World Port Tournament 2017: Dutch win consolation game vs Cuba

In what was the last game for both teams, the Kingdom of the Netherlands bested Cuba 3-1. A three-run inning was all the Dutch needed to beat Cuba for the second time this week. Manager Sidney de Jong used four pitchers to keep the Cubans in check. Before the game, pitcher Rob Cordemans and infielder …

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World Port Tournament 2017: Easy victory for Dutch vs Cuba

A juvenile team Kingdom of the Netherlands beat Cuba in a surprisingly easy way. The Dutch pitching limited the Cubans to one run and seven hits in a 6-1 victory as the Dutch outhit them 12-7.  After Gianison Boekhoudt doubled home Stijn van der Meer from second base, Cuba tied the game in the bottom …

Remarkable selection of Dutch team for World Port Tournament

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf posted an article on its website about the selection of team Kingdom of the Netherlands for the upcoming World Port Tournament in Rotterdam.  The creation of the 24-man roster can be called remarkable, to put it mildly. This year the coaching staff will be led by Sydney de Jong. This is …

WBC 2017: Cuba gives game away in eighth

Cuba let Japan work hard for its money. The Caribbean nation took the lead twice but eventually gave the game away in the eighth inning as it was beaten by Japan 8-5. Japan took an early lead in the bottom of the first on a solo homerun hit by Tetsuto Yamada. But Cuba fought back …

2017 WBC: Exciting games a real promotion

Yesterday's games were a real promotion for the World Baseball Classic. Exciting games in which the score went back and forth and the one of this morning with a perhaps unexpected outcome showed that this event is worth watching.  Venezuela  11 -  10  Italy Yesterday, team Italy showed again that you cannot rule out the …

Cuba beats Australia and advances to 2nd round, Italy stuns Mexico

In the decisive game between Cuba and Australia in group B, the Cubans stayed at the right side of the score. After trailing 4-1, the Aussies pushed and scored two runs but eventually, they fell short.  For four innings not much happened. Both teams had runners in scoring position a few times but neither team …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …

Women’s World Cup Baseball: Dutch ladies lose nail biter

In the first game of the consolation round, the Dutch ladies took on Cuba. In what was a nail biter, the Dutch outhit the Cubans but could not take advantage of being better at bat and of the errors that Cuba made in the first four innings. Cuba kept the Dutch lineup in check for …

Defectors may represent Cuba soon

For years the Cuban government outlawed baseball players that left the country for the greener baseball pastures in the USA, called MLB. These players were not allowed to represent Cuba any longer in any international tournament. The result was a Cuban team that deteriorated and that dropped to fifth place in the newly published WBSC …

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 …

Changes in Indy baseball

The independent American Association will have a competition of twelve teams next year. Last season the league had thirteen clubs but that wasn't really a problem as the league had an interleague competition with the CanAm League. But next season, the interleague competition with the CanAm League will not take place and thus the AA …

Tampa Bay Rays heading to Cuba next spring?

According to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, the Tampa Bay Rays have been appointed to go to Cuba to play a set of exhibition games vs the Cuban national team. The Rays were picked by lottery. It all is pending on the fact if MLB can strike a deal with the Cuban Baseball Federation. Various clubs …

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: Cuba gets revenge vs Kingdom of the Netherlands

The Cuban national team beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands by a narrow margin: 6 - 5 After taking an early 1-0 lead, Cuban pitcher Frank Montieth could not hold the Dutch bats at bay. In the bottom of the third inning, the Dutch scored two runs as Kalian Sams and Sharlon Schoop were the …

Premier 12: Surprises at day 3

On the third day of the Premier 12 Canada and Mexico provided a couple of surprises. In group A, Canada took on Cuba and Italy faced Puerto Rico. In group B, Mexico faced Venezuela and USA took on the Dominican Republic. Group A   Canada  5  -  1  Cuba   In group A, the Canadians stayed …

Orioles and Cuba to repeat in 2015?

According to Agence France Presse, a Cuban official told Cuban state radio "a clash with the Orioles is planned. According to the official, the game will be played later this year. MLB and the Orioles have not confirmed the game yet according to a tweet: https://twitter.com/BenBadler/status/603388100891512833 Because of the denial by MLB and the O's, you can …

WBSC announces groups for inaugural Premier 12 tournament

This morning the World Baseball and Softball Confederation has presented the pairings of the two groups for the first ever Premier 12 tournament that will be held later this year. One thing that catches my eye is that the USA has been paired to Japan and Korea. So obviously, the WBSC has struck a deal …