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#BaseballJourneyman to Cooperstown Part II

I got to turn into #BaseballJourneyman to Cooperstown earlier this year. Over spring break I took off to the Hall of Fame so I could do some research. While there I had the chance to walk around the Hall of Fame and check it out. However, I did not get to spend as much as I would have liked in the Hall of Fame itself checking out the displays because I lost 2 days due to a snowstorm.

However, I saw some of the coolest things I’ve ever seen on my trips through the museum. And I thought I would share a few with you here. Forgive the not-so-great photos. I did not take  my good camera with me since it was more of a work trip, so all of my photos come with my phone. Besides if any of you have ever taken a nice camera into a museum it doesn’t always work out. There are usually too many reflective surfaces and not a lot of light. So without delay, here we go.

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One of the first things you see as you make  your way through the museum is a locker with things from each team. Being a die hard Atlanta Braves fan, thank you TBS, I couldn’t pass up a chance to snap a quick photo of their locker.

#BaseballJourneyman Cooperstown

It may be hard to read the plaque but it tells information about the team including year founded (1871), former locations, retired numbers, and world championships (4 times). Each team has this along with various items from the team which include Brian McCann’s bat, Tyler Flowers mask, and Billy Wagner’s shoes.

Keeping with the Braves theme, one of the coolest things I saw was a jersey made of baseball cards. It is a full-size replica of a Phil Niekro jersey made out of thousands of baseball cards cut and arranged just right. It comes from collage artist LaVern Brock, and I thought it was quite amazing.

Phil Niekro card jersey

Speaking of cards, I collected baseball cards when I was younger. I even had a small side business where I would sell cards at card shows. This was late 90s early 00s and it was a lot of fun. One card I would love to have come across, even just to see one, was the Honus Wagner T206.

Background of Wagner T206

The card was made by the American Tobacco Company as part of its T206 series between 1909 and 1911. However, Wagner did not want the production of the card to continue. I’ve read stories that said he did not like the fact it was a tobacco company making the card and others saying he simply wanted more money. For whatever reason, the card became very limited with just 50-200 being released. The exact number is unknown. While the card is not the rarest, it is among the most sought after. The most recent sale that I could find came in October 2016 when it sold for $3.12 million.

So as you can see there are extremely famous items in the museum and works of art. I will come back to art in a later post, but right now I want to talk about perhaps one of the strangest things I saw.

History in Cooperstown

I love history. In fact I am a high school history teacher, and I love my job. History encompasses so much, and I love historical places. And there are two places in Baltimore I’d love to visit that are no longer around. One is the St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, and the other is a saloon on Frederick Street. Both no longer exist and both deal with George Herman “Babe” Ruth.

Ruth attended the school and this is where he began to play organized baseball. The saloon was once owned by Ruth’s father. Both places hold history that I would love to learn more about. However, both are long gone. But the Hall of Fame somehow has a piece of each building which I found interesting.

The top brick was part of the saloon owned by Ruth’s father. The stone came from the school Ruth attended.

I don’t want to make this an extremely long post, so I am going to end it here. However, I have more in the works including some things about women in baseball, the sport in Latin America, and I want to talk about some of the plaques I saw.

Read up on our other posts on the Hall of Fame here.

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Travel to Cooperstown, NY: Hall of Fame

This past March I was fortunate to be able to travel to Cooperstown, NY and visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. The main reason I went was to do research for my master’s thesis at the Giamatti Research Center which is inside the Hall. And it turned out to be a crazy week.

Despite getting there on Monday, I was not able to get into town until Monday evening, so I missed one day of possible research. But at least I missed the snow, all 30+ inches of it.

Monday night the snow came and it just kept coming. I wound up being snowed in at my hotel for 2 straight days. I had rented a very small car and after the snow stopped it was completely covered.

I don’t know how much snow actually fell, but I heard reports from people at the hotel of upwards of 40+ inches. The Holiday Inn Express was where I stayed which was fortunately near a grocery store that was open. Twice I walked to the store since I could not get my car out until late Wednesday. I really liked the hotel and would recommend it to anyone traveling there. The only issue I had was the internet was not fast enough to stream MLB.tv which drove me nuts since the World Baseball Classic was going on and the hotel did not have MLB Network.

I spent the last two days of the week in the research library which was an amazing experience. The staff there was very helpful having pulled a lot of items I’d requested weeks before I arrived.

Food/Coffee in Cooperstown

It was a very quiet time to be in Cooperstown. Most stores weren’t even open, but the town has some fantastic spots. I really enjoyed Stagecoach Coffee which is in downtown Cooperstown. I loved the food here and the coffee was good too, and I am admittedly a bit of a coffee snob. But my favorite place, and I ate lunch here more than once, was the Doubleday Cafe. The food was fantastic, the beer was cold, and the staff was very nice.

Stagecoach Coffee

My breakfast sandwich at Stagecoach Coffee – it was amazing!

Since I was on a trip more to research than be a tourist, although I was both, I did not even bring my camera. So all my photos came from my phone unfortunately. With that in mind I want to close out this post with some photos of the Hall of Fame. I will be back to talk more about some of the things I saw inside the Hall, but for now I leave you with some photos of one of the coolest places I’ve ever been.

 

This is the first post in a series on the Baseball Hall of Fame and my trip there. Stay tuned and check back for more. You can stay up to date on all Hall of Fame posts here.

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Chinese Taipei wins 2017 World Port Tournament

Chinese Taipei wins 2017 World Port Tournament with a 3-2 extra inning win over Japan. It is Chinese Taipei’s 2nd title in Rotterdam after winning in 2011 over Cuba. That is the 7th medal for Chinese Taipei. Japan won its 2nd medal and 2nd silver.

The game got exciting in the top of the 9th when Japan tied it at 2 to force extra innings. Ryoto Maeda came through in the 9th with an RBI single for Japan just after a catcher’s interference call put runners on the corners. Japan had a chance to take the lead but Togo Tada grounded out ending the inning.

It remained tied until the bottom of the 10th inning when Chinese Taipei put runners at 1st and 2nd. Then perhaps the biggest play of the game happened. Chia Yu Lin hit a fly ball to left field which would have been the 2nd out of the inning, but leftfielder Yudai Nakanishi dropped the ball which loaded the bases. The next batter Hsin Chuan Wang singled up the middle to bring home the winning run.

