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Today in Baseball History – March 1

March 1, 1969

New York Yankees slugger Mickey Mantle retires.

Mantle, a perrieniel All-Star, finished his injury laded career with 536 home runs, a lifetime batting average of .298, three AL MVP titles, seven World Series titles, and the 1956 Triple Crown.

He has had his #7 retired by the Yankees, and was a first ballot Hall of Famer in 1974.

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Today in Baseball History – February 28

February 28, 1903

A syndicate led by Pittsburgh owner Barney Dreyfuss and James Potter agree to purchase the Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000. It wouldn’t be until 1910 that owners are forbidden to have interest in more than one team.

February 28, 1931

Creator of the American League Ban Johnson dies after a long illness.

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Today in Baseball History – February 27

February 27, 1901

The N.L. Rules Committee decides that all fouls are to be counted as strikes, except after two strikes.

A few other changes that are made were that catchers must play within ten feet of the hitter. Also a ball will be called if a pitcher is not ready to throw to a ready hitter after 20 seconds. A ball will also be called if a player is hit by a pitch.

February 27, 1908

The sacrifice fly is adopted. A batter will not be charged an at-bat if a runs scores on a caught fly ball. The rule was repealed in 1931, but later reinstated gaining final acceptance in 1954.

Born on this day:

1953 Ron Hassey

 

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Today in Baseball History – February 26

February 26, 1935

Babe Ruth is released by the New York Yankees. He signs with the Boston Braves for $20,000 and will earn a share of the profits. He will only play the 1935 season with Boston before retiring from baseball.

February 26, 1991

Bill Veeck and Tony Lazzeri are elected to the Hall of Fame.

Veeck was the colorful owner of the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, and Chicago White Sox. In 1947, Veeck successfully integrated the American League when he signed Larry Doby to the Cleveland Indians. He was known for his publicity stunts such as having the little person Eddie Gaedel bat in a game in 1951 for the St. Louis Browns.

Lazzeri was a part of the legendary “Murderers’ Row” with the New York Yankees in the 1920s. He won five World Series titles while with the Yankees and is one of only 14 players to hits for the natural cycle (hitting a single, double, triple, and home run in sequence). He is also the only person in history to finish his natural cycle with a grand slam.

Born on this day:

1887 Grover Cleveland Alexander

1968 J.T. Snow

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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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Afghanistan Disqualified from 12th West Asia Baseball Cup

Originally it was announced that Afghanistan would compete in the 12th West Asia Baseball Cup held this week in Pakistan. However, the team is not participating.

We have received word from a member of the Pakistan Federation Baseball that the team did in fact show up to play but did not bring the required documentation for its players and thus was disqualified.

So the five team tournament has gone to four.

Keep checking back for more information on the tournament as it progresses this week.

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Today in Baseball History – February 25

February 25, 1957

The US Supreme Court decides, by a vote of 6-3, that the only professional sport exempt from antitrust laws is baseball. The issue arose once again when football was seeking antitrust protection as well.

February 25, 1957

The St. Louis Cardinals trade pitcher Steve Carlton to the Phillies for pitcher Rick Wise.

Wise would spend two seasons with the Cardinals winning 32 games before moving onto Boston. On the other hand, Carlton would go on to win 241 games for the Phillies and four Cy Young Awards.

In his first year with the Phillies, Carlton would go 27-10 with an ERA of 1.97 winning his first Cy Young Award.

Born on this day:

1919 Monte Irvin

1940 Ron Santo

1951 Cesar Cedeno

1954 Bob Brenly

1963 Paul O’Neill

Died on this day:

1934 John McGraw

 

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Today in Baseball History – February 24

February 24, 1943

The Texas League announces it will cease play for the duration of World War II.  The league resumes play in 1946 with the Dallas Rebels claiming the title once again.

Born on this day:

1874 Honus Wagner

1956 Eddie Murray

1960 Nick Esasky

1974 Mike Lowell

1977 Bronson Arroyo

Died on this day:

1990 Tony Conigliaro

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BaseballUnited.net Interviews Secretary General of Pakistan Baseball Federation

John Fitzgerald over at BaseballUnited.net is at it again. In the audio below he sits down to talk with Syed Khawar Shah who is the Secretary General of the Pakistan Baseball Federation and also the Executive Director of the West Asia Baseball Federation.

John and Syed talk about baseball in Pakistan who is set to host the West Asia Baseball Cup opening up today. Syed mentions how many players play the sport in Pakistan and it might surprise you.

The last part of the audio, John talks once again to Toma Irokawa, the manager of the Iran National Team. He will be taking his club to Pakistan to compete in the West Asia Baseball Cup.

It is a short but interesting look inside baseball in countries we normally do not talk about. So give it a listen.

