Juan Gonzalez to manage Puerto Rican U-23 National Baseball Team, reveals preliminary roster

Juan Gonzalez to manage Puerto Rican U-23 National Baseball Team, reveals preliminary roster
26/05/2022
The former MLB All-Star managed Puerto Rico in the WBSC Premier12 2019 and the Olympic qualifiers in 2021.
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New Zealand team rejoins Australian Baseball League

New Zealand team rejoins Australian Baseball League
25/05/2022
There's now professional baseball back in New Zealand, a country ranked 46th in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.
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WBSC U-18 World Cup winners Gorman, Liberatore make MLB debut the same week

WBSC U-18 World Cup winners Gorman, Liberatore make MLB debut the same week
24/05/2022
The 2017 U-18 World Champions, who started playing baseball together at five, made their debuts for the St. Louis Cardinals on two consecutive days.
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Asian Games: New baseball, softball venues pass inspection

Asian Games: New baseball, softball venues pass inspection
23/05/2022
The Shaoxing sports and cultural centre is the location of the baseball and softball tournaments. China Baseball Association Deputy Secretary-General Din Feng demonstrated the venue's functional design.
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Former NPB All-Star pitcher Yoshitaka Katori to manage Japan at WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

Former NPB All-Star pitcher Yoshitaka Katori to manage Japan at WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup
21/05/2022
Samurai Japan will start selecting the team through a digital challenge. Each of the 54,000 players competing in the country in the age bracket will be able to apply.
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Taal M'Bi Yameogo of Koudougou repeats as Burkina Faso baseball high school and college champions

Taal M'Bi Yameogo of Koudougou repeats as Burkina Faso baseball high school and college champions
20/05/2022
"High schools have a formidable pool of talent," commented the National Federation president Ibrahima Sibore after the finals. "That's why we must have this National Championship every year."
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Japan initiative looks to develop a Koshien inspired baseball tournament in Ghana

Japan initiative looks to develop a Koshien inspired baseball tournament in Ghana
20/05/2022
The ultimate goal is to hold a national baseball tournament inspired by the world-famous Koshien. Former NPB and MLB superstar Hideki Matsui is a 'dream partner'.
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WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup: Guam, South Africa complete list of nations in 12-team global event

WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup: Guam, South Africa complete list of nations in 12-team global event
18/05/2022
The youth baseball world championship's sixth edition is scheduled from 29 July to 7 August in Tainan, Taiwan.
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U-12, U-15, U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Hao Yu Lee among MiLB Players of the Week

U-12, U-15, U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Hao Yu Lee among MiLB Players of the Week
18/05/2022
Lee, 19, was a part of Chinese Taipei's world championship winning team at the 2019 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup,
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Peravia wins U-12 Dominican Baseball Championship 2022

Peravia wins U-12 Dominican Baseball Championship 2022
17/05/2022
The country's National Federation has named 60 players as a pre-selection for the U-12 National Team.
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Defending champion France names 35-player roster for European Women's Baseball Championship

Defending champion France names 35-player roster for European Women's Baseball Championship
17/05/2022
The women's baseball movement has been steadily gaining momentum across the world.
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Cuba wins inaugural Caribbean Women's Baseball Cup, Puerto Rico second, Dominican Republic third

Cuba wins inaugural Caribbean Women's Baseball Cup, Puerto Rico second, Dominican Republic third
16/05/2022
Cuba also earned two individual awards: Glenda Donet (MVP) and Eliyannis Estupiñán (best hitter). Puerto Rico's Janiliz Rivera earned the best pitcher award.
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A couple of months to remember for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Rori Sasaki

A couple of months to remember for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Rori Sasaki
13/05/2022
The 20-year-old Chiba Lotte Marines right-hander earned the NPB pitcher of the month award.
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2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup star Alek Thomas celebrates first MLB home run

2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup star Alek Thomas celebrates first MLB home run
13/05/2022
The 22-year-old left-handed outfielder in 2017 helped USA win the U-18 Baseball World Cup and was named to the WBSC U-18 All-World Team.
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Victoria Aces win Australian Women's Baseball Showcase, Genevieve Beacom shines in final

Victoria Aces win Australian Women's Baseball Showcase, Genevieve Beacom shines in final
13/05/2022
The 17-year old pitcher (pictured above) earned the win in the final against the Brisbane Bandits. Seven international players, including WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup reigning MVP Ayami Sato, participated in the event.
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Youth sport: Miranda wins Venezuelan U-15 baseball title; Dominican Republic U-12 National Championship set to open

Youth sport: Miranda wins Venezuelan U-15 baseball title; Dominican Republic U-12 National Championship set to open
12/05/2022
The Venezuelan youth national championship served as a platform for the selection of their U-15 National Team. Seventeen provinces will play in San Pedro de Macoris for the Dominican U-12 title.
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Rick Van den Hurk named Netherlands baseball, softball technical director

Rick Van den Hurk named Netherlands baseball, softball technical director
12/05/2022
In late April, the former MLB, KBO, and NPB right-handed pitcher, who represented his country in the World Baseball Classic, announced his retirement as a player.
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3x WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum, Canadian Josh Naylor makes MLB history

3x WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum, Canadian Josh Naylor makes MLB history
11/05/2022
2012 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup players Nayor and Shohei Ohtani both blasted their first-ever MLB grand slams on Monday, 9 May.
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Europe: MLB taking the show to London to help grow the game

Europe: MLB taking the show to London to help grow the game
11/05/2022
Regular season games will return to London in 2023, 2024 and 2026. The MLB London Legacy Group will focus on maximising the impact of hosting MLB regular season games
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Puerto Rico beats Dominican Republic in Women's Caribbean Baseball Cup opener

Puerto Rico beats Dominican Republic in Women's Caribbean Baseball Cup opener
10/05/2022
The tournament, a warm-up for the WBSC Women's World Cup Americas Qualifier, will last through 14 May; Cuba is also participating.
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WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Alumni: MLB China Development Center graduates pursue baseball careers in US

WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Alumni: MLB China Development Center graduates pursue baseball careers in US
10/05/2022
Three of the nine student-athletes represented current world No. 21 China at the WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup 2018.
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WBSC Premier12 star Aaron Whitefield returns to MLB, witnesses Ohtani's first grand slam

WBSC Premier12 star Aaron Whitefield returns to MLB, witnesses Ohtani's first grand slam
10/05/2022
Australian Whitefield entered at right field for the Los Angeles Angels on a two-homer night by two-way Japanese phenom Ohtani. Dutch catcher Tromp amongst the minor league players of the week.
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Canada, USA to play Women's Baseball Friendship Series

Canada, USA to play Women's Baseball Friendship Series
09/05/2022
The five-game series is set to take place from July 28-August 1 in Thunder Bay, Ontario May 9, 2022.
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2022 Asian Games in China postponed

2022 Asian Games in China postponed
06/05/2022
Baseball and softball are part of the Asian Games programme.
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WBSC Academy: Field management continuing development course now online

WBSC Academy: Field management continuing development course now online
06/05/2022
Coursework covers such international tournament topics such as Before the Event/First Game, Pre-Game Routines, During Games, Pre Game and Challenging Scenarios.
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Papua New Guinea Baseball Softball Confederation President Ralph Tarasomo passes away

