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MLB: 2013 Major League Baseball Predictions

With the 2013 MLB season less than 24 hours away, I thought I would give the old predictions a try. This is something that should always be taken with a grain of salt no matter who is doing it. This is for fun more than anything because teams can change throughout the season. But with that said, I still think it is fun to put together a list of who I think will win it all.

First, let us start with the American League and who will win each division.

AL East

I’m going to go with the trendy pick here and go with the Toronto Blue Jays. They added so much in the off season and nobody else in the division really seemed to get much better.

1. Toronto Blue Jays

2. Tampa Bay Rays

3. Baltimore Orioles

4. Boston Red Sox

5. New York Yankees

AL Central

I still think this is Detroit’s division to lose.

1. Detroit Tigers

2. Cleveland Indians

3. Kansas City Royals

4. Chicago White Sox

5. Minnesota Twins

AL West

This might be one of the most heated races come September.

1. Texas Rangers

2. Anaheim Angels

3. Oakland A’s

4. Seattle Mariners

5. Houston Astros

American League Wild Card

1. Tampa Bay Rays

2. Anaheim Angles

A lot of people have the Detroit Tigers winning the A.L. this year, but I am going to go with the Texas Rangers. I know I am a fan, but I also think the young guys come up and really help put this team back into the World Series.

Now for the National League

NL East

I think the best race will be this division and it will come down to Atlanta and Washington.

1. Washington Nationals

2. Atlanta Braves

3. Philadelphia Philies

4. New York Mets

5. Miami Marlins

NL Central

1. Cincinnati Reds

2. St. Louis Cardinals

3. Milwaukee Brewers

4. Pittsburgh Pirates

5. Chicago Cubs

NL West

1. Los Angeles Dodgers

2. San Francisco Giants

3. Arizona Diamondbacks

4. San Diego Padres

5. Colorado Rockies

National League Wild Card

1. Atlanta Braves

2. San Francisco Giants

National League Champion – Washington Nationals

I see a Washington/Texas World Series with Texas finally getting their first title behind a strong year from Yu Darvish and the emergence of both Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt.

So there you have it. Take it for what it’s worth. It’s always fun to predict what will happen. If I had my way it would be an Atlanta/Texas series with Atlanta winning. I don’t see it happening though even though that’s probably as likely as a Texas victory over the Nationals.

Who do you think wins this season?

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International Players on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospect List – Numbers 61-70

Yesterday we looked at the international players ranking 71-80 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects List. Today we look at the next 10 spots.

In case you missed the others you can find them here:

#’s 71-80

#’s 81-90

#’s 91-100

Wily Peralta, rhp, MIL – #69

Peralta hails from Samana, Dominican Republic and is slated to be the Milwaukee Brewers 5th starter to open the 2013 season. He got a taste of the Bigs last season pitching in six games with five starts. In those six games, Peralta went 2-1 with a 2.48 ERA over 29.0 innings.

He spent most of the 2012 season in Triple-A Nashville before getting the call. He has had some flashes of brilliance over his short minor league career, but he will go through some growing pains in his first season as a full-time MLB starter. He has struggled at times with his control walking too many hitters and will need to work on that to be an effective pitcher at the big league level.

He is a big guy at 6’1″, 245 lbs and throws hard. He has a career 8.54 SO/9 so he will get his fair share of strikeouts. He also has a good slider and had the top rated slider in the Brewers system in 2012.

Alen Hanson, ss, PIT – #61

Hanson is a young, 20-years old, shortstop out of La Romana, Dominican Republic. He spent 2012 with Low-A West Virginia last season and had a good year. In 124 games he posted a .309/.374/.482 line with 16 home runs and 35 stolen bases.

He has a slim frame at 5’11″/165 but he has shown power and speed which could prove to be a great asset down the line. He was rated at the fastest baserunner  in the Pirates system after the 2011 season by Baseball America and was named the Most Exciting Player in the South Atlantic League in 2012.

Look for him to move up to the Florida State League in 2013. He still has a few things to iron out including cutting down on his 105 strikeouts from 2012 along with learning the art of stealing a base better as he got thrown out 19 times last season.

He is a toolsy player that is exciting and young. Look for him to stay at shortstop until he proves he can’t play there.

Next up we will take a look at the international players from #51-60.

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International Players on the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects List – Numbers 71-80

Before the World Baseball Classic we took a look at some of the international players on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospect List. If you missed those, you can find #’s 91-100 here and #’s 81-90 here. Today we pick up where we left off with #’s 71-80.

Didi Gregorius, ss, ARI – #80

Hailing from Amsterdam, Gregorius was signed out of the Netherlands in 2007 as a free agent by the Cincinnati Reds. At age 18 in the Gulf Coast League, he hit just .155 in 97 at bats, but he didn’t give up there and last season got a taste of the Major Leagues.

He is a defensive middle infielder who was ranked at the #5 prospect in the Diamondbacks organization after the 2012 season. He was a part of the three team deal that saw the Reds, Indians, and Diamondbacks swapping players in December 2012. He is considered one of the top shortstop prospects in the game. It looks as though he will start the year at Triple-A Reno, but look for him to make an impact very soon at the big league level.

Luis Heredia, rhp, PIT – #78

Heredia, who was born in Mexico, is only 18 years old. He pitched the 2012 season in short-season A ball in the New York-Penn League for State College. In 14 starts Heredia was 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA.

Heredia signed in 2006 as a non-drafted free agent receiving a huge $2.6 million bonus from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He has a huge frame at 6′ 6″ and 205 lbs, but he is still growing physically at only 18 years old.

He throws hard reaching 96 on the gun, but usually sits in the low 90s. He has good control so far, but he is still young and working on improving not only his fastball but his secondary pitches as well. He has huge upside, but only time will tell.

Look for him to start the year in Low-A ball with the possibility of moving up depending on his results.

Marcell Ozuna, of, MIA – #75

Ozuna, a power hitting outfielder from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, blasted 24 long balls in 2012 in High-A Jupiter in the Florida State League. He also exhibits another sought after trait for an outfielder, speed. He stole 17 bases in 2011 and covers a lot of ground in the outfield. Another tool he has is a strong arm. He has been rated with the best outfield arm in the Marlins system the past three seasons.

However, Ozuna will need to identify pitches better if he wants to continue up the ladder. He has strikeout totals of 116 and 121 the last two seasons, but he is still learning. One thing is for sure, when he hits the ball he hits it with authority.

