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College: Texas A&M Reaching Top of Baseball America Top 25

We have a new No. 1 in the Baseball America Top 25 Poll after former holder Vanderbilt went 1-3 this past week. Moving up from the second spot to take over the top of the poll is Texas A&M. Vandy dropped down to No. 5 after dropping 2-of-3 to Old Miss over the weekend and losing a mid week game to Lipscomb.

Texas A&M has been hot all year. They sit at 33-3 after going 3-1 this past week after taking 2-of-3 from Mississippi State in College Station. While A&M avoids Vanderbilt during the regular season, they still have a tough road ahead. After Arkansas visits Blue Bell Park this coming weekend, the Aggies will travel to one of the hardest places to play in college baseball, LSU who sits right behind at No. 2.

Dropping out this week were Rice, falling all the way from No. 14, Virginia, and California. Replacing them is Texas Tech at No. 25, North Carolina at No. 23, and College of Charleston at No. 22.

Team W-L Last Week
Previous Rank
1. Texas A&M
33-3 3-1 2
2. LSU 31-6 4-1 3
3. UCLA
25-7 2-1 7
4. Louisville 27-8 3-1 5
5. Vanderbilt
28-9 1-3 1
6. TCU
26-8 2-2 4
7. Arizona State
23-9 2-1 9
8. Florida
28-9 4-0 10
9. Miami
28-9 4-0 11
10. Southern California
26-9 1-3 6
11. UC Santa Barbara
26-8 3-1 13
12. Illinois
28-6 4-0 17
13. Florida State
26-12 1-4 8
14. Missouri 24-12 2-1 20
15. Missouri State
24-8 4-0 24
16. Dallas Baptist
26-7 2-2 16
17. Oklahoma State
24-11 2-2 15
18. Coastal Carolina
25-9 2-1 18
19. UCF
25-12 2-2 12
20. Iowa
23-9 2-2 25
21. Florida Atlantic
28-8 2-2 21
22. College of Charleston
24-8 3-1 NR
23. North Carolina
22-14 4-1 NR
24. Maryland 24-10 2-3 19
25. Texas Tech
22-14 3-1 NR
Dropped Out: Rice (14), Virginia (22), Cal (23)

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Daily Fantasy Games at Fan Duel – Let’s Play

Do you play fantasy baseball? Ever try a one day league?

I have gotten hooked on Fan Duel over the past baseball season. I play mostly with a friend or two and then enter a few other games as well. I am not a high roller and play for $1-2 or if I am feeling lucky I play for $5.

There are so many different types of games that it keeps it fun. I like to play head-to-head or in a 50/50 league. In a 50/50 league half the players win. So all you have to do is beat out half the pool to cash. There are also different league with a bit higher payout depending on where you finish, and the great thing is it is just for one day. So you aren’t stuck with anyone for a whole year.

If you want to try it out, click on the link above or the banner below and sign up. Everyone who does will help the site out a little and help us pay for our hosting.

If you want to play with me, I am open to games (cheap ones). Just hit me up via email here or on Twitter at @baseballdeworld and I will give you my user name. I just don’t want to post it here.

Thanks and happy playing.

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Austria: ABL Kicks Off Season with Series Between Athletics and Wanderers

The Austrian Baseball League kicked off its season this past weekend with a two game set between the Vienna Wanderers and the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics. The two teams split a pair of games in Vienna on Saturday.

In Game 1, Vienna got a strong outing from starter Christian Tomsich. The Athletics came back strong in Game 2 to pick up a split getting a great outing from starter James Jense who tossed a complete game one-hitter. He struck out five in the win. He also tripled and scored the only run of the game. David Burns (1-for-3) drove in the only run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center scoring Jense.

ABL Scores:

Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 0, Vienna Wanderers 2
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 1, Vienna Wanderers 0

ABL Standings:

1. Vienna Wanderers 1-1
2. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 1-1
3. Vienna Metrostars 0-0
4. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 0-0
5. Dornbirn Indians 0-0
6. Stock City Cubs 0-0

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Germany: Solingen Starts Strong in Title Defense

The German Bundesliga is off and running now two weeks into the season. So far there are three teams that remain undefeated with the perennial powers still going strong.

North Division:

In the North, defending champion Solingen is at it again starting off with a 4-0 record. After an opening weekend sweep of Dortmund, the Alligators came back this past weekend to sweep Paderborn. They lead the league along with the Bonn Capitals who also sit at 4-0.

Solingen will host Hannover this coming weekend. Hannover sits at 2-2 tied for third early on with Dortmund.

