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Spain: Defending Champs Tenerife Marlins Leading Division de Honor

The Division de Honor in Spain has finished Week 5 of the season. Last season’s champions, the Tenerife Marlins, are off to another great start with a current record of 8-0. So far in the season they have only been challenged in a couple of games. They lead the league in most offensive categories including average (.350), runs (74), and hits (99). However, where they have really shined is on the hill. The Marlins lead the league with a 0.67 ERA through the first five weeks allowing just five earned runs in sixty-seven innings.

The league leaders will be challenged this coming weekend however as they face off with one of the better hitting clubs in the league early in the season when they face San Inazio Bilbao (5-3). San Inazio is the only other club hitting over .300 (.327) and is second in the league in doubles (20).

Last season’s runner-up, CB Barcelona, has struggled through the first part of the season going 5-5.  That is almost equal to their total number of losses from a year ago. CBS Sant Boi, who finished third a year ago, is off to a solid start just a game behind the Marlins at 7-1. They have this weekend off.

Division de Honor Standings:
1. Tenerife Marlins 8-0
2. CBS Sant Boi 7-1
3. Valencia Astros 6-2
4. San Inazio Bilbao 5-3
5. CB Barcelona 5-5
6. CD Pamplona 3-5
7. Baseball Navarra 3-7
8. CB Vilamoura 1-7
9. El Llano BC 0-8

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Photos of New Baseball Complex in Hooddorp, Netherlands

The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association held a press conference at the new stadium in Hooddorp, Netherlands recently. Photographer Rob Jelsma was there and was able to snap a few photos of the new facilities.

You can check out the photos here at www.robjelsma.nl

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Haarlem Baseball Week Announces Schedule for 2014

The schedule for the 2014 Haarlem Baseball Week has been announced. The tournament kicks off with the USA facing off with Japan. Day 2 has a full schedule of games with all four teams playing kicking off with the USA taking on Chinese Taipei. The last game of Day 2 features the host Netherlands taking on Japan.

The four team tournament has each team facing each other twice before the each team is reseeded and a single elimination tournament begins on Day 9. The ten day tournament ends with the championship game on July 20th.

Date: Time*: Nr.: Home team: Away team: Final result:
11-07-2014 19:00 1 USA Japan
12-07-2014 14:00 2 Chinese Taipei USA
12-07-2014 19:00 3 Japan Netherlands
13-07-2014 14:00 4 Netherlands USA
14-07-2014 19:00 5 Chinese Taipei Japan
15-07-2014 14:00 6 Japan USA
15-07-2014 19:00 7 Netherlands Chinese Taipei
16-07-2014 14:00 8 Japan Chinese Taipei
16-07-2014 19:00 9 USA Netherlands
17-07-2014 19:00 10 Chinese Taipei Netherlands
18-07-2014 14:00 11 USA Chinese Taipei
18-07-2014 19:00 12 Netherlands Japan
19-07-2014 14:00 13 No. 2 No. 3
19-07-2014 19:00 14 No. 1 No. 4
20-07-2014 14:00 15 Final
* All times are subject to change.

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France: Montpellier and Rouen Tied Atop Division 1 Standings

The baseball season is under way in France as Rouen looks to keep up their continued dominance in the French Division I. So far they are still going strong starting the season 5-1 to stay tied atop the standings with Montpellier.

Rouen’s only loss so far this season was a 7-5 defeat to Toulouse (4-2) in Week 2. They will take on Senart (4-2) this coming weekend.

Tied with Rouen at the top is Montpellier who dropped their only game to Paris University Club in Week 2.

The newly promoted French Cubs from Chartres have struggled so far making the jump to Division 1. It took them until Week 3 to compete in a series even though they dropped it to Stade Toulouse.

There are only two series this coming weekend but both top teams will be in action. Rouen travels to Senart and Montpellier travels to Paris.

French Division I Standings:
1. Montpellier Barracudas 3-1
2. Rouen Huskies 3-1
3. Senart Templiers 4-2
4. Stade Toulouse 4-2
5. Paris UC 3-3
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 3-3
7. Chartres Cubs 0-6
8. Savigny Lions 0-6

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Germany: Solingen and Regensburg Lead Divsions

The first two weekends of the German Bundesliga are in the books and only two teams remain undefeated. In the North the Solingen Alligators are leading the way once again after defeating both the Bonn Capitals and the Cologne Cardinals over the past two weekends.