Look for the 22-year old to spend most of the season in Double-A Jacksonville for the Marlins. He is the Marlins #5 prospect.

Avisail Garcia, of, DET – #74

The 21-year old outfielder from Venezuela got a taste of the big leagues last season with Detroit making the jump from Double-A Erie. And when he got the call, he excelled. In 23 games, he hit .319 in 47 at bats.

He is a solid defensive outfielder with a good arm. Baseball America rated him as the best outfield arm in the Tigers farm system the past two seasons. He has some power and speed and could turn into quite a threat in the Tigers lineup.

Look for Garcia to start the year in Triple-A. A heel contusion put him on the DL a few days ago, so he is a long shot to make the Opening Day roster.

Next up we will take a look at the international players from #61-70.

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Korea: KBO Opening Day Recap; Doosan Belts a Pair of Grand Slams in Win over Samsung

The Korean Baseball Organization kicked off its 2013 season on Saturday afternoon with eight of the nine teams competing. The one team not in action on Saturday was the newest team the NC Dinos. They will open their season on Tuesday April 2 against the Lotte Giants.

Six foreign pitchers started on Saturday with two of the four games featuring opposing foreigners starting for their respective teams. Here is a rundown of the games from Opening Day in the KBO.

Hanwha Eagles 5, Lotte Giants 6

The Hanwha Eagles are starting their season without their former ace Ryu Hyun-jin who is now with the Los Angeles Dodgers, but what they were needing on Saturday was a closer.

Denny Bautista got the start for Hanwha with the absence of Ryu to the USA. Bautista, who pitched in 44 games with Hanwhat last season going 4-6 with 8 saves, tossed five innings on Saturday giving up three runs in the process giving up four hits along the way. He left the game with the chance to win, but that was quickly taken away as the bullpen gave up the lead.

Hanwha jumped out to a four run lead after scoring two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Lotte battled back to tie the game with a three run sixth inning. The Eagles offense pounded out 11 hits in the game and took a one run lead in the seventh inning and held onto it heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Lotte faced an uphill climb in the bottom of the ninth before their home crowd. Trailing by a run and facing closer Ahn Seung-min who had 16 saves in 2012. However, Ahn loaded the bases and gave up the tying run when Chang Song-ho looped a ball over the infield into left for a single. Then, still with only one out, Park Jong-yoon drove a ball into deep center field to bring home the winning run for Lotte.

LG Twins 7, SK Wyverns 4

Former Atlanta Brave Jo-Jo Reyes got his first KBO start for the SK Wyverns on Saturday. He faced off with the Twins Radhames Liz who went 5-12 last season with LG.

Reyes was going strong early on not giving up a hit till late in the game. When he was pulled his line read 7.1 innings pitched, three hits, four runs (three earned), and nine strike outs.

LG had trailed most of the game unable to solve Reyes, but they finally got the bats going in the eighth inning when they scored five runs.

SK broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the seventh on a Cho Sung-woo two-run home run. But the lead was short-lived.

In the top of the eighth, the Twins stormed back with five runs. The big blow came from Jeong Seong-hoon who hit a grand slam to cap off a five-run inning. Lee Jae-young walked in the first run to make it 4-3. The next hitter, Jeong, took a high and inside fastball from Lee and sent it out over the left field wall for the home run.

Lee Jae-young would take the loss for SK. Yoo Wan-Sang got the win in relief for LG with Bong Jung-keun picking up his first save of the year.

Doosan Bears 9, Samsung Lions 4

The two-time defending champion Samsung Lions got off to a slow start on Saturday losing their home opener to the Bears 9-4.

Former Texas Rangers pitcher Dustin Nippert got the start for Doosan coming back for another year after finishing the 2012 season with an 11-10 record and an ERA of 3.20. He would toss six innings giving up four runs (three earned) to pick up the win for Doosan.

Bae Young-soo got the start for Samsung. In 2012, he went 12-8 with an ERA of 3.21. However, he got off to a poor start on Saturday in Daegu giving up eight earned runs in just 3.2 innings taking the loss.

The Bears jumped out to a 4-0 lead after a half inning. They would score four more runs in the fourth giving them an 8-3 lead. Bae gave up a pair of home runs before being pulled. The first came in the bottom of the first inning when Oh Jae-won hit an opposite field grand slam to get the scoring started. The second came in the top of the fourth. Again the Bears loaded the bases against Bae. This time is was Kim Hyun-soo that would come through with the big blow. Again Bae gave up a grand slam making the score 8-3.

Trailing 4-0 after a half inning, the Lions stormed back in the bottom of the inning scoring three runs off of Nippert. Choi Hyung-woo singled in a run and was driven in on Park Seok-min’s two-run home run down the left field line.

Samsung would pick up another run in the fifth inning, but never posed a threat to the Bears big lead.

Nexen Heroes 9, Kia Tigers 10

Again two foreign imports got the start against one another. Brandon Knight, who had a great year in 2012 going 16-4 with a 2.20 ERA,  started for Nexen. He would go up against the Tigers Henry Sosa who finished 2012 9-8 with a 3.54 ERA.

Neither fared as well as they did in 2012. Knight pitched five innings giving up four runs on seven hits. Sosa didn’t do much better also pitching five innings giving up four runs (3 earned) on eight hits. It was a day for offense in Gwangju.

Nexen jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, but the see-saw battle had the teams exchanging leads. The Heroes loaded the bases in the second inning on two hits and a walk. Then Seo Geon-chang came through with a single just out of the reach of the Tigers second baseman giving Nexen a 1-0 lead. Nexen got two  more runs when the Tigers shortstop threw the ball away on a double play attempt allowing two runs to score on the play.

Kia came right back in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally. Lee Bum-ho got the rally started with a single. He would come around to score on a double off the center field wall by Na Ji-wan. Choi Hee-seop followed him up with a double of his own to left off the base of the wall to score Na.

Kia got another run in the fourth and fifth to tie the game at four. After another two runs in the sixth on a Na Ji-wan two-run home run, Kia led 6-4. That’s when it really got interesting.

Nexen took a 9-6 lead after a five-run seventh inning. The scoring was capped by a long two-run home run from Lee Sung-yeol. But it didn’t take long for the Heroes bullpen to give up the lead.

