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Today in Baseball History – December 31st

December 31, 1972

Roberto Clemente dies at the age of 38. Clemente was on a plane headed to Nicaragua to help the victims of an earthquake that crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico.

Clemente was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973 becoming only the second time the five-year waiting period was waved (the other being Lou Gehrig). He was a 15 time All-Star, 2 time World Series champion (1960, 1971), 12 time Gold Glove winner, NL MVP (1966), and won 4 batting titles.

Born on this day:

1961 Rick Aguilera

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Korea: Daegu Breaks Ground on New Stadium for Samsung Lions

DAEGU, South Korea – A new baseball stadium has been needed in Daegu for some time. After talking for quite some time about building a new one and then having it delayed for one reason or another, a groundbreaking ceremony finally took place on December 27th.

The initial thought was to have the stadium completed for the 2014 season with construction beginning late 2012. With the groundbreaking just happening, the new timeline is to have the stadium finished for the 2015 season.

The construction will take place near Grand Park Station. The stadium will seat 24,000 fans with capacity capping out around 29,000. That is important because the KBO doesn’t allow the final games of the Korean Season to be played at a stadium with under 25,000 seats. The past two seasons Samsung has won the Korean Series but has been unable to hold the final games of the series at home due to the size of their current stadium.

The new stadium will replace Daegu Baseball Stadium, the home of the Lions since the leagues inception in 1982. However, the stadium was initially built in 1948 and definitely shows its age. The concrete jungle has little character, not to mention little space.

Source: Naver

Special thanks to Dan at MyKBO.net for finding the Korean story.

Daegu Stadium

Future Daegu Baseball Stadium

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Groundbreaking Ceremony Banner

 

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Baseball Softball UK Receives Funding

Sport England has announced that baseball and softball are part of the 46 sports that will receive funds over the next four years. The £493 million investment includes £3 million for baseball and softball. The aid is intended to help develop the games and increase participation.

The award shows confidence in Baseball Softball Uk’s ability and recognition for its solid work. Included in the investment is £200,000 to help develop facilities and, for the first time, £100,000 for player development.

The overall investment represents a £54 million increase over the previous 4-year period. However, Sport England has let it be known that funding is dependent on results. Targets for participation will be reviewed every 12 months and funding can be increased or cut based on the reviews.

This is a big step in the right direction for the sport in the UK.

Great Britain participated in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Regensburg, Germany in November. The team finished 1-2 in the competition failing to advance to the WBC in March.

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First Baseball Ground in Sri Lanka to be Inaugurated by President

(Press Release by Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka Colombo, December 18. 2012)

The first ever baseball ground in Sri Lanka and also in South Asia constructed with funds provided by the Government of Japan under its Grant Assistance for Cultural Grassroots Projects (GCGP) will be inaugurated by His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Sports Complex in Diyagama, Homagama on Sunday 23rd December 2012.

The Government of Japan has provided a sum of US$ 111,607 (approximately Rs.12 million) of grant assistance along with US$ 136,400 (approximately Rs.14 million) of JICA donation fund to the Mahinda Rajapaksa Sports Development Foundation for the “Project for the Construction of a Baseball Ground for Youth Training”. The inauguration ceremony will be followed by a friendly baseball match between the Sri Lanka baseball team and the Kanagawa High School Baseball Federation Team from Japan.

Japan, as a country where baseball is very popular, has supported the promotion of baseball in Sri Lanka since 2002 by assigning Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV) as coaches to the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball/Softball Association (SLABSA),  resulting in its gaining popularity in Sri Lanka.  Successive Japanese baseball coaches have worked hard during the past decade to enhance the baseball skills among an increasing number of youth who have taken a liking to this sport. Accordingly, Sri Lankan baseball has now reached the level of international competition, ranked 32nd amongst 72 countries in 2011 and has already brought honour to the country by winning the third place in the Asian Cup Championship in Thailand in 2009 as well as securing the second place at the SAARC Baseball Championship in Pakistan in 2011. In addition, the University Student’s Baseball team had also qualified for the World University Baseball Championship in 2010 while the Under 18 team gained 5th place in the 2011 Youth Baseball Championship in Japan. However, owing to the lack of facilities such as the need for a suitable baseball ground for proper training, Sri Lankan baseball has not been able to reach the highest level of the game.

Commenting on the project, Ambassador Nobuhito Hobo said, “It is significant that the inauguration of the baseball ground coincides with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations while Japan’s support for baseball in Sri Lanka commenced in 2002 the year Japan and Sri Lanka marked the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations. This project would contribute significantly to further enhancing the cultural relations between the two countries”.

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USA Baseball Finalizes 2013 Collegiate National Team Coaching Staff

ASU’s Esmay, Ole Miss’ Bianco and Creighton’s Servais join Schlossnagle’s staff

Press Release USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball announced today it has finalized the 2013 Collegiate National Team coaching staff with the addition of assistant coaches Tim Esmay, Mike Bianco and Ed Servais. Esmay, Bianco and Servais currently serve as head coaches for the Arizona State, Ole Miss and Creighton baseball teams, respectively.

“As we continue preparations for the 2013 Collegiate National Team season we are pleased to have Mike Bianco, Tim Esmay and Ed Servais join the coaching staff,” said Eric Campbell, USA Baseball General Manager, National Teams. “These coaches complete a great staff for the coming summer, and we look forward to having them represent our country in international competition.”

All three coaches will be making their debut on a USA Baseball coaching staff. They round out TCU skipper and 2013 collegiate team manager Jim Schlossnagle’s four-man staff.

Esmay, who will serve as the hitting coach in addition to coaching third base, has a 131-48 record, including 55-29 in conference, through three seasons at the helm of the Sun Devil baseball team. He has one College World Series appearance, one conference title and two NCAA tournament trips, and was named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2010. Coach Esmay has mentored eight All-Americans, 25 all-conference honorees and four members of Team USA in Tempe, and 31 Sun Devils have been taken in the MLB Draft in his ASU tenure, which is the most of any Div. I school in that time span. He has guided ASU to the highest regular-season winning percentage in the Pac-12 since 2010, is the second-fastest coach in ASU history to reach 100 wins and recently led the program to its 50th consecutive 30-win season. For his career, he is 344-283-1 in 11 seasons, including eight at the University of Utah.

