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 …

The WBSC doesn’t act in the interest of baseball

A few weeks ago, you could read a rant about the WBSC cutting the number of innings of baseball games. Instead of nine, the governing body of world baseball has decided to scale the number of innings down to seven. All in the best interest of baseball.... This move can only be explained as the …

Why seven-inning baseball games are a bad idea

Chairman of the WBSC, Riccardo Fraccari, has announced that international baseball games will last seven innings instead of nine after the Olympic Games. This is bad news for baseball. Baseball will be an Olympic sport during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. But with the 2024 Olympics in Paris, baseball will be not on the Olympic …

Riccardo Fraccari is ruining our sport

After the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokio, when baseball will be part of the Olympic program, baseball games in international tournaments will last seven innings instead of the nine we are used to. President of the WBSC, Riccardo Fraccari presented that idea during a visit to the Cuban capital Havanna. With this draconian move, Fraccari …

WBSC appoints Olympic Qualifier to Italy

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced today it has appointed the  European Olympic Qualifier to Bologna and Parma in Italy. Where in the recent past, Spain was mentioned as a possible candidate, the WBSC went into a different direction. As mentioned in the prologue, Spain was a possible candidate but at some point the …

Kingdom of the Netherlands drops one spot in World Rankings

After the U23 World Cup, that was won by Mexico, the WBSC has presented the new World Ranking. Some changes occurred as Japan regained first place again and the USA dropped into second place. Most of the countries that reached the Super Round of the U23 World Cup gained a spot in the World Rankings. …

Roster Dutch U23 team unveiled

It took a while but eventually, the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) has presented the roster of the U23 team of the Kingdom of the Netherlands that will participate in the U23 World Cup, which will start tomorrow. According to the KNBSB, it is a strong roster that contains seven players that clinched …

Dutch jump two spots on world ranking

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) today unveiled the newly updated WBSC Baseball World Rankings, which weigh a country’s National Team performance, from U-12 to Professional, in official WBSC-sanctioned international competitions over a four-year period (2015-2018). Those countries that finish with the first twelve teams at the end of this year, automatically qualify for the …

U23 World Championship 2018: Groups announced

By winning the U23 European Championship last year, the Kingdom of the Netherlands qualified for the 2018 U23 World Championship. Today, the WBSC announced the groups of the upcoming tournament. The Kingdom of the Netherlands will play in group A. The group the Dutch will play in is a tough one but not the toughest …

Road to Tokyo long but manageable for Kingdom of Netherlands

Today the website of the Italian Baseball federation (FIBS) published an article on the final qualifying process for the Olympic baseball tournament in Tokyo. This process is an extensive one for the European countries. Even if the Kingdom of Netherlands qualifies for the Premier 12 tournament that will be held in November 2019, it will …

WBSC “introduces” street baseball

In a press release, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced the unveiling of the official rules of street baseball. This adapted form of baseball should be played out on the streets and should lead to more people playing baseball and softball. Not much is needed to play the street version of our beloved sport. …

World baseball ranking: Netherlands drops a spot, Italy drops out of top 12

Today, a month and a half after the previous one, the WBSC announced the new baseball world ranking in a press release. The most surprising part was the move Mexico made. The Central Americans moved into the fifth place, their highest ranking ever. Another surprise is the fact that the United States has passed Japan for …

Kingdom of the Netherlands gains a spot in world ranking

Today, the World Baseball and Softball Confederation presented the new world rankings baseball. In this ranking, the Dutch moved one place up, from the ninth to the eighth thanks to several good performances of several national teams. The other European top team, Italy, lost two places and dropped to the twelfth spot in the rankings, …

Asia Winter Baseball League 2017: WBSC keeps CPBL in check for second win

After a 10-5 loss vs the NPB East delegation, the WBSC took on the CPBL today. For five innings the WBSC kept the Taiwanese in check as they allowed three runs on six hits. Final score 5-3. Pitcher Joshua Kimborowicz kept the Taiwanese limited to two hits and struck out five in six innings of work. The …

First win for WBSC in 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League

After yesterday's tie vs the JABA team, the WBSC team took on the NPB West today.  Despite almost collecting as many hits (12-14) the NPB West team managed to score only four runs. The defense of the team was shabby as they committed six errors, which cost them the game. The WBSC beat the NPB West …

WBSC team secures tie is second match of 2017 Asia Winter Baseball League

After the WBSC representatives fell 6-2 to the KBO team in game one, in which they were outhit 13-4 and in which the only Dutchie that saw action, Phyldrick Llewellyn went 0 for 1 with a strikeout, the team of the World Baseball and Softball Confederation secured a 6-6 tie vs the JABA team from Japan. …

The KNBSB has been making the wrong choices

This morning a tweet about the U23 World Cup caught my eye. The U23 World Cup of baseball, played in Mexico under the auspices of the WBSC. Europe is represented by the Czech Republic and Austria. Austria? Yes Austria. In 2014, the Czech Republic won the European U23 championship and Austria finished as the runner …