It all started in the bottom of the seventh with two outs. Cah Il-mok was hit by a pitch. A single and a walk loaded the bases for Kim Jo0-chan who came through with a two-run single. After a walk to Lee Bum-ho, Na Ji-wan once again came up big with a two-run single to left to give Kia the lead 10-9.

Anthony Lerew came in to earn the save for Kia, but it wasn’t without a little drama. Lerew game up two straight singles, but a nice defensive play by the Tigers defense threw out one runner trying to advance on a throw. However, with one out Nexen had a runner at third base. Lerew then struck out the next batter and induced a foul pop out to third to end the game.

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Forbes Releases MLB Team Valuations for 2013

Forbes released its annual valuations of all 30 Major League Baseball teams with the New York Yankees once again topping the list.

The Yankees come in valued at $2.3 billion and top the list for the 16th year in a row. The average team worth is now valued at $744 million although the top three teams seem to really boost that figure.

The biggest jump percentage wise was the Oakland Athletics up 46% from a year ago. Also topping the 40% range were the Pittsburgh Pirates (43%) and the Tampa Bay Rays (40%). The Yankees jumped up 24% and are now the most valuable sports team in the U.S.

Overall the entire league jumped up 23% which is the biggest change since Forbes started collected the data in 1998.

The Top 10 teams are as follows:

Rank Team Current Value ($mil) 1-Yr Value Change (%) Debt/Value
(%)
Revenue ($mil) Operating Income ($mil)
1

New York Yankees

2,300 24 2 471 1.4
2

Los Angeles Dodgers

1,615 15 26 245 3.2
3

Boston Red Sox

1,312 31 18 336 23.9
4

Chicago Cubs

1,000 14 58 274 32.1
5

Philadelphia Phillies

893 24 20 279 .6
6

New York Mets

811 13 53 232 -2.4
7

San Francisco Giants

786 22 12 262 17.6
8

Texas Rangers

764 13 48 239 -8.7
9

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

718 9 3 239 -12.9
10

St Louis Cardinals

716 21 38 239 19.9

The full list of all 30 teams can be seen here.

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Manny Ramirez Makes His Debut in Taiwan with the EDA Rhinos

Back in January we told out that the Sinon Bulls were no more. Instead a company called E-United Group bought the franchise, renamed it the EDA Rhinos, and moved the club to Kaohsiung.

But that wasn’t the biggest splash the Rhinos have made so far. About a month ago, we reported that the Rhinos have signed Manny RamirezOn Wednesday night in Taiwan, Manny got his first action in the Chinese Professional Baseball League as a member of the EDA Rhinos.

Ramirez batted clean-up and went 2-for-6 in a 9-8, 12-inning loss to the Brother Elephants. But in the end the score wasn’t what really mattered.

The team set the attendance record with 20,000 fans showing up. I am not sure if this was just for this stadium or for the CPBL, but the former record was in 2004 with 18,342.

Manny’s two hits were both singles, but they differed greatly. In his second at-bat in the bottom of the second inning, Manny lined a breaking ball over the third baseman into left field for a single. That was his first hit for the Rhinos and after the play the ball was taken out of play.

Manny came back up in the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and nobody on. This time he took a fastball the other way lining a single to right field. Video of both hits are below.

In his other at-bats Manny struck out, flew out to left field, and grounded out twice.

But it didn’t matter. Fans were out in force to support the biggest player ever to hit the island and play in the CPBL. Signs were made, fake dreads were worn, and there was even a case of mistaken identity by one fan who had a picture of Johnny Cueto and his dreads on a poster.

Manny  Ramirez Taiwan EDA Rhinos

 

EDA Rhinos Manny  Ramirez Taiwan

This is a big step for the CPBL. It is a small league of only four teams, but it is highly competitive often including former MLB players on the teams. Taiwan is also having a sort of reinvention of baseball on the island.

The island just hosted the first round of the World Baseball Classic where it saw its hometown team Chinese Taipei advance to the second round. It also saw the biggest crowd for a baseball game in its history when 23,431 fans showed up to watch Korea take on Chinese Taipei.

The league has had its share of hard times and scandals, but now it is on the international stage with a huge star like Manny Ramirez playing. I know they want to show pride in their team and country and put on a good display of baseball, which I think they will. No matter what happens with Manny we know it’s going to be an interesting ride.

Manny’s first hit.

Manny’s second hit.

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Germany: Buchbinder Legionaere to Host Spring Tournament

The Buchbinder Legionaere will host a spring tournament against a pair of other German League teams in final preparations for the 2013 season. The two teams that will join the Legionaere at Armin-Wolf Arena will be the Solingen Alligators and the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe.

In addition to the three games between the three German League teams will be a Futures Game between the first and second teams for the Buchbinder Legionaere. The games will be held April 5-7 in Regensburg.

Spring Tournament Schedule:

April 5, 18:00 Buchbinder Legionaere vs Hedenheim Heidekoepfe

April 6, 13:00 Solingen Alligators vs Hedenheim Heidekoepfe

April 6, 18:00 Buchbinder Legionaere vs Solingen Alligators

April 7, 13:00 Buchbinder Legionaere I vs II

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College: North Carolina Tops NCBWA Division I Poll for Sixth Straight Week

North Carolina leads the NCBWA Division I Poll for the sixth week in a row once again going undefeated.

Two teams dropped out of the Top 10 this week with South Carolina (#13) and Old Miss (#12) both falling this week after dropping weekend series.

The Southeastern Conference is still dominating the poll by placing eight teams in the Top 30. The ACC and Pac-12 are tied with both having five teams. All three conferences have three teams in the Top 10 with only Cal State Fullerton (Big West) being the only non major conference team.

