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Hosts Announced for a few Upcoming Baseball World Cups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Korea: KBO Makes Changes to Imports and Will Expand

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Baseball Federation of Asia Releases First Newsletter – Asian Baseball Cheers

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Men’s Baseball World Rankings Top 10:

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

Complete World Rankings

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Japan: NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato Resigns

Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato has announced his resignation. The announcement came at an owner’s meeting and stems from the revelation that the league is using a livelier ball this season.

With that livelier ball, Wladimir Balentien has broken one of the most sacred records in Japan, Sadaharu Oh’s single season home run record.

Kato, who is a former ambassador to the United States, is in his third term as commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball. He will resign his post at the end of the regular season which ends October 6.

There has been no announcement on who will replace Kato.

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Korea: A Second Racist Incident in a Year for the KBO

Recently there was a racist cartoon published by a group of cartoonists under the pen name of Bounce Kim. The cartoon, published on the site Nate.com, was apart of a weekly series called “Fastball and Jokeball”, but there weren’t many that found it too funny.

The cartoon depicted Dominican pitcher Radhames Liz of the LG Twins being hounded by the Ku Klux Klan.

In a recent game, Liz hit Samsung Lions batter Bae Young-seop in the head which lead to Bae being taken off the field on a stretcher. Later in the inning, after striking out the side, Liz ended the inning with a little hop and fist pump after the last strikeout. Apparently that show of emotion was too much for these cartoonists.

This isn’t the first time there has been a racist incident this year in the KBO. Earlier in the year all-star Kim Tae-kyun apologized after making racist comments about American import Shane Youman who pitches for the Lotte Giants.

From the outside all of this makes the Korean people in general look very racists. And while racism exists in every part of the world, it is not the everyday way of life for Koreans.

Immediately after the cartoon was released, there was an outcry from Koreans that demanded some sort of discipline for the offenders. However, that was not the case as their employer, Nate.com, and the parent company SK Communications have said there will be no discipline taken in the matter.

The cartoon was taken down after only 30 minutes and Bounce Kim did release an apology saying:

“We didn’t have enough knowledge on the subject matter, and we were trying too hard to come up with something new and compelling. More than anything, we fully understand that this was borne out of our sheer stupidity.”

The LG Twins also expressed their desire for the situation not to get escalated and made no official comment on the matter.

Sheer stupidity or not, I don’t understand why the team could not issue a statement to back up its own player. A player who has been with the team since 2011.

You can see the cartoon below.

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Korea: Teams Fight For Playoff Position in KBO

With just a few more weeks to go in the KBO season, the playoff races are still in full force. While the final four teams are almost set, the race for positioning between the teams is in full swing.

Currently the LG Twins lead the league (70-47) bu they are only 1.5 games up over the two-time defending champion Samsung Lions. The Twins are one win away from being secured a spot in the final four which would be the first time they have made the playoffs since 2002. That was also the last time the Twins had a winning record.

Currently in second place are the Samsung Lions (67-47-2). The two-time defending champs are looking to secure their spot once again at the top of the league’s standings.

However, the biggest surprise is the team that is currently in third place, the Nexen Heroes (65-49-2). The Heroes, while they have only been a team since 2008, have their first winning season in team history. So far their best finish has been 6th in 2009 and 2012.

The final playoff team for 2013 looks to be the Doosan Bears. If, or when, the Bears make the playoffs this year it will mark the eighth time in the past ten years they have played in the postseason. However, they haven’t won a title since 2001.

This is also the first season for the NC Dinos after playing last season in the Future’s League, the KBO version of minor league baseball. They have been respectable so far this  year and a lot of that goes to a foreign import, Charles Shirek.

Shirek, who hails from the University of Nebraska, was drafted in the 23rd round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Chicago White Sox. However, he never did make it to the big leagues getting as far as Triple-A Charlotte in 2012.

After a solid year with the Charlotte Knights, Shirek made his way to Korea and the NC Dinos. So far he has been nothing short of spectacular. In 27 games this season, Shirek has pitched 176.2 innings. He has posted a nearly 2:1 strikeout to walk ratio (105/57) and a 2.39 ERA which leads the league. Perhaps the biggest key to his success has been keeping the ball in the yard. Through his 27 starts so far this year he has given up just five home runs.