Chinese Taipei used five pitchers. Cheng Ho Wang picked up the win pitching 3.1 innings of relief. Takahiro Yamamoto took the loss for Japan tossing 1.1 innings of relief giving up the winning run.

Individual Awards:

Best hitter: Takuya Okura – Japan (.423 avg)

Home Run King: Yi Hung Chen – Chinese Taipei (1)

Best Pitcher: Daisuke Yamagami – Japan (2-0/0,60 ERA/15 k’s in 15 IP)

MVP: Dwayne Kemp – Netherlands (.421 avg/6 RBI)

Most Popular: Koya Araki – Japan (led tournament with 7 runs scored)

Press Award: Shurendell Mujica – Curacao (.429 avg/5 RBI)

Final 2017 World Port Tournament Standings:

  1. Chinese Taipei
  2. Japan
  3. Curacao
  4. Netherlands
  5. Cuba

For more information on the tournament go to WorldPortTournament.nl or for more posts on the tournament from us click here.

Chinese Taipei Wins 2017 World Port Tournament

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2017 MLB Futures Game Rosters

Today the MLB Futures Game takes place as part of All-Star Weekend in Miami. Over the course of the event’s history the US team leads the series going 11-7, including a 6 game winning streak between 2010-2016. The World team is the defending champion winning last year in San Diego 11-3.

Yoan Moncada returns after winning the MVP award last year. He is currently having a nice season in AAA-Charlotte. He will be joined by a stout team from players all around the world. Players hail from Canada, Brazil, Honduras, Haiti, Bahamas, and other major baseball havens like Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

2017 MLB Futures Game Rosters

U.S. Team

Pitchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Beau Burrows DET AA R R 6-2 200 9/18/1996 Fort Worth, TX
Jon Duplantier ARI A+ L R 6-4 225 7/11/1994 Newark, DE
Jack Flaherty STL AAA R R 6-4 205 10/15/1995 Burbank, CA
Foster Griffin KC AA R L 6-3 200 7/27/1995 Orlando, FL
Jimmy Herget CIN AAA R R 6-3 170 9/9/1993 Tampa, FL
Brett Honeywell TB AAA R R 6-2 180 3/31/1995 Carnesville, GA
Michael Kopech CWS AA R R 6-3 205 4/30/1996 Mount Pleasant, TX
Triston McKenzie CLE A+ R R 6-5 165 8/2/1997 Brooklyn, NY
A.J. Puk OAK AA L L 6-7 220 4/25/1995 Cedar Rapids, IA
Tanner Scott BAL AA R L 6-2 220 7/22/1994 Mogadore, OH

Catchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Zack Collins CWS A L R 6-3 220 2/6/1995 Pembroke Pines, FL
Chance Sisco BAL AAA L R 6-2 195 2/24/1995 Corona, CA

Infielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Brian Anderson MIA AA R R 6-3 185 5/19/1993 Edmond, OK
Bo Bichette TOR A+ R R 6-0 200 3/5/1998 Orlando, FL
Nick Gordon MIN AA L R 6-0 160 10/24/1995 Avon Park, FL
Rhys Hoskins PHI AAA R R 6-4 225 3/17/1993 Sacramento, CA
Scott Kingery PHI AAA R R 5-10 180 4/29/1994 Phoenix, AZ
Ryan McMahon COL AAA L R 6-2 185 12/14/1994 Yorba Linda, CA
Brendan Rodgers COL AA R R 6-0 180 8/9/1996 Winter Park, FL
Nick Senzel CIN AA R R 6-1 205 6/29/1995 Atlanta, GA

Outfielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Lewis Brinson MIL AAA R R 6-3 195 5/8/1994 Fort Lauderdale, FL
Derek Fisher HOU AAA L R 6-3 205 8/21/1993 Lebanon, PA
Corey Ray MIL AA L L 5-11 185 9/22/1994 Chicago, IL
Bryan Reynolds SF A+ S R 6-3 205 1/27/1995 Baltimore, MD
Kyle Tucker HOU AAA L R 6-4 190 1/17/1997 Tampa, FL

World Team

Pitchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Domingo Acevedo NYY AA R R 6-7 240 3/6/1994 Villa Los Almacigos, D.R.
Yadier Alvarez LA A+ R R 6-3 175 3/7/1996 Matanzas, Cuba
Jaime Barria LAA AA R R 6-1 210 7/18/1996 Panama City, Panama
Luis Escobar PIT A R R 6-1 155 5/30/1996 Cartagena, Colombia
Tayron Guerrero MIA AA R R 6-8 210 1/9/1991 Bocachica, Colombia
Jonathan Hernandez TEX A+ R R 6-2 175 7/6/1996 Santiago, D.R.
Jairo Labourt DET AA L L 6-4 205 3/7/1994 Azua, D.R.
Cal Quantrill SD A+ L R 6-2 165 2/10/1995 Port Hope, ON, Canada
Mike Soroka ATL A+ R R 6-5 225 8/4/1997 Calgary, AB, Canada
Thyago Vieira SEA AA R R 6-2 210 7/1/1993 Sao Paulo, Brazil

Catchers

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Francisco Mejia CLE AA S R 5-10 180 10/27/1995 Bani, D.R.
Tomas Nido NYM AA R R 6-0 205 4/12/1994 Oviedo, FL (Puerto Rico)

Infielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Yordan Alvarez HOU A+ L L 6-5 225 6/27/1997 Las Tunas, Cuba
Rafael Devers BOS AA L R 6-0 195 10/24/1996 Sanchez, D.R.
Mauricio Dubon MIL AA R R 6-0 160 7/19/1994 San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Lucius Fox TB A S R 6-1 175 7/2/1997 Nassau, Bahamas
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. TOR A R R 6-1 200 3/16/1999 Montreal, QC, Canada
Yoan Moncada CWS AAA S R 6-2 205 5/27/1995 Abreus, Cuba
Josh Naylor SD A L L 6-0 225 6/22/1997 Mississauga, ON, Canada
Amed Rosario NYM AAA R R 6-2 190 11/20/1995 Santo Domingo Centro, D.R.