 

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MARCH 25)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 21-1 3-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 22-2 4-0 3
3. Oregon State Pac-12 21-2 2-1 4
4. Florida State Atlantic Coast 22-2 4-1 5
5. Vanderbilt Southeastern 21-4 2-2 2
6. UCLA Pac-12 17-4 2-1 7
7. Cal State Fullerton Big West 21-3 5-0 10
8. Oregon Pac-12 18-6 3-0 12
9. Virginia Atlantic Coast 22-2 5-0 15
10. Kentucky Southeastern 18-5 2-2 9
11. Arkansas Southeastern 17-7 3-0 16
12. Ole Miss Southeastern 21-4 1-2 8
13. South Carolina Southeastern 18-6 1-3 6
14. Oklahoma Big 12 22-4 5-0 18
15. Louisville Big East 19-4 3-2 13
16. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 18-5 1-3 11
17. Mississippi State Southeastern 21-6 2-2 14
18. Oklahoma State Big 12 19-4 2-1 20
19. Notre Dame Big East 14-6 2-1 22
20. Rice Conference USA 18-8 4-1 24
21. UC Irvine Big West 15-5 0-0 23
22. Houston Conference USA 21-4 5-0 28
23. Stanford Pac-12 11-7 1-2 17
24. Indiana Big Ten 18-3 5-0 29
25. Cal Poly Big West 17-5 2-1 26
26. Arizona State Pac-12 13-7-1 1-3 21
27. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 16-9 0-4 19
28. South Alabama Sun Belt 21-4 4-0
29. Florida Gulf Coast Atlantic Sun 15-5 2-1 30
30. Texas A&M Southeastern 17-8 3-1
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Alabama (16-9), Arizona (15-11), Austin Peay (19-4), Belmont (17-6), Campbell (21-3), Central Arkansas (18-6), Clemson (15-8), Connecticut (13-7), Dartmouth (11-1), Georgia Southern (16-7), Gonzaga (14-7-1), Lamar (20-6), Louisiana (17-6), Miami (19-8), Middle Tennessee (15-10), Ohio State (15-6), Southeastern Louisiana (18-7), UNC Wilmington (17-7), UNLV (17-7), Virginia Tech (18-7).
Dropped out: Arizona (25), Central Arkansas (27).
By conference: Southeastern 8, Atlantic Coast 5, Pac-12 5, Big West 3, Big 12 2, Big East 2, Conference USA 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Sun Belt 1.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. Members receive a membership card, directory, newsletter updates and official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year and NCBWA All-America voting. The NCBWA also sponsors the Pro-Line Athletic Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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World Baseball Classic Grows Game Globally, Boosts Case for Baseball & Softball in the Olympics

Press Release World Baseball Softball Confederation

The 2013 WBC has demonstrated emphatically that baseball is flourishing beyond its “American” origins, and if placed on the Olympic Programme, baseball, along with softball, would significantly enhance the excitement, popularity, universality and experience that an already strong Olympic Games program produces.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Baseball and Softball’s campaign for inclusion in the Olympics received a big boost from last week’s successful staging of the World Baseball Classic (WBC).

“The success and expansion [from 16 to 28 national teams] of the World Baseball Classic highlights the demand for baseball on a global stage and is a major boost for efforts to provide more opportunities for a new generation of young athletes to proudly wear their nations’ jerseys,” World Baseball Softball Confederation co-President Riccardo Fraccari stated.

The WBC, launched in 2006 and only in its third edition, exceeded worldwide broadcast and ticket sales benchmarks, highlighting the potential benefits and attractiveness that adding a bat-and-ball sport to the Olympic Programme could deliver.

Less than half of the teams in the 2013 WBC came from the Americas (39%), while 29% of the 28 qualified teams came from Europe and 21% from Asia. The 2013 WBC has demonstrated emphatically that baseball is flourishing beyond its “American” origins, and if placed on the Olympic Programme, baseball, along with softball, would significantly enhance the excitement, popularity, universality and experience that an already strong Olympic Games program produces.

WBSC co-head Don Porter commented, “We believe baseball and softball can become the next global game and bring the embodiment of sport and Olympic ideals to the lives of millions of young people around the world through baseball, softball and the Olympic Games.”

The 2013 World Baseball Classic surpassed previous WBC records in attendance, licensing, viewership, sponsorship sales and social media activity.

“The impressive figures [of the WBC] clearly indicate that our sport could help further drive the Olympic brand in key and lucrative regions, as well as in digital media, where the baseball discipline has strongholds and continues to thrive and expand,” said Fraccari.

“In 2009, there were professional baseball players from 30 countries; today there are 44 countries represented and we expect this growth trend to continue and accelerate with the inclusion of baseball and softball in the Olympics,” Fraccari stated.

“Baseball and softball leagues around the world have continued to adapt and take the sport to new markets, demonstrating the growing appeal and popularity of baseball and softball, particular among youth in an ever widening range of cultures, countries and continents, “ said Porter.

Baseball and Softball are included in a group of sports that the IOC Executive Board and will have to pass by this key evaluation to go to a final vote before the entire IOC membership in September.

Some Highlights and Figures of the 2013 World Baseball Classic

  • Japan’s opening round game was the most viewed sporting event in Japan for the last 12 months, registering a 22.1 rating and a 43 share.
  • A record-breaking 74% of TV viewers in Puerto Rico tuned in to watch their national team defeat Japan in last Sunday’s semifinal, while the second round game between Japan and Chinese Taipei registered the highest cable ratings in Taipei’s history.
  • The Championship game between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic was the most-watched sporting event in the Dominican Republic of the last ten years, and the most-watched sporting event in Puerto Rico in more than a year.
  • More than 2,100 media accreditation requests were received for the opening pool play round in Fukuoka alone, while fans from more than 220 countries and territories followed visited the official WBC website during the event.
  • The social media following of the official World Baseball Classic Facebook page generated nearly one million likes, comments and shares during the tournament, with posts from the official Twitter feed re-tweeted nearly 200,000 times, showcasing the sport’s appeal to a young and digitally connected audience.

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About the World Baseball Softball Confederation:

Formed under the authority and merger of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and International Softball Federation (ISF), the World Baseball Softball Confederation has been established to provide a unified voice and governance for all disciplines of Softball and Baseball throughout the world.

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World Baseball Classic grows baseball globally with record-setting 2013 tournament

Press Release World Baseball Classic, Inc.

New highs achieved for attendance, television viewership, merchandise sales, sponsorship and social media activity; Championship Game is most-watched sporting event in Dominican Republic in at least the past ten years

The 2013 World Baseball Classic set records in attendance, licensing, viewership and sponsorship sales and social media activity as the tournament continued its mission of growing the sport of baseball around the world. Below are some of the event highlights from the 2013 World Baseball Classic:

Attendance
Overall, the tournament drew a total attendance of 885,212, which surpassed the 2009 World Baseball Classic top total of 801,410 by more than 10%.

