2023 World Baseball Classic Groups Announced

Today, the groups and venues of the 2023 World Basball Classic have been announced. For the change, Korea won't be one of the hosts. This time Taiwan (Taichung) will be one of the hosts, next to Japan (Tokyo), and the USA (Phoenix and Miami). Tokyo, Taichung, and Phoenix will only host the first round games. …

Regensburg Awarded WBC Qualifier

Good news for German baseball fans. The rumors were floating around in the past few weeks, but now it has been announced officially. Regensburg (Germany) has been awarded one of the two World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. The other qualifier goes to Panama City. The last time, Regensburg hosted a qualifier of the World Baseball Classic …

My top ten of national team baseball caps

I have written several blog posts about my favorite ballcaps already. But so far, I never wrote one about my ten favorite caps of national teams. National team caps are known for their simplicity and the lack of abundancy. Here is my top ten of national team caps. 10. Croatia This cap was worn by …

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 …

José Bautista may represent Spain in 2021 WBC

Pending on the fact if Spain will qualify for the main tournament, it was announced today that José Bautista may represent Spain in next year's World Baseball Classic.  https://twitter.com/CarlossRBB/status/1252633535745339392 It also depends on if Bautista will be called up for the Dominican team. If that is the case, he will play for the Dominican Republic …

MLB does the only right thing: Postponing the season. WBCQ also postponed

Earlier today you could read a rant about MLB owners refusing to postpone the start of the season due to the coronavirus as they don't want to lose money. But since MLB was under enormous pressure, the governing body of professional baseball did the only right thing: Postponing the start of the season.  All day …

Sites and dates of 2021 WBC announced

Even though rumors floated around about only two countries, MLB has announced three countries where the first rounds will be played. The 2021 edition will be played in Japan, Taiwan, and the USA. Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins will be the hotspot of this tournament that will be played from March 9 through …

WBC Qualifier groups known

According to the Nicaraguan website BeisbolNic, the group of the first WBC Qualifier has been revealed by MLB. The first Qualifier will take place in Tucson Arizona, at the former spring training facility of the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Chicago White Sox from March 12-17. The countries in that first qualifier will be: Brazil France …

WBC likely to be played in USA and Japan only

Rumors are swirling around about the 2021 World Baseball Classic to be played in the USA and Japan only. With MLB trying to save money on minor league teams, this seems to be another move to save money for the billion making industry. According to Septimaentrada.com, Mexico will be excluded by Major League Baseball to …

My baseball top five of the decade

In the past decade, a lot of baseball took place. This is my top five of the best baseball moments in the past decade. 5. Cubs win World Series After 108 years, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016. In a nailbiter of a World Series that went seven games, the Cubbies bested …

Bruce Bochy officially announced as manager of team France

About two months after his retirement from managing the San Francisco Giants, Bruce Bochy has been officially appointed as manager of team France during the World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Bochy, who was born in Landes de Bussac in the Aquitane region (about 120 kilometers Northeast of Bordeaux), is best known as the manager of the …

WBSC, a chromium-plated package of scrap

Recently you could read my opinion about the World Baseball and Softball Confederation. The global governing body for baseball and softball is nothing more than a Riccardo Fraccari show. This year's Premier 12 shows this even more. The governing body that is boasting it is promoting baseball does more harm than it does good. Why …

Didi Gregorius to return to Yankees on Friday

According to several sources, the Yankees will activate shortstop Didi Gregorius from the 10-day DL on Friday. The left-handed hitting shortstop from Curaçao injured the shoulder of his throwing arm in a practice game vs the Arizona Diamondbacks that preceded the World Baseball Classic semi-final game between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Puerto Rico. …

Solid debut Jair Jurrjens with OKC Dodgers

After a year of absence, Jair Jurrjens is back in US baseball. Yesterday Jair debuted with the Oklahoma City Dodgers. And what a debut it was. A solid start and plenty of run support earned him the win. After several years of decline, Jair Jurrjens showed that he seems to be back during the 2017 …

Shawn Zarraga released by Reds

Aruban catcher Shawn Zarraga has been released by the Cincinnati Reds according to a MiLB transaction overview of Baseball America. In the offseason, Zarraga signed a minor league contract with the Reds because they gave him the best feeling. After a season that he split between AA Tulsa Drillers and AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, Zarraga …

Tom de Blok signs deal with the Detroit Tigers

Today L&D Amsterdam Pirates announced on their Facebook page that Tom de Blok will leave the club. De Blok has signed a deal with the Detroit Tigers after his good performance during the World Baseball Classic for team Kingdom of the Netherlands. Tom de Blok had a couple of solid outings during the World Baseball …

Good performance in WBC brings Jurrjens new contract

As one of the few Dutchie free agents, Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Only four days after the World Baseball Classic, the pitcher from Curacao signed a deal with an MLB organization. Jair Jurrjens was still without a club after he was released by the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions …

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