Serving as the pitching coach in 2013, Bianco is entering his 13th season as the head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels and has compiled a career record of 571-349-1 (471-278-1 at Ole Miss). In that time, he has helped the Rebels to 10 NCAA Tournament appearances, the 2009 Southeastern Conference Championship, the 2006 SEC Tournament championship and a pair of SEC Western Division titles. Bianco has coached seven Rebels to All-America honors and 31 All-SEC selections. Seven of his Ole Miss players were active in the Major Leagues this past season. Bianco has also coached seven players who have competed internationally with USA Baseball in the past 12 seasons as the Rebel head coach.

Ed Servais, who will coach team defense as well as coaching first base, enters his 10th season leading the Creighton baseball program in 2013. He is the winningest coach in program history with 327 victories. He owns a career coaching record of 327-195. Servais has led the Jays to the NCAA Tournament in three of the past six seasons (2007, 2011 & 2012) and has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Coach of the Year four times in his eight years at Creighton (2004, 2005, 2007 & 2011). Servais has coached 43 players to All-MVC honors, including 19 All-MVC First Team selections. He has coached nine All-Americans and had 15 Bluejays selected in the MLB Draft. Servais’ teams have finished among the nation’s best in fielding percentage and sacrifice bunts every season, including 2012, when the Bluejays finished eighth in fielding percentage (.978).

Also announced today were the remaining members of the 2013 Collegiate National Team’s administrative staff.  TCU’s Danny Wheat will serve as the team’s certified athletic trainer and Brandie Davidson will serve as the team press officer.

Wheat enters his ninth year as an ATC for the Horned Frogs, and 2013 will mark his fifth appearance in the red, white and blue. Davidson is in her 10th year as an assistant media relations director at TCU. It will mark her second appearance with USA Baseball as she served as the press officer for the 2012 USA Baseball Women’s National Team.

The dates for the 2013 schedule and opponents will be announced in the coming weeks on USABaseball.com.

About USA Baseball
USA Baseball is the national governing body for amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).  The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, World Cup and Pan American teams (and all other USA Baseball professional teams), and the Collegiate, 18U, 15U, and Women’s National Teams, all of which participate in various domestic and international competitions each year.  USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.  For more information, please visit USABaseball.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.

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College: Arkansas Tops Division I Preseason Poll

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper released their preseason poll for Division I baseball recently with Arkansas claiming the #1 spot.

Arkansas finished third in the polls last year after a strong run in the College World Series and are returning a strong lineup. The Razorbacks return five position player starters and quite a few pitchers.

Included in the returnees are three Louisville Slugger pre-season All-Americans in pitchers Ryne Stanek (8-4, 2.82), Colby Suggs (7-1, 1.38), and second baseman Dominic Ficociello (.290, 6 HR, 41 RBI).

Following up Arkansas in the polls are North Carolina, Vanderbuilt, Louisiana State, and UCLA. Last year’s champion Arizona starts the season off ranked at #18 just two spots behind its in state rival Arizona State.

The top 25 is full of powerhouses like South Carolina (#7), Stanford (#9), and Texas (#21).

The top 10 is dominated by two conferences and only has teams from three. The SEC leads the way with half of the top 10 while the Pac-12 has a total of four teams. The only other conference represented is the ACC (North Carolina).

Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s

NCAA Div. I Pre-Season Poll
(As of Dec. 20, 2012)

www.baseballnews.com

Rank School (’12 Final Record) Points
1. Arkansas (46-22) 496
2. North Carolina (46-16) 495
3. Vanderbilt (35-28) 494
4. Louisiana St. (47-18) 487
5. UCLA (48-16) 484
6. Oregon (46-19) 482
7. South Carolina (49-20) 481
8. Kentucky (45-18) 478
9. Stanford (41-18) 476
10. Oregon St. (40-20) 473
11. N.C. State (43-20) 470
12. San Diego (40-17) 467
13. Mississippi St. (40-24) 464
14. Oklahoma (42-25) 462
15. Texas Christian (40-22) 460
16. Arizona St. (36-20) 458
17. Georgia Tech. (38-26) 456
18. Arizona (48-17) 454
19. Florida St. (50-17) 452
20. Rice (41-19) 450
21. Texas (30-22) 448
22. Louisville (41-22) 446
23. Cal. St. Fullerton (36-21) 445
24. Florida (47-20) 443
25. Mississippi (37-26) 437
26. Texas A&M (43-18) 434
27. Clemson (35-28) 429
28. Miami, Fla. (36-23) 427
29. Georgia (31-26) 423
30. U.C. Irvine (31-25) 420
31. Missouri St. (40-22) 418
32. Wichita St. (35-25) 415
33. New Mexico (37-24) 413
34. Kent St. (47-20) 411
35. Virginia (39-19-1) 408
36. Southern Mississippi (32-24) 405
37. East Carolina (36-24-1) 403
38. Coastal Carolina (42-19) 400
39. Dallas Baptist (41-19) 397
40. Pepperdine (36-23) 395
Other Teams Receiving Votes: Central Florida, Baylor, Oklahoma St., Long Beach St., Cal Poly, U.C. Santa Barbara, Tulane, St. John’s, South Florida, Notre Dame, Seton Hall, Florida Atlantic, College of Charleston, Fresno St., Indiana St., Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Southern Illinois, Nevada, San Diego St., Nevada-Las Vegas, South Alabama, Florida International, Gonzaga, Texas St., New Mexico St., Western Carolina, Appalachian St., Georgia Southern, Sam Houston St., Southeastern Louisiana, Southern California, Washington, California, Washington St., Oral Roberts, Austin Peay St., Stony Brook, S.C. Upstate, Kennesaw St., Mercer, Florida Gulf Coast, St. Louis, Rhode Island, Virginia Commonwealth, Liberty, Campbell, High Point, Indiana, Nebraska, Michigan St., Ohio St., Illinois, Minnesota, Purdue, N.C. Wilmington, Hofstra, James Madison, Valparaiso, Manhattan, Canisius, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Bethune-Cookman, Southern, Bryant, Monmouth, Belmont.Source: Collegiate Baseball Newspaper

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Adam Greenberg Gets Another Shot; Signs Minor League Deal with Baltimore

Adam Greenberg, who finally got his one at bat in October, has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles.