Outfielders

NAME ORG LEVEL B T HT WT BIRTHDATE BIRTHPLACE
Ronald Acuna ATL AA R R 6-0 180 12/18/1997 La Guaira, Venezuela
Estevan Florial NYY A L R 6-1 185 11/25/1997 Port Au Prince, Haiti
Eloy Jimenez CHC A R R 6-4 205 11/27/1996 Santo Domingo Centro, D.R.
Victor Robles WAS AA R R 6-0 185 5/19/1997 Santo Domingo Este, D.R.
Alex Verdugo LA AAA L L 6-0 205 5/15/1996 Tucson, AZ (Mexico)

 

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All-Star Weekend – Home Run Derby Prediction

All-Star weekend begins today in the MLB with the Future’s Game kicking off the festivities. But today we are here to talk about the Home Run Derby that will take place tomorrow.

First of all, I love the changes they have made with the bracket format. I will miss seeing the likes of Josh Hamilton hitting 28 in a single round, but as Giancarlo Stanton showed us last year it can still be done. However, the changes do not seem as conducive to that happening much anymore.

There is just something about seeing guys hit 500+ foot bombs, and if you have never swung a bat you may not know just how hard something like that is. But what the new format does is allow talk about match ups and possible showdowns between sluggers.

Perhaps the biggest match up would be a finals match between defending champion Stanton vs. new superstar Aaron Judge. This could be a possible match in the finals, but I’m calling for a third member of the event to pull out the win.

I’m going to make the call for the no. 3 seed (players are seeded by current home run totals, except Stanton who is the no. 1 seed based on his championship last year) Cody Bellinger. There are a few reasons why I’m calling for the Dodgers rookie to pull out the upset. Firs of all, he has a swing to produce home runs which he has proven this year hitting 25 through his fist 69 games this year. Secondly, he isn’t one of the top two seeds. The top two seeds are the two guys that most are calling to win it all. Not to mention most people want to see the Stanton/Judge match in the finals. But most times things just don’t work out the way people want them.

No matter what happens, it is going to be a fun showcase on Monday night.

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All-Star weekend

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International Tournaments Need Tweaking

International Tournaments Need TweakingThere are some international baseball tournaments that need tweaking. Before I get into the post, let me start by saying that I love the World Port Tournament. I feel it is a great event that aids in the effort to help grow the game of baseball through Europe and other places as teams come from all over the world. It is near the top of my list of tournaments to see, but I feel this edition shows that it needs some tweaking.

If you have followed along with our posts on the tournament or just the tournament itself, you saw how Curacao struggled to win in the round robin. They went 0-4 in the round robin and would go on to win only 1 game in the tournament. Yet they finished 3rd.

There is no way a team that went 0-4 in round robin and 1-5 overall in a tournament should finish 3rd ahead of two teams that won a combined 5 games just in the round robin.

When I initially saw the structure I was wondering why the no. 1 and no. 2 seeds played each other right away while the no. 5 seed didn’t play in the first round of the playoffs.

I feel that they need to go to a standard double elimination bracket where the no. 1 seed has a bye in the first round. This way you have something to play for with that no. 1 seed. Everyone as it sits has a chance to make the finals with 2 straight wins. But why should that be the case for both a winless no.5 seed and a possibly undefeated no. 1 seed?

Perhaps there is something I do not know about scheduling that makes this a necessity, but one little tweak could make this tournament so much better.

This isn’t the only international tournament structure that seems to be a little off. The Caribbean Series is another that could use a little tweaking. We saw a team that finished 1-3 in the round robin make the championship and win this past winter.

There needs to be more emphasis put on the round robin games, but that is just my 2 cents. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

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Haarlem Baseball Week is Back in 2018

Haarlem Baseball Week 2018As the World Port Tournament was going strong in Rotterdam, another biannual Dutch baseball tournament regained life as the Haarlem Baseball Week will return in 2018.

The tournament appeared dead in the water not long ago after it announced it did not have the funding to put on another edition of the tournament that has been running every other year since 1961. However, with help from some baseball supporters and the Dutch Baseball Association (KNBSB) the tournament is back for at least one more edition.

It was announced that the tournament would begin on July 13 or 14, and it would continue through July 22.

This is great news for international baseball. Each tournament like this only helps to promote the game in an area where, while it is growing, it is needed. Anytime international teams can come together and engage in a week long tournament of this caliber, it only helps to solidify the momentum that the sport has created over the past few decades in places like Euopre.

This will be the 29th edition of the tournament which has been dominated by the United States over the years. In 2016 teams from Australia, Netherlands, Curacao, Chinese Taipei, and Japan battled it out for the title. The host Dutch won its 4th title and will return to defend its title.

The announcement was seen through a tweet from the tournaments Twitter account @honkbalweek

Follow news as it breaks on the Haarlem Baseball Week here. As teams announce their intention to play, we will bring it to you. It is also a possibility that we will take our #BaseballJourneyman tag to Haarlem and be there at the tournament. Stay tuned for more information as the time nears.

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Japan and Chinese Taipei in Championship at World Port

Japan Chinese Taipei Championship World PortJapan and Chinese Taipei face off in the championship of the World Port Tournament today. Japan is looking for its first gold medal in the event having only made the championship once before in 1985. Chinese Taipei is looking for its 2nd gold after winning in 2011.

Japan had to get here through Curacao, and they did so in grand fashion winning 15-0. Japan scored early and often en route to the win. They pounded out 15 hits while limiting Curacao to just 6.

Japan and Chinese Taipei split their two matches so far. Japan won the first match 2-1 on Tuesday. Chinese Taipei go their payback on Friday downing Japan 4-2 to earn its way into the championship game. And now they are here for a winner-take-all championship.

Netherlands Take 4th Place

In the 4th/5th place game, the host Dutch took down Cuba 3-1. The Netherlands pounded out 10 hits to pick up the victory behind 4 solid outings from the pitching staff. Diego Markwell started and went 3.1 scoreless innings. Jim Ploeger picked up the win in relief going 2.2 innings allowing just 1 run. The game was finished off by Kevin Kelly and Mike Bolsenbroek who picked up the save.

Through a weird way the tournament was set up Curacao, who finished 1-5, will gain 3rd place. More on this later in anther post.

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

Thursday July 6
Game A: Chinese Taipei 4, Netherlands 3
Game B: Cuba 2,  Japan 5

Friday July 7
Game C: Cuba 3, Curacao 5
Game D: Japan 2, Chinese Taipei 4 (Chinese Taipei to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Cuba 1, Netherlands 3 (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Japan 15, Curacao 0 (Japan to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Japan vs  Chinese Taipei

For more information on the tournament go to WorldPortTournament.nl or for more posts on the tournament from us click here.

