WBSC Virtual Cup: Dynamic logo and tournament format unveiled

WBSC Virtual Cup: Dynamic logo and tournament format unveiled
30/06/2022
The new international event is scheduled for launch in four countries in September. The finals are planned to be held in Korea in November.
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Granma wins back-to-back Cuban National Series title

Granma wins back-to-back Cuban National Series title
30/06/2022
Cuba's top tier finale was live-streamed by WBSC’s GameTime Sport's YouTube channel tallying more than 433,000 views for the entire series.
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Federation Focus: Chinese Taipei Baseball Association is an international hub

Federation Focus: Chinese Taipei Baseball Association is an international hub
30/06/2022
Chinese Taipei has hit its highest-ever position at No. 2 in the WBSC Baseball World Rankings.CTBA went international after the legendary accomplishment of the Hongye school team in 1968, which is depicted on the NTD 500 banknote. It started a success story.
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Tournament in Numbers: Softball at The World Games

Tournament in Numbers: Softball at The World Games
30/06/2022
Let’s check the numbers behind the Softball Tournament at The World Games, a WBSC World Championship event.
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World Games to be very challenging, says Softball Australia Head Coach Laing Harrow

World Games to be very challenging, says Softball Australia Head Coach Laing Harrow
30/06/2022
“We’re going to face a lot of top countries from around the world at The World Games. It’s going to be very challenging. But we should be in game shape and ready to compete at the highest level.”
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New stadium built for Asian Games showcased by Chinese National Baseball Champions Cup

New stadium built for Asian Games showcased by Chinese National Baseball Champions Cup
29/06/2022
This is China's first national baseball event in 2022, and also the first event organized by Shaoxing baseball and softball sports culture center after the venue passed inspection for this year's Asian Games.
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Striking out doping: WBSC renews and extends partnership with the ITA

Striking out doping: WBSC renews and extends partnership with the ITA
29/06/2022
One new part of the partnership extension is the use of ITA’s dedicated intelligence & investigations capacity which will complement existing analytical and non-analytical methods of detecting anti-doping rule violations for the WBSC.
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10 things to know about the softball tournament at The World Games

10 things to know about the softball tournament at The World Games
29/06/2022
One of the highlights of the international softball calendar this year will be the tournament at The World Games, where the top eight nations in the world rankings will fight for the gold and the world championship title.
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Meet Birmingham, home of the 11th World Games

Meet Birmingham, home of the 11th World Games
28/06/2022
Birmingham, Alabama, USA, will be the host city of the 11th edition of the World Games, where softball will be present for the third time in history.
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USA Softball Women’s National Team wins Canada Cup

USA Softball Women’s National Team wins Canada Cup
27/06/2022
Attention will now turn to softball at the World Games 2022.
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Bolivarian Games 2022: Softball gets underway with baseball to follow

Bolivarian Games 2022: Softball gets underway with baseball to follow
27/06/2022
Following a four-million dollar renovation, Erasmo Camacho Baseball Stadium will be one of the biggest legacies of the 2022 Bolivarian Games, which are taking place in Valledupar, Colombia.
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WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Softball Umpires now available

WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Softball Umpires now available
27/06/2022
Through the WBSC Level 1 Licensing Programme for Softball Umpires, users will receive an overview of the Official Softball Rules as well as the various umpire systems.
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Lara wins Venezuelan Women’s Baseball League 2022

Lara wins Venezuelan Women’s Baseball League 2022
27/06/2022
Lara clinched the title with a come from behind 8-7 win over Anzoategui in the final game of the competition.
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Northern Mariana Islands win gold at Pacific Mini Games baseball event, Guam silver, Palau bronze

Northern Mariana Islands win gold at Pacific Mini Games baseball event, Guam silver, Palau bronze
24/06/2022
Baseball and softball, which are showcased in various multi-sport competitions, were among nine sports featured at the Pacific Mini Games 2022.
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Venezuelan Women’s Baseball League enters final stage

Venezuelan Women’s Baseball League enters final stage
24/06/2022
Down to four teams, the league will crown a champion on Sunday, 26 June. The semifinals will take place on Friday and Saturday.
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WBSC podcast: For baseball/softball trailblazer Mariana Patraca ‘where there's a will there's a way’

WBSC podcast: For baseball/softball trailblazer Mariana Patraca ‘where there's a will there's a way’
24/06/2022
Patraca was the featured guest on the latest episode of the Global Game - A WBSC Podcast in Spanish.
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WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Softball Technical Commissioners now available

WBSC Academy: Licensing Programme for Softball Technical Commissioners now available
23/06/2022
The course aims to prepare the attendees for managing the field at a WBSC event, and it is tailored for aspiring WBSC International and Local/National Softball Technical Commissioners.
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Ukraine’s U-22 National Softball Team playing friendlies in Italy and European Championship in Czech Republic

Ukraine’s U-22 National Softball Team playing friendlies in Italy and European Championship in Czech Republic
22/06/2022
Most of the 17 players on Ukraine’s roster have been playing in Italy, Poland and Czech Republic during the regular season.
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Schedule announced for USA-Canada Women’s Baseball Friendship Series

Schedule announced for USA-Canada Women’s Baseball Friendship Series
22/06/2022
Canada is currently the third-ranked nation in the WBSC Women’s Baseball World Rankings, while USA is fourth.
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WBSC renews partnership with SSK as supplier of Official Ball, Umpire Kit of Baseball World Cups, Premier12