KBO Standings:

1. LG Twins 70-47
2. Samsung Lions 67-47-2
3. Nexen Heroes 65-49-2
4. Doosan Bears 65-50-3
5. Lotte Giants 56-55-4
6. SK Wyverns 56-56-2
7. KIA Tigers 48-64-2
8. NC Dinos 48-67-4
9. Hanwha Eagles 37-77-1

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2013 Sri Lanka Baseball Classic Set for this Weekend

The 2013 Sri Lanka Baseball Classic will be played this weekend. Six teams will compete for the title this year at the new Japan Sri Lanka Friendship Baseball Ground.

The top 100 players in Sri Lanka will be on hand to battle it out. The Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association is putting on the tournament and has invited Major League Baseball to send representatives to see the top talent in the country.

The six teams competing are the Green Wolves, Black Hawks, Golden Lions, Red Scorpions, Blue Sharks, and White Stalions. Each team is led by an experience coach. Attractive cash prizes will be awarded for the top two teams, along with top player awards.

The opening ceremony will be September 19 at 8:30 am and will be attended by all six teams. The first pitch will be delivered by Sri Lankan cricketer Mahela Jayewardena.

For more information on baseball in Sri Lanka, visit the Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association Website.

2013 Sri Lanka Baseball Classic Schedule:

Group A
Thursday September 19
9:00 am Golden Lions vs Red Scorpions
3:00 pm Green Wolves vs Golden Lions

Friday September 20
12:00 pm Green Wolves vs Red Scorpions

Group B
Thursday September 19
12:00 pm Black Hawks vs White Stalions

Friday September 20
9:00 am Blue Sharks vs Black Hawks
3:00 pm Blue Sharks vs White Stalions

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Possible Changes in the Posting Process for Japanese Players

David Lennon of Newsday.com has reported that changes are apparent in the Japanese player posting system. They are reporting that the changes could come as early as November.

The new process will be more player-friendly and could greatly benefit Rakuten Golden Eagles ace Masahiro Tanaka.

The current process features a bidding process where the highest bidder from MLB has the right to negotiate with the player.  The winner of the sealed bidding process has a specific window to negotiate and sign the player. However, that all could change very soon.

One proposal has the player being allowed to choose three teams among the top bidders with the player then allowed to negotiate with the team he would like to play for.

You can read more from the Newsday.com article here.

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Japan: Wladimir Balentien Breaks Home Run Record

There is a new home run king in Japan. Former Seattle Mariner and Cincinnati Red Wladimir Balentien, who now plays for Tokyo Yakult Swallows, has eclipsed the former single season home run record of 55.

The record, formally held by Sadaharu Oh, Tuffy Rhodes, and Alex Cabrera, now sits with the 29-year old native of Curacao.

In the first inning of the Swallows game on Sunday, Balentien broke the four-way tie with a his 56th home run. However, the new home run king decided that wasn’t enough. In his next at-bat, he hit No. 57.

Balentien received hugs from his teammates, a bouquet of flowers after touching home plate, and a standing ovation from fans in the stands. This is a far cry from the resistance that others felt when they were approaching the record as many in Japan did not want a foreigner to break the long standing record.

Oh, a legend in Japanese baseball, set the record in 1964.

In 1985, Randy Bass hit 54 with two games left in the season only to be pitched around by the Yomiuri Giants. He was intentionally walked four times in the final game. Ironically the Giants were managed by Oh.

Again in 2001, Rhodes tied the record and received similar treatment. He was pitched around by the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks who once again were managed by Oh. A year later the same thing happened to Cabrera when he tied the record.

Balentien has hit 31 home runs each of the previous two seasons for the Swallows. In 170 career MLB games, he hit 15 home runs for two different teams.

In addition to breaking the home run record in Japan, Balentien also set a record for home runs in Asia. Lee Seung-Yeop held the previous record with 56 home runs in 2003 while playing with the Samsung Lions in South Korea.

