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Prank of the Year

The Prank of the Year comes to us from Franklin, Ohio.

We have all been there. A batter pops up the ball and the offensive team or someone in the stands yells out, “tree”. While I never really got it, I’ve heard it a lot, especially at the high school level. Now those in Franklin have reason to yell it.

Midway between home plate and the pitcher’s mound a 25-foot tree was planted. Imagine heading to the field to get ready for a game only to find a tree planted right in the middle of it.

While the Wildcats from Franklin might not be laughing yet, this prank is pretty genius and I’m sure they will be laughing at some point.

 

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The Mayor Sean Casey Lines a ball off of Lauren Shehadi’s Head

On the set of the MLB Network in Studio 42, Lauren Shehadi was tossing some batting practice with whiffle balls to The Mayor, Sean Casey when something went wrong.

Casey was preparing for the softball game that will take place during the All-Star Game in Cincinnati later this summer.

Casey then does this:

Luckily Shehadi was not hurt.

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Netherlands: Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Atop Standings

L&D Amsterdam had three big wins this weekend over Mampaey the Hawks keeping them in a tie for first place with Curacao Neptunus, who also won all three this weekend.

Amsterdam outscored the Hawks 38-4 over the weekend. Rashid Gerard had a huge weekend. He went a combined 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 10 RBI, and 5 runs scored. Joining him in a big weekend was Bas Nooij. Nooij went 5-for-11 with a double, a home run, 9 runs scored, and 7 RBI.

Dutch Major League Standings:

1. L&D Amsterdam Pirates 10-2
2. Curacao Neptunus 10-2
3. Vaessen Pioniers 8-4
4. Corendon Kinheim 7-4-1
5. UVV 6-6
6. DSS 4-8
7. HCAW Bussum 2-9-1
8. Mampaey the Hawks 0-12

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Spain: Valencia Sweeps Sant Boi, Moves into Second Place

Tenerife and Valencia continue to be the cream of the crop in the Spanish Division de Honor. Both teams swept their weekend series. With the sweep this weekend, Valencia moved in front of CBS Sant Boi by a game.

Valencia got a great outing from Trevor Caughey in Game 1 of the series. He tossed eight scoreless innings striking out 13 en route to the victory. Mathew Erickson picked up the save tossing the final inning giving up a run. Valencia would continue their good run with a 5-2 victory in Game 2 to move ahead of CBS Sant Boi by a game.

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

CD Pamplona 5, San Inazio Bilbao 9

Astros Valencia 2, CBS Sant Boi 1
Astros Valencia 5, CBS Sant Boi 2

Baseball Navarra 8, CB Barcelona 1
Baseball Navarra 7, CB Barcelona 9

Tenerife Marlins 5, CB Viladecans 1
Tenerife Marlins 11, CB Viladecans 1

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

1. Tenerife Marlins 10-2
2. Astros Valencia 9-3
3. CBS Sant Boi 8-4
4. Baseball Navarra 6-5
5. CB Barcelona 6-6
6. San Inazio Bilbao 4-6
7. CD Pamplona 2-9
8. CB Viladecans 1-11

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Site For Sale

With so much going on in my life – moving (to a place with limited internet), new job, grad school – I just do not have the time to dedicate to this site that I would like. So, I am selling the site. I am hoping to find another baseball fan to take over and continue the good tradition of the site.

There is a lot of opportunity to make money if that is something that is wanted by the new owner. I am also willing to help with the transition.

The site has a nice presence on Facebook and Twitter with a few thousand followers.

If you are interested, please send me an email at esbynumATbaseballdeworld.com (just replace the AT with @) or just click on the contact us link above.

I am willing to answer any questions for you. I will continue running the site as best I can with the time I have until the process is complete.

Price is negotiable.

Thanks

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Austria: Dornbirn Indians Run Winning Streak to Seven Games

The Dornbirn Indians have run their winning streak to seven games after sweeping the Attnang-Puchheim Athletics over the past weekend. The Indians traveled to Attnang-Puchheim and took two games winning 7-4 and 3-0 to stay atop the ABL.

Right behind the Indians are the Vienna Metrostars who have won three in a row. Over this past weekend they swept the Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks.

The Metrostars will take on the Stock City Cubs who have struggled so far this year which should keep them near the top of the standings. However, the Indians will travel to Vienna to take on the Wanderers, who currently are in third place. The Wanderers are the only team to beat Dornbirn so far this season winning the season opener.

