The host’s for next years European Cups were announced on Monday by the Technical Commission of the Confederation of European Baseball. The European Cup sites will be in Barcelona, Spain and Regensburg, Germany from June 3 to June 8, 2013.
After the Final Four Champions Cup dilemma this year, the format will be changed. At the European Cups in Spain and Germany, the six teams will play a round robin with the top two teams facing off in the final Saturday. Only the two winners will advance to the European Champions Cup. That will be played as a best-of-three series at the venues of the two winners starting August 1 and concluding August 3.
The groups for each of the European Cups were announced as well.
Six coaches to work with Team USA manager Joe Torre
DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball has announced its coaching staff for the 2013 World Baseball Classic under the leadership of manager Joe Torre.
Torre’s staff will include Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first-base coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third-base coach). Lachemann and Maddux will oversee Team USA’s pitching staff.
“We are pleased to announce Team USA’s coaching staff, which will join manager Joe Torre for the 2013 World Baseball Classic,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. “Larry Bowa, Marcel Lachemann, Greg Maddux, Dale Murphy, Gerald Perry and Willie Randolph bring unprecedented credentials to the team, and we look forward to March when they represent our country in the game’s premier international competition.”
“I’m really excited about this coaching staff for Team USA as we prepare for the 2013 World Baseball Classic in March,” Torre said. “Our focus is to win this tournament while ensuring that all of our players return to their clubs healthy and ready to compete in the regular season. All of us are looking forward to the privilege of representing the USA.”
Bowa, Lachemann and Randolph are former Major League managers, and Perry is a longtime Major League hitting coach. Bowa, a five-time National League All-Star shortstop during a 16-year Major League career, managed the San Diego Padres in 1987-88 and the Philadelphia Phillies from 2001-04. Lachemann, who managed the California Angels from 1994-96, is the longtime pitching coach for USA Baseball’s national teams, including for the 2006 World Baseball Classic and the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Randolph, an 18-year Major League second baseman and a six-time All-Star, managed the New York Mets from 2005-08. Perry, a 13-year Major Leaguer and a 1988 All-Star, has served as the hitting coach for the Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates, Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs. Murphy was a two-time NL Most Valuable Player (1982-83) and a seven-time NL All-Star in his 18-year Major League career. Maddux was a four-time NL Cy Young Award winner and an eight-time NL All-Star in his 23-year Major League career, during which he compiled a record of 355-227 with a 3.16 ERA and was a member of the 1995 world champion Atlanta Braves.
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – The 2013 edition of the World Port Tournament will only feature four teams. The bi-annual international baseball tournament will feature host Netherlands, defending champion Chinese Taipei, and Curacao.
The final team for the tournament will either be the USA or Cuba. The final team should be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2013 edition of the tournament has been shortened by three days, thus the limiting of the teams to only four. Each team will play six games.
The WPT takes place from June 30 to July 7 at Familie Stadium in Rotterdam.
Earlier this year I had the chance to interview filmmaker John Fitzgerald who made the film Emerald Diamond about the Irish National Baseball Team. The film chronicles the Irish National Team on the European baseball scene and was an interesting story because you could see the growth of the team since its inception.
Now the team is looking to grow a little bit more, and they need your help. They are trying to raise money to build a proper baseball facility that currently doesn’t exist in Ireland. The facility would have more than just a playing field. It would include bullpens, batting cages, and more.
One of the main reasons the sport doesn’t grow like in some areas of the world is the lack of facilities. A ballpark is not a small undertaking, but with the help from the baseball community, they can and will succeed.
I ask you to visit FieldODreams.com and donate a $1. They are running their effort similar to that of a Kickstarter campaign. If you donate at least $20, you will receive a copy of the Emerald Diamond. The rewards for donations go up from there.
Their goal is to having the funding completed ($20,000) by St. Patrick’s Day 2013.
This is a great cause and you can be apart of helping the sport we all love grow. I wouldn’t ask you to do something I wouldn’t. So, BaseballdeWorld will be donating its latest ad revenue to the cause.
I invite you to spread the word and see if we can’t get this project off the ground and rolling.
Relativity Media has secured the rights to produce a film about the life of Josh Hamilton. The film will be written and directed by Casey Affleck, according to deadline.com.
Josh, and his wife Katie, will be co-producing along with manager Steve Reed. The executive producer will be Thunder Road Picture’s Kent Kubena.
Hamilton is currently a free agent after having spent the last five seasons with the Texas Rangers. He was the first overall pick in the 1999 draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, but after an injury early in his career he became involved with drugs and alcohol which slowed his progress to the big leagues.