Papua New Guinea Baseball Softball Confederation President Ralph Tarasomo passes away
06/05/2022
The country's National Olympic Committee regarded him as "one of the great personalities in sports."
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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari signs new MOU with Cuba

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari signs new MOU with Cuba
05/05/2022
The deal seals a shared commitment and honours the work of the late Higinio Velez and Ernesto Reinoso. Fraccari also met the President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez.
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Teams from Asia, Africa and Oceania confirmed for WBSC U-15, U-23 Baseball World Cups

Teams from Asia, Africa and Oceania confirmed for WBSC U-15, U-23 Baseball World Cups
05/05/2022
The WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup will take place from 26 August to 4 September in Hermosillo, Mexico, while the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup is scheduled from 14 to 23 October in Taipei City, TPE.
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For Dominican Charlie Valerio, playing for your nation is ‘the biggest thing you can aspire to’

For Dominican Charlie Valerio, playing for your nation is ‘the biggest thing you can aspire to’
05/05/2022
The Dominican slugger was the latest guest on WBSC's Global Game podcast in Spanish.
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Olympic silver medalist David Robertson revives his MLB career

Olympic silver medalist David Robertson revives his MLB career
04/05/2022
After surgery and sitting out for the 2020 season, the right-hander helped the US qualify for the Olympics and earn a silver medal at the Tokyo Games last year.
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WBSC donates equipment to support baseball, softball development in Zambia

WBSC donates equipment to support baseball, softball development in Zambia
04/05/2022
Equipment, including Baseball5 balls, will go to 15 different receivers, starting with the Lusaka OYDC Zambia sports development centre.
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National Team alums Suzuki, Crow-Armstrong earn honors

National Team alums Suzuki, Crow-Armstrong earn honors
03/05/2022
The WBSC Premier12, reigning MVP and an Olympic gold medalist, Suzuki (pictured above) became the National League Rookie of the Month. The reigning U-18 World Cup All-World Team center fielder, Crow-Armstrong, is amongst Minor League Baseball players of the week.
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Kelsie Whitmore: WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup star becomes first woman to start a game in MLB's partner Atlantic League of Professional Baseball

Kelsie Whitmore: WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup star becomes first woman to start a game in MLB's partner Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
02/05/2022
The 24-year-old played in three editions of the Women's Baseball World Cup for USA - 2014, 2016 and 2018. She played left-field and batted ninth for the Staten Island FerryHawks on Sunday, 1 May having played college softball for the famed Cal State Fullerton programme from 2017 to 2020.
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Venezuela's Aracelis Léon becomes first woman to serve as COPABE president

Venezuela's Aracelis Léon becomes first woman to serve as COPABE president
02/05/2022
WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari congratulated Léon for uniting the 31 member Federations while the new COPABE President said: "This is the first step towards the success of the WBSC Americas project".
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'Best female pitcher in world' Ayami Sato headlines upcoming Australian Women's Baseball Showcase; WBSC to stream event

'Best female pitcher in world' Ayami Sato headlines upcoming Australian Women's Baseball Showcase; WBSC to stream event
28/04/2022
The Adelaide Giants, Brisbane Bandits and Victoria Aces will meet in the showcase. The WBSC will live-stream the games to international audiences.
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Kenya baseball and softball federations team up to develop Baseball5 National Teams

Kenya baseball and softball federations team up to develop Baseball5 National Teams
27/04/2022
The cooperation sees Softball Kenya overseeing the adult Baseball5 National Team, while the Baseball Kenya is responsible for the Youth National Teams. The two baseball and softball leaders explained the reasoning behind this strategy.
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Global Game: Dutch MLB, KBO, NPB pitcher Rick van den Hurk retires

Global Game: Dutch MLB, KBO, NPB pitcher Rick van den Hurk retires
27/04/2022
The 36-year-old right-handed pitcher contributed to two Korean and five Japan Series titles and represented his country in the World Baseball Classic.
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WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017 alums Liberatore, Prieto named MiLB Players of the Week

WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017 alums Liberatore, Prieto named MiLB Players of the Week
26/04/2022
The U-18 Baseball World Cup, along with its continental qualifiers, have consistently featured players who have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the sport.
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Oceania: Australia sweeps New Zealand, qualifies for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2022

Oceania: Australia sweeps New Zealand, qualifies for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2022
26/04/2022
The Aussies became the third National Team qualified for the U-23 World Cup, following Germany and the Netherlands. Squads from the Americas (4), Asia (3), and Africa (1), and a wild card are still to be determined.
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MLB Cup involves 143 teams, over 1,700 players in Japan

MLB Cup involves 143 teams, over 1,700 players in Japan
25/04/2022
MLB Cups happened also in China, Korea and India during the 2021 season.
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Baseball, softball season opens in West Africa's Ivory Coast

Baseball, softball season opens in West Africa's Ivory Coast
22/04/2022
The country's national baseball and softball federation introduced the sport to 100 new players on the occasion of Opening Day.
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Haarlem Baseball Week in Netherlands returns to the international calendar

Haarlem Baseball Week in Netherlands returns to the international calendar
22/04/2022
The 2020 edition was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The six participants are Japan, USA, Netherlands, Cuba, Italy and Curaçao.
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Venezuela to host WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier

Venezuela to host WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier
21/04/2022
Five out of 10 participants will qualify for the fifth WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup, to be staged in Hermosillo, Mexico, from 26 August to 4 September.
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U.S. Olympic baseball silver medalist Nick Allen makes MLB debut

U.S. Olympic baseball silver medalist Nick Allen makes MLB debut
20/04/2022
The 23-year-old middle infielder played second base and batted ninth for the Oakland A's in a 2-1 win against the Baltimore Orioles.
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Baseball celebrates 75th Jackie Robinson Day

Baseball celebrates 75th Jackie Robinson Day
15/04/2022
A special logo will honour the Diamond Anniversary. Regardless of their primary colours, all teams will wear the iconic 42 number in Dodgerblue.
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WBSC Premier12 star Hyeon-jong Yang becomes youngest player with 2,000 KBO Innings Pitched

WBSC Premier12 star Hyeon-jong Yang becomes youngest player with 2,000 KBO Innings Pitched
14/04/2022
The record was held by another KBO legend Min-chul Jung since 2006.
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Asian Games 2022 baseball stadium completed in Shaoxing City, China

Asian Games 2022 baseball stadium completed in Shaoxing City, China
13/04/2022
According to Xu Chen, the president of the Chinese Baseball Association and WBSC Baseball Division Board Continental Vice President Asia, the completion of the Shaoxing Baseball Stadium marks a new stage of development of Chinese baseball. It can also undertake higher-level international events in the future.
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Yoanis Alexsandrov signs for Chicago Cubs, becomes first Bulgarian player to join MLB

Yoanis Alexsandrov signs for Chicago Cubs, becomes first Bulgarian player to join MLB
13/04/2022
The 17-year-old catcher learned baseball in Nettuno, Italy. He reportedly agreed to a US$ 85,000 bonus.
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Baseball’s global appeal highlighted by MLB Opening Day rosters, broadcast agreements

Baseball’s global appeal highlighted by MLB Opening Day rosters, broadcast agreements
11/04/2022
MLB will have 141 media partners broadcasting games and highlights to 207 countries and territories in up to 16 languages globally.
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Chiba Lotte pitcher Roki Sasaki throws first NPB perfect game in 28 years, breaks world record with 13 consecutive strikeouts