• Tournament attendance records were set in Arizona (First Round), Puerto Rico (First Round), Miami (Second Round), and Tokyo (Second Round)

  • The First Round pool in Arizona, which registered 115,183 fans, surpassing the attendance of the First Round pool in Arizona in 2006 by 26%
  • The First Round pool in Puerto Rico registered a total attendance of 95,058, which represents the highest attendance for any of the four World Baseball Classic pools there in the tournament’s history surpassing the previous high recorded in the Second Round of the 2006 event (92,163)
  • The Second Round games in Miami and Tokyo totaled 325,282 fans, a 58% increase over the 206,180 fans that attended Second Round games in 2009

• Several venues registered record numbers for individual games including:

  • The Chinese Taipei vs. Korea match-up on March 5th was played before a crowd of 23,431, the largest attendance ever for a baseball game in Taiwan
  • The United States vs. Mexico game at Chase Field on March 8th attracted 44,256 fans, which was the second most attended World Baseball Classic game ever in North America, trailing only the 2009 Championship Game at Dodger Stadium (54,846)
  • A crowd of 34,366 fans packed Marlins Park for the Dominican Republic vs. United States game on March 14th, the fourth-largest crowd ever at Marlins Park

Viewership
The World Baseball Classic generated massive television viewership around the world, setting records in countries including the Dominican Republic, Japan, Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

• Tuesday’s Championship game was the most-watched sporting event in the Dominican Republic in at least the past ten years, and the most-watched sporting event in Puerto Rico in at least the past year.

  • In the Dominican Republic, the game averaged an 11.2 rating and 39 share on CDN, peaking at a 63 share towards the end of the game (percentage of available viewers tuned in). The previous high for the tournament was for the Semi-Final win over the Kingdom of the Netherlands the night before.
  • In Puerto Rico, the game earned a combined 39.9 rating on Telemundo, MLB Network and ESPN Deportes, with a 64 share. The previous high was for the Semi-Final win over Japan on Sunday.
  • In both cases, these numbers do not include the massive crowds that gathered at ballparks, movie theaters and other large public spaces for viewing parties.

• Japan’s defeat of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on March 10th was the most viewed sporting event in Japan the last 12 months, registering a 22.1 rating and a 43 share, out-rating all 2012 Olympics coverage and World Cup qualifying matches.

  • Japan’s Semi-Final loss to Puerto Rico generated a 51 share in Japan, tops among all World Baseball Classic games.
  • One-third of all televisions on in Japan were tuned to the World Baseball Classic for the three first Round Games in Fukuoka.
  • Taiwan recorded its highest-rated cable program in the country’s history (15.5 rating) for the March 8th extra-inning thriller between Japan and Chinese Taipei.
  • MLB Network’s six most-watched non-Postseason games are from the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Tuesday’s Championship game averaged 843,000 viewers, making it the second most-watched non-Postseason telecast in MLB Network history and its fourth most-watched game overall.
  • Tuesday’s Championship game was the most-watched baseball game ever on ESPN Deportes and the network’s most-watched live sporting event since August.
  • World Baseball Classic games shown live in Canada nationally on Sportsnet produced a 97% increase in viewership from comparable national coverage in 2009.

Sponsorship
• Sixty-six companies in eight countries sponsored the World Baseball Classic globally or regionally – up from 56 companies in 2009 and 26 in 2006. The roster included four global partners – Brand USA (the new tourism marketing organization for the United States), Delta Air Lines, Konami and MetLife Merchandise

• Through the first two rounds of the World Baseball Classic, retail sales are tracking more than 10% ahead of 2009.

• World Baseball Classic merchandise from the Japan vs. Brazil game on March 2nd set a single-day sales record for the Fukuoka Dome

Online
• Fans from more than 220 countries and territories visited WorldBaseballClassic.com

Social Media
• The 2013 World Baseball Classic generated nearly 600 million social media impressions, according to Bluefin Labs and Radian 6.

• More than 75 different terms related to the World Baseball Classic trended worldwide on Twitter throughout the tournament. At many points throughout the Championship Round, every top trend in each participating country were related to the tournament.

• Posts from the official World Baseball Classic Facebook page generated nearly one million likes, comments and shares during the tournament, and posts from the official Twitter feed were re-tweeted nearly 200,000 times.

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Today in Baseball History – March 26

March 26, 1937

Ty Cobb advises Joe DiMaggio to lighten his bat from 40 ounces to 36 ounces. The result is one of his best seasons of his career.

In 1937, DiMaggio will go on to hit .346 with a league leading 46 home runs and 151 runs scored. He also leads the league in slugging at .673 and total bases with 418.

Born on this day:

1962 Kevin Seitzer

 

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Today in Baseball History – March 25

March 25, 1997

Two seasons after facing each other in the World Series, the Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians make a big trade.

The Braves send ’95 World Series hero David Justice and Marquis Grissom to the Indians. In return they receive speedy outfielder Kenny Lofton and left-handed reliever Alan Embree.

Embree would only spend a season and a half with Atlanta before being shipped off to Arizona. Lofton would have a down year in Atlanta before resigning with Cleveland in 1998 as a free agent.

Grissom would only spend a year in Cleveland before being traded to Milwaukee the following off season.

Justice would have the most success out of all of those dealt. He spent 3.5 seasons with Cleveland and had a great comeback year in 1997 hitting 33 home runs after being injured for most of 1996.

Born on this day:

1955 Lee Mazzilli

1966 Tom Glavine

1969 Travis Fryman

Died on this day:

1951 Eddie Collins

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MLB: Audio Clip of 1982 Milwaukee Brewers Highlights

Recently I received an email from reader Dror Maor after he read our review of Harvey’s Wallbangers and I thought I would share what he was kind enough to share with me.

I was too young to remember the 1982 season for the Milwaukee Brewers. But Dror not only remembered it, he lived it. He was living in Wisconsin during that time and still has fond memories of that season.

But on to what he shared with me. He has made an audio clip of some of Bob Uecker’s famous calls from that season. In the background of the Ueck calls he has “Come See What’s Brewing” playing which was the fight song for the Brew Crew during those years.

I really enjoyed what he did, not because I am a huge Brewers fan, but because I am a huge Uecker fan. And with his permission, I am sharing it with our readers today.

So give it a listen and let us know what you think. I think you will enjoy it even if you aren’t a Brewers fan. Just leave us a comment below with what you think.

Thanks to Dror Maor for sharing and allowing me to share with everyone.

