast in April.

“The Toronto Blue Jays are tremendous supporters of Baseball Canada and are bringing the development and promotion of amateur baseball in Canada to the forefront,” said Baseball Canada President Ray Carter. “From the extremely successful Blue Jays Honda Super Camps to supporting our National Championships and coach education programs, our partnership with the Blue Jays is tremendously valuable and I look forward to seeing it grow in the coming years.”

“Baseball Canada has been a tremendous partner in the past and we are very excited to see this partnership continue to grow. Our goal is to promote and support the growth of the Canadian game at all levels. We continue to develop great relationships with the provincial and local associations across the country. And with the exceptionally dedicated leadership of Ray Carter, Jim Baba and Greg Hamilton at Baseball Canada, coupled with our new partnership with Little League Canada, we could not ask for a better group to help achieve this common goal.” – Stephen Brooks, Senior Vice President, Business Operations

Baseball Canada will also join the Blue Jays and Little League Baseball Canada in presenting the Blue Jays Honda Super Camps in 2012. The 14 camps across Canada will be recognized as Blue Jays Honda Super Camps, presented by Baseball Canada and Little League Baseball Canada. Commencing in Edmonton on July 2 and stopping in every Canadian province before reaching its final destination in Toronto at Rogers Centre on August 29, the 14 camps will build on last year’s successful launch. The camps include instruction from Blue Jays alumni and Baseball Canada instructors, for more information go to bluejays.com/camps.

Below is a list of all nine National Championships.

•Baseball Canada Cup (17 & under All-Stars): August 8-13, 2012 London, ON

•National Pee-Wee Atlantic (13 & under): September 6-10, 2012 St. John’s, NL

•National Pee-Wee Western (13 & under): August 23-27, 2012 Saskatoon, SK

•Bantam Boys (15 & under): August 23-27, 2012 Vaughan, ON

•Bantam Girls International Invitational (16 & under): August 23-27, 2012 Hammonds Plains, NS

•Midget (18 & under): August 16-20, 2012 Québec City, QC

•Junior (21 & under): August 16-20, 2012 Trois-Riviéres, QC

•Senior Men (open age group): August 23-27, 2012 Prince George, BC

•Senior Women Invitational (open age group): July 25-28, 2012 Spruce Grove, AB

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Japanese Officials with Eye on Metal Bat Performance

by Baseball Federation Japan

Kazu TAWA, IBAF 1st Vice President, Koji Aso, IBAF Technical Commission, Ms. Megumi Kitta, IBAF Athlete Commission, Kazuhiro Tanabe, Director of Japan High School Baseball Federation and Masayuki Naito, Secretary General of Baseball Federation of Japan were guests of Mizuno’s Yoro Office in Gifu Prefecture on March 23, 2012 and inspected BBCOR (Bat-Ball Coefficient Of Restitution) Testing machine imported from U.S.A.

Japanese officials wanted to better understand the BBCOR mechanism which may well have impact on metal bats for use at the international tournaments of young players in the near future.

Following the success of new bat standard adopted college baseball games of N.C.A.A. in U.S.A. which showed metal performed more like wood, the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS), which governs high school baseball in the U.S. will start using the same standard this year.

According to N.C.A.A., its Division I batting average, scoring and home runs per game in 2011 resemble the wood-bat 1970s more than they do recent years. Division I teams in 2011 averaged 5.58 runs per game, well off the record 7.12 in 1998 and below 6 for the first time since 1977 (5.83), which was just the fourth season of the aluminum bat in college baseball.

Home runs left parks at an average of .52 per team per game in 2011 compared with .94 last year and 1.06 in 1998 (also the peak year for that category). That resembles wood-bat days, too (.42 in the last year of wood in 1973, and .49, .50 and .55 in the first three years of metal).

Batting average in 2011 was .282, the lowest since 1976. Earned-run average, on the other hand, was its best (4.70) since 1980 (4.59) and the average game time went down.

For younger players, there are organizations like Little League, Pony League, etc. They all full under the umbrella of USA Baseball (USAB). USAB is in the process of establishing new standards that will be adopted by all their daughter organizations (except USSSA, which will continue to use their BPF standard). the new standard specifies a maximum of 0.504 for 12 and under and 0.502 for 13-15.

IBAF is not considering BBCOR bats for use in international tournaments at the moment.

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Pakistan wins 10th West Asia Baseball Cup

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE, March 28: Heroics efforts by pitchers Ihsanullah helped Pakistan to win the 10th West Asia Baseball Cup, after chalking-up a 4-1 win against Sri Lanka in the last league match at the Punjab Stadium here on Wednesday.

The crucial match, which was dominated by pitchers, Ihsanullah led Pakistan in this department in all the nine innings to solely perform the duty successfully as he conceded just one run to make the victory possible. The batters also did good efforts as they managed to score four runs, despite the fact the Sri Lankans were tough in both pitching and fielding.

But credit went to Ihsanullah who made the difference. Ihsanullah, who has imparted two months training in South Korea on scholarship sent down lethal deliveries as Sri Lankan batters remained on defensive.

There was no run scored in the first inning by either side. But Pakistan opened the account in the second inning when Farooq Khan and Iftikhar Ahmed collected one run each to take 2-0 lead for  the team. In the third inning, Pakistan earned one more run through Arslan as it seemed at that moment, the Pakistani batters would get runs frequently in the next innings.

But tight pitching by both sides, did not allow any team to score a run in the next two innings. However, the visitors got their first run in the 6th inning through Peries to reduce the lead 3-1. Again there was no run scored in the 7th inning, as Pakistan plundered its last run in the 8th inning through Asif Mushtaq to seal the fate of the match.

Pakistan remained unbeaten in the event thus it has qualified for the main round of the Asia Cup to be held later this year. Besides Pakistan and Sri Lanka, two other countries which participated were Iran and Afghanistan. Iran came in third while Afghanistan remained at bottom.

