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 …

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 …

Cuba wins first Caribbean Series in fifty-five years

It was fifty-five years ago that the Cuban representative Elefantes de Cienfuegos won the last Caribbean Series in which the island participated. After Fidel Castro overthrew the regime of dictator Bautista, the island withdrew from the tournament, making it disappear for ten years. In 1970 the series were reborn and the Dominican Republic took Cuba's …

Cuba reaches Caribbean Series final after big turnaround.

After years without a Cuban representative the Caribbean Series added a Cuban team to the lineup of teams in 2014. Cuba lost all games but one and did not reach the semi-finals. This year the Cubans sent their national champion Pinar de Rio. But unlike last year, this year's Cuban team was heavily fortified with …

Dreaming about MLB International

In an article built around an interview with the Baltimore Sun, previous commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig, said the following: After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity,he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries. …

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 …

U21 World Cup: Dutch make step to avoid last place

     vs  In the second round, the losers group in this case, the Dutch U21 squad made a big step to avoid the final spot in the final standings of the U21 World Cup tournament. Mexico appeared to be no match for the Dutch team. Dutch starter Tom de Blok pitched five solid innings …

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 …

U21 World Cup: Results of day one

Today the World Cup for players under the age of 21 has started in Taiwan. To be honest I don't know how strong each team is. One of the games that I could predict a winner was the game between Italy and New Zealand. The Italians beat the Kiwis 7-2. After two innings, Nicaragua had …