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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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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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France: Division 1 Scores and Standings After Week 1

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

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

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

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

French Division 1 Scores:

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

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

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

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

French Division 1 Standings:

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

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Spain: 2015 Division de Honor Season Kicks Off

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

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

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

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

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

Spanish Division de Honor Scores:

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

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

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

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

Spanish Division de Honor Standings:

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

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New Baseball Facility Coming to Austria

Press Release by WBSC

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Austria is the latest nation to invest in the future and growth of baseball worldwide, as ground has broken for the construction of an international standard baseball facility in Wels, northern Austria, neighboring the Czech Republic and Germany.

The planned baseball facility and training center is part of a new sports complex with an overall budget of €7 million (US $7.6 million), which will also see the creation of three new football (soccer)/multipurpose fields.

The new baseball stadium, projected to be completed by the end of the year, will be the home of the Jumpin’ Chickens Baseball Club that was founded in 1991.

The new venue that will serve Austria’s northern community can potentially play host to future international competitions, given its strategic Central European location and the plans of the facility to meet international standards.

Austria has made some of the biggest gains of WBSC’s 141 member states in terms of their status among baseball’s official world rankings, surging from being No. 55 in the world in 2012 to their current rank of No. 39.

Among WBSC’s nearly 40 member nations in Europe, the nation of approximately 8.5 million people is ranked No. 11 within Europe.

In late July, Austria will be hosting the six-nation 2015 CEB European Championship “B Pool” Qualifier in Vienna, where the host nation, No. 22 Israel, No. 53 Sweden, No. 57 Lithuania, No. 61 Poland and No. 62 Belarus will unite.

With baseball and softball’s steady rise in popularity around the globe, in addition to the planned ballpark in Austria, new baseball/softball facilities are being rolled out in such nations as the Bahamas, Brazil, China, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.

In 2014,  there was historic growth for baseball and softball across Africa, with first-ever national stadiums erected in Ghana and Uganda.

Also new-builds are planned for established baseball territories like Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua and Venezuela – and in South Korea and Taiwan, where the first-ever domed baseball stadiums are currently taking shape in those countries.

Based on data compiled, the WBSC, the world governing body of baseball and softball, estimates that over 65 million athletes, from over 140 countries, practice either the sport of baseball or softball, with younger populations and females making up key segments of the participation-demographic.

Copyright © 2014 -2015 WBSC. All rights reserved.

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Europe gets historic victory, defeats No. 1 Japan 6-2 in global baseball showing in Tokyo

Press Release WBSC

TOKYO – Debuting in a two-game series at the Tokyo Dome against the top-ranked nation in the world, Europe recorded its historic first victory for the continent, defeating Japan 6-2 to split the two-game series.

Like in Game 1, Europe managed to get out of the gates early, tagging Samurai starter Takahiro Matsuba for back-to-back doubles in the second inning, authored by Italy’s Mario Chiarini and Spain’s Blake Ochoa, which put Europe up 2-0.

A towering three-run home run by the Netherlands’ Yurendell Decaster in the bottom of the third gave Europe a 5-0 lead. (VIDEO: Decaster HR)

With the cushion, Europe starter Diegomar Marwell (Netherlands) kept Japan’s bats quiet through three innings, only allowing three hits.

In the 5th, Tetsuto Yamada launched a solo home run and Yoshitomo Tsutsugo’s RBI single cut Europe’s lead to 5-2.

Europe manager Steve Janssen handed the ball to Germany’s Luke Sommer, who pitched a clean 6th to 8th innings.

Dutch flamethrower Tom Stuifbergen pitched the final inning, using a 95 mph/153 kmh fastball close out the game and register the save for Europe.

Sommer was credited with the win. Japan starter Matsuba took the loss.

The historic win for Europe follows the announcement by baseball’s world governing body, WBSC, to establish Team Europe. Europe was immediately pitted against the world No. 1 Japanese National Team, “Samurai Japan”, made up of top stars from Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB). The majority of players on Japan’s current roster were part of the Samurai selection that faced Team MLB in a best-of-five series, won by hosts Japan, last November.