Solingen is winning at the plate so far in the early season. They lead the division in home runs (3), runs (25), walks (16), and average hitting a stout .418 so far. Bonn is right behind them in many of those categories hitting a strong .390 so far in the early going.

On the other hand Hamburg has struggled at the plate. They have yet to score a run in four games and are hitting just .078. They also lead the league in strikeouts with 25.

South Division:

Regensburg is once again at the top of the standings as the only undefeated team so far in the South. Heidenheim is right behind them and will continue to challenge them all season. Heidenheim dropped their first game of the year against Mainz, but has since righted the ship and sits at 3-1.

We are two weeks away from the first meeting between Regensburg and Heidenheim.

German Budesliga Standings:

North Division:

1. Solingen Alligators 4-0
2. Bonn Capitals 4-0
3. Hannover Regents 2-2
4. Dortmund Wanderers 2-2
5. Hamburg Stealers 0-2
6. Paderborn Untouchables 0-2
7. Cologne Cardinals 0-4

South Division:

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

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Spain: Week 2 Scores and Highlights from Spanish Division de Honor

We are two weeks into the early part of the season in the Spanish Division de Honor, and we have a couple teams already showing a strong push for the front of the pack.

A week after splitting with defending champion Tenerife, Sant Boi ran off two more wins to stay in the hunt for first place. They sit just a game behind two teams who are off to a perfect 4-0 record.

Those two teams are the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra. Valencia took care of Barcelona in their weekend set, while Navarra took down CD Pamplona.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

Baseball Navarra 7, CD Pamplona 3
Baseball Navarra 11, CD Pamplona 1

CBS Sant Boi 10, CB Viladecans 0
CBS Sant Boi 6, CB Viladecans 1

San Inazio Bilbao 1, Tenerife Marlins 7
San Inazio Bilbao 5, Tenerife Marlins 6

Astros Valencia 12, CB Barcelona 0
Astros Valencia 6, CB Barcelona 4

News and Notes from Week 2:

Yosue Castellano threw a complete game victory for Navarra in Game 1 of the weekend giving up just three runs (two earned) while striking out twelve. He improves to 2-0 on the season.

Andres Casado tossed a complete game (7 innings) win for Navarra in Game 2 giving up just one unearned run. He also improves to 2-0.

Hector Perozo (2-for-3/3 RBI) and Luis Compres (1-for-3) both homered for Navarra in the big Game 2 win.

Zael Honora tossed seven shutout for Sant Boi in Game 1 striking out 10 to pick up his second win on the season.

Jesus Golindano (1-for-4/2 RBI) homered in the 10-0 win for Sant Boi.

Danial Matias tossed a complete game win for Sant Boi in Game 2. He gave up just one run on two hits.

Javier Flores (2-for-3/2 RBI) homered for San Inazio Bilbao in the Game 2 loss.

Trevor Caughey (5 innings) and Mathew Erickson (2 innings) combined to shut out Barcelona in Game 1 both allowing just a single hit. Erickson also went 1-for-2 with a home run at the plate.

Eric Segura had the biggest game of the weekend in Game 2 of the series. He went 3-for-4 with 3 solo home runs to almost pick up the win for Barcelona.

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Astros Valencia 4-0
1. Baseball Navarra 4-0
3. CBS Sant Boi 3-1
3. Tenerife Marlins 3-1
5. CB Barcelona 1-3
5. San Inazio Bilbao 1-3
7. CB Viladecans 0-4
7. CD Pamplona 0-4

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France: Rouen and Montpellier sit One and Two in Division 1 Standings

Week 3 is in the books for the French Division 1 League. The Rouen Huskies are in a familiar place leading the league once again with a perfect record. Montpellier is close behind just a game back after splitting this past weekend with Senart.

Rouen spent the weekend with two big wins over Stade Toulousain winning game 1 15-0 and game 2 8-0. Montpellier split with Senart getting shut out in the first game 2-0.

The series of note this weekend has Savigny traveling to Rouen. The Tigers sit at an even 3-3, but with a strong weekend they could pull themselves back up toward the top of the standings while pulling the Huskies back to the pack.

French Division 1 Scores:

Rouen Huskies 15, Stade Toulousain 0
Rouen Huskies 8, Stade Toulousain 0

Montpellier Barracudas 2, Senart Templars 0
Montpellier Barracudas 0, Senart Templars 9

Beaucaire Knights 5, Paris UC 2
Beaucaire Knights 10, Paris UC 15

Chartres French Cubs 2, Savigny Lions 5
Chartres French Cubs 5, Savigny Lions 11

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 6-0
2. Montpellier Barracudas 5-1
3. Savigny Lions 3-3
4. Senart Templars 3-3
5. Beaucaire Knights 2-4
6. Paris UC 2-4
7. Stade Toulousain 2-4
8. Chartres French Cubs 1-5

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Spain: Short Documentary on Spanish Division de Honor

For those of you not in the know, David Burns over at BaseballJobsOverseas.com does a fantastic job of finding players places to play over in Europe. David lives, works, and plays in Austria and has done so for years now.