Deputy Speaker Punjab Assembly Rana Mashood was the chief guest and he distributed the prizes. He said the foreign teams must have enjoyed their stay in Pakistan. He said Pakistan was a safe country and its people wanted more international activities here and also announced Five Lac for Pakistan Team on behalf of Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shabaz Sharif ,  Mr.Yoo Daewoo Bus Express distribute the Silver Medals to SriLanka Team .D G sports Mr Usman Anwar , Khawar Shah Secretary General PFB,Mohsin Khan Vice President PFB,  Wasal Mohmmad Associate Secretary, Haider Khan Lahri Associate Secretary ,Fakhar Shah, Jamil Kamran Amer Bhatti of Federation Baseball were present.

President Pakistan Federation Baseball Mr. Shaukat Javed praised the efforts of the Pakistan team for earning the top position in the event he also announced award of  upees  Five Lac for team . He thanked all the foreign teams for visiting Pakistan and hoped they had enjoyed their stay here. He said Pakistan had gained good standing in the baseball in Asia and currently it was at the 5th place.

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NHSI: Day 2 Recap – Two Teams from Florida and California Stay Unbeaten

CARY, N.C. – Mater Dei (Calif.) continued its dominance of the top ranked teams handily beating the #1 ranked team today after downing the #2 ranked team yesterday. Along with Mater Dei, Sarasota (Fla.), Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), and American Heritage (Fla.) remain undefeated in the 2012 National High School Invitational (NHSI)

Sarasota (Fla.) 14, Lee County (N.C.) 2

The game was much closer than the score indicates. Lee County (N.C.) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first and held the lead until Sarasota (Fla.) tied the game in the top of the third. The next inning Sarasota would take a 3-2 lead where it would stay until the top of the sixth. Then the flood gates opened and Sarasota scored 5 runs in the sixth and 6 more in the seventh to run away with the victory.

Carroll (Texas) 1, Gulliver Prep (Fla.) 0

Courtney Hawkins was the offense for Baseball America’s #1 ranked team in Corpus Christi Carroll (Texas). He hit a solo home run in the third inning, and was equally impressive on the hill where he struck out 9 and earned the victory.

Oxford (Ala.) 7, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) 1

Tucker Simpson drove in 3 runs going 3-for-3 to lead Oxford (Ala.) on offense. Jackson Stevens was the star on the hill pitching a complete game.

Russell County (Ala.) 8, George Washington (N.Y.) 0

Rock Rucker and Anfernee Grier limited George Washington (N.Y.) to on hit en route to the win. Grier and Trevor Davis both drove in 2 runs to help Russell County (Ala.).

Mater Dei (Calif.) 12, Carroll (Texas) 0

Matter Dei (Calif.), Baseball America’s # 18 ranked team, has run roughshod through the competition so far. After beating up on the #2 ranked Bishop Gorman, they turned around and did it again. This time it was against the #1 ranked Carroll (Texas) team. Ty Moore got the start picking up the win, and he also hit a 3-run home run.

Gulliver Prep (Fla.) 7, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 4

Gulliver Prep (Fla.) had quite a day facing the #1 and #2 ranked teams. However, they bounced back after being shut out earlier in the day to take down #2 ranked Bishop Gorman (Nev.) who has lost 2 straight at the NHSI.

Ricky Eusebio and Eric Nietzel both picked up 2 RBIs  and 2 hits for Gulliver Prep.

American Heritage (Fla.) 4, Brookwood (Ga.) 0

American Heritage picked up 2 runs in the top of the third and that was all they needed. The Patriots pitching shut down Brookwood (Ga.). The win is the second for the Patriots and drops Brookwood to 1-1.

Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) 10, Parkview (Ga.) 3

Harvard-Westlake (Calif.) improved its record to 2-0 with a 10-3 win over Parkview (Ga.). The Parkview Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but could only muster 5 hits in the game. Harvard-Westlake came back strong in the final five innings scoring at least once in each of the frames. In the top of the fourth inning trailing 2-1, the Wolverines scored 4 runs to take control of the game and would not look back.

Sarasota (Fla.) 5, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 3

The Sarasota (Fla.) Sailors picked up their second win of the day. They did their scoring early and then held on for the win. With the game tied 1-1 in the third inning, the Sailors jumped on the Orange Lutheran (Calif.) pitching for 4 runs to take the lead. The Lancers fought back with 2 runs in the fourth but couldn’t come all the way back taking the loss.

Columbus (Ga.) 8, Lee County (N.C.) 3

There was a lot of scoring late in this one. The Columbus (Ga.) Blue Devils picked up single runs in the first, third, and fourth. Then they really opened the scoring with 2 in the fifth and 3 in the sixth to pull out to an 8-1 lead. Lee County tried to battle back in the seventh inning picking up 2 runs but it was too little too late.

The tournament will continue tomorrow with another 8 games scheduled. Match ups have not been announced yet.

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Germany: 2012 MLB Academies Tournament Starts This Weekend

GERMANY – A record-setting eight European baseball academies will field teams at the 2012 MLB Academies Tournament in Regensburg. The week-long competition featuring the top prospects in Europe will be held at the Armin-Wolf-Arena from March 31 to April 6.

Besides host Germany, talented squads from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands will also participate. Top performers will also be recruited for the annual MLB European Academy in Tirrenia, Italy this summer.

Germany slipped past Sweden, 6-5, to win last year’s tournament title.

Visit Legionaere TV at www.legionaere.de/tv for a live stream of the MLB Academies Tournament.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Belgium vs Germany

SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Netherlands vs Germany

MONDAY, APRIL 2
Germany vs Czech Republic
Sweden vs Austria
Italy vs Netherlands
Belgium vs France

TUESDAY, APRIL 3
Czech Republic vs Italy
Netherlands vs Sweden
Austria vs Belgium
France vs Italy
Belgium vs Sweden
France vs Germany

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
Czech Republic vs Netherlands
Italy vs Belgium
Sweden vs France
Germany vs Italy
Austria vs Czech Republic

THURSDAY, APRIL 5
Italy vs Germany
France vs Czech Republic
Belgium vs Sweden
Germany vs Austria

FRIDAY, APRIL 6
Sweden vs Germany

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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Austria: Attnang-Puchheim Athletics Sign American Kris Edwards

AUSTRIA – The GEI Attnang-Puchheim Athletics have signed American right-hander Kris Edwards for the upcoming 2012 Austrian Baseball League campaign.

