Tom de Blok and Kaima Taira to start Global Baseball Games opener

Tom de Blok and Kaima Taira to start Global Baseball Games opener
05/03/2024
Taira is a 24-year-old NPB All-Star and a Tokyo 2020 gold medallist. De Blok is a Dutch Hoofdklasse star with massive experience at the international level.
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David Eckstein, Brad Penny and Steve Stone join USA U-18 Baseball National Team staff

David Eckstein, Brad Penny and Steve Stone join USA U-18 Baseball National Team staff
05/03/2024
They will serve under manager Rick Eckstein in the 2024 season. Penny and David Eckstein are both World Series winners. Stone had a 24-year career as a high school manager.
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Sold out Taipei Dome welcomes professional baseball

Sold out Taipei Dome welcomes professional baseball
04/03/2024
The game between NPB's Yomiuri Giants and CPBL's CTBC Brothers attracted the largest attendance in Taiwan's baseball history. The Giants defeated the Brothers in the first game but tied with Rakuten Monkeys the next day.
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Global Baseball Games: Team Europe come from behind to tie exhibition game against Hayate 223

Global Baseball Games: Team Europe come from behind to tie exhibition game against Hayate 223
04/03/2024
Marek Chlup hit a three-run homer. Alberto Mineo (two doubles) and Noah Williamson (double) provided power from the bench. After trailing 4-0, Europe scored in the final two innings to finish 4-4. "We had a good outing," commented manager Marco Mazzieri. "The staff has now a clearer picture."
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Team Europe to warm up for Global Baseball Games against minor league team Hayate 223

Team Europe to warm up for Global Baseball Games against minor league team Hayate 223
03/03/2024
The 28-player squad worked under manager Marco Mazzieri and his staff. They will face the minor league Hayate 223 on Monday.
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Meet Osaka, the host city of the Global Baseball Games

Meet Osaka, the host city of the Global Baseball Games
03/03/2024
Osaka has 2.7 million inhabitants and is located in the Kansai region of Honshu island. The two games will be played at the Kyocera Dome, a 36,000-seat covered stadium in the Nishi-ku ward,
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Global Baseball Games: Noah Williamson replaces Rhiner Cruz on Team Europe roster

Global Baseball Games: Noah Williamson replaces Rhiner Cruz on Team Europe roster
02/03/2024
Manager Marco Mazzieri decided to go with 13 pitchers and added a right-handed bat. Williamson, who will play in the Japanese Kansai League in 2024, commented: "Being the first Swiss player to represent Team Europe is an indescribable feeling."
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GameTime to stream Global Baseball Games series globally

GameTime to stream Global Baseball Games series globally
01/03/2024
The WBSC OTT Platform will cover the event outside Japan and the two European countries, which have local broadcast rights - Czechia and Russia.
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German pitcher Sven Schueller ahead of Global Baseball Games: "European kids, chase your dream"

German pitcher Sven Schueller ahead of Global Baseball Games: "European kids, chase your dream"
29/02/2024
The right-hander has been committed to baseball since he entered the Regensburg Academy as a 15-year-old. He spoke of his experience in professional baseball and the situation in Germany and Europe. "Japanese players always find a way to put the bat on the ball. It will be tough."
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Shaukat Javed re-elected as President of Pakistan Baseball Federation

Shaukat Javed re-elected as President of Pakistan Baseball Federation
29/02/2024
Along with President Javed, Syed Fakhar Ali Shah was elected as Secretary General.
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Olympic bronze medallist Rick Eckstein to manage USA U-18 Baseball National Team

Olympic bronze medallist Rick Eckstein to manage USA U-18 Baseball National Team
27/02/2024
He took over from Michael Cuddyer, who finished fourth at the XXXI WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. He was on the coaching staff of the 2007 Baseball World Cup winner and the 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal winning team.
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Venezuelan League winner Tiago Da Silva ready for Global Baseball Games

Venezuelan League winner Tiago Da Silva ready for Global Baseball Games
26/02/2024
The right-hander was part of La Guaira bullpen in the 2023-24 season. He grew up in Brazil and completed his development in Italy, where he became a citizen, helping the National Team win two European Championships and make the top eight at the 2013 World Baseball Classic.
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International baseball mourns sudden passing of Czech National Team coach David Winkler

International baseball mourns sudden passing of Czech National Team coach David Winkler
26/02/2024
He died suddenly a few weeks before his 44th birthday. The Czech Baseball Association posted on social media, adding: "He helped various generations of players develop and contributed to the game's growth in Czechia."
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Joong-il Ryu to manage Korea at WBSC Premier12

Joong-il Ryu to manage Korea at WBSC Premier12
23/02/2024
Ryu, who won four Korean Series with the Samsung Lions, led Korea to an Asian Games gold medal in 2023.
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MLB great Albert Pujols to manage Escogido Leones in Dominican Pro Winter League

MLB great Albert Pujols to manage Escogido Leones in Dominican Pro Winter League
23/02/2024
The former baseball superstar retired after the 2022 season, after a legendary career highlighted by 3,384 hits, including 703 home runs. This will be his first managerial experience.
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Hirokazu Ibata on Global Baseball Games: "Europe is talented"

Hirokazu Ibata on Global Baseball Games: "Europe is talented"
23/02/2024
The WBSC had a chance to talk to the Samurai Japan manager in Tokyo. "I approached players who I want or expect to be at the Premier12."
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Baseball World Cup winner Sharlon Schoop shares fond international career memories ahead of Global Baseball Games

Baseball World Cup winner Sharlon Schoop shares fond international career memories ahead of Global Baseball Games
23/02/2024
The Dutch veteran started the 2011 Baseball World Cup final against Cuba at second base, with his younger brother Jonathan, a future MLB All-Star, at third. "International baseball is different. You play with guys you grew up with. It is still baseball, but the chemistry is different. You play with your heart."
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Koshien winner Masayoshi Ogara to manage Japanese U-18 National Team

Koshien winner Masayoshi Ogara to manage Japanese U-18 National Team
23/02/2024
It will be Ogura's second stint as Japan's U-18 National Team manager after the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2012. "The responsibility humbles me. Watching Japan win under Shiro Mabuchi last year made me emotional."
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Olympic gold medallist, MLB All-Star Hyun-jin Ryu returns to Korea

Olympic gold medallist, MLB All-Star Hyun-jin Ryu returns to Korea
22/02/2024
The left-hander signed an eight-year contract with the Hanwha Eagles, the club he played for from 2006 to 2012, worth US$12.8 million.
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Czech star Martin Cervenka on the Global Baseball Games series: "You are going to see good baseball and competitive games in Osaka"

Czech star Martin Cervenka on the Global Baseball Games series: "You are going to see good baseball and competitive games in Osaka"
19/02/2024
"I took a look at Japan's roster, and they look like an outstanding team. At the same time, we are an experienced side." After a 10-year career in the United States, the catcher still enjoys playing the game.
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Swiss Baseball Softball Federation General Assembly welcomes four new members

Swiss Baseball Softball Federation General Assembly welcomes four new members
19/02/2024
President Dagmar Voith Leeman described the 2023 season as successful and highlighted the historic participation in the Baseball European Championship.
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Francisco Cervelli to replace Steve Janssen on Team Europe's Global Baseball Games coaching staff

Francisco Cervelli to replace Steve Janssen on Team Europe's Global Baseball Games coaching staff
19/02/2024
The former Major Leaguer will serve as special assistant to catching, with Luis Camargo taking over as third base coach. "It's amazing. When Marco Mazzieri asked me, I didn't hesitate," commented Cervelli.
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Former Major Leaguer Alex Liddi talks Global Baseball Games: "Making Team Europe means a lot to me"

Former Major Leaguer Alex Liddi talks Global Baseball Games: "Making Team Europe means a lot to me"
16/02/2024
The veteran slugger became the first player born and developed in Italy to play at the MLB level when he debuted for the Seattle Mariners in September 2011. "Making the team means a lot to me. I can't wait to play."
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85th Puerto Rican Superior Double-A Baseball League to open on 18 February

85th Puerto Rican Superior Double-A Baseball League to open on 18 February
16/02/2024
The defending champions, Arenosos. will host in Camuy the Atillo Tigres. The rest of the 45 participants will take the field on 23 February. The National Federation announced various innovative changes in a press conference.
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Schedule announced for Women's Baseball World Cup Finals; USA v Venezuela opening game