Since starting the website he has helped quite a few players in finding positions in various countries. He also provides a great deal of information for those looking to play. He does a fantastic podcast talking to people all over the world about their baseball experiences and how others can benefit.

Now he has started a documentary series. As he gets the chance to travel around Europe he is filming a few interviews. He recently released the first one, and I highly recommend you check it out. Just click on the link below.

European Baseball Documentary Episode 1: Spanish Division de Honor

David talks to two different teams in Spain to give you a nice little glimpse at the league and what it is like to play there. You also get a look at a couple of the stadiums that they play in, which are much nicer than I initially imagined.

Check it out. It is only about 11 minutes, but it is worth the watch.

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WBSC Announces Groups for 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup

The World Baseball Softball Confederation recently announced the groups for the upcoming 2015 U18 Baseball World Cup. The tournament will take place in Osaka, Japan from August 28 to September 06.

Twelve teams will compete for the title. Each group will play a round robin with the top three from each group moving on to the second round. During that second round a super round robin will be played with the two teams with the best overall records competing for the championship.

The championship will be played in historic Koshien Stadium which was built in 1924. The USA heads into the tournament as the two-time defending champs.

Group A (with current world ranking):

No. 1 Japan
No. 2 USA
No. 12 Mexico
No. 14 Australia
No. 15 Brazil
No. 20 Czech Republic

Group B:
No. 3 Cuba
No. 4 Chinese Taipei
No. 7 Canada
No. 8 South Korea
No. 11 Italy
No. 29 South Africa

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College: Vanderbilt Still Atop the BA Top 25 Poll

Vanderbilt is still at the top of the Baseball America Top 25 after going 5-0 this week. The top 3 actually stayed the same while No. 4 Florida dropped to No. 10 this week after going 1-3. The Gators started off by dropping a mid-week game to in-state rival Florida State. They then dropped 2-of-3 to Missouri on the road.

Also dropping this week was Central Florida down to No. 12 after a 1-3 week. There were lots of comings and goings in the rankings as well. Maryland (No. 19), Missouri (No. 20), Florida Atlantic (No. 21), Missouri State (No. 24), and Iowa (No. 25) all entered the rankings this week while South Carolina, Texas Tech, Houston, Nebraska, and San Diego all fell out.

Team W-L Last Week
Previous Rank
1. Vanderbilt
27-6 5-0 1
2. Texas A&M 30-2 3-0 2
3. LSU
27-5 4-0 3
4. TCU 23-6 2-2 5
5. Louisville
24-7 3-0 7
6. Southern California
25-6 3-0 8
7. UCLA 23-6 2-1 9
8. Florida State
25-8 3-1 10
9. Arizona State
21-8 3-1 11
10. Florida
24-9 1-3 4
11. Miami 24-9 4-0 12
12. UCF
23-10 1-3 6
13. UC Santa Barbara
23-7 4-0 15
14. Rice 22-12 3-1 14
15. Oklahoma State
22-9 3-1 17
16. Dallas Baptist
24-5 2-2 13
17. Illinois
24-6 5-0 24
18. Coastal Carolina
23-8 3-1 23
19. Maryland
22-7 4-0 NR
20. Missouri
22-11 2-2 NR
21. Florida Atlantic
26-6 4-0 NR
22. Virginia 19-11 1-3 16
23. Cal
21-9 1-2 21
24. Missouri State 20-8 3-1 NR
25. Iowa 21-7 4-1 NR
Dropped Out: South Carolina (18), Texas Tech (19), Houston (20), Nebraska (22), San Diego (25)

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MLB: 2015 Major League Baseball Predictions

Today is Opening Day, a day which should be a national holiday in my opinion. With that being said, I am going to go through a yearly ritual that is meaningless but fun.

Last season my 2014 MLB predictions did not go all that well, as you can see here. However, it is still a fun thing to go through each year.

So without further adieu, here are my 2015 MLB predictions.

* Wild Card Teams

AL East

1. Baltimore Orioles
2. *Boston Red Sox
3. Toronto Blue Jays
4. Tampa Bay Rays
5. New York Yankees

I do not feel that the AL East will be all that strong. I think Baltimore will be the cream of the crop in the East and will win the division. I was torn between Boston and Toronto to pick up a Wild Card spot, but I am going with Boston.