In the South, Regensburg is undefeated after crushing the Bad Homburg Hornets in a two game set this past weekend. The Legionaere are looking to once again finish atop the league where they have finished the past four years.

This upcoming weekend the North leading Solingen Alligators will take on the Dohren Wild Farmers who currently sit in second place. Dohren has a chance to make a statement and take over the lead in the division with a sweep of the Alligators.

The Wild Farmers are led offensively by Garrett Rogers who is leading the team with two home runs. Jason Mahood has been solid at the plate as well leading the team with a .357 average and six RBI. On the mound they are led by Jannis Wedemeyer and his 1.80 ERA. They will all need to come strong this weekend versus a solid Alligators squad.

The Alligators Tanner Leighton (.533/2 HR / 6 RBI) and Dustin Hughes (.571/ 1 HR/ 6 RBI) are leading the way offensively. They are strong offensively and on the hill. Christopher Mezger (2-0/ 1.20 ERA) and Harry Glynne (2-0/ 2.077 ERA) lead a strong pitching staff.

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

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

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College: Virginia Stays Atop NCBWA Division I Poll

The Virginia Cavaliers are still holding strong at the top of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Division I poll after going 3-1 this past week. Virginia squared off with then #13 Clemson over the weekend taking two of three in Charlottesville. This is the fourth straight week at the top of the poll and the sixth week total for Virginia.

Former #1 holder Florida State dropped from the second spot to #5 after dropping two of three to Georgia Tech over the weekend in Atlanta.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year so far has been a team from Louisiana, and no it is not LSU. It is Louisiana Lafayette who sits ranked #2 this week after going 4-1 this past week. The next biggest surprise is sitting right behind Louisiana in Cal Poly at #3. The Mustangs just went 4-0 this past week including a sweep of Hawaii over the weekend.

NCBWA DIVISION I POLL (APRIL 14)

Rk. School Conference Record Week Pvs.
1. Virginia Atlantic Coast 30-6 3-1 1
2. Louisiana Sun Belt 34-4 4-1 3
3. Cal Poly Big West 30-5 4-0 6
4. Oregon State Pacific-12 27-7 2-1 5
5. Florida State Atlantic Coast 27-8 1-3 2
6. South Carolina Southeastern 28-7 2-2 4
7. Texas Big 12 29-8 3-1 9
8. LSU Southeastern 27-9-1 3-1 8
9. Louisville American Athletic 27-8 4-0 10
10. Oregon Pacific-12 27-10 5-0 12
11. Vanderbilt Southeastern 27-10 2-2 7
12. Ole Miss Southeastern 29-9 4-1 14
13. Oklahoma State Big 12 26-10 4-0 18
14. Houston American Athletic 26-9 1-3 11
15. Washington Pacific-12 24-7-1 2-1 20
16. Rice Conference USA 26-12 4-0 21
17. Alabama Southeastern 24-11 2-2 16
18. Florida Southeastern 23-13 3-1 24
19. Cal State Fullerton Big West 18-13 2-2 15
20. Miami Atlantic Coast 25-12 4-0 23
21. Clemson Atlantic Coast 21-14 1-4 13
22. Mississippi State Southeastern 22-15 2-2 19
23. UC Santa Barbara Big West 22-8 2-1 26
24. Kentucky Southeastern 23-13 1-3 17
25. Texas Tech Big 12 28-11 4-0 30
26. Indiana Big Ten 21-11 4-1 -
27. UCLA Pacific-12 19-15 1-3 22
28. Pepperdine West Coast 27-8 3-1 -
29. Tennessee Southeastern 23-11 2-2 27
30. Liberty Big South 29-8 4-0 -
Others receiving votes (listed alphabetically): Arizona (17-20), Arizona State (19-14), Arkansas (22-15), College of Charleston (24-11), Dallas Baptist (25-10), Georgia (21-14-1), Georgia Tech (23-14), Iowa (20-13), Lipscomb (24-13), N.C. State (20-15), New Mexico (27-11-1), North Carolina (21-15), Oklahoma (23-14), Sam Houston State (25-11), San Diego (25-10), San Diego State (25-11), Seton Hall (25-7), Southern Miss (21-16), TCU (22-13), Texas A&M (22-15), UAB (24-12), UC Irvine (24-11), UCF (22-15), UNLV (25-11), UTSA (24-12), VCU (25-8).
Dropped out: N.C. State (25), Oklahoma (28), North Carolina (29).
By conference: Southeastern 9, Atlantic Coast 4, Pacific-12 4, Big 12 3, Big West 3, American 2, Big South 1, Big Ten 1, Conference USA 1, Sun Belt 1, West Coast 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 Division I Players of the Week, the Stopper of the Year, and publication and writing contests.