1982 Milwaukee Brewers Highlights1982 Milwaukee Brewers Highlights

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American Coach Looking to Give Softball Clinics in Europe

American softball coach, and former player, Melissa Porche is looking for European teams to form a partnership with to provide yearly clinics.

Porche has Division I playing and coaching experience in the USA. She was the pitching coach for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for four seasons. During her time there, the pitching staff improved its ERA, strikeout totals, and batting average against.

Prior to coaching at the Division I level, she was a star pitching for Missouri State University. During her time as a student athlete, Melissa won numerous awards including being named to the Missouri Valley Conference First Team. She also helped her team to regional appearances against UCLA and UCSD in 2006.

She also has experience in Europe. After finishing her college career, she spent time playing and coaching with the Haar Disciples in Munich, Germany.

Now she is looking to return to Europe to help teams improve their game and share the knowledge she has gained over many years at a high level of competition.

She is available to provide hitting or pitching clinics or individual lessons. It can all be altered to fit the team’s needs.

Interested parties can email her at CoachPorcheLessons@gmail.com for more information. Also please download her flier below that has more information about what she is offering.

Please pass on to anyone that might be interested in learning the game of softball from an experienced player and coach.

Download the flyer here – Softball Clinics By Melissa Porche

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Chinese Taipei: CPBL Season Kicks off with a Lamigo Monkeys Win

After a nice run in the World Baseball Classic by the Chinese Taipei team, the Chinese Professional Baseball League kicked off on Saturday with a rematch of the 2012 championship series.

In front of nearly 18,000 fans, the Lamigo Monkeys held off a late comeback by the Uni-President Lions 10-8 at Taoyuan International Baseball Stadium. The hitters dominated the the pitchers from the get go.

The Lions jumped out in the first inning with a run, but the lead didn’t last long. The Monkeys came back in the bottom of the second with an RBI double from Yu The-long and a RBI single fromTsan Chih-yao. Both came off Lions starter Pan Wei-luen.

Chen Guan-ren singled to lead off the third for Lamigo and came around to score on a Lin Chih-sheng RBI double giving the Monkeys a 3-1 lead. But as the early see-saw battle went, the Lions came back with a run of its own to cut the lead to 3-2.

The primates struck again in the bottom of the fifth. This time it was off the bat of Lin Hong-yu who hit a two-run home run off of Lion’s starter Pan.

The story of the game seemed to be the repeated Lions comebacks. However, after leading 1-0 they were never able to take the lead again. And in the top of the seventh they staged another rally.

A Chen Yung-chi triple cut the lead to one as the Lions scored twice in the top of the seventh. But just as the Lions would pull to within striking distance, the Monkeys would score again.

This time it was off the bat of Chen Chin-fong who blasted a two-run home run off of Lions reliever Lee Fong-hua pushing the lead to three. Three more runs in the bottom of the eighth put the game out of reach and the Monkeys’ lead to 10-4.

The Lions once again tried to make a comeback, but as they did all game long fell short again. Monkeys’ closer Hsu Ming-jeh gave up four runs before giving way to rookie reliever Tseng-Tsong-hsuan. Tseng came in and struck out two of the three hitters he faced to end the rally and the game.

Monkeys starter, and former Long Island Duck, Mike Loree picked up the win tossing 6.1 innings giving up four runs on eight hits. Loree spend the 2012 season with Long Island after spending a few years in the San Francisco Giants minor league system.

Pan Wei-luen took the loss for the Lions giving up five runs in five innings.

CPBL Standings:

1. Lamigo Monkeys 1-0

2. Brother Elephants 0-0

3. EDA Rhinos 0-0

4. Uni-President Lions 0-1

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Help Build a Baseball Field in Ireland; Get Free Gift

We have been a strong supporter of the Field O’ Dreams project that is working to raise money to build a proper baseball facility in Ireland for the first time ever.

The Baseball United Foundation has teamed up with Baseball Ireland and the Ashbourne Baseball Club to build the facility that will be the first of its kind in Ireland.

We are strong supporters here of projects that try and grow the game in different parts of the world, and that is what the Field O’ Dreams project is about.

Without proper facilities it is very difficult to grow the sport. We have seen what the World Baseball Classic can do to generate interest in international baseball. So help us help them.

Late last year Baseball de World made a donation to the project. With each donation there are awards that are available. We are now taking our reward to give back to our readers. We have secured six five (1 donation already) Ireland National Team t-shirts to give away to our readers who donate to the project.

All you have to do is donate $20 to the project. In addition to the t-shirt that Baseball de World will send you (free of charge), you will get a copy of the DVD The Emerald Diamond. All you have to do is tell them you were sent by us – Baseball de World. We will then confirm everything and ship you out a t-shirt.

This is for a good cause. We here at the site receive nothing when you donate. We just want to see the facility built in order to help the sport progress in Ireland.

So head on over the the Field O’ Dreams website and donate. The more the better but even if you can only spare $1 or $5, that still helps.

Spread the word if you can. There is still a need for donations in order to help get the field built.

*We will do our best to match sizes to your needs, but with us only receiving six, we are limited to what we can do. We hope you understand.

Edit: If you donate after seeing this, please shoot me an email at esbynum@baseballdeworld.com and let me know. Thanks

Edit: We have 2 shirts left after getting our first donation. Hurry before they are gone. We will try to update here how many we have left.

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2013 Asia Series to be Held in Taichung

The 2013 Asia Series has been moved from Fukuoka, Japan to Taichung, Chinese Taipei. Japan (NPB) agreed to transfer the rights to host the tournament to the CPBL.

The Series, which features the winners of Asia’s professional leagues, will be hosted by Chinese Taipei for the second time in three years. It was played in Busan, South Korea in 2012.

The Series features the winners from Asia’s professional leagues including the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), Australian Baseball League (ABL), Chinese Baseball Association (China), and the Chinese Professional Baseball League (Chinese Taipei). In addition to the five winners, Chinese Taipei will field a second team to round out the six team tournament.

Already with an invitation to the 2013 Series is the Canberra Cavalry from the ABL who won the 2012-2013 championship. They will head to Taichung to play the rest of the field from November 15th – 20th.

In 2012, the Yomiuri Giants reclaimed the title for Japan with the Lamigo Monkeys of the CPBL finishing as the runner-up. Only once in the short history of the Series has a non-Japanese team won the title. That was in 2012 when the Samsung Lions of the KBO came out on top.