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Today in Baseball History – February 23

February 23, 1934

Casey Stengel replaces Max Carey as the manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

He would go on to manage 25 years in the Major Leagues for four different teams. In 12 years with the New York Yankees he will go on to win 10 pennants and 7 World Series Titles.

February 23, 1960

Ebbets Field, the home of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913-1957, sees its last days as demolition of the stadium begins. The stadium would see nine NL pennants and one World Series title in 1955.

Born on this day:

1963 Bobby Bonilla

1972 Rondell White

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Today in Baseball History – February 22

February 22, 1980

The Oakland Athletics sign Billy Martin to manage the club. He would spend three seasons at the helm of the A’s taking them to the ALCS in 1981 only to lose to his former team the Yankees.

Born on this day:

1934 Sparky Anderson

 

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Today in Baseball History – February 21

February 21, 1951

The South Carolina House issues a resolution to have Shoeless Joe Jackson reinstated after being banned as part of the BlackSox Sandal of 1919. He still hasn’t been reinstated.

February 21, 1969

After retiring at the end of the 1960 season, Ted Williams returns full-time to baseball as the manager of the Washington Senators. In his first year at the helm, Williams leads the Senators to an 86-76 record finishing fourth. It would be his only winning season.

He led the Senators for three seasons before becoming the first manager in Texas Rangers history in 1972 after the team moved to Arlington. He retired after the 1972 season.

Born on this day:

1958 Alan Trammell

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MLB: Will We See a Return of Bullpen Cars?

Major League Baseball released new rules to help speed up the game play which seems to be a big concern for new commissioner Rob Manfred. I like what they have done in terms of speeding up the in between inning happenings. This is how the KBO works albeit with a shorter clock between innings at two minutes in Korea.

I think the time limits they are given give the players plenty of time to move on and off the field and get ready for play the next half inning. They will now get 2:45 in nationally televised games and 2:25 for locally televised games. Plus I like that they are going to discourage longer lingering behavior through fines and warnings. This will hopefully cut down on unneeded practices, and I bet Nomar Garciaparra is glad he is no longer in the league.

My question is will there be a return of the much missed bullpen cars of old? Wouldn’t this keep some of the slower relief pitchers in the game from not having enough time to warm up? Many of the younger generation may not remember them, or maybe they only saw one in the movie Major League.

Bullpen Car Indians

It has been twenty years, wow has it been that long, since we have seen any sort of bullpen car. And the last one wasn’t even a car, it was a motorcycle with a sidecar courtesy of the Milwaukee Brewers. However, it does seem like there have been some sightings of bullpen cars in various minor league stops around the country and overseas. Perhaps the greatest one ever was dubbed the “tugboat” in Seattle

tugboat bullpen car Seattle

I do hope that the fine system is progressive in order to really hit hard the repeat offenders. For some the fine might have to get high before they take any corrective action.

There are more rules including a batter must keep a foot in the batter’s box between pitches, with some exceptions. There are also some changes to the replay rules.

For more information on these, you can view the press release by MLB here.

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MLB, MLBPA Announce Pace of Game Initiatives and Replay Modifications

Press Release by Major League Baseball

Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Tony Clark and Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz, the Chairman of Major League Baseball’s Pace of Game and Instant Replay Committees, today jointly announced additions to the sport’s pace of game program, which will be effective in Spring Training, the regular season and the Postseason, and a series of modifications to the instant replay system. The World Umpires Association also has given its assent to the new efforts, which will be reviewed by the parties following the conclusion of the 2015 World Series.

PACE OF GAME

  • The pace of game program will enforce the batter’s box rule, requiring that all batters must keep at least one foot in the batter’s box unless one of a group of exceptions occurs. The new rule at the Major League level mirrors 6.02(d), which was in place in Minor League Baseball in 2014.
  • A second new component to the pace of game program is the addition of timers that will measure non-game action and break time between innings and pitching changes during each Major League game. One timer will be installed on or near the outfield scoreboard, and a smaller timer will be installed on the façade behind home plate near the press box. Immediately following the third out of each half-inning, the timer will count down from 2:25 for locally televised games and from 2:45 for nationally televised games. An MLB representative attending each game will operate the timers from the ballpark and will track the following events:

Time Remaining

Activity

40 Seconds

PA announces batter and begins to play walk-up music

30 Seconds

Pitcher throws final warm-up pitch

25 Seconds

Batter’s walk-up music ends

20 Seconds-5 Seconds

Batter enters the batter’s box

20 Seconds-0 Seconds

Pitcher begins motion to deliver pitch

  • Pitchers will be permitted to throw as many warm-up pitches as they wish prior to the point when 30 seconds remain on the clock; however, pitchers will be deemed to have forfeited any of their traditional eight warm-up pitches that they are unable to complete prior to the 30-second deadline. Exceptions to these rules will be made in a variety of circumstances, including if the pitcher or catcher ended the prior half-inning at bat or on base.
  • Batters will be encouraged to get into the batter’s box with 20 seconds remaining on the timer. This is the same time that the broadcasters return from commercial. The pitcher is expected to begin his motion to deliver the pitch as soon as the batter gets into the batter’s box and becomes alert to the pitcher. Batters who do not enter the box prior to five seconds remaining on the timer and pitchers who do not begin the motion to deliver the pitch prior to zero seconds remaining on the timer will be deemed to have violated the break timing rules.
  • These rules will be enforced through a warning and fine system, with discipline resulting for flagrant violators. No fines will be issued in Spring Training or in April of the 2015 regular season. Donations will be made to the Major League Baseball Players Trust charitable foundation based on the level of adherence to the new rules.

Commissioner Manfred said: “These changes represent a step forward in our efforts to streamline the pace of play. The most fundamental starting point for improving the pace of the average game involves getting into and out of breaks seamlessly. In addition, the batter’s box rule will help speed up a basic action of the game.”

Clark said: “The Players believe that enforcing the rules that currently exist regarding between inning breaks and plate appearances is the best way to address the issue of pace of play. We’re confident that today’s announcements will have a positive impact on the pace of the game without jeopardizing the integrity of the competition.”

Schuerholz said: “The Pace of Game Committee wants to take measured steps as we address this industry goal to quicken the pace of our great game. It is not an objective of ours to achieve a dramatic time reduction right away; it is more important to develop a culture of better habits and a structure with more exact timings for non-game action.”

Brian Lam, who represents the Major League Umpires, stated: “These strides to hone the pace of game over time will improve the natural rhythm of baseball, and we applaud and support the Players Association and the Commissioner’s Office as we all move toward this goal.”

INSTANT REPLAY MODIFICATIONS

  • Managers may now invoke instant replay from the dugout and will no longer be required to approach the calling umpire to challenge a call. Managers may hold play from the top step of the dugout by signaling to players and the home plate umpire that he is considering a challenge. A decision can be communicated verbally or with a hand signal. To challenge an inning-ending call, managers will be required to leave the dugout immediately in order to hold the defensive team on the field.
  • Whether a runner left the base early or properly touched a base on a tag-up play will be reviewable.
  • A manager will retain his challenge after every call that is overturned. Last year, a manager retained his challenge only after the first overturned call.
  • A manager must use a challenge in order to review whether a play at home plate included a violation of the rule governing home plate collisions. However, in the event that a manager is out of challenges after the start of the seventh inning, the Crew Chief may still choose to review whether there was a violation of the rule.
  • During Postseason games, regular season tiebreaker games and the All-Star Game, managers will now have two challenges per game.
  • Instant replay will not be utilized during 2015 Spring Training, but it will be in place for exhibition games at Major League ballparks prior to the start of the 2015 regular season.

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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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Today in Baseball History – February 20

February 20, 1943

Chewing gum mogul Philip K. Wrigley creates the All-American Girls Softball League which was quickly turned into the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The league would run from 1943 until 1954 and served in the early years to keep the game of baseball in the public eye while the majority of men were away during World War II.

February 20, 1953

August A. Busch buys the Cardinals and promises not to move them from St. Louis.

Busch oversaw the team until his death in 1989. During that time the Cardinals won six NL Championships and three World Series titles.

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Today in Baseball History – February 19

February 19, 1953

While serving in the Korean War, Ted Williams’ plane, a F9F Panther, was hit by flak during a raid in Pyongyang, North Korea. He and his plane limped back to a nearby Air Force airfield close to the front line where he safely landed.

Williams flew 39 missions in Korea and was finally withdrawn from fight status in June 1953 after they discovered an inner ear infection when he was hospitalized for pneumonia.

 

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MLB: Pitchers and Catchers Start Reporting Today for Various Teams

And it begins.

The first teams reported for spring training today. Well the pitchers and catchers did. This may not seem like a big day to many, but it marks the first day toward what everyone is waiting for…..Opening Day.

Opening Night is Sunday April 5th with the Cubs and Cardinals facing off at Wrigley Field. The following day is when the rest of the league will get started with a full slate of games.

Not sure when your team will report? Well here is a list courtesy of SpringTrainingOnline.com.