WBSC renews partnership with SSK as supplier of Official Ball, Umpire Kit of Baseball World Cups, Premier12

Global Game: Bligh Madris is first Palauan player in MLB history

Global Game: Bligh Madris is first Palauan player in MLB history
22/06/2022
Madris made his MLB debut on Monday playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates against the Chicago Cubs
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WBSC welcomes ASOIF Governance Review with significant progress showcased

WBSC welcomes ASOIF Governance Review with significant progress showcased
21/06/2022
The WBSC was the highest-ranked IF among ASOIF Associate Members and scored above average for an IF of its size and resources. Overall, the WBSC’s score increase of 46 was the second largest across participating IFs where the average gain was 14 points.
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Africa: U-12 Mixed Baseball Championship for primary schools shines in Tanzania

Africa: U-12 Mixed Baseball Championship for primary schools shines in Tanzania
21/06/2022
The tournament, named the Fukuoka Cup, took place 18-19 June at Koshien Baseball Field at Azania Secondary School and was organised by the Tanzania Baseball & Softball Association (TaBSA).
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Softball Canada names roster for The World Games 2022

Softball Canada names roster for The World Games 2022
21/06/2022
World No. 3 Canada will open the World Games on 9 July against No. 6 Chinese Taipei, followed by No. 7 Italy the following day and against No. 1 USA on July 11th.
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Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela qualify, complete 12-team lineup for U-23 Baseball World Cup

Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela qualify, complete 12-team lineup for U-23 Baseball World Cup
20/06/2022
Host México ended their tournament at home undefeated as they shutout Cuba 4-0 in the final to earn the championship. The 12-team lineup for this October's WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup is now set.
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Canada sweeps Netherlands in women’s softball exhibition series as Canada Cup set to open

Canada sweeps Netherlands in women’s softball exhibition series as Canada Cup set to open
20/06/2022
It was the first of the two series of the Tokyo 2020 Celebration Tour, and Canada’s first game since winning its historic bronze medal at the Olympic Games last summer.
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USA Softball Women’s National Team holds training camp in Seattle ahead of Canada Cup, World Games

USA Softball Women’s National Team holds training camp in Seattle ahead of Canada Cup, World Games
20/06/2022
“It feels great to have all of our athletes together here in Seattle as we begin our preparations for winning a gold medal at the Canada Cup,” said USA Head Coach Heather Tarr.
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Olympic gold medalist, WBSC Premier12 winner Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws fourth no-hitter of 2022 NPB season

Olympic gold medalist, WBSC Premier12 winner Yoshinobu Yamamoto throws fourth no-hitter of 2022 NPB season
18/06/2022
The 23-year-old right-hander used 102 pitches to complete his gem. "I had this amazing concentration all the way to the ninth inning, but I was pumped up as I pitched, so I'm just overjoyed,"
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Northern Mariana Islands defeat Guam in Pacific Mini Games baseball opener

Northern Mariana Islands defeat Guam in Pacific Mini Games baseball opener
17/06/2022
Baseball is one of the nine sports on the programme. It was last featured in the multi-sport event in 2005. Fiji, Palau and Solomon Islands are the other three participants in the five-team tournament.
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WBSC's GameTime Sport channel to live stream Cuban National Series championship series

WBSC's GameTime Sport channel to live stream Cuban National Series championship series
17/06/2022
The defending champions Granma will host game 1 of the best-of-seven series at the 'Mártires de Barbados Stadium' in Bayamo. Game 4 is scheduled at de 'Victoria de Giron' Stadium in Matanzas on 22 June. Game 6 and 7 would take the series back to Bayamo on 26 and 27 June.
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Chinese Taipei announces roster for Canada Cup in preparation for The World Games softball event

Chinese Taipei announces roster for Canada Cup in preparation for The World Games softball event
16/06/2022
The roster features 10 veterans from the 2019 Chinese Taipei team that finished in second place in the WBSC Asia Oceania Olympic Qualifier in Shanghai, China.
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Baseball5 showcase at Arnold Sport Festival in South Africa enjoys big success

Baseball5 showcase at Arnold Sport Festival in South Africa enjoys big success
16/06/2022
Members of the South African National Team, the current/first-ever African Baseball5 champions, introduced 70 kids to the five-on-five version of baseball/softball.
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Softball Canada to take on Netherlands in tour, opening series of celebration of Tokyo 2020

Softball Canada to take on Netherlands in tour, opening series of celebration of Tokyo 2020
15/06/2022
Game 1 of the series will be played on Thursday 16 June at Exhibition Park A1 in Guelph, Ontario. Game 2 is scheduled on Friday at Durham Field in Oshawa. Saturday’s doubleheader will be staged at the Fairgrounds in Brampton.
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USA vs Japan: Worlds No. 1 and No. 2 to face off in Japan in rematch of Tokyo 2020 final

USA vs Japan: Worlds No. 1 and No. 2 to face off in Japan in rematch of Tokyo 2020 final
15/06/2022
The first two games of the Japan All-Star Series will be played in Fukushima, with the final match staged in Yokohama -- sites of the Tokyo 2020 Games. Both teams have revealed their rosters for the clash.
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Women’s softball stars are back in play as pro softball season opens in USA

Women’s softball stars are back in play as pro softball season opens in USA
14/06/2022
The 2022 season of Athletes Unlimited is underway, while the recently created Women’s Pro Fastpitch is ready for its inaugural game today, 14 June. Games from both leagues are being live-streamed.
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Sport for all: Softball shines at Special Olympics

