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Chinese Taipei wins 2017 World Port Tournament

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

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

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

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

Individual Awards:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final 2017 World Port Tournament Standings:

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

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

Chinese Taipei Wins 2017 World Port Tournament

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Haarlem Baseball Week is Back in 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Japan and Chinese Taipei in Championship at World Port

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

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

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

Netherlands Take 4th Place

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

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

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

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

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

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

Sunday July 9
Championship Japan vs  Chinese Taipei

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

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Spanish Division de Honor Standings

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

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

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

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

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

 

Spain Division de Honor Baseball League Standings

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

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Rouen Drops First Game in French Division 1

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

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

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

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

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

France Division I League Standings

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

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Japan has Won Four Straight at World Port

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Pool Play Standings:

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

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule for the Weekend:

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

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

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

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs Winner D

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

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MLB Battlegrounds Event in London

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

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

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

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

MLB Battlegrounds Coverage

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

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

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2017 World Port Tournament Standings

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

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

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

Current 2017 World Port Tournament Standings:

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

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2017 World Port Tournament Standings

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Cuba Leads After Day 2 at World Port Tournament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Day 2 World Port Tournament Standings:

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

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Chinese Taipei Shocks Host Netherlands with 9th Inning Comeback

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

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

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

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

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

2017 World Port Tournament Day 1 Standings:

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

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Chinese Taipei Upsets Netherlands

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World Port Tournament Opens with Cuba Win

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

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

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

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

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

World Port Tournament Top Performers:

Curacao:

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

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

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

Cuba:

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

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

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

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Dutch Major League Standings

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

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

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

Offensive League Leaders:

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

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

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

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

Pitching League Leaders:

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

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

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Current Dutch Major League Standings:

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

Dutch Major League Standings

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2017 World Port Tournament Schedule

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

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

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

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

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule:

July 1
Curacao vs Cuba
Chinese Taipei vs Netherlands

Sunday July 2
Netherlands vs Curacao
Cuba vs Japan

Monday July 3
Cuba vs Chinese Taipei
Curacao vs Japan

Tuesday July 4
Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Cuba

Wednesday July 5
Chinese Taipei vs Curacao
Japan vs Netherlands

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

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

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

Sunday July 9
Championship Game Winner F vs Winner D

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

2017 World Port Tournament Schedule

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Can Rouen win the French Baseball Division 1 title?

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

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

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

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

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

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

European Champions Cup 2017

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

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

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

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Can the Bonn Capitals win a Baseball Bundesliga title?

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

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

Capitals Offense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Capitals Pitching

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

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

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

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

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Former Big Leaguer Playing this Summer in Italy, Mark Teahen

Former contributor to BaseballdeWorld Gabriel Fidler recently talked to a former big leaguer playing this summer in Italy, Mark Teahen. The former Royals star will be suiting up for Tommasin Padova this summer.

Fidler, who contributed here with some in depth posts on the WBC in 2013, has been writing for both Mister-Baseball and at his own site at Extra Innings: Baseball Around the World. Be sure to follow Gabriel on Twitter as well as read his articles at Extra Innings. You can find him tweeting at @Extrainnings_bb.

I found it interesting how Teahen came to play in Italy as well as how playing there will impact his other business, a wine room. Gabriel and Mark talked a good bit of baseball and wine and it is all a good read.

Check out the interview with Mark Teahen here.

We will definitely be following Mark’s progress with Padua in the IBL which should be an interesting ride. You can follow Mark on Twitter – @MarkTeahen and follow his progress this summer.

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Netherlands WBC roster has been announced

The Netherlands WBC roster has been announced, and it is full of talent. Highlighting the roster will be the Dutch infield which is stacked with MLB talent. However, up and down the roster there is talent and they will compete for a spot in Round 2 and possibly further.

Late in January we spoke about the stacked Dutch infield. It will include the likes of Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jurickson Profar, Andrelton Simmons, and Jonathan Schoop. But along with those MLB players are some very experienced international players.

Curt Smith is back again for Team Netherlands. He has a lot of international experience and even hit .321 in the 2013 WBC as the Dutch ran off to a semifinal appearance. Also back from 2013 is Yurendell de Caster who hit .400 in limited action. He provides experience off the bench with a quality right handed bat that can play multiple positions.

Bringing power to the outfield is Wladimir Balentien. While he might not be a household name in the USA, he did play parts of 3 seasons with the Mariners and Reds, he is a star in Japan in the Nippon Professional Baseball league. After leaving the USA for the 2011 season, Balentien has gone on to hit 30+ home runs 5 times, including 60 in 2014 which broke the all-time record in Japan.

On the bump the Dutch have some talent as sell. Diegomar Markwell is back after a stellar 2013 WBC where he went 2-1 with a 3.07 ERA in 3 starts. While he is inching up in age (36) he still has a quality arm that should be able to get the Dutch some good starts. Also back is Orlando Yntema who had a good 2013 WBC pitching twice and making one start. In the bullpen they will return Loek Van Mil (0.00 ERA in 2013).

