World Port Tournament 2017: Taiwan beats Japan in extra innings

In a typical small ball and low scoring game, Taiwan bested Japan in extra innings.  For a long time, Taiwan had the lead in this game but Japan managed to tie the game in the ninth inning.  In a battle of two Asian giants, Japan took the lead in the first inning. Hiroto Kobukata doubled to …

2017 WBC: What are the odds for team Kingdom of the Netherlands?

With the Spring Training well on its way, the best baseball players of the world will take on each other in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Team Kingdom of the Netherlands will be in group A together with host Korea, Chinese Taipei and Israel. What are the odds for the Dutch to reach the next …

Asia Winter Baseball League 2016: Europe secures first tie

In an exciting game that was tied for the biggest part, Europe gave away a one run lead in the final at bat of Chinese Taipei. A solo homerun by pinch hitter Du Li Xuan brought the Taiwanese next to the Europeans. Europe took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and added two more in …

Asia Winter Baseball League: Good game by Europe ends with anticlimax

For 8.5 innings team Europe kept Chinese Taipei in check as the score was 2-2 after the top of the ninth inning. But eventually Chinese Taipei walked off with the win in a game in which both teams could have walked off as a victor. A day after the rained out game between Europe and …

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 4: Great Britain to face Israel for final spot in main tournament

In a very close game in which Great Britain had the lead from the third inning , a suicidal action by Brazil's Juan Carlos Muniz, who tried to steal third base, ended the game, leaving Brazil eliminated from the tournament.   Brazil  3  -  4  Great Britain   After two scoreless innings Brazil took a …

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 4: Israel beats Brazil in very close game

The game in the winners bracket was played in the afternoon today at MCU Park in Brooklyn. Israel and Brazil made it a promotion for baseball as this game was a real pitching duel.  Eventually Israel stayed at the right side of the score with the smallest possible margin.   Brazil  0  -  Israel  1   …

Jair Jurrjens cruises through first start in Taiwan

After the Rockies released him at the end of the 2015 season, Jair Jurrjens went looking for a new employer. He found one in the Uni President 7-Eleven Lions of the CPBL in Taiwan. After a relative short preparation on the 2016 season, as he only signed with the team last month, Jurrjens had his first start …

New World Rankings released

The WBSC released the new World Rankings today. https://twitter.com/WBSCBaseball/status/710794210555854848 As expected Japan remained in first place as did the USA remained in second. Chinese Taipei moved up a spot and Korea moved up four due to their great performance during the inaugural Premier 12. Cuba dropped to fifth place. The biggest free fall made team …

Asia Winter League: Taiwan blanks Europe

After two good performances, team Europe couldn't keep the upward trent. In nine innings they were outscored 9-0 and outhit 14-5. Where they were more or less still in the game at the end of the eighth inning, trailing 5-0, the final blow was dealt in the top of the ninth. Pitcher Lukas Dickmann gave …

Premier 12: fourth round

In the fourth round of the Premier 12 tournament, there was perhaps one surprise. The game between Cuba and Taiwan had an unexpected outcome. Group A   Italy  0  -  4  Canada   Unbeaten Canada took on Italy that was still without a win. Jared Mortesen (seven innings) and Jared Kyle (two innings) shut out Italy …

Premier 12, day 5: three close games and two blow outs

On day five of the Premier 12 there were no surprises. Group A:   Canada  9  -  8  Chinese Taipei   In a close game between Canada and Chinese Taipei, the Canucks stayed at the right side of the score, though it was barely. For a home crowd of only 10,245 Taiwan took a 2-0 lead …

Premier 12: Day four with more surprises

On day four, the first full day with a complete program, we could experience a few surprises again. Group A   Puerto Rico  0 - 2  Canada   Both teams had won their first game on the previous day. Canada vs Cuba and Puerto Rico vs Italy. In this game both would be each other's match …

Dutch deal blow to Chinese Taipei

In the pandemonium in Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung team Kingdom of the Netherlands kept their cool and stayed at the right side of the score as they beat Chinese Taipei 7-4. The Dutch win didn't come easy but they delivered at the right times in the game. In the top of the first inning the Dutch …

Premier 12 game two: Diegomar Markwell vs Kuan-Yu Chen

Tomorrow team Kingdom of the Netherlands will take on Chinese Taipei in game two of the Premier 12 tournament; the first game of Taiwanese soil. Manager Hensley Meulens has given the nod to Diegomar Markwell, the 35-year old lefthander of Dutch champion Curacao Neptunus, to take the mound for the Dutch. Markwell went 9-2 in twelve …

London instead of the Netherlands?

In an article at the website of FOX sports about MLB Spring Training games in Cuba, a short quote about MLB games in Europe stated that MLB has been discussing playing games in London. They think about that city because other leagues (NFL and NBA) drew large crowds when playing in England's capital. The only …

Logo and schedule Premier 12 presented

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC) presented the logo of the new "world championship tournament" called the Premier 12. This tournament will be played in Taiwan and Japan and the best twelve baseball countries of the world will participate. The first round and the quarter-finals will be staged in Taiwan. The semi-finals and …