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Today in Baseball History – May 31

May 31, 1981

In front of their 10th consecutive home sellout, the Los Angeles Dodgers stomp the Reds 16-4. They become the fastest team to reach 1,000,000 in attendance as they top that mark in just 22 games.

May 31, 1996

Cleveland slugger Albert Belle is suspended five games after using his forearm to break up a double play. In the process, Belle broke the nose of Milwaukee second baseman Fernando Vina.

Born on this day:

1967 Kenny Lofton

1972 Dave Roberts

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Today in Baseball History – May 30

May 30, 1913

John McGraw joins a short list of managers who have won 1,000 games including Connie Mack, Fred Clarke, and Cap Anson.

May 30, 1925

Rogers Hornsby is named manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. He replaces Branch Rickey who stays on as general manager. He would later become the only player-manager to win the Triple Crown after he finishes the season hitting .403 with 39 home runs and 143 RBI.

May 30, 1935

Babe Ruth plays the first inning of a double-header between the Boston Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies. It was his last Major League appearance.

May 30, 1967

Whitey Ford announces his retirement due to an elbow injury. He finished his career with 236 wins and a .690 winning percentage.

May 30, 1977

Twenty-two year old Dennis Eckersley tosses a no-hitter as the Indians defeat the Angels 1-0.

Born on this day:

1972 Manny Ramirez

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Today in Baseball History – May 29

May 29, 1976

Joe Niekro hits the only home run of his 22-year career. It comes at the expense of his brother Phil Niekro.

May 29, 1989

The Philadelphia Phillies long time third baseman Mike Schmidt retires at the age of 39. He finishes his career with 548 home runs.

May 29, 1990

Rickey Henderson steals his 893rd base passing Ty Cobb for the American League record.

May 29, 1993

Just three days after having a ball bounce off his head and over the fence for a home run, Jose Canseco comes in to pitch an inning of relief in a blowout. In addition to the Rangers losing 15-1 to the Red Sox, Canseco misses the rest of the season with season ending elbow surgery as a result of the outing.

Born on this day:

1962 Eric Davis

Died on this day:

1972 Moe Berg

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Today in Baseball History – May 28

May 28, 1941

The New York Yankees beat the Washington Senators 6-5 in the first night game at Griffith Stadium.

May 28, 1946

The Washington Senators defeat the New York Yankees 2-1 in the first night game at Yankee Stadium.

May 28, 1951

Willie Mays collects his first Major League hit, a home run off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn. Mays went 0-12 before the hit.

Born on this day:

1957 Kirk Gibson

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Spain: Tenerife Marlins Take Over First Place with Sweep of BC Barcelona

The Tenerife Marlins took over first place in the Spanish Division de Honor with a two game sweep over CB Barcelona over the weekend. The Marlins need an extra frame in Game 1 to take home the win but won a slugfest in Game 2 to take a slight lead in the standings.

CB Barcelona 6, Tenerife Marlins 7 (10)

CB Barcelona 9, Tenerife Marlins 15

Deion Galvan walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th to bring in the winning run for the Marlins in Game 1 of the series.

It was a back and forth game from the get go as the Marlins jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The lead would change hands four times as both teams battled back from deficits. The Marlins needed a run in the bottom of the ninth just to push it to extra frames. They got that tying run on a lead off home run from Yancarlo Franco (3-for-5) who had a big day at the plate scoring three times.

Leslie Nacar went the distance tossing ten innings to pick up the win. Ricardo Hernandez pitched the first nine innings for Barcelona but gave way to Andres Gimeno in the tenth. Gimeno would take the loss.

Oscar Angulo (1-for-3) and Jose Riera (2-for-3) both homered for Barcelona in the loss.

Game 2 featured a bit more offense as both teams combined for 24 runs on 24 hits.

Oscar Angulo (1-for-5) homered once again in the loss.

Lesther Galvan had a huge game for the Marlins going 3-for-5 knocking in four runs with a three-run double and a home run. Jose Melendez also homered for the Marlins going 3-for-5 in the game.

Cristian Remedos picked up the win pitching 7.1 innings of relief after starter Jesus Leon only lasted 1.2 innings. Barcelona starter Jorge Balboa took the loss giving up eight runs (seven earned) in three innings.

In other league action:

Zael Honora picked up a win tossing a complete game three-hitter for Sant Boi. He game up one run and struck out 14.

Eduardo Rivas went a combined 6-for-8, including a 4-for-4 game, in the double header for Sant Boi. He doubled and scored three runs in his four hit game.

Blake Ochoa had a great weekend for the Valencia Astros. In Game 1 he went 2-for-5 with a home run. In Game 2 he continued his hot hitting going 2-for-4 with another home run.

David Groener also homered in Game 1 for the Astros against Baseball Navarra.

Alberto Espanol homered in a loss for Baseball Navarra going 2-for-5 in Game 1 against the Astros.

Alexis Fumero tossed a complete game win for Pamplona. He gave up one run on six hits while striking out seven.

Gabriel Guerrero had a good day for Pamplona. In Game 1 of the weekend series against El Llano Guerrero went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. In Game 2, he picked up two more his in four at bats.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CB Barcelona 6, Tenerife Marlins 7 (10)
CB Barcelona 9, Tenerife Marlins 15

CBS Sant Boi 2, CB Vilamoura 1
CBS Sant Boi 5, CB Vilamoura 6

CD Pamplona 6, El Llano BC 1
CD Pamplona 7, El Llano BC 8

Baseball Navarra 2, Valencia Astros 10
Baseball Navarra 7, Valencia Astros 3

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins 12-4
2. CB Barcelona 13-5
3. CBS Sant Boi 12-6
4. CB Vilamoura 10-8
5. San Inazio Bilbao 8-8
6. Baseball Navarra 7-11
7. CD Pamplona 7-11
8. Valencia Astros 6-10
9. El Llano BC 3-15

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Today in Baseball History – May 27

May 27, 1968

After a ten-hour meeting with league owners, Montreal and San Diego are awarded National League franchises. The Padres and Expos begin play in 1969. The Expos would leave Montreal after the 2004 season and become the Washington Nationals. Neither team has a World Series title to its credit.