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Chinese Taipei in World Port Championship

Chinese Taipei World Port ChampionshipChinese Taipei rattled off two nice wins to put itself in the championship game of the 2017 World Port Tournament. After finishing the round robin 2-2, Chinese Taipei downed the Netherlands and then Japan.

It all started in the bottom of the 9th inning on Thursday against the Netherlands. Trialing the entire game and going into the final frame down 3-1, Chinese Taipei shocked the host Dutch with a 3-run walk-off win. With 3 hits and the help of a key error by the Dutch catcher, Chinese Taipei put up a 3 spot to take the game and send the Dutch to the 4th/5th place game.

All the win did was assure Chinese Taipei a game with the hot Japan on Friday. And they kept rolling. Chinese Taipei took a 4-0 lead over Japan and would hold on to a 4-2 victory sending them to the championship game. Japan is not out of it, but now they will have to win one more to get a rematch.

Chinese Taipei now gets to rest and wait to see who they play on Sunday for the championship.

The late game on Friday is Cuba vs Curacao. The winner of that game will face off with Japan for a shot at Chinese Taipei in the championship. The loser will face off with the Netherlands in the 4th/5th place game. Curacao is winless so far.

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

Thursday July 6
Game A: Chinese Taipei 4, Netherlands 3
Game B: Cuba 2,  Japan 5

Friday July 7
Game C: Cuba vs Curacao
Game D: Japan 2, Chinese Taipei 4 (Chinese Taipei to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Loser C vs Netherlands (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Japan vs Winner C (winner to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs  Chinese Taipei

For more information on the tournament go to WorldPortTournament.nl or for more posts on the tournament from us click here.

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Spanish Division de Honor Standings

Spanish Division de HonorThe Spanish Division de Honor has a two-way tie atop the league with both Valencia and Tennerife tied heading into the final weekend. The season could wind up going down to the wire again like last year when Valencia won its first league title through a tiebreaker.

This weekend Valencia will face off with CB Viladecans who is currently sitting in 7th place at 6-20. Tennerife will face off with San Inazio Bilbao who has a bit better record at 11-13.

The head-to-head series between Tennerife and Valencia goes to Tennerife who is 3-1 against Valencia. So if the Astros plan on repeating, they will need some help from San Inazio Bilbao.

With a lot of help there is an outside chance that CBS Saint Boi could work its way into the championship, but it would require four pretty big upsets this weekend. That is not likely, but you never know.

Keep up to date on the happenings and results of the Spanish Division de Honor here.  Or for full scores from each week, click here.

 

Spain Division de Honor Baseball League Standings

TeamWonLost GB
Astros Valencia2150
Tenerife Marlins PC2150
CBS Sant Boi1862
FC Barceona15116
San Inazio Bilbao11139
C.D. Pamplona71914
C.B. Viladecans62015
Beisbol Navarra32318

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Rouen Drops First Game in French Division 1

Paris UC defeated RouenParis UC defeated Rouen giving the Huskies their first loss of the year in the French Division 1 League. Rouen had gone 21-0 before the 4-2 loss in Game 2 of the weekend series last Sunday. Paris currently sits in 5th place in the league with a record of 8-14.

While it might not be shocking that Rouen finally dropped a game, it might be a bit of a shock that it came from Paris. Rouen is not perfect on the year having lost in the European Champions Cup and the Challenge de France earlier in the year. They are however the odds on favorite to repeat once again for the title in France.

In other league action Senart stayed in second place with a weekend sweep against Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert Ducks. Montpellier also was perfect over the weekend solidifying its spot in 3rd with a pair of wins over Montigny. Senart and Montpellier will face off with one another this coming Sunday.

Rouen looks to rebound in a big way coming off its lone loss of the season. They will face off with the 7th place Clermont.

Keep up to date on all French Division 1 News here.

France Division I League Standings

TeamWonLost GB
Rouen Huskies2110
Senart Templiers1754
Montpelier Barracudas1576
Cougars de Montigny111110
Paris Universite Club81413
Savigny-sur-Orge Lions81413
Clermont Arvernes51716
Saint-Just-Saint-Rambert Ducks31918

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Japan has Won Four Straight at World Port

Cuba WPTThe playoffs are set in the 2017 World Port Tournament, and Japan is on a tear just 1 win away from the championship match.

On Wednesday Japan downed the Netherlands 7-3 to claim a spot in the No. 1 vs No. 2 game.  The game wasn’t as close as it might seem. Japan took a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the 9th inning. Despite the Dutch scoring 3 runs, only 1 was earned.

Daiskuke Yamagami pitched great for Japan getting the start. He went 6.0 scoreless innings allowing just 2 hits while striking out 6. He was backed by a 12 hit attack from his teammates. Nine hitters had at least 1 hit in the game for Japan.

But Japan did not stop with defeating the Dutch. Earlier today Japan downed Cuba avenging its only loss so far in the tournament. Japan lost its first game of the event to Cuba and has not lost since.

Japan now looks to be set to face off with the Dutch once again. The Netherlands is playing Chinese Taipei with the winner advancing to face Japan. The loser of that game will go onto play in the 4th/5th place game tomorrow.

In other action Cuba will face off with Curacao tomorrow. The loser of that game will play the loser of Chinese Taipei/Netherlands in the 4th/5th place game. The winner will still be alive and will have to win one more game to get into the championship.

Right now Japan is set up nicely to at least advance to the championship, but nothing is set in stone. With so much talent in the tournament it is still anyone’s game.

Final Pool Play Standings:

  1. Cuba 3-1
  2. Japan 3-1
  3. Chinese Taipei 2-2
  4. Netherlands 2-2
  5. Curacao 0-4

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

Thursday July 6
Game A: Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands
Game B: Cuba vs Japan

Friday July 7
Game C: Cuba vs Curacao
Game D: Japan vs A Winner (winner to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Loser C vs Loser of D (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Loser D vs Winner C (winner to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs Winner D

For more information on the tournament go to WorldPortTournament.nl or for more posts on the tournament from us click here.