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Pro Baseball Tryout April 28 in Riverside, California

Pro Baseball tryout April 28 10 am La Sierra University Riverside, CA

Their will be a professional baseball tryout on Monday April 28 at 10 am at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA. The address to the school is 4500 Riverwalk Pkwy, Riverside, CA 92505 and Regestraion will begin at 9am.

Tryout will be on the baseball field of LA Sierra U. Players will be expected to fill out a tryout waiver and questionnaire at the time of registration as well as a tryout fee of $60 which can be payed check or cash at the time of registration. This helps with the cost and field rental, league fees etc.

This tryout is for all players 18 and older that are looking to play professional baseball for the summer of 2014. The tryout is open to graduating seniors of the 2014 season. If you are worried about your schedule the reason we are hosting the tryout on a Monday morning is because that way we can have the seniors attend as nobody is playing that day.

The Players will be expected to bring their own equipment out to the tryout and dress accordingly in baseball attire. All college coaches are free to join and observe if they would like. Multiple professional Independent teams as well as MLB scouts and Mexico pro baseball scouts have been invited and are looking forward to attending the work out. The tryout will consist of 60yd dash, fielding and throwing from their positions, batting practice, and a live game.

For more information you can contact Chris Paterson at chrispaterson12@usa.com.

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The IBL is the New Independent Baseball League in Town

There is a new league in town, independent league that is. The newly formed Independent Baseball League or IBL for short. Play starts this summer with teams located in Ohio and Michigan.

The IBL kicks off the 2014 season joining a laundry list of other independent leagues throughout the country. The IBL will start with four teams. The locations include Tiffin, Ohio; Marion, Ohio; Adrian, Michigan, and a traveling Ohio team. The league hopes to expand in 2015 into three divisions, but we will have to wait and see how successful it can be.

The area is no stranger to professional baseball. Marion, Ohio was once the home of the Marion Red Sox of the old Ohio-Indiana League in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Baseball extends back to the turn of the century with teams playing in the Ohio State League and other leagues dating back to 1900.

The innagural teams in the IBL will be the Tiffin Saints, Shovel City Crawlers (based in Marion), and two other teams to be named. The league will start play in June with each team playing a 36 game season.

It should be interesting to see if the league can survive like other recent start ups including the Pecos League, which is in its fourth season in the southeast.

For more information about the IBL or its teams, visit the league website at IBL-Baseball.com or check them out on Facebook.

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Fan Duel – A New Way to Play Fantasy Baseball

So I am hooked on something that isn’t necessarily new, but it is new to me – Fan Duel.

I used to play fantasy baseball every year. I even managed to win a few times (I have a banner from an ESPN league somewhere), but eventually I had to stop. I simply put in too much time and let it get in the way of other things.

These days I don’t change lineups every day depending on who is playing. I don’t even play every day. I only play when I have time and usually when I have some time to actually watch the games which for me these days is only a couple times a week. So I don’t feel the need to do it every day, and I am winning a few dollars.

FanDuel.com is a gambling site. So if you are not into gambling it might not be for you, but you can also play for free. There are multiple ways to play. I usually play head-to-head or in a 50/50 league and only for small stakes. But it is fun.

Each player is assigned a value and then you have $35,000 to purchase players ranging from $2,000 to nearly $10,000. You earn points for what they do on the field and the winners win actual money. You never get stuck with the guy who is on the DL because you pick your lineups daily.

I like it and even though it is not going to pay the rent, it might buy me an occasional beer or two. If you sign up through one of the links on our site, we get a small commission which helps keep our site up and running. You can even challenge your friends. I do it all the time. So if you sign up through us, send us an email and we can do a challenge together (low stakes of course – I’m not a high roller).

