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, 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, 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: Dutch dominate Italy in final

In the twenty-sixth European Championship final between Italy and the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the latter stayed at the right side of the score. One big inning was enough for the Dutch to clinch their twenty-third European Championship.  In the first three innings not much happened as both pitchers, Luis Lugo for Italy and Donny …

2019 European Championship: Watch the final here

Today is the final day of the 2019 European Championship. The eternal rivals Italy and the Netherlands will face each other in the final. Italy will have the home-field advantage. Of the twenty-five times both countries faced each other in the final, the Dutch prevailed sixteen times, Italy nine. In total, Italy has won ten …

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, 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 …