May 27, 1993

Former two-time N.L. MVP Dale Murphy announces his retirement as a member of the Colorado Rockies. He finishes his career with 398 home runs.

Born on this day:

1968 Frank Thomas

1968 Jeff Bagwell

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Germany: North Division Plagued by Rainouts

There wasn’t much action in the North Division of the German Bundesliga over the weekend due to some strong rain. The series between the HSV Stealers and the Berlin Sluggers was rained out. So was the series between the Cologne Cardinals and the Dohren Wild Farmers. Leaving the only action of the weekend to the Dortmund Wanderers and the Bonn Capitals.

Dortmund Wanderers 2, Bonn Capitals 6

Dortmund Wanderers 0, Bonn Capitals 9

The Bonn Capitals stayed just a game behind the idle Solingen Alligators with the sweep of the Wanderers this weekend.

Bonn got a good outing from starter Moritz Sckaer who picked up his second win of the year. Sckaer tossed five innings allowing just one run on one hit. He did walk four.

Bradley Roper-Hubbert hit his fourth home run of the year while the Capitals pounded out 12 hits. Five different hitters collected two hits in the game.

Unfortunately the Wanderers had to forfeit Game 2 of the day due to a player shortage, so there was only one game played.

North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 10-0
2. Bonn Capitals 9-1
3. Paderborn Untouchables 8-4
4. HSV Stealers 5-3
5. Dohren Wild Farmers 4-6
6. Cologne Cardinals 2-8
7. Dortmund Wanderers 1-9
8. Berlin Sluggers 1-9

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Germany: Mainz Athletics Lead South Division

In the South Division of the German Bundesliga, the Buchbinder Legionaere finally gave the division leading Mainz Athletics a loss. The Legionaere shutout the Athletics in Game 1 of the two game set, but the Athletics came back strong in Game 2 to earn the split and hold tight to the division lead.

Mainz Athletics 0, Buchbinder Legionaere 5

Mainz Athletics 6, Buchbinder Legionaere 1

Game 1 saw Mike Bolsenbroek toss a complete game shutout. He gave up just three hits and struck out 12 en route to the win for the Legionaere.

Bolsenbroek was aided offensively by Matt Vance who hit his first home run of the  year. Vance walked three times, scored twice, and drove in a pair of runs. He also stole his fourth base of the year.

Christian Decher pitched well for Mainz but took the loss going seven innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on two hits. He did walk six and hit two batters.

The Athletics got back on track in Game 2 with a 6-1 win. The game was shortened by rain as Pat Haugen picked up the win for Mainz tossing 5.2 innings allowing just one run on seven hits. Justin Kuehn took the loss for Buchbinder.

Keven Kotowski set the table for Mainz in the lead off spot going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. He scored a pair of runs and drove in another.

In other South Division action:

Spenser Payne had a huge day for the Bad Homburg Hornets. He hit a pair of home runs in Game 1 of the double header going 2-for-5. He then hit another, his fourth of the year in Game 2.

Kyel Waddell hit his second home run for Bad Homburg in Game 2 of the double header.

Elliot Glynn pitched a complete game shutout for Bad Homburg in Game 2 giving up just four hits.

Game 1 for Heidenheim saw a pair of players with good games. Simon Guhring homered, his 5th of the year, going 2-for-3 with three RBI. While Jay Peci tripled going 3-for-5.

Michael Stephan homered going 3-for-5 for the Haar Disciples in Game 1 of the weekend. He would add a double in Game 2.

The Haar Disciples Joshua Petersen doubled, tripled, and drove in four runs in Game 1 of the double header.

South Division Scores:

Mainz Athletics 0, Buchbinder Legionaere 5
Mainz Athletics 6, Buchbinder Legionaere 1
Bad Homburg Hornets 2, Heidenheim Heideköpfe 8
Bad Homburg Hornets 2, Heidenheim Heideköpfe 0
Haar Disciples 9, Tuebingen Hawks 1
Haar Disciples 5, Tuebingen Hawks 3

South Division Standings:

1. Mainz Athletics 9-1
2. Buchbinder Legionaere 9-3
3. Heidenheim Heideköpfe 7-3
4. Haar Disciples 5-3
5. Stuttgart Reds 3-7
6. Mannheim Tornados 2-6
7. Bad Homburg Hornets 2-8
8. Tuebingen Hawks 1-7

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Argentina: American Expat Teaching Youth Baseball in Buenos Aires

For the past few years Paul Perry and the Buenos Aires Shankees, an expat baseball team playing the Argentina capital, have been friends of Baseball de World. And now the American expat is doing something great for the kids in Buenos Aires that we felt needed to be shared.

At a small bilingual school called Sir Thomas Malory Perry is teaching young kids the great game of baseball. The school has become the first one to adopt baseball as an official sport in a soccer crazed country.

During morning breaks, Perry teaches 6th and 7th grade students the game. But only those students who complete their homework and don’t misbehave in the classroom. The grades are broken down with the 6th graders practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and the 7th graders on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Fridays both grades get together to practice.