Both WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari and NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki went down on the field Wednesday night to congratulate the European team, following their 6-2 win and two exciting contests in as many nights.

“These two highly competitive games send another message to the world that Europe can compete with anyone and that our sport is more global than ever,” President Fraccari said.

Two European countries, No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy, are among the elite field heading to the inaugural Premier 12™ that will unite baseball’s top twelve countries.

Samurai Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said, “We have to give them credit. They’ve come a long way and played the game at a high level.”

“The victory was a historic one, as it was the debut of the multinational Team Europe,” The Japan Times reported.

Head coach Janssen (Netherlands National Team manager) and bench coach Marco Mazzieri (Italy National Team manager) compiled a roster of 28 European players from six countries: (by world rank) Netherlands, Italy, No. 17 Spain, No. 18 Germany, No. 20 Czech Republic and No. 27 France.

No. 36 Belgium and No. 39 Austria were also represented as part of Europe’s coaching staff.

Yokohama BayStars rising star Tsutsugo, 23, was one of the bright spots for the Samurai in the series, collecting a pair of hits and RBIs. “I would like come up with positive results during the [NPB] season [that are] worthy of a Samurai Japan member,” he said.

Over 44,000 people attended the historic matches, with an increase in attendance of approximately 2,000 more fans for Game 2, following Samurai Japan’s thrilling 4-3 come-from-behind victory in Game 1 Tuesday night.

The two-game series was broadcast free-to-air nationally across Japan by the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS), while Eurosport 2 transmitted the games live to potentially 73 million households across more than 50 European nations.

Prior to the start of Game 2 there was a moment of silence to honor the victims and raise awareness of ongoing recovery efforts four years after the 11 March 2011 Tsunami devastated the Fukushima region.

NPB — the second highest-attended major sports league in the world in 2014 (approx. 23 million) and WBSC Associate Member — hosted the Europe versus Japan two-game series.

Umpires from the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL; WBSC Associate Member) officiated the two games.

Leading sports performance brand Asics backed Europe as the official kit sponsor.

The game ball that marked Europe’s first-ever pitch in Game 1 Tuesday night will be going to Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, along with Team Europe’s official game jersey.

In the two-game series, Japan outhit Europe 16 to 13. Japan played spotless defense with the glove, committing no errors on defense. Europe also flashed the leather, executing a pickoff and making only one error on defense.

Copyright © 2015 WBSC. All rights reserved.

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Polish Baseball T-shirt Fundraiser – Please Support

The Polish National Baseball Team is looking for help to raise money for the upcoming European Championship Qualifier in Vienna, Austria later this summer. So they are doing a fundraiser.

For just $20, you can have one of these nice red Polish baseball t-shirts.

All of the proceeds help go toward paying for the trip for the team, which is not a cheap endeavor.

I just purchased one for myself and hope you will do the same. It is a good cause and we never want to see money be the reason a team in Europe cannot make it to a major tournament.

You can donate and get a shirt by clicking on the link below.

Click here to help support Polish Baseball

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Global Baseball Match: Europe Reveals Starting Lineup #EURvsJPN

TOKYO, Japan – The All-Euro team announced its starting lineup for the first game of the Global Baseball Match against Japan. The game will take place later today in the Tokyo Dome.

The starting ten (with DH) will feature players from only three countries: Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

Europe manager Steve Janssen revealed the lineup via Twitter:

 

1. Juan Carlos Infante 3B (Italy)
2. Alessandro Vaglio 2B (Italy)
3. Curt Smith 1B (Netherlands)
4. Fernando Martinez RF (Spain)
5. Kaliam Sams LF (Netherlands)
6. Yurendell De Caster DH (Netherlands)
7. Oscar Angelo SS (Spain)
8. Ricardo Daschenko C (Netherlands)
9. Stefano Desimoni CF (Italy)
Rob Cordemans P (Netherlands)

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Global Baseball Match: Rob Cordemans Named Europe Starter for Game 1

TOKYO, Japan – It is only a few hours away from the big event of Europe versus Japan in the first ever Global Baseball Match.