AL Central

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

With Price taking over the head of the rotation in Detroit, they are going to be back and strong as ever. I think they win the division again with their hitting. I don’t see the Royals making it back, not with the new additions to the Sox. To me this will be a hotly contested division and should be fun to watch all year.

AL West

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

The Mariners are going to be good. Anaheim will still be strong, but the most improved will go to Houston. The Rangers and A’s will bring up the rear of the division all year battling it out for last place.

AL Wild Card Game – Chicago over Boston
AL Division Series – Detroit over Seattle & Baltimore over Chicago
AL Championship Series – Detroit over Chicago

NL East

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

I have no faith in my Braves this year. Not after the exodus that took place. The Nationals are the team to beat, perhaps in the NL. They are going to be strong. I like the Marlins to finish second and maybe even push for a Wild Card spot late in the year, but I see them coming up short.

NL Central

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

I like how the Cubs look this year, but I don’t seem them making it to the World Series like I have seen others call for. The Cardinals will be hard to beat in the division but Pitt will really push Chicago. So will Cincinnati.

NL West

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

The Dodgers are the team to beat once again. The Padres will really push them this year and the Giants will be back with a strong team. I would not have picked the Padres over the Giants for the Wild Card, except yesterday they traded for the best closer in baseball.

AL Wild Card Game – San Diego over Chicago
AL Division Series – Los Angeles over St. Louis & Washington over San Diego
AL Championship Series – Los Angeles over Washington

World Series – Los Angeles Dodgers over Detroit in six games.

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Korea: A Look at the Foreign Imports Part 2

A few days ago we looked at the foreign imports in the KBO for the Samsung Lions, Nexen Heroes, NC Dinos, LG Twins, and Lotte Giants. Today we will finish out the KBO by taking a look at the imports for the other five teams and where they have been previously.

So let’s get going. Here are the imports for the rest of the league and where they have been over the past few seasons either in the US or abroad.

KIA Tigers

Philip Humber – Humber might be one of the more recognizable names in the KBO, at least from a MLB stand point. He spent parts of eight seasons in the MLB with the Mets, Twins, Royals, White Sox, and Astros. He is remembered for a couple things. First, he was the third overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Rice University, where he pitched his team to the College World Series title in 2003, by the New York Mets. He made his MLB debut just two years later. However, perhaps what he is most remembered for is the fact he pitched the 21st perfect game in MLB history in 2012 while with the White Sox. He spent 2014 pitching mostly out of the bullpen for Triple-A Sacramento.

Brett Pill – A former San Francisco Giant, Pill has appeared in over 100 MLB games. He put up nice numbers in 2014 as a member of the Tigers hitting .309 with 19 home runs and 66 RBI. Look for him to improve on these numbers in 2015. He has the power, some speed, and will hit for average.

Josh Stinson – A tall right handed pitcher, Stinson spent a brief time with the Baltimore Orioles the past four seasons. While his MLB numbers are unimpressive, mainly due to his lack of game time, he has at times impressed in the minors. He can struggle with the walk at times, but he has the ability to be a nice addition to KIA.

Hanwha Eagles

Shane Youman – Youman is no stranger to the KBO having spent the past three seasons with Lotte. While his numbers have gotten progressively worse in the KBO, his ERA has risen from 2.55 to 5.93 over the three seasons, look for him to rebound this season in Daejeon if he can get back to his career numbers. Despite his high ERA last season he still won 12 games.

Mitch Talbot – Talbot returns to the KBO after having pitched with Samsung in 2012. That year he went 12-3 before returning to the USA. Most of his time since leaving the KBO has been spent in AAA with two different organizations. However, he has only pitched in 13 games over the past two years.

Nyjer Morgan – Another name that many know from the MLB, Morgan spent parts of seven seasons with different MLB clubs. Morgan spent 2013 in Japan with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars where he hit .294 with 11 home runs and 50 RBI. In 2014 he returned to the MLB with the Cleveland Indians but only appeared in 15 games. He has stolen 120 bases in the Major Leagues and should provide speed and solid outfield glove.

KT Wiz

Phil Irwin – The tall right handed pitcher was one of many that got a start for the Texas Rangers in 2014. He spent most of his time in 2014 in Triple-A. He strikes out nearly one an inning and walks only half of what he strikes out. If he can find his control he could have a nice year for the Wiz.

Andy Marte – Marte was once thought of as a big prospect for the Atlanta Braves where he started his MLB career in 2005 before being shipped off to Cleveland for Edgar Renteria. He played in parts of five seasons for the Indians, but never lived up to expectations. He has showed power at almost every stop though. Look for him to provide some big power and possibly hit for a nice average. He is a career .282 hitter in the minors and last season in Triple-A hit 19 home runs.