Sport for all: Softball shines at Special Olympics
14/06/2022
Inclusive disciplines like wheelchair softball and baseball for the blind are instrumental in WBSC’s strategy of growing the sport around the world and providing access to all people and communities.
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Argentina tops Brazil to win South American Women’s Softball Championship on home soil

Argentina tops Brazil to win South American Women’s Softball Championship on home soil
13/06/2022
A four-run seventh inning broke a 4-4 tie for Argentina, and propelled the home team to the regional title.
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Dominican Baseball Federation confirms Juan Núñez as president

Dominican Baseball Federation confirms Juan Núñez as president
13/06/2022
The incumbent, who led a ticket named after his predecessor 'Tito' Pereyra, earned 30 out of 31 votes.
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Fans, players, federations celebrate World Softball Day 2022

Fans, players, federations celebrate World Softball Day 2022
13/06/2022
Baseball and softball are practiced by millions of people across 140+ countries and territories around the world.
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Puerto Rico Women's Softball Team opens camp, eyes World Games medal

Puerto Rico Women's Softball Team opens camp, eyes World Games medal
13/06/2022
The Puerto Rican squad has opened its first training camp ahead of The World Games 2022, which take place from 9-13 July in Birmingham, Alabama.
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Olympic silver medal winning manager Mike Scioscia to manage in MLB All-Star Futures Game

Olympic silver medal winning manager Mike Scioscia to manage in MLB All-Star Futures Game
13/06/2022
Scioscia led the US National Team to Tokyo 2020 Olympics, going undefeated in the WBSC Americas Qualifier. The US would make it to the Olympic gold medal game, before falling to Japan.
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Oklahoma sweeps Texas in front of 12K to win back-to-back NCAA Softball titles

Oklahoma sweeps Texas in front of 12K to win back-to-back NCAA Softball titles
10/06/2022
Five members of the 2022 USA Softball Women’s National Team competed in the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) Championship Series as Oklahoma’s Jocelyn Alo, Jayda Coleman, Kinzie Hansen and Tiare Jennings took on Janae Jefferson and the Texas Longhorns.
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Baseball/softball to be showcased across 7 continents, including Antarctica, via Play Ball initiative this weekend

Baseball/softball to be showcased across 7 continents, including Antarctica, via Play Ball initiative this weekend
10/06/2022
MLB and MiLB will partner with USA Baseball and USA Softball to host events in their communities and encourage kids to play the game. More initiatives are scheduled in Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Europe and South America.
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WBSC Executive Board finalises Congress preparations, approves rule changes to Baseball World Cups and launch of Slow Pitch Softball World Cup

WBSC Executive Board finalises Congress preparations, approves rule changes to Baseball World Cups and launch of Slow Pitch Softball World Cup
10/06/2022
The WBSC Executive Board awarded hosting rights, wild cards and approved rule changes with regards to various WBSC World Cups.
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New Amazon Prime series based on women's baseball, A League of Their Own is coming soon

New Amazon Prime series based on women's baseball, A League of Their Own is coming soon
10/06/2022
Set in the height of World War II, the television series will follow a group of professional women's baseball players in the newly established league.
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World No. 3 Korea awarded Wild Card for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup

World No. 3 Korea awarded Wild Card for WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup
09/06/2022
Korea is the eighth team to enter the U-23 World Cup. The top four finishers of the Americas Qualifier, scheduled from 10 to 19 June in Aguascalientes, Mexico, will complete the set of participants.
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Venezuela awarded Wild Card to WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022

Venezuela awarded Wild Card to WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022
09/06/2022
Venezuela, which became the 10th team confirmed for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, just missed out on a ticket to the World Cup at the Americas Qualifier after finishing in fifth place behind fourth-place USA.
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WBSC awards co-hosting rights of Women’s Softball World Cup to Italy, Ireland and Spain

WBSC awards co-hosting rights of Women’s Softball World Cup to Italy, Ireland and Spain
09/06/2022
This will be the first time that either Ireland, Italy and Spain host a Softball World Cup.
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Inaugural U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup awarded to Japan Softball Association to be staged in Tokyo

Inaugural U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup awarded to Japan Softball Association to be staged in Tokyo
09/06/2022
The WBSC U-15 Women’s Softball World Cup in Japan, a youth-focused event, will add to the legacy of the Tokyo 2020 Games featuring the future Olympic generations in a world-class event.
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WBSC, ITA partner for new series of anti-doping webinars

WBSC, ITA partner for new series of anti-doping webinars
09/06/2022
The webinars are part of the 'Play Ball, Play Fair' anti-doping campaign implemented by the WBSC Integrity Unit.
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WBSC Premier12 winner Shota Imanaga throws 85th NPB no-hitter

WBSC Premier12 winner Shota Imanaga throws 85th NPB no-hitter
08/06/2022
The 28-year-old left-hander used 117 pitches to lead the Yokohama DeNA Baystars to a 2-0 win against the Nippon Ham Fighters in Sapporo.
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Softball Canada to host selection camp to pick 2022 Women’s National Team roster

Softball Canada to host selection camp to pick 2022 Women’s National Team roster
08/06/2022
The national governing body announced a list of 32 athletes who will attend the selection camp, with the aim to put together Canada's best players for The World Games.
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Europe: Blind Baseball set to grow in Hungary, Austria and Slovenia