Austria Baseball League Standings:

1. Dornbirn Indians 7-1
2. Vienna Metrostars 6-2
3. Vienna Wanderers 6-4
4. Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 3-5
5. Stock City Cubs 1-5
6. Vienna Neustadt Diving Ducks 1-7

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France: Beaucaire Upsets Montpellier

This was a light weekend for the French Division 1 Baseball League with just one series. The series between the Beaucaire Chevaliers and the Montpellier Barracudas was rained out a few weeks ago so they made up the games this weekend.

Surprisingly the Chevaliers came out on top in both games putting the Barracudas four games behind league leader Rouen, who is still perfect on the year.

French Division 1 Standings:

1. Rouen Huskies 12-0
2. Montpellier Barracudas 8-4
3. Senart Templars 7-5
4. Stade Toulousain 6-6
5. Paris UC 5-7
6. Beaucaire Chevaliers 4-8
7. Chartres French Cubs 3-9
8. Savigny Lions 3-9

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College: LSU Still Atop Baseball America Top 25

LSU is once again at the top of the Baseball America Top 25 after a 3-0 weekend sweeping then No. 21 Missouri at home. The Tigers will end the season with a series on the road against South Carolina before heading into the SEC Tournament.

A lot of the Top 10 shuffled around after No. 1 and No. 2 stayed put. Texas A&M fell in 2-of-3 this weekend at home against South Carolina dropping them to No. 8. Another team that dropped a bit this week was Arizona State falling from No. 9 to No. 16 after losing 2-of-3 to UCLA at home.

Illinois is up to No. 4 after running their winning streak to 24 games tying Texas A&M for the longest this season. Rice is back in the Top 25 once again along with Oregon State and Radford making appearances this week.

Team W-L Last Week
Previous Rank
1. Louisiana State
43-8 3-0 1
2. UCLA
36-12 3-1 2
3. Louisville
40-12 4-1 4
4. Illinois 43-6 3-0 7
5. Texas Christian
39-9 2-0 5
6. Florida
38-14 3-1 10
7. Vanderbilt
36-16 1-2 6
8. Texas A&M
42-9 1-2 3
9. Florida State
37-16 2-2 8
10. Missouri State
38-10 4-0 13
11. Dallas Baptist
39-9 3-0 14
12. UC Santa Barbara
35-13 1-3 11
13. Oklahoma State
31-16 0-1 12
14. Iowa
37-12 4-0 16
15. Southern California
34-16 2-2 15
16. Arizona State
30-17 1-2 9
17. Miami
38-13 4-0 17
18. College of Charleston
39-10 3-1 19
19. Houston
32-16 3-1 25
20. Arkansas
30-19 1-1 20
21. Rice
33-16 4-0 NR
22. California
31-16 2-1 23
23. Oregon State
32-14 3-0 NR
24. Radford
36-14 3-0 NR
25. Florida Atlantic
36-14 1-3 18
Dropped Out: Missouri (21), North Carolina (22), Auburn (24)

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Philippines Wins the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The No. 23 world ranked Philippines won the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup defeating host nation and No. 38 ranked Indonesia in the championship game. Six teams competed for the title with the winner gaining a spot in the Asia Championships later this year.

Competing in the 12th East Asia Baseball Cup were the Philippines, Indonesia, unranked Singapore, No. 30 Thailand, No. 31 Sri Lanka, and No. 33 Hong Kong.

With the win Philippines will take on the likes of some of the best in the world in Taiwan this September in the Asia Championships. They will take on five-time defending champion and No. 1 ranked Japan, No. 4 Chinese Taipei, No. 8 South Korea, No. 21 China, and No. 24 Pakistan. The event will take place September 16-20 in Taichung, Taiwan.

East Asia Cup Final Standings:

1. No. 23 Philippines
2. No. 38 Indonesia
3. No. 31 Sri Lanka
4. No. 33 Hong Kong
5. No. 30 Thailand
6. Nr Singapore

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Movie Review – No No: A Dockumentary

There was a lot of talk around the baseball world a little over a year ago when  documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. No No: A Dockumentary was the film in question and was just recently added to Netflix.

Before hearing of the film I knew just a little about Dock Ellis. I knew he was a very good pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates back in their heyday of the early 1970s. I had also heard all of the stories of drug use. He has said many times, including in the film, that he never pitched without being under the influence of some drug.

When I first heard of the film I thought it was all about the game in San Diego in 1970 when he reportedly pitched a no-hitter under the influence of LSD. However, it was more than just this incident and in fact a documentary on Ellis’ life.