Schedule announced for Women's Baseball World Cup Finals; USA v Venezuela opening game
15/02/2024
The WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup Finals in Thunder Bay, Canada will open on Sunday, 28 July with USA playing Venezuela at 10 am. Defending champions Japan take on Chinese Taipei at 2 pm before the Opening Ceremony takes place at 6 pm and Canada play Mexico in the last game of the day, starting at 7.30 pm. All times are local.
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Sidney De Jong: "Europe will play Global Baseball Games to win"

Sidney De Jong: "Europe will play Global Baseball Games to win"
15/02/2024
The former superstar catcher participated in the Global Baseball Games 2015. "I am positive there will be good chemistry in the staff. We will be able to optimize the preparation for the games."
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Japan and Europe managers Ibata and Mazzieri discuss rosters ahead of Global Baseball Games

Japan and Europe managers Ibata and Mazzieri discuss rosters ahead of Global Baseball Games
14/02/2024
"I think we selected a good balance of players with national team experience and young players who were selected for the first time," said Hirokazu Ibata. "We are happy with what we have. We are also sorry because we had to make tough choices and leave some excellent players behind," commented Marco Mazzieri.
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Six Tokyo 2020 gold medallists are core of Samurai Japan Global Baseball Games roster

Six Tokyo 2020 gold medallists are core of Samurai Japan Global Baseball Games roster
14/02/2024
Pitchers Morishita, Kuribayashi and Taira; infielders Genda and Murakami (pictured above); and outfielder Kondoh competed at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
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Former Major Leaguers Cruz, Liddi and Beltre highlight Team Europe roster for Global Baseball Games

Former Major Leaguers Cruz, Liddi and Beltre highlight Team Europe roster for Global Baseball Games
14/02/2024
Right-hander Rhiner Cruz pitched in 74 games, slugging infielder Alex Liddi (pictured above) appeared in 61 and outfielder Engel Beltre played 22. The reigning European champions, Spain, contribute eight players, the Netherlands have seven, Italy six, Czechia four and Germany three.
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Jenny Canvar becomes first woman to serve as MLB primary play-by-play broadcaster

Jenny Canvar becomes first woman to serve as MLB primary play-by-play broadcaster
14/02/2024
The 41-year-old reporter will partner with former MLB pitcher Dallas Braden for the Oakland A's games. Cavnar, who grew up as a baseball coach's daughter, said in a news release: "It is a dream come true."
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Global Baseball Games: Aritz Garcia, the youngest coach on Team Europe's staff

Global Baseball Games: Aritz Garcia, the youngest coach on Team Europe's staff
12/02/2024
Born in 1989 in Pamplona, Spain, he attended the MLB European Academy, played in the United States and Japan and has been on the Spanish National Team staff since 2021. He will serve as the bullpen coach. "I'm available to do everything that needs to be done."
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Cuba, New South Wales Baseball League sign Memorandum of Understanding

Cuba, New South Wales Baseball League sign Memorandum of Understanding
12/02/2024
Cuban Ambassador Tanieris Diéguez La O and the league's CEO Mark Marino committed to a collaboration process intended to achieve sports exchanges in Baseball and Baseball5.
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Former U-18 Pan American Champion Bobby Witt Jr signs 11-year extension with Kansas City Royals

Former U-18 Pan American Champion Bobby Witt Jr signs 11-year extension with Kansas City Royals
09/02/2024
The deal sets a record in the franchise's history. Witt, the son of former MLB pitcher Bobby Senior, represented the US at the World Baseball Classic 2023.
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Global Baseball Games: Three-time Olympian Evert Jan ‘t Hoen will serve as infield coach on Team Europe's staff

Global Baseball Games: Three-time Olympian Evert Jan ‘t Hoen will serve as infield coach on Team Europe's staff
08/02/2024
The Dutch National Team manager has experience in international baseball at the highest levels as a player. "It's an honour to be part of Team Europe."
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Premier12: MLB All-Star Adam Frazier recalls the "incredible experience" of Shohei Ohtani in 2015

Premier12: MLB All-Star Adam Frazier recalls the "incredible experience" of Shohei Ohtani in 2015
07/02/2024
After signing a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, the second baseman answered questions by John Morosi about his 2015 Premier12 experience and crossing paths with a young Shohei Ohtani.
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Cincinnati Reds sign WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Ichiro Cano

Cincinnati Reds sign WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Ichiro Cano
07/02/2024
The 19-year-old was Mexico's starting third baseman at the XXX and XXXI U-18 Baseball World Cups.
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Yabucoa win U-18 Double-A Baseball League in Puerto Rico

Yabucoa win U-18 Double-A Baseball League in Puerto Rico
06/02/2024
In the final, the Yabucoa Azucareros swept the defending champions Guaynabo Mets. The 85th Double-A League will open on 18 February after the Champions Cup.
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Luis Camargo representing Austria, Italy and Brazil at Global Baseball Games

Luis Camargo representing Austria, Italy and Brazil at Global Baseball Games
06/02/2024
With one month to go until the Global Baseball Games between Japan and Team Europe, we meet Luis Camargo. The Brazilian-born has Italian heritage and is a dual citizen. He represented both countries internationally as a left-handed hitting catcher. He manages the Austrian Champions Diving Ducks and will serve on Team Europe's coaching staff.
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Global Baseball Games: Pavel Chadim becomes first Czech coach on Team Europe's staff

Global Baseball Games: Pavel Chadim becomes first Czech coach on Team Europe's staff
05/02/2024
The former ExtraLiga star outfielder became the first manager to lead Czechia to the World Baseball Classic. He will serve as manager Mazzieri's first base coach. "World Baseball needs European Baseball to be strong."
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Arecibo Lobas win Puerto Rican Women's Baseball League undefeated

Arecibo Lobas win Puerto Rican Women's Baseball League undefeated
05/02/2024
Arecibo swept Vega Alta Maceteras in the best-of-five final series, completing an 18-win run over the 2023-24 season. It's their 12th league title, the third in a row.
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Adelaide Giants repeat as Australian Baseball League Champions

Adelaide Giants repeat as Australian Baseball League Champions
05/02/2024
The Giants beat the Perth Heat in the best-of-three final series after losing an epic 13-inning opener. National Team veteran Todd Van Steensel earned MVP honours.
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International Baseball legend Osvaldo Gil inducted to Puerto Rico Double-A League Hall of Fame

International Baseball legend Osvaldo Gil inducted to Puerto Rico Double-A League Hall of Fame
02/02/2024
The former National Olympic Committee President and International Baseball Federation Technical Commission chair leads a list of 15 inductees. The Juan Cheo Lopez Stadium in Camuy (pictured above) will host the pre-season classic Champions Cup and the Double-A Opening Day.
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WBSC course licenses seven Level 3 baseball coaches in Türkiye

WBSC course licenses seven Level 3 baseball coaches in Türkiye
02/02/2024
WBSC envoy instructor Mauro Mazzotti held the clinic in Antalya.
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Global Baseball Games: Meet Team Europe third-base coach Steve Janssen

Global Baseball Games: Meet Team Europe third-base coach Steve Janssen
31/01/2024
The Belgian coach managed Team Europe in 2015 and will serve as Marco Mazzieri's third-base coach in the second edition. "Marco and I have talked about doing something together for a long time."
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Life of Olympian/baseballer Jim Thorpe honoured in Oklahoma

Life of Olympian/baseballer Jim Thorpe honoured in Oklahoma
31/01/2024
The first Native American to win an Olympic medal, he was stripped of his pentathlon and decathlon golds because he had played professional baseball. His case was finally cleared in 2022.
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2023 - A Year of Firsts

2023 - A Year of Firsts
30/01/2024
The Baseball Champions League was one of a number of milestones for the WBSC in 2023, on and off the field.
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Chiriqui Federales repeat as Panama Pro Baseball League champions

Chiriqui Federales repeat as Panama Pro Baseball League champions
29/01/2024
They swept back-to-back series. MLB everyday players Christian Betancourt and Ivan Herrera starred during the finals.
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Licey on top of the Dominican Professional Baseball Winter League for 24th time

Licey on top of the Dominican Professional Baseball Winter League for 24th time
29/01/2024
The Tigres needed seven games to defeat Estrellas Orientales and repeat as champions. Second baseman Gustavo Gomez earned MVP honours.
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La Guaira beat Lara to claim eighth Venezuela Professional Baseball League title