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Korea: Baseball Hall of Fame to be Built in Busan

According to a report by Busan Haps, the city of Busan and the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) have agreed to build a Korea Baseball Museum and Korea Baseball Hall of Fame.

An entire ‘Baseball Theme Park” will be build including a three-story building, four regular baseball fields, two Little League fields, one softball field, an indoor baseball practice field, and a baseball experience hall.

In the three-story building there will be many attractions comprising 3,374 square meters (36,317 sq ft). The first floor will be composed of a multi-purpose hall, video room, and a library of foreign player stats. An amateur baseball center, a professional baseball center, and a lecture room will be on the second floor. Finally, the third floor will include the hall of fame and a conference hall. The building will also feature a roof top garden.

Hyundai Motor Corp has agreed to donate the four regular sized baseball fields for the project.

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Japan Releases 18U National Team Roster

16 of 20 players on roster played and famous Koshien High School Tournament

Japan has announced its roster for the 18U National Team that will compete in the 18U Baseball World Cup in Taichung. The tournament will take place from August 30 to September 8.

Sixteen of the twenty players on the roster competed in the 95th Japanese High School National Championship, better known as the Koshien, that just finished on August 22. The championship featured 49 regional winners from all over the country playing in a 14-day tournament which is the most famous high school baseball tournament in the world.

The team will begin practice on August 25 in Osada. It will play a couple exhibition games against college teams before leaving for Chinese Taipei.

2013 Japan 18U National Team:

Position, Name, High School (Prefecture)
RHP, Harumi Iida, Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi)
LHP, Yuki Matsui, Toko Gakuen (Kanagawa)
RHP, Taisuke Yamaoka, Setouchi (Hiroshima)
LHP, Kazuto Taguchi, Hiroshima Shinjo (Hiroshima)
RHP, Yuya Takahashi, Iwakuni Commercial (Yamaguchi)
RHP, Kona Takahashi, Maebashi Ikuei (Gunma)
RHP, Tomohiro Anraku, Saibi (Ehime)
Catcher, Yasuhito Uchida, Joso Gakuin (Ibaragi)
Catcher, Kenya Wakatsuki, Hanasaki Tokuharu (Saitama)
Catcher, Tomoya Mori, Osaka Toin (Osaka)
IF, Satoshi Sonobe, Seiko Gakuin (Fukushima)
IF, Yusei Itsuzaki, Meitoku Gijuku (Kochi)
IF, Nobuyuki Okumura, Nihon University Yamagata (Yamagata)
IF, Takahiro Kumagai, Sendai Ikuei (Sendai)
IF, Haruki Takemura, Urawa Gakuin (Saitama)
IF, Ryo Watanabe, Tokai University Kofu (Yamanashi)
OF, Ryuma Mori, 3rd Junior High of Nihon University (Tokyo)
OF, Yuto Yoshida, Hokusho (Hokkaido)
OF, Seiji Uebayashi, Sendai Ikuei (Sendai)
OF, Akihito Iwashige, Nobeoka Gakuen (Miyazaki)

Photo: National Champion Maebashi Ikuei and Runners Up Nobeoka Gakuen at Koshien on August 22, 2013 by The Mainichi

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Stadium Journey Ranks Japanese Baseball Stadiums

I love lists. I love to see people ranking things whether it’s movies, songs, or stadiums. And our friends over at StadiumJourney.com have released an interesting list Ranking the Stadiums of Japanese Baseball.

At the top of their list is Koshien Stadium the home of the Hanshin Tigers.

I have not visited any of the stadiums in Japan, but its very high on my list of baseball related things to do. I was still surprised to see that Koshien Stadium, which is the oldest stadium, at the top of the list.

But if  you read the full review, just click on each of the stadium names, you’ll see that the atmosphere and fans rank very high making the score of the stadium rise.

One thing I wasn’t surprised was that the Tokyo Dome ranked pretty low. Just from watching games on TV there, I’ve never thought much of it. It never really struck me as a must see place. Pretty much the only reason to go there, is to see the historic Yomiuri Giants.