Chris Oxspring – Chris has seen playing time all over the world. He spent time in the MLB, NPB, KBO, and the ABL. The last two seasons he has spent with the Lotte Giants where he want a combined 23-15. If he can stay healthy, he will be 38 this year, he will put up good numbers for the Wiz.

Andy Sisco – Sisco spent the 2014 season in the Futures League in Korea with the Wiz. He has MLB experience and has put up good numbers in the past in the minors. He is not an overpowering pitcher and will strike out less than one an inning. In order to be effective he needs to find his control.

SK Wyverns

Merrill Kelly – The 26-year old right handed pitcher has no MLB experience. He spent most of the past two seasons with the Durham Bulls in Triple-A. He posted an impressive 9-4 record with a 2.76 ERA in 2014 for Durham. Over 114 innings he struck out 108 and walked only 37 in 2014.

Travis Banwart – Travis spent some time last season with the Wyverns pitching in 11 games. He put up great numbers over that time going 9-1 with an ERA of just 3.10. He has impressive minor league numbers and is only 29 years old.

Andrew Brown – Brown has 144 games at the MLB level where he hit 14 home runs but struggled with the average hitting just .220. He has been much more impressive in the minors posting a lifetime .286 average where he has showed power. In 2014 in 103 games at Triple-A, he hit 21 home runs.

Doosan Bears

Yunesky Maya – The former Washington Nationals pitcher is back for his second year in the KBO. Pitching for the Bears last season, Maya went 2-4 in 11 starts. He has some good minor league numbers and could provide Doosan with a solid starter through the season if he can find his control.

Zach Lutz -Lutz has some time with the New York Mets at the MLB level, but most of his time has been spent at the Triple-A level. He spent a few games in 2014 with the Rakuten Eagles in Japan where he hit five home runs in just 15 games. Most of the past few seasons he has spent at Triple-A where he put up good numbers and has a lifetime .295 average.

Dustin Nippert – The former Texas Rangers pitcher has found a home in the KBO where he has thrived. He arrived in Korea in 2011 and has not looked back. Over his four seasons with Doosan he has gone 52-27 with an ERA of 3.25. Last season he went 14-7. Look for him to continue his dominance of the KBO hitters.

Again if you haven’t done so, head on over to MyKBO.net and check out the daily happenings of the KBO. There is a lot of information there, and it is easily the best site for the KBO in English.

Also if you want to play the KBO in a simulation game, check out the Out of the Park Baseball 16. It’s the best sim game on the market and now features international leagues like the KBO. You can purchase the game below and help out our site a little bit.
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Italy: First Week News and Notes From Italian Baseball League

The Italian Baseball League (IBL) kicked off the 2015 season this past weekend. Seven teams are looking to dethrone Unipol Bologna after they claimed the 2014 title. Bologna got off to a slow start losing game one of the season to Tommasin Padova.

Both T&A San Marino and Rimini swept their series to start off the season. But perhaps the best series was between Parma and the Godo Knights who split. Game 1 went an extra frame with both teams scoring, but in the end it was a walk-off win for Parma on a Claudio Biagini RBI single.

Game 2 of the series was just as close, but this time the Knights would prevail winning 2-1. The Knights were backed by a solid start from Matteo Galeotti who tossed seven innings giving up just one unearned run on three hits. Nicolo Loardi pitched the final two outs of the game to pick up the save. All of the Knights offense came in the seventh inning on a two-run double by Adolfo Gomez.

In other league action:

Guillermo Rodriguez had a strong second game for Bologna hitting a two-run home run going 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Alessandro Vaglio also had a big day at the plate for Bologna going 2-for-5 with three RBI and scored four times.

Massimiliano Satori had a big game leading Tommasin Padova to a win over defending champ Bologna in Game 1 of hte year. He hit a grand slam, drove in five runs, and went 2-for-3 in the win.

Italian Baseball League Scores:

Parma 4, Godo Knights 3 (10 innings) Box
Parma 1, Godo Knights 2 Box

Angel Service Nettuno 2 1, T&A San Marino 4 Box
Angel Service Nettuno 3, T&A San Marino 7 Box

Rimini 5, Nettuno 2 Box
Rimini 3, Nettuno 2 Box

Unipol Bologna 4, Tommasin Padova 6 Box
Tommasin Padova 4, Unipol Bologna 16 Box

Italian Baseball League Standings:

1. Rimini 2-0
2. T&A San Marino 2-0
3. Godo Knights 1-1
4. Lino’s Coffee Parma 1-1
5. Tommasin Padova 1-1
6. Unipol Bologna 1-1
7. Angel Service Netunno 2 0-2
8. Nettuno 0-2

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Out of the Park Baseball is Back for 2015 – Will Review Soon

If you haven’t read about it, Out of the Park Baseball is back again. This is by far the best sim game on the market and there are so many new changes and upgrades to the game. You can read the press release here.

