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The WBSC (World Baseball and Softball Confederation) announced today that China has withdrawn from the final Olympic Qualifier.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 …

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 …

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 …

U-18 World Cup 2019: Dutch beat Aussies thanks to late insurance run

What appeared to become a clear victory for the Kingdom of the Netherlands ended up in a narrow escape when the Dutch allowed two runs in the ninth to let Australia get closer from a 4-1 score to a 4-3 score. Eventually, Arij Fransen retired the final two batters for the save so the Dutch …

U23 World Cup 2018: Dutch humiliated by Australians

Yesterday the woes for the Kingdom of the Netherlands continued. After a surprising loss vs the Czech Republic, Australia was much too strong for the Dutch as they fell 16-3. Nothing went the Dutch' way. The pitching did not pan out the way it should and the lineup was kept in check by the Australian …

U15 World Cup: Aussies no match for the Netherlands

In a matchup between two teams with a 1-2 record, the Dutch took on Australia. The Aussies have a very good youth program so one might expect a tough opponent. But not this time. The Dutch needed only six innings in which they beat the Australians 22-7. After Australia took a 1-0 lead in the …

Schedule of U-15 World Cup released

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC for short) has released the schedule of the U-15 World Cup that will be played from August 10 through August 19 in Panama. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is in the tough group B together with Japan, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia and South Africa. On day one, …

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, …

Cuba beats Australia and advances to 2nd round, Italy stuns Mexico

In the decisive game between Cuba and Australia in group B, the Cubans stayed at the right side of the score. After trailing 4-1, the Aussies pushed and scored two runs but eventually, they fell short.  For four innings not much happened. Both teams had runners in scoring position a few times but neither team …

Ballparks around the world: Tokyo Dome

In Ballparks around the world another World Baseball Classic venue will be in the center of the attention. The Tokyo Dome in Japan will be host to the WBC for the fourth time since 2006. Next to hosting group B with Australia, China, Cuba and Japan, it will also host group E in the second …

WBC Qualifier 1: Aussies advance to main tournament after flattering result

As expected, Australia has won the first World Baseball Classic Qualifier of 2016. In the final they outscored and outhit South Africa 12-5 and 17-7. But the score didn't reflect the course of the game as the Australians only dealt the decisive blow in the eighth inning. The lack of depth in the South African bullpen …

WBC Qualifier 1: South Africa 1 – Australia 4

Okay, Australia won the night cap of today's double header vs South Africa. And it was in a convincing way as they never really got into trouble. But despite the loss, the South Africans kept the damage limited and can be really proud of their performance. For Australia it was a case of "Noblesse oblige". …

WBC Qualifier 1: Australia beats Philippines in seven

In the night cap of today's double header, Australia hosted the Philippines. For six innings the archipelago republic could keep pace rather well before its defense collapsed and it eventually became a blow out score. The Philippines surprisingly got on the board first as Eric Farris scored from second base on a line drive single …

World Baseball Classic Qualifier 1 preview

With the ABL season just finished, the Australian team can prepare itself for the upcoming qualifier of the World Baseball Classic, next week in Sydney Australia. Australia will host New Zealand, the Philippines and South Africa in a qualifier that will last a weekend and that will have a tight schedule of six games in …

Team Australia wins ABL All Star Game

Today, the annual All Star Game of the Australian Baseball League was played. Team Australia took on team World All Stars. It was one of those games in which the runs did not come cheap and in which both teams had the lead. Team World All Stars scored the opening run in the first inning …

London instead of the Netherlands?

In an article at the website of FOX sports about MLB Spring Training games in Cuba, a short quote about MLB games in Europe stated that MLB has been discussing playing games in London. They think about that city because other leagues (NFL and NBA) drew large crowds when playing in England's capital. The only …

U21 World Cup: Day two of the winners bracket

On the second day in the winners group, a couple of decisions fell. Japan took on Korea. In this game both teams were each other's equals. In this nailbiter both starting pitchers dominated the opponent's lineup. Kijun Lim of Korea lasted seven innings in which he allowed one run on five hits. He struck out …

U21 World Cup: Results of day four

Day four brought at least one surprise as the Czech Republic beat Italy 3-1. A one run third, fourth and fifth inning sealed Italy's fate. Czech starter Marek Cervenka had a hell of an outing. He pitched a complete game in which he fanned eleven and allowed just one run on two hits. Cervenka gave …

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