I was also pleased to see that most of the domes ranked low. I’m not a huge fan of domed stadiums. I understand in some places its a must to have a dome, or at the very least a retractable roof. But domes are not as fun to watch games in. I’ve been to a few and I’d much rather see a game outside.

So head on over and check out the list. If you’ve been to a stadium or two, be sure to let us know if you agree with the rankings or not.

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The North Conference Games of Iran’s 2013 Baseball Club Championship Tournament

By Iran Baseball Association

The North Conference games of Iran’s 2013 Baseball Club Championship Tournament kicked off last month in Mashhad with Qom Sports Association winning all 3 of its games and sitting at the top of North Conference standings.

Qom accomplished this by defeating last year’s North Conference winner, Tehran Azarakhsh Club, in a thriller of a game, 9-7. Other North Conference teams include Khorasan Sports Association and Fooladshahr of Semnan.

These 4 teams will square off again in September in Tehran to determine the two teams that will advance to the playoffs to face the top teams from the South Conference. The South Conference games which will also start in September will feature Isfahan Power pipe, Bushehr Sports Association, Adineh Kariman of Kerman and host Arak Sports Association.

Top players from these tournaments will be invited to join Iran’s national team when they travel to Pakistan to participate in the Asian Baseball Cup (Southwest) in December.

Iran’s national Baseball B team traveled to Georgia for 3 friendly games against Georgian national team this month. Although, Iran lost all 3 games to the stronger Georgian side, it was a great experience for Iran team which is preparing for the Southwest Asian games in Pakistan in December.

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Schedule Released for 18U Baseball World Cup

The schedule for the XXVI 18U Baseball World Cup has been released. The tournament will take place in Taichung, Chinese Taipei from August 30 to September 8 as twelve teams compete for the title.

The tournament will start with a round robin on August 30 and will go through September 3. The top three teams from each pool will advance to the semifinal round where they will play another round robin. The top two teams after the semifinal round robin will play for the championship on September 8.

Last year the USA defeated Canada in the gold medal game. This year the USA will defend its title against a tough field.

Group A will consist of host Chinese Taipei, Mexico, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Japan, and host Chinese Taipei. Group B consists of defending champion USA, Korea, Italy, Australia, Colombia, and Cuba.

Host Chinese Taipei, who took home the bronze medal in 2012 in Seoul, will kick off the tournament with the first night game at Intercontinental Stadium against Mexico following the opening ceremonies.

Other opening day games include defending champion USA against 2012′s 4th place Colombia. Last year’s runner-up Canada will take on Japan early in the morning of Day 1.

Cuba holds the record for most gold medals in this event. However, despite winning 11 of 25 titles, they did not compete in the 2012 edition of the tournament. They are back looking for its first gold medal since 2004 when it was last played in Chinese Taipei.

18U Baseball World Cup Schedule

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Riseisha Rectovenus Won 9th Women’s Baseball Championship in Matsuyama City

By Baseball Federation of Japan

Riseisha Rectovenus of Osaka managed by Ms. Megumi Kitta (Photo), a member of Athletes Commission of IBAF, and in its second year since the start of the club, won close contest against Fukuchiyama Seibi High School team (Kyoto) by 2-1.

The record 36 teams throughout Japan, including 7 newcomers, played round robin in 12 groups of 3 teams each since August 3, and the 12 winners from each group competed in knockout competition.

Elsewhere, Yonan Gakudou Club (Tochigi) defeted Hasami Konosu Boys Baseball Club (Nagasaki) by 4-2 in the 12U Japanese Rubber Baseball National Championship at Jingu Stadium on August 7.  Pitcher Honma and Catcher Ikui of the winner are girls and it was the first time for the Championship to see girls’ battery play, let alone win a game.  They lost the second game on August 7.

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IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup: Teams are Set for Semifinal Round

The first round of the 12U Baseball World Cup is in the books and they are moving on to the semifinal round. There were a few exciting games to finish out the round.