This year it is licensed by MLB, so you will see more stuff from the big leagues. But even better, in my opinion, is the expansion of the international leagues. You can play leagues in Cuba, Mexico, Italy, Taiwan, South Korea, and now even Australia.

I am going to have some of my own thoughts on the game coming up soon after I give it a go. I am going to be doing more with the international leagues than MLB, but will review a lot of it over the next few weeks. So stay tuned for that.

If you would like to purchase the game, we invite you to use our link below or on the home page. We are an affiliate and earn just a few dollars with each purchase. All the money we gain goes toward paying for hosting of the site. Don’t worry, it’s not much because I still have a full time job.

So stay tuned and we will bring you more information on the best sim game. I am excited to give it a try.

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France: Division 1 Scores and Standings After Week 1

The French Division I season kicked off for 2015 this weekend with the Senart Templiers entering as defending champions. But don’t look now the Rouen Huskies will look to reclaim the throne they have held the previous nine years.

Rouen started their claim for another title with a bang outscoring the Beaucaire Knights 19-1 over a two game sweep. The defending champion Senart started off with a two game series win as well, but they did not blow out the Savigny Lions in both games.

Paris UC made it to the finals in 2014 but were in the only split series of the weekend. Paris split with Stade after getting shutout 1-0 in game 2.

There will be one less undefeated team next weekend as Senart and Rouen will square off.

French Division 1 Scores:

Beaucaire Chevaliers 0, Rouen Huskies 11
Beaucaire Chevaliers 1, Rouen Huskies 8

Stade Toulousain 5, Paris UC 8
Stade Toulousain 1, Paris UC 0

Montpellier Barracudas 4, Chartres French Cubs 1
Montpellier Barracudas 4, Chartres French Cubs 3

Senart Templiers 12, Savigny Lions 2
Senart Templiers 9, Savigny Lions 8

French Division 1 Standings:

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

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Spain: 2015 Division de Honor Season Kicks Off

The Spanish Division de Honor kicked off the season this weekend with a full slate of games. The Tenerife Marlins are looking to repeat once again. The season will feature eight teams as El Llano is not back in the division this season. The season will consist of a 14-game round robin and the leader after the 28 game season will be the winner since there are no playoffs.

Only two teams swept this weekend as the Astros Valencia and Baseball Navarra both swept their series. Defending champion Tenerife split this weekend with CBS Sant Boi.

Leslie Nacar, who pitched for the All-Euro team in the Global Baseball Match, tossed a nice opening game for Tenerife but took the loss. Nacar tossed seven innings giving up just one run on four hits while striking out ten. However, Zael Honora tossed a complete game shutout for CBS Sant Boi to earn the first win of the season.

Valencia looks good this season after a few big additions. They added Trevor Caughey, who is back with the Astros after spending some time in Germany. They also added Oscar Angulo to go with Team Europe catcher Blake Ochoa.

Angulo made a huge impact in week 1 with his new club. In game 1, he went 4-for-6 scoring three times and driving in three more runs. In game 2 he scored three more times going 4-for-4.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CD Pamplona 5, Astros Valencia 9
CD Pamplona 0, Astros Valencia 15

CB Barcelona 4, San Inazio Bilboa 0
CB Barcelona 7, San Inazio Bilboa 9

Tenerife Marlins 0, CBS Sant Boi 2
Tenerife Marlins 7, CBS Sant Boi 4

CB Viladecans 0, Baseball Navarra 15
CB Viladecans 0, Baseball Navarra 6

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Astros Valencia 2-0
2. Baseball Navarra 2-0
3. CB Barcelona 1-1
4. CBS Sant Boi 1-1
5. San Inazio Bilbao 1-1
6. Tenerife Marlins 1-1
7. CB Viladecans 0-2
8. CD Pamplona 0-2

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Korea: A Quick Look at the Foreign Imports in the KBO

The 2015 KBO season has kicked off in Korea. For the first time in the league’s history it features ten teams as the KT Wiz begin play this year. Once again the team to beat is four-time defending champion Samsung Lions.

As we kick off the season, we thought we would take a look at the foreign imports this year for each team. Many of the names you might recognize from the minors or MLB.