Europe: Blind Baseball set to grow in Hungary, Austria and Slovenia
08/06/2022
The practice of baseball for the visually impaired is steadily on the rise in Europe.
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Bulgaria to host the inaugural U-17 Baseball5 European Championship

Bulgaria to host the inaugural U-17 Baseball5 European Championship
07/06/2022
The tournament, scheduled from 16 to 19 November in Sofia, will serve as a qualifier for the first-ever WBSC Youth Baseball5 World Cup.
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‘Great memories’ will be created at upcoming WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, says Tainan City Deputy Mayor

‘Great memories’ will be created at upcoming WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup, says Tainan City Deputy Mayor
07/06/2022
Chinese Taipei Baseball Association: “We have had countless meetings with the Tainan City government and all other parties, and we are doing whatever it takes to make sure that we provide a safe environment for everyone to enjoy the best game experience.”
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Artemisa wins first-ever Cuban U-18 Baseball5 National Championship

Artemisa wins first-ever Cuban U-18 Baseball5 National Championship
07/06/2022
The winners and the runners up of the three regional championships joined Guantanamo in the seven-team National Championship.
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"PURSUE" by Ryo Takeuchi premiers in six cities in China

"PURSUE" by Ryo Takeuchi premiers in six cities in China
07/06/2022
The documentary is about baseball development in China from the perspective of two coaches. The MLB Development Center has proven key to the successful program.
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Groups, mascot, schedule unveiled for WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan

Groups, mascot, schedule unveiled for WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup in Tainan
06/06/2022
The hosts, world No. 2/defending U-12 World Champions Chinese Taipei will take the field against No. 17 Italy after the opening ceremony at the Asia Pacific International Stadium in Tainan on Friday, 29 July.
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WBSC Africa holds Extraordinary Congress, approves new statutes

WBSC Africa holds Extraordinary Congress, approves new statutes
03/06/2022
The WBSC Africa Extraordinary Congress approved the organisation’s new statutes as well as the timeline towards the WBSC Africa Elective Congress, which will be held on 4 July, a day before the IV WBSC Congress in Taipei City, TPE.
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Malta Women’s National Softball Team prepares for European competition

Malta Women’s National Softball Team prepares for European competition
03/06/2022
Malta will be competing in the Women’s Softball European Champkionship, to be played in Spain from 24-30 July.
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Full list of candidates published for upcoming WBSC Congress elections

Full list of candidates published for upcoming WBSC Congress elections
03/06/2022
Member Federations will vote in July to define the WBSC Executive, Baseball Division and Softball Division Boards.
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WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup: The cradle of softball Olympians

WBSC U-18 Women’s Softball World Cup: The cradle of softball Olympians
02/06/2022
Of the 90 players who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Softball competition, 46 played the Junior Women’s Softball World Championship in the early stages of their career, making the youth global tournament a starting point for the international career of the top players in the world.
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World champions Argentina new world No. 1, pass Japan in WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings

World champions Argentina new world No. 1, pass Japan in WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings
02/06/2022
The WBSC Men’s Softball World Rankings continue to feature nations from the five Olympic continents in the top 12 positions, showing the sport’s global development.
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Growing the Game: Baseball5 National Championship staged in Moldova

Growing the Game: Baseball5 National Championship staged in Moldova
02/06/2022
The five-on-five game only requires a ball to play and can be staged in various existing setting, eliminating the need for specialty equipment and construction projects, which in the past have been challenges to growing the game in key targets like Africa and Europe.
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WBSC unveils new strategic plan with continued growth of global baseball-softball and member empowerment as key focus

WBSC unveils new strategic plan with continued growth of global baseball-softball and member empowerment as key focus
02/06/2022
Crafted in close collaboration with all of WBSC’s stakeholders, the 2022-2028 Strategic Plan is fully aligned with the Olympic Agenda 2020+5 following a pilot project conducted in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee.
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Chihuahua wins Mexican U-18 National Baseball Championship

Chihuahua wins Mexican U-18 National Baseball Championship
01/06/2022
The Mexican Baseball Federation organized the finals in Aguascalientes.
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Jocelyn Alo named 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year

Jocelyn Alo named 2022 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year
01/06/2022
Alo will play on the US Women's National Softball Team this summer for the first time, after making the roster for the Canada Cup and Japan All-Star Series.
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Ayako Rokkaku: Women's Baseball World Cup MVP dreams of Baseball5 glory

Ayako Rokkaku: Women's Baseball World Cup MVP dreams of Baseball5 glory
01/06/2022
The former WBSC Women's Baseball World Cup MVP is a strong advocate for Women's Baseball and Baseball5. She wants to contribute to developing the five-on-five version of baseball/softball as an instructor and a player.
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Olympic gold medalist, WBSC Premier12 winner Hyun-so Kim passes KBO 2,000-hit milestone

Olympic gold medalist, WBSC Premier12 winner Hyun-so Kim passes KBO 2,000-hit milestone
01/06/2022
The 34-year-old slugger has been an integral part of the middle of the lineup for the Korean National Team since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
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WBSC Premier12 standout Noah Song is ready to restart his baseball career

WBSC Premier12 standout Noah Song is ready to restart his baseball career
31/05/2022
The 25-year-old right-handed pitcher showed his 99-mile-per-hour fastball during the WBSC flagship event in 2019. He then enrolled in flight school in Florida.
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WBSC headquarters takes home Critics Award at international architecture competition

WBSC headquarters takes home Critics Award at international architecture competition
31/05/2022
The awards ceremony in Milan, Italy celebrated innovative architecture projects with designs inspired by and integrated into the environment.
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Korea names U-18, U-12 National Baseball Team managers ahead of WBSC World Cups

Korea names U-18, U-12 National Baseball Team managers ahead of WBSC World Cups
31/05/2022
Jae-ho Choi (pictured above) will lead Korea to the XXX WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup. Dong-jin Lee will be the manager at the VI U-12 Baseball World Cup.
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Video: WBSC reinforces commitment to protecting clean athletes and the integrity of the game

Video: WBSC reinforces commitment to protecting clean athletes and the integrity of the game
31/05/2022
The video features the contribution of the Athletes Commission and is part of the #PlayBallPlayFair campaign.