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MLB Battlegrounds Event in London

MLB BattlegroundsAmerica’s pastime was on full display yesterday in London, England with the MLB Battlegrounds event. As Americans were celebrating their Independence Day on the 4th of July, the English were getting their fill of some baseball thanks to Major League Baseball.

The event was put on by MLB in hopes to build interest in the sport that ironically has its roots in England. A portion of Hyde Park was transformed into a baseball field to give the English a chance to get up close and personal with the great game.

The event drew thousands of fans, and according to Gabriel Fidler at Extra Innings UK it drew over 20,000. The even had a home run derby which was a huge draw that wound up having a former MLB All-Star and home run champion Carlos Pena. Pena went against former Dodger farmhand Federico Celli and current Telemarket Rimini outfielder Federico Celli. Celli would wind up defeating the former MLB star.

The event was a great chance for new fans to find out about the game. It also provided a chance for Great Britain players to rub elbows with some former MLB players. Along with Carlos Pena, Cliff Floyd also attended in hopes to build interest in the sport.

MLB Battlegrounds Coverage

There have already been a few great write ups about the event including one from Darius Austin over at Bat Flips & Nerds. You can follow Bat Flips & Nerds on Twitter to stay up today at @batflips_nerds. Gabriel Fidler was also there and did some interviews that he will be posting soon. You can follow him on Twitter over at @ExtraInningsUK or check out his blog at Extra Innings UK.

It is great to see MLB stepping up its game in Europe. There is a lot of room to grow the sport there. Baseball might still be behind the NBA or NFL, but the reception has been great so far and the sport is slowly growing and not just in England but all over Europe. I look forward to the big leagues having a series somewhere in Europe and soon.

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2017 World Port Tournament Standings

The 2017 World Port Tournament standings have Cuba at the top as the tournament enters the last day of pool play today with a pair of games. First off, Chinese Taipei will take on Curacao and Japan will square off with the Netherlands.

This is a big game for both Japan and the host Dutch. A win would put the Dutch in first place going into the playoff round after their win over Cuba who right now sits atop the standings at 3-1. Japan would secure the second seed with a win. Both teams are 2-1 at the moment.

The other match is already over with Curacao losing its 4th game of the tournament 6-3 to Chinese Taipei. Curacao still has a chance to improve its record but will be the 5th seed going into the playoffs. They will face off with the loser of the No. 1 vs No. 2 game. Chinese Taipei will face off with the loser from the late game today in the No. 3 vs No. 4 game.

Current 2017 World Port Tournament Standings:

  1. Cuba 3-1
  2. Netherlands 2-1
  3. Japan 2-1
  4. Chinese Taipei 2-2
  5. Curacao 0-4

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2017 World Port Tournament Standings

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Wild Finish with Cuba Coaching Staff Ejected

Cuba Coaching Staff EjectedA Cuban national team and the Can-Am League Rockland Boulders were mixed up in quite a finish the other night. The Cuban team is on a tour with several Can-Am League teams which they have done since 2016. Last year Cuba went 11-9 on its tour. But this year the most memorable thing will be the game with Rockland a few nights ago when its entire coaching staff got tossed.

It all started in the top of the 9th inning with Cuba trailing 6-5. There was 1 out and a runner on first. Victor Mesa hit a grounder to Rockland shortstop Mike Fransoso who flipped the ball to second baseman Dylan Tice. Yoeklis Cespedes running from first appeared to have beaten the throw, but he did not slide and bumped into Tice as he was trying to field and throw. Cespedes was called safe and Rockland manager Jamie Keefe quickly came out to argue interference.

All Hell Breaks Loose

After a brief meeting between the umpires, Cespedes was called out for interference. That’s when the chaos began. Cuba manager Roger Machado argued the call as well as coach Victor Mesa Sr. And before you know it there was dirt kicking, chest bumping, and the entire Cuba coaching staff being ejected from the game. Eventually you can see the umpires being chased into right field by the Cuban staff, and the umpires had to seek refuge leaving the field through the stands.

The game would end after 8.2 innings with a 6-5 Rockland win. Cuba began its tour in early June finishing it off with a series against Rockland which the Boulders won 2-games-to-1. It remains to be seen if the series will continue next season after the incident. Cuba was joined on tour by an independent minor league team from South Korea, the Yeoncheon Miracle.

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Cuba Leads After Day 2 at World Port Tournament

Day 2 is in the books at the 2017 World Port Tournament. Cuba stayed unbeaten, and Curacao remained without a win after losing to the Netherlands in 13 innings.

Game 1 of the day pitted the host Dutch against Curacao in what turned into a thriller. The game started off as a pitching duel with the game tied at 2 after 9 innings. Then starting in the 11th inning the flood gates opened and runs started pouring in. This was in coordination with the international tie-breaking rules that put the last two batters at 1st and 2nd base to start the inning.

First let’s talk about how we got to extra innings. Rob Cordemans pitched well but did not get the win. He went 8.0 innings allowing 7 hits, 2 runs, and struck out 6. Ruderly Manuel matched Cordemans for 7+ innings. He tossed 7.2 innings allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits and 4 walks. He struck out 5 and like his counterpart did not factor into the decision.

After both teams worked through a scoreless 10th, the tie-breaking rules went into place. The Netherlands started off by scoring two runs in the top of the 11th. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners up, Boekhoudt was walked to load the bases setting up the double play. However, Dutch first baseman Dudley Leonora did not follow the script for Curacao. Leonora singled up the middle driving in 2 runs to give the Netherlands a 4-2 lead.

Curacao would tie the game in the bottom half of the inning. Again after a sacrifice runners sat at 2nd and 3rd. However, the Dutch pitcher did not walk the next hitter to load the bases and he induced the batter to ground out without a run scoring. So with 2 outs, down by 2, and 2 runners on, Edinho Meyer came through with a huge game-tying triple.

As they went to the 12th, both teams would again score two runs. The Dutch got their two on a 2-out triple by Garia. Curacao would tie it up again with the first run coming home on a Reangelo Beaumont sacrifice fly and then the tying run scoring on a pinch-hit RBI single from Levis Carolus.

The Netherlands would take command in the 13th inning. Dwayne Kemp led off the inning with a single scoring the first run of the inning. Curacao would then load the bases after a sacrifice bunt and Nick Urbanus would drive in a run on a fielder’s choice. Then a throwing error allowed Kemp to score before the Dutch finished off the 4-run 13th inning with a RBI single from Rowen Van Hoek.