The 25-year-old Edina product began his college career at UW-Whitewater before arm problems led to Tommy John surgery. He transferred to the University of St. Thomas and was 1-0 with 0.69 ERA and 13 strikeouts in six appearances for the 2009 Division III champion.

Edwards posted an 8-4 pitching mark with a 1.87 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 77 innings for the Tommies in 2010. The following season, he earned All-Region and All-Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) honors by going 4-5 with a 2.72 ERA, seven saves, 69 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 73 innings.

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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Germany: Mannheim Tornados Add American Jeff Beachum

GERMANY – The Mannheim Tornados continued its busy offseason with the addition of American shortstop Jeff Beachum. He joins newcomers LHP Matt Kemp (Head Coach), INF Jordan Dyer, INF Luke Matthews and RHP Jan-Niclas Stoecklin on the 2012 roster.

Beachum was a four-year starter for Middle Tennessee and tallied a school and Sun Belt record 323 career hits. He also holds school records in runs scored (179), at-bats (935) and singles (253), and is tied for first in total bases (415).

The Cordova, Tenn., native signed a free agent contract with the New York Yankees in 2006 and split time between four different affiliates. He played in only 16 games for the Frontier League’s Washington Wild Things in 2008 but still batted .294.

Acquired by the Gary SouthShore Railcats (American Association) via trade, Beachum hit .309 in 73 games in 2009. He also belted two long balls, 14 doubles and drove in 31 runs. A tough hitter to strikeout, he fanned only 21 times in 255 plate appearances.

A natural shortstop, Beachum appeared at all four infield positions for the Railcats in 2010 when he batted .278 in 62 games with five homers and eight stolen bases. He batted .191 in 19 games in 2011, and also played 20 games in Australia with the Northern Districts Baseball Club.

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: Unipol Bologna Kicks Off 2012 with a Win Over Cariparma Parma

ITALY – Jesus Matos regrouped after a rocky start to throw five strong innings, and Unipol Bologna knocked off Cariparma Parma, 7-2, Thursday night in the 2012 Italian Baseball League season opener.

Matos surrendered a leadoff home run to Parma outfielder Stefano Desimoni in the bottom of the opening frame, and issued another score an inning later when Riccardo Bertagnon walked and later scored on a throwing error. However, the veteran righty allowed just an infield hit over the next three innings to earn the decision.

Bologna, which did not re-sign sluggers Julio Ramirez, Joe Mazzuca ,Edgar Clemente and Juan Pablo Angrisano, capitalized on a porous Parma defense to plate five early scores.

Leonardo De Donno’s bases-loaded walk in the second knotted the score at 1-1, and a pair of fielding blunders in the same frame padded the lead to 3-1.

The visitors added two more scores an inning later on Juan Carlos Infante’s two-run single. Marco Sabbatani pushed the score to 6-2 with an RBI fielder’s choice before second baseman Alessandro Vaglio finished off the scoring with a run-scoring double.

Matos (1-0) scattered one earned run , four strikeouts and one walk over five two-hit innings. American Cody Cillo followed with three scoreless relief frames and Nicholas Pugliese collected the final three outs.

Vaglio and Japanese outfielder Takahiko Sato paced Bologna with two hits apiece.

Parma starter Angel Salazar (0-1) was tagged with the loss after a grueling 115 pitch outing in just four innings.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29
Unipol Bologna 7, Cariparma Parma 2

FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Unipol Bologna vs Cariparma Parma
Grossetto Baseball vs Godo Knights
Novara United vs T&A San Marino
Telemarket Rimini vs Danesi Nettuno

SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Unipol Bologna vs Cariparma Parma
Grossetto Baseball vs Godo Knights (DH)
Novara United vs T&A San Marino (DH)
Telemarket Rimini vs Danesi Nettuno (DH)

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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The Netherlands: Red Sox Release Dutch Pitcher Swen Huijer

THE NETHERLANDS – The Boston Red Sox have released Dutch right-handed pitching prospect Swen Huijer after four minor league seasons.

The 21-year-old Haarlem reliever posted a 2-2 record with a 2.43 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 40-plus innings for the Lowell Spinners in the NY-Penn League.

Huijer, who is expected to join Corendon Kinheim in the Dutch League, compiled a 11-6 career mark with a 3.15 ERA in 51 appearances.

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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2012 MLB Academy Try-Out Schedule

ITALY – This spring, the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau will run try-out sessions for players interested in attending the 2012 MLB European Academy in Tirrenia, Italy. The try-out sessions will take place at four venues in Europe between May 8–11. To ensure that every player is evaluated thoroughly, sessions will be limited to a maximum of 60 players.

Players attending the try-outs must fulfill at least two of the following three criteria:

• Ages 15 to 19 years old
• Be members of their nation’s cadet, junior or senior national teams
• Have been participants in the 2009, 2010 or 2011 MLB European Academy in Tirrenia.

Players who attended the MLB European Academy in previous years will be strongly considered for the 2012 Academy if they will be under 20-years-old on August 31, 2012 and if they have shown continued improvement from last year. However, these players will not be guaranteed a place at the Academy and will have to try out for a roster spot like the other players.

Players must be pre-registered with Major League Baseball to attend one of the try-out sessions listed below. To nominate a player, send their information – including birth date, positions played and email address – to the Major League Baseball office in London (attn. Jason Holowaty) by Friday, April 5th.

2012 MLB Academy Try-out Schedule

May 08 – 15:00 – Mainz Athletics Baseball Club (Germany)
May 09 – 15:00 – Pim Mulier Stadium (Netherlands
May 10 – 15:00 – Eagles Prague Baseball Club (Czech Republic)
May 11 – 15:00 – Eagles Prague Baseball Club (Czech Republic)

* The May 10th session in Prague will be for Czech players only. The session on May 11th will be open to players of all nations.

