Premier 12 without MLB players

As we could expect, Major League Baseball has disapproved the participation of Major League Players during the upcoming Premier 12 Tournament. The Premier 12 Tournament, organized by the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is meant to replace the former World Cup Tournament, of which the last one was won by the Netherlands in 2011. That tournament …

European Cup in Rotterdam, final game

Maybe rather unexpected but certainly deserved, Draci Brno faced Curacao Neptunus in the final game of the 2015 European Cup in Rotterdam. What a game it was. This game was a true promotion for European baseball. Draci scored a run in the first and a run in the second to take an unexpected 2-0 lead. …

European Cup 2015: Results of day five in Rotterdam and Paris

Heidenheim Heideköpfe @ Draci Brno  5 - 1 Draci had to win to get to the final game towmorrow. Of course they were depending on the result of the afternoon game between A.S.D. Rimini Pirates and Curacao Neptunus. In the first inning Draci Brno openened the score when they scored a run when Michal Ondracek …

European Cup 2015: Results of day four Rotterdam and Paris

UnipolSai Bologna @ Solingen Alligators  18 – 10 With a 12-2 score in the favor of Bologna, it looked that this would be another mercy rule, seven inning game.  But in the seventh inning, Solingen decided to spoil Bologna’s party. Pietro Caldoni entered the game in relief for Justin Cicatello, much to the liking of …

European Cup 2015: Results of day two from Rotterdam and Paris

Due to other obligations, I will focus on the Dutch teams. The opening game of day two in Paris was a big one, between T&A San Marino and L&D Amsterdam Pirates.  UnipolSai Bologna had an easy one vs Brest Zubrs and another exciting game was scheduled for the night between Solingen Alligators and PUC. T&A …

European Cup 2015: Results from Rotterdam and Paris

This morning the European Cup started in Rotterdam and in Paris. Draci Brno @ Templiers de Sénart 0 - 2 In a game that came close to a pitchers duel, the only two runs of the game came in the bottom of the second inning. With Rolando Merino at second base, Felix Brown singled down …

Preview European Cup for clubs 2015 Paris

The games for the other group of the European Cup for clubs, will be played in Paris. As far as I can remember, it is the first time since 1987, that the European Cup is played at PUC. Brest Zubrs The current champion of Belarus has taken the place of Russian champion North Stars Moscow. …

Preview European Cup for clubs 2015 Rotterdam

Tomorrow the yearly European Cup for clubs will start again. One edition in Rotterdam at Curacao Neptunus and one edition in Paris at PUC. As far as I can remember, it is the first time since 1987 that PUC is hosting a European tournament. The winners of each edition will face each other later this …

Orioles and Cuba to repeat in 2015?

According to Agence France Presse, a Cuban official told Cuban state radio "a clash with the Orioles is planned. According to the official, the game will be played later this year. MLB and the Orioles have not confirmed the game yet according to a tweet: Because of the denial by MLB and the O's, you can …

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 …

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 …

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 …

How to get through the baseball off season? Japan All-Star Series 2014

In my "How to get through the baseball off season?" post, I wrote about a things you could do during the baseball off season to avoid baseball hibernation. One of them was watching/following the Australian Baseball League. I found a new option. I know that there are only a few games played, but what about …

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