Curacao came back with a run of their own in the bottom half of the inning, but it wasn’t enough to extend the game once again. The Netherlands would take the victory 10-7 pushing them to an even 1-1 record.

Game 2 of the day saw Japan makings its first appearance in the tournament against Cuba. Cuba would use a 4-run 3rd inning to pull ahead to stay and go on to win 8-4 keeping them perfect.

Geonel Guitierrez got the start for Cuba and lasted just 4.2 innings. He only gave up 1 run on 6 hits but did not pitch 5 to pick up the win. Instead, Adrian Rajiv Sosa got the win in relief despite giving up 3 runs in 2.2 innings of work.

Takahiro Yamamoto got the start for Japan going 3.0 innings of shutout ball. He allowed just 3 hits while striking out 2. Reliever Kazuma Okada did not fare as well as Yamamoto. Okada pitched 2.0 innings but gave up 5 runs on 5 hits.

Japan did not help itself defensively committing 6 errors en route to allowing 4 unearned runs which would be the difference in the game.

Osvaldo Vazquez went 3-for-5 with a double for Cuba. Frank Camilo Morejon scored twice, drove in a run, and went 2-for-4 helping Cuba to the win.

Japan leadoff hitter Hiroto Kobukata went 4-for-5, scored twice, and drove in a run setting the table well for Japan. Shortstop Masaki Otani drove in a run and went 2-for-3 in the loss.

Day 2 World Port Tournament Standings:

  1. Cuba 2-0
  2. Chinese Taipei 1-0
  3. Netherlands 1-1
  4. Japan 0-1
  5. Curacao 0-2

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Chinese Taipei Shocks Host Netherlands with 9th Inning Comeback

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands – Chinese Taipei upset the Netherlands in Game 2 of the 2017 World Port Tournament by scoring 2 in the top of the 9th inning to win 2-1.

Both starters pitched well. Diego Markwell tossed 7.0 shutout innings and looked on pace to pick up a win. He gave up just 5 hits and walked 2. Yao Tso Kao also pitched well for Chinese Taipei. Kao went 5.0 innings allowing just 1 unearned run. He gave up just 2 hits while striking out 5. Chih Hung Cheng picked up the win finishing off the final 4.0 innings for Chinese Taipei. He gave up 2 hit and struck out 3.

Berry van Driel pitched a scoreless 8th inning, but then the wheels came off in the 9th. Loek Van Mil came on to close out the game but didn’t make it through the inning.

Chia Wei Huang led off the 9th inning for Chinese Taipei with a single. He would advance to second on a ground out and then to third base on a passed ball. With 1 out and down 1-0, Chun Kai Liao singled to center to tie the game. The next batter would single through the right side putting runners at the corners for Tzu Chieh Lin who would hit a sacrifice fly to right to give Chinese Taipei the lead 2-1. That was all they could muster, but it was all they needed as Cheng would finish off the Dutch in the bottom half of the inning to preserve the comeback win.

In Day 2 action the Dutch return to play Curacao and Japan gets its first action against Cuba.

2017 World Port Tournament Day 1 Standings:

  1. Cuba 1-0
  2. Chinese Taipei 1-0
  3. Curacao 0-2
  4. Netherlands 0-1
  5. Japan 0-0

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World Port Tournament Opens with Cuba Win

The 2017 World Port Tournament opened with a Cuba win on Saturday afternoon in Rotterdam defeating Curacao 3-2.

Curacao pounded out 11 hits in the game, but they could only scratch out 2 runs against the Cuba staff. But it was the defense that was the downfall. Curacao allowed only 1 earned run committing 3 errors in the game.

Cuba got on the board in the first. Curacao starter Marverich Lourens lasted just 1.1 innings. While he did not give up a hit, and only 1 earned run, he walked 5, threw a crucial wild pitch, and hit a batter. After getting an out, Lourens walked the next two hitters. He then uncorked a wild pitch that allowed the runners to move up a base. Cuba clean up hitter Osvaldo Vazquez drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly. Lourens would get out of the inning despite walking another and hitting a batter.

Curacao would tie it up in the 3rd inning scoring an unearned run of its own. But the string of unearned runs would continue in the bottom of the 3rd as Cuba would regain the lead scoring its second run of the game. After Vazquez walked, he moved to third on an error by Curacao second baseman and would wind up scoring on a ground out to third. Cuba would add another unearned run in the bottom of the 5th making it 3-1, but Curacao wasn’t done.

In the top of the 9th, Curacao strung together 3 singles to score a run cutting the lead to one. But with runners at first and second, Ardley Jansen, who went 3-for-5 in the game, flew out to end the threat and the game.

World Port Tournament Top Performers:

Curacao:

Shurendell Mujica went 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI.

Rojean Cleofa went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Temesh Lourns pitched 4.2 innings in relief allowing 2 unearned runs but took the loss.

Cuba:

Edilse Silva was the only hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Yoalkis Crus pitched 8 innings allowing just 1 unearned run to pick up the win. He gave up 8 hits and struck out 6.

Alexander Rodriguez picked up the save pitching the 9th despite giving up a run.

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Sugar Land Skeeters Constellation Field #BaseballJourneyman

I had the chance to check out Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas last night to see the Sugar Land Skeeters play the Long Island Ducks. Both teams are members of the top independent league, the Atlantic League.

The Atlantic League has been around since 1998 and employs the top talent on the independent circuit. With eight teams spread out around the country, Sugar Land is the one team not in the east, and the only one nowhere near the rest of the league. However, they are the defending league champions defeating none other than Long Island in last years championship series. It was their first title in the league since joining in 2012. Long Island has won 3 league titles.

Sugar Land is a suburb of Houston, so there is potential for huge crowds. But on the night I was able to get down for a game only 3,498 showed up. The stadium holds 7,500 and it felt pretty empty, but it is a really nice stadium. So here is my short review of the stadium and my seats. Forgive the not so great photos. I did not take my camera in and just used my phone.

Sugar Land Skeeters Constellation Field

I chose to sit in the club level which is called the Insperity Club. The tickets, which I purchased for $55, included an all-you-can eat buffet for the first 2 hours after the gates open.

What’s on the buffet?