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: Italian Baseball League Kicks Off This Weekend

ITALY – A pair of former champions will unwrap the 2012 Italian Baseball League season Thursday night when Unipol Bologna tackles Cariparma Parma in the season opening game at Parma’s Cavalli Stadium.

Other opening weekend matchups includes Grosseto Baseball hosting the Godo Knights; San Marino heading to Piedmont to clash with Novara United; and Nettuno visiting Rimini to battle the Pirates.

Bologna, which won the 2009 Italian Series, finished second a year ago with a 29-13 regular season card. Veteran right-hander Jesus Matos anchors a pitching unit that allowed a paltry 2.9 runs a game in 2011, while outfielder Claudio Liverziani returns from suspension to bolster a “suspect” offensive attack.

Parma bagged the IBL crown in 2010 and placed third last year with a 28-14 record. Versatile starter/reliever Marco Grifantini will start the season on the sidelines and will be replaced by another American hurler, Adam Clerici. Other new faces includes Osman Marval, Andrea Pizziconi, Angel Salazar and Anderson Machado.

T&A San Marino took the regular season title last year with a 31-11 mark before knocking off Danesi Nettuno in the Italian Series.

THURSDAY, MARCH 29
Cariparma Parma vs Unipol Bologna

FRIDAY, MARCH 30
Unipol Bologna vs Cariparma Parma
Grossetto Baseball vs Godo Knights
Novara United vs T&A San Marino
Telemarket Rimini vs Danesi Nettuno

SATURDAY, MARCH 31
Unipol Bologna vs Cariparma Parma
Grossetto Baseball vs Godo Knights (DH)
Novara United vs T&A San Marino (DH)
Telemarket Rimini vs Danesi Nettuno (DH)

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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Dodgers and Frank McCourt Announce Agreement with Guggenheim Baseball Management

Press Release Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, March 27, 2012 – The Los Angeles Dodgers and Frank McCourt today announced an agreement under which Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) will acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion upon completion of the closing process.  The purchasing group includes Mark R. Walter as its controlling partner, as well as Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly.  Mr. McCourt and certain affiliates of the purchasers will also be forming a joint venture, which will acquire the Chavez Ravine property for an additional $150 million.

The Los Angeles Dodgers stated, “This transaction underscores the Debtors’ objective to maximize the value of their estate and to emerge from Chapter 11 under a successful Plan of Reorganization, under which all creditors are paid in full.”

Frank McCourt stated, “This agreement with Guggenheim reflects both the strength and future potential of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and assures that the Dodgers will have new ownership with deep local roots, which bodes well for the Dodgers, its fans and the Los Angeles community.  We are delighted that this group will continue the important work we have started in the community, fulfilling our commitment to building 50 Dream Fields and helping with the effort to cure cancer.”

Earvin “Magic” Johnson stated, “I am thrilled to be part of the historic Dodger franchise and intend to build on the fantastic foundation laid by Frank McCourt as we drive the Dodgers back to the front page of the sports section in our wonderful community of Los Angeles.”

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NHSI: Day 1 Recap Features 1-Hitter

CARY, N.C. – Day 1 of the National High School Invitational (NHSI) has come to a close with a couple close games, a 1-hitter, and a couple runaways. Three teams from California picked up wins, while the three teams from Georgia went 2-1 collectively.

American Heritage (Fla.) 6, Oxford (Ala.) 2

Esteban Puerto drove in 2 runs as American Heritage High School (Fla.) opened the 2012 NHSI with a win over Oxford (Ala.) on Wednesday. American Heritage ran out to a 5-1 lead and held on for their first win of the tournament.

Harvard Westlake (Calif) 6, Russell County (Ala.) 2

Harvard Westlake (Calif) got a great start out of sophomore Jack Flaherty to pick up their first win in the 2012 NHSI. Harvard Westlake is without one of the top pitching prospects in the country, Lucas Giolito. Giolito is considered a top 10 prospect for the June draft, but he is sidelined right now with a strained ligament in his pitching elbow.

Russell County (Ala.) had a 17 game winning streak heading into the day’s match up.

Brookwood (Ga.) 7, Highlands Ranch (Colo.) 0

Lucas Sims struck out 11 while giving up only 1 hit to Highlands Ranch (Colo.) in 6 innings to pick up the win for Brookwood (Ga.). Ryan Woodard added a double and 3 RBIs to lead Brookwood at the plate.

Parkview (Ga.) 11, George Washington (N.Y.) 3

The Parkview (Ga.) Panthers roughed up George Washington (N.Y.) starter Kevin Torres for 8 runs en route to a victory. Edwin Arias, Rob Youngblood, and Matt Olson each drove in 2 runs. Olson also picked up the win on the hill. The Parkview bats were helped by 5 George Washington errors and 7 walks.

Orange Lutheran (Calif.) 1, Columbus (Ga.) 0

Orange Lutheran (Calif.) got a run in the first inning, and that’s all they needed as they made it hold up. Their lead off hitter was hit by a pitch. He then moved to third base on a couple ground outs before scoring on a Tommy Bell single.

Kyle Carter went the distance for Columbus but took the loss.

Mater Dei (Calif.) 10, Bishop Gorman (Nev.) 3

Number 18 in the Baseball America Top 25 Mater Dei took down the #2 ranked Bishop Gorman to open up their 2012 NHSI.

Mater Dei got 8 runs in the top of the 3rd inning after falling behind 2-1. They pounded out 6 doubles. Davis Tominaga pitched a complete game for the win. Ryan Barr , Tyler Adkinson , and Austin Grebeck all drove in a pair of runs for Mater Dei.

Schedule for Thursday March 29
Sarasota vs Lee County 9:30 am
Gulliver Prep vs Carroll 9:45 am
Highlands Ranch vs Oxford 10 am
George Washington vs Russell County 12:30 pm
Mater Dei vs Winner Gulliver Prep/Carroll 1:05 pm MLB.com
Bishop Gorman vs Loser Gulliver Prep/Carroll1:15 pm
Brookwood vs American Heritage 3 pm
Parkview vs Harvard-Westlake 3:45 pm
Orange Lutheran vs Winner Sarasota/Lee County 4:35 pm MLB.com
Columbus vs Loser Sarasota/Lee County 5:30 pm

For more information on the NHSI visit USABaseball.com

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Iran Wins Bronze Medal in 10th West Asia Baseball Cup at Punjab Stadium

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE, March 27: Iran routed out Afghanistan 14-0 to secure the third position in the 10th West Asia Baseball Cup at the Punjab Stadium here on Tuesday.

