Seong-Min Kim Drafted by the Wyverns

August 28th, 2016

For those not familiar with Kim, he was the player the Orioles attempted to sign a couple years ago without getting permission from the KBO. The Orioles were penalized for the signing.

The KBO held their draft on August 22 and Kim was a first round pick for the SK Wyverns. Other names of note drafted in the first round according to myKBO.net were Jin-Young Kim who was a pitcher in the Cubs minor league system drafted by the Hanwha Eagles and Jin-Ho Shin who was a catcher in the Royals minor league system drafted by the NC Dinos.

Little League World Series Championship Games

August 28th, 2016

Asia Pacific (Korea) 7 Latin America (Panama) 2

A five run second inning turned the tide in the favor of Korea, allowing them to avenge an earlier loss to Panama to advance to the championship of the Little League World Series. Seum Kwon and Jae-Kyeong Kim each drove in two runs to lead the offense. For Kwon he hit a homerun in his third consecutive game. You-bin Choi was dominant from the mound striking out 14 in his six innings of work.

Mid Atlantic (New York) 4 Southeast (Tennessee) 2

The last time these two teams played New York beat Tennessee 3-1. Michael Mancini got the start and he struck out 13. He got the start again and struck out 11 in his 4.2 innings of shutout work. New York scored all their runs in the fourth inning, Billy Dundon driving in two of the four runs with a clutch pinch hit single. Tennessee did not score until the sixth inning with Zach McWilliams driving in both.

2017 WBC Pools Announced

August 28th, 2016

Below are the pools for the 2017 WBC held in March. The United States will have a tough haul to advance, placed in the same pool as the defending champion Dominican Republic.

Pool A (Tokyo at the Tokyo Dome March 7-10)

Australia, China, Cuba and Japan

Pool B (Seoul at Gocheok Skydome March 7-10)

Taiwan, South Korea, Netherlands (and winner of final WBC qualifier between Great Britain, Pakistan, Israel and Brazil)

Pool C (Miami at Marlins Park March 9-12)

Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic and United States

Pool D (Guadalajara, Mexico at Estadio Charros de Jalisco March 9-12)

Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela

Second Round

Pool E (March 12-15 in Tokyo at Tokyo Dome)

Pool A winner and runner up and Pool B winner and runner up

Pool F (March 14 - 18 in San Diego at Petco Park)

Pool C winner and runner up and Pool D winner and runner up

Semifinals (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 20-21)

Pool F winner versus Pool E runner up and Pool E winner versus Pool F runner up

Championship (Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium March 22)

Semifinal 1 winner versus semifinal 2 winner

Pakistan Roster for the WBC Qualifier

August 28th, 2016

Below is the roster for the Pakistan team in the WBC qualifier that will be held September 22-25 in Brooklyn. It is a roster that has no minor league ball players on their team, which will make it a challenge for them to win a game. This is their debut in WBC competition. They will be huge underdogs.

Right Handed Pitchers

Asrar Ahmad, Muhammad Asad, Muhammad Asir, Muhammad Bilal, Gulfam, Rehman Khalid, Inayat Khan, Tariq Nadeem, Syed Shah, Syed Sherazi, Dur Syed, Ihsan Ullah

Left Handed Pitchers

Muhammad Usman, Muhammad Zohaib

Catcher

Umair Bhatti, Hidayat Ullah

Infielders

Jawad Ali, Faqir Hussain, Arsalan Jamashaid, Muhammad Jamil, Arshad Khan, Zubair Nawaz

Outfielders

Adnan Butt, Saddam Hussain, Burhan Johar, Ubaid Ullah, Fazal Ur Rehman, Muhammad Zawar

Japan Still Number One in Baseball

August 27th, 2016

The World Baseball Softball Confederation has come out with their rankings and Japan remains number one. Below is the top ten countries for baseball:

1. Japan - 5515 points
2. United States - 5453
3. Korea - 4812
4. Taiwan - 4554
5. Cuba - 3813
6. Canada - 2650
7. Venezuela - 2642
8. Mexico - 2637
9. Italy - 2173
10. Netherlands - 2146

Israel WBC Qualifier Roster

August 27th, 2016

There are some interesting players on the roster of the Israeli team for the WBC qualifier to be played in Brooklyn on September 22-25. Below is the Israeli roster.

Right handed Pitchers:

Corey Baker, Brad Goldberg, Tyler Herron, Dean Kremer, Shlomo Lipetz, Jason Marquis, Troy Nieman, Joey Wagman, Josh Zeid

Left Handed Pitchers

Jeremy Bleich, Craig Breslow, Alex Katz, Jared Lakind, R.C. Orlan, Ryan Sherriff,

Catchers

Charlie Cutler, Ryan Lavarnway, Nick Rickles

Infielders

Scott Burcham, Ike Davis, Cody Decker, Nate Freiman, Ty Kelly, Josh Satin,

Outfielders

Zach Borenstein, Blake Gailen, Michael Meyers, Rhett Wiseman

Little League World Series Updates

August 26th, 2016

Latin America (Panama) 3 Asia Pacific (Korea) 2

Panama advanced to the international championship with a 3-2 win over Korea. Esmith Pineda drove in all three runs with his hit in the fifth to overcome a 2-0 deficit.

Asia Pacific (Korea) 7 Mexico 0

The next day Korea got an opportunity for a rematch with Panama after eliminating Mexico. Won-Tae Cho and Sang-Heon Park each pitched three innings of shutout ball, restricting the Mexican bats to just one hit. Se-Um Kwon and Jae-Kyeong Kim each drove in three runs to drive in six of the seven Korean runs.