Picture courtesy Taiwan Today

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The Miguel Sano Story; The Ballplayer: Pelotero Sequal

Last July we reviewed the movie, and even gave a way a copy to one lucky reader, Ballplayer: PeloteroIf you haven’t seen it, you should. It’s an excellent film that follows two ballplayers in the Dominican as they prepare for signing day.

Well if you liked the first one, get prepared for more.

The film company, Guagua Productions, hasn’t stopped filming Miguel Sano since he was back in the Dominican Republic, and now he is one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

That’s three years of filming. This could be the most in-depth story of of a player’s rise to stardom. But they need your help.

They are trying to get together $25,000 in order to help finish the film. There is a Kickstarter campaign going where with a small donation there are some great rewards ranging from a digital download to DVDs to autographed items from Sano.

I’m really looking forward to this film coming out. So much so that I donated as well. I don’t get any sort of commission for this. I’m just really looking forward to seeing the film and invite you to donate as well.

You can find the Kickstarter page here where you can find out more about the film and donate if you like.

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Nicaragua Wins Baseball Gold at X Central American Games

Nicaragua wins thrilling Gold Medal Game against Panama to prevail in Costa Rica

Nicaragua has won the Gold Medal at the X Central American Games in San Jose, Costa Rica. The team of manager Noel Areas defeated Panama 6-5 in the Gold Medal Game. Ofilio Castro drove in the decisive run with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.

Nicaragua had overcome a 3-4 deficit in the bottom of the eighth to take a 5-4 lead, but Panama came back against closer Gustavo Martinez in the top of the ninth, setting up the dramatic finish.

The baseball tournament at the 2013 Central American Games in Costa Rica was played from March 12 to 17 at Estadio Antonio Escarré. Six teams participated with Nicaragua winning Gold, Panama Silver and El Salvador Bronze. Guatemala, Costa Rica and Honduras were in the tournament as well.

Official Website X Central American Games

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2013 MetLife All-World Baseball Classic Team Announced

Press Release World Baseball Classic, Inc.

Fans Help Select Most Outstanding Players of the Tournament for First Time

World Baseball Classic, Inc. today announced the members of the 2013 MetLife All-World Baseball Classic Team. For the first time, baseball fans from around the globe were able to vote for the most outstanding players of the tournament. Fan voting counted for one-third of the total points awarded to each player, with the other two-thirds coming from international broadcast media and international sportswriters.

Dominican Republic second baseman Robinson Cano was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament. The following players were selected to the 2013 MetLife All-World Baseball Classic Team:

Position Player Team 2013 Tournament Statistics
C Yadier Molina Puerto Rico .259, SB, 2.88 Team ERA
1B Edwin Encarnacion Dominican Republic .250, tied for team-high with 6 RBI, 3 R
2B Robinson Cano Dominican Republic .469, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 25 TB
3B David Wright United States .438, HR, 10 RBI
SS Jose Reyes Dominican Republic .314, HR, 3 RBI, 7 R
OF Angel Pagan Puerto Rico .364, 2 SB, .447 OBP
OF Nelson Cruz Dominican Republic .303, 6 RBI
OF Michael Saunders Canada .727, HR, 7 RBI
DH Hirokazu Ibata Japan .556, 4 RBI, 6 R
P Kenta Maeda Japan 15 IP, 1 ER, 0.60 ERA, 18 SO
P Nelson Figueroa Puerto Rico 2 Wins, 1.80 ERA
P Fernando Rodney Dominican Republic 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 7 SV

MetLife is one of four Global Sponsors for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and is the Official Insurance Company of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. MetLife, and its brand ambassador Snoopy, have been incorporated into multiple aspects of the event including aerial coverage from the MetLife blimps integrated into the game broadcasts and appearances by Snoopy at the games.

The 2013 World Baseball Classic, which is the third edition of the tournament, is the premier international baseball tournament featuring the world’s best players representing their countries and territories. MLB Network and ESPN Deportes are the exclusive English and Spanish-language broadcasters in the United States and 39 international broadcasters televised games in 14 languages in more than 200 countries and territories. The World Baseball Classic, which is officially sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), was recognized for the first time in 2013 as the official national team World Championship, with the winner crowned the 2013 World Baseball Classic Champion and the IBAF World Champion.

About the World Baseball Classic
The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation, and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories.  More than 1.5 million fans from all over the world have attended the tournament games, held in March 2006 and 2009. Team Japan is the reigning World Baseball Classic Champion, taking home both the inaugural and 2009 titles.

About World Baseball Classic, Inc.
World Baseball Classic, Inc. (WBCI) is a company created at the direction of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to operate the World Baseball Classic tournament. The tournament, which is sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), is supported by MLB, the MLBPA, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), their respective players associations and other leagues and players from around the world.

About the International Baseball Federation
The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is the world governing body for baseball, comprising 122 national member federations.  Together with its member federations, the IBAF is dedicated to the promotion, development, and organization of baseball around the world. The IBAF is the sole entity recognized by the International Olympic Committee for overseeing and sanctioning all national team competition. The IBAF headquarters are located in Lausanne, Switzerland.

About MetLife
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, New York, NY 10166.

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IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings after 2013 World Baseball Classic

Press Release IBAF

Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico move into Top 10

IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings

With the conclusion of the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which saw the Dominican Republic winning the title in the championship game over Puerto Rico, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) has updated its Men’s Baseball World Rankings.

With the update the results from the 2013 World Baseball Classic are replacing the results from the 2009 World Baseball Classic in the Men’s Baseball World Rankings.

New WBC and IBAF World Champion Dominican Republic made the biggest leap, going from 13 to 7, as the team of manager Tony Pena replaced 55.02 points from 2009 with 300.00 points for winning the title. The Dominican Republic has not been in the top 10 of the year-end rankings since its introduction in 2008.

World Baseball Classic runner up Puerto Rico also moved into the top 10 of the Men’s Baseball Ranking, climbing from 12 to 8 (2009: 82.98 points for WBC; 2013: 240.00 points for WBC).

At the top of the standings Cuba, USA and Japan maintained their positions. However Cuba and the United States both will lose 250 points during the 2013 season, as tournament results from the 2009 cycle (IBAF Baseball World Cup, IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship) will be taken off in the fall.

Chinese Taipei, which already led all teams in points for 2012, moved from 5 to 4 thanks to their qualification for the second round at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Surprise semi-finalist The Netherlands climbed from 7 to 5, their best position in the Men’s Baseball Rankings since their year-end 5th position in 2011.