He was the 2010 AL MVP and helped the Rangers make back to back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011.
The 2012 Thunder Series between the Cuban National Team and the CPBL in Taiwan begins today. The Cuban team is there to play a series of games against both the Chinese Taipei National Team and select players from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL).
The Series will kick off on Saturday as Cuba faces off with Chinese Taipei at Taichung Intercontinental Stadium. The game will count in the IBAF Men’s World Rankings.
Next Cuba will face off with a selection of CPBL players on Sunday and Tuesday at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium.
While in Taiwan, Cuba will be putting on a clinic for youth players at Taoyuan Stadium to teach hitting, fielding, pitching, and base-running lessons.
Chinese Taipei is completing preparations for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier to be held in Taipei City from November 15 to 18. There they will face off with Thailand, the Philippines, and New Zealand for a trip to the WBC in March.
After their visit to Taiwan, Cuba will fly to Japan to play in the Samurai Japan Games on November 16 and 17.
Schedule Thunder Series: Saturday, November 10:
17:00 Chinese Taipei – Cuba (Taichung)
Sunday, November 11:
17:00 Cuba – CPBL (Taoyuan)
Tuesday, November 13:
19:00 CPBL – Cuba (Taichung)
BUSAN, South Korea – Day 2 of the 2012 Asia Series is in the books with what was a slight upset to the returning champs. The Lamigo Monkeys, representing the CPBL, shutout the defending Asia Series champion Samsung Lions on Friday night showing that they are not to be forgotten. In the earlier game, the Yomiuri Giants downed the Perth Heat with a late barrage of scoring after the game was tied 1-1 in the 7th inning.
Perth Heat 1, Yomiuri Giants 7
With a great start from Heat pitcher Anthony Claggett, who held the Giants scoreless for the 5 innings, Perth found itself in unprecedented territory leading 1-0 in the 6th inning.
However, the Heat couldn’t hold the lead. The Giants came back to tie the game in the bottom of the 6th inning and broke it open an inning later. In the 7th, the Giants took the lead for good scoring 3 runs. They added another 3 runs in the 8th to put the game out of reach and end the Heat’s Asia Series.
Yomiuri pounded out 12 hits against the Heat pitching, but it was the Heat defense that really let them down as they committed four errors in the game. Despite pitching well early, Anthony Claggett took the loss while Yasunari Takagi picked up the win for the Giants.
Samsung Lions 0, Lamigo Monkeys 3
The Lamigo Monkeys pulled the upset taking down the defending Asia Series champions and in the process earned a trip to the title game on Saturday.
The Samsung offense was shut down by starter Mike Loree who tossed a 3-hit gem to pick up the win. Loree, an American, allowed only the 3 hits, no walks, and struck out 11 en route to the win.
Samsung starter Bae Young-soo pitched well early on keeping the game scoreless until Lin Hong-yu blasted a solo home run to start the scoring in the 4th inning. The Monkeys added 2 more runs in the 7th when Tsan Chih-yao came up big with a 2-run single through a drawn in infield.
The win puts Lamigo into the championship game winning Pool A. Samsung will play the China Stars on Saturday even though the loss already eliminated them from a chance at repeating.
2012 Asia Series Standings:
1. Lamigo Monkeys 2-0
2. Samsung Lions 0-1
3. China Stars 0-1
1. Lotte Giants 1-0
2. Yomiuri Giants 1-0
3. Perth Heat 0-2
The Lotte Giants and Yomiuri Giants face off with each other today with the winner advancing to take on Lamigo on Saturday for the 2012 title.
SUWON, South Korea – South Korean telecom giant KT Corp. said it will sponsor an expansion team in the KBO.
KT said it will start the 10th franchise in the KBO with the team located in the city of Suwon which is south of Seoul. The company is looking to have the team playing by 2015.
The league consists of 8 teams and has shattered the attendance record for the 4th year in a row. The 9th team will start play next season as the NC Dinos move into the league.
The Dinos are located in Changwon, about 250 miles south of Seoul, and are owned and operated by NC Soft, a game company.
Ever since the Dinos were announced as the 9th team, there have been people calling for a 10th team to even out the league. However, some teams have been against the addition of another team. They claim the small talent pool that already exists on the peninsula will be watered down even further with league expansion.
Suwon already has a stadium which was the former home of the now defunct Hyundai Unicorns. The city of Suwon and Gyeonggi Province have agreed to upgrade the current 14,000+ seat stadium and turn it into a 25,000 seat stadium. They will then turn around and lease the stadium back to KT for a period of 25 years.
The proposal is still subject to approval by 2/3 of the owners of the current KBO teams.