However, this is not an easy task for Perry. Baseball is not a popular sport in Argentina. Soccer rules the sports world there and most, if not all, of the students he teaches have never played the game before. Overall there are 30 players who are participating with only one, Perry’s 11-year old son Henry, that has any experience.

But experience isn’t the only issues he has run into so far. With 30 players, Perry only has 20 gloves and six practice balls. The league the Shankees play in has helped out with a few old gloves and balls, and the school has helped out by providing an equipment bag. But the kids are still in need.

They practice on a rugby field with old white sofa cushions as bases. In fact there are only two baseball fields in the city, and Perry is hoping to get approval to move the practices to one of them in the future.

The program will go year-round and hopefully the sport will catch on with some of the students. There is a Little League in the city, La Liga Metropolitana de Beisbol, and Perry hopes to be competing in that in the future.

It’s a long road ahead for the program, but it is off to a good start thanks to the hard work and dedication of Paul Perry. If you would like the help out the program in some way, contact Paul through the Shankees Website. They are in need of pretty much everything baseball related.

And if you want to learn more about the program and how the kids are doing, check them out on the Baseball Buenos Aires Facebook Page.

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Field of 64 Announced for the 2013 College World Series

The field of 64 has been announced for the 2013 College World Series which begins with the regional round this coming weekend.  With the announcement of the field came the announcement of the Top 8 national seeds which is lead by the University of North Carolina (52-8).

UNC won the ACC tournament this past weekend defeating Virginia Tech in the championship game to earn the #1 overall seed in the College World Series. The Tar Heels will host a regional, and if they advance a super regional.

Following up North Carolina are, in order, Vanderbilt, Oregon State, LSU, Cal State Fullerton, Virginia, Florida State, and Oregon. All of the Top 8 national seeds will host a regional and a super regional should they advance.

Some of the biggest names in college baseball didn’t make the tournament this year including defending champion Arizona (34-21). Also missing the CWS this year was Texas, who didn’t even make the Big 12 tournament.

Miami (36-23), the only #1 national seed to ever win the title in 1999, made the tournament for the 41st consecutive year to extend its own record. Florida State (44-15) is making its 36th straight appearance as well.

Of the 64 tournament teams, thirty-one were in the CWS last year.

Several teams are making their first appearance including Canisius, Central Arkansas, South Dakota State, Savannah State, and Bryant who made it in its first year of eligibility.

Bowling Green (24-29) is the only team in the field with a losing record but advanced by winning the Mid-America Conference tournament and receiving the automatic bid.

But perhaps the biggest story of the tournament comes from Towson (29-28). Due to financial problems and in support of the gender-equity imbalance, the Towson baseball and soccer team were destined to be eliminated as programs from the school. That was until the governor stepped in and found $300,000 in funding to save the baseball program for at least two years. The soccer team was not saved unfortunately.

The regional round begins this coming weekend as the 16 four-team, double-elimination rounds. You can find the full bracket of all the teams in the tournament below.

NCAA Div. I CWS Bracket

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Groups Set for IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung

Ten of the twelve teams from the 2012 IBAF 18U Baseball World Cup are back for this year’s edition. Defending champion USA will be back as will runner-up Canada in what looks to be an even stronger field this year. The event will take place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from August 30 to September 8.

The two teams that will not make the return trip to Asia are the Netherlands and Panama. Replacing them will be Cuba and Mexico.

  • Pool A: Canada (2), Chinese Taipei (3), Japan (6), Venezuela (8), Czech Republic (12), Mexico (invited)
  • Pool B: USA (1), Colombia (4), Korea (5), Australia (9), Italy (10), Cuba (invited)

(Numbers next to countries are their standings from the 2012 18U Baseball World Cup in Seoul)

The addition of Cuba makes the tournament even more competitive this year. The island nation has won 11 of the 25 tournaments and has placed in the top three 17 times.

Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung will be the main stadium for the tournament. It has hosted many international events including the 2013 World Baseball Classic earlier this year.

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College: Vanderbilt Keeps #1 Spot with Sweep of Kentucky

For the third week in a row the Vanderbilt Commodores are atop the NCBWA Division I Poll. The Commodores swept a weekend series from Kentucky over the weekend. They will face Alabama in the last weekend SEC series before the conference tournament begins.

The Top 5 was shaken up a bit after North Carolina fell to #4 after spending the past few weeks at #2. They faced off with #26 Georgia Tech dropping two-of-three over the weekend including an 11 inning loss in Game 3 of the series.  UNC lost two game by just a single run, but they were not the only Top 5 team to fall over the weekend. Cal State Fullerton fell two spots to #5 after losing a game to UC Riverside over the weekend.

The big series of the weekend featured #8 Florida State traveling to #9 NC State. The hometown Wolfpack took the first game 3-1, but then dropped the next two to the Seminoles. Both teams remained in the same spots in the Top 10.