From what I understand the menu changes from game to game, but on this night it included some decent food. The buffet included baked ham, pulled pork quesadillas, hot dogs, sausages, nachos, a salad bar, and some sort of pasta. I wasn’t interested in eating pasta so I did not get a close look. There was also a station with popcorn and peanuts plus two soda machines.

I tried a few of the different items on the menu. The pork quesadillas were very good. They had sour cream and guacamole too if you like that sort of thing. I opted for just a little bit of barbecue sauce which was really good. I also tried the hot dogs which were big a very good. However, I do have one recommendation. Do not get the hot dogs when you first arrive. I got one right away and it did not have time to fully cook and was cold. Later on I went back and got one during the game, and it was great.

An hour after the game starts, or two hours after the gates open, the buffet shuts down. But that does not mean it just ends. Around the top of the 5th inning they pull out the ice cream cart, Blue Bell. There were about 4 different flavors to choose from. To top it off you could choose a number of topics, but I just went with good old cookies and cream. It was a nice touch. They also had baked cookies and what looked like peach cobbler, but I opted for just the ice cream.

The Insperity Club is very nice too. It is air conditioned so if it is too hot outside, or too humid given where the stadium is, you can watch the game inside. There are some comfortable seats, including a few couches as well. Tables are abundant and several of them line the windows where you could sit and watch the game. Here is the view before the game where I had dinner.

 

Insperity Club Sugar Land Skeeters

There were two televisions in the club. One was showing the Astros game and the other the Skeeters game. There was also a pool table and a shuffle board table.

There is also a bar. The bar seemed fully stocked and had a good selection of draft beer. I did not look too closely at all it had to offer, but I did grab a beer at the start of the game. There were about 6 or so draft options including a few from Karbach Brewery in nearby Houston. This was a nice touch and I was glad to see they had some craft beer options and not just your normal Bud Light. The cost wasn’t too bad but still a bit high. A Karbach draft was $7.50.

The seats in the Insperity Club were nice. They were wider than normal, cushioned, and had a nice rail in front for drinks and food. The club sits above the press box right behind home plate and has the best views in the house. Is it worth the money? It might be. It would definitely be worth it if the weather was horrendously hot and humid. I was lucky that the night I was there it was very nice out.

Overall the stadium is very nice. There is a pool in left field, a playground with rides in center field, and a Pavilion in right. You can also bring a blanket and sit out on the berm in right field. There is a lot to offer families at the park, and there is so much for kids to do.

I enjoyed my trip to Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The level of play was good and included several former Major Leaguers including Lew Ford, Rafael Perez, David Aardsma, and Scott Maine. Not to mention that the manager for the Skeeters was Gary Gaetti. The stadium made the game though. It has a lot to offer and a regular seat is a great value. I’d highly recommend the trip if you are in the area.

You can get tickets by visiting SugarLandSkeeters.com or check out the team on Twitter @SL_Skeeters.

Sugar Land Skeeters Constellation Field

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Stadium Travels with #BaseballJourneyman

One thing I want to begin here is reviewing ballparks that I have been to. This summer I will be going over some of the old ones that I have visited, both overseas and here at home in the United States. These will include MLB, minor league, and other stadiums that I have or will visit. Some are no longer in use so it will be a look back. Eventually I hope to make it to all MLB stadiums, and ideally most if not all of the minor league stadiums.

With this I intend to include the history of the ballparks and any little tidbits I find along with any photos that I take. Sometimes I take my camera into the park and really get some good shots, and sometimes it is just with my phone. But either way I like to walk around the park and take it all it has to offer.

I will start with the new stadiums I have/will see this summer. Those include stadiums in Washington D.C., Charlotte, Houston, and Sugar Land. I hope to add a few more new stadiums later in the summer but time will tell.

Sugar Land Skeeters – Atlantic League

Tonight I will be Tweeting from the Sugar Land Skeeters game and sharing some of the things that I see inside their Insperity Club on the 2nd level. I’m excited to see what the club has to offer, along with the rest of the stadium. I’m excited to see my first Atlantic League game. It is not my first independent league game, but with this being the highest level in independent ball I am excited to see how it plays out.

So with that I will bid you farewell for today. Over the next few days you will see some posts about stadiums. I hope you enjoy them.

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Dutch Major League Standings

With some downtime in the Dutch Major League, it is time to see how the season is going so far. All teams have played at least 24 games of their season 36 game season, while others have played as many as 30. The two top teams L&D Amsterdam and Curacao Neptunus both competed in the European Champions Cub with Neptunus actually winning it.

Currently L&D Amsterdam is in first place with a 20-4 record. Trailing right behind them is Curacao Neptunus at 18-5-1. These two are far ahead of the competition in the loss column, but they have played 6 games less than third place HCAW who currently sits at 17-11-2.

Despite playing in fewer games, both L&D Amsterdam and Curacao Neptunus have dominated the league offensively. They are the only two teams hitting above .300 as a team and lead the league in runs scored despite the fewer games.

Offensive League Leaders:

The league leader boards are littered with players from both leading teams.

Benjamin Dille  (NEP) is leading the league in hitting at a .435 clip. He also ranks second in on base percentage and 12th in slugging.

Gilmer Lampe (AMS) is second in the league in hitting at .397. He also leads the league in slugging (.632), on base percentage (.533), 3rd in runs scored (25), 5th in RBI (24), and 3rd in home runs (3).

A few others having solid years include Danny Rombley (AMS – .395/4/25), Melvin Purdue (TWI – .345 and leads league in total bases with 50), and so many more.

Pitching League Leaders:

Kevin Heijstek (AMS) leads the league in ERA at 1.24. He also ranks 4th in wins with 5 in just 8 starts. Heijstek’s teammate Rob Cordemans (AMS) is having a great year as well tied for the league lead in wins with 7. He also ranks 3rd in the league in ERA at 1.53. Both players will pitch in the World Port Tournament for the Netherlands.

Also pitching for the Dutch in the WPT will be Diego Markwell. Markwell is 2nd in the league in wins with 6, 2nd in the league in batting average against at .179, and 6th in ERA at 2.26.

