MLB allows top minor leaguers to participate in Olympic Qualifiers

With the American Olympic Qualifier and the final Olympic Qualifier coming up, there was some great news regarding the use of Minor League Players. MLB announced that top Minor Leaguers who are on the 40-man roster but are not on the 25-man roster will be allowed to participate in the OQs and the Olympics itself. …

Health problems may surround the final Olympic Qualifier

The final Olympic Qualifier, which will take place from April 1 - 5 in Taichung, Taiwan, may be bothered by health issues because of the coronavirus epidemic. It may lead to a ban of the People's Republic of China. Taiwan has denied access to people from China and to people who visited China recently. Since …

The Olympic Qualification is questionable (part 2)

In September last year, you could read a blog post about the farce that the Olympic Qualification actually is. Today, I discovered another disturbing fact that supports the previous blog post. In the previous blog post, you could read about the strange rule the WBSC is using. For Europe, there are/were only two options to …

The Olympic Qualification is questionable

With the European/African Olympic Qualifier just finished, there is only one chance left for Europe to get a ticket for Tokyo. Other continents are offered three opportunities, the regional qualifiers included. In a recent post, you could read about the way of working of Italian-born Riccardo Fraccari, chairman of the WBSC. All by himself and …

WBSC suspends nine players after brawl

After Saturday's game between Spain and Italy (which was won by Spain), hell broke loose and both teams got involved in a brawl. As a result of this brawl, the WBSC studied the footage of the brawl and decided to suspend and fined nine players for a total of 67 games. The individuals suspended are …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 5

On the fifth and final day of the European/African Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: Israel @ South Africa, Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Italy and Spain @ Czech Republic.  Israel  11  -  1  South Africa The only way Israel could blow its ticket to Tokyo was by losing to South Africa. But Israel …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch need two big innings to shove Italy aside

On the final day, Italy hosted the Kingdom of the Netherlands as both countries faced each other for the second time in a week. Where the Dutch only had one big inning last week, the team had two this time as they beat Italy 8-3. In the bottom of the third inning, with a runner …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch the Netherlands @ Italy here

On the final day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Netherlands is hosted by Italy in another of many confrontations between the two countries. So far, the Dutch won the most contests. The winner will have the right to participate in the last qualifier that will take place in Taiwan, early 2020. The direct ticket to …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 4

On the fourth day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Italy @ Spain and Czech Republic @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Kingdom o/t Netherlands  To keep the chance of qualifying alive, the Kingdom of the Netherlands did what it had to do: beating …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch South Africa @ Netherlands here

Today the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face South Africa. Both countries did not face each other much, but the South Africans managed to win once. That was during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Two days after the Dutch had stunned the baseball world by beating Cuba, South Africa pulled off a stunt against the …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 3

On the third day of the Olympic Qualifier, the following games were scheduled: South Africa @ Czech Republic, Israel @ Italy and Spain @ Kingdom of the Netherlands. Besides these games, the remainder of the game between South Africa and Italy, that was rained out on Wednesday, was resumed.  Italy  10  -  4  South Africa …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Dutch bounce back

For a long time, the Kingdom of the Netherlands had a hard time to walk away but eventually, in the seventh inning, the Dutch scored some insurance run that secured the 6-2 win.  Spain sent Holwuin Sacramento to the mound, the pitcher that made the Dutch life very hard during the European Championship's semi-final. But …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Spain @ the Netherlands here

After yesterday's heartbreaking loss vs Israel, it is up to the Dutch team to bounce back. Today the opponent is Spain, a country that has made the Dutch go deep in the past few times the both countries faced each other. In the European Championship's semi-final, the Dutch won by the smallest possible margin: 1-0. To …

The WBSC doesn’t act in the interest of baseball

A few weeks ago, you could read a rant about the WBSC cutting the number of innings of baseball games. Instead of nine, the governing body of world baseball has decided to scale the number of innings down to seven. All in the best interest of baseball.... This move can only be explained as the …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 2

On day two of the Olympic Qualifier the following games were scheduled:  South Africa @ Spain, the Czech Republic @ Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands @ Israel.  South Africa  1  -  7  Spain After a strong part of a game vs Italy yesterday, South Africa appeared to continue to surprise the baseball community …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Israel humiliates the Netherlands

On the second day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Kingdom of the Netherlands was the visiting team vs Israel. Since the 2017 World Baseball Classic, this was the fourth time both teams faced each other. In the first round of the 2017 WBC, Israel beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands but in the next round, …

2019 Olympic Qualifier: Watch Netherlands @ Israel here

In its second game of the Olympic Qualifier, the Kingdom of the Netherlands will face Israel. The team with American-born players from the American affiliated and independent minor leagues and colleges was no match for the Dutch during the 2019 European Championship last week, as it lost 4-13. But this is a different tournament. Last …

2019 Olympic Qualifier, day 1

On the first day of the Olympic Qualifier, the Kingdom of the Netherlands hosted the Czech Republic, South Africa "hosted" Italy and Israel took on Spain. Only the winner of this tournament will qualify directly for the 2020 Olympics. If the Kingdom of the Netherlands would not qualify in this tournament, it cannot clinch an …