Brazil needed extra innings to avoid an upset to the Philippines. Japan needed a walk-off hit to stay undefeated and pick up a win over Mexico. Mexico tied the game with two runs in the last inning only to see Japan score the winning run in the bottom half.

In other action, the USA dominated Korea to win 18-1 in the battle for second place in Group B. Venezuela stayed unbeaten in Group B by downing Panama 8-4. Chinese Taipei stomped Italy 11-0 and Russia scored a run on a walk off single to win 2-1 over Hong Kong.

Now that Round 1 is finished, teams are looking forward to who they will play in the semifinal round which will start on Friday.

Semifinal Round Schedule:

Friday July 26th

10:00 am Chinese Taipei vs South Korea
2:00 pm USA vs Brazil
2:00 pm Japan vs Panama
6:30 pm Venezuela vs Mexico

Round 1 12U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 6-0
2. Chiese Taipei 5-1
3. Brazil 4-2
4. Mexico 3-3
5. Italy 2-4
6. Czech Republic 1-5
7. Philippines 0-6

Group B
1. Venezuela 6-0
2. USA 5-1
3. South Korea 4-2
4. Panama 3-3
5. Russia 2-4
6. Hong Kong 1-5
7. Pakistan 0-6

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IBAF 12U Baseball World Cup Wraps Up First Round on Thursday

The 12U Baseball World Cup is nearing an end to its first round with just one more day of games left. The top four teams in each group will advance.

After an off day on Tuesday, the teams were back in action on Wednesday. Brazil won a crucial game against Italy by a score of 5-2 to help vastly improve its chances of reaching the next round. This was the only close game of the day.

Brazil held off a ninth inning rally to pull out the win and put itself in third place in the standings of Group A. They hold the tiebreaker against both Italy and Mexico should they wind up tied because they beat both teams during the first round.

In other action, Panama stomped Hong Kong ensuring Panama will move onto the next round. Panama scored ten runs in the bottom of the first inning and ran away with the game 15-0.

The USA improved to 4-1 with a 19-0 victory over Russia. Three USA pitchers combined to throw a no-hitter and put the team just one win away from securing the #2 seed in Group B.

The second closest game of the day was a 13-0 win by Mexico over the Czech Republic. Mexico scored ten runs in the final two innings to run away with the game.

In the biggest blowout of the day, Venezuela downed Pakistan 25-0 to stay unbeaten in Group B. Two pitchers combined for the four inning no-hitter. Pakistan finished the tournament 0-6.

The final game of the day had host Chinese Taipei defeat the Philippines 17-0. The Philippines collected just two hits in the game, both by center fielder Efrician Mercado. Chinese Taipei blasted three home runs including two from its center fielder Chiu Chih-heng.

12U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 5-0
2. Chiese Taipei 4-1
3. Brazil 3-2
4. Mexico 3-2
5. Italy 2-3
6. Czech Republic 1-5
7. Philippines 0-5

Group B
1. Venezuela 5-0
2. South Korea 4-1
3. USA 4-1
4. Panama 3-2
5. Hong Kong 1-4
6. Russia 1-4
7. Pakistan 0-6

12U Baseball World Cup Schedule:

Thursday July 25th

Brazil vs Philippines
Korea vs USA
Venezuela vs Panama
Japan vs Mexico
Russia vs Hong Kong
Italy vs Chinese Taipei

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Japan and Venezuela Lead Groups in 12U Baseball World Cup

The 12U Baseball World Cup is underway in Chinese Taipei and Round 1 is about to close.

There are 14 teams divided into two groups with each team playing one game apiece against every other team in their group. At the end of those six games, the top four teams in each group will advance to Round 2.

We now sit just two days away from the completion of Round 1 with each team having one or two games to go to try and work their way into the next round.

There are two undefeated teams, with one in each division, and a lot of teams battling for that fourth and final spot in the next round. After an off day on Tuesday, the teams will get back at it with a full slate of games on Wednesday.