As both Iran and Afghanistan could not win before this game, Iran with this big victory seized the third spot, while Afghanistan remained at the bottom in the four-nation contest. The last league match, which will also decide the winner of the cup, is set to take on between Sri Lanka and the hosts Pakistan on Wednesday. Both Pakistan and Sri Lanka knocked home with big margin wins against their rivals, as a grueling fight for the supremacy is being expected between the two. But Pakistan will enter as hot favorite due to its world ranking of 21st, against around 33rd of the Sri Lankans.

Meanwhile, in the one-sided match, Iran dominated the proceeding from start to finish against Afghanistan. While its batters kept scoring, their pitchers well stopped the rivals’ batters to earn a single run.

Iran earned three runs in the first inning as Babak Mohmani, Kayan Rana and Abtin contributed one run each.

In the second inning, Majid Pashayi scored the solitary run to increase the lead of Iran 4-0. In the third inning, the winning side added three more runs as Babak, Kayan and Jawad Ghauri all making one run apiece to make the score 7-0. Yasim Sharifi and Kayan kept the scoreboard ticking for Iran chipping in with one run each in the fourth innings as the lead has been further increased to 9-0.

Iran’s batters continued their domination and went to add two more runs in the fifth inning as Yasim and Majid were the scorers to make the overall lead 11-0. The last inning saw, Iran showing no mercy for Afghanistan and plundered three more runs one each through Kayan Rana, Jawad Ghouri and Nima Baghernia to complete the tally.

Director General Sports Board Punjab Mr. Usman Anwar was the chief guest  and Shaukat Javed President Pakistan Federation Baseball ,Khawar Shah Secretary General Pakistan Federation Baseball,Mohson Khan, Haider Lahri, Asif Iqbal Khan official  of Pakistan Federation baseball were present at  the occasion.

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MLB.com To Stream Seven NHSI Games

DURHAM, N.C. – USA Baseball recently announced that seven games from the National High School Invitational (NHSI) will be televised on MLB.com. The games will be shown using MLB’s production crew and streaming technology.

The NHSI is one of the premier high school tournaments in the country. It will feature 16 of the top high school teams from around the country. It will feature some of the top talent in the country including several teams currently ranked in Baseball America’s Top 25.

The schedule for the televised games is as follows:

• Wed., Mar. 28: No. 10 Harvard Westlake vs. Russell County, 1 p.m.
• Wed., Mar. 28: No. 18 Mater Dei vs. No. 2 Bishop Gorman, 4:30 p.m.
• Thurs., Mar. 29: Round 2 game featuring two 1-0 teams, 1 p.m.
• Thurs., Mar. 29: Round 2 game featuring two 1-0 teams, 4:30 p.m.
• Fri., Mar. 30: Round 3 game featuring TBD teams, 3 p.m.
• Fri., Mar. 30: Round 3 game featuring TBD teams, 6:30 p.m.
• Sat., Mar. 31: Gold medal game, 12 p.m.

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Interview: Filmmaker John Fitzgerald

Filmmaker John Fitzgerald brought us The Emerald Diamond, about the Irish National Baseball Team and Baseball Ireland. He also brought us Playing for Peanuts, a 10-episode documentary on a minor league baseball team. Recently, he took some time to answer a few questions for us. Here is what he had to say.

Your first baseball documentary was “The Emerald Diamond” about the Irish National Baseball Team and Baseball Ireland (the governing body). What was your inspiration for making the film?

At the time, I was working as a Production Assistant on some big budget  movies and TV shows – Ladder 49, NYPD Blue, etc. – but I wanted to do my own stuff. I also wanted to play baseball for Ireland. Because I wasn’t eligible to play for Ireland in the European Championships, I decided to make a documentary instead to help them get their story out there.

How much did you know about Irish baseball before taking on the film project?

I probably knew about half of the story that ended up in the film. I had already had several conversations – via phone and email – with the players and coaches. At that point, I was still hoping to play for Ireland, so I wasn’t asking questions with the intention of making a documentary. I just thought the story was fascinating and I couldn’t believe I had never heard the story before, since I’m a huge baseball fan and I’m of Irish descent.

The film has received a lot of critical acclaim, yet I have read you had never produced a documentary before. What was it like to do it for the first time? Did you have experience with shorter projects?

It was alot of work. I had directed a short film and I had worked in film/TV production before, so I knew how to manage a project – budgets, logistics, that sort of thing. My good friend Bill Winters is an accomplished cinematographer, so he was able to help whenever I ran into difficulty. Besides that, it was mostly a trial and error process. But I learned alot! And quickly!

Your next baseball project was “Playing for Peanuts” where you followed around the minor league team the South Georgia Peanuts. Where did you get the idea to do this project?

I wanted to do a story similar to The Emerald Diamond, but this time I wanted to follow a team somewhere in America. Much of the themes in the two documentaries are the same – the love of the game, playing for little or no money and learning to overcome long odds to succeed as the underdog.

You produced a 10-episode series. How much of the season did you spend with the team?

I was with the team for about 75 games of a 90-game season. We had a small crew of camera operators and we also worked with the local news station to make sure we had all our bases covered, so to speak.

How much access were you granted by the manager, former big leaguer, Wally Backman?

We had total access from Wally and from the league. I think they both understood that they had nothing to gain from limiting our access.

What kind of feedback have you gotten on the series? Did you get any feedback from the guys on the team that are in the series?

The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. And it continues to this day, in large part due to the fact that the league folded after one season. So Playing for Peanuts sort of stands as the definitive look at a baseball league that otherwise would’ve disappeared from people’s memories. When you think about it, there must be some amazing stories of leagues, teams and players that have simply been wiped from history because nobody was there to document it. It’s kind of sad in a way. I’m just glad that we were able to capture something that will never happen again.