Chiba Lotte pitcher Roki Sasaki throws first NPB perfect game in 28 years, breaks world record with 13 consecutive strikeouts
10/04/2022
Nicknamed “Wonder of Reiwa”, 20-year-old pitcher Roki Sasaki of Chiba Lotte Marines threw the 16th perfect game in Nippon Professional Baseball history, needing only 105 pitches to complete the feat as he fanned 19 batters to tie the NPB record. The WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019 Japan international, who also broke the world record by fanning 13 consecutive batters, became the youngest pitcher in Japan and the world to achieve perfection. Chiba Lotte Marines defeated Orix Buffaloes with the score of 6-0.
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WBSC Premier12, Olympic baseball stars in the spotlight as MLB 2022 season opens

WBSC Premier12, Olympic baseball stars in the spotlight as MLB 2022 season opens
08/04/2022
Olympic gold medalist and WBSC Premier12 reigning MVP Seiya Suzuki (pictured above) made his much-anticipated debut going 1-for-2. Tokyo silver medalist Joe Ryan will pitch against bronze medalist Julio Rodriguez ("the future of baseball", according to the New York Times) as the Minnesota Twins host the Seattle Mariners.
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WBSC runs key Baseball5 / Mini Baseball workshop for OlympAfrica directors in Africa

WBSC runs key Baseball5 / Mini Baseball workshop for OlympAfrica directors in Africa
08/04/2022
The workshop is one of the first initiatives under the MOU between the World Baseball Softball Confederation, Olympafrica Foundation and Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa to promote baseball and softball in Africa. Baseball5 will feature at the 2026 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal.
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Mexican Baseball League to play seven-inning games, follows WBSC international baseball, softball

Mexican Baseball League to play seven-inning games, follows WBSC international baseball, softball
07/04/2022
The league was inspired by the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup and the high number of highly competitive games.
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WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup star Ra-kyung Kim promotes women's baseball in Korea

WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup star Ra-kyung Kim promotes women's baseball in Korea
07/04/2022
The 22-year old pitcher, who made her National Team debut at 15, founded a team called Just Do Baseball. "I just hope opportunities will start to open up, to at least create an environment where we can enjoy baseball."
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Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Joe Ryan to start for Minnesota Twins on MLB's opening day

Tokyo 2020 silver medalist Joe Ryan to start for Minnesota Twins on MLB's opening day
06/04/2022
While Ryan is preparing for opening day, veteran third-baseman and fan favourite Todd Frazier, who named the Olympic experience "one of the best things of my life", announced his retirement.
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Baseball/softball pictures shine at 'Run for Art' international photographer contest

Baseball/softball pictures shine at 'Run for Art' international photographer contest
06/04/2022
The 40 finalists are on display at the International Mugham Center in Baku. The Giulio Onesti Foundation promoted the event.
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6 April 1896: Modern Olympics open in Athens, Royals play baseball with a walking stick and an orange

6 April 1896: Modern Olympics open in Athens, Royals play baseball with a walking stick and an orange
06/04/2022
During a picnic with the Greek Royal Family, 110 hurdles gold medalist Thomas Curtis, using a walking stick, challenged a battery of Princes who were using an orange as a baseball.
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European Baseball National League Season 2022 underway

European Baseball National League Season 2022 underway
05/04/2022
This overview covers the top baseball leagues in the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the Baseball for the Blind league in Italy.
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Olympic baseball bronze medalist Julio Rodriguez added to Seattle Mariners' MLB roster

Olympic baseball bronze medalist Julio Rodriguez added to Seattle Mariners' MLB roster
05/04/2022
J-Rod, who will turn 22 on 29 December, starred for the Dominican Republic at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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Pakistan beats Malaysia in Women's Baseball Series

Pakistan beats Malaysia in Women's Baseball Series
04/04/2022
The Pakistan Federation hosted the WBSC sanctioned event in Bahria Town, Lahore. It marked Malaysia's debut on the women's baseball international stage.
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Athens 2004 Olympic silver medallist Paul Gonzalez appointed as new Australian Baseball League General Manager

Athens 2004 Olympic silver medallist Paul Gonzalez appointed as new Australian Baseball League General Manager
04/04/2022
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Gonzalez had an extensive playing career, culminating with the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens before serving in various managing positions after his retirement.
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Ngayaw Ake: The new CPBL Home Run King

Ngayaw Ake: The new CPBL Home Run King
03/04/2022
Coming into the 2022 season with 289 career home runs tied with Weichuan Dragons hitting coach Taishan Chang for the most career home runs in CPBL history, Ngayaw Ake belted one to deep left bleacher in the 5th inning to make himself the sole Home Run King in Taiwan.
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Taiwan: CPBL opens 2022 baseball season in the rain, game suspended

Taiwan: CPBL opens 2022 baseball season in the rain, game suspended
02/04/2022
With the CPBL season officially opened despite the suspended game, all three major professional baseball leagues in Asia (NPB, CPBL and KBO) have all started their 2022 season. CPBL also announced the return of its All-Star Game for the first time since 2019.
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Olympians Erika Piancastelli, Adrian Gonzalez, Stefania Aradillas to participate in MLB's Home Run Derby X

Olympians Erika Piancastelli, Adrian Gonzalez, Stefania Aradillas to participate in MLB's Home Run Derby X
01/04/2022
The new baseball format, launched to attract a new audience to baseball, will reach London, Seoul and Mexico City.
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Winning by Making the Most of It: Atsunori Inaba looks back at Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball gold medal in new book

Winning by Making the Most of It: Atsunori Inaba looks back at Tokyo 2020 Olympic baseball gold medal in new book
01/04/2022
Historic publisher Chuokoron-Shinsha released Ikashite katsu (Winning by Making the Most of It) on 31 March.
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Global Game Podcast: "Good things keep happening for women’s baseball” - Janiliz Rivera

Global Game Podcast: "Good things keep happening for women’s baseball” - Janiliz Rivera
31/03/2022
Rivera told Adriana Flores, host of The Global Game podcast, that women reaching top-level positions in professional baseball organisations at managerial and front office roles, including Major League Baseball (MLB) is "an inspiration for everyone...it’s an extra motivation to keep fighting and working for our sport in our countries.”
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World No. 6 Venezuela holds more trials to build roster for WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

World No. 6 Venezuela holds more trials to build roster for WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
31/03/2022
The National Federation and the Criollitos de Venezuela Academy played five tryout games over three days in Barquisimeto.
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KBO 40th season to open on 2 April

KBO 40th season to open on 2 April
31/03/2022
The top clubs invested heavily during the offseason. Commissioner Koo-youn Heo: "We'll do whatever it takes to help bring young people closer to baseball."
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Cuba Women's Baseball on the rise

Cuba Women's Baseball on the rise
30/03/2022
The women's programme, ranked seventh in the world, surpassed the men's programme, currently at No.9, for the first time in 2021.
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Three US training camps for Canada in preparation for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup

Three US training camps for Canada in preparation for WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup
25/03/2022
The Spring schedule includes three training camps in April, May and June.
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Koo-youn Heo elected 24th KBO Commissioner

