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 …

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, 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, 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, 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 …

2019 European Championship: Spain clinches third place

In the battle for third place, a Spanish team with mainly players from South and Central America and an Israeli team with mainly players from the USA played a crazy and high scoring game in which Spain stayed at the right side of the score. Thirteen extra-base hits led to a 16-11 score.  In the …

2019 European Championship, day 8

On the eighth day, the following games were scheduled. Play downs: Croatia @ Great Britain. Consolation round: Belgium @ Czech Republic, Germany @ France. Semi-finals: Spain @ the Netherlands and Italy @ Israel. Play downs:  Great Britain  5  -  1  Croatia  A two-run first inning and a one-run second inning set the tone for the …

2019 European Championship, day 7

On the seventh day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled.  In the play downs:  Sweden @ Great Britain and Croatia @ Austria In the quarter-finals: France @ Israel, Belgium @ Kingdom of the Netherlands, Czech Republic @ Spain and Germany @ Italy Play downs:  Sweden  2  -  12  Great Britain Despite …

2019 European Championship: Day 5

On the last day of the rounds-robin, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Italy, Spain @ Austria, Great Britain @ Sweden, the Netherlands @ Israel, Croatia @ France, Czech Republic @ Germany and the last part of the suspended game between the Netherlands and Great Britain.  Belgium  4  -  11  Italy Belgium wasn't a …

2019 European Championship: Dutch brush aside Israel and Great Britain

Two innings with an offensive outburst, were enough for the Kingdom of the Netherlands to shove aside Israel. The Middle East team was unbeaten until today. Israel took a 2-0 lead but eventually the Dutch bested them 13-4. The remainder of the suspended game vs Great Britain was won 10-2. With good ole' Rob Cordemans …

Watch the Netherlands @ Israel here

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands takes on the only unbeaten team in group A, Israel. So far both teams faced each other twice. During the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Israel won the game in the round-robin in group A by 4-2. In the second round, both countries faced each other again. This time the …

2019 European Championship, day 4

On the fourth day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: France @ Belgium, Israel @ Great Britain, Austria @ Croatia, Italy @ Spain, Sweden @ Czech Republic and Germany @ the Netherlands.  France  12  -  2  Belgium A tough loss for Belgium. The tiny country did not stand a chance against …

2019 European Championship, day 3

On the third day of the European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Austria @ Italy, Great Britain @ Czech Republic, Belgium @ Croatia, Sweden @ the Netherlands, France @ Spain and Israel @ Germany.  Austria  1  -  10  Italy In the opening game of today, Italy took on debuting Austria. Of course, the Austrians did …

2019 European Championship, day 2

On another day plagued by rain, the following games were scheduled: Belgium @ Spain, Sweden @ Israel, France @ Austria, Czech Republic @ Netherlands, Croatia @ Italy and Great Britain @ Germany.   Belgium  5  -  13  Spain  Belgium was no match for Spain. Three home runs in the first inning set the tone for …

2019 European Championship, day 1

On the first day of the 2019 European Championship, the following games were scheduled: Spain @ Croatia, Israel @ Czech Republic, Austria @ Belgium, Italy @ France, the Netherlands @ Great Britain and Germany @ Sweden. On the first day, Pluvius had a negative influence on the games as several of them dealt with rain …