One big series this weekend will feature a pair of Top 20 SEC teams when #12 South Carolina travels to #17 Mississippi State this weekend.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MAY 13)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 45-6 4-0 1
2. LSU Southeastern 45-7 2-1 4
3. Oregon State Pac-12 41-8 4-0 5
4. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 45-6 3-2 2
5. Cal State Fullerton Big West 41-8 2-1 3
6. Oregon Pac-12 40-11 3-0 6
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 42-8 3-0 7
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 41-10 3-1 8
9. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 39-12 2-1 9
10. Louisville Big East 42-10 5-0 10
11. UCLA Pac-12 34-14 3-1 11
12. South Carolina Southeastern 37-14 4-0 12
13. Arkansas Southeastern 34-17 2-1 14
14. Arizona State Pac-12 32-15-1 2-1 15
15. Indiana Big Ten 38-11 3-2 16
16. Oklahoma State Big 12 36-13 2-1 19
17. Mississippi State Southeastern 37-15 1-2 13
18. Ole Miss Southeastern 35-17 2-1 20
19. Clemson Atlantic Coast 37-15 7-0 25
20. Rice Conference USA 33-17 2-2 17
21. Oklahoma Big 12 35-16 1-2 18
22. Kansas State Big 12 37-15 3-0 28
23. Pittsburgh Big East 40-11 4-0 29
24. UC Irvine Big West 31-16 2-1 23
25. South Alabama Sun Belt 39-14 3-1 26
26. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 32-20 3-2 30
27. Cal Poly Big West 33-16 2-2 22
28. Mercer Atlantic Sun 39-14 3-2 24
29. Campbell Big South 43-9 4-0
30. Austin Peay Ohio Valley 38-13 3-0
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (29-20), Belmont (36-15), Bryant (36-15-1), CSU Bakersfield (34-18), Canisius (37-13), Coastal Carolina (32-18), Creighton (28-14), Dartmouth (32-9), Florida Gulf Coast (34-17), Gonzaga (32-16-1), llinois State (33-18), Kentucky (28-22), Louisiana (35-17), Miami (33-20), New Mexico (32-18), Sam Houston State (33-18), Seton Hall (33-16), Stanford (26-20), Troy (37-14), UNC Wilmington (36-16), UNLV (34-17), Virginia Tech (33-19).
Dropped out: Stanford (21), Arizona (27).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Southeastern 6, Pac-12 4, Big 12 3, Big West 3, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Ohio Valley 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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Today in Baseball History – May 10

May 10, 1967

In the eighth inning of a game against Philadelphia’s Jim Bunning, Hank Aaron hits the only inside-the-park home run of his career.

May 10, 1970

The Braves’ Hoyt Wilhelm becomes the first player to appear in 1,000 games in a loss to St. Louis.

May 10, 1981

The Expos’ Charlie Lea no-hits the Giants 4-0. It was the first no-hitter in Olympic Stadium, which opened in 1977.

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Today in Baseball History – May 9

May 9, 1984

The longest game in Major League history was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Milwaukee Brewers. The game, longest in time and innings, ends in the 25th inning when Harold Baines homers giving the White Sox a 7-6 victory. The game lasted eight hours and six minutes.

The game is halted on May 8th and continued before the regular scheduled game on May 9th. Tom Seaver wins the game with an inning of relief, then starts the regularly scheduled game and tosses 8.1 innings of  ball to win both games in the day.

May 9, 1987

Eddie Murray hits a home run from both sides of the plate for the second consecutive day. This was the first time this happened in Major League history.

Born on this day:

1960 Tony Gwynn

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Germany: Regensburg Stays Undefeated in South Division

The Mannheim Tornados and the Tubingen Hawks were rained out over the weekend, but the Regensburg Legionaere remained undefeated with a weekend sweep of the Bad Homburg Hornets. The Mainz Athletics kept pace with the division leaders winning both of their games with the Stuttgart Reds.

Bad Homburg Hornets 5, Regensburg Legionaere 6
Bad Homburg Hornets 1, Regensburg Legionaere 6

In Game 1, the Legionaere used a bottom of the ninth rally to score two runs and walk off with the win 6-5 over the Hornets.

Boris Bokai came on to run for Christoph Zirzlmeier (1-for-1) who led off the bottom of the ninth with a single. After a sacrifice and a bunt single moved Bokai to third, he would score on a wild pitch from Hornets starter Kyle Waddell. Then Matt Vance came through with a single to drive in the winning run.

Waddell pitched well going eight innings allowing six runs (three earned) but took the loss for Bad Homburg.

Jonathan Eisenhuth picked up the win pitching an inning in relief.

Both teams committed four errors apiece as both teams gave up three unearned runs.

Elliot Glynn had a big day for the Hornets going for 4-for-5 scoring a run.

Regensburg came back on Sunday to earn the sweep with a 6-1 win. Justin Kuehn pitched great going seven scoreless innings allowing just two hits while striking out nine. He improved his ERA to 0.64 while picking up his first win of the season.

Matt Vance scored a pair of runs going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a double. Christopher Howard (1-for-4) and Maik Ehmcke (1-for-3) both hit two-run home runs for Regensburg.

Fabian Fermin Hernandez hit a solo home run for Bad Homburg.

In other league action:

Joshua Peterson went a combined 5-for-9 for the Haar Disciples including a home run in both games. He drove in seven runs and scored four in the two game set.

Michael Stephan hit three home runs in the two game set going 4-for-9 on the weekend. He drove in five runs and scored four for Haar.

Simon Guhring homered in both games for Heidenheim going a combined 4-for-11 with five RBI.

Robert Gruber went 4-for-6 in Game 1 for Heidenheim homering and driving in four runs.

Peter Dankerl also homered in Game 1 for Heidenheim going 2-for-4. Teammate Jack McOwen had a great weekend as well going 7-for-10 in the two games driving in five runs and scoring five more.

Matti Emery homered for the Reds in Game 1 going 1-for-4 in the loss to Mainz.

Chris Beck homered in Game 2 for the Reds driving in three and scoring twice.

Nicolas Weichert had a nice weekend as well for the Athletics. He went a combined 5-for-10 scoring three times over the two games.