Samsung Lions

Alfredo Figaro – Figaro has had a cup of coffee with two MLB teams (DET/MIL) with most of his MLB experience coming in 2013 out of the bullpen pitching in 33 games. Overall he has put up solid numbers in the minors both as a starter and reliever.
Yamaico Navarro – Navarro had a big season last year with Samsung hitting .308 with 31 home runs, 96 RBI, and 25 stolen bases.
Tyler Cloyd – Cloyd pitched last season with Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland minor leagues. He has a little bit of MLB experience, all with PHI in 2012 and 2013.

Nexen Heroes

Andy Van Hekken – Van Hekken had a great year last season with Nexen going 20-6. He is back for his fourth year with the Heroes.
Ryan Feierabend – A former 3rd round pick by Seattle, Ryan has a small bit of MLB experience. Most of it came early in his career with Seattle, but he was in six games last season with Texas. The left handed pitcher has over 230 minor league starts with success at different levels.
Brad Snyder – Another one that got in a few games for Texas in 2014, Snyder has very little MLB experience but he has put up good numbers at all levels of the minors and has a lot of AAA experience. He played in a few games last season with LG as well.

NC Dinos

Charles Shirek – This will be Charlie’s third year in the KBO, all with NC. He pitched well last year posting a 12-8 record.
Eric Thames – Eric had a huge year at the plate for NC last year hitting 37 home runs. It was easily his best season as a professional. He hit .343 with 121 RBI.
Eric Hacker – Hacker is back for his third straight year with NC. He improved last season to 8-8 after going 4-11 in his initial season although he posted a bit better ERA.

LG Twins

Lucas Harrell – Lucas pitched the past four season with the Houston Astros. He led the league in losses in 2013 with 17. His numbers in the minor leagues are much better but he is looking for a nice comeback year in 2015.
Henry Sosa – Sosa is not new to the KBO. He pitched for two season with Kia in 2012 and 2013. Then came back and pitched for awhile with Nexen in 2014.
Jack Hannahan – Jack has a lot of MLB experience with over 1800 plate appearances with Detroit, Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland, and most recently Cincinnati. He has never shown much pop in the bat (13 home runs in AAA is a high) and can struggle with the strike outs from time to time.

Lotte Giants

Jim Adduci – Jim had a few at bats with the Texas Rangers the last two seasons but has spent most of his career in the minor leagues. He has some speed (high of 35 stolen bases) and has shown some recent pop (16 home runs in 2013 with Triple-A Round Rock).
Brooks Raley – The big lefty hurler has a little time in the MLB with the Cubs, but little success. However, he doesn’t walk many batters and has posted 2+ SO/K ratios over several seasons.
Josh Lindblom – The former 2nd round pick has had some success in the MLB with Philadelphia and a few other teams. His best season in the MLB was 2012 when he pitched in 74 games for Philadelphia and the Dodgers posting a 3.55 ERA in relief. He has more relief experience and even some as a closer.

This is part one of two looking at the foreign imports for the KBO. Next time we will look at the players from KIA, Hanwha, KT, SK, and Doosan. Thanks to Dan over at MyKBO.net for the names of the players. If you haven’t done so, check out what he does over there for the most comprehensive coverage of the KBO in English anywhere.

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College: Vanderbilt back on top of Baseball America Top 25

Baseball America released its weekly College Baseball Top 25 Poll with Vanderbilt retaking the top spot after LSU stumbled a bit this week.

LSU dropped to No. 3 after losing a weekend series to Kentucky. Twice it lost in extra innings. Vanderbilt took over the No. 1 spot again after winning 2-of-3 in a weekend series against in state rival Tennessee. This weekend Vandy will travel to face Georgia.

Texas A&M moved up to No. 2 as the top three were rearranged. Those were the only changes in the Top 10 as the rest stayed in place. Three teams dropped out of the Top 25 (Texas, Oregon, and Indiana). While Nebraska, Coastal Carolina, and San Diego moved in.

Team W-L Last Week
Previous Rank
1. Vanderbilt
22-6 3-1 2
2. Texas A&M 27-2 3-1 3
3. LSU
23-5 2-2 1
4. Florida 23-6 3-1 4
5. Texas Christian
21-4 4-0 5
6. Central Florida
22-7 2-2 6
7. Louisville 21-7 3-1 7
8. Southern California 22-6 3-1 8
9. UCLA
21-5 4-0 9
10. Florida State 22-7 3-1 10
11. Arizona State 18-7 3-0 11
12. Miami
20-9 2-2 13
13. Dallas Baptist
22-3 4-0 15
14. Rice 19-11 3-2 14
15. UC Santa Barbara
19-7 3-1 16
16. Virginia 18-8 4-1 20
17. Oklahoma State
19-8 3-1 23
18. South Carolina
19-9 1-3 12
19. Texas Tech
18-10 2-2 18
20. Houston 19-9 2-2 17
21. California 20-7 2-2 21
22. Nebraska 21-7 4-1 NR
23. Coastal Carolina
20-7 3-1  NR
24. Illinois 19-6 2-1 25
25. San Diego 16-9 3-1 NR
Dropped Out: Texas (19), Oregon (22), Indiana (24)

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High School: San Clemente Wins NHSI

CARY, North Carolina – The National High School Invitational was this past week at the National Training Complex. The tournament, in its fourth year, featured some of the best high school teams from all over the country.