La Guaira beat Lara to claim eighth Venezuela Professional Baseball League title
29/01/2024
The Tiburones won the best-of-seven final series 4-1. It's their eighth pennant, the first in 38 years. Ricardo Pinto earned wins in Games One and Five and was named the series MVP.
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Austrian Baseball Softball Federation celebrates 40 year anniversary

Austrian Baseball Softball Federation celebrates 40 year anniversary
29/01/2024
National Federation President Rainer Husty remembered the early days: "We started without equipment, playing in parks. We can be proud of what we built."
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Puerto Rico Baseball: U-18 Double-A League final to open on 28 January

Puerto Rico Baseball: U-18 Double-A League final to open on 28 January
26/01/2024
The best-of-five series will be a 2022-23 final rematch between Guaynabo Mets and Jabucoa Azucareros. The 2024 Copa de Campeones will serve as a pre-season warm-up to the Double-A league, which is set to open on 18 February in Camuy.
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Global Baseball Games: 2015 ace Alessandro Maestri set to help Team Europe take on Samurai Japan as pitching coach

Global Baseball Games: 2015 ace Alessandro Maestri set to help Team Europe take on Samurai Japan as pitching coach
26/01/2024
The 39-year-old was the first Italian player to compete at the NPB level. He will coach Team Europe's pitching staff for the event's second edition. "In 2015, we went beyond expectations. We came together as a team and showed a lot of pride. Hopefully, we can repeat ourselves."
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Hermosillo Naranjeros sweep final, claim 17th Mexican Pacific League title

Hermosillo Naranjeros sweep final, claim 17th Mexican Pacific League title
25/01/2024
Their last win dates back to 2014. Outfielder Aaron Altherr earned MVP honours. Left-handed reliever Luis Marquez contributed with key saves in Game Two and Three.
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Hall of Fame Class of 2024 made of international baseball stars

Hall of Fame Class of 2024 made of international baseball stars
25/01/2024
Jim Leyland managed the United States to the 2017 World Baseball Classic, Adrian Beltre made the inaugural World Baseball Classic All-World Team, Joe Mauer is a five-time USA Baseball alum, and Todd Helton played for the US Collegiate team.
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Matanzas win II Cuban Baseball Elite League

Matanzas win II Cuban Baseball Elite League
24/01/2024
The Cocodrilos defeated Artemisa, 4-2, in the best-of-seven final series. Matanzas captain Eduardo Blanco earned MVP honours. The All-Star Series is scheduled from 28 January to 2 February.
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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: "We look ahead to an exciting year" in 2024

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari: "We look ahead to an exciting year" in 2024
23/01/2024
The third edition of the WBSC Premier12 highlights an impressive 2024 international baseball/softball events calendar. "It will be a great finale to a very busy year of events," says Fraccari in a video message to the baseball/softball family.
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Arecibo to defend title against Vega Alta in Puerto Rico Double-A Women's Baseball League final

Arecibo to defend title against Vega Alta in Puerto Rico Double-A Women's Baseball League final
23/01/2024
Defending champions, Lobas, enter the series with a clean 15-0 record. Maceteras will play for the pennant for the first time.
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Caguas Criollos win Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente pro league for 21st time

Caguas Criollos win Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente pro league for 21st time
22/01/2024
The Criollos celebrated the pennant on home soil in Caguas, defeating Carolinas Gigantes 4-1 in the eighth game of the best-of-nine series.
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International baseball veteran Ariel Sanchez celebrates 2,000 hits in Cuba

International baseball veteran Ariel Sanchez celebrates 2,000 hits in Cuba
22/01/2024
The 39-year-old outfielder competes for Matanzas in the second Cuban Elite League final series. He is the son and nephew of former stars. His uncles Wilfredo and Fernando surpassed the 2,000-hit mark.
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Rivas Gigantes win XIX Nicaragua Professional Baseball National League

Rivas Gigantes win XIX Nicaragua Professional Baseball National League
19/01/2024
Gigantes defeated Tren del Norte in six games, earning their fourth league title. Manager German Mesa tied at three Noel Areas and Sandor Guido for the most wins in the league's history. Dominican slugger Francisco Peguero earned MVP honours.
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Education remains paramount in WBSC anti-doping campaign

Education remains paramount in WBSC anti-doping campaign
18/01/2024
The WBSC 2021-2014 plan includes monthly webinars in collaboration with the ITA. Registration is open for the first webinar, scheduled for 30 January. The latest list of prohibited substances is available on the WBSC website.
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WBSC Members Handbook: A tool to further boost Member Federations' development

WBSC Members Handbook: A tool to further boost Member Federations' development
17/01/2024
In line with the WBSC Strategic Plan 2022-2028, the WBSC Members Handbook provides guidelines and resources to the members to improve their governance and boost sustainable growth.
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MLB International Signing period opens, Brazilian Vinicius Dos Santos goes to San Francisco Giants

MLB International Signing period opens, Brazilian Vinicius Dos Santos goes to San Francisco Giants
17/01/2024
The majority of the new signings come from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other baseball countries in the Caribbean or Central America. The Bahamas and Haiti represent the new frontier in the area. MLB clubs also scouted Africa, Europe and Oceania.
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Dutch Baseball National Team players to hold clinics for youth teams

Dutch Baseball National Team players to hold clinics for youth teams
17/01/2024
"The goal of these clinics is to strengthen the relation between club activity and the top level," said the Dutch Baseball Softball Federation.
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Francisco Rodriguez to manage Venezuela U-15 Baseball National Team

Francisco Rodriguez to manage Venezuela U-15 Baseball National Team
16/01/2024
In February, the legendary K-Rod (pictured above at the World Baseball Classic 2009-MLB/Getty Images) will lead his country at the WBSC Americas U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier.
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Barranquilla Caimanes win Colombian Professional Baseball League

Barranquilla Caimanes win Colombian Professional Baseball League
16/01/2024
It's the 13th league title for the Caimanes. Manager José Mosquera helped Colombia to bronze in the 2021 WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. Brazilian hurler Daniel Missaki earned MVP honours.
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Samurai Japan manager Hirokazu Ibata ready for Global Baseball Games

Samurai Japan manager Hirokazu Ibata ready for Global Baseball Games
15/01/2024
The 48-year-old formed NPB star will manage Samurai Japan through the WBSC Premier12 2024. During the season, he will also serve as U-15 National Team head coach.
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Olympian Chien-Ming Wang; Former WBSC Vice President Tom Peng elected to the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame

Olympian Chien-Ming Wang; Former WBSC Vice President Tom Peng elected to the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame
15/01/2024
A former Major League Baseball player with the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals, Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals, Chien-Ming Wang was elected, along with four other Taiwan baseball legends, to the Class of 2023, which includes former WBSC Vice President and BFA President Tom Peng.
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MLB 2024 season goes international

MLB 2024 season goes international
12/01/2024
Dodgers-Padres will open the 2024 regular season in Seoul, Korea, on 20 March. Astros and Rockies will play in Mexico City on 28 and 28 April and London will welcome Mets and Phillies on 8 and 9 June.
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Rafael Sánchez Melo elected Players Representative on Puerto Rican Baseball Federation Board

Rafael Sánchez Melo elected Players Representative on Puerto Rican Baseball Federation Board
12/01/2024
The Double-A League veteran slugger was unanimously elected during a meeting chaired by stellar pitcher Jean Félix Ortega. A Women's League representative will follow.
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WBSC Premier12 winner Shota Imanaga to play for MLB's Chicago Cubs

WBSC Premier12 winner Shota Imanaga to play for MLB's Chicago Cubs
11/01/2024
The club announced a four-year deal with the Japanese 30-year-old left-hander who started the 2023 World Baseball Classic final against the United States,
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Japan v Team Europe: Tickets on sale from 27 January for Global Baseball Games series

Japan v Team Europe: Tickets on sale from 27 January for Global Baseball Games series
11/01/2024
World No. 1 Japan will face Team Europe at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka on 6 and 7 March. From 20 to 23 January fans will be able to register for a pre-request lottery.
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Yomiuri Giants women's team visits Nicaragua