On July 9, 2005, Greenberg – then a prospect with the Chicago Cubs – was hit in the head on the first first pitch he saw. He never made it back to the big leagues until last October. The hit-by-pitch took its toll on Greenberg who suffered a concussion, vision problems, and headaches. It took him almost two years to regain his full health.

Earlier this year Greenberg, 31, played for Team Israel after sitting out the 2012 season. Previously, he had spent a few years in the Atlantic League with the Bridgeport Bluefish. His last season in organized ball was in 2007 with the Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League the AA affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Aneheim.

The Orioles proved last year it doesn’t matter where you have been if you produce. Lew Ford, who played 25 games for Baltimore during the stretch drive, hadn’t been in the majors since 2007. He had bounced around in Japan, Mexico, and was with the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League for parts of the last few years.

If Greenberg can produce, he did have 124 stolen bases his last 3 seasons, he might find himself in Buck Showalter’s lineup.

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How Could the Location of the Olympics Effect Baseball’s Chances?

Recently the International Baseball Federation and International Softball Federation combined forces to try and make a stronger push to be included in the Olympics once again.

The sports were dropped for the 2012 Olympics in London and are off the table for the 2016 Olympics in Rio as well. The next possible chance to regain Olympic status is for the 2020 Games, and I think there is a chance.

Not only will the combined effort from baseball and softball help the cause, in fact the two federations recently voted to combine into a single body, but the finalists for the 2020 Games includes a baseball crazed country. Of course the location of the games plays only a tiny part in the overall decision, but I think it is worth looking at how the location could play a factor.

The three finalists for the games include Madrid, Istanbul, and Tokyo. The host and the fate of the games will be decided next September at the IOC Session in Buenos Aires.

So let’s take a look at each location and what it might mean to the bid.

Istanbul, Turkey

Baseball and softball are not huge sports in Turkey. Soccer, basketball, and volleyball are popular sports, but there is a national baseball team. The team was formed in late 2008 and the team competes for the European Championships, but the sport is hardly on the radar there. I feel safe to say that if the decision is to put the Olympics in Istanbul, that baseball and softball will likely be left out.

Madrid, Spain

This is the curious one right now. Spain made a surprising run into the 2013 World Baseball Classic defeating Israel in the qualifier. However in a country where soccer is king, baseball is often overlooked. There is a league in Spain with 10 teams that play, but there isn’t a team in the largest city in the country.

I think the sport could get a big boost here with a nice run in the World Baseball Classic which is possible, but in the end might not be likely. If the national team can put a few wins on the board, it might help the sport gain a little recognition but don’t look for it to become an overnight sensation.

Having Spain in the WBC definitely helps the cause, but it doesn’t seal the fate either way for the sport.

Tokyo, Japan

Baseball is a religion here. Even though sumo wrestling might be the countries national sport, baseball has the largest professional sports league here. It is easily one of the most popular sports in the country and that is a huge plus. I feel if the Games came to Tokyo that there is a strong possibility that the sports are added back.

The country has one of the strongest national programs in the world. They are the 2-time defending WBC champion and have won 3 medals at previous Olympic Games (1 silver and 2 bronze). I can’t imagine anything they would want more than to not only host the Olympic baseball competition but also win it on their home turf.

The summer Olympics have never been played in either Istanbul or Madrid, but they have been held in Tokyo in 1964. No matter what the decision that the IOC comes down with, it’s going to be a tense time in the baseball world as they wait to find out the fate of the sport.

These are just my thoughts on the subject. I’d like to hear yours as well.

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IBAF and ISF Agree on New Name for Combined Body

With the historic vote from the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF) approving the formation of a new unified international federation to govern both baseball and softball together, the leaders have announced that a new name has been chosen. The combined group will now be called the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

By combining both sports under one umbrella they will be able to increase the visibility for both sports and continue to deliver a consistent message. The quick agreement also seems to show their willingness to work together which is a huge step in the right direction as both sports try to get back in the good graces of the Olympic Commission.

The WBSC is looking to have its sports included in the 2020 Olympics. The site of the Olympic Games is still up in the air as the three finalists are Tokyo, Istanbul, and Madrid. The host city will be selected in September 2013. At the same time the IOC will vote on whether to include an additional sport from baseball, softball, karate, roller sports, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding, wushu, and beach soccer.

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea – A Trip from the International Game

With Christmas just around the corner, there are always some people looking for last minute ideas. Well if your loved one is a collegiate baseball player, then I have the perfect idea, the trip of a lifetime with The International Game.

The International Game is an elite group of collegiate baseball players who travel the world playing in international tournaments. With a trip, your loved one will get the chance to play against international competition and get to travel the world seeing some of the most beautiful places.

There are several trips to choose from as well.

For European Players

The International Game will be making a trip to the USA to play in the RussMatt Invitational. The team will travel to the Tampa, Florida area to compete in the tournament. The tournament includes some of the best American collegiate talent around.

However, there will be more than just great baseball. Along with playing 4+ games, the team will have time to enjoy the beautiful Florida beaches, catch some MLB Spring Training action, and simply enjoy the warm Florida sun.

After the stop in the Tampa area, the tour heads further south to Miami where the Marlins new stadium will host the World Baseball Classic semi-final round. Here you’ll get to see some of the greatest players in the world from countries such as Canada, USA, Dominican Republic, Netherlands, or other top countries).

Additional games will be held against local teams in the Miami area as well as practices on days when games are being played.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for European players to get a chance to play against some of the best US collegiate talent, see some of the most beautiful beaches, and get the chance to see some WBC action in the newest MLB stadium.

The trip will take place from March 9 – March 17, 2013. For more information visit The International Game.

For American Players

If you are an American player looking to travel to Europe, The International Game has something for you as well. Tours to Austria, Switzerland, and more happen each summer. Check the website for more information.