2015 Spring Training Reporting Dates: Major-League Teams

Organization Pitchers & Catchers First
Workout
Position
Players
First full workout
Arizona D-Backs Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Atlanta Braves Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 25 Feb. 26
Baltimore Orioles Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Boston Red Sox Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Chicago Cubs Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Chicago White Sox Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 23 Feb. 24
Cincinnati Reds Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb.23 Feb. 24
Cleveland Indians Feb. 18 Feb. 20 Feb. 22 Feb. 24
Colorado Rockies Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 26 Feb. 27
Detroit Tigers Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 23 Feb. 24
Houston Astros Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Kansas City Royals Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Los Angeles Angels Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Los Angeles Dodgers Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24
Feb. 25
Miami Marlins Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Milwaukee Brewers Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 25 Feb. 26
Minnesota Twins Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 27 Feb. 28
New York Mets Feb. 19 Feb. 21 Feb. 24 Feb. 26
New York Yankees Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 25 Feb. 26
Oakland Athletics Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Philadelphia Phillies Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 23 Feb. 24
Pittsburgh Pirates Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 23 Feb. 24
St. Louis Cardinals Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
San Diego Padres Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
San Francisco Giants Feb. 18 Feb. 19 Feb. 23 Feb. 24
Seattle Mariners Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 24 Feb. 25
Tampa Bay Rays Feb. 21 Feb. 22 Feb. 26 Feb. 27
Texas Rangers Feb. 20 Feb. 21 Feb. 25 Feb. 26
Toronto
Blue Jays
Feb. 22 Feb. 23 Feb. 26 Feb. 27
Washington
Nationals
Feb. 19 Feb. 20 Feb. 24 Feb. 25

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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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MLB: Alex Rodriguez Apologizes in Letter

On Tuesday Alex Rodriguez released a statement via a letter apologizing to the fans, his teammates, and the Yankees organization.

How fitting that the day Arod refuses the Yankees offer to use Yankee Stadium for a press conference that Anthony Bosch, the clinic’s founder, was sentenced to four years in federal prison for illegally supplying steroids.

The Yankees still owe Rodriguez some $61 million over the remaining three years of his career. He enters the 2015 season at the age of 39 having sat out the entire 2014 season.

Let’s forget about the need of the Yankees for him to return to something that resembles his former self. Instead I’d like to focus on the fact that Rodriguez took the easy way out, again, by not facing the press. The Yankees wanted him to apologize before spring training started to avoid the circus. This just isn’t going to cut it. Expect day one of spring training to be a circus regardless.

If you have not read what is in the letter, I feel the best way is to hear it read in the voice of Morgan Freeman. After all, Alex is just a huge joke anyway, and this is really funny.

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Today in Baseball History – February 18th

February 18, 1943

In an effort to keep the fledgling Philadelphia Phillies out of the hands of Bill Veeck, the league orchestrates a sale of the team to William D. Cox.

Ironically, in less than a year Cox would be banned for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis for betting on his own team. He became the first non-player, and the last manager, to be banned for life from the game.

Born on this day:

1938 Manny Mota

Died on this day:

2001 Eddie Mathews

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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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USAB, MLB announce International Prospect Series

Press Release USA Baseball

DURHAM, N.C. — USA Baseball and Major League Baseball announced the creation of the International Prospect Series in a joint announcement on Thursday. The inaugural event, which will be held March 27 and 28 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex, is expected to feature high school-aged athletes from Aruba, Colombia, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Panama and Venezuela, against two North Carolina high school baseball teams.

“Major League Baseball is proud to stand alongside USA Baseball on the launch of the International Prospect Series,” said Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. “In the years ahead, our global game will aim to develop more players – at all levels and from all communities. This event promises to be a strong showcase of amateur talent in a format that can help advance the careers of many players.”

The two-day event will include games between the International All-Star Prospects and two local North Carolina high schools, South Caldwell High School and Providence High School. The International All-Star Prospects roster, which will be comprised largely of July 2, 2015 free agent-eligible international athletes, is selected by personnel from Major League Baseball.

“Continuing to grow the game globally has always been important to USA Baseball, and partnering with Major League Baseball on the International Prospect Series is another opportunity to continue that drive,” said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball’s executive director/CEO. “It is also exciting to shine the spotlight on our local community and the great baseball hosted in Cary, North Carolina, each year. We look forward to two competitive days of baseball at the National Training Complex.”

The event runs simultaneously with the USA Baseball National High School Invitational, which brings together 16 of the top high school baseball programs in the U.S. each March. The two events represent a major opportunity to the amateur scouting community as the top U.S. and international high school players will be competing in one location.

The schedule for the 2015 International Prospect Series is as follows:

Thursday, March 26

International All-Star Prospects pro-style workout
USA Baseball National Training Complex, Cary, N.C.

Friday, March 27

International All-Star Prospects vs. South Caldwell High School
USA Baseball National Training Complex, Cary N.C.

Saturday, March 28

International All-Star Prospects vs. Providence High School
USA Baseball National Training Complex, Cary N.C.

For more information on the International Prospect Series, please visit the event page HERE.

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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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