The most intriguing player for the Netherlands this go around is Jair Jurrjens. The former MLB starter with Atlanta, Baltimore, and Colorado pitched the 2016 season in Taiwan. Still only 31, but far past his prime, he could still give the Dutch some solid innings either out of the bullpen or perhaps in a spot start.

2017 Netherlands WBC Roster:

Pitchers:

Mike Bolsenbroek
Rob Cordemans
Tom de Blok
Lars Huijer
Jair Jurrjens
Diego Markwell
Shairon Martis
Jim Ploeger
Tom Stuifbergen
J.C. Sulbaran
Rick van den Hurk
Loek Van Mil
Orlando Yntema

Catchers:

Dashenko Ricardo
Shawn Zarraga

Infielders:

Xander Bogaerts
Yurendell de Caster
Didi Gregorius
Dwayne Kemp
Jurickson Profar
Jonathan Schoop
Sharlon Schoop
Andrelton Simmons
Curt Smith

Outfielders:

Wladimir Balentien
Christopher Garia
Randolph Oduber
Kalian Sams

Designated Pitcher Pool:

Nelmerson Angela
Kevin Heijstek
Kenley Jansen
Kevin Kelly
Ruderly Manuel
Ryan Oduber
Mark Pawelek
Berry van Driel

Netherlands WBC roster

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Netherlands will Feature Stacked Infield for 2017 World Baseball Classic

The Netherlands will feature some of the best young talent in Major League Baseball when they suit up during the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

The Red Sox Xander Bogaerts, the Rangers’ Jurickson Profar, the Orioles’ Jonathan Schoop, the Yankees’ Didi Gregorius, and the elder statesman at just 27 the Angels’ Andrelton Simmons will all play for the Netherlands. All but Gregorius played with the team in 2013, but now they are established major league talent.

Simmons has ranked as one of the best defensive players in the game over the past four seasons. He has led the MLB in Defensive Runs Saved with 112 since his first full season in 2013.

Bogaerts had a break out season in 2015 when he hit .320 for the Red Sox. He then turned himself into an offensive force in 2016 hitting .294 and slugging 34 doubles and 21 home runs.

Gregorius had his best season at the plate in 2016, his second in New York taking over for Derek Jeter. In 2016 he clubbed 20 home runs, 32 doubles, and hit .276.

Schoop stayed healthy last year and had his first complete season playing all 162 games for the Orioles. He hit .267 with 25 home runs, 38 doubles, and drove in 82.

Profar played in 90 games for the Rangers. He played every infield position and left field over the course of the year. He batted .239 with 5 home runs and 3 triples.

In 2013 the Netherlands made it to the semifinals eventually losing to the eventual champion Dominican Republic. This year they will begin in Pool A in Seoul, South Korea. There they will battle the host country, Chinese Taipei, and Israel for a spot in Round 2.

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Groups for National Team Tournaments Announced for 2017 by CEB

The Technical Commission of the Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) announced the groups for national team championships for 2017.

The European Championship B-Pool will determine the last two spots for the 2018 European Championship in Germany, while the U23 European Championship will be occurring for the first time this August.

European Championship B-Pool
July 24/25– 29/30, 2017

Group 1: Miejska Gorka/Poland
1) Russia
2) Belarus
3) Ukraine
4) Lithuania
5) Poland
6) Slovakia

Group 2: Belgrade/Serbia
1) Serbia
2) Austria
3) Switzerland
4) Bulgaria
5) Greece
6) Israel

European Championship U23
Brno/Czech Republic
August 7 – 13, 2017

Group A – Brno/CZE
1) Netherlands
2) Croatia
3) Russia
4) Belarus

Group B – Wels/AUT
1) Spain
2) Great Britain
3) Austria
4) Poland

Group C – Trnava/SVK
1) Germany
2) France
3) Slovakia
4) Georgia

Group D – Brno/CZE
1) Czech Republic
2) Belgium
3) Ukraine
4) Lithuania

European Championship Qualifier Juniors U18
July 10/11 – 15/16, 2017

Group 1: Zuerich/Switzerland
1) Belgium
2) Russia
3) Poland
4) Ireland
5) Switzerland
6) Austria

Group 2: Varazdin/Croatia
1) Ukraine
2) Croatia
3) Sweden
4) Belarus
5) Slovakia

European Championship Cadets U15
Wiener Neustadt/Austria
July 17 – 23, 2017

Group A
1) Czech Republic
2) Russia
3) Austria
4) Poland
5) Netherlands

Group B
1) France
2) Germany
3) Lithuania
4) Italy
5) Spain

European Championship Juveniles U12
Utrecht/The Netherlands
July 10 – 16, 2017

Group A
1) Germany
2) Austria
3) France
4) Netherlands
5) Belarus

Group B
1) Czech Republic
2) Russia
3) Poland
4) Ukraine
5) Italy

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Italian Baseball League Announces Format for 2017 Season

This past weekend in Bologna the Italian Baseball League met to finalize some details for the 2017 season.