If you play, I’d like to hear what you think of it. Leave a comment below and let us know.

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Book Review: Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball’s Best Neighborhood by Kevin Kaduk

Originally posted on BaseballJourneyman.com:

Wrigleyville is the well known area surrounding the ever popular summer spot of Wrigley Field. There are restaurants and bars and plenty of baseball fans to be found on a summer afternoon. Many baseball fans have wondered what it would be like living in the neighborhood surrounding Wrigley Field for a summer of baseball and fun. One such fan did so. And he wrote a book about it.

Kevin Kaduk’s Wrigleyworld: A Season in Baseball’s Best Neighborhood is the story of Kevin’s summer in Chicago. The former Kansas City Star sportswriter, and current editor of Yahoo’s Big League Stew blog, gives us a peak into life in Wrigleyville.

I admit I was quite excited when I first saw the book for sale. Although it came out in 2006, I did not find it until about a year ago. Recently I finally got the chance to pick it up from a used book store and give it a read. Sadly, I have to admit it was a letdown.

Kevin starts off telling us about how the idea came about. He was off writing about  high school sports in Kansas City, which he freely admits not likely very much although he liked who he worked with and for. I found it a bit annoying to listen to his complaining of a good job in a good city. I can fully understand the longing to be somewhere else though. He decided to take action.

Leaving Kansas City he took up residence a few blocks from Wrigley Field and set about writing about his encounters.

Some of the things I enjoyed reading about. Getting a glimpse about what it was like to deal with scalpers day in and day out was interesting. I’ve always found scalpers to be interesting people.

He also had run ins with the ballhawks out on Wavelyn and Sheffield. The ballhawks are the guys who wait for homeruns to leave Wrigley Field in order to collect a souvenir. I always thought it would be interesting to take in a game with the ballhawks. He was there the same season when there was a movie being made about them as well, Ballhawks.

However, what stood out to me the most about the book was it was more of a barhopping, girl chasing, conquest seeking journal. I was interested in learning about the establishments that surround Wrigley, and Kevin does a good job providing information on them, including some interesting backgrounds. That aside, there was a bit too much about drinking and chasing women.

If he was going to talk about the drinking, I would have rather heard some interesting stories from the bleachers. He includes a little of this, but not enough for my liking to be honest.

One thing I felt that was lacking, but I understand why, was the lack of information and stories about the rooftops overlooking Wrigley Field. He does try a few times to get onto the roofs, but in the end there is little information other than how hard or expensive it can be.

Overall it is a decent book. If you are a diehard Cubs fan, I would say go get it and give it a quick read. It isn’t that long and it’s an easy read. However, do not think that this is the book to read to gain valuable insights and secrets into the fabled Wrigleyville.

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2014 MLB Predictions

Every year people throw out predictions for the year. I love doing this as well even though I never come close to what actually happens. It is not an easy thing to do to predict how teams will perform over six months time. But alas it is still a fun thing to do. So here we go, the Baseball de World 2014 MLB Predictions.

* Wild Card Teams

AL East

1. Tampa Bay Rays (I still want to write Devil Rays)
2. *Boston Red Sox
3. Baltimore Orioles
4. New York Yankees
5. Toronto Blue Jays

This might be the most closely contested division in baseball. From one to four the separation won’t be that much. I like the Rays to win the division based on their good young pitching and hitting and their leader Joe Madden.

AL Central

1. Detroit Tigers
2. Cleveland Indians
3. Kansas City Royals
4. Chicago White Sox
5. Minnesota Twins

The upper part of this division is good. I’m not sold completely on the Royals like some others I have seen. However, the last two teams are terrible. It is Detroit’s division to lose and the Indians will make it close most of the season but I see the Tigers claiming the Central crown again.

AL West

1. Texas Rangers
2. *Oakland A’s
3. Anaheim Angels
4. Seattle Mariners
5. Houston Astros

Okay, so this may be a bit of a homer pick. I kept going back and forth between the Rangers and A’s with the other team getting the wild card. I know the Rangers pitching is hurt but I think the guys filling in will do better than most expect. Plus everyone that is hurt will not be out too long aside from the Dutch Oven.