Not long ago Europe manager Steven Janssen announced that his starting pitcher for Game 1 will be Dutch right-hander Rob Cordemans.

Rob has been a fixture on the Dutch National Team for years and has been a top European pitcher for the past ten years or more. He will be up against a stout Samurai Japan team.

The All-Euro team is behind the Japanese team in terms of training so far this year. Weather forced the European team’s warm up game. They have been forced to rely mainly on training indoors with a few outside practices. While Japan has already played a few spring games.

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Global Baseball Match: Japan Announces Starting Pitchers; Europe Announces Schedule

The Global Baseball Match between the Samurai Japan and the All-Euro team is approaching quickly. The two teams will meet next Tuesday and Wednesday in the Tokyo Dome for a pair of games.

Team Europe arrived in Japan yesterday and has announced its schedule. And there is news coming out now from the Japan squad as well as they have announced their starting pitchers for the two games.

Starting in Game 1 will be Daichi Osera of the Hiroshima Toyo Carp. Osera, a 23-year old right hander, won the 2014 Rookie of the Year Award this past season posting a 10-8 record with a 4.05 ERA.

Pitching Game 2 will be the Orix Buffaloes Takahiro Matsuba. He went 8-1 in 2014 in 21 starts. He posted an ERA of just 2.77 in his second year in the league.

Schedule courtesy IBAF.org

Friday, 6 March: Visit To Fukushima – Four Years Later

Following the team workout session Friday, members of Team Europe will visit the Fukushima region that was devastated on 11 March 2011. The area is still in the process of recovery from the disaster, and the visit is intended to pay tribute and raise awareness of the region’s ongoing recovery efforts.

Saturday, 7 March: Baseball Clinic with School Children

School children will join the team and have the opportunity to play ball and engage with the European players in a one-hour session after Europe’s official team practice.

Sunday, 8 March: Test match vs. Yomiuri Giants minor league team

On Sunday, Team Europe will play a friendly match versus the minor league affiliate of the Yomiuri Giants. Europe’s coaching staff will get its first opportunity to evaluate the team and get in some ‘live’ game experience.

Monday, 9 March: Practice Session And Press Conference

Team Europe’s final workout will take place at QVC Stadium.

Representatives from both Samurai Japan and Team Europe will attend a press conference at QVC Stadium. The time of the press conference is scheduled for 13:00 – 13:30local time. 

Tuesday, 10 March: Europe vs Japan Game 1 – 18:00

Europe will make its debut on the international stage as the visiting team, wearing their road grey jersey.

Photo shoots for both Europe and Japan will also be organized at the Tokyo Dome prior to pre-game batting practice.

Wednesday, 11 March: Europe vs Japan Game 2 – 18:00

Europe will play its first-ever game as the home team, sporting the white jersey. A special Opening Ceremony will be held prior to Game 2 at 17:25.

Broadcast Coverage

Both games of the historic Europe vs Japan Series will be broadcast ‘live’ in Europe via Eurosport 2, in addition to national coverage in Japan.

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Andruw Jones Withdraws from Europe vs. Japan Series

Team Europe lost a high profile player today as 10-time MLB Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones withdrew from the team for its upcoming trip to Japan.

Jones would have been a representative of the Netherlands for Team Europe in the Global Baseball Match coming up next week in Japan.

He released the following statement through the World Baseball Softball Confederation:

“It is with tremendous regret that I announce the difficult decision that I will not be able to represent Team Europe in its historic debut versus the Japanese National Baseball Team in front of passionate and familiar Japanese fans. While I had initially planned to be part of Europe’s roster, new duties may call upon me to be away from home for the next several months, so spending as much time as I can at home with my family and children who are in school is the number one priority for me right now. It remains a great honour to have been selected by Coach Janssen to wear the Europe jersey and I wish Team Europe and the Samurai Japan Global Baseball event nothing but success. I will be following the games and hope this great initiative can continue to further globalise our sport.”

Jones spent 17 years in the Major Leagues and the past two in Japan as part of the NPB. The rest of the team will arrive today in Japan and begin workouts for the games tomorrow.