Great Britain sweeps Sweden in men’s softball friendly series

Great Britain sweeps Sweden in men’s softball friendly series
30/05/2022
The Swedish Men’s National Softball Team also played against the U-23 British National Team and an All-Star Team from the national softball league.
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Mexico edges Spain to win Women’s International Softball Cup, Czech Republic finishes third

Mexico edges Spain to win Women’s International Softball Cup, Czech Republic finishes third
30/05/2022
The Mexican squad defeated host Spain, 2-0, and repeated as champion of the international competition. Czech Republic finished in third place.
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Blind baseball promotion continues in Italy

Blind baseball promotion continues in Italy
30/05/2022
The Italian Blind Baseball Association, a WBSC Associate Member, works on a new team in Sicily. Four clubs participating in the eleven-team National League contributed to inclusivity initiatives.
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Excitement grows, nations around the world target inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

Excitement grows, nations around the world target inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup
30/05/2022
Global baseball-softball activity is on the rise as more nations roll out Baseball5 programmes. The five-on-five game only requires a ball to play, eliminating the need for expensive equipment and specific venues, which in the past have been challenges to growing the game in important regions like Africa and Europe.
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Fed Focus: Baseball5 marks a new era in development for the Softball Association of Malaysia

Fed Focus: Baseball5 marks a new era in development for the Softball Association of Malaysia
30/05/2022
The 46th Malaysia Men's and Women's National Softball Championships will be held from 3-6 June, but the lack of regular baseball/softball fields is still challenging the game's development. The five-on-five version may help change the situation.
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WBSC mourns passing of former NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki, 80

WBSC mourns passing of former NPB Commissioner Katsuhiko Kumazaki, 80
27/05/2022
He was instrumental to the success of the WBSC Premier12 and a key figure in the return of baseball to the Olympic programme at the Tokyo 2020 Games. He received the WBSC Order of the Honour Award in 2019.
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Veronica Alvarez to return as US Women's National Baseball Team manager

Veronica Alvarez to return as US Women's National Baseball Team manager
27/05/2022
The 39-year-old former catcher will lead the US to an international friendship series against Canada from 28 July to 1 August.
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WBSC to have three IOC certified Safeguarding Officers

WBSC to have three IOC certified Safeguarding Officers
27/05/2022
Athletes Commission members Randolph Oduber and Erika Polidori and Commission liaison Amy Park completed the IOC course and will graduate later this year.
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South Africa defeats Kenya to win historical first-ever Baseball5 African Championship, both qualify for WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

South Africa defeats Kenya to win historical first-ever Baseball5 African Championship, both qualify for WBSC Baseball5 World Cup
26/05/2022
"This tournament was a great success," said Angelo Vicini, WBSC Treasurer and Chair of the WBSC Development Commission. "It's historical to see an African Qualifier to a WBSC World Cup...we believe the Baseball5 African Championship will represent a milestone in development."


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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Baseball5 African Championship: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Tunisia qualify for semifinals

Baseball5 African Championship: Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Tunisia qualify for semifinals
25/05/2022
The winners of the semifinals will advance to the first-ever WBSC Baseball5 World Cup. Semifinals and medal games are scheduled for Thursday, 26 May.


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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The World Games: Australia, Japan, USA to tune up at Atlanta 1996 Olympic softball stadium

The World Games: Australia, Japan, USA to tune up at Atlanta 1996 Olympic softball stadium
25/05/2022
World No. 1 USA, No. 2 Japan and No. 8 Australia will meet in a thee-game series on 4 July at South Commons Complex in Columbus, Georgia, site of the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games softball event.
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Dates set for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup, five of eight teams confirmed

Dates set for WBSC U-12 Mixed Softball World Cup, five of eight teams confirmed
24/05/2022
An increased number of eight mixed-gender teams, twice as many as the first edition in 2019, will be participating in the event.
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South Africa and Kenya lead undefeated after Day 2 of the Baseball5 African Championship

South Africa and Kenya lead undefeated after Day 2 of the Baseball5 African Championship
24/05/2022
On Wednesday, 25 May, four more games are scheduled to complete pool play. The top four finishers of each group will advance to the elimination phase. WBSC President Fraccari: "This tournament demonstrates the power of our new discipline and its youth appeal."