12U Baseball World Cup Standings:

Group A
1. Japan 5-0
2. Chiese Taipei 3-1
3. Brazil 2-2
4. Italy 2-2
5. Mexico 2-2
6. Czech Republic 1-4
7. Philippines 0-4

Group B
1. Venezuela 4-0
2. South Korea 4-1
3. USA 3-1
4. Panama 2-2
5. Hong Kong 1-3
6. Russia 1-3
7. Pakistan 0-5

12U Baseball World Cup Schedule:

Wednesday July 24th
Brazil vs Italy
Panama vs Hong Kong
USA vs Russia
Czech Republic vs Mexico
Pakistan vs Venezuela
Philippines vs Chinese Taipei

Thursday July 25th
Brazil vs Philippines
Korea vs USA
Venezuela vs Panama
Japan vs Mexico
Russia vs Hong Kong
Italy vs Chinese Taipei

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Pakistan 16U Youth Team Tours Japan

Press Release Baseball Federation of Japan

Combination of activities at grass roots level to promote baseball in West Asia brought a 16U baseball team from Pakistan to Japan for a friendly match with Junior High School players in Higashi Osaka on June 30.

Pakistan scored an only but valuable run in the 7th inning to the delight of all the 200 fans and supporters even though the game ended 18-1.

During their stay in Osaka, the Pakistani youth participated in cultural exchange programs and particularly enjoyed visiting Kyocera Dome to watch a professional ball game between Orix Buffaloes and Rakuten Eagles.

Among those who were instrumental in materializing the scheme were: Syed Khawar Shah, Executive Director West Asia Baseball Federation of Asia and Secretary General Pakistan Federation Baseball, Sujeewa Wijayanayake of Sri Lanka Baseball, and Yohei Kobayashi, President of Baseball in Nepal “Circle Laligurans”

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Baseball Hall of Fame Japan Honors Peter O’Malley, Former Dodgers Owner

Press Release Baseball Federation of Japan

To commemorate 110th birth anniversary of late Walter O’Malley (1903-1979), former Dodgers owner, the Baseball Hall of Fame opened a special exhibition “Baseball in Japan and the O’Malley family” on June 29 and Walter’s son, Peter O’Malley (75), joined ribbon cutting with Commissioner Ryozo Kato and Renzo Ishii (81), former manager of Waseda University baseball club.

Commissioner Kato presented the guest of honor with letters of commendation for the lasting friendship between Japanese baseball community and his family.  The exhibition displays valuable memorabilia borrowed from O’Malley family and will last till July 15.

In accepting the recognition, Peter O’Malley responded by saying that this was his 85th visit to Japan beginning with the first one in the fall of 1956 with Dodgers and will aim for a century!  He is a great supporter to bring baseball and softball back to the Olympic Games and reiterated his pledge to help WBSF’s reinstatement campaign for the next 2 months.

Photo by courtesy of The Baseball Hall of Fame Japan.

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All-Japan University Baseball Federation Announces National Collegiate Roster

by All-Japan University Baseball Federation

All-Japan University Baseball Federation (JUBF) announced on June 23 the names of the 24 players selected to represent Japan for the 39th Japan/U.S. Collegiate Championship to be held in five cities in Japan from July 6 to 11.

Manager Tatsuya Yoshinami (Meiji University) said that all the eight pitchers selected have a variety of pitches to take on powerful batters of the U.S. and strong fielding and fast running of the host team should make the five duels most exciting.

The name, position, uniform number, university and throw/bat of the roster are as follows:

Coaching Staff:

Leader IWAI Yoshiki Kokusai Budo
Manager 30 YOSHINAMI Tatsuya Meiji
Coaches 50 YOKOI?Hitoki Tokai
40 SUZUKI Hideyuki Kansai Kokusai
55 TORIYAMA?Yasutaka Kokugakuin
Trainer TIKUJO Hifumi -
Captain 10 UMENO Ryutaro Fukuoka
Travel Manager HONDA Takashi Jobu

Roster:

P
(8)
11 ROKUNO?Masaji Tokai L/L
14 OSERA?Daichi Kyushu Kyoritsu R/R
18 SUGIURA Toshihiro Kokugakuin R/R
19 SEKIYA Ryota Meiji R/R
15 YAMASAKI Yasuaki Asia R/R
17 YAMASAKI Sachiya Meiji L/L
21 ISHIDA Kenta Hosei L/L
16 TANAKA Toyoki Nihon Bunri R/R
C
(4)
10 UMENO Ryutarou Fukuoka R/R
22 MINEI Hiroki Asia R/R
27 ISHIKAWA Ryohei Kokugakuin R/R
12 SAKAMOTO Seishiro Meiji R/R
IF
(8)
1 MIKI Ryo Jobu R/R
3 KAWAI Kanji Hosei R/L
6 NISHIURA Naomichi Hosei R/R
25 OKA Hiromi Meiji R/R
2 NAKAMURA Shogo Waseda R/R
7 MINESHITA Tomohiro Kinki R/L
4 OHSHIRO Koji Rikkio R/R
5 FUJIOKA Yudai Asia R/L
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9 OOKIDO Shohri Hosei R/L
24 EGOSHI Taiga Komazawa R/R
26 YOSHIDA Masataka Aoyama Gakuin R/L
8 MIZUMOTO Gen Asia R&L/L

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Manny Ramirez Leaves the EDA Rhinos

Manny Ramirez is leaving Taiwan.

Ramirez was playing for the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League or CPBL, but he has been taken off the active roster. He is leaving the country today, and the word is the reasson why he is leaving is because he misses his family.

The Rhinos had upped Manny’s monthly salary to $60,000 and were reportedly letting he and an uncle stay in the presidential suite of the Crown Hotel in Kaohsiung. But family has trumped his desire to stay in Taiwan. His contract ran only through the end of June, but he told the team he wished to leave a little early.

But he hasn’t retired.

So far there is no new contract for Manny. Not in Japan or the USA. He would love to get back to the MLB, but the jump in caliber of play from the CPBL to MLB is quite big.

So the Manny experiment in Taiwan is over. How did he do? He did pretty good for the CPBL.

Ramirez hit .352 in 49 games which ranked him third in the league. His 8 home runs were second in the league. The Rhinos are tied for first place right now as Manny leaves, and it remains to be scene how his absence in the middle of that lineup will effect their play.

Manny Ramirez’s CPBL Stats:

G PA RBI R H 2B 3B HR BB SO OBP AVG SLG
49 206 43 24 64 13 0 8 23 21 0.422 0.352 0.555

 

It remains to be seen if a MLB team will take a chance on Manny or if he is done for good. What do you think? Do you want your favorite team to take a chance with Manny Ramirez?

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Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Championship Concluded

by Sri Lanka Amateur Baseball Softball Association

Sri Lanka National Knockout Baseball Championship 2013 which was sponsored by Sri Lanka Telecom was concluded on the 16th Sunday at the Colombo University Grounds. Tournament was held for 04 days and 25 clubs took part in the competition. Sri Lanka Navy who took part in the tournament for the first time demonstrated their fighting skills when they fall downonly by 01 run to much experienced Ranabima Royal Team. Score read as 05 to 06 at the end of the match.

Ranabima Royal ultimately finished as the champions of the tournament beating Old Royalists Baseball Club in front of a large gathering of spectators. Match for the third place was won by Maroons Baseball Club beating Sri Lanka Army.

Award ceremony was held soon after the finals and Mr.Kalinga Indatissa, the President of the Sri Lanka Baseball Association and Mr. Roshan Kaluarachchi, Chief Marketing Officer of Sri Lanka Telecom awarded the SLT Trophy to the Champions, RanabimaRoyal Baseball Club.

Presidents Council Kalinga Indatissa, President of SLABSA introduced Mr.Chandrashan Perera former Sri Lanka rugby wing three quarter, Coach and widely regarded fitness trainer to the teams and announced that Mr.Perera will take in charge of the fitness of the Sri Lanka Baseball squad once the players are selected. Mr. Chandrashan Perera who addressed the players highlighted the importance of playing under pressure in order to compete internationally and win games.

Sri Lanka Baseball Association is now headingtowards the newly introduced Sri Lanka Baseball Classics 2013 encounter, which will be contested among 06 teams consisting of the best players in the country.

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