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Europe Logo and Jersey Revealed for Global Baseball Match Against Japan

The All-Euro team for the upcoming Global Baseball Match versus Japan has revealed both its logo and jersey.

A team of Europeans will take on some of the best from Japan in a two game series in March at the Tokyo Dome. The games will be held March 10 and 11.

The jersey, pictured below, will feature the home flag of each player’s home country on the right shoulder. Seven flags will be featured between the players and coaches representing Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Asics is the official apparel sponsor for Team Europe.

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All-Euro Team News and Notes for Global Baseball Match

In the past few days there has been a few notes about the first ever All-Euro team that will take on the Samurai Japan team in March.

First of all, the All-Euro team will play an exhibition game against the Yomiuri Giants.

The Global Baseball Match with Japan will take place on March 10 and 11 (10am CET, Eurosport 2). The team will travel to Japan on March 3, and after a few days of workouts will take on the Giants. The exhibition game will take place on March 8 at the Giants training complex in Kawasaki. The Giants will use minor league players and will be a good tune up for the All-Euro team.

In other news, Rick van den Hurk has been scratched due to an injury for the All-Euro team. In his place will be 27-year old right hander Mike Bolsenbroek. Bolsenbroek pitched three years in the Phillies minor league system. The Dutch native has pitched most recently for the German powerhouse Buchbinder Legionaere.

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Eurosport 2 to Broadcast Global Baseball Match between Japan and All-Euro Team

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced earlier today that the upcoming Global Baseball Match between the No. 1 world ranked Japan versus an All-Euro team to take place in Tokyo on March 10 and 11 will be televised in Europe by Eurosport 2.

Eurosport 2 broadcasts to over 73 million homes across 51 counties and in 18 different languages. It has obtained the broadcasting rights for the inaugural event including online and mobile devices in all languages.

This is a big step for European baseball in opening up the door for many to view via television and online to some of the best baseball players on the continent and in Japan.

This could help spur more interest in the upcoming Premier 12 tournament that will take place in November featuring the world’s top 12 ranked teams. In the world top 12 there are two European nations that will compete in No. 5 Netherlands and No. 11 Italy. Both countries will have a strong presence on the All-Euro team.

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All-Euro Team Announces Roster for Global Baseball Match Versus Japan

Recently Japan released its roster for the 2015 Global Baseball Match versus the All-Euro team. And now the All-Euro team roster has been announced.

It is comprised of players from five different European countries and led by a manager from a sixth. The Netherlands, 2011 World Champions, have the most players represented with fifteen. Included is 10-time Major League Baseball Gold Glove winner Andruw Jones.

Jones joins fellow NPB player Alessandro Maestri on the roster. Maestri was the first European raised player to make it to the NPB. He currently pitches for the Oriz Buffaloes where he had a solid season last year.

All-Euro Roster:

Pitchers:
Luke Sommer – Germany
Diegomar Markwell – Netherlands
Jose Escalona – Italy
Rob Cordemans – Netherlands
Owen Ozanich – France
Alessandro Maestri – Italy
Tom Stuiffbergen – Netherlands
Shairon Martis – Netherlands
Loek van Mil – Netherlands
Rick van den Hurk – Netherlands
Leslie Nacar – Spain
Jan-Niclas Stoecklin – Germany
Orlando Yntema – Netherlands
Kevin Heijstek – Netherlands

Catchers:
Blake Ochoa – Spain
Richard Daschenko – Netherlands
Gianison Boekhoudt – Netherlands

Infielders:
Curt Smith – Netherlands
Alessandro Vaglio – Italy
Oscar Angulo – Spain
Juan Carlos Infante – Italy
Michael Duursma – Netherlands

Outfielders:
Stefano Desimoni – Italy
Fernando Martinez – Spain
Kaliam Sams – Netherlands
Mario Chiarini – Italy
Yurendell De Caster (Utility) – Netherlands
Andruw Jones (DH) – Netherlands

Coaching Staff:
Steve Janssen Manager – Belgium
Marco Mazzieri Assistant Manager – Italy
Wim Martinus Assistant Coach – Netherlands
Sidney De Jongh Hitting Coach – Netherlands
Martin Brunner Pitching Coach – Austria
Ben Thijssen 3rd Base Coach – Netherlands
Augusto Medina 1st Base Coach – Italy

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World Port Tournament Unveils New Logo for 2015

The World Port Tournament recently unveiled its new logo via Twitter.