Yomiuri Giants women's team visits Nicaragua
10/01/2024
As part of the club's 90th anniversary project, the Yomiuri Giants held a clinic for elementary school students and played a friendly match with the Nicaraguan National Team.
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Swiss prospect Livio Bundi loves to play baseball year round

Swiss prospect Livio Bundi loves to play baseball year round
10/01/2024
After playing for Ventura College in the United States, the pitcher and infielder represented his country at the European Championship 2023. He now plays in the Australian Victoria Summer League and will return to Europe to compete in the 2024 German Bundesliga.
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Rachel Balkovec becomes Miami Marlins Director of Player Development

Rachel Balkovec becomes Miami Marlins Director of Player Development
10/01/2024
Two years ago, the 36-year-old was named by the New York Yankees as the first woman to manage in the minor leagues.
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WBSC Premier12: Puerto Rico names Edwin Rodriguez General Manager

WBSC Premier12: Puerto Rico names Edwin Rodriguez General Manager
09/01/2024
The baseball agent, pictured on the right, has been involved in Puerto Rico's players' development since 2006. Federation President José Quiles (middle): "He has contacts, experience and knowledge to serve in the position".
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Italian prospect Lorenzo Morresi commits to University of Texas San Antonio

Italian prospect Lorenzo Morresi commits to University of Texas San Antonio
09/01/2024
Born in 2001, Morresi represented Italy at the U-23 European Championship. He starred in 46 New Mexico Junior College games before competing in the Italian Baseball League for his hometown, Macerata, in 2023.
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Vega Alta win Puerto Rican U-15 Baseball League

Vega Alta win Puerto Rican U-15 Baseball League
08/01/2024
Maceteros also won the U-12 title. The National Federation announced that 30 teams participated in the two youth leagues.
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Olympian Woo-Suk Go signs for MLB's San Diego Padres

Olympian Woo-Suk Go signs for MLB's San Diego Padres
08/01/2024
The 25-year-old right-hander helped Korea to a second-place finish in the 2019 WBSC Premier12 and a XIX Asian Games title.
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Canadian Baseball Insider Shi Davidi earns Bob Elliott Media Recognition Award

Canadian Baseball Insider Shi Davidi earns Bob Elliott Media Recognition Award
08/01/2024
The award is named after Bob Elliott, a recipient of the Career Excellence Award, the highest recognition given by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA), presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 1 Samaria Benitez (Mexico)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 1 Samaria Benitez (Mexico)
31/12/2023
The best Baseball World Cup Play of 2023 belongs to Samaria Benitez, the shortstop of the Mexican Women's National Baseball Team that participated in the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup Group A in Thunder Bay, Canada.
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2023 in Review - Top Stories of the Year

2023 in Review - Top Stories of the Year
31/12/2023
The top stories in 2023, a year in which baseball and softball made its return in the Olympic sports programme of LA28, the launch of the two-stage format for the Baseball and Softball World Cups as well as four new tournaments – U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup, U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup, Youth Baseball5 World Cup and the Baseball Champions League - plus exciting developments in eSport.
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WBSC/KONAMI Men's Baseball World Ranking: A 2023 to remember for Mexico

WBSC/KONAMI Men's Baseball World Ranking: A 2023 to remember for Mexico
31/12/2023
World No. 1 Japan earned the most points in 2023 but Mexico climbed three positions to become the most improved programme among the top 10. Costa Rica, up 22 places, is the most improved programme overall. The top 12 programmes qualified for the III WBSC Premier12.
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Japan and Chinese Taipei show consistency at top of WBSC/KONAMI Women's Baseball World Ranking

Japan and Chinese Taipei show consistency at top of WBSC/KONAMI Women's Baseball World Ranking
31/12/2023
The two Asian power houses maintained No. 1 and No. 2 spots over the last two-year period.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 2 Choongheon Lee (Korea)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 2 Choongheon Lee (Korea)
30/12/2023
At No. 2, Korean centre fielder Choongheon Lee made the best play of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.
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2023 Year in Focus

2023 Year in Focus
30/12/2023
The confirmation by the IOC Session of baseball/softball on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics programme was one of many "giant strides" made by the WBSC in 2023. The WBSC launched new tournaments, partnered with Konami for the WBSC eBASEBALL™: POWER PROS and made significant statute changes whilst announcing 10 May as WBSC Day.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 3 Jack Bushell (Australia)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 3 Jack Bushell (Australia)
29/12/2023
Australia's starting pitcher Jack Bushell made a spectacular play against Spain at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 4 Jamie Beerman (Netherlands)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 4 Jamie Beerman (Netherlands)
28/12/2023
The Netherlands' first baseman Jamie Beerman earned the No. 4 play of the year with a superb diving catch against Chinese Taipei at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
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2023 Year in Review - Development: Baseball/Softball continues to develop in many ways and many places

2023 Year in Review - Development: Baseball/Softball continues to develop in many ways and many places
28/12/2023
The WBSC funds development through the Continental Associations and various partnerships. New Baseball and Softball venues opened from Africa to the Middle East to Asia while Iran (featured photo) staged its first U-13 Baseball Championship.
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Olympic gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto joins Ohtani at LA Dodgers

Olympic gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto joins Ohtani at LA Dodgers
27/12/2023
Japanese baseball star Yamamoto signed a 12-year contract worth US$325 million, the largest ever by a pitcher in MLB history. Another Samurai Japan legend Shohei Ohtani joined the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this month for $700 million.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 5 Tyler Early (USA)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 5 Tyler Early (USA)
27/12/2023
In fifth position is a sensational diving catch by USA's right fielder Tyler Early to finish their game against Korea in the WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 6 Dayanni Velasquez (Cuba)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 6 Dayanni Velasquez (Cuba)
26/12/2023
The No. 6 belongs to Cuban shortstop Dayanni Velasquez, who made a spectacular play against Chinese Taipei at the WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup Group B in Miyoshi City, Japan.
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First On-Site Safeguarding Workshop a success

First On-Site Safeguarding Workshop a success
25/12/2023
The WBSC Integrity Unit held the first-ever on-site safeguarding workshop during the XXXI WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup this past summer and received overwhelming positive feedback. The WBSC Integrity Unit has been promoting #SafeCall safeguarding campaign since 2021.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 7 Esmeiquel Arrieche (Venezuela)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 7 Esmeiquel Arrieche (Venezuela)
24/12/2023
At No. 7, Esmeiquel Arrieche, Venezuelan third baseman, delivers an electric diving catch at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 8 Jan Reyes (Puerto Rico)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 8 Jan Reyes (Puerto Rico)
23/12/2023
The No. 8 in the countdown is a magic play from Puerto Rico's left-handed pitcher Jan Reyes, at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 9 Manny Marin (USA)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 9 Manny Marin (USA)
22/12/2023
USA's shortstop Manuelle Marin backhands a ball in the hole at shortstop for an out at first base at the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. This is our No. 9 baseball play of the year.
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Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 10 Miquel Willem (Netherlands)

Top-10 WBSC Baseball World Cup Plays of the Year: No. 10 Miquel Willem (Netherlands)
21/12/2023
The Netherlands U-18 National Baseball Team centre fielder Miquel Willem opens the list of baseball top plays with a superb diving catch in the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup in Taiwan.
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WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Jayden Kim signs for Pittsburgh Pirates

WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup alum Jayden Kim signs for Pittsburgh Pirates
20/12/2023
Born in 2006, Kim was Australia's starting shortstop at the XXX and XXXI U-18 Baseball World Cups.
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Premier12 2024 presented by RAXUS: World's Top 12 nations qualified for WBSC's flagship baseball tournament

Premier12 2024 presented by RAXUS: World's Top 12 nations qualified for WBSC's flagship baseball tournament
20/12/2023
The top 12 teams in the WBSC/Konami Men's Baseball World Rankings at the end of 2023 qualify for the Premier12 2024, the most important event on the international baseball calendar next year.
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WBSC Congress approves Statutes Amendments to enhance global baseball/softball

WBSC Congress approves Statutes Amendments to enhance global baseball/softball
19/12/2023
The Member Federations voted in written form on 6 December. One combined Executive Board will lead the WBSC with the support of two additional permanent Commissions for Baseball and Softball.
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British Baseball Hall of Fame announces Class of 2023

