WBSC Reveals Olympic Baseball Rules

The Wordl Baseball and Softball Confederation has published the rules of the Olympic baseball and softball tournament. The Olympic baseball tournament will be played from July 28 through August 7. The official Olympic baseball rules include:- 9-inning reglulation games - 24-player roster- 20 second clock betwen pitches to speed up the game- DH allowed- Managers …

No Olympic Ticket For Team Kingdom of the Netherlands

In a do-or-die game for both teams, it was especially Team Kingdom of the Netherlands that did not do and so they fell to Venezuela in seven innings. As a result the road to Tokyo ended in Puebla for the Dutch and the Venezuelans advanced to the winner-take-all game against the Dominican Republic. In the …

Dutch Fall to Dominicans in Close Affair, Show Improvement

Another day, another loss. But the Dutch team clearly showed improvement compared to the game vs Venezuela. Eventually the Dutch lost 4-3 against a heavy favored Dominican team. For five innings, Dutch starter, Tom de Blok pitched a gem, shutting out the Dominicans and allowing only three hits. But in the sixth inning, De Blok …

Dutch Don’t Stand a Chance vs Venezuela

With a team of independent minor leaguers, pitchers from the Dutch hoofdklasse and several players that hadn't played a game in a year, the Dutch took on Venezuela in the second game of the Final Olympic Qualifier. It didn't pan out well as the Dutch fell to the Venezuelans 9-3. Since players from the Caribbean, …

Slugfest in Olympic Qualifier Opener

In the opening match of the final Olympic Qualifier, the Dominican Republic stayed at the right side of the score as they beat Venezuela 10-7. In a seesaw game Venezuela scored a run in each of the first seven innings. As a result, it took the lead twice. The Dominican Republic on the other hand, …

Olympic Qualifier Streamed Through Youtube and Facebook as Well

Recently the World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced that the games of the final Olympic Qualifier in Mexico will be streamed through ESPN. Luckily for those who do not have a subscription to the sports network, the games will also be streamed on the Youtube channel of the WBSC. The tournament will start today. The …

Dutch release roster for Olympic Qualifier

The KNBSB, represented by manager Hensley Meulens has released the 26-man roster for the upcoming (final) Olympic Qualifier that will start on June 22nd. In the meantime, several countries have pulled back from the tournament. It all started with China, whose decision was likely politically motivated as the tournament was originally scheduled in Taiwan. But …

Diegomar Markwell is Working Towards The End of His International Career

Dutch national team pitcher Diegomar Markwell stated in an interview that the upcoming Olympic Qualifier in Taiwan and eventually the Olympic games will be his final international tournaments. Diegomar Markwell The left-handed pitcher of Curaçao Neptunus stated in local Rotterdam newspaper Algemeen Dagblad, that he will continue to pitch for his club but only as …

Taiwan Forfeits Right To Organize Olympic Qualifier, Tournament appointed to Mexico

And there we have it. The other day, one could read about the questionable status of the Olympic Qualifier due to the spike in corona contaminations in Taiwan. Today a Taiwanese newspaper spread the news that the island state has forfeited the right to organize the final Olympic Qualifier. https://twitter.com/GOCPBL/status/1395178223290490886 The same Twitter account, which …

CPBL Postpones Games For This Week, Olympic Qualifier Uncertain

With a current spike in COVID-19 contaminations in Taiwan, the CPBL has decided to postpone all games of this week in order to get the contaminations in check. Starting tomorrow, May 18, games will be postponed until Sunday, May 23. A new competition schedule will be discussed. On Twitter, several CPBL clubs announced the postponement …

China Withdraws From Final Olympic Qualifier

The WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) announced today that China has withdrawn from the final Olympic Qualifier. As a result, the tournament will be a five team event for which Chinese Taipei, Australia and the Kingdom of the Netherlands have qualified already. The WBSC said that in light of all available information, the final …

St. Lucie and The Palm Beaches To Host Americas Olympic Qualifier

Today the WBSC announced the two cities that will host the Olympic Qualifier tournament of the Americas: St. Lucie and The Palm Beaches. A four team field will battle for a spot in the Olympic Baseball Tournament, later this year in Japan. The winner will earn a ticket automatcally. The nr. 2 and 3 finishers …

Participants of Olympic Qualifier Likely In a 7-Day Quarantine

According to Taiwan Center of Disease Control, the participants of the upcoming Olympic Qualifier, set to take place from June 17 through June 22, foreign teams will need a 7-day quarantine upon arriving in Taiwan. The Kingdom of the Netherlands will be the European representative in the final qualifier. Next to the Dutch, Taiwan, China, …

Olympic Qualifier To Start on June 16

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation announced the dates of the two remaining Olympic Qualifiers. Both the Qualifier in the Americas and the and in Taiwan will start in June. Only the dates vary. The qualifier of the Americas will start early June in Florida. The one to be held in Taichung and Douliu City …

The Time Baseball Was Played in front of 100,000 fans

We all may know that the opening game of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Los Angeles Coliseum drew over 90,000 fans. But 22 years earlier, a baseball event drew even 100,000 spectators. And it wasn't even at American soil. On a summer day in August during the 1936 Olympics, baseball was a demonstration sport …

With Baseball off the Olympic Agenda, Can We Return to Nine Innings?

Last week it became clear that baseball will no longer be an Olympic sport after the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo. Clearly the sport was a gift for the organizing country since baseball in Japan is still BIG. But now baseball won't be an Olympic sport in 2024, it is time think about the return to …

Is there room for the 2021 World Port Tournament?

Nothing official has been announced yet, but with the hoofdklasse baseball calendar of 2021, which has a very tight schedule thanks to an Olympic Qualifier Tournament and eventually the Olympic Games, one can wonder if there is room to play the tournament. With the current hoofdklasse schedule, which is provisional for now, the World Port …

MLB allows top minor leaguers to participate in Olympic Qualifiers

With the American Olympic Qualifier and the final Olympic Qualifier coming up, there was some great news regarding the use of Minor League Players. MLB announced that top Minor Leaguers who are on the 40-man roster but are not on the 25-man roster will be allowed to participate in the OQs and the Olympics itself. …