BUSAN, South Korea – Day 1 of the 2012 Asia Series from Korea is complete. Four teams opened the action at Sajik Baseball Stadium as the CPBL Champion Lamigo Monkeys faced off with the China Stars in Game 1. The second and final game of the day featured the host Lotte Giants against the ABL Champion Perth Heat (one of only two teams to return from 2011).
Lamigo Monkeys 14, China Stars 1 (7)
The Lamigo Monkeys were too much for the China Stars. Lamigo pounded out 15 hits en route to the win. The Monkeys jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the top of the first, but blew the game away in the 3rd. Lin Chih-Sheng and Chen Chin-Feng both hit home runs in the top of the 3rd as Lamigo scored 6 runs to push the lead to 9-0. Another four runs in the 6th inning, including a home run by Shih Chih-Wei, pushed the lead to 10+ ending the game after 7 innings.
Tseng Chao-Hao picked up the win for Lamigo while Luo Xia took the loss for the China Stars.
Lotte Giants 6, Perth Heat 1
The host Lotte Giants started off the Series with a win over the ABL Champion Perth Heat Thursday night at Sajik Baseball Stadium. The Giants fans showed up in force and danced and sang their way to victory. A few early errors saw the Giants jump out to a 3-0 lead over the Heat’s starter Virgil Vasquez who took the loss.
Song Seung-Jun started and pitched well for Lotte. He held the Heat hitless for the first four innings of play. Finally in the fifth inning, the Perth Heat broke through. After back-to-back singles from Carter Bell and Josh McGee, Allan de San Miguel worked a walk to load the bases. In his second Heat at bat, Steve Bumbry drove in bell with a single to right. However, the momentum died when McGee tried to score a second run on the hit and was thrown out at the plate.
2012 Asia Series Standings:
1. Lamigo Monkeys 1-0
2. Samsung Lions 0-0
3. China Stars 0-1
1. Lotte Giants 1-0
2. Yomiuri Giants 0-0
3. Perth Heat 0-1
BUSAN, South Korea – The 2012 Asia Series kicks off today as the best teams from all of the major Asian leagues, along with the winner from Australia, compete to see who is the best.
The format has changed a big and the number of teams expanded as well. Last year the Series took place in Taiwan with the winners from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL in Taiwan), the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), the Nippon Baseball League (NPB), and the Australian Baseball League (ABL) winners fighting it out. The KBO winner Samsung Lions became the first non-Japanese team to win the title defeated the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in the final.
This year two more teams have been added. The China Stars, which is formed from the best young players from the China Baseball League, and the Lotte Giants (host team) have been added. They will face of with the Lamigo Monkeys (CPBL), Perth Heat (ABL), Yomiuri Giants (NPB), and the defending champion Samsung Lions (KBO).
2012 Asia Series Schedule:
Thursday November 8th
Lamigo Monkeys vs China Stars
Lotte Giants vs Perth Heat
Friday November 9th
Perth Heat vs Yomiuri Giants
Samsung Lions vs Lamigo Monkeys
Saturday November 10th
Yomiuri Giants vs Lotte Giants
China Stars vs Samsung Lions
Players looking to find work next spring have a new option in the Texas Winter League.
The Texas Winter League, which will replace the Arizona Winter League, is put on by the North American League and is the perfect chance for current and aspiring baseball players looking to improve their game under the watchful eyes of veteran professional baseball coaches and managers.
The coaches and managers that will be participating in the TWL are some of the best in independent baseball. Combined they have decades of experience, have won several manager of the year awards, and have won league titles in several different independent leagues.
Eddie Dennis – Manager of the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings
Al Gallagher – Former Major Leaguer and former manager in the Northern League and American Association
Greg Tagart – Manager of the Gary Southshore RailCats of the American Association
Jaime Bennett – Manager of the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League
Chris Paterson – Twice has won Manager of the Year once each in the Pecos and Continental Baseball League
Not only will you get the instruction of some of the top professional managers and coaches, but 4-6 players will be signed to each team in the United League (a division in the North American League) for spring training.
Teams in NAL/ United League include;
Fort Worth Cats
San Angelo Colts
Edinburgh Road Runners
Rio Grande Valley White Wings
Abilene Prairie Dogs
And 2 new teams to be announced for the 2013 season shortly
This is the only developmental winter league that is back by a professional league.
Players must be 18 years old and have previously played in high school, college, or professional level to qualify.
The Texas Winter League will operate in:
Harlingen, the Rio Grande Valley, Texas
From January 31, 2013 through March 1, 2013
For more information visit www.TexasWinterLeague.com or contact Chris Paterson at email@example.com