British Baseball Hall of Fame announces Class of 2023
19/12/2023
The Historic Committee selected Charlie Muirhead, while Craig Savage was the sole inductee from the Modern Ballot. "I can't quite believe that I am to be listed in a category alongside such historical influences on the game as Sir Francis Ley and Sir John Moores."
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Over 5,000 children participate in MLB Cup Fall season in China

Over 5,000 children participate in MLB Cup Fall season in China
19/12/2023
The MLB Cup included stops in 13 cities. MLB also launched the First Pitch programme in 12 cities, involving over 9,000 participants. My First Baseball Lessons enjoyed six more episodes.
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Japan finish 2023 on top of WBSC/KONAMI Men's Baseball World Ranking

Japan finish 2023 on top of WBSC/KONAMI Men's Baseball World Ranking
18/12/2023
The World Baseball Softball Confederation and Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. have expanded their global partnership to incorporate the WBSC World Rankings naming rights.
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2023 Year in Review: A Year of Major Milestones for International Baseball

2023 Year in Review: A Year of Major Milestones for International Baseball
18/12/2023
The year began with the most successful edition of the World Baseball Classic and finished with a historic Baseball Champions League Americas, the first-ever WBSC club competition.
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Ohtani earns All-MLB Team honours as starting pitcher and designated hitter

Ohtani earns All-MLB Team honours as starting pitcher and designated hitter
18/12/2023
The All-MLB Team features three players born outside the United States and four international baseball stars. Ohtani and fellow MVP Ronald Acuña Jr. received the Hank Aaron Award.
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Australian 18-year-old Drew Davies signs for Cincinnati Reds

Australian 18-year-old Drew Davies signs for Cincinnati Reds
18/12/2023
The slugging outfielder starred for South Australia at the U-18 National Championship. He made the U-18 National Team but couldn't participate in the XXXI World Cup due to a broken finger. Scout Donald Lutz: "I really liked his swing."
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Koshien baseball/softball development project thrives in Tanzania

Koshien baseball/softball development project thrives in Tanzania
18/12/2023
The Tigers won the inaugural National Baseball League. The National Baseball Softball Association hosted the 11th baseball and seventh softball Koshien for secondary schools. The Warriors won in baseball, while the Hondogo Ladies earned the softball title.
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Baseball Australia among ASC Media Awards finalists

Baseball Australia among ASC Media Awards finalists
16/12/2023
The media team is in contention for the “Best Coverage of a Sport by an Organisation or Club” award by the Australian Sports Commission for their work covering the World Baseball Classic 2023.
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Beijing 2008 bronze medallist John Gall elected USA Baseball President

Beijing 2008 bronze medallist John Gall elected USA Baseball President
15/12/2023
Gall succeeds Mike Gaski, who has served in the position since 2001. The Stanford University alum enjoyed a professional career at the MLB, KBO and LMB levels.
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Puerto Rican Double-A Baseball League to open on 18 February 2024

Puerto Rican Double-A Baseball League to open on 18 February 2024
15/12/2023
The defending champions, Arenosos de Camuy, will host the opening day. The island enjoys a year-round baseball season - Camuy will compete in the Dominico Boricua Champions Cup, Vega Alta won the U-12 championship while the Women's League is down to the semifinals stage.
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Samurai Japan win Grand Prix at 72nd National Sports Awards

Samurai Japan win Grand Prix at 72nd National Sports Awards
14/12/2023
Hideki Kuriyama, who managed Japan to the 2023 World Baseball Classic title, commented on the award: "I would like to once again express my gratitude to all the players, coaches, staff, and everyone involved."
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WBSC Premier12 and Tokyo 2020 star Jung-ho Lee to join MLB's San Francisco Giants

WBSC Premier12 and Tokyo 2020 star Jung-ho Lee to join MLB's San Francisco Giants
14/12/2023
The 25-year-old star outfielder's deal is the most significant contract signed by a KBO posted player.
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Ohtani and LA Dodgers, a deal for the history books

Ohtani and LA Dodgers, a deal for the history books
14/12/2023
The richest contract in the history of North American team sports will be, for the most part, deferred to 2034-2043. After a record-setting season, Ohtani underwent surgery and will perform only as a hitter in 2024.
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Venezuela win U-18 South American Baseball Championship

Venezuela win U-18 South American Baseball Championship
12/12/2023
They defeated Brazil 2-1 in the final in Salta, Argentina.
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Participating in BFA Asian Championship a milestone in Palestine Baseball/Softball history

Participating in BFA Asian Championship a milestone in Palestine Baseball/Softball history
12/12/2023
As a runner-up in the West Asia Cup 2023, Palestine were able to participate in the BFA Asian Baseball Championship for the first time. Veteran catcher Tariq Suboh, pictured, was a key part of Palestine's exploits in Taiwan.
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Hensley Meulens leaves Netherlands Baseball National Team

Hensley Meulens leaves Netherlands Baseball National Team
12/12/2023
After representing the Netherlands in the Olympics as a player, the former MLB slugger led the Dutch to back-to-back World Baseball Classic semifinals in 2013 and 2017 and at the WBSC Premier12 in 2015 and 2019.
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WBSC Africa announces dates, venues of Baseball, Softball & Baseball5 World Cup Qualifiers

WBSC Africa announces dates, venues of Baseball, Softball & Baseball5 World Cup Qualifiers
12/12/2023
South Africa will host U-15 and U-23 Baseball World Cup and Men's Softball World Cup qualifiers. Praia, Cape Verde will be the venue for Africa's Baseball5 World Cup qualifier.
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Dutch Baseball Softball Federation elects new Board, Gregor Rossen as President

Dutch Baseball Softball Federation elects new Board, Gregor Rossen as President
11/12/2023
A senior portfolio manager, Gregor Rossen has experience as a coach and an executive in Dutch baseball.
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Shohei Ohtani signs with LA Dodgers, continues to make baseball history

Shohei Ohtani signs with LA Dodgers, continues to make baseball history
10/12/2023
The new deal for Shohei Ohtani, who was named the WBSC Baseball Player of the Year in 2015, is not only a record-breaking MLB deal but also exciting for a city that will have baseball and softball on the Los Angeles 2028 Olympic Games sports programme.
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Heidenheim, Regensburg and Wesseling celebrate titles in German baseball/softball

Heidenheim, Regensburg and Wesseling celebrate titles in German baseball/softball
08/12/2023
The Heidenheim Heidekoepfe won the Baseball Bundesliga. The Regensburg Legionaere won the German Baseball Cup. The Wesseling Vermins won the Women's Softball Pennant and German Cup.
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Swiss baseball/softball celebrates Awards Night

Swiss baseball/softball celebrates Awards Night
07/12/2023
The Zurich Challengers won the Baseball National League A, while the Wittenbach Panthers won in Women's Softball. Baseball National Team manager Chris Byrnes was named the Coach of the Year.
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Pakistan baseball stands tall on the mound, looking for a bright future

Pakistan baseball stands tall on the mound, looking for a bright future
06/12/2023
Pakistan lost their debut game in the XXX BFA Asia Baseball Championship but won the hearts of the fans. As Pakistan reliever Amaan Jan Khan struck out Motoki Mukoyama of Japan to end the inning, 6,000 intense fans in Taipei Dome erupted and gave the night's loudest applause.
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U-12 World Cup winners are USA Baseball Team of the Year

U-12 World Cup winners are USA Baseball Team of the Year
06/12/2023
The WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup 2023 MVP Tyler Early received the Richard W. 'Dick' Case Award together with World Baseball Classic silver medallist Trea Turner. It's the first time the organization honours two Athletes of the Year.
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Global Baseball Games: WBSC announces Marco Mazzieri's Team Europe coaching staff

Global Baseball Games: WBSC announces Marco Mazzieri's Team Europe coaching staff
05/12/2023
The Global Baseball Games against Samurai Japan are scheduled for 6 and 7 March 2024, at the Kyocera Dome in Osaka.
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Former MLB pitcher Erick Fedde earns KBO's MVP honours

Former MLB pitcher Erick Fedde earns KBO's MVP honours
05/12/2023
The 30-year-old right-hander received 102 out of 111 votes on the ballot. The NC Dinos made him an offer to stay. "I'm going to try to do what's best for me and my family for my baseball career," Fedde commented after receiving the award.
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China to host V WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup from 6 to 15 September, 2024