New Player Profile System

Another benefit from The International Game is the new player profile system. Players playing with the team are now able to post a profile for European teams, with which the team has many contacts, to look at when looking for new players to fill out their rosters. This is a chance to gain some exposure to teams in top European leagues who are always looking to import players for the summer season.

About The International Game

The International Game is a growing international travel team. Led by Jon Dobkowski and Ty Eriksen, who have a combined 15 years of experience as players, coaches, and directors in Europe, the team offers some of the best sports tours of Europe and now the USA. The team has made a lot of contacts with tournament directors and team officials all over Europe in order to provide the players with the best tour possible and perhaps land a job playing with one of the European teams.

You can find more information about the team on Facebook or Twitter.

 

*Full disclosure – Baseball de World does not receive any commission for players signing up through our site nor is this a paid advertisement. We simply believe this is the top notch international tournament team available, and we want to help spread the word. If you know someone who might be interested in playing, send them to The International Game’s website where they can contact Jon or Ty via email at any time.

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Baseball Writers Release 2013 Preseason All-American Teams

13TH ANNUAL NCBWA PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM
HIGHLIGHTS TRENDS, BEST OF 2013 DIVISION I DIAMONDMEN

IRVING, Texas – Coming off a year filled with surprises such as Stony Brook’s and Kent State’s first trips to the NCAA World Series and several other national developments, the 13th annual National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason All-America team highlights the always exciting world of the nation’s best baseball student-athletes for 2013.

Next month’s practices signify the 154th season of college baseball with the 2013 All-America squad signify the direction that Division I baseball continues to go – clutch hitting, solid defense and pinpoint control pitching.

With defending NCAA World Series champ Arizona hit heavily by graduation and signings, the upcoming crop of stars hails from the talented Pac-12 diamond tradition as well as 19 conferences and 43 schools nationwide.

Returning first team standouts from the post-2012 NCBWA All-America team embody this DI diversity as New Mexico 3B and 2012 co-Mountain West Conference Player of the Year (with teammate and first team pre-2013 catcher Mitchell Garver) and LSU OF Raph Rhymes, the ’12 SEC Player of the Year, lead the way.

In consultation with individual schools’ media relations offices, the NCBWA All-America committee for pre-2013 had many difficult decisions at defensive positions filled with potential superstars and one of the deepest pools of pitching nominees in the two decades of NCBWA All-America crews chosen prior to playing seasons.

First team hurlers include starters and returning All-America righthander Mark Appel of Stanford, 2012 NCBWA Freshman Pitcher of the Year Carlos Rodon of NC State, Adam Plutko of NCAA World Series entry UCLA, Army’s Chris Rowley, and Missouri State’s Nick Petree. That quintet combined for a 52-10 overall mound record, .839 winning percentage and 568 strikeouts in 570 innings pitched.

Relief standout of NCAA runnerup South Carolina – Tyler Webb – also garnered second team honors with 39 appearances, a 1.56 ERA, 6-1 record, three saves, and 58 whiffs in 57 2/3 innings of work. He was part of a second team pitching group with a 12-game winner, an 11-contest winner and three relief specialists with earned run averages under 2.10.

Notables among the first team hitters are Wichita Satte’s slugging first baseman Johnny Coy, Stephen F. Austin shortstop Hunter Dozier, NCAA regional contenders OF Michael Conforto of Oregon State and Dallas Baptist’s boomin’ Boomer Collins along with West Coast Conference Player of the Year Marco Gonzales. He batted .325 as a regular while posting a 8-2 record and 1.55 ERA in 12 starts as a pitcher. New Mexico’s Peterson paces the first unit in home runs and RBI with 17 and 78, respectively, while LSU’s Rhymes led the nation in batting throughout the season and ended atop the stats with a .431 batting average.

2012 NCBWA Freshman All-America pitcher Mike Compton (12-2) of Florida State also paced the third team with the most wins among that group. Miami (Ohio) OF Matt Honchel topped the second team with a heady .395 batting average.

Last season the scribes’ committee chose Florida All-America catcher Mike Zunino to the preseason A-A team, and he delivered with the 2012 Dick Howser Trophy (first Gator to hold this honor, .322-19 HR-67 RBI for the season), paced the Gators to the CWS and was consensus All-America. There may be a Zunino-like appearance on the horizon for 2013 after last spring’s extraordinary happenings.

Many of these stars will appear on the first ballot for the 27th annual Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Easton Foundations and the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Area Chamber of Commerce and voted upon by the NCBWA membership. The Howser Trophy will be awarded in Omaha, Neb., in June 2013, just before the start of the 66th annual NCAA World Series.

2013 NCBWA Preseason All-America Team
FIRST TEAM
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBI BB SO SB/SBA
C Mitchell Garver, New Mexico, Sr. .377 61 268 68 101 27-3-10 57 25 28 6-9
1B Johnny Coy, Wichita State, Sr. .344 59 227 43 78 17-3-9 63 30 53 0-0
2B Michael Felton, Campbell, Sr. .424 59 243 52 103 12-3-1 45 20 23 11-14
3B DJ Peterson, New Mexico, Jr. .419 61 248 57 104 21-3-17 78 33 29 1-2
SS Hunter Dozier, Stephen F. Austin, Jr. .357 59 227 43 81 22-1-10 37 29 42 8-14
OF Raph Rhymes, LSU, Sr. .431 61 232 44 100 11-0-4 53 22 13 2-6
OF Michael Conforto, Oregon State, So. .349 58 218 45 76 14-1-13 76 24 37 1-4
OF Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist, Sr. .374 60 235 62 88 23-1-13 58 37 46 15-18
DH Nick Backlund, Mercer, Jr. .381 59 223 51 85 16-0-16 58 33 37 3-4
UT Marco Gonzales, Gonzaga, Jr. .325 43 151 23 49 10-0-2 29 11 21 0-0
8-2, 1.55 ERA, 12 App, 12 GS, 3CG, 1/2 SHO, 0 SV, 92.2IP, 63H, 18R, 16ER, 23BB, 92K