Mid-Atlantic (New York) 13 Great Lakes (Kentucky) 10

New York scored in all five innings, Jude Abbedessa driving in six runs with his five hits to lead the offense. The Kentucky team scored three in the fifth to take a 13-10 lead, then shut Kentucky out in the last inning to seal the victory.

Southeast (Tennessee) 8 Great Lakes (Kentucky) 4

Tennessee will get to avenge an earlier loss to New York with a win over Kentucky, their second straight loss in the tournament and a trip home. Zach Williams drove in four runs with a grand slam homerun to lead the Tennessee offense.

Scherzer Prevents Orioles Sweep

August 26th, 2016

Since the Washington Nationals came from Montreal they have had 11 Beltway Series. The Orioles lead the series 7-1-3, winning the last five series. The last time the Nationals won was in 2007. The Orioles may not always be the better team when they play the Nationals, but they always seem to clean their clock.

This year was more of the same, with the Orioles winning the first three games of their 11th Beltway Series. With Ubaldo Jimenez facing Max Scherzer most would call this game a foregone conclusion, with Jimezez coming into the game with a major league high 6.94 ERA. Not when the Orioles are facing the Nationals. Max Scherzer was at his best and he needed to be to give the Nationals a 4-0 win over the Orioles and prevent a sweep in the Beltway Series.

The Nationals made Ubaldo look like Clayton Kershaw. Ubaldo usually walks about five batters per game, but in this game he did not walk anyone. In six innings of work the only run he gave up was a Jayson Werth solo shot to the deepest part of the park in centerfield in the fourth inning. That was just the second hit the Nationals had gotten off Ubaldo. He would leave the game after the sixth inning giving up only five hits and working three ball counts to five hitters.

Scherzer was brilliant. He mowed through the Orioles lineup like a knife through pudding, giving up his first hit to Adam Jones in the fourth on a lead off double into the left field corner. In the eighth inning he gave up a leadoff bloop single to Mark Trumbo. In between he struck out 10, seven of those 10 third strikes coming on 0-2 pitches. He was as efficient as can be.

The Nationals finally got their bats working in the eighth inning, the second inning of work for Logan Ondrusek to put this game out of reach. The wonder kid Trea Turner got the rally started by singling up the middle. Jayson Werth also singled up the middle. Daniel Murphy drove in a run with a double down the line, past the diving glove of first baseman Chris Davis. Bryce Harper finished off the rally with a two run double into leftfield on a ball that struck the bottom of the left field fence.

The save opportunity lost Mark Melancon still came in to pitch the ninth. He gave up a leadoff double to pinch hitter Hyun-Soo Kim, who hit the top of the centerfield wall. After that Melancon retired the next three hitters.

Game Notes: Manny Machado went 0 for 4. He struck out on two 0-2 pitches and then grounded out to third the next two times up on 0-2 counts…Before his single in the ninth Trea Turner pulled a ball that hit the radio booth in left field that was just foul. The ball traveled over the foul pole…Chris Davis came up with a runner on third and two out in the fourth. The Nationals played the shift, giving him a huge amount of real estate along the third base line, where a bunt would easily drive in a run. Chris pulled the ball and grounded out to first…Max Scherzer made a nice between the legs, behind the back snag on a slow roller hit to him in the fifth inning. That will make ESPN highlight reels…Steve Pearce made a nice diving catch down the left field line, robbing Daniel Murphy of a double. The Orioles clearly outperformed the Nationals with the gloves in this series, though Trea Turner made some high light catches in centerfield for the Nationals. Ben who?…Ryan Zimmerman grounded out to the pitcher in the eighth inning with a runner on third and only one out. The Nationals had already taken a 4-0 lead. It would have been nice to up it to 5-0…Ubaldo Jimenez entered the game with the highest ERA of pitchers with at least 90 innings pitched at 6.94, according to MLB.com…The Orioles pinch hit for Adam Jones in the ninth inning when his hamstrings were cramping.

Little League World Series - Day 4

August 24th, 2016

Mexico 7 Canada 1

Mexico bounced out Canada from the Little League World Series. Jose Angel Leal and Milton Gonzalez each drove in two runs to lead the Mexican offense. Victor Juarez struck out seven in his three innings of work to hold the Canadian offense down.

Australia 2 Caribbean (Curacao) 1

Clayton Campbell quieted the Curacao bats, going six innings and striking out 14 to keep the Aussies hopes alive for a Little League championship. Curacao has now been eliminated. Stephen Courtney and Mathew Clements drove in the runs for Australia.

Midwest (Iowa) 3 New England (Rhode Island) 2

Iowa stayed alive rallying for two runs in the final frame to eliminate Rhode Island. Kaiden Dinh drove in two runs to lead the Iowa team to victory. Colin Lemieux took a heart breaking loss. He could not finish it off in the sixth, going 5.1 innings and striking out 13.

Southeast (Tennessee) 4 West (Chula Vista) 2

It took seven innings but Tennessee pulled it out to eliminate Chula Vista.

Draci Brno Wins Czech Championships

August 24th, 2016

They are more dominant than the Yankees were back in the 1950s. Draci Brno won their 20th championship with a 21-9 win over Kotlarka. They were down two games to one in the best of five finals to win three straight. A big 10 run eighth inning put the game five out of reach.

Martin Schneider drove in seven runs with his four hits including a homerun. Michael Ondracek and Jason Jarvis also collected four hits and drove in four runs each with both players going deep in the game.

Kotlarka committed five errors, which only led to two unearned runs and walked seven to ease Draci finding home plate.