Koo-youn Heo elected 24th KBO Commissioner
25/03/2022
The 71-year-old is the first baseball lifer to serve in the position. The inauguration ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, 29 March.
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Olympic stars in action as NPB 2022 season opens on 25 March

Olympic stars in action as NPB 2022 season opens on 25 March
24/03/2022
The defending champions Tokyo Yakult Swallows open at the Kyocera Dome against the Hanshin Tigers. Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalists Munetaka Murakami, Tetsuto Yamada, Kodai Senga, Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Masahiro Tanaka are amongst the players to watch.
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RJ Farrell to manage USA at WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

RJ Farrell to manage USA at WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
23/03/2022
"I love USA Baseball and what it stands for, so leading the 2022 team is a true honour," commented Farrell. World No. 5 USA received a Wild Card for the VI WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
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Yearbook 2021: President Fraccari "incredibly proud" of WBSC's achievements

Yearbook 2021: President Fraccari "incredibly proud" of WBSC's achievements
23/03/2022
The 150-page digital book is now available through the WBSC website.
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V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup scheduled from 26 August to 4 September in Hermosillo, Mexico

V WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup scheduled from 26 August to 4 September in Hermosillo, Mexico
22/03/2022
The United States are the reigning U-15 World Champions after defeating hosts Panama in the final of the 2018 edition.
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Czech Republic, France national baseball teams show support to Ukraine as both teams compete in Tenerife, Spain

Czech Republic, France national baseball teams show support to Ukraine as both teams compete in Tenerife, Spain
21/03/2022
The Czech Republic made a donation to Ukraine, fundraising with every hit and scoreless inning.
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Africa: Japanese Embassy to support new baseball field in Burkina Faso

Africa: Japanese Embassy to support new baseball field in Burkina Faso
18/03/2022
The Japanese Embassy will grant $87,500 over 12 months. "It's a historic day," baseball officials in the country say.
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World No. 5 USA awarded wild card into WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

World No. 5 USA awarded wild card into WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
17/03/2022
The three-time U-12 World Champions become the 10th participant in the youth world championship.
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Aragua wins Venezuela's U-11 National Baseball Championship

Aragua wins Venezuela's U-11 National Baseball Championship
17/03/2022
They defeated Miranda in the final. The national federation will use the 20-team tournament to select the team representing World No. 6 Venezuela in the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
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US Olympic silver medalist signs deal potentially worth $31 million with MLB's San Diego Padres

US Olympic silver medalist signs deal potentially worth $31 million with MLB's San Diego Padres
17/03/2022
The right-hander started two games for the US at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, including the final against Japan.
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Japan's PONY branch pushes baseball development in Vietnam

Japan's PONY branch pushes baseball development in Vietnam
17/03/2022
PONY is one of the world's biggest youth baseball and softball organizations.
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WBSC Premier12 MVP, Olympic gold medalist Seiya Suzuki signs with MLB's Chicago Cubs

WBSC Premier12 MVP, Olympic gold medalist Seiya Suzuki signs with MLB's Chicago Cubs
16/03/2022
Per various reports, the five-year deal is reportedly worth US$ 85 million, the second-largest for a Japanese player after Masahiro Tanaka's 2014 $155 million contract with the New York Yankees.
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Swiss prospect Dominic Scheffler to play baseball at Seattle University

Swiss prospect Dominic Scheffler to play baseball at Seattle University
16/03/2022
The left-handed pitcher played at the high school level in Japan and attended the Regensburg Academy in Germany.
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Coaching staff complete for USA U-18 National Baseball Team

Coaching staff complete for USA U-18 National Baseball Team
16/03/2022
"Adam, Roberto, and Jack all add a huge amount of baseball knowledge and international experience to our ranks," commented manager Danny Hocking.
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Venezuelan Baseball Federation holds umpire, technical commissioner courses

Venezuelan Baseball Federation holds umpire, technical commissioner courses
15/03/2022
"We have a lot to do to build the Federation that we want to see, and this is part of the process," said FEVEBEISBOL President Areacelis León.
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MLB announces set of experimental rules to be tested at minor league level

MLB announces set of experimental rules to be tested at minor league level
15/03/2022
A pitch-timer, bigger bases, defensive positioning and an automated ball-strike system, are meant "to improve the pace of play, create more action on the field and reduce player injuries."
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KBO board nominates Koo-youn Heo for Commissioner

KBO board nominates Koo-youn Heo for Commissioner
14/03/2022
Currently serving as a baseball commentator, he would be the first ex-player to serve as the KBO chief. He would need a three-quarter majority at the general assembly.
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BFJ, NPB to celebrate 150 years of baseball in Japan

BFJ, NPB to celebrate 150 years of baseball in Japan
14/03/2022
NPB Commissioner Atsushi Saito and BFJ President Masatake Yamanaka (pictured) announced that a commemorative game between an NPB U-23 selection and a collegiate All-Star team is scheduled at Meiji Jingu Stadium on Monday, 1 August.
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MLB First Pitch reaches 88 schools, Baseball5 introduced at Amateur Baseball Coaches Clinic in China

MLB First Pitch reaches 88 schools, Baseball5 introduced at Amateur Baseball Coaches Clinic in China
14/03/2022
MLB designed First Pitch specifically to attract new participants to the game of baseball.
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Full 2022 MLB season to be played as new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached

Full 2022 MLB season to be played as new Collective Bargaining Agreement reached
11/03/2022
A 162-game regular season will open on Thursday, 7 April, with the introduction of a universal DH. The expanded postseason will include 12 teams.
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Erasmus+Sport: WBSC endorses European Union development programme to further grow the sport

Erasmus+Sport: WBSC endorses European Union development programme to further grow the sport
11/03/2022
The EU Erasmus+Sports programme is an opportunity for funding National Federations and strengthening their policies.
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WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup star Yuki Kawabata helps build new team in Fukuoka Prefecture

WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup star Yuki Kawabata helps build new team in Fukuoka Prefecture
10/03/2022
The new club, the Honeys, aim to participate in two national tournaments in 2022.
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Former Premier12, Olympic Qualifier coach Carlos Ferrer to manage Puerto Rico Women's National Baseball Team

Former Premier12, Olympic Qualifier coach Carlos Ferrer to manage Puerto Rico Women's National Baseball Team
09/03/2022
The former star hitter served under manager Igor Gonzalez in 2019 and 2021.
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Dominican Republic, Venezuela strike baseball cooperation agreement

Dominican Republic, Venezuela strike baseball cooperation agreement
09/03/2022
The deal aims at improving the level of coaches and umpires in both countries.
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Thembani Moyo is new president of Zimbabwe Baseball Association

Thembani Moyo is new president of Zimbabwe Baseball Association
09/03/2022
Moyo (37, pictured on the right) succeeds Morris Banda (left).
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WBSC U-18 World Cup winner Hao-Yu Lee impresses at Philadelphia Phillies camp

WBSC U-18 World Cup winner Hao-Yu Lee impresses at Philadelphia Phillies camp
09/03/2022
The 19-year old played in seven games at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2019. He also represented world No. 2 Chinese Taipei at the U-12 and U-15 World Cups.
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Role models on the rise: WBSC Women's Baseball Development Commission celebrates International Women's Day through live webinar