Pitchers
Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO.
SP Carlos Rodon, NC State, So. 9-0 1.57 17 16 2 2 0 114.2 71 29 20 41 135
SP Nick Petree, Missouri State, Jr. 10-4 1.01 16 16 3 6 0 115.1 85 22 13 36 114
SP Mark Appel, Stanford, Sr. 10-2 2.56 16 16 5 1 0 123 97 39 35 30 130
SP Chris Rowley, Army, Sr. 11-1 2.40 15 15 6 0 0 97.1 64 30 26 22 80
SP Adam Plutko, UCLA, Jr. 12-3 2.48 18 18 2 0 0 119.2 91 35 33 47 99
RP Jimmie Sherfy, Oregon, Jr. 5-3 2.20 36 0 0 0 19 61.1 36 18 15 34 93
RP Michael Wagner, San Diego, Jr. 5-2 2.58 31 2 0 1 19 59.1 57 20 17 20 53
RP Jonathan Holder, Mississippi State, So. 2-1 0.32 24 0 0 1 9 28.1 17 2 1 5 30

SECOND TEAM
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBI BB SO SB/SBA
C Mark Zagunis, Virginia Tech So. .344 49 189 35 65 13-2-5 34 21 25 17-22
1B Jared Hammer, Hofstra, Sr. .376 55 213 47 80 18-0-4 66 39 20 12-14
2B Christian Stringer, Rice, Sr. .343 59 236 58 81 12-3-3 36 38 28 6-11
3B Trea Turner, NC State, So. .336 63 259 72 87 13-2-5 43 41 38 5-6
SS Adam Frazier, Mississippi State, Jr. .371 64 245 45 91 16-1-0 26 50 4 9-15
OF Bill Cullen, VCU, Jr. .347 59 259 62 90 25-9-5 40 24 47 11-17
OF Matt Honchel, Miami (Ohio) So. .395 59 233 43 92 7-2-0 26 15 13 10-20
OF Aaron Judge, Fresno State, Jr. .308 58 201 47 62 14-2-4 27 48 42 13-15
DH Michael Pritchard, Nebraska, Jr. .387 57 212 51 82 10-0-0 22 21 10 6-9
UT Michael Lorenzen, Cal State Fullerton, Jr. .297 57 232 38 69 20-3-3 43 14 42 14-19
2-0, 1.23 ERA, 20 App, 0GS, 0CG, 0/2SHO, 16SV, 22.0IP, 16H, 3R, 3ER, 5BB, 17K

Pitchers
Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO.
SP Trevor Williams, Arizona State, Jr. 12-2 2.05 16 15 2 1 0 109.2 90 33 25 13 59
SP Buck Farmer, Georgia Tech, Sr. 8-4 3.54 16 16 1 0 0 106.2 100 48 41 37 115
SP Kent Emanuel, North Carolina, Jr. 8-4 1.96 17 16 0 0 0 110 91 33 24 23 100
SP Tyler Skulina, Kent State, Jr. 11-3 3.77 18 18 0 0 0 107.1 97 52 45 45 106
SP Austin Kubitza, Rice, Jr. 6-5 2.69 16 15 0 0 0 80.1 60 32 24 28 73
RP Tyler Webb, South Carolina, Sr. 6-1 1.56 39 0 0 0 3 57.2 44 12 10 18 58
RP David Berg, UCLA, So. 5-3 1.46 50 0 0 0 1 74 42 14 12 17 63
RP Tyler Burgess, Missouri State, So. 5-2 2.08 26 0 0 0 11 39 21 12 9 17 31

THIRD TEAM (ties in voting)
Pos. Name, School, Class Avg. G AB R H 2B-3B-HR RBI BB SO SB/SBA
C Alex Swim, Elon, Sr. .357 59 241 39 86 11-1-3 45 19 13 7-10
1B Mason Katz, LSU, Sr. .320 64 241 65 77 15-1-13 52 33 52 8-12
2B Jordan Hankins, Austin Peay, Jr. .336 64 250 52 84 16-3-10 66 38 16 3-5
3B Kris Bryant, San Diego, Jr. .366 57 213 59 78 17-3-14 57 39 38 9-12
SS Will Callaway, Appalachian State, Sr. .320 59 241 54 77 12-3-4 53 21 32 23-27
DH Zach Stephens, Tennessee Tech, Jr. .368 53 204 44 75 13-0-18 52 29 52 0-0
OF Austin Cousino, Kentucky, So. .319 62 260 61 83 20-2-9 41 26 39 16-16
OF Jeff Roy, Rhode Island, Jr. .356 59 236 59 84 15-5-2 38 33 35 22-28
OF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech, .360 56 211 57 76 15-6-5 44 37 43 12-17
OF Tim Colwell, North Dakota State, Jr. .381 60 244 62 93 11-9-1 35 25 15 12-16
DH Kevin Krause, Stony Brook, So. .330 61 209 38 69 12-0-3 40 26 31 6-8
UT A.J. Reed, Kentucky, So. .300 55 200 29 60 9-0-4 43 24 51 0-1
5-3, 2.52 ERA, 53.2 IP, 16 App, 5 GS, 54 H, 17 R, 15 ER, 9 BB, 51 K Pitchers
Pos. Name School W-L ERA APP GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER BB SO
SP Drew Bowen, Oral Roberts, Sr.. 7-2 1.95 13 4 1 1 0 87.2 78 27 19 21 68
SP Mike Compton, Florida State, So. 12-2 2.87 18 18 0 0 0 91 89 25 35 28 64
SP Corey Littrell, Kentucky, Jr. 9-2 2.74 16 16 0 0 0 98.2 104 32 30 25 87
SP Preston Morrison, TCU, So. 9-2 2.09 11 11 1 1 0 112.2 88 29 26 12 72
SP Matt Pegler, College of Charleston, Sr. 10-2 2.83 15 15 1 0 0 89 73 37 28 20 66
SP Andrew Vasquez, UC Santa Barbara, So. 6-3 1.93 13 12 0 0 0 88.2 58 31 19 63 104
RP A.J. Salcines, Miami (Fla.), Jr. 3-0 1.40 39 0 0 0 7 38.2 26 10 6 11 44
RP Chad Sobotka, USC Upstate, So. 3-0 1,72 25 0 0 0 12 31.1 21 7 6 16 34
RP Colby Suggs, Arkansas, Jr. 7-1 1.38 30 0 0 0 0 39 26 6 6 19 36
RP Kellen Urbon, Cornell, So. 3-1 0.47 22 0 0 0 9 38.1 23 6 2 13 21

Press Release National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 

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Independent Baseball League News and Notes

Independent baseball is an ever changing world of teams and leagues, and this year is no different. The 2013 season will see a lot of changes in the independent leagues starting with one league folding after playing only two seasons.