Asia qualifiers for WBSC Men’s and U-23 Softball World Cups to be played in Japan in September

Asia qualifiers for WBSC Men’s and U-23 Softball World Cups to be played in Japan in September
24/05/2022
The Asia U-23 Men’s Softball World Cup Qualifier will be played on 1-2 September, while the qualifier for the flagship WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup will run from 3-5 September.
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Japan readies for formation of its first-ever Baseball5 National Team, Asia Cup

Japan readies for formation of its first-ever Baseball5 National Team, Asia Cup
24/05/2022
Baseball5 Japan, an organization formed by the baseball and the softball governing bodies, will select eight teams through a digital challenge. The winner of an eight-team tournament will represent Japan at the inaugural Baseball5 Asian Cup, a qualifier to the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup.
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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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Baseball5 African Championship - Day One: Hosts Tanzania lead the way with three wins from three as the country's baseball and softball leaders target Youth Olympic Games 2026

Baseball5 African Championship - Day One: Hosts Tanzania lead the way with three wins from three as the country's baseball and softball leaders target Youth Olympic Games 2026
23/05/2022
"It's a big event, the first of this magnitude in Africa and, of course, the first in Tanzania," baseball and softball leaders in the country say.


Austria wins women’s Softball Four Nations Tournament in Vienna

Austria wins women’s Softball Four Nations Tournament in Vienna
23/05/2022
The tournament, which included Austria, Croatia, Hungary and Slovakia, was a tune-up for this July's European Women’s Softball Championship in Spain.
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WBSC releases Official Rules of Softball Slow Pitch 2022-2025

WBSC releases Official Rules of Softball Slow Pitch 2022-2025
23/05/2022
This new version updates the 2018-2021 rulebook, which was the first-ever dedicated rulebook for the slow pitch discipline.
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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. Chinese Baseball Association Deputy Secretary-General Ding Feng demonstrated the venue's functional design.
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Historic: First ever Baseball5 African Championship to open on Monday 23 May

Historic: First ever Baseball5 African Championship to open on Monday 23 May
22/05/2022
Egypt @ Tanzania will open round robin play at 9.30 am. The top two teams will qualify to the WBSC Baseball5 World Cup later this year. Eleven officers of eight participating National Teams attended a two-day WBSC Workshop before the start of the tournament.


Great Britain’s Georgina Corrick, USA’s Jocelyn Alo, Baylee Klingler are 2022 Collegiate Player of the Year award finalists

Great Britain’s Georgina Corrick, USA’s Jocelyn Alo, Baylee Klingler are 2022 Collegiate Player of the Year award finalists
21/05/2022
Georgina Corrick, Jocelyn Alo and Baylee Klingler have played, or will play, with their respective national team in international competitions.
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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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Four Nations women’s softball tournament to be played in Vienna, Austria, on 21-22 May

Four Nations women’s softball tournament to be played in Vienna, Austria, on 21-22 May
20/05/2022
World No. 28 Croatia, host and No. 29 Austria, No. 37 Slovakia and No. 45 Hungary will face off at Ballpark Spenadlwiese in Vienna.
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Blind Baseball develops further in Great Britain, Italy

Blind Baseball develops further in Great Britain, Italy
20/05/2022
UK Blind Baseball took the game to the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind. The Italian Association Baseball for the Blind is working on the project of a youth league.
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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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Baseball5 African Championship: Zimbabwe baseball, softball governing bodies team up to field Baseball5 National Team

Baseball5 African Championship: Zimbabwe baseball, softball governing bodies team up to field Baseball5 National Team
20/05/2022
Zimbabwe baseball and softball leaders are working together to grow the game in the country.
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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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Softball legend Maria Soto elected President of Venezuelan Olympic Committee

Softball legend Maria Soto elected President of Venezuelan Olympic Committee
19/05/2022
Maria Soto became the first woman to be elected to the top position of the Venezuelan Olympic Movement in its 80 years of history. Venezuelan Baseball President Aracelis Leon was elected as fourth Vice President of the National Olympic Committee.
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New professional softball league to open in USA, schedule announced

New professional softball league to open in USA, schedule announced
19/05/2022
The newly launched Women’s Professional Fastpitch (WPF) is the official professional softball league in the United States, founded by USA Softball, USSSA -- a WBSC Member and Associated Member respectively -- and Smash It Sports.
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Guam's Special Olympics softball season to open 28 May

Guam's Special Olympics softball season to open 28 May
19/05/2022
This will be the fifth Special Olympics Guam softball season, after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The softball programme started in 2017, with consecutive seasons happening until 2020.
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Softball Australia names head coach, prelim roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup

Softball Australia names head coach, prelim roster for WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup
19/05/2022
Tokyo 2020 Olympics Australia head coach Laing Harrow will manage the men’s side in the upcoming World Cup.
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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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Baseball5 to be played Aruba's School Games

Baseball5 to be played Aruba's School Games
18/05/2022
The 'Weganan Escolar' is scheduled from 17 to 26 June. WBSC President Fraccari congratulated the Aruban government.
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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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WBSC Asia Baseball5 World Cup Qualifier to take place in Malaysia

WBSC Asia Baseball5 World Cup Qualifier to take place in Malaysia
18/05/2022
The inaugural Baseball5 Asia Cup will qualify the top three finishers.
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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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Schedule, live-stream announced for South American Women’s Softball Championship in Buenos Aires

Schedule, live-stream announced for South American Women’s Softball Championship in Buenos Aires
17/05/2022
Argentina, Brazil, Curaçao, Guatemala, Peru and Argentina U-21 will compete in the regional tournament hosted in Buenos Aires from 4-11 June. All games will be live-streamed.
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Great Britain to host Sweden in men’s softball series

Great Britain to host Sweden in men’s softball series
17/05/2022
The international games will be played on 28-29 May at Farnham Park National Baseball and Softball Complex.
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Schedule unveiled for first-ever Baseball5 African Championship