Role models on the rise: WBSC Women's Baseball Development Commission celebrates International Women's Day through live webinar
09/03/2022
Role models like three-time Women's Baseball World Cup MVP Ayami Sato are helping to #BreakTheBias, the webinar said.
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International Women's Day: Rosi del Castillo continues breaking baseball barriers in Mexico

International Women's Day: Rosi del Castillo continues breaking baseball barriers in Mexico
08/03/2022
Del Castillo has played baseball since the age of three and pitched against men since she was 16.
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Beijing Olympic, Premier12 winner Kwang-hyun Kim returns to KBO

Beijing Olympic, Premier12 winner Kwang-hyun Kim returns to KBO
08/03/2022
After playing two seasons for MLB's St. Louis Cardinals, Kim returned to the SK Wyverns, the club he led to four Korean Series titles. The four-year deal is worth over US$ 12 million.
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Czech Republic launches Men's Baseball LA 2028 Olympic Games project

Czech Republic launches Men's Baseball LA 2028 Olympic Games project
07/03/2022
The U-15 National team also played four warm-up games in Barcelona, Spain.
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Women's Baseball Webinar set to celebrate International Women's Day

Women's Baseball Webinar set to celebrate International Women's Day
04/03/2022
The event will be accessible via Zoom as well as to the general public via the WBSC YouTube channel.
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Spanish League champions Marlins de Puerto de la Cruz to host Czech, French National Teams in March

Spanish League champions Marlins de Puerto de la Cruz to host Czech, French National Teams in March
04/03/2022
The Spring Baseball Cup, 14-20 March, will follow three softball tournaments
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Milan Zonic confirmed as Serbian Baseball Federation president

Milan Zonic confirmed as Serbian Baseball Federation president
04/03/2022
Zonic first played baseball in Serbia in 1989.
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Ruben Ramos named Umpire of the Year in Puerto Rico

Ruben Ramos named Umpire of the Year in Puerto Rico
03/03/2022
Ramos worked three WBSC tournaments in 2021: the Americas and Final Olympic Qualifier and the U-23 Baseball World Cup, where he pronounced the Umpire's Oath during the opening ceremony.
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Potros wins Panama National Youth Baseball Championship

Potros wins Panama National Youth Baseball Championship
03/03/2022
The historic tournament, which has been played since 1962, saw the young franchise win its first title.
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CPBL welcomes Taiwan Steel Group as sixth team

CPBL welcomes Taiwan Steel Group as sixth team
02/03/2022
Adding an expansion franchise, the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) will return to a six-team format for the first time since 2008. CPBL opened in 1990 with four franchises and peaked at seven in 1997.
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New York Mets name Elizabeth Benn Director of MLB Operations

New York Mets name Elizabeth Benn Director of MLB Operations
02/03/2022
The Columbia University graduate served as MLB's Senior Coordinator, Baseball Operations. A Toronto, Canada native, in 2016, she became the first woman to play in the New York City Metro Baseball League.
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Baseball Australia invites 44 to U-18 National Team Camp in April, Genevieve Beacom included

Baseball Australia invites 44 to U-18 National Team Camp in April, Genevieve Beacom included
01/03/2022
The list features Genevieve Beacom, the first-ever woman to appear in a professional baseball game Downunder.
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Defending champs Grises de Humacao open Puerto Rican Double-A League with win

Defending champs Grises de Humacao open Puerto Rican Double-A League with win
01/03/2022
The 83rd edition involves 43 teams and 1,200 players.
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South Africa's Dylan Unsworth: An "amazing journey" in baseball across five continents

South Africa's Dylan Unsworth: An "amazing journey" in baseball across five continents
01/03/2022
The 29-year old right-hander from South Africa shared with the WBSC his experiences in the US minor leagues and the professional leagues of Venezuela, Mexico, Taiwan and Australia. He started his journey as a 15-year old at the MLB Academy in Italy.
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WBSC Digital Suite: Austrian Baseball Softball Federation launches new website

WBSC Digital Suite: Austrian Baseball Softball Federation launches new website
28/02/2022
Baseball Softball Austria is changing its domain to baseballsoftball.at to represent both disciplines in the Federation's online presence.
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Women's Baseball League headlines packed Venezuela national baseball season

Women's Baseball League headlines packed Venezuela national baseball season
28/02/2022
The second Women's Baseball League will be the first of four National Championships. National tournaments in six different age brackets and six Baseball5 events will also feature in 2022.
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CPBL and Players Association sign historical agreement

CPBL and Players Association sign historical agreement
28/02/2022
Pictured: CPBL Commissioner Chi-Chang Tsai (Left) and TPBPA Acting President Chieh-Hsien Chen (Right)
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Dominican Baseball Federation signs agreement to build new stadium in Puerto Plata

Dominican Baseball Federation signs agreement to build new stadium in Puerto Plata
25/02/2022
The North Baseball Company and The Lifestyle Hotel Chain will partner with the FEDOBE federation to allow the best young players to earn college scholarships in the US.
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MLB veteran Eric Sogard now eligible to represent Czech National Team.

MLB veteran Eric Sogard now eligible to represent Czech National Team.
25/02/2022
The 36-year old infielder is now eligible to represent the Czech National Baseball Team.
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'Baseball is back stronger than ever' in Guam as university baseball programme returns

'Baseball is back stronger than ever' in Guam as university baseball programme returns
25/02/2022
"Baseball is coming back stronger than ever," commented head coach Roke Alcantare Jr, who is pictured above during tryouts held in December 2021.
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Federation Focus: Bhutan wants baseball and softball to thrive on top of the world

Federation Focus: Bhutan wants baseball and softball to thrive on top of the world
25/02/2022
Bhutan federation co-founders Karma Dorji, the current president, and Matthew DeSantis, guide the WBSC inside the baseball, softball and Baseball5 programme of one of its newest members.
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KBO tightens preseason health and safety protocols

KBO tightens preseason health and safety protocols
25/02/2022
The 10 participating teams remained in Korea for the first part of Spring Training. Preseason games will start on 12 March. Opening day is scheduled for 2 April.
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Ghana, MLB's LA Dodgers sign development agreement

Ghana, MLB's LA Dodgers sign development agreement
24/02/2022
Ghana federation president Ernest Danso and the Dodgers Director for Africa Operations Joe Arrington signed the deal in Accra.
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Four-time KBO champion manager Joong-il Ryu to guide Korea at 2022 Asian Games

Four-time KBO champion manager Joong-il Ryu to guide Korea at 2022 Asian Games
24/02/2022
The veteran skipper led the Samsung Lions to four consecutive (2011-2014) KBO Korean Series titles. He managed the Korean National Team at the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the 2014 Asian Games.
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Andre Lachance leaves Baseball Canada to join Cirque du Soleil

Andre Lachance leaves Baseball Canada to join Cirque du Soleil
24/02/2022
He managed the Canadian Women's National Baseball Team from the start of the programme until 2018 and led them to two silver medals and four bronze medals in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup.
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Germany's U-23 National Baseball Team opens camp in Tenerife

Germany's U-23 National Baseball Team opens camp in Tenerife
23/02/2022
Manager Steve Janssen has selected 20 players, half of them represented Germany at the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2021.
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Discover the Israel Baseball Academy through the words of head coach Ophir Katz