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Current Dutch Major League Standings:

  1. L&D Amsterdam 20-4
  2. Curacao Neptunus 18-5-1
  3. HCAW 17-11-2
  4. Hoofddorp Pioniers 14-12-1
  5. DSS 10-20
  6. Pickles UVV 7-17-3
  7. De Glaskoning Twins 6-23-1

Dutch Major League Standings

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2017 World Port Tournament Schedule

The 2017 edition of the World Port Tournament is almost upon us. Five teams will compete for the title including Cuba, Curacao, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and host Netherlands. The tournament starts on July 1 as Cuba will look to defend its title once again.

Each team will play the other four teams in pool play before the playoff round begins based on the seeding from pool play.

Historically the Netherlands and Cuba have dominated the tournament. Cuba has won the most medals (13) and golds (9) over the course of the history of the tournament. The Dutch rank second in medals (12) and tied for second in golds (2). The last two editions of the tournament has seen Cuba defeat the Netherlands in the championship. Over the last ten additions of the event Cuba has been in the championship each time, winning eight of those.

The Dutch will field a lot of names that more and more people have become familiar with over the course of the past decade. Pitchers included Diego Markwell, Rob Cordemans, Loek Van Mil, Mike Bolsenbroek, and others that have a lot of international experience, including the World Baseball Classic.

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule:

July 1
Curacao vs Cuba
Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 2
Netherlands vs Curacao
Cuba vs Japan

Monday July 3
Cuba vs Chinese Taipei
Curacao vs Japan

Tuesday July 4
Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Cuba

Wednesday July 5
Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
Japan vs Netherlands

Thursday July 6
Game A: No. 4 vs No. 3
Game B: No. 2 vs No. 1

Friday July 7
Game C: A Loser vs No. 5
Game D: B Winner vs A Winner (winner to championship)

Saturday July 8
Game E: Loser C vs Loser of D (4th & 5th place)
Game F: Loser D vs Winner C (winner to championship)

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs Winner D

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2017 World Port Tournament Schedule

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Can Rouen win the French Baseball Division 1 title?

Will anyone challenge Rouen in the French Baseball Division 1 League this year? So far everything is leading to a resounding no. With four weeks left in the regular season, Rouen is a perfect 20-0.

However, there is a chance that Rouen could be upset as they were early in the year in the Challenge de France.Rouen rolled through the first two rounds outscoring its opponents 36-5. But they ran into the eventual champions in the semifinals when they faced off with the Senart Templiers.

Senart would down Rouen 9-4 in the semis before going on to defeat the MUC Barracudas in the championship.

Senart sits in 2nd place so far this season with a 15-5 record. While they pose a potential problem for Rouen, it currently looks like it will be a tough road.

Shortly after winning the Challenge de France, Senart was once again facing off with Rouen, this time at home. Senart played Rouen close but lost both games by scores of 1-4 and 5-6. They will get another shot at Rouen the last week of the season just before the playoffs.

The Templiars are the last team to win a title other than Rouen, which took home titles from 2005-2013 and 2015-2016. They have been the most dominate team in the league over the past few decades, and so far this year they have continued that dominance. Their players litter the league leader boards in both offense and pitching categories. So far they have had one hiccup in the Challenge de France and have even fared decently in international competitions.

European Champions Cup 2017

Recently they took part in the European Champions Cup in Regensburg, Germany. While they would finish with a 2-2 record, they had a pair of nice wins over some German opponents (Mainz and Regensburg). However, they lost pretty badly to the teams that would play for the championship in Unipol Bologna and champion Curaçao Neptunus.

So who will take home the title? Will Rouen continue its dominance or can the Templiars or Barracudas rise up and take the championship away from the 2-time defending champs?

For more on the French Division 1 League, or other French leagues, go to FFBS.fr 

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Can the Bonn Capitals win a Baseball Bundesliga title?

Are the Bonn Capitals finally ready to take home the championship in the Bundesliga? The past two seasons the Capitals have won the North Division, yet neither time were they able to secure that ever allusive championship. Currently they sit once again atop the North Division and hold the best record in the league at 17-3.

After this last weekends action the Capitals hold a four game lead over second place Solingen Alligators (14-8). Over in the South Division Heidenheim holds onto the top spot with a 19-5 mark. The Capitals still have a two game set with Solingen here in a couple of weeks, but the only thing that stands between them and their first title is the playoffs. So before they start, let’s take a look at how the team has done statistically and how they stack up against the rest of the league.

Capitals Offense

The Capitals currently lead the North Division in almost every offensive category there is with some of them being huge advantages. The capitals lead the division in hits (186), doubles (33), triples (tied with 4), home runs (tied with 12), RBI (130), walks (106), hit-by-pitch (22), average (.316), slugging (.447), on base percentage (.434), and OPS (.881). Not to mention they have struck out less than any other team (99), and many of these numbers tower over the competition.

Along with this domination offensively comes some strong individual stats, and Bonn has many league leaders.

Christopher Goebel – He is 2nd in the division in hitting at .433 and leads the league in hits at 29. He is tied for 6th in the division with 4 doubles and 2nd in the league with 2 triples.

Wilson Norman Lee – He is not far behind Goebel in the batting title race at .359 ranking 5th in the division. He is tied for 6th with a pair of home runs and 4th in the division with 14 walks.

Daniel Lamb-Hunt – He ranks 6th in the batting race at .354. He is also 2nd in the division in RBI at 22, and is tied with Lee at 6th with a pair of home runs. He is also the division leader in doubles with 8.

Maurice Jose Wilhelm – He is the division leader in RBI at 23 and ranks 4th in home runs with 3.

There are 7 Bonn hitters in the top 15 in the division batting race, and we could go on and on with more rankings.

Capitals Pitching

Wilhelm also leads the division in ERA at just 0.34 over 26.2 innings pitched. He has given up just 1 earned run.

Sascha Koch is putting up numbers matching Wilhelm. Over 43.1 innings pitched Koch has give up just 7 earned runs for an ERA of just 1.45. He has also struck out 66 batters this year.

The Capitals have 4 games left in their schedule. They will face off with the Solingen Alligators on July 9th and then take on the Hamburg Stealers in a pair of games over July 15-16. Then the Capitals will face off with their greatest challenge, taking home their first championship trophy. They have definitely set themselves up for possibly a historic run in Bonn, but only time will tell.

What do you think? Will Bonn continue to dominate and take home a title? Will Mainz repeat? Will Mannheim return to their early glory days and win their 11th title and first since 1997? Or will recent champions like Solingen (2014) or Heidenheim (2015) return to the top of the hill?

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