AL Wild Card Game – Boston over Oakland
AL Division Series – Detroit over Boston & Tampa Bay over Texas
AL Championship Series – Tampa Bay over Detroit

NL East

1. Atlanta Braves
2. *Washington Nationals
3. Miami Marlins
4. Philadelphia Phillies
5. New York Mets

Again this might be a bit of a homer call, but I think both the Braves and Nationals make the playoffs. I know the Braves have some issues with the rotation, but I think they have enough in some good young arms to keep in the race. Plus I think their offense will be better this year. I mean B.J. Upton can’t be as bad as last year can he? Braves fans better hope not.

NL Central

1. Pittsburgh Pirates
2. *St. Louis Cardinals
3. Cincinnati Reds
4. Milwaukee Brewers
5. Chicago Cubs

I really hate to give the Cards the Central crown even though they may be the best team. I think both the Pirates and Cards make the playoffs with the rest of the league battling for mediocrity. The Reds may be decent and surprise some people, but the Brewers and Cubs will be terrible.

NL West

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
2. San Francisco Giants
3. San Diego Padres
4. Arizona Diamondbacks
5. Colorado Rockies

Top to bottom I think the Dodgers are the best team in baseball. Will they beat themselves again this year? It remains to be seen but they will be in the playoffs.

AL Wild Card Game – St. Louis over Washington
AL Division Series – Los Angeles over St. Louis & Pittsburgh over Atlanta
AL Championship Series – Los Angeles over Pittsburgh

World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers over Tampa Bay Rays in six games.

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Haarlem Baseball Week Announces First Participating Teams for 2014

The 27th edition of Haarlem Baseball Week will take place this summer from July 11-20. So far three international teams have been announced including the USA, Japan, and Chinese Taipei. The Dutch National Team will be the fourth team in the tournament while the fifth and sixth teams are still in progress.

Canada, Australia and Puerto Rico have been contacted to fill out the last two spots in the tournament. An announcement will be made later on when the details are finalized.

As soon as the final two teams are announced, we will bring it to you here.

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Hosts Announced for a few Upcoming Baseball World Cups

Hosting rights for some of the upcoming youth Baseball World Cups were announced recently. The WBSC’s International Baseball executives announced the hosts in Prague, Czech Republic.

The 21U Baseball World Cup will debut later this year and it will be hosted by Taichung, Chinese Taipei. Taichung was host to the 18U BWC in 2013. Twelve countries will participate in the inaugural event from November 7-16.

The executives also voted to include a limited number of 23U players for the initial tournament. Each national team will have the option to use up to three players in a game at a time.

Japan was chosen to host the next 18U Baseball World Cup to take place in 2015. Koshien Stadium, which is known was the “Mecca of Japanese Baseball”, will be the centerpiece for the tournament. Home of the Hanshin Tigers, Koshien Stadium is Japan’s oldest ballpark having been built in 1924.

The 2017 18U Baseball World Cup was granted to Canada. Canada hosted the event in 2010 in Thunder Bay, so it is not new to hosting these big international events.

Events to be held later in 2014 include the 21U Baseball World Cup in Taichung, 15U in La Paz, Mexico, and the Women’s Baseball World Cup to take place in Japan.

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Australia Releases Final Roster to Face Diamondbacks and Dodgers

Baseball Australia has announced the final roster for the team that will meet the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 20 and March 21. The team, newly named Southern Thunder, is led by MLB pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith (Arizona Diamondbacks) and former MLB outfielder Trent Oeltjen (Sydney Blue Sox).

Joining Oeltjen in the lineup will be power hitting Stefan Welch (Boston Red Sox) and Mike Walker (Milwaukee Brewers). The team features several other players with MLB experience including Luke Hughes and Justin Huber.

The Southern Thunder will take on the Dodgers on Thursday March 20th before taking on the Diamondbacks on Friday March 21st.

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Looking for Writers

We here at BaseballdeWorld.com are looking for contributors for the upcoming season. Due to the sheer amount of material we try to cover it is impossible for one person to stay up to date on it all.

I have enjoyed bringing our readers updates on leagues from all over the world for the past few seasons. However, life is getting in the way more and more, and as you have seen over the past few months I have not had the time to do much with the website. But I don’t want to see it just go away.

So if you are interested in covering a league, any league, from around the world please contact me. We are looking for weekly updates and any other stories you would like to bring to the table. I am always open to other ideas as well.