Discover the Israel Baseball Academy through the words of head coach Ophir Katz
23/02/2022
The WBSC had a chance to talk to the former National Team catcher after he led six players to a two-week experience in the Dominican Republic.
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KBO's Doosan Bears re-sign Cuban star Jose Miguel Fernandez

KBO's Doosan Bears re-sign Cuban star Jose Miguel Fernandez
23/02/2022
The deal is worth US$ 1.1 million. The former Cuban National Team outfielder will appear in his fourth KBO season.
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Israel's Joey Wagman featured in February episode of the WBSC Global Game Podcast

Israel's Joey Wagman featured in February episode of the WBSC Global Game Podcast
22/02/2022
The 30-year old pitcher said 2021 was "the craziest baseball season of my life."
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WAPDA wins Pakistan's 16th Women's National Baseball Championship

WAPDA wins Pakistan's 16th Women's National Baseball Championship
21/02/2022
Pakistan is currently ranked 19th in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Rankings.
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Palestine, Saudi Arabia federations working together to grow baseball, softball

Palestine, Saudi Arabia federations working together to grow baseball, softball
18/02/2022
The two federations signed a memorandum of understanding earlier this year.
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Shirou Mabuchi to manage Japanese U-18 National Baseball Team

Shirou Mabuchi to manage Japanese U-18 National Baseball Team
18/02/2022
He manages at Meitoku Gijuku high school. His staff includes bench coach Takashi Iwai and coaches Massaki Kosaka and Kouya Higa.
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Finnish Baseball Softball Federation enjoys success in cooperation with pesäpallo

Finnish Baseball Softball Federation enjoys success in cooperation with pesäpallo
18/02/2022
Pesäpallo is the second-biggest summer sport in Finland, right after soccer.
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Swiss National Team star Noah Williamson impresses at Miami Marlins development camp

Swiss National Team star Noah Williamson impresses at Miami Marlins development camp
18/02/2022
The Marlins scouting department believes they found a "hidden gem."
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MLB Dream Cup in Japan features over 9,000 players, gives taste of the big leagues

MLB Dream Cup in Japan features over 9,000 players, gives taste of the big leagues
18/02/2022
The MLB Dream Cup usually attracts 15,000 participants but Covid restrictions in Japan saw a reduced number in 2021
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Venezuelan Baseball Federation launches umpire camp

Venezuelan Baseball Federation launches umpire camp
17/02/2022
The camp runs from 28 February to 13 March in Barquisimeto.
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Aragua win's U-19 women's baseball tournament at Venezuelan Juegos Deportivos

Aragua win's U-19 women's baseball tournament at Venezuelan Juegos Deportivos
15/02/2022
The Juegos Deportivos are a multi-sport event scheduled every other year since 1999 by the National Institute of Sports. Distrito Capital won the U-18 men's baseball tournament.
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Emily Glass becomes first-ever woman to scout for MLB's Colorado Rockies

Emily Glass becomes first-ever woman to scout for MLB's Colorado Rockies
15/02/2022
"Hopefully, within ten years, in every organization, the most qualified person will get the job, whether it's a woman or whoever they are," she told the local press.
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Iran, Iraq sign Memorandum of Understanding on baseball-softball development

Iran, Iraq sign Memorandum of Understanding on baseball-softball development
14/02/2022
The respective National Olympic Committees oversaw the initiative. The Iraq and Iran baseball and softball federations aim to hold joint educational projects and play friendly games.
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Venezuela's Eduardo Brizuela becomes assistant general manager with MLB's Milwaukee Brewers

Venezuela's Eduardo Brizuela becomes assistant general manager with MLB's Milwaukee Brewers
14/02/2022
He helped build Venezuela's U-23 World Championship National Team.
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Olympic bronze medalist Jairo Asencio to play in the Mexican Baseball League

Olympic bronze medalist Jairo Asencio to play in the Mexican Baseball League
11/02/2022
The right-hander appeared in two games for the Dominican Republic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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Sara Goodrom named player development director by MLB's Houston Astros

Sara Goodrom named player development director by MLB's Houston Astros
11/02/2022
She became the first woman to serve as a minor league hitting coordinator when the Milwaukee Brewers promoted her to the position in January 2021.
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Venezuela's 'Juegos Deportivos': Distrito Capital wins U-18 baseball tournament; women's U-19 final awaits

Venezuela's 'Juegos Deportivos': Distrito Capital wins U-18 baseball tournament; women's U-19 final awaits
11/02/2022
The 13-team tournament served as a vehicle to select the best players for the U-18 National Team. The U-19 women's tournament opened on 8 February -- the finals are scheduled for Saturday, 12 February.
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Israel sends six players to the Dominican Republic

Israel sends six players to the Dominican Republic
10/02/2022
Five Israeli prospects were part of the team that finished second at the European Baseball Championship.
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MLB World Series winner Josh Reddick to play in the Mexican Baseball League

MLB World Series winner Josh Reddick to play in the Mexican Baseball League
10/02/2022
He played just 54 games in the 2021 season but was not ready to retire. "I just want to play. I love this game," he said in an interview.
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Tokyo 2020 Olympian Adrian Gonzalez calls it a career

Tokyo 2020 Olympian Adrian Gonzalez calls it a career
09/02/2022
The former MLB All-Star came out of retirement and played the 2021 season with Guadalajara of the Mexican Baseball League (MLB) to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
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Women's Baseball National Championship opens in Pakistan

Women's Baseball National Championship opens in Pakistan
09/02/2022
The Army is the two-time defending champion and was crowned in early 2019. The Pakistan National Federation suspended the event amid the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
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Ji-taik Chung resigns from KBO Commissioner post

Ji-taik Chung resigns from KBO Commissioner post
09/02/2022
Chung had succeeded former prime minister Un-chan Chung in January 2021 and was expected to serve a three-year term. "The KBO League has struggled with many difficulties," he said in a statement.
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Former MLB World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval to play in the Mexican Baseball League

Former MLB World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval to play in the Mexican Baseball League
08/02/2022
'The Panda' appeared in 69 games for the 2021 World Series Champions Atlanta Braves and helped the Naveganted de Magallanes win the Venezuelan League.
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Roberto Ramos leaves KBO, signs minor league contract with Boston Red Sox

Roberto Ramos leaves KBO, signs minor league contract with Boston Red Sox
08/02/2022
The 27-year old slugger hit 38 home runs in the 2020 season but suffered a back injury in 2021. The deal includes an invitation to Spring Training.
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Simona Conti becomes first female Baseball Coach of the Year in Italy

Simona Conti becomes first female Baseball Coach of the Year in Italy
08/02/2022
Conti helped Italy win a U-12 European Championship. Former Olympian Marta Gambella earned the Softball Coach of the Year award.
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Olympic gold medal manager Atsunori Inaba returns to NPB as the Nippon Ham Fighters general manager

Olympic gold medal manager Atsunori Inaba returns to NPB as the Nippon Ham Fighters general manager

Will Genevieve Beacom compete in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup?