Canada remains in 6th, followed by the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Korea and Venezuela, which round out the top 10. With Cuba, USA, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, COPABE/IBAF America is represented with five countries in the top 10 of the Men’s Baseball Rankings.

Korea suffered the biggest drop, losing 184.98 points due to their ninth-place finish at the 2013 WBC. In 2009 Korea had reached the championship game, which they had lost to Japan. Australia moved down from 10 to 13.

Italy fell from 9 to 11, even though they improved their point total by reaching the second round for the first time in tournament history. However the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico did even better and passed them in the rankings, causing Italy to drop.

Top 20 of IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings:

1. Cuba 772.98 – 2012 rank 1

2. USA 719.27 – 2012 rank 2

3. Japan 544.42 – 2012 rank 3

4. Chinese Taipei 541.79 – 2012 rank 5

5. Netherlands 497.76 – 2012 rank 7

6. Canada 492.02 – 2012 rank 6

7. Dominican Republic 449.18 – 2012 rank 13

8. Puerto Rico 361.25 – 2012 rank 12

9. South Korea 333.22 – 2012 rank 4

10. Venezuela 318.13 – 2012 rank 8

11. Italy 235.80 – 2012 rank 9

12. Mexico 187.95 – 2012 rank 11

13. Australia 183.95 – 2012 rank 10

14. Panama 128.97 – 2012 rank 14

15. Nicaragua 125.01 – 2012 rank 15

16. Spain 122.53 – 2012 rank 16

17. Germany 96.83 – 2012 rank 17

18. Brazil 96.21 – 2012 rank 20

19. Colombia 86.25 – 2012 rank 19

20. China 80.50  – 2012 rank 18

Complete IBAF Men’s Baseball World Rankings

A multiplier is used in awarding points, based on the prestige of the tournament and the quality of the teams involved. The table below reflects the changes in the international baseball schedule recently approved by the IBAF. Below are the multipliers that will be used beginning in 2012.

World Baseball Classic            6x  (Winner receives 50 points, multiplied by 6 for a total of 300 points)

Premier 12                                  6x

WBC Qualifiers                          *    (Pool winner receives 50 points, 2nd – 40 pts, 3rd – 30 pts, 4th – 15 pts)

21U and 18U                              2x

15U and 12U                              1x

Continental Championships, Continental Qualifiers, and all other IBAF-sponsored events will receive a multiplier based on the number of top-10 teams from the previous year-end rankings that are entered in the tournament. (See below)

1.00× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 3 or more competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

0.75× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 2 competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

0.50× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where 1 competing team is in the previous year-end top 10

0.25× – Continental Championships/Qualifying Tournaments, where no competing teams are in the previous year-end top 10

The Thunder Series and Samurai Japan competitions in 2012 were duly sanctioned by the IBAF as per the directive of IBAF Executive, as such, 25 points were awarded per win. Note: only those sanctioned competitions that are solely between NFs “National Teams” will have IBAF rankings implications (that is to say, Cuba vs CPBL will remain only “exhibition” games with no impact on rankings). More information can be found here.

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Korea: Chris Oxspring Signs with Lotte Giants

Jeeho Yoo of the Yonhap News Agency has reported that Chris Oxspring will replace the injured Scott Richmond for the 2013 season with the Lotte Giants. The Australian native is returning to Korea after pitching for the LG Twins from 2007-2008.

Oxspring will join fellow foreign import Shane Youman in the Giants rotation.

 

Oxspring was signed by the San Diego Padres in 2000 as a free agent and made it to the Major Leagues with the Padres in 2005. Chris pitched in five games that season pitching 12.0 innings of relief work. Before and after that he has bounced around the minor leagues for several organizations.

He also pitched a year in Japan with the Hanshin Tigers in addition to his previous time in Korea. Being an Australian native, he has also pitched in the Australian Baseball League since its reemergence in 2010.

In the 2012-2013 season, Oxspring went 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA over 12 starts for the Sydney Blue Sox of the ABL. He also pitched for Team Australia in the recent World Baseball Classic. He tossed 7.2 innings for Team Australia, including one start, losing a game and compiling a 3.52 ERA.

 

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Belgium: Mortsel Stars Add American Pitcher Vinny Lally

By Mortsel Stars

The Mortsel Stars added American pitcher Vinny Lally to the 2013 roster. The left-handed pitcher played for Yale University, where he earned a 16-7 record and 4.62 ERA over his 181 innings at the Division I level. The lefty appeared in 57 games, which included 27 starts, five complete games and three shutouts. Lally racked up 175 strikeouts and allowed just 153 hits in a career that also included an All-Ivy Honorable Mention in 2010 when he went 7-2 with a 4.71 ERA.

Besides Lally, the Stars already added 6 additional players to their roster, while not losing any of the regular 2012 players. Shane Van Elsacker (C), Juan Alcantera (3B), Wesley Janssens (2B), Dorian Reynaerts (1B), Maxim Van Hoorebeek (P) and Jonathan Duran Garcia (UT) are the new additions. Also pitching coach Alwin Van Maanen and assistant coach Yves van Strijdonck are broadening the coaching staff.

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World Baseball Classic semi-finals generate massive television viewership in Japan

Loss to Puerto Rico on Sunday Watched by 51% of Potential Viewers in Japan

The World Baseball Classic continues to generate massive television ratings in the competing countries.  In Japan, Sunday’s loss to Puerto Rico earned a 51 share (percentage of available viewers tuned to the game), the largest share for any of Japan’s World Baseball Classic games this year.

That game was also the most-watched sporting event in the past year in Puerto Rico, with the final moments of the game peaking at an astonishing 74 share.  Today, Puerto Rico takes on the undefeated Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic Championship game, which will be available to 440 million households worldwide, reaching more than 200 countries and territories in 15 different languages. In the U.S., the game will be televised on MLB Network in English and ESPN Deportes in Spanish.  In Puerto Rico, the game will also be broadcast by Telemundo WKAQ, while in the Dominican Republic the game will be televised by CDN.

Press Release World Baseball Classic, Inc.

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  • USA (13%, 11 Votes)
  • Mexico (11%, 10 Votes)
  • Other (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Cuba (8%, 7 Votes)
  • Venezuela (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Netherlands (5%, 4 Votes)
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  • South Korea (1%, 1 Votes)
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