The 2015 edition of the biannual tournament will take place from July 18-26th in Rotterdam. The participating teams will be the Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Curacao, and Japan who will replace the USA who pulled out recently.

The tournament also recently received sanction from the WBSC and it will release a newly updated site next week.

 

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Japan Releases Roster for Global Baseball Match Versus All-Euro Team

The Samurai Japan roster has been announced for the upcoming Global Baseball Match between Japan and an All-Euro team. The two game series will take place at the Tokyo Dome on March 10-11. The world ranked #1 Japan will be led by Hiroki Kokubo and will feature 26 players.

All twelve NPB teams are represented on the roster with four players coming from both the defending 2014 champion Softbank Hawks and the Hiroshima Carp. Japan will head into the series as a heavy favorite despite missing some of its marque players.

Some of the bigger names from the NPB that will be participating include Yoshihiro Maru (.310/19/67), Tetsuto Yamada (.324/29/89), Yuhei Takai (.316/23/90), and Yuki Yanagita (.317/15/70).

Not to mention some of the great arms that are in Japan including 2014 Rookie of the Year Daichi Ohsera (10-8/4.05) and Shintaro Fujinami (11-8/3.53). While some of the bigger name pitchers will not participate, Japan will still have a fine staff for the two game series.

Samurai Japan Roster:
Pitchers:
Daichi Ohsera (Hiroshima Carp)
Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri Giants)
Shota Takeda (Softbank Hawks)
Shintaro Fujinami (Hanshin Tigers)
Kazuhisa Makita (Seibu Lions)
Katsuki Matayoshi (Chunichi Dragons)
Takahiro Matsuba (Orix Buffaloes)
Yuki Matsui (Rakuten Eagles)
Yuji Nishino (Chiba Lotte Mariners)
Shoichi Ino (Yokohama Bay Stars)

Catchers:
Tsubasa Aizawa (Hiroshima Carp)
Hikaru Ito (Orix Buffaloes)
Seiji Kobayashi (Yomiuri Giants)
Motohiro Shima (Rakuten Eagles)

Infielders:
Ginji Akaminai (Rakuten Eagles)
Kenta Imamiya (Softbank Hawks)
Ryosuke Kikuchi (Hiroshima Carp)
Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank Hawks)
Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham Fighters)
Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Giants)
Tetsuto Yamada (Yakult Swallows)

Outfielders:
Yoshihiro Maru (Hiroshima Carp)
Yohei Oshima (Chunichi Dragons)
Yuhei Takai (Yakult Swallows)
Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (Yokohama Bay Stars)
Yuki Yanagita (Softbank Hawks)

Coaching Staff:
Hiroki Kokubo (manager)
Toshihisa Nishi
Arihito Muramatsu
Kenichi Wakatabe
Atsunori Inaba
Akihiro Yano

The roster for the Euro team is expected to be release tomorrow.

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Italian Baseball Federation Releases Banner for Upcoming Euro vs. Japan Series

A global baseball match between the Samurai Japan team and an all Euro team will take place this coming March in Tokyo. The two teams will meet for a pair of games, and the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) just released the banner for the event via Twitter.

The game will take place on March 10 and 11 hosted by Japan at the Tokyo Dome. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) will be certifying the event.

via @FIBSpress on Twitter:

 

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France: New Logo and Schedule Released for 2015 Challenge de France

The 2015 Challenge de France schedule and new logo were released. The tournament will take place from May 14-17 in Chartres and Montigny.

Seven of the eight teams have been announced with one remaining.

The Senart Templiers are the defending champions having won the 2014 edition of the tournament defeating Montpellier in the final.

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