Germany South Division Scores:

Bad Homburg Hornets 5, Regensburg Legionaere 6
Bad Homburg Hornets 1, Regensburg Legionaere 6

Heidemheim Heidekopfe 16, Haar Disciples 8
Heidemheim Heidekopfe 6, Haar Disciples 10

Mainz Athletics 12, Stuttgart Reds 7
Mainz Athletics 7, Stuttgart Reds 5

Tubingen Hawks @ Mannheim Tornados Rained Out

Germany South Division Standings:

1. Regensburg Legionaere 8-0
2. Mainz Athletics 6-0
3. Haar Disciples 3-1
4. Heidenheim Heidekopfe 2-2
5. Stuttgart Reds 2-6
6. Mannheim Tornados 1-5
7. Tubingen Hawks 0-2
8. Bad Homburg Hornets 0-6

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Germany: Solingen Alligators Stay Undefeated in North Division

The Solingen Alligators stayed undefeated in the North Division with a weekend sweep of the Cologne Cardinals. The Bonn Capitals fell two games back with a loss to the HSV Stealers. Paderborn got back in the mix of the division with two huge wins over Berlin.

Cologne Cardinals 1, Solingen Alligators 11 (7)
Cologne Cardinals 0, Solingen Alligators 3

Game 1 saw an offensive barrage from the Alligators led by Markus Stryczek who went 3-for-3 scoring three runs. Tanner Leighton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Andre Hughes won again improving to 3-0 on the year. He tossed a complete , seven-inning, one-run game allowing just five hits.

Game 2 was a bit more of a pitching duel. The Alligators starter Nick Renault pitched a complete game shutout allowing just three hits. He needed 121 pitches to earn his third straight win while striking out 12.

Cardinals starter Alex Rivers pitched well, but lost. He tossed seven innings allowing just three runs on seven hits while striking out 10.

Tanner Leighton drove in another run in Game 2 going 2-for-3. Dominik Wulf drove in the other two runs with a single.

Mika Kehls picked up two of the three hits for Cologne singling twice.

In other league action:

Bradley Roper-Hubbert had a big weekend for the Bonn Capitals going a combined 6-for-9 (including a 4-for-4), homering, and driving in four runs.

Roper-Hubbert’s teammate Philipp Spade hit a grand slam in Game 1.

Mirko Oliczewsky had a huge weekend for the HSV Stealers. He went a combined 4-for-6 hitting a home run in each game.

The Paderborn Untouchables scored 46 games in their two games and had a lot of batters with huge days including:

  • Robert Herrmann went 8-for-11 (including a 6-for-7/4 RBI/5 Runs game).
  • Sascha Brockmeyer went 6-for-10 (including a 5-for-6/5 RBI/5 Runs game).
  • Matt Martin homered in Game 2 driving in three runs and scoring four runs.
  • Bjorn Schonlau also homered in Game 2 with a grand slam and scoring three.

Dominic Milo went a combined 4-for-9 for the Dohren Wild Farmers while driving in a pair of runs.

German North Division Scores:

Saturday, May 4th
Cologne Cardinals 1, Solingen Alligators 11 (7)
Cologne Cardinals 0, Solingen Alligators 3

Bonn Capitals 17, HSV Stealers 4 (7)
Bonn Capitals 3, HSV Stealers 6

Sunday, May 5th
Paderborn Untouchables 29, Berlin Sluggers 7 (7)
Paderborn Untouchables 17, Berlin Sluggers 0 (7)

Dohren Wild Farmers 8, Dortmund Wanderers 5
Dohren Wild Farmers 6, Dortmund Wanderers 5

German North Division Standings:

1. Solingen Alligators 8-0
2. Bonn Capitals 5-1
3. Paderborn Untouchables 4-4
3. Dohren Wild Farmers 4-4
5. HSV Stealers 3-3
6. Cologne Cardinals 2-6
7. Dortmund Wanderers 1-5
7. Berlin Sluggers 1-5

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Challenge de France 2013 Starts Friday

The Challenge de France kicks off tomorrow, Friday May 9. The four-day tournament features all of the French Division I clubs along with the French 18U National Team.

The teams are broken down into two groups and will play a modified double elimination tournament. The groups are:

  • Group A: Rouen Huskies, Stade Toulousain, Savigny Lions, France U18
  • Group B: Paris UC, Templiers Senart, Montpellier Barracudas, Beaucaire Chevaliers

You can also find more information on the tournament’s Facebook Page.

2013 Challenge de France

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Austria: ABL Kicks Off First Full Weekend; Cubs and Indians Lead League with Sweeps

The first full weekend of the Austrian Baseball League is in the books with two teams leading the way after a weekend sweep.  The Dornbirn Indians took care of the Attnang Athletics in a pair of games, while the Stockerau Cubs downed the defending champion Vienna Wanderers in a pair of games.

Attnang Athletics 0, Dornbirn Indians 2
Attnang Athletics 2, Dornbirn Indians 7

The Indians got a great start out of Paul Astl who tossed seven innings of three-hit, no-run ball. He struck out nine en route to the win for the Indians. Franz Haisjackl picked up the save tossing two scoreless innings to finish the game.

Walter Strasser pitched well for the Athletics but got no offensive support. He pitched six innings allowing just two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out 10.

Both teams collected just five hits apiece. The Athletics Raphael Mayr (2-for-4) was the only hitter on either team with more than one hit.

Game 2 featured a bit more offense and another Indians win.

Danny Hall Jr. pitched well for Dornbirn giving up just two unearned runs in six innings to pick up the win. Again, Franz Haisjackl picked up the save tossing three scoreless innings of relief.

John Dobkowski took the loss for the Athletics pitching seven innings allowing six runs on 12 hits.

Joachim Frick (1-for-3) homered and drove in a pair of runs for the Indians. Patrick Steinkellner set the table for the Indians in the lead off spot going 3-for-5. Devery Van de Keere also homered and went 3-for-4 in the win.