The story about the no-hitter was an interesting one and something that I can’t even imagine taking place in today’s game, or anytime for that matter. But what made the film great was the insight into his life during and after his playing career.

Before watching the film I looked up Ellis’ stats. I thought going into watching it that he was maybe close to a 200 game winner and had a solid career. That really wasn’t the case. He was good, but mostly for a short time. Perhaps it was the drug use that shortened the effectiveness of his career.

He did have a nice career. He pitched over 12 years in the big leagues, pitching for five different teams. Most of his success came early on with Pittsburgh, but he did have good years later in his career both with the New York Yankees and even a decent year with the Texas Rangers.

But the biggest thing I found from the documentary, and what was the most touching, was the work he did after his playing days were over. There is a good bit on that as well as he eventually got clean and began working with others that were in need of help. He had a lot of experiences to share and became quite a councilor from the sound of it.

Over all it was a great documentary and I really enjoyed it. It is one that will be added to my collection, and I highly recommend it to any baseball fan. It also reminded me that I wanted to read the book The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven by Aaron Skirboll. Of course that is a story for another day and one that I hope to bring soon.

In the meantime, if you have Netflix watch No No: A Dockumentary. It is just under two hours and it is really good. You can also rent it on Amazon streaming.

Here is the trailer from www.NoNoADockumentary.com:

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Japan: Carp Win on Walk-Off Dropped Infield Fly

You hear people say it almost daily in the game of baseball, but I’ve never seen this before. I’ve never even heard of it happening. But in a game between the Hiroshima Toyo Carp and the Yomiuri Giants the Carp won on a walk-off dropped infield fly rule.

So let me set up what happened. It was the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 2. Giants reliever Scott Mathieson is on the hill when Carp infielder Tetsuya Kokubo at the plate.

That is former Major Leaguer Juan Francisco, who just recently came to Japan, at first base when the miscommunication occurs and the ball drops.

This is exactly why the infield fly rule is in place. Without it the Giants would have done simply as Francisco did and touch home and then throw to another bag for a double play. However, once the infield fly was in effect, although it doesn’t appear it was ever called, the force was no longer in effect.

It seems that the infield fly rule was only enacted on the play after the Hiroshima coaches argue the play. Then the umpires get the call correct. I don’t see the umpires in the field but the home plate umpire definitely has the call wrong as he rules the runner from third out at the plate. However, if you watch the end of the video when they show it again it appears the third base umpire, though late, does make the signal for the infield fly.

What a way to lose.

Hat Tip to Brian Moore for sharing the video.

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College: LSU Still Atop Baseball America Top 25

For the third week in a row LSU tops off the Baseball America Top 25. The Tigers took two of three from Mississippi State in Starkville over the weekend. Two of the three games went to extra innings.

The top six teams stayed the same with Illinois moving up to No. 7 after sweeping Ohio State over the weekend. Losing the weekend series Ohio State fell out after being ranked No. 25 last week. Illinois has won 21 in a row which is the longest current streak.

Arizona State fell to No. 9 after losing a weekend series with California, who jumped up to No. 23 after taking two of three from the Sun Devils.

Team W-L Last Week
Previous Rank
1. Louisiana State
40-8 3-1 1
2. UCLA
33-11 2-2 2
3. Texas A&M
41-7 4-0 3
4. Louisville 36-11 2-1 4
5. Texas Christian
37-9 3-1 5
6. Vanderbilt
35-14 2-2 6
7. Illinois
40-6 4-0 8
8. Florida State
35-14 2-1 9
9. Arizona State
29-15 1-3 7
10. Florida
35-13 2-1 10
11. UC Santa Barbara
34-10 3-0 11
12. Oklahoma State
31-15 2-1 12
13. Missouri State
34-10 4-0 14
14. Dallas Baptist
36-9 4-0 15
15. Southern California
32-14 2-2 13
16. Iowa
33-12 3-1 16
17. Miami
34-13 3-0 17
18. Florida Atlantic
35-11 2-1 18
19. College of Charleston
35-9 3-0 19
20. Arkansas
29-18 3-0 23
21. Missouri
28-20 2-2 20
22. North Carolina
29-16 0-1 22
23. California
29-15 3-1 NR
24. Auburn
32-17 3-1 NR
25. Houston
32-16 3-1 NR
Dropped Out: Maryland (21), Memphis (24), Ohio State (25)

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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.

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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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