Will Genevieve Beacom compete in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup?
07/02/2022
The first girl to play professional baseball in Australia was born in October 2004 and is eligible for the top U-18 competition.
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Taiwan’s pro baseball league CPBL opens spring training

Taiwan’s pro baseball league CPBL opens spring training
07/02/2022
All five clubs of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) have started their spring training following the Lunar New Year break.
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Roberto Ortiz becomes first Puerto Rican-born umpire promoted to MLB full-time staff

Roberto Ortiz becomes first Puerto Rican-born umpire promoted to MLB full-time staff
07/02/2022
The 37-year old is part of a group of five that will replace five retired veterans, including legendary Joe West.
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Israel National Team ace Joey Wagman to play for Veracruz in the Mexican Baseball League

Israel National Team ace Joey Wagman to play for Veracruz in the Mexican Baseball League
04/02/2022
The right-hander dominated the WBSC Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier with two wins and appeared in two games at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
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Mike Bianco to manage the US Baseball Collegiate National Team

Mike Bianco to manage the US Baseball Collegiate National Team
04/02/2022
He is the winningest coach in the history of his school and was named National Coach of the Year In 2020.
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WBSC to live-stream second Melbourne Aces-Adelaide Giants challenge series

WBSC to live-stream second Melbourne Aces-Adelaide Giants challenge series
04/02/2022
The Giants won the first series in January. Genevieve Beacom, the first woman to play professionally in Australia, made her debut in game two. The ABL cancelled the 2021-2022 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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MLB to test automated strike zone at the highest minor league level

MLB to test automated strike zone at the highest minor league level
03/02/2022
Low-A Southeast League utilized the system in 2021 and will continue to use it in 2022. The independent Atlantic League tested the software in 2019 but will go back to human umpires in 2022.
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Baseball among 9 sports to be featured at Mini Pacific Games

Baseball among 9 sports to be featured at Mini Pacific Games
03/02/2022
The seven participants are American Samoa, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau and Solomon Islands.
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Pan American Games gold medalist Jeff Francis inducted to Canadian Hall of Fame

Pan American Games gold medalist Jeff Francis inducted to Canadian Hall of Fame
02/02/2022
The left-handed pitcher also played for Canada at the inaugural World Baseball Classic. He enjoyed an 11-year MLB career.
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2020 Olympic silver medalist Tim Federowicz to manage at Triple-A for MLB's Seattle Mariners

2020 Olympic silver medalist Tim Federowicz to manage at Triple-A for MLB's Seattle Mariners
01/02/2022
The veteran catcher played 163 MLB games over eight seasons. He was on the Dodgers' Triple-A roster in 2021 and served as the backup catcher for the US in Tokyo.
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Leones de Léon win 2022 Nicaragua Professional Baseball League title

Leones de Léon win 2022 Nicaragua Professional Baseball League title
31/01/2022
After trailing 2-0 in the series, the Leones earned two of the four wins they needed in extra innings. U-23 National Team hurler Dilmer Mejia earned MVP honours.
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Historic: MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers sign two players from Uganda

Historic: MLB's Los Angeles Dodgers sign two players from Uganda
31/01/2022
Ben Serunkuma and Umar Male are the first Ugandan-born players to sign a professional baseball contract with an MLB club. Uganda is No. 43 in WBSC Men's Baseball World Rankings, the second African country in the rankings after No. 26 South Africa.
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Historic: Boston Red Sox add Katie Krall to organization's coaching staff

Historic: Boston Red Sox add Katie Krall to organization's coaching staff
28/01/2022
She will be a development coach with with the Red Sox's Double-A affiliate, making them the first MLB club to hire two female coaches.
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Olympic gold medalist Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Orix Buffaloes agree on US$ 1.9 million pay raise

Olympic gold medalist Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Orix Buffaloes agree on US$ 1.9 million pay raise
28/01/2022
The ace right-hander will earn the equivalent of US$ 3.2 million for the 2022 season.
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Yadier Molina could be next Puerto Rican National Baseball Team manager

Yadier Molina could be next Puerto Rican National Baseball Team manager
27/01/2022
The two-time MLB World Series winner, who announced his retirement as a player after the 2022 season, met with the Puerto Rico baseball leaders. He managed the U-23 National Team in 2018.
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WBSC Global Game Podcast features trailblazing baseball player Genevieve Beacom

WBSC Global Game Podcast features trailblazing baseball player Genevieve Beacom
27/01/2022
"It seems like the whole baseball world knows me. It's crazy," said the 17-year-old left-hander to host Tyler Maun. On 7 January, she became the first woman to pitch in a pro baseball game in Australia.
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Navegantes de Magallanes win Venezuelan Professional Baseball League 2021-2022 title

Navegantes de Magallanes win Venezuelan Professional Baseball League 2021-2022 title
26/01/2022
They came back from a 2-0 and a 3-2 deficit in the seven-game series to earn their 13th pennant. Cade Gotta earned MVP honours.
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Astronautas de Los Santos win Panama's Professional Baseball League

Astronautas de Los Santos win Panama's Professional Baseball League
25/01/2022
They swept the Federales de Chiriqui in the best-of-five final series.
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Minorca Piratas start construction for first-ever baseball/softball field in Balearic Islands

Minorca Piratas start construction for first-ever baseball/softball field in Balearic Islands
24/01/2022
The club's president, Isidoro Garcia, aims to put the small island on the Spanish baseball/softball map.
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Finland celebrates 40 years of baseball in the country

Finland celebrates 40 years of baseball in the country
24/01/2022
The presence of the 40 heroes of the four decades highlighted the night. The gala event was onboard the Silja Europa ferry boat. A video message by WBSC President Fraccari opened the night.
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Gigantes del Cibao win Dominican Professional Baseball League title

Gigantes del Cibao win Dominican Professional Baseball League title
24/01/2022
After losing the opener, they swept the series. Raul Valdes, who started the Olympic bronze medal game for the Dominican Republic in Tokyo, earned the title-clinching win. MLB World Series winner Marcell Ozuna earned MVP honours.
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NPB single-season home run record holder Balentien retires

NPB single-season home run record holder Balentien retires
24/01/2022
The 37-year old slugger became the first NPB single-season 60-home run hitter in 2013. He represented the Netherlands at the 2004 Olympics, the inaugural WBSC Premier12 and the World Baseball Classic 2013 and 2017.
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Charros de Jalisco win the Mexican Pacific League

Charros de Jalisco win the Mexican Pacific League
24/01/2022
In the seventh game of the final series, they defeated the Charros de Jalisco, 8-1. WBSC Premier12 alum Brennar Bernardino earned MVP honours.
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Criollos de Caguas win their 20th Puerto Rican Pro Baseball Title

Criollos de Caguas win their 20th Puerto Rican Pro Baseball Title
21/01/2022
They defeated in the finals the Indios de Mayaguez as in 2021. Major leagues Johneshwy Fargas got the key hit in game five,
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Caimanes de Barranquilla repeat as Colombian Professional Baseball League champions

Caimanes de Barranquilla repeat as Colombian Professional Baseball League champions
21/01/2022
They defeated the Vaqueros de Monteria in five games. Major leaguer Harold Ramirez earned MVP honours. Jose Mosquera, who led Colombia to a bronze medal in WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup, managed the champions.
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Chris Balison elected new Baseball Canada president

Chris Balison elected new Baseball Canada president
21/01/2022
He steps in for Jason Dickson, who became Baseball Canada CEO last August.
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New WBSC Baseball World Rankings: Japan remains No. 1, Chinese Taipei rises to No. 2