This has been a labor of love for the past few years and thus unfortunately I can not offer compensation other than getting your writing some exposure.

If you are interested, please contact me at esbynum@baseballdeworld.com

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A Parents Perspective of Playing Baseball Overseas

I get emails all the time from players wanting to find ways to get into baseball overseas. While I have made a few contacts over the years with different teams and organizations, I have not put in the time and effort needed to really build those relationships into helping teams find players, mainly because I don’t have the time. However, a friend of the sites, David Burns, has done just that.

Burns is a Canadian who has been living, working, and playing in Austria for a decade now. A year or so ago Burns started a website called Baseball Jobs Overseas where he helps put players with teams who are looking to fill out their rosters.

So a year or so ago when James Milo sent me an email hoping to find a place for his son to play in Europe, I sent him over to Burns. Luckily for everyone involved it worked out well. James’ son Dominic wound up finding a place in Germany playing with the Dohren Wild Farmers this past season where he put up good numbers in the Bundesliga North Division.

James and his wife were fortunate to make a visit to Germany over the summer to visit their son and watch him play ball. Recently James wrote an article for David Burns over at Baseball Jobs Overseas to give a parents perspective, and I thought I would post a link here because it is such a good read.

Notes from a German Baseball Trip 2013 by James Milo.

I would recommend reading it for anyone who is looking to play ball overseas. It gives some good insights on the process and overall is just a good read.

And if you are a player looking to find a place to play next summer, check out the site and join the forum where you can find more information. David Burns has also started a nice podcasts where he has some good guests talking about baseball overseas, how to find a job, and what to expect when you do.

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Korea: KBO Makes Changes to Imports and Will Expand

There are a lot of changes going on in the Korean Baseball Organization that could really change the landscape of the game in the Land of the Morning Calm.

For years now there has been a limit of two foreign players for each team, and over the past few years all of these spots have been taken up by pitchers. However, the league has decided to expand the roster spots for foreign players to three beginning with the 2014 season.  The teams have quickly begun snapping up some former MLB talent to add to their rosters including some position players.

Already signed this off season has been infielder Jorge Cantu by the Doosan Bears, outfielder Felix Pie by the Hanwha Eagles, and infielder/DH Luke Scott by the SK Wyverns.

Another change deals with the foreign players as well as the league is lifting the salary cap on these imports. Previously players were maxed out at a level of $300,000 for a year. Many of the contracts were reported as $250,000 salary with a $50,000 signing bonus. Now that will be lifted and should bring in some bigger talent to the league.

This is the the third time the salary cap has been changed. Initially the cap was at $120,000. It was then raised to $200,000 in 1999 and to $300,000 in 2004.

The third and final change to take place will happen in 2015 when the league expands to 10 teams with the new KT Wiz take the field for the first time. The league currently sits at 9 teams after the NC Dinos joined in last season.

The Samsung Lions will look to defend the three straight titles won over the past few seasons in 2014, but with the addition of some new bats they will be challenged like never before.

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Baseball Federation of Asia Releases First Newsletter – Asian Baseball Cheers

The Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) has released the first issue of its quarterly newsletter “Asian Baseball Cheers”.

The newsletter will include information on what is happening in the world of baseball in Asia.

The first issue has an articles and pictures from several of the major tournaments that were held in Asia in 2013 including the 6th East Asian Games, the 18U Baseball World Cup, and the 12U Baseball World Cup. It also lists all of the countries that participate in the BFA along with websites associated with the organizations.

Download and read the first issue of “Asian Baseball Cheers” newsletter

 

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Baseball Australia Announces 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

There will be three new inductees into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame in 2014.

The Baseball Australia Hall of Fame started in 2005 and recognizes players and coaches who have had an impact on the game of baseball at the highest level. The inductees must be of good character and have never brought the game into disrepute.

The Hall has seven eras of classification starting with Pre 1900. It continues with 1900 to 1918, 1919 to 1946 (start of American influence and the Claxton Shield), 1947 to 1967 (post war), 1968 to 1988 (Asia influence), 1989 to 1999 (first ABL), and 2000 to the present.

