2017 WBC: Israel surprises baseball world

A team that represents Israel and that contains mostly Americans from Jewish descent, stunned Korea in the opening match of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. In a close game, the "Israelis" needed ten innings to clinch the 2-1 win. The game had two faces. At one hand it was a thrilling one as both teams …

Korean manager on his guard for Kingdom of the Netherlands

Manager of the Korean national team, Kim-In Sik says that he fears team Kingdom of the Netherlands most. The team will be the toughest test for the Koreans, with its infield stacked with MLB players. Kim-In Sik claims that the primary goal for Korea is to survive round one. Kim-In Sik claims that the Dutch …

Korea manager dealing with players with personal issues

Manager of the Korean national team, Kim In-Sik, is mulling to cut Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Kang Jung-Ho from the Korean WBC roster due to several DUI charges that he faced. Next to Kang, Kim is mulling whether to use MLB closer Oh Seung-Hwan due to illegal gambling. Since Kang Jung-Ho is a bonafide slugger, this is good …

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 …

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   …

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 …

Japan cruises to victory in Premier 12 opener

In the opening game, Korea could keep pace with Japan for one and a half innings. But after the Samurai Japan took a 2-0 they never looked back. Without flexing their muscles, the Japanese cruised to a 5-0 victory. Despite loading the bases a few times, the Koreans could not cash in. Samurai Japan starting …

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 …

Jackie Robinson West stripped from American title

This morning I wrote that Jackie Robinson West might have been cheating. Chicago Little League would consider what to do. I wrote "To be continued". Talk about continuation. Jackie Robinson West was stripped from its American title by Little League baseball. What was the reason for this decision? In December 2014 accusations were made about …

Biloxi Shuckers’ owner planning to play vs Cuban teams

The first signs of a thawed relationship between Cuba and the USA are getting visible. Tim Bennett is negotiating with a Cuban delegation to play a few exhibition games vs Cuban teams. The intention is to have two Cuban teams to come over to Biloxi. The intention is to play the games in late summer …

History of Dutch baseball: 2000 –

Then new millennium started with a blast for the Dutch baseball world. With the Olympic baseball tournament in Sydney, the Dutch upset the Cubans by beating them 4-2. For the first time the best possible team with (former) pro players that played in the US was put together. Players like Hensley Meulens, Rikkert Faneyte, Ralph …

Despite having signed Matsuzaka, Van den Hurk still on Hawks’ radar

    The current Japanese champion, the Softbank Hawks, are still interested in Dutch pitcher Rick van den Hurk. After the winner of the Nippon Series signed Daisuke Matsuzaka they are still looking to improve their rotation. But the team from Fukuoka aren't the only team in Japan that want him. The Yomiuri Giants from Tokyo …

U21 World Cup: Day two of the winners bracket

On the second day in the winners group, a couple of decisions fell. Japan took on Korea. In this game both teams were each other's equals. In this nailbiter both starting pitchers dominated the opponent's lineup. Kijun Lim of Korea lasted seven innings in which he allowed one run on five hits. He struck out …

U21 World Cup: Day one of winners bracket

Today the teams in the winners bracket started their games. The games of today were dominated by the teams from Southeast Asia. The Czech Republic was no match for Japan, who beat them 15-0 in a five inning mercy rule game. Japanese starter Masaru Nakamura pitched four perfect innings, striking out six. Taiwan was leading …

U21 World Cup: Results of day five

The fifth day of the U21 World Cup baseball brought some more upsets. First of all for me and the many Dutch fans: The Dutch team lost again in the final inning. After trailing most of the game they tied it at three in the seventh. Eventually Venezuela scored three runs in the ninth for …

U21 World Cup: Results of day four

Day four brought at least one surprise as the Czech Republic beat Italy 3-1. A one run third, fourth and fifth inning sealed Italy's fate. Czech starter Marek Cervenka had a hell of an outing. He pitched a complete game in which he fanned eleven and allowed just one run on two hits. Cervenka gave …

U21 World Cup: Results of day three

Unbeaten Nicaragua took on team Australia that is fielding a team of minor leaguers. So far Australia fell to Japan and beat the Netherlands. This game turned out to be a close one. Nicaragua scored the opening run in the bottom of the third inning. When Australia tied the game in the top of the …