Lukas Scheicher was the only Athletics hitter with more than one hit going 2-for-5 with a double.

In other league action:

Andrew Oberthaler went 3-for-9 with a home run and three RBI in a pair of games for the Vienna Wanderers.

Max Scholdan hit a solo home run for the Wanderers.

Arian Quirantes had a huge weekend for the Stockerau Cubs. In the two games he went 5-for-8 with a home run in each game.

Derek Bettinson had a huge second game for the Cubs hitting a home run and going 4-for-5.

Mark Brunnthaler picked up two wins in relief for the Cubs tossing five innings giving up just one run.

Lutz Rauch went 4-for-8 for the Vienna Metrostars over the weekend.

Wayne Ough scored four runs and went 3-for-7 for the Diving Ducks.

Claus Seiser went 3-for-5 in the first game for the Diving Ducks. He finished the weekend 4-for-9.

ABL Scores:

Attnang Athletics 0, Dornbirn Indians 2
Attnang Athletics 2, Dornbirn Indians 7

Vienna Wanderers 6, Stockerau Cubs 7 (11)
Vienna Wanderers 6, Stockerau Cubs 7

Diving Ducks 8, Vienna Metrostars 7
Diving Ducks 3, Vienna Metrostars 4

ABL Standings:

1. Dornbirn Indians 2-0
1. Stockerau Cubs 2-0
3. Diving Ducks 2-2
4. Vienna Metrostars 1-1
5. Vienna Wanderers 1-3
6. Attnang Athletics 0-2

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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Stays Atop League with Sweep of Vaessan Pioniers

The Dutch Major League finished up week four this past week, and the race for first is already heating up. DOOR Neptunus is leading the league, but only a game and a half separates the top three teams.

The three top teams in the league (DOOR Neptunus, Corendon Kinheim, and L&D Amsterdam) all swept their previous series.

DOOR Neptunus 11, Vaessen Pioniers 3
DOOR Neptunus 13, Vaessen Pioniers 12
Vaessen Pioniers 4, DOOR Neptunus 7

The league leading DOOR Neptunus started the weekend series off right with a big 11-3 win behind the strong pitching of Diegomar Markwell. He tossed 5.2 innings giving up just two unearned runs.

Dwayne Kemp had a big day at the plate. He went 1-for-5 but that one hit was a big three-run home run in the third inning. He would drive in five runs in the game.

Game 2 was a little closer with both teams having big innings. It was a back and forth battle between the teams as the Pioniers jumped out on top with three runs in the bottom of the first only to see DOOR come back with four of its own in the top of the second.

Seven different DOOR batters drove in runs in the game. Adrian Anthony (1-for-2) and Shaldimir Daantji (2-for-3) both drove in three runs apiece.

Mark-Jan Moorman homered for the Pioniers. He collected a pair of hits and drove in five runs.

Game 3 saw Tim Roodenburg pick up the win for DOOR tossing five innings giving up just three runs. He struggled with his control walking six Pioniers, throwing two wild pitches, and hitting a batter. Berry van Driel picked up the save pitching the ninth inning.

Kevin Minor took the loss pitching 4.1 innings giving up seven runs on six hits.

Raily Legito (3-for-4) homered for DOOR in the bottom of the first driving in two and giving the team an early 2-0 lead.

In other action:

Ivan Granados tossed a complete game win for Mr. Cocker HCAW giving up just two runs while striking out nine.

Linoy Croes went 5-for-13 and drove in six runs in the weekend series for Mr. Cocker HCAW.

Elton Koeiman pitched well in a loss for Mampaey the Hawks. He tossed a complete game (eight innings) giving up eleven hits but just two runs (one earned).

Jesse Aussems went a combined 7-for-14 for L&D Amsterdam including a two-run home run.

Kenny Berkenbosch went 6-for-10 over the weekend for L&D Amsterdam including a pair of 3-for-4 games.

Dutch Major League Scores:

DOOR Neptunus 11, Vaessen Pioniers 3
DOOR Neptunus 13, Vaessen Pioniers 12
Vaessen Pioniers 4, DOOR Neptunus 7

Ado Lakers 2, Mr. Cocker HCAW 14
Ado Lakers 2, Mr. Cocker HCAW 6
Mr. Cocker HCAW 12, Ado Lakers 6

Corendon Kinheim 6, UVV 2
Corendon Kinheim 13, UVV 0
UVV 2, Corendon Kinheim 5

L&D Amsterdam 8, Mampaey the Hawks 2
L&D Amsterdam 12, Mampaey the Hawks 2
Mampaey the Hawks 1, L&D Amsterdam 2

Dutch Major League Standings:

1. DOOR Neptunus 11-1

2. Corendon Kinheim 10-1

3. L&D Amsterdam 9-2

4. UVV 7-5

5. Vaessan Pioniers 3-9

6. Mampaey the Hawks 3-9

7. Mr. Cocker HCAW 3-9

8. Ado Lakers 1-11

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Today in Baseball History – May 8

May 8, 1906

Connie Mack of the Athletics inserts pitcher Alvin “Chief” Bender into left field in the sixth inning due to injuries. Bender responds by hitting a pair of inside-the-park home runs in a game against the Boston Pilgrims.

May 8, 1907

Big Jeff Pfeffer, of the Boston Braves, tosses a no-hitter against the Reds giving the Braves a 6-0 win.

May 8, 1929

The New York Giants Carl Hubbell tosses a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the first no-hitter by a lefty in 13 years.

May 8, 1946

The Red Sox Johnny Pesky scores six runs in a game against the White Sox becoming the first player in the American League to do so.