Schedule unveiled for first-ever Baseball5 African Championship
16/05/2022
The tournament opens on 23 May in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The continental championship will send the top two finishers to the inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup.
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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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WBSC publishes Baseball5 Rulebook in seventh language, Arabic

WBSC publishes Baseball5 Rulebook in seventh language, Arabic
16/05/2022
The launch of the urban, five-on-five discipline has provided a boost to baseball and softball development, particularly in Africa and Europe.
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USA Softball announces Women’s National Team staff for Canada Cup, Japan All-Star Series

USA Softball announces Women’s National Team staff for Canada Cup, Japan All-Star Series
16/05/2022
The US Women's National Softball Team are scheduled to compete in the Canada Cup (June) and Japan All-Star Series (August) this year.
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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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Europe: French city to build three new fields, one dedicated to paralympic baseball/softball

Europe: French city to build three new fields, one dedicated to paralympic baseball/softball
13/05/2022
WBSC Paralympic Commission chairman Tom Nagel: "These initiatives make Baseball for All truly possible, for the benefit of all."
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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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Softball New Zealand Women’s National Team eyes potential LA28 Olympics, World Cup as prelim roster revealed

Softball New Zealand Women’s National Team eyes potential LA28 Olympics, World Cup as prelim roster revealed
12/05/2022
New Zealand White Sox head coach Roman Gabriel has named a new squad after last weekend’s off-season training camp at Western Springs College, Nga Puna O Waiorea.
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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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Record 10 nations to feature in first-ever African Baseball5 Championship as groups revealed

Record 10 nations to feature in first-ever African Baseball5 Championship as groups revealed
12/05/2022
The unprecedented tournament in Africa opens on 23 May and will send the top two finishers to the inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup.
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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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International blind baseball tournament Mole's Cup to be held in Netherlands

International blind baseball tournament Mole's Cup to be held in Netherlands
11/05/2022
Host city Beek has already hosted two clinics and is working on fielding the first Dutch blind baseball team. A team from Manchester, England, travelled to Bergamo, Italy, for international friendlies,
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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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Softball Australia fills National Team roster with Olympians, new faces for The World Games 2022

Softball Australia fills National Team roster with Olympians, new faces for The World Games 2022
10/05/2022
“While this team has a few new faces that will represent the Travelodge Aussie Spirit for the first time, it also features many players who have extensive international experience coming off the Olympics,” said head coach Laing Harrow.
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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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WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022: To play on home soil, ‘very special’ for 2013 champion Jeremy Manley

WBSC Men's Softball World Cup 2022: To play on home soil, ‘very special’ for 2013 champion Jeremy Manley
09/05/2022
Manley, now a pitching coach for Ball State Cardinals college team in the US, cannot avoid talking about the 2013 WBSC Men’s Softball World Championship, which was the last time the international men's softball premier event was staged in New Zealand.
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Softball Canada Announces 2022 Women’s National Team Tour to celebrate Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal

Softball Canada Announces 2022 Women’s National Team Tour to celebrate Tokyo 2020 Olympic medal
09/05/2022
Celebration Tour stops include a series of games against. world No. 10 Netherlands from June 16-18 in Ontario and against No. 11 Czech Republic from June 29 to July 1 in Saskatchewan.
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Seven international college players drafted for Athletes Unlimited Softball third season

Seven international college players drafted for Athletes Unlimited Softball third season
06/05/2022
The list includes players from Australia, Great Britain and USA.
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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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Tanzania to host first-ever African Baseball5 Championship, qualifier for inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup

Tanzania to host first-ever African Baseball5 Championship, qualifier for inaugural WBSC Baseball5 World Cup
06/05/2022
Ten teams will participate in the tournament, scheduled from 23 to 26 May in Dar Es Salaam. Two will advance to the Baseball5 World Cup, which is due to take place later this year.
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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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National Team members among 10 finalists for USA’s 2022 Collegiate Player of the Year

National Team members among 10 finalists for USA’s 2022 Collegiate Player of the Year
05/05/2022
Previous recipients of the award include Olympians Stacey Nuveman, Cat Osterman, Monica Abbott, Danielle Lawrie, Keilani Ricketts and Rachel Garcia; WBSC World Champions Ashley Hansen, Kelly Barnhill, and Junior World Champion Lauren Haeger, among others.
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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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Three consecutive homers carry Argentina to Men’s Softball Pan American title

Three consecutive homers carry Argentina to Men’s Softball Pan American title
02/05/2022
A set of back-to-back-to-back homers in the fourth inning turned a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 lead in the final of the Men’s Softball Pan American Championship to power Argentina to a 4-1 victory over Canada.
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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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Argentina, Canada, Cuba, USA qualify for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 in New Zealand

Argentina, Canada, Cuba, USA qualify for the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup 2022 in New Zealand
30/04/2022
The four qualified nations will represent the Americas in the upcoming WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, and will join world No. 3 Australia, No. 4 Czech Republic, No. 5 New Zealand, No. 9 Denmark, and No. 10 South Africa in the flagship men’s softball event. The remaining teams will be two teams from the Asian qualifier and a wild card.
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Softball would have incredible atmosphere at Brisbane 2032 Olympics, says Australian 2-time Olympic medallist Tracey Freeman

Softball would have incredible atmosphere at Brisbane 2032 Olympics, says Australian 2-time Olympic medallist Tracey Freeman
29/04/2022
“Every game would be sold out, there is always such an incredible atmosphere – and as a team sport it would provide so many opportunities for young people and have such an impact on their lives,” said Australia's former catcher.
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Baseball5 helping to grow the game in Malaysia