North American League

The NAL is no more. After just two seasons of play, the league has dissolved.

The league saw a lot of issues last season as the management group walked away before the season. The league had formed when three other leagues combined including the Golden Baseball League, the United Baseball League, and the Northern League.

Last year the league was split into two divisions that didn’t even play one another for the championship.

So what will happen to the teams in 2013? Most likely the Texas teams will go back under the United Baseball League brand. Most of the teams will be back with the addition of new ones. The travel team in McAllen will likely be gone and replaced by a team in either Tyler, Del Rio, or Brownsville. If a travel team is needed, it will likely not be out of the McAllen/Edinburg area again.

The Northern Division of the NAL consisted of teams from California and Hawaii. The teams will be re-branded as the Pacific West League or perhaps the Pacific Baseball Association. They will likely keep the team in San Rafael and add a third team in Hawaii. Two more teams in California could be added with one being a travel team perhaps. The most interesting thing is the inter-league games that could be played with indy league teams from Japan.

The Atlantic League

This is one league that seems to have it together, at least for now. The league will be back with the same 8 teams, but look for more expansion into the Texas/Louisiana area in the future for a possible division in that area.

The American Association

The AA will be back in 2013 with the same 15 team lineup with the same inter-league play with the Can-Am League. However, the league isn’t without its problems as well. El Paso will be going AAA next year, so the Diablos will need to find a new home or dissolve. It is also rumored that Amarillo is having financial issues.

Can-Am League

The Can-Am League will continue in 2013 with five teams. However, the league will feature a new team. The new team will be the second team in Quebec as the Trois-Rivieres Aigles. They will replace the Worcester Tornadoes who had their team charter revoked by the league at the end of the 2012 season. Look for the league to add a sixth team in the future.

Frontier League

The oldest running independent league in the US is the Frontier League. The league started in 1993.

The league will feature pretty much the same lineup as last season. It will include a traveling team in the Frontier Greys to fill out the 14 team league.

There is also rumor of possible trouble in the coming years with one of the Illinois teams, and its possible a team or two could drop out in the next few years. Then again that’s just typical independent league baseball.

The Pecos League

The Pecos League is looking to start the season with 10 teams in 2013, but its possible they drop two teams before the season even starts. The league is young and I see it expanding too rapidly before getting a foothold in the areas where they are already. There is a lot of expansion into small areas with little or no revenue stream. If the league continues in this direction, look for it to go the way of the old Continental League.

One sign that the league isn’t spending money, quite possibly because it doesn’t have any, is the league is using clipart images for their primary logo.

New Leagues

The Freedom League

The League will be back for 2013 and will expand to six teams. The league is rumored to be in financial trouble  as they look to stay afloat in 2013. It is possible they will also include inter-league play with the Pacific West League.

American West Baseball League

The new league on the block is the AWBL. The league consists of four teams right now with one being a travel team. The league is seemingly full of old Golden Baseball League teams and locations. But the league seems to have a lot of issues.

The North County Cannons will play at Cal State San Marcos, but there aren’t any lights there. So temporary lights will have to be added or games will be played during the day. Other teams are rumored to be in debt and/or have huge leases hanging over them like a noose.

One plus for them is that two-time World Series champion Edgar Renteria invested in the league to acquire an ownership stake and control of the Fullerton territory.

There is some talk here that the league won’t even get off the ground in 2013 and might have to push back another year, if it ever gets off the ground.

So there you have it, a round up of the (potential) nine independent baseball league around the US. The league maps are always changing, and this is only scratching the surface.

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Japanese High School Star Opts to Stay Home with the Ham Fighters

JAPAN – Highly sought after high school pitcher Shohei Otani has decided to forgo making the jump to the US and a shot at the Major Leagues to stay closer to home in Japan.

The 18-year old has been clocked at 160kph (99mph) and there were thoughts he would make the jump to America. However, Otani stated he wanted to stay closer to home to repay those who have supported him.

He will sign with the Nippon Ham Fighters who drafted him in the first round of this year’s draft in October.

I got the chance to see Otani pitch in the 18U World Baseball Championships and he is a legit prospect. Although he wasn’t throwing at 99 mph that day, he was still touching in the mid to high 90’s. He also showed some athleticism at the plate and in the outfield where he made a great running catch at one point in left field.

I think its a good thing for Japanese baseball to keep some of its great homegrown talent in the NPB. it provides the league and the fans a chance to see some of the great talent they possess up close and personal. Plus I feel it is a better training ground than the low minor leagues in the US. If in a few years he still wants to come to the MLB, then he’ll have that chance just like the former Fighter’s pitcher Yu Darvish who is now staring with the Texas Rangers.

Otani will definitely been a fun one to watch and see how he progresses.

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MLB International hosting Elite Camp in South Africa

Press Release Major League Baseball

Conference to be Held for Aspiring Baseball Coaches

For the second year, Major League Baseball International (MLBI) will hold an African Elite Camp in Cape Town, South Africa from December 5-14th for 36 of Africa’s top young baseball players. Fifteen coaches from the participating nations – Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa and Uganda – are also on hand to learn from the experienced MLB staff. Majestic continues their sponsorship of MLBI game development programs with a financial contribution to the African Elite Camp.

For the first time, a South African Coaches Conference will be held in conjunction with the Elite Camp. MLB staff will run clinics for 35 aspiring baseball coaches from South Africa to improve their knowledge of the game. In addition, a baseball clinic will be held in the township of Phillipi for 60 promising young baseball players from a disadvantaged area.