Can you tell us a little bit about the production process of a documentary? For instance, how many hours of film go into an hours worth of finished product?

That really depends on what is being filmed at any given time. For instance, whenever Wally Backman was ejected from a game, we knew we would be using virtually all of the footage. But then there are times when we would film an entire 3 hour game and none of the footage would be used because nothing interesting happened. But that didn’t happen often because we always had Wally Backman and a few of his players wearing microphones during the game. It’s very easy to get interesting footage when players and coaches are mic’d up! Something as seemingly mundane as a manager visiting the mound to change pitchers can be very entertaining.

Your new baseball project is Baseball United. Can you tell us a little bit about what you are trying to do?

Baseball United is a social network and statistics website for amateur baseball teams. After making The Emerald Diamond and Playing for Peanuts, I realized two things: 1.) making films costs a lot of money that I don’t have and 2.) There are too many great stories to cover – there just aren’t enough camera crews in the world to do it!So I created Baseball United as a way for teams to tell their own stories through the videos, photos and comments that they post. And part of the website is a statistics software that lets them keep track of stats. Most importantly, there will be a way for teams to accept donations through the website. I think that will be especially helpful for international club teams and national teams in places like Europe. I encourage all players to sign up at BaseballUnited.net. And coaches can get their teams on the site too.

Lastly,  do you have any words of advice for an aspiring documentary filmmaker?

The landscape has changed so much in the past few years. If you want to make a documentary, get a cheap digital camera and go shoot it! But keep things small until you know what you’re doing.Practice by shooting interviews and B-roll footage. Post it to YouTube. Start conversations with other aspiring filmmakers on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. Learn from your mistakes and from the feedback you get online. And don’t quit your day job. If you really love doing it, you should love doing it for no money. If you wind up making some money off of it, that’s great, but documentary filmmaking isn’t very profitable to begin with. So do it for the love of doing it. Sort of like the people in The Emerald Diamond and Playing for Peanuts.

We’d like to thank John for taking the time to answer some questions. If you haven’t seen either film, you should pick them up today. Both are well put together and well told stories. You can visit ThatBaseballShow.com to order the videos or you can find them on sites like Amazon as well. You can also see video clips from Playing for Peanuts on YouTube. Don’t forget to check out John’s new project over at Baseball United.net as well. You can find more info on FaceBook too.

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Italy: Danesi Nettuno Signs Juan Figueroa; Hayhurst Does Interview

Juan Figueroa has signed with Danesi Nettuno replacing the departed Dirk Hayhurst. The veteran from the Dominican Republic has been pitching in Italy since 2005 where he has won two championships. Figueroa is not considered a foreign player since he married an Italian woman last year.

Nettuno has also received a visa exemption with the Hayhurst deal falling through. The former Major Leaguer and best-selling author Hayhurst recently talked about his brief time in Italy on a radio show. If he had only stayed, I think he would have had a third best selling book with what he might have seen. Listen to the interview here.

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Website of the Week: College Baseball 360

This week we bring you one of, if not the best, website when it comes to covering college baseball in College Baseball 360.

The guys there cover college baseball from the major colleges in Div I to DII and DIII as well. Each week they come out with their own top 50 poll. But there is so much more to the site.

On top of the top 50, they have schedules of all the teams, statistics, news from all the leagues, interviews, podcasts, and so much more.

If you are a fan of college baseball, this is the site you want to follow. Head on over to CollegeBaseball360.com and check out their great work. You can also follow them on Twitter @CB360Updates, or follow them on FaceBook.

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Video of the Week: The Isotopes Ballad of Rey Ordonez

This week’s video is a music video coming from The Isotopes. They are a baseball punk rock group that did a great song and video on the former defensive wizard of the New York Mets, Rey Ordonez. The video highlights some amazing plays that Ordonez had through his career. Enjoy…

You can find more of The Isotopes music on their website at theisotopes.bandcamp.com/.

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Pakistan Shuts Out Afghanistan on 2nd Day of West Asia Baseball Cup

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE, March 24: A grand slam hit by Umair Bhatti was the significant performance in Pakistan another convincing 18-0 win in the 10th West-Asia Baseball Cup against Afghanistan at the Punjab Stadium here on Saturday.

Pakistan made an explosive start getting six runs in the first inning as their Arif Senior, Imtiaz Ali, Arshad Khan, Mohammad Asif, Iftikhar Ahmad all contributed one runs each, before Umair Bhatti earned the distinction of grand slam to make 6-0 lead of Pakistan.

In the second inning, Pakistan maintained their offensive game as while Afghanistan were failing to cope with the fine pitching of Pakistani pitchers Hafiz Usman and Ihsanullah, added five runs as Muhammad Arslan, Imtiaz Ali, Arshad, Farooq Khan and Asif all shared the scoring honours.

In the next inning, Pakistan collected five more runs one each through Muhammad Usman, Nasir Butt, Asif, Mussadiq Hanif and Imtiaz, who hit the home-run to increase the lead to 16-0.

The Pakistani batters, after establishing a big lead , showed complacency as they added one run each in the 4th and 5th inning. While Usman scored in the fourth inning, Asif made in the 5th inning to seal the fate of the match.

Overall, for Pakistan Asif remained top scorer with four runs, while Imtiaz contributed three runs. Arshad, Usman added two runs apiece. Iftikhar, Arif senior, Mussadiq Hanif, Nasir Butt, Umair Bhatti (grand slam), Farooq Khan and Arslan chipped in with one run each.Chief guest was Zardasht Shams Cultural Attache Embassy Of Islamic Republic Of Afghanistan

Sri Lanka will meet Iran on Sunday at 2.00pm.

Syed Shahid Ali Shah Member international Olympic Committee (Pakistan )/ President Punjab Olympic association will be chief Guest a Iranian Consulate General  Mohammad Hossain Bani Asadi will be Guest of Honor.

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Interview: White Sands Pupfish Coach Ryan Parent

Today we talk with the first base coach of the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League Ryan Parent. Ryan was kind enough to answer some questions for us about his playing days and now his venture into coaching.