The league will be split into two groups with each group playing a double round robin within the division. Two games will be played each with between Thursday and Sunday. After the first phase is over, each team will play an interleague single round robin with the teams in the other division. Finally, a best-of-5 semi-finals and finals with finish the season.

The IBL will take a break for the European Champions Cup with three IBL teams participating.

The groups for the 2017 IBL are:

Group A: Padule, Parma Clima, Nettuno Baseball City, and UnipolSai Bologna

Group B: T&A San Marino, Rimini, Tommasin Padova, Novara

New Logo

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France Releases New Logo for Division 1 Baseball League

The French Baseball and Softball Federation released new logos for its Division 1 leagues along with its new website.

The French Division 1 logo is below. The league begins play on April 2 of this year with the Challenge de France coming in late May.

The eight teams competing this season in Division 1 are Rouen, Saing-Just, Clermont, PUC, Senart, Montigny, Montpellier, and Savigny.

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Haarlem Baseball Week Updates

The Haarlem Honkbal Week (Haarlem Baseball Week) kicked off last Friday in the Netherlands. Five teams are competing for the title in the 28th edition of the event. The teams competing this year are Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Chinese Taipei, and Curacao. There will not be back-to-back titles won since the USA did not return for the event this year having won in 2014.

So far the Netherlands are leading the way with a 4-0 record. Right behind the Dutch is Australia with its only blemish coming form the Dutch yesterday. The two teams will square off once again today as well.

Today’s Games:

Japan vs Chinese Taipei
Netherlands vs Australia

2016 Haarlem Honkbal Week Stadings:

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

All games can be streamed online at http://www.meridix.com/everywhere.php?liveid=honkbalweek

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Rouen Huskies Take 2016 Challenge de France Title

The Rouen Huskies defeated the Senart Templiers for the 2016 Challenge de France title over the past weekend. Rouen finished the weekend 4-0 sweeping its way to the title.

Rouen won 5-2 on Sunday to claim the title. With the win Rouen booked a ticket to the European Cups in 2017. Rouen scored three late runs to pick up the win and the title. Senart led 2-1 into the eighth inning but couldn’t hold the lead.

Both teams headed into the title game undefeated. Senart advanced with a 6-0 win over Stade Toulousain while Rouen advanced with a 2-0 win over Montpellier.

The two teams will pick back up in the French Division I League this coming weekend facing off with one another in a battle of the top two teams.

Full Results and Box Scores

Photo by Rouen Huskies

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Euro League Games Postponed

Some bad news for the new Euro League Baseball came down from the CEB (European Federation) notifying the league that players competing in the ELB will not be able to participate in the European Champions Cup. So the games this coming weekend between Amsterdam Baseball and Draci Brno will have to be postponed since some of the L&D Amsterdam Pirates play for Amsterdam Baseball.

The players will be allowed to play after the European Champions Cup, but scheduling may be an issue for the ELB since the teams already have a full slate of league games.  The ECC will take place the first week of June. The league has not announced if/when the games will be rescheduled.

Press Release Euro League Baseball

(Amsterdam)- The management of Euro League Baseball and Team Amsterdam have decided to postpone the games of Team Amsterdam which were scheduled for May 15 and 16.

The reason for this, is the odd move of CEB (European Federation) to inform L&D Amsterdam that its players may not be eligible to play European Cup (EC) games if they participate in the ELB.

Rule:
All the players participating in the European Cups shall be:
– regularly registered with their club.
– regularly registered in the national competition with their club the running year, with which they participate in the European Cup competition. The player is not allowed to play for another team in the running year till the start of the European Cups.
In case of a complaint, the information received by C.E.B. from the National Federation, will rule.

The original reason for the introduction of the rule was to ban competition fraud, which is not the case in this particular situation. In the past, there has been similar situations which didn’t lead to disqualification. It’s comparable with college players returning to their parent club in Europe.

Despite we’re convinced that the rule is misused to put pressure on L&D Amsterdam to drop out, we can’t ask the team’s management to take the risk of losing players’ eligibility.

This is a big disappointment since the KNBSB (Dutch Federation) recently informed all involved parties that it agreed on the participation of its members in Team Amsterdam.

It’s still not clear why the turnaround in the approach of the CEB came so unexpected and not before this weekend, while they previously informed us that they would follow the National Federations.

We’ll keep you informed about any developments regarding team Amsterdam and are grateful for the big support we’ve received. We still believe the team would be a great addition for European baseball and its fans.

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