New WBSC Baseball World Rankings: Japan remains No. 1, Chinese Taipei rises to No. 2
20/01/2022
Korea sits third, while Mexico has risen to its highest-ever ranking at No. 4 in the world, surpassing No. 5 USA.
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USA Baseball names Denny Hocking manager of U-18 National Team

USA Baseball names Denny Hocking manager of U-18 National Team
20/01/2022
World No. 4 USA will host this year's WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida, from 9 to 18 September.
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Saudi Baseball and Softball Federation unveils new logo, signs development agreements with USA, Palestine

Saudi Baseball and Softball Federation unveils new logo, signs development agreements with USA, Palestine
19/01/2022
The national governing body has signed a pair of agreements with USA Softball and the Palestinian Federation of Baseball and Softball aiming to develop the game in the country.
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Premier12 alum Yoshi Tsutsugo to fund new youth baseball facility in his home town

Premier12 alum Yoshi Tsutsugo to fund new youth baseball facility in his home town
19/01/2022
"I felt the need for an environment where children could really enjoy and grow up," Yahoo News quoted Tsutsugo.
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NPB dedicated to driving more children to baseball in Japan

NPB dedicated to driving more children to baseball in Japan
18/01/2022
Promotional material reached as many as 43,000 schools nationwide. The NPB Chibiko Baseball Tournament will involve four and five-year-old kids on 26 February.
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CPBL's Uni-President Lions sign former MLB catcher Wilin Rosario

CPBL's Uni-President Lions sign former MLB catcher Wilin Rosario
18/01/2022
The 32-year-old has also played in the NPB, KBO and LMB leagues.
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Nine events highlight 2022 international Baseball, Softball, Baseball5 calendars

Nine events highlight 2022 international Baseball, Softball, Baseball5 calendars
18/01/2022
The WBSC Executive Board approved the 2022 international events calendar for Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 during its first online meeting of the year on 11 January.
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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari honours 60th anniversary of Cuba's national baseball league

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari honours 60th anniversary of Cuba's national baseball league
17/01/2022
He presented awards to the National Institute of Sports (INDER), the National Olympic Committee. The 61st edition will open on 23 January.
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MLB clubs spend US$ 74.1 million on international signings

MLB clubs spend US$ 74.1 million on international signings
17/01/2022
Dominican players received the most significant share, $32.1 million, followed by Venezuela, 20.6, and Cuba, 15.6. The only players signed outside the Americas come from Korea and Spain.
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Netherlands' top baseball league to use new format for 2022 season

Netherlands' top baseball league to use new format for 2022 season
14/01/2022
Netherlands' national baseball league is one of the highest levels in which to compete in Europe. The best-of-seven Holland Series will open on 15 September.
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World No.1 Japan heading into 2022 baseball season with new manager, uniforms

World No.1 Japan heading into 2022 baseball season with new manager, uniforms
14/01/2022
Hideki Kuriyama, who succeeded Atsunori Inaba, announced three members of his coaching staff. Olympic gold medalists Hiromi Itoh (pictured above) and Munetaka Murakami, and Women's National team players Akino Tanaka and Wakana Mori introduced the new uniforms.
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Venezuela to select U-12 Baseball National Team from first-ever U-11 National Championship

Venezuela to select U-12 Baseball National Team from first-ever U-11 National Championship
13/01/2022
Twelve teams are down to the second phase, the group winners will compete for the national title in February
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Colombian Professional Baseball League final series to open on 15 January

Colombian Professional Baseball League final series to open on 15 January
13/01/2022
The Vaqueros de Monteria will challenge defending champions Caimanes de Barranquilla. WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup All-World Team players highlight the rosters.
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Cuba to honour 60th anniversary of its National Baseball League ahead of 61st season

Cuba to honour 60th anniversary of its National Baseball League ahead of 61st season
12/01/2022
WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari will attend the league ceremony on 14 January. Cuba considers baseball a National Cultural Heritage.
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Former NPB All-Star, Olympic gold medal coach Hirokazu Ibata to manage Japan at WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup

Former NPB All-Star, Olympic gold medal coach Hirokazu Ibata to manage Japan at WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup
12/01/2022
The 46-year old is willing to share his experience with the younger generation of players.
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Three former players join USA Baseball Board of Directors

Three former players join USA Baseball Board of Directors
11/01/2022
The three alums are ESPN analyst Jenny Dalton-Hill, inaugural WBSC Premier12 silver medalist Jacob May, and Olympic gold medalist Ernie Young.
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Thierry Raphet is the new president of the French Baseball and Softball Federation

Thierry Raphet is the new president of the French Baseball and Softball Federation
10/01/2022
He had served as the Secretary-General since 2014 and succeeds interim president Fabien Carrette-Legrand.
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Rachel Balkovec becomes first female manager in USA affiliated baseball

Rachel Balkovec becomes first female manager in USA affiliated baseball
10/01/2022
The 34-year old previously served as a minor league hitting coach.
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Historic: Genevieve Beacom becomes first female to play pro baseball in Australia

Historic: Genevieve Beacom becomes first female to play pro baseball in Australia
10/01/2022
The 17-year-old left-hander pitched one scoreless inning for the Melbourne Aces in the Challenge Series against the Adelaide Giants.
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Puerto Rico Double-A Baseball League to open on 27 February

Puerto Rico Double-A Baseball League to open on 27 February
05/01/2022
At the end of the regular season, each group will compete in the best-of-five semifinals to advance to the best-of-seven final.
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WBSC Premier12 2015 winner Sung-bum Na signs record KBO deal

WBSC Premier12 2015 winner Sung-bum Na signs record KBO deal
04/01/2022
The left-handed hitter agreed to a six-year, US$ 12.6 million deal with the Kia Tigers. The SSG Landers signed former MLB starter Ivan Nova.
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Masahiro Tanaka hopes Olympic gold medal will attract more kids to baseball in Japan

Masahiro Tanaka hopes Olympic gold medal will attract more kids to baseball in Japan
03/01/2022
The success at Tokyo 2020 was Japan's first-ever Olympic baseball gold medal, having claimed silver in Atlanta 1996 and bronze in Barcelona 1992 and Athens 2004.
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2021 in Review - Top Stories of the Year

2021 in Review - Top Stories of the Year
31/12/2021
Never miss a moment! The top stories in 2021, a year in which baseball and softball returned to the Olympic Games and the international events calendar restarted following the impact of Covid-19 around the world.


Baseball Australia: WBSC to live stream six Melbourne Aces games in January

Baseball Australia: WBSC to live stream six Melbourne Aces games in January
24/12/2021
The two-time defending champions will face the Adelaide Giants from 7 to 9 January and the Auckland Tuatara from 28 to 30 January.
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Legendary NPB, MLB hitter Ichiro Suzuki turns out 147-pitches in guest appearance at Japanese girls' high school

Legendary NPB, MLB hitter Ichiro Suzuki turns out 147-pitches in guest appearance at Japanese girls' high school
23/12/2021
Suzuki, 48, struck out 17 women's high school hitters. His fastball topped 84 miles-per-hour, a premium velocity for women's baseball.
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WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2019 amongst top five most popular sports events in TPE

WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2019 amongst top five most popular sports events in TPE
23/12/2021
The U-12 Baseball World Cup was played for the first time in 2011 with the city of Tainan building a 130 million USD multi-stadium complex in 2019 to host the biennial WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup through to 2027.
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