May 8, 1966

Baltimore right fielder Frank Robinson hits the first ball completely out of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. The homer run ends Luis Tiant‘s scoreless-innings streak at 27.

May 8, 1968

Catfish Hunter tosses a perfect game for the Oakland A’s against the Minnesota Twins winning 4-0.

May 8, 1998

The St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire hits his 400th home run at Shea Stadium. He is the 26th player to make it to 400 home runs. He would finish with 583 home runs placing him 10th on the all-time list.

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USA Baseball Names 2013 National Team Coaching Staffs

Federation announces managers, coaches and administrators for 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams

Press Release USA Baseball

USA Baseball announced today the coaching staffs for its 2013 national teams. Highlighted by Wright State University head coach, Rob Cooper, who was announced as the field manager of the 18U National Team in January, the staffs for the 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams have been finalized. The inaugural 12U National Team will be led by Corona del Sol High School’s Dave Webb.

Cooper, a two-time Collegiate National Team staff member, will be joined on the coaching staff by pitching coach Mike Maack and assistant coaches Kevin Wilson and Eric Munson. Maack, the head coach at Prestonwood Christian Academy (Texas), has more than 27 years of NCAA Division I and high school coaching experience. Currently in his 12th season at Prestonwood, Maack previously was the head coach at Tennessee Tech University and before that served as the pitching coach for the University of Central Florida and University of Tennessee.

Wilson is a two-time Tournament of Stars and National Team Identification Series taskforce member and will be making his first appearance on a national team coaching staff. The former Cincinnati Bearcat enjoyed a six-year professional playing career before moving into coaching and now runs Kevin Wilson Baseball in Philadelphia. Munson, a USA Baseball Collegiate National Team alum (’97-’98) and Golden Spikes Award finalist, is currently an assistant coach at the University of Dubuque in Iowa after a year as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Southern California, and a professional career that saw Munson spend parts of nine seasons in the major leagues. Munson joined 18U manager, Cooper, at last summer’s inaugural 17U National Team Development Program as one of the on-field coaches. Steve Domzalski, from Wayne State University, rounds out the staff as the athletic trainer.

“We continually look to raise the bar higher in regards to the coaching staffs and administrators who lead our athletes in competitions each year,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball Executive Director/CEO. “This year is no exception, and we are thrilled to see alumni of our programs return to help manage and coach for their respective clubs.”

The 18U National Team will return to Taichung, Chinese Taipei, for a second consecutive season to compete in the IBAF ‘AAA’/18U World Cup, August 30 – September 8. Last year’s 18U team played exhibition games in Taichung before winning gold at the IBAF 18U World Championships in Seoul, South Korea.

In addition to the 18U staff, USA Baseball also named its 15U National Team and inaugural 12U National Team managers, coaches and administrators today. Chatsworth High School (Calif.) head coach Tom Meusborn will return for a second season to manage the 15U team, and he will be joined by pitching coach Matt LaCour, the head coach at Harvard-Westlake High School (Calif.), and assistant coaches Chan Brown (Parkview HS – Ga.) and George Sanchez (Corona del Sol HS), all of whom have previously worked in some capacity for USA Baseball and its various youth-level teams.

Meusborn – who won his 600th game as head coach at Chatsworth High School this season – and LaCour were part of the inaugural 15U National Team coaching staff that went 4-0 during its friendship series in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, last August. This year’s 15U National Team will compete in the COPABE “AA”/15U Pan American Baseball Championships, in Barranquilla, Colombia, which will be held July 26 – August 4.

Also announced was the staff that will guide USA Baseball’s first 12U National Team at the IBAF 12U World Cup in Taipei City, Chinese Taipei. Dave Webb, head coach at Corona del Sol High School in Arizona, will serve as the manager, with the assistance of Terrence Freeman (Eagle’s View Academy – Fla.), Jason Sekany (private instructor – Calif.) and Tanner Vesley (Corona del Sol HS) in the dugout.

Webb has plenty of international experience having led the 2008 and 2009 14U National Teams to gold medals in Guatemala and Ecuador. Webb will also have the benefit of having Bill Krejci on the staff as the business manager. Krejci has been the athletic director at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, since 2000 after 22 years as the school’s baseball coach. In addition to his duties at Southwestern, Krejci has been involved with USA Baseball for the last 18 years.

USA Baseball previously announced the coaching staff for the 2013 Collegiate National Team, with TCU’s Jim Schlossnagle tabbed as the team’s manager. Schlossnagle’s staff includes Tim Esmay (head coach, Arizona State), Mike Bianco (head coach, Ole Miss), Ed Servais (head coach, Creighton) and bullpen coach Brett Basham. Brandi Davidson and Danny Wheat, both of TCU, will serve as the team’s press officer and certified athletic trainer.

USA Baseball is still in the process of finalizing several coaching and administrative positions for its various national team programs. A final announcement will be posted to www.USABaseball.com.

A current 2013 schedule for USA Baseball competitions and events can be found by clicking here.

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Today in Baseball History – May 7

May 7, 1922

The New York Giants Jesse Barnes throws the only no-hitter of the year beating the Philadelphia Phillies 6-0.

May 7, 1957

Cleveland pitcher Herb Score was hit in the eye by a line drive in the first inning. The ball, off of Gil McDougald‘s bat, broke Score’s nose and damaged his right eye. He would miss the rest of the season.

Score won 20 games in 1956, but after the injury never won more than nine in a year. He hurt his arm in 1958, then changed his motion in 1959 to try to avoid a similar injury again.