2014 Baseball Australia Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Phil Alexander, South Australia.  Category:  Playing 1968 – 1988
  • Kaye Greenham, Western Australia.  Category:  Playing 1947 – 1967
  • Brendan Kingman, New South Wales.  Category: Playing 1989 – 1999 & 2000 onwards

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New Baseball World Rankings – USA Ends Cuba’s Four Year Reign

USA Baseball has ended Cuba’s 4-year reign at the top of the World Baseball Rankings after a productive year in 2013.

The International Baseball Federation has used the World Baseball Ranking system since 2009, and each year Cuba has been at the top.

Team USA had a disappointing second round exit at the World Baseball Classic, but then picked up gold medals at the 12U Baseball World Cup and the 18U Baseball World Cup. Also giving Team USA points this summer was its “Friendship” series with Cuba where the USA’s National Collegiate Team won all five games.

Also jumping up in the standings was Japan who went from the third ranked country to the second also surpassing Cuba in the process. In the big tournaments of the year, Japan placed third at the World Baseball Classic, second at the 18U World Baseball Cup, and third again at the 12U Baseball World Cup.

The Dominican Republic made one of the bigger jumps in the standings after its win at the World Baseball Classic going from 13th a year ago to 5th.

The Netherlands remain the top European country in the standings as they swapped places with Canada moving up to 6th place.

The Americas continue to be the strongest in the polls collecting eleven of the top twenty spots. Asia and Europe combined take up 40% of the top twenty with both continents placing four teams. The last top twenty team comes from Oceania with Australia coming in at 14th.

Africa’s top representative is South Africa in at number 31.

Men’s Baseball World Rankings Top 10:

1. USA
2. Japan
3. Cuba
4. Chinese Taipei
5. Dominican Republic
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. South Korea
9. Puerto Rico
10. Venezuela

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Kickstarter Campaign for DVD on Italian Baseball

I’m a huge fan of Kickstarter and the ability it gives independent filmmakers to finish or even start their projects.

It came to my attention today that Fabio Monticone has a new Kickstarter campaign to finish a documentary on Italian baseball. Monticone needs a hand finishing the DVD.

The film is called “Slug It Out” and is on baseball in Italy. Fabio needs the funds to produce 1,000 DVDs to distribute throughout Italy as well as paying for someone to translate the document from English to Italian.

Every little bit helps and this could be great for baseball in Italy. You can watch the video he made about the project on the “Slug It Out” Kickstarter page.

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#Blogathon: Thanks for Coming Along for the Ride

I want to thank everyone for their support. I hope there were a few posts here and there that you enjoyed, but we ain’t done yet.

Coming up now are a load of good stories from other writers and baseball people alike. One new one will post each hour on the hour.

They are writing about a favorite baseball memory of their own. I hope you enjoy their stories. I know I did when I read them.

Hopefully by the end of the day we will have reached our goal.

Please keep sharing so we can get to our goal.

It’s been a lot of fun. But now it’s time for some sleep.

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#Blogathon: My Favorite Postseason Call

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My favorite postseason call goes back to the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season.

The year is 1992. The place is the National League Championship Series. It’s the 9th inning and the Braves were trailing 2-0.

Thanks to a Jose Lind error, the Braves have a chance. But it all comes down to a guy who had only 11 plate appearances in the entire season, Francisco Cabrera.

The score is now 2-1 with the bases loaded. A slow gimpy Sid Bream is the winning run at second base, and Cabrera comes through.

The ensuing play is one I can remember vividly. I was sitting on the edge of my bed at home. Hands covering my eyes because I can’t watch. After the play I had to keep myself from not screaming since it was late.

What a call. Listen here…

http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=3251567

What is your favorite postseason call?

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#Blogathon: Bring Back the Baseball Bunch

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Where are the baseball TV shows for kids these days? When I was younger we could get up and watch the Baseball Bunch. Remember that show?

We got to learn from Johnny Bench and Tommy Lasorda and were entertained by the San Diego Chicken. Throw in some big name guest stars of the day, and it was such a great show.

It was the perfect bled of entertainment and instruction. There is such a push these days to get more kids interested in the sport these days, so why not create a show similar to this one.

Or are the kids of today needing something more hip and interactive? I’m not sure. But I do know that the Baseball Bunch was a great show.

I think I would even watch it today if it came on.

Was there a baseball themed show you liked as a kid?

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