China to host V WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup from 6 to 15 September, 2024
05/12/2023
The Shaoxing Baseball & Softball Sports Culture Center, the venue of baseball and softball at the 19th Asian Games, will host a WBSC baseball event in mainland China for the first time. Eight teams have qualified so far with hosts China receiving a wild card.
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Sint Maarten to launch High School International Baseball tournament

Sint Maarten to launch High School International Baseball tournament
05/12/2023
The 16-team tournament is scheduled from 28 June to 5 July, 2024. Registration will close on 29 February.
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Guam confirmed as Oceania U-15 Champions, qualify for VI WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

Guam confirmed as Oceania U-15 Champions, qualify for VI WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup
04/12/2023
The Oceania U-15 Baseball Championship has been contested six times since 2003. Australia won the first four editions before Guam won the last two.
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XXX BFA Asian Championship starts Sunday, qualifies three teams for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024

XXX BFA Asian Championship starts Sunday, qualifies three teams for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024
02/12/2023
The hosts and defending champions Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea are the favourites in the eight-team tournament opening on Sunday, 3 December at the new Taipei Dome.
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WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari inaugurates new Taipei Dome

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari inaugurates new Taipei Dome
02/12/2023
World Home Run King Sadaharu Oh officiated a ceremonial first pitch. The venue will host the XXX BFA Asia Championship, a qualifying event for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2023.
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The Dominican Republic to host WBSC Americas U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier

The Dominican Republic to host WBSC Americas U-15 Baseball World Cup Qualifier
01/12/2023
The 12-team tournament is scheduled for February 2024 and will qualify the top-five finishers to the World Cup.
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Inaugural Curaçao Professional Baseball League live on GameTime

Inaugural Curaçao Professional Baseball League live on GameTime
30/11/2023
GameTime offers viewers the chance to watch the whole tournament for US$15.99. The Day Pass cost $6.99. The Tio Daou Ball Park in Willemstad will host the event.
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Colombia win Pan American U-23 Baseball Championship

Colombia win Pan American U-23 Baseball Championship
30/11/2023
Colombia won a thrilling pitching duel against Nicaragua, 1-0. The two National Teams, third-place Venezuela and fourth-place Puerto Rico advanced to the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024.
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Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela qualify for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024

Colombia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and Venezuela qualify for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024
29/11/2023
Undefeated Colombia and Nicaragua will compete for the U-23 Pan American title. Puerto Rico and Venezuela will play for bronze. The finals are scheduled on Thursday, 30 November, in Managua, Nicaragua.
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Aussie baseball star Liam Hendricks earns MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award

Aussie baseball star Liam Hendricks earns MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award
29/11/2023
The 34-year-old right-hander earnt the American League honour after pitching in his final contract year for the Chicago White Sox following a non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosis in January. Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs) received the National League award.
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Olympic baseball gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto wins third consecutive MVP Award

Olympic baseball gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto wins third consecutive MVP Award
29/11/2023
Yamamoto was honoured as the Pacific League's best player. His teammate Shunpei Yamashita won the Rookie of the Year Award. Shoki Murakami, who led the Hanshin Tigers to a Japan Series title, was named the Central League MVP and Rookie of the Year.
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Steve Tahlser becomes Frontier League's fifth Commissioner

Steve Tahlser becomes Frontier League's fifth Commissioner
29/11/2023
The executive started his career in baseball as a member of the Results Staff for Baseball for the 1996 Olympics. The Frontier League is one of the MLB Partner Leagues.
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Korea Baseball Organization makes Olympians Woo-Suk Go, Jung-Hoo Lee available to MLB teams

Korea Baseball Organization makes Olympians Woo-Suk Go, Jung-Hoo Lee available to MLB teams
28/11/2023
The All-Star closer Woo-Suk Go (pictured above) and gold glove centre fielder Jung-Hoo Lee represented Korea at the WBSC Premier12 2019 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
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May 10 declared World Baseball Softball Confederation Day

May 10 declared World Baseball Softball Confederation Day
28/11/2023
On 10 May 2014, the WBSC elected its first Executive Board. "We will dedicate this day to our community to celebrate it together," said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari during last weekend's Executive Board meeting. "A day to commemorate the unification of baseball and softball."
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Asia Winter Baseball League returns with record-setting attendance

Asia Winter Baseball League returns with record-setting attendance
27/11/2023
After a three-year hiatus, the Asia Winter Baseball League, organised by the Chinese Professional Baseball League, made a comeback and set an attendance record on the opening night.
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Laos Baseball National Team honoured by Asia Journalist Association

Laos Baseball National Team honoured by Asia Journalist Association
27/11/2023
The Asia Journalist Association Award 2023 was given to Laos for its historic win at the Asian Games as well as its baseball development projects in Cambodia and Myanmar.
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Anthony Pluta to return as Canada's Women's Baseball National Team manager

Anthony Pluta to return as Canada's Women's Baseball National Team manager
24/11/2023
"I'm honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to manage the Women's National Team once again in 2024 and have a chance to win a world championship," said Pluta. His coaching staff will include Patricia Landry, Aaron Myette, Kate Psota and Ashley Stephenson.
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Anti Doping: WBSC and ITA offer webinar on Clean Sport Education

Anti Doping: WBSC and ITA offer webinar on Clean Sport Education
24/11/2023
The webinar, organised by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and International Testing Agency, will take place on 7 December in English with simultaneous translation into Spanish and French. WBSC Athletes' Commission Member and ITA Education Ambassador Randolph Oduber will answer questions.
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Winter Professional Season Preview: Baseball a year-round sport

Winter Professional Season Preview: Baseball a year-round sport
23/11/2023
In addition to six winter baseball leagues in the Americas, Australia also has its summer league which takes place from November through to February.
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Nicaragua to host WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier

Nicaragua to host WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier
23/11/2023
Managua and Masaya will host the 12-team tournament. The participants will split into two groups, and the top two finishers of each group will qualify for the medal round and earn a spot in the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup 2024.
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MLB: Olympic baseball gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto in high demand

MLB: Olympic baseball gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto in high demand
22/11/2023
Yoshinobu Yamamoto was part of Japan's WBSC Premier12 2019, Tokyo 2020 Olympics and World Baseball Classic 2023 winning teams.
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Japanese legends Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka play exhibition baseball game with Girls' High School selection

Japanese legends Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka play exhibition baseball game with Girls' High School selection
21/11/2023
Japan runs the most successful women's baseball programme in the world. Daisuke Matsuzaka (pictured) helped Japan to an Olympic baseball bronze medal at Athens 2004.
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Puerto Rico Superior Double-A League to open on 11 February, 2024

Puerto Rico Superior Double-A League to open on 11 February, 2024
21/11/2023
The Baseball Federation of Puerto Rico announced the date after celebrating the Youth and Women's All-Star Games.
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Japan walk off Korea in final to win Asia Professional Baseball Championship undefeated

Japan walk off Korea in final to win Asia Professional Baseball Championship undefeated
20/11/2023
The defending Olympic, World Baseball Classic and Premier12 champions won in front of over 44,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome.
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Samurai Japan to host Team Europe for Global Baseball Games in March in Osaka

Samurai Japan to host Team Europe for Global Baseball Games in March in Osaka
20/11/2023
The Tokyo Dome hosted the first edition in March 2015 (pictured above). Hirokazu Ibata will manage Japan in the 2024 edition while the WBSC appointed Marco Mazzieri the Team Europe skipper.
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Guam to host New Zealand for a spot in WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup

Guam to host New Zealand for a spot in WBSC U-15 Baseball World Cup
20/11/2023
The best-of-five series will open on Thursday, 30 November, at the Paseo Stadium in Guam. Five teams have already qualified for the event.
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Taipei Dome completes successful test event, ready for grand opening for Asian Baseball Championship

Taipei Dome completes successful test event, ready for grand opening for Asian Baseball Championship
19/11/2023
Thirty-two years on from the rain-affected championship game seven of the Chinese Professional Baseball League 1991 that triggered a promise for an indoor stadium, Taiwan baseball fans finally have their wish come true.
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Shohei Ohtani takes it all, is MLB American League MVP again

Shohei Ohtani takes it all, is MLB American League MVP again
17/11/2023
After earning a Silver Slugger Award at DH, Japan baseball star Shohei Ohtani became the first player in history to be unanimously named MVP more than once.
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MLB: Former Dutch National Team skipper Pat Murphy to manage 2024 Milwaukee Brewers