Baseball5 helping to grow the game in Malaysia
29/04/2022
Baseball5 is being used by governing body Softball Association of Malaysia to spread the game.
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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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Keith Mackintosh named Softball Canada Women’s U-18 National Team head coach

Keith Mackintosh named Softball Canada Women’s U-18 National Team head coach
28/04/2022
“I am excited for the new [World Cup] format that allows us to develop a team over a four-year cycle with the goal of another podium finish in 2025,” said Canada’s head coach.
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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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Standard of softball is ‘unbelievable’, says New Zealand National Team captain Cole Evans in latest WBSC podcast

Standard of softball is ‘unbelievable’, says New Zealand National Team captain Cole Evans in latest WBSC podcast
27/04/2022
Host Tyler Maun interviewed Evans in this month’s edition of The Global Game, the WBSC Podcast. “I cannot think about more competitive sort of international scale, really. You’ve got seven or eight teams that are tunning up for the World Cup with a legitimate chance to win.”
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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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Baseball5 in Africa: Zambia Olympic Committee supports Baseball5 with an eye to the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games

Baseball5 in Africa: Zambia Olympic Committee supports Baseball5 with an eye to the Dakar 2026 Youth Olympic Games
25/04/2022
ZBSA Vice President Andrew Zulu said Baseball 5 has the potential to become one of the most celebrated and played sports in the country.
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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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Pan Am qualifier for Men's Softball World Cup 2022 to open Sunday in Argentina

Pan Am qualifier for Men's Softball World Cup 2022 to open Sunday in Argentina
22/04/2022
The tournament will have 10 participating teams which will compete for four spots in the WBSC Men’s Softball World Cup, along with continental multi-sports events.
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Record-setting 9 teams confirmed for Asian Games 2022 softball event in China

Record-setting 9 teams confirmed for Asian Games 2022 softball event in China
21/04/2022
An additional squad, pending confirmation from the National Olympic Committee, could boost it to a historic 10-team Asian competition.
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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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National team players highlight USA’s 2022 Collegiate Player of the Year candidates

National team players highlight USA’s 2022 Collegiate Player of the Year candidates
21/04/2022
In total, 11 of the 25 names listed have participated in WBSC World Cups, while one more is slated to make her international debut this year.
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Softball season heats up as leagues in Europe underway

Softball season heats up as leagues in Europe underway
20/04/2022
Leagues in Italy, Netherlands, Spain and Belgium have begun, while opening day is coming in the Czech Republic and Denmark.
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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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Baseball5 in Africa: Cape Verde Olympic Committee latest to come on board

Baseball5 in Africa: Cape Verde Olympic Committee latest to come on board
19/04/2022
Five-on-five Baseball5 will be played at the 2026 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in Dakar, Senegal.
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WBSC, WBSC Europe & National Federations provide support for Ukraine’s national baseball / softball teams

WBSC, WBSC Europe & National Federations provide support for Ukraine’s national baseball / softball teams
19/04/2022
Some local organising committees have also offered the opportunity to accommodate Ukraine in advance of European tournaments this year to help the teams prepare for the continental events.
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Andrew Mokoto, ‘The Godfather of Botswana Softball’, passes away at 80

Andrew Mokoto, ‘The Godfather of Botswana Softball’, passes away at 80
18/04/2022
Mokoto was one of the founders of the Botswana Softball Association in 1977 and served for 19 years as its first president.
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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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WBSC Europe appoints Baseball and Softball Commissions, Karin Kruno named new WBSC Baseball Division Board Continental Vice President Europe

WBSC Europe appoints Baseball and Softball Commissions, Karin Kruno named new WBSC Baseball Division Board Continental Vice President Europe
13/04/2022
The newly elected WBSC Europe Executive Board met for the first time since elections in February.
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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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Nigeria Baseball Softball Association acting president passes away

Nigeria Baseball Softball Association acting president passes away
12/04/2022
Sotonye was the 1st Vice President of the association before he became the Acting President following the death Dr. Williams Boyd, former NBSA president who passed away in May last year.
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Juan Reynaldo Perez elected as new president of Cuban Baseball Federation

Juan Reynaldo Perez elected as new president of Cuban Baseball Federation
12/04/2022
Perez, who is also president of the Cuban Softball Federation, was elected by the General Assembly on Monday, 11 April.
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WBSC Official Rules of Softball Fast Pitch 2022-2025 now available

WBSC Official Rules of Softball Fast Pitch 2022-2025 now available
11/04/2022
Among the main changes introduced in the new set of rules is the addition of a penalty for placing an incorrect runner on second base in a tiebreaker inning.
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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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Top-ranked Japan opens 51st Men’s Softball League season

Top-ranked Japan opens 51st Men’s Softball League season
11/04/2022
All 18 teams took the field on opening weekend held at Mitsugi Softball Stadium in Onomichi City, Hiroshima Prefecture.
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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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Canada Cup softball teams announced, includes five who will feature at The World Games

Canada Cup softball teams announced, includes five who will feature at The World Games
06/04/2022
World No. 1 USA, No. 3 Canada, No. 4 Mexico, No. 6 Chinese Taipei and No. 8 Australia will take the field at Softball City, getting ready for The World Games, where they will play for the title of world champion.
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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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WBSC website update offers improved user experience

WBSC website update offers improved user experience
05/04/2022
The updated design and reorganization of content is aimed at offering users a personalized, immersive, and informative experience.
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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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