U15 World Cup to take place in October/November

Today, the WBSC announced that the U15 World Cup Baseball will take place from October 30 through November 8. This is more positive news after a lot of cancellations due to the coronavirus. As the tournament will be played in Tijuana, Mexico, the place will be a baseball hotbed in October and November as the …

2021 World Baseball Classic very unlikely

According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the 2021 World Baseball Classic will not be played. When it will take place is not clear yet. Rojas added that the organizers think the tournament cannot be played before 2023. Games for the fifth World Baseball Classic were set to be held in Taiwan, Japan,  and the …

Final Olympic Qualifier postponed

It was to be expected but now the WBSC has actually announced it. The Final Olympic Qualifier in Taiwan, which would have taken place early April, will be postponed due to the coronavirus. After consulting with medical and governmental authorities, a joint decision by the WBSC and the Local Organising Committee has been taken to …

Health problems may surround the final Olympic Qualifier

The final Olympic Qualifier, which will take place from April 1 - 5 in Taichung, Taiwan, may be bothered by health issues because of the coronavirus epidemic. It may lead to a ban of the People's Republic of China. Taiwan has denied access to people from China and to people who visited China recently. Since …

The Olympic Qualification is questionable (part 2)

In September last year, you could read a blog post about the farce that the Olympic Qualification actually is. Today, I discovered another disturbing fact that supports the previous blog post. In the previous blog post, you could read about the strange rule the WBSC is using. For Europe, there are/were only two options to …

2019 Premier 12: Dutch go 0-3, eliminated

Last night, the Kingdom of the Netherlands faced Mexico in its final game of the tournament. As Mexico beat the USA on Sunday, the Dutch were eliminated already. Vs Mexico, the Dutch didn't fare much better as they lost 10-2. Manager Hensley Meulens started Tom Stuifbergen, who normally is a reliever. As Stuifbergen announced he …

WBSC blocks private promotional initiative

The first INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL DREAM BASEBALL CUP (IPDBC) will be postponed until January/February 2020. The main reason is that the private initiative is not acknowledged by the WBSC and the Spanish Baseball and Softball Federation (RFEBS). The International Professional Dream Baseball Cup is an initiative by 4Big Sports Events. The tournament is meant as a promotion …

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 …