MLB: Former Dutch National Team skipper Pat Murphy to manage 2024 Milwaukee Brewers
17/11/2023
Murphy (photo c/o MLB) led the Netherlands to an historic win over Cuba in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games baseball competitiom. Two future Dutch National Team managers, Rob Eenhoorn and Hensley Meulens played for him in the Olympics.
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Iran celebrates historic U-13 Baseball Championship

Iran celebrates historic U-13 Baseball Championship
16/11/2023
Alborz won the tournament at Karaj Stadium. The Iran National Olympic Committee's first vice-president Gholamreza Norouzi participated in the closing ceremony.
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Puerto Rico announce roster for WBSC Americas U-23 Baseball World Cup Qualifier

Puerto Rico announce roster for WBSC Americas U-23 Baseball World Cup Qualifier
15/11/2023
The roster includes a mix of professional and amateur players. "This is the best team possible," commented manager Igor Gonzalez.
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Asia Professional Baseball Championship to open on 16 November in Tokyo

Asia Professional Baseball Championship to open on 16 November in Tokyo
14/11/2023
The top U-24 prospects of the NPB, KBO, CPBL and ABL leagues will compete in a round-robin. The top two teams will play for the title on Sunday, 19 November.
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2023 MLB Silver Slugger Awards loaded with international baseball stars

2023 MLB Silver Slugger Awards loaded with international baseball stars
14/11/2023
Olympic baseball bronze medallist Julio Rodriguez (pictured above) and Premier12 & World Baseball Classic hero Shohei Ohtani are among the best hitters of the season.
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Japan baseball star Yoshinobu Yamamoto wins third consecutive NPB gold glove

Japan baseball star Yoshinobu Yamamoto wins third consecutive NPB gold glove
13/11/2023
The 25-year-old right-hander is one of three Olympic baseball gold medallists to earn the award in the Pacific League, together with shortstop Sosuke Genda and outfielder Kensuke Kondoh. The Japan Series champions Hanshin Tigers dominated the Pacific League awards.
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LG Twins overcome KT Wiz in five, win their first Korean Series in 29 years

LG Twins overcome KT Wiz in five, win their first Korean Series in 29 years
13/11/2023
After losing the opening game, the Seoul-based team won four straight. WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2008 hero Ji-hwan Oh earned MVP honours. Over 106,000 spectators attended the five games.
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One year to go: III WBSC Premier12 presented by RAXUS opens 10 November 2024

One year to go: III WBSC Premier12 presented by RAXUS opens 10 November 2024
10/11/2023
The WBSC's flagship baseball tournament will open in the Americas (location TBC) and Taipei City (TPE) before closing at the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The WBSC launched the concept of the event in 2013. The first edition was played from 8 to 21 November, 2015. The second edition took place from 2 to 17 November, 2019.
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Australia sweep Guam, qualify for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup

Australia sweep Guam, qualify for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup
10/11/2023
The Blacktown International Sportspark hosted the WBSC Oceania qualifying series. The hosts prevailed in the first game (1-0) after a thrilling pitching duel and swept the series with a dominating 15-2 effort in the second.
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Shohei Ohtani donates 60,000 baseball gloves to elementary schools in Japan

Shohei Ohtani donates 60,000 baseball gloves to elementary schools in Japan
10/11/2023
"I’m hoping the kids can spend their days happily with a lot of energy through baseball," the two-way phenom wrote on his Instagram account.
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Hanshin Tigers Japan Series title ends Curse of the Colonel

Hanshin Tigers Japan Series title ends Curse of the Colonel
08/11/2023
It's not as famous as Babe Ruth's Curse of the Bambino the Boston Red Sox suffered from 1920 to 2004, or the Curse of the Billy Goat, which plagued the Chicago Cubs from 1945 to 2016, still, it's a story worth to tell.
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WBSC Premier12 star Ha-Seong Kim becomes first Korean player awarded MLB Gold Glove

WBSC Premier12 star Ha-Seong Kim becomes first Korean player awarded MLB Gold Glove
07/11/2023
Kim (pictured above) was the everyday shortstop for Korea at the WBSC Premier12 2019 and was named the best utility of the National League. WBSC U-12 and U-15 Baseball World Cup alum Anthony Volpe earned the American League Gold Glove at shortstop.
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Australia and Guam to compete for spot in WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup

Australia and Guam to compete for spot in WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup
06/11/2023
The Blacktown International Sportspark will host the best-of-three series serving as the WBSC Oceania qualifying tournament.
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LG Twins and KT Wiz to compete for Korean Series title

LG Twins and KT Wiz to compete for Korean Series title
06/11/2023
The Twins dominated the regular season but haven't won since 1994. In 2021, the KT Wiz won the only Korean Series they participated in. The series is set to open at Jamsil Stadium in Seoul on Tuesday, 7 November.
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Hanshin Tigers defeat Orix Buffaloes in seven, claim 2023 Japan Series title

Hanshin Tigers defeat Orix Buffaloes in seven, claim 2023 Japan Series title
06/11/2023
It's the Tigers' first title since 1985. Manager Akinobu Okada was their starting second baseman at the time. Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Koyo Aoyagi pitched 4.2 scoreless innings to start Game 7 for the Tigers. Centre fielder Koji Chikamoto earned MVP honours.
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CPBL Taiwan Series opens with game for the ages

CPBL Taiwan Series opens with game for the ages
04/11/2023
Liu’s homerun in the 14th inning is the first walk-off homerun in the 34-year history of the Taiwan Series. A total of 16 pitchers were used in the game. setting a record for a Taiwan Series game. The game also went past 10pm, which meant all electronic equipment and instruments went silent as the special “Tianmu Stadium Neighborhood Friendly Clause” went into effect.
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Mexico climb to second in WBSC Men’s Baseball World Rankings, highest position ever

Mexico climb to second in WBSC Men’s Baseball World Rankings, highest position ever
02/11/2023
Mexico moved above USA in the list after their bronze medal in the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games. Chile returns in 50th place to take the total number of baseball programmes in the ranking to 80.
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USA Baseball alum Corey Seager helps Texas Rangers win first World Series title

USA Baseball alum Corey Seager helps Texas Rangers win first World Series title
02/11/2023
Team USA U-16 alumnus Corey Seager (Photo: MLB) was rewarded for his efforts in helping the Rangers claim their first World Series, winning his second-career World Series MVP.
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CPBL Taiwan Series: Weichuan Dragons return for the first time since 1999 to face the Rakuten Monkeys

CPBL Taiwan Series: Weichuan Dragons return for the first time since 1999 to face the Rakuten Monkeys
02/11/2023
Weichuan Dragons, who abruptly withdrew from the Chinese Professional Baseball League after winning their third-straight CPBL titles in 1999, will appear in the Taiwan Series for the first time in 24 years.
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Brand new Roberto Clemente stadium in Masaya, Nicaragua, to be inaugurated for U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in November

Brand new Roberto Clemente stadium in Masaya, Nicaragua, to be inaugurated for U-23 Baseball World Cup Americas Qualifier in November
30/10/2023
A second stadium will be inaugurated in 2024 in León, approximately 120 kilometres away from the Roberto Clemente Stadium.
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Colombia beat Brazil to claim first ever Pan Am Games baseball gold medal at Santiago 2023

Colombia beat Brazil to claim first ever Pan Am Games baseball gold medal at Santiago 2023
30/10/2023
Colombia defeated Brazil, 9-1, in the gold medal game. Mexico clinched the bronze medal with a 10-2 win against Panama.
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NPB Japan Series features rare matchup as Buffaloes look to defend title

NPB Japan Series features rare matchup as Buffaloes look to defend title
27/10/2023
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games gold medallist Yoshinobu Yamamoto (pictured) is expected to be the starter for the Orix Buffaloes when they take on the Hanshin Tigers in Game One of the NPB Japan Series on Saturday.
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MLB World Series opens Friday with plenty of international baseball alumni

MLB World Series opens Friday with plenty of international baseball alumni
25/10/2023
Diamondbacks pitcher Merril Kelly (pictured), who represented USA Baseball at the 2023 World Baseball Classic earlier this year, surrendered six runs and struck out 14 Phillies batters in 10.2 innings, as he concluded the NLCS 1-1 in two starts.
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Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games baseball competition opens Super Round on Wednesday

Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games baseball competition opens Super Round on Wednesday
25/10/2023
Brazil, Panama, Colombia and Mexico will play the Super Round and have already secured a spot in the medal games.
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Amsterdam Pirates win Holland Series, crowned Netherlands baseball champions 2023; Neptunus clinch softball title

Amsterdam Pirates win Holland Series, crowned Netherlands baseball champions 2023; Neptunus clinch softball title
23/10/2023
The Amsterdam Pirates defeated Curacao Neptunus, 9-8, in Game 7. It was the seventh time in the last 10 years that the Pirates and Neptunus faced off in the final series. In softball, Neptunus won their first Dutch national softball title beating Olympia Haarlem in the decisive game 6-5 with a walk-off single from Damishah Charles.
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Olympic Week 2023: 1,000 kids enjoy Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 in Olympic capital

Olympic Week 2023: 1,000 kids enjoy Baseball, Softball and Baseball5 in Olympic capital
23/10/2023
This was the fifth Olympic Week for baseball and softball, following appearances in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2022; and the third edition for Baseball5.
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Baseball in the Olympics: A sport with an Olympic history that starts with Royals trying to play with an orange

Baseball in the Olympics: A sport with an Olympic history that starts with Royals trying to play with an orange
18/10/2023
Baseball first featured at the Olympic Games in 1904 and made its debut as a medal sport at the Barcelona 1992 Olympics and went on to feature at the 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 Games before returning for Tokyo 2020 and LA2028.
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Baseball set to open Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games sports programme as Chile take on Mexico on Wednesday

Baseball set to open Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games sports programme as Chile take on Mexico on Wednesday
18/10/2023
The official competition at the Pan Am Games will start on Wednesday, 18 October, with day 1 of the baseball competition. It’s the first and only sport to be played across the entire Games programme.
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KBO postseason to open on Thursday, 19 October

KBO postseason to open on Thursday, 19 October
18/10/2023
Fourth-place NC Dinos will play fifth-place Doosan Bears for the right to play the five-game semi-playoffs against third-place and defending champions SSG Landers. The winner will advance to the five-game playoff series against second-place KT Wiz for the right to play the regular season winners Kia Tigers in the best-of-seven Korean Series starting 7 November.
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Deurne Spartans win Belgium Baseball Championship

Deurne Spartans win Belgium Baseball Championship
18/10/2023
They defeated the two-time defending champions Hoboken Pioneers in four games in the best-of-five final series, claiming their third title in six years. Cedric Desmedt (pictured above) earned two of the three wins.
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Baseball and softball community celebrate LA28 decision - "What a thrill to be back in the Olympics"

Baseball and softball community celebrate LA28 decision - "What a thrill to be back in the Olympics"
17/10/2023
Athletes from all over the world joined in the celebration. Participating in the Olympics is making a dream come true.
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WBSC Vice President Beatrice Allen awarded the Olympic Order

WBSC Vice President Beatrice Allen awarded the Olympic Order
17/10/2023
It is the highest award of the Olympic Movement. IOC President Thomas Bach presented the award with these words: "You have dedicated your life to making the world a better place through sport.
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Kansas City Monarchs claim American Association 2023 titles

Kansas City Monarchs claim American Association 2023 titles
12/10/2023
They defeated the Chicago Dogs in the best-of-five final series and will represent the league in the Baseball Champions League Americas 2024.
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Puebla Pericos win Mexican Baseball League, will host BCL Americas 2024

Puebla Pericos win Mexican Baseball League, will host BCL Americas 2024
12/10/2023
They defeated Algodoneros de Unión Laguna in the final series. Former MLB star Chris Carter earned MVP honours.
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Hirokazu Ibata to manage Japan at Asian Series and WBSC Premier12 2024

Hirokazu Ibata to manage Japan at Asian Series and WBSC Premier12 2024
12/10/2023
The former NPB star infielder served on the Tokyo 2020 Olympics coaching staff and managed the U-12 National Team in consecutive World Cups in 2022 and 2023.
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MLB Cup Spring season involves 551 teams in China, First Pitch programme reaches 84 schools and over 100,000 students

MLB Cup Spring season involves 551 teams in China, First Pitch programme reaches 84 schools and over 100,000 students
12/10/2023
The MLB Cup visited 19 cities including Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu while the MLB First Pitch 2023 programme saw 106,684 students participate.
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NPB postseason to open on 14 October

NPB postseason to open on 14 October
11/10/2023
Hanshin Tigers (Central League) and the defending Japan Series champions Orix Buffaloes (Pacific League) won the pennants and will start in the Second Round. Hiroshima Toyo Carp-Yokohama DeNA BayStars and Chiba Lotte Marins-Fukuoka Softball Hawks will play the Climax Series. Olympic hero Yoshinobu Yamamoto (pictured above) earned the pitching triple crown.
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Asian Games Baseball: Korea beat Chinese Taipei, claim fourth consecutive gold medal

Asian Games Baseball: Korea beat Chinese Taipei, claim fourth consecutive gold medal
09/10/2023
KBO’s rising star Donjoo Moon, who pitched for Korea in the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup in 2021, tossed six scoreless innings in the gold medal game.
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Cuba win fifth Caribbean Baseball Cup

Cuba win fifth Caribbean Baseball Cup
09/10/2023
They defeated Curazao in the final. The hosts and defending champions, Puerto Rico, finished third.
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Asian Games Baseball: Super Round set as China, Chinese Taipei advance undefeated

Asian Games Baseball: Super Round set as China, Chinese Taipei advance undefeated
04/10/2023
The hosts stunned Japan in Group A’s last game to clinch first place; Chinese Taipei shutout Korea to win Group B. All four will battle for the three medals.
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Baseball's popularity at its highest in the US as MLB attendance surpasses 70 million; records largest percentage increase in 20 years

Baseball's popularity at its highest in the US as MLB attendance surpasses 70 million; records largest percentage increase in 20 years
03/10/2023
Los Angeles led the league in attendance for the 10th consecutive year, with the Dodgers attracting 3,837,079 fans in 81 home games at Dodger Stadium, an average of 47,371 per game. MLB.TV, the league’s streaming service, set a new record for most watched season, with more than 12 billion minutes viewed.
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Arenosos de Camuy win Double A League title in Puerto Rico

Arenosos de Camuy win Double A League title in Puerto Rico
03/10/2023
“We were on the brink of elimination seven or eight times. This is a team with character and a lot of desire. Here we are enjoying this national championship and we are very grateful,” said Dennis Pérez, manager-player of the Arenosos
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Burgos Family: Father and son experience Baseball Champions League Americas from different perspectives

Burgos Family: Father and son experience Baseball Champions League Americas from different perspectives
03/10/2023
WBSC Commissioner Enrique Senior was on duty at the tournament in Merida, Mexico. Yucatan Leones right-hander Enrique Junior took the mound as a reliever. They represent Panama's first father and son duo to play at the MLB level.
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Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks shut out Barranquilla, win inaugural Baseball Champions League Americas

Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks shut out Barranquilla, win inaugural Baseball Champions League Americas
01/10/2023
Tyler Grauer limited Barranquilla to four hits over six innings, and his bullpen never allowed scoring chances. "Tonight, our pitchers made a difference," said manager Chris Coste. "You have to give credit to them," added Barranquilla's rookie manager Carlos Vidal. "There are some situations you cannot control."
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Roy Morales is the first Baseball Champions League Americas MVP

Roy Morales is the first Baseball Champions League Americas MVP
01/10/2023
The Fargo catcher led the tournament in batting average and finished tied in second place in runs batted in (RBIs). "You always try to play for the team. No matter the situation, the game will dictate what you have to do."
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Spain beat Great Britain to win first Baseball European Championship in 68 years

Spain beat Great Britain to win first Baseball European Championship in 68 years
01/10/2023
Spain scored five runs in the top of the first inning, with a run-scoring single by Edison Valerio and RBI-doubles from Jesus Ustariz, Daniel Jimenez, Wander Encarnacion and Gabriel Lino, to set the tone for the game.
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Baseball Champions League Americas: Yucatan win, Fargo and Barranquilla to play final

Baseball Champions League Americas: Yucatan win, Fargo and Barranquilla to play final
30/09/2023
A couple of four-run rallies took the hosts over Granma. Fargo and Barranquilla finished tied at 2-1 and will compete for the first Baseball Champions League Americas title.
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