The camp is taking place at the Athlone A’s Baseball Club, home to one of the South African Baseball Union’s Intensive Training Centres, which serves over 400 players. The indoor facility at the complex, which features batting cages, pitching mounds and a workout facility, was made possible through a $200,000 Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant awarded in 2010. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball

Rick Magnante, manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters in the Oakland A’s system, is the lead instructor at the African Elite Camp. He has managed in the minor leagues for ten years, and also was the manager of the South African National Team in the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classics. Additional instructors include former Major Leaguers Homer Bush, Craig Lefferts and Gerald Perry; Mike Randall, who was part of Magnante’s coaching staff during the 2006 and 2009 World Baseball Classic tournaments; Jeff Krushell and Bill Holmberg.

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Final 2012 Men’s Baseball World Rankings

The final Men’s Baseball World Rankings are in for 2012 with some teams inching closer to the #1 spot currently held by Cuba. Eight countries currently have 450 or more points and with the World Baseball Classic coming up in early 2013, there could be some serious shake ups in the standings.

Chinese Taipei was the biggest point collector for the year collecting a total of 205 points to move in to 5th place overall. During the year they passed Canada, the Netherlands, and Venezuela as they picked up a pair of 3rd place finishes in the 15u and 18u Baseball World Championships. They also won a World Baseball Classic Qualifier, defeated Cuba in the Thunder Series, and picked up a 2nd place finish in the BFA Asian Championships.

The other top point collectors for 2012 were Canada (130 pts.), Japan (123 pts.), USA (100 pts.), Venezuela (65 pts.), Spain (65 pts.), and Brazil (63.73 pts.).

The top 10 for 2012 includes a pair of new teams as Italy and Australia have moved up during 2012. Dropping out of the top 10 is Mexico and Puerto Rico.

Some of the bigger jumps included Brazil moving up to the take the last spot in the top 20 after finishing 2011 in 33rd place. New Zealand wasn’t ranked in 2011 but now ranks 29th. France jumped 10 spots to 31st, and Israel jumped 20 spots moving up to 28th.

There are not a lot of points separating the top teams, so we should see some moving in the standings come next March.

Complete IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings

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Australia: News and Notes from the ABL

The Australian Baseball League is underway again, and once again the Perth Heat are atop the standings. The 2-time defending champions have started the season out with a 12-5 record leading the league by 2 games over the Canberra Cavalry.

One reason that Perth is once again dominating is the pitching staff. So far through the season the staff has posted an ERA of only 2.09. Last season’s Championship Series MVP Virgil Vasquez is once again having a great season. So far Vasquez is 3-1 with an ERA of 1.246 through 5 starts. He is also striking out just over 1 batter per inning pitched. His ERA ranks him 2nd in the league and he is tied for 1st in wins.

Fellow Heat starter Anthony Claggett is also off to a great start. Through 5 starts he too is 3-1 with an ERA of 1.76 (3rd in the league). Through 30.2 innings he has given up only 24 hits while striking out 31. Claggett pitched the 2012 season in independent ball after having made the majors with the New York Yankees in 2009.

Perhaps the biggest surprise so far is the Canberra Cavalry. In the first two seasons of the ABL, Canberra has finished in last place. They are one of only two teams so far not to qualify for the playoffs in the first two years of the league (the other is Brisbane).

All-Star Game

The ABL All-Star Game is just a week away. The game will be played in the newly refurbished Melbourne Ballpark. Team Australia will take on the World Team. The World Team is made up of the top international ABL players from the USA, Korea, and Japan.

League Leaders

Hitting

Average – Allan de San Miguel (PER) .377

Hits – Zachary Penprase (SYD) 24

OPS – Angus Roeger (ADE) 1.254

HR – Angus Roeger (ADE) 7

RBI – Cody Clark (BRI) & Luke Hughes (PER) 18

Stolen Bases – Carlo Testa (MEL) 7

Pitching

ERA  – Chris Oxspring (SYD) 0.72

Wins – Daniel Schmidt (PER), Virgil Vasquez (PER), Anthony Claggett (PER), and Richard Olson (ADE) 3

Saves – Sean Toler (CAN) 7

WHIP – Rhys Niit (BRI) 0.77

Innings Pitched – Chris Oxspring (SYD) 37.2

League Standings

1. Perth Heat 12-5

2. Canberra Cavalry 10-7

3. Sydney Blue Sox 9-9

4. Adelaide Bite 8-10

5. Brisbane Bandits 7-9

6. Melbourne Aces 6-12

 

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Holiday Gift Idea – Stadium Journey Magazine

Thinking of holiday gift ideas can sometimes be a little bit difficult. Some people seem to have everything, but I’ve got an idea for you this holiday season – a subscription to Stadium Journey Magazine.

Stadium Journey Magazine is relatively new magazine that has done a great job covering sports all over the world. This is a great treat for the sports enthusiast.

The latest addition features 11 hidden gems of sports. There are some great places all over the world in the sports world that are often overlooked, and nobody does it better than Stadium Journey.

Stadium Journey is the leading website for information on stadiums around the world. With coverage from the US, to Europe, to Asia they have you covered in just about every sport. The magazine is just an extension of the great website the guys there have put together. It should be the first stop for anyone who is making the journey to a stadium for the first time.

The magazine is well written as well. With issues covering different sports depending on time of year, the magazine is a much have for any sports enthusiast. You can get it digitally or have it delivered to your door. A year of the magazine delivered to your home or office is only a modest $39.99 or get the digital edition for a year for under $10.

You can subscribe today or pick up a few back issues at Stadium Journey. While you are there, check out some of the great reviews that have been posted.

*Full disclosure – I write for the website Stadium Journey and have contributed an article to the magazine, but I receive no commission for you purchasing a subscription. I support this product not because I write for them, but because it is a quality product that I think my readers will enjoy.

 

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Interview: Filmmaker Philip Riccobono – ‘Fighting': Cheering in Korea

Recently filmmaker Philip Riccobono stopped to answer some questions about his upcoming documentary on baseball in Korea.

What brought you to Korea to film your documentary ‘Fighting': Cheering in Korea?

I knew South Korea as solid-baseball country and after living in Japan a decade ago, I thought Korea probably had some pretty intense fans.  I felt North American fans needed to feel this intensity and put them inside Korean stadiums to see and hear this brand of cheering, completely foreign to them.