Can you tell us a little bit about your baseball career before joining the Marines?

Well prior to Joining the Marines my baseball career was mostly high school. I had a couple of Jr Colleges that were interested
But i didn’t have the money to attend the schools. I had been living on my own since I was 18, so at that time money was tight. I was playing some adult ball at the time and was spotted by a scout from the White Sox, but again lack of money got in the way.

During your time with the US Marine Corps you played for the “Heroes of the Diamond” (the US Military All-Star Team). What was that experience like, and what teams would you play?
That was probably one of the greatest experiences I have ever had. The coaches on that team are second to none and Terry Allvord runs a great program and puts on a wonderful show for a great cause and I am very grateful to have been a part of it. Due to being on Active duty my unit would not allow me to travel with the team so i was only allowed to play when they were in the area. One of the teams we played were the SO. MD Blue Crabs, and with the help of one of the Military coaches I was able to get the gig as the Blue Crabs bullpen catcher.

During the 2010 season you were apart of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League as a bullpen catcher. What was that experience like?
To get a chance to catch for guys who have been in the show and guys who had high professional experience was great. The coaches were awesome there too.I was treated like a member of the team. I owe a lot to Butch Hobson for allowing me to be able to come out and Jeremy Owens for working with me. Jeremy will make a great coach when he is done playing. They were very classy and fun group to be around and I am forever thankful for that experience. But due to my active duty work schedule my time with them was cut short but I was grateful for every moment of it.

A lot of us saw the article about you in the Yuma Sun newspaper. At that time you were playing in the Arizona Winter League trying to catch on with a team. You fought some injuries during that time. Can you tell us how your time went in Arizona?
Yeah I was fighting an elbow strain and it turns out I probably need Tommy John surgery, so since the rehab takes a year and im getting too old to be chasing playing dreams anymore so I decided to give coaching a shot, but my time in Arizona was a blast. I met some great guys who a lot of them I still keep in touch with. The coaching in that league was top notch. We were able to get a lot of attention from the coaches and they were willing to work with you to help you become a better player. My coach Benny Castillo was a great coach and helped me out a lot and spent many hours in the cages with me helping me with my swing. He knows a lot about the game of baseball and was teaching me the coaching side of the game at the end of the season. He even let me manage our winter league team for the last two games of the season and was helping me understand when to make certain moves and to look at certain situations that i might not have ever thought of as a player.

You signed on to be a coach with the White Sands Pupfish of the Pecos League. Was this a product of your time in the Arizona Winter League?
Honestly I don’t know. I would like to hope so. Half way through the AWL when i decided that playing pro ball just wasn’t in the cards I started to pick the brains of Benny and Brooks Carey, who was another coach in the AWL, but anyways i started to gain a passion for the other side of the game and they were able to teach me a lot about coaching and managing a team and a game. Since I love to teach others I thought it was a better fit. But the ironic side of it just happened that I was able to catch the attention of Chris Paterson this past winter and he was willing to offer me a coaching job for the summer and I am honored to be able to be a part of a new league and a great team.

Can you tell us a little bit about your duties for the Pupfish?
To do what the Manager tells me to do… ha.. Well I will have many hats this summer for the Pupfish. But as of right now i am slated to work with the catchers and to serve as the first base coach. But seeing that the town is located next to a big air force base they are hoping that I can use my military back ground to help us with the mostly air force population and to earn a good relationship with the base. I will also be helping run clinics for the youth on the base.

You are going to be learning under one of the best young managers in the independent leagues. Do you hope to find yourself in a managerial position in the future?
I would love to have my own team one day, but for now I’m just hoping to be able to learn from Chris as best I can to help set me up to manage my own team one day god willing. Chris is a very wise baseball man and I couldn’t be in a better situation to help start my baseball coaching career. I hope after a year or two I can find a club that’s willing to give me a shot a being the manager. But I still have a lot of learning to do and I am sure that Chris can help prepare me to one day manage my own team. My goal is to maybe one day be able to get a coaching job in affiliate ball, but at this point in my career I’m not picky, as long as I can continue work in the game I love and to be able to teach skills to players then I’m very happy. Although I am now a reservist in the Marine Corps so I hope that I will be able to work with my Coaching Career and still be able to serve.

But I would like to say that I am very blessed to have been given this chance to coach in professional baseball and to be a part of a great new league. I had a chance to fly out to New Mexico a couple of months ago and had a chance to meet the league head, Chris Paterson and our Booster club president Wally Anderson and I can say that this league and our team have a big future ahead of them and I am very happy to be a part of this season and I hope I can help us win and have successful season.

For those who would like to follow us this season you can go to our website at whitesandspupfish.com or can follow us on face book by searching pupfish booster club.

We’d like to thank Ryan for taking some time to answer questions for us, but we’d also like to thank him for his continued service to his country in the Marine Corps.  We wish him and his team the best of luck this season. Join us in following Ryan’s team by visiting the Pupfish’s website at whitesandspupfish.com or join the conversation on Face Book at the Pupfish Booster Club.

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Pakistan Crush Iran 11-0 in Opener of 10th West Asia Baseball Cup

Press Release Pakistan Federation Baseball

LAHORE, March 23: Pakistan made a flying start in the 10th West-Asia Baseball Cup, crushing Iran in the opening match 11-0 at the Punjab Stadium here on Friday.

The Iran team, which was looking a strong and restricted Pakistan from scoring any run until Arshad Khan hit a home-run in the second inning, later failed to give significant resistance mainly due to the fine pitching of the Pakistani pitchers.

Pakistan earned their second run through Muhammad Asif in the third inning. In all Asif contributed three runs. Pakistan was more offensive in the fourth and fifth innings as they added five runs. While in the fourth inning, Asif and Iftikhar Ahmad contributed one run each, in the fifth inning Arshad , Farooq Khan and Asif added one run apiece as Pakistan were leading with a comfortable lead of 7-0 by the end of the fifth inning.