May 7, 1959

On “Roy Campanella Night” at the Los Angeles Coliseum, 93,103 fans came out to show their affection for the paralyzed Dodger catcher. The Yankees then defeated the Dodgers in an exhibition game after the ceremonies.

Born on this day:

1929 Dick Williams

Died on this day:

1995 Gus Bell

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College: Vanderbilt Keeps Top Spot with Sweep of South Carolina

Vanderbilt University held onto the #1 spot in the NCBWA Div. I Poll after sweeping a weekend series over then #9 South Carolina. The series was cut short due to bad weather giving Vandy the sweep in Columbia, SC.

Game 1 between Vanderbilt and South Carolina was dominated by Vandy starter Kevin Ziomek who tossed eight innings of one-run ball improving his record to 9-2. Brian Miller came on to pick up the save even though he gave up a ninth inning run.

Spencer Navin hit his third home run of the year to lead Vanderbilt. The two-run shot gave Vandy an early lead that they would not relinquish.

Tyler Beede led Vandy to the Game 2 victory tossing 6.1 innings giving up two runs on just two hits. He improved his record to 12-0 on the year. Carson Fulmer pitched the final 2.2 innings to earn his fourth save.

The only change in the Top 10 was #9 South Carolina dropping down to #12 after losing two straight to #1 Vanderbilt.

The big droppers were Oklahoma (dropping five spots to #18), Arizona (dropping five spots to #27), and Georgia Tech (dropped seven spots to #30). Both Kentucky and Notre Dame dropped out of the Top 30. Replacing them are Kansas State at #28 and Pittsburgh at #28.

The biggest series this weekend comes to us from the Atlantic Coast Conference where #8 Florida State and #9 NC State will play one another in Raleigh. Both teams are fighting for position in the Atlantic Division of the ACC with Florida State (16-8) just ahead of NC State (15-8) in conference play.

2013 NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (MAY 6)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Vanderbilt Southeastern 41-6 2-0 1
2. North Carolina Atlantic Coast 42-4 1-0 2
3. Cal State Fullerton Big West 39-7 3-0 3
4. LSU Southeastern 43-6 4-0 4
5. Oregon State Pac-12 37-8 3-0 5
6. Oregon Pac-12 37-11 4-1 6
7. Virginia Atlantic Coast 39-8 1-0 7
8. Florida State Atlantic Coast 38-9 3-0 8
9. N.C. State Atlantic Coast 37-11 3-0 10
10. Louisville Big East 37-10 4-0 11
11. UCLA Pac-12 31-13 4-0 12
12. South Carolina Southeastern 33-14 0-2 9
13. Mississippi State Southeastern 36-13 3-0 15
14. Arkansas Southeastern 32-16 3-1 16
15. Arizona State Pac-12 30-14-1 2-2 14
16. Indiana Big Ten 35-9 1-1 17
17. Rice Conference USA 31-15 3-1 18
18. Oklahoma Big 12 34-14 1-3 13
19. Oklahoma State Big 12 34-12 2-1 20
20. Ole Miss Southeastern 33-16 2-2 21
21. Stanford Pac-12 26-16 3-1 27
22. Cal Poly Big West 31-14 3-1 28
23. UC Irvine Big West 29-15 1-3 19
24. Mercer Atlantic Sun 36-12 0-0 24
25. Clemson Atlantic Coast 30-15 0-1 25
26. South Alabama Sun Belt 36-13 2-1 30
27. Arizona Pac-12 29-17 1-3 22
28. Kansas State Big 12 34-15 3-1
29. Pittsburgh Big East 36-11 4-1
30. Georgia Tech Atlantic Coast 29-18 1-2 23
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Austin Peay (35-13), Bryant (33-14-1), CSU Bakersfield (31-18), Campbell (39-9), Central Arkansas (32-13), Coastal Carolina (29-18), Columbia (26-19), Florida (25-23), Florida Gulf Coast (30-16), Gonzaga (31-14-1), Illinois State (31-17), Kansas (30-18), Kentucky (27-19), Louisiana (34-15), Miami (32-18), Michigan State (26-14), New Mexico (30-17), North Florida (34-14), Notre Dame (28-19), Ohio State (31-14), Sam Houston State (31-17), Seton Hall (30-16), South Florida (31-16), Tennessee Tech (33-14), Troy (35-12), UNC Wilmington (34-14), Virginia Tech (30-19), West Virginia (29-20).
Dropped out: Kentucky (26), Notre Dame (29).
By conference: Atlantic Coast 6, Pac-12 6, Southeastern 6, Big 12 3, Big West 3, Big East 2, Atlantic Sun 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 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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Minors: United League Holds League Wide Tryouts May 11th and 12th

The United League will kick off its season at the end of the month, however there is still time to find a spot on a roster.

There will be a league wide tryout this weekend on Saturday May 11 and Sunday May 12. It will take place at La Grave Field in Ft. Worth, Texas, home of the Ft. Worth Cats.

All league managers will be present with roster sports available for all teams. This is a great way to get exposure and find a spot on one of the teams final roster.

Included in the managers will be the Ft. Worth Cats Jim Essian, a former manager in the Chicago Cubs organization. Ozzie Canseco will also be in attendance as the manager of the Edinburg Roadrunners, and Chris Paterson, who was named to our Top 10 Independent League Managers in 2012, will manage the Rio Grande Valley White Wings.

The registration fee is $150 per player. Registration will start at 8am with the tryouts getting going at 9am.

The 2013 United League season will start May 23rd as Ft. Worth, Rio Grande Valley, and the newest team Alexandria will host their season opener.

For more information, please contact Ron Mondragon at (817) 726-0248 and via Email at rod.mondragon@fwcats.com

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