What has been the most surprising thing you have seen so far from the Korean baseball fans?

I remember my first game in Japan 10 years ago.  The fans really impressed me: drums, horns, every pitch felt like a big moment, but after seeing KBO fans, I got blown away: synchronized cheers and songs; beautiful and talented cheerleaders.  If someone blindfolded you and dropped you in any given KBO stadium, you may think that the home-team needs a run to tie it in the bottom of the ninth.  Where in actuality, they might be in the first inning, scoreless or down by 10 in the 8th.  It doesn’t matter the fan intensity remains consistent throughout the game and as some North American fans my grow tired of it, Koreans don’t. Koreans as you know, have this mantra of “Fighting”- sort of motivational statement.  It translates into the stands.  After seeing them say it so much, I had to incorporate it into the title of the documentary.  So I named it “Fighting”: Cheering in Korea

Will you only film during baseball games or are you going to add in fans of other sports here like soccer?

Just sticking to baseball, but if you didn’t see the field at all in the documentary, you might think of them as soccer fans, based on their relentless cheering and passion- something that lacks in North American baseball. I also shoot some super fans in their everyday lives.  You’ll meet Harry Dean, “A fan of the people” and see him carving turkey on Thanksgiving for  a group of fellow Doosan Bears fans he invited into his home.  And guys like Ted Smith, honorary cheerleader for Nexen Heroes. He takes his act out to the bars after games, getting the fans pumped by leading cheers and dancing.  I haven’t seen anything like this from MLB fans; the closest thing you might compare these types of fans to is to college sports in America.

It seems the reaction has been great from the foreigners in Korea, but how has the reception been from the Korean side of things?

Yes, from fans to players, foreigners have embraced this project, but so have many Koreans.  Teams have not cooperated for the most part, but I hope they’ll come through.  Many of my contacts have come by way of a producer on the project, Dan Kurtz, of mykbo.net.  Danny has facilitated a lot.  Every foreign player I have approached has agreed and one has even stuck his neck out on the line, shooing away team officials when they tried to prevent me from shooting an interview.  Korean fans who I spoke seem really excited to share their brand of cheering with the world and a lot feel surprised and flattered by the interest from an American.

How would you compare fans here in Korea to fans in other countries you have been to?

The only country you might compare Korean fans to is Japan and on the richter scale I give Japan a 6, but Koreans go off the charts with a 12.  North American fans are more of baseball purists who like to take in the game in a more relaxed style, but in Korea most fans come to party and dance.  One MLB scout said it best:  “Welcome to the biggest outdoor, daytime disco!”

Have you noticed differences in the fans of the teams you have seen? If so, does one team stand out as a little bit louder or crazier?

Sure, Lotte Giants fans for sure.  They stand out aesthetically by blowing orange plastic bags and tying them around their heads in the later innings of each game.  Fans and players have given me several different reasons for this.  I recently went to the Asia Series which Lotte hosted at Sajik Stadium.  When the LotteGiants faced the Yomiyuri Giants of Japan, the hometown fans got a little territorial with the opposing fans for reasons that I can produce a whole other documentary on.  In any event, I captured some interesting tension between the two-sides.

What has been the biggest challenge in filming the documentary?

Lining up players to chat with.  After several attempts, Park Chan ho got back to me and agreed but I didn’t pick up the call and when I called back he left the facility.  I still hope to land him as he know how much Korean fans compare to North American and Japan’s fans.  He did the opposite of most Korean players by starting in North America and them coming here.  I wonder how much an adjustment  it was for him.  Park Chan ho are you out there?  (laughing).  Also time and logistics always create a challenge, but I feel fortunate to have a pretty good schedule as a university professor, and the KTX helps with getting me around the country.  I do most of the shooting on my own and it ties me up sometimes with getting other shots and reactions but you do your best.

Any future plans for more documentaries in either Korea or elsewhere?

The more I learn about the Japan-Korea baseball rivalry, clearly influenced by history, the more I want to do something with this.

When can everyone expect to see the finished product?

Production will probably wrap this upcoming spring and hope to release the project in film festivals by the end of next year.  People still have time to drop me a line if they have something interesting to add.  By all means, go ahead and email me: psricc@gmail.com or visit the project’s Facebook page and Twitter works too.

I’d like to thank Philip for taking the time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us. Visit the film’s Facebook page to see some behind the scenes photos and keep up to date with its progress. I know I’ll be looking forward to seeing the film when it is finished.

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Japan Wins the 26th Asian Baseball Championship

The 26th BFA Baseball Championship concluded with a tournament title for Japan winning all five games they played.

Six teams competed in the 2012 Asian Baseball Championship including baseball powers Korea, Japan, and Taiwan along with China, Philippines, and Pakistan.

Champion Japan was challenged twice in the tournament including the opening match against Taiwan. The two teams matched up with one another on the opening day of the tournament with Japan winning 2-1 scoring an unearned run that in the end was the difference. Both teams pitched well, but in the end the defensive miscue cost Taiwan.

Japan was challenged once more on Day 3 against the Philippines. It took a run in the 6th inning for Japan to pull out the close game 1-0. The Japan pitching was outstanding as three pitchers combined for a two-hit shutout. Tabata Yuichi drove in the winning run going 2-for-3.

Japan also dominated the awards winning five of the nine given out including MVP and leading hitter.

Final Standings

1.    Japan 5 – 0
2.    Taiwan 4 – 1
3.    Korea 3 – 2
4.    China 2 – 3
5.    Philippines 1 – 4
6.    Pakistan 0 – 5

Awards:

MVP Junichi Katayama (JPN)

Leading hitter Tsutomu Horikoshi (JPN .455)

Most RBI Takumi Horikoshi (JPN 7)

Most runs scored Chang, Cheng-Wei (TPE 6)

Most home runs Cho, Pyung Ho (KOR 1)

Most stolen bases Cui Xiao (CHN 4)

Pitcher with best won-loss average Toru Akiyoshi (JPN 3-0)

Pitcher with best earned run average Jun In Wook (KOR 9.2 innings 0)

Outstanding defensive player Kosuke Tanaka (JPN)

Photo Courtesy Baseball Federation of Japan

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