While Iran failed to response, the aggressive Pakistan team made one more run in the sixth inning through Arslan to take 8-0 lead. In the seventh inning, which proved the last of the match, Pakistan further added three runs through Sumair Zawar, Arif Senior and Arslan to win the match easily.

In the second match, Pakistan will take on Afghanistan on Saturday at 2.pm.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka team has also reached Lahore and took a round of the Punjab Stadium.

President Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) Lt. Gen. Syed Arif Hasan inaugurated the event. Secretary POA Mr. Khalid Mahmood, president Pakistan Federation Baseball Mr. Shaukat Javed and secretary PFB Khawar Shah, Mohsin Khan Vice President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Haider Khan Lehri Associaate Secretary PFB, Wisal Khan Vice President Pakistan Federation Baseball, Muhammad Tahir & Ramazan Kasoori President and Secretary Islamabad Baseball Association, and other official of the Federation were also present on the occasion.

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MLB Launches Prospect League for Unsigned Amateur Players in the Dominican Republic

Press Release Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball will launch a new league that will provide a neutral forum for Major League organizations and scouts to observe the top unsigned amateur players in the Dominican Republic, it was announced today.

In addition to featuring players that will become eligible to sign after July 2nd, the new league will also broaden its focus to include players who are already eligible to sign professional contracts.

Beginning today, the league will host games every Thursday, alternating weekly between current eligible players and unsigned players. All of the games will be played at various MLB Club academies located in the Dominican Republic.

The new league will also include an educational component for the participating players. In addition, the league’s coaching staff will conduct periodic instructional clinics throughout the country for younger players as part of the league’s outreach element. The entire initiative is part of MLB’s continued commitment to the development of baseball in the Dominican Republic and Latin America.

“Major League Baseball is excited to begin its new prospect league in the Dominican Republic,” said Kim Ng, Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations for Major League Baseball. “We believe that this new league will provide amateur players with an opportunity to showcase their talent, and we hope that by including educational and community-outreach components in their participation, we will also prepare these players for opportunities that go beyond the playing field.”

The launch of the prospect league is the newest opportunity for MLB scouts to view top talent, following the Venezuela-Dominican Republic Showcase held in the Dominican Republic in early February.

Below is a schedule for the first four games of the league:

  •     March 22, 2012    Tampa Bay Rays Academy    Eligible Players
  •     March 29, 2012    Toronto Blue Jays Academy    July 2nd  Eligible Players
  •     April 12, 2012    Cincinnati Reds Academy    Eligible Players
  •     April 19, 2012    Washington Nationals Academy    July 2nd  Eligible Players

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USA Baseball: 18U Staff Finalized for 2012 Season

Scott Brosius returns to lead team in 2012

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced Friday that Scott Brosius will return in 2012 as manager of the 18U National Team. The former Yankee, and three-time World Series champion, led the 18U Team to a 9-0 record and a gold medal in the 2011 COPABE 18U/AAA Pan American Championships.
The Brosius-led 18U squad outscored opponents 88-8 over nine games, capping off their tournament run with a 12-2 victory over Canada in the gold-medal game.

Following the teams gold medal in Cartagena, Colombia, Brosius was named the 2011 Coach of the Year. The 1998 World Series MVP is entering his fifth season as head baseball coach at Linfield College (McMinnville, Ore.).

A former Linfield Wildcat player, Brosius has led the team to three conference championships, two regional championships and a pair of top-five finishes at the NCAA Division III Finals. As of March 21, the Wildcats were ranked eighth in the country with a record of 12-4, pushing Brosius career record to 145-53.

Brosius will be joined on the coaching staff by familiar faces Jim Lawler (pitching coach) and Brooks Badeaux (assistant coach), who both served on the 2011 18U staff.

Lawler’s pitching staff dominated in 2011, posting a 1.74 ERA over 124 innings. Lawler is entering his fourth season as pitching coach at Midland College in Midland, Texas.

A 1972 draft pick of the New York Yankees, Lawler played one minor league season before embarking on his coaching career. Lawler spent two seasons as the head coach at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He moved on to the University of Texas El Paso in 1980, and four years later joined the staff at Texas A&M University. Lawler spent 21 years at Texas A&M, culminating in the 2005 National Assistant Baseball Coach of the Year award.

Lawler’s Aggies teams compiled an 876-433-3 record, made 13 NCAA playoffs and appeared in the College World Series twice. He would be named the head coach at the University of Arkansas Little Rock following his time at Texas A&M, and served in that capacity until taking his current position with Midland College in 2008.

Badeaux was a great presence on the 2011 gold-medal winning staff. The 10-year veteran of professional baseball participated as a player with Team USA at the 1995 World University Games and was a member of the 2005 World Cup Team.

The former Florida State Seminole made three trips to the College World Series, and earned All-ACC, Academic All-ACC and All-Atlantic Region honors during his collegiate career.

Badeaux spent nine seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays’ organization, broken up by a one year stint in the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2006. He returned to the Rays in 2007 before retiring from professional baseball. He was a career .264 hitter in 10 seasons, playing shortstop, second base, third base and outfield.

He has spent time as an assistant coach at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Teurlings Catholic High school and Comeaux High School.

The 2012 staff will be rounded out by former major leaguer Travis Chapman, while Josh Therrien and Cody Wilcoxson will serve as the certified athletic trainer and press officer, respectively.

Chapman is entering his fifth year as coach at Nease High School in Ponte Verda, Fla. The 2010 District 4 4A Coach of the Year also serves as a social studies teacher at the high school. His team won the 2011 District championship.

As a star at Mississippi State, Chapman appeared in two College World Series and finished in the top 10 in several major offensive and defensive categories, including second all-time in hits.

He was drafted in the 17th round by the Philadelphia Phillies. He spent four seasons in the Phillies organization, earning all-star honors at four different levels before being called-up to the Major Leagues in 2003. Chapman would spend time in three different organizations before retiring from professional baseball in 2006.

The staff will assemble the team this summer following the 2012 Tournament of Stars presented by Major League Baseball. They will then have two months to prepare for the IBAF 18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea. The team will compete for a gold medal Aug. 30-Sept. 8.

Press Release USA Baseball

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