This year the tournament featured schools from Texas, Florida, California, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Washington, and North Carolina. The first three years of the tournament the title went to a California school twice (2013 and 2012 – Mater Dei) and a Florida school (2014 – Orlando’s First Academy).

After a one year hiatus, the championship is back in California.

San Clemente defeated College Park 8-3 in the championship game on Saturday bring the title back to the state where Mater Dei held it for two straight years.

The tournament featured some of the top ranked high school teams in the country by MaxPreps including No. 6 ranked San Clemente. Also ranked were No. 5 College Station (TX), No. 4 Mosley (FL), and No. 25 Puyallup (WA). These rankings were from 3/23 and are likely to change after the tournament.

For video recaps and other news and notes from the tournament, visit USABaseball.com.

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Today in Baseball History – March 24

March 24, 1911

Helene Hathaway Britton becomes the first woman to own a franchise when her uncle Matthew Stanley Robison dies unexpectedly. Robison lef the team, the St. Louis Cardinals, to his niece. She will go on to own the team from 1911 to 1916.

March 24, 1982

Fernando Valenzuela ends his holdout and reports to the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training.

Valenzuela was holding out for more money after making just $42,500 in 1981 when he won the Rookie of the Year and the Cy Young Award. He will make a reported $360,000 in 1982 after asking for $1 million.

He will end 1982 with a 19-13 record and an ERA of 2.87. He pitches 285.0 innings with 18 complete games and four shutouts. He will finish third in the Cy Young voting as well.

Born on this day:

1893 George Sisler

1942 Jesus Alou

1956 Garry Templeton

1958 Bruce Hurst

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Today in Baseball History – March 23

March 23, 1962

William DeWitt purchases the Reds for $4.625 million. DeWitt made a trade immortalized in the 1988 movie Bull Durham when Susan Sarandon’s character says, “Bad trades are a part of baseball; I mean who can forget Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas, for God’s sake?” DeWitt traded Robinson to the Orioles claiming he was old at age 30. In his first year Robinson would win the Triple Crown and be named AL MVP.

Born on this day:

1979 Mark Buehrle

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Today in Baseball History – March 22

March 22, 1972

The New York Yankees trade first baseman Danny Cater to the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Sparky Lyle.

The Yankees got the better end of this deal as Lyle went on to post a record of 57-40 and save 141 games over the next seven years with the Yankees. In addition, he won the 1972 Fireman of the Year Award and the 1977 Cy Young Award.

Cater played just three seasons for the Red Sox never playing more than 92 games in a season.

March 22, 1993

In a boating accident on Little Lake Nellie in Clermont, Florida, Cleveland Indians pitchers Steve Olin and Tim Crews die. Olin died instantly and Crews died of his injuries the next day. Also in the accident was teammate Bob Ojeda who was seriously injured but able to recover and return to the mound later that season.

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Today in Baseball History – March 21

March 21, 1978

The San Diego Padres fire manager Al Dark. He becomes just the second manager (Phil Cavarretta – 1954 Cubs) to be fired during spring training. Dark took over the Padres midway through the 1977 season when they would finish fifth place. The team was 48-65 (.425) under Dark during 1977.

He would be replaced by pitching coach Roger Craig who would lead the Padres for the next two seasons.

Born on this day:

1939 Tommy Davis

1944 Manny Sanguillen

1963 Shawon Dunston

Died on this day:

1975 Joe Medwick

1988 Edd Roush

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Today in Baseball History – March 20

March 20, 1973

In a special election by the BBWAA, Roberto Clemente earns entry into the Hall of Fame. The Board of Directors at the Hall waive the five-year wait rule for Clemente who died in a plane crash bringing relief supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.

March 20, 1989

The commissioner’s office announces that Pete Rose is under investigation for serious charges.

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Today in Baseball History – March 19

March 19, 1960

Sammy White, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, announces he would rather retire than report to where he has been traded to, Cleveland.

March 19, 1984

Denny McLain is indicted on various charges including cocaine possession, extortion, racketeering, and loan-sharking.

Born on this day:

1871 Joe McGinnity

1927 Richie Ashburn

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