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Gigantes Wins Nicaraguan Championship

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

The Gigantes de Rivas beat the Tigres de Chinendega in six games to win the Nicaraguan baseball championships. Pitcher Yohan Flande and outfielder Isaac Benard shared the MVP honors. Flande was the winner of game six and Benard drove in eleven runs in the six games, including four in game six to help the Gigantes win the championship.

The Gigantes won the final game 16-3. The bats also came alive in game five with an 11-7 win.

Nicaraguan Baseball Championships

Thursday, January 14th, 2021

The Tigres de Chinandega are playing against the Gigantes de Rivas in the Nicaraguan Winter League baseball championships. The Tigres won the opener 12-4. Tigers starting pitcher Alexander Santana limited the Gigantes bats to one hit in six innings. With a 10-0 the Tigres went to their bullpen and the Gigantes bats started producing, but not enough to win the game.

Jesus Lopez was the big bat for Tigres driving in four runs on two hits.

Gigantes won game two 5-2. Tigres starting pitcher Pedro Fernandez worked six shutout innings before tiring in the seventh. Gigantes pitcher Yohan Flande gave up two runs in his seven innings of work. The Gigantes rallied for five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to take the game, three of those runs unearned.

Isaac Benard drove in two runs and scored once to lead the offense. His two run single in the seventh tied the game at 2-2. Luis Allen did not get a hit in the game, but his walks in the seventh and eighth innings allowed him to score twice. Christopher Roberson went 3 for 5, including an RBI double in the eighth. Norman St. Clair worked the last two innings without allowing a hit, striking out four to earn the save for Gigantes.

Series Del Caribe Scheduled for January

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

The Series del Caribe is scheduled for January 31 and will run until February 6 in Mazatlan, Mexico. Six teams are being planned for the tournament, but that all depends on if each of the winter leagues can get their season started. The traditional four of Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Mexico will be playing along with Colombia and Panama.

The Dominican Republic just began their winter league last Sunday. Mexico had to postpone their season for eleven days because of corona virus concerns but hopes to resume their season soon. Venezuela and Puerto Rico plan to bein their season December 1. Last year Cuba did not participate because of their inability to obtain a visa. When it was announced that Cuba would not participate in the 2021 Series del Caribe, Colombia will have a second opportunity to participate.

It is possible if one of the winter leagues can not complete their season Nicaragua could become the sixth team. They have already started their winter league.

Nicaragua Winter Ball to be Live Streamed

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

For those interested in the Nicaraguan Winter League, the WBSC’s You Tube channel “Game Time” will live stream two games per week. The LBPN (Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League) will have their opener this Friday November 13 with Indios del Boer playing against the defending champion Leon Leones.

The other three teams in the league are the Tigres del Chinandega, the Gigantes de Rivas and the new expansion team Tren del Norte from Esteli.

Leon Wins Nicaraguan Championship

Monday, May 18th, 2020

The statement that the only baseball being played was in Taiwan was never accurate. They were also playing ball in Nicaragua, though there is some question as to whether it should be considered as a professional league.

Leon won the national championship of Nicaragua. They beat Managua 2-0. Norman Lopez got a complete game shutout in the win. Geraldo Chevez hit a solo shot to provide all the offensive support Lopez needed. Arnol Rizo also drove in a run.

It was the second national championship for Leon. The first was in 2010.

Nicaragua Playing Baseball

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

It seems Taiwan is not the only country playing baseball. Nicaraguan teams have played three games of their second stage of their baseball season. Their first stage consisted of 30 games. Myworld hears they do not restrict fan attendance, but I have not been able to validate that fact. But you can google Nicaragua scoreboard to follow their results.

It is different from their winter league when they have just four teams competing. In this league they have 12 teams competing in the second stage. They appeared to have more teams competing in the first stage. When I was in Nicaragua a number of years ago they talked about a summer league, but it is not as strong as the winter league.

But they are playing ball. So Taiwan is not alone.

Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela Qualify for U-23 Baseball World Cup

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

The host Nicaragua did not lose a game in the Americas qualifier and will be going to Mexico in October for the WBSC U-23 Baseball World Cup. They defeated Cuba 1-0 in the championship match. Cuba also qualified by finishing in second place.

Venezuela defeated Colombia 9-0 to finish in third place and become the third qualifier for the U-23 World Cup. The United States did not participate in the event.

The teams that have qualified for the U-23 Baseball World Cup to be played in Mexico in October are:

Africa - South Africa
Americas - Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua
Asia - Japan, Taiwan and China
Europe - Czech Republic and Germany
Oceania - New Zealand
Wild Card - Korea

World Baseball Classic Officially Announces Qualifiers

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

The World Baseball Classic has officially announced their qualifiers, both to be played in Tucson in March. The games will be played at the Kino Sports Complex.

Pool 1 (March 12-17) - Brazil, France, Germany, Nicaragua, Pakistan and South Africa

Pool II (March 20-25) - Czech Republic, Great Britain, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines and Spain.

The top two teams from each pool will qualify for the World Baseball Classic that will be held March 2021. All 16 teams who participated in the 2017 World Baseball Classic have qualified for the 2021 event. Those countries include the defending champion United States, Australia, Canada, Cuba, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan and Venezuela

Under 23 World Cup Qualifying Round

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Under 23 Baseball World Cup qualifying round will be held in Nicaragua and Honduras. Competing in the Nicaragua competition will be Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and the hosts Nicaragua. In Honduras, other than the hosts the competition will be Argentina, Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala and Panama. Absent from the competition are the United States and Canada. Even Puerto Rico is absent in the tournament.

The Under 23 World Cup will be held October 2-11 in Mexico. Mexico are the defending champions having defeated Japan in 2018 when it was played in Colombia. Other countries who have qualified to play are Germany and Czech Republic (European qualifier), New Zealand (Oceania - Australia dropped out), Taiwan, Japan and China (Asia Qualifier), Korea (wild card selection) and Mexico as the host.

Honduras is an interesting country to choose to be a host for a baseball qualifier since baseball is not a big sport in that country. If you want to grow the game you have to expose the countries not usually exposed to baseball. Not sure why the United States and Canada chose not to participate but the major and minor league pipeline availability probably has something to do with that.

2020 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Major league baseball did announce that they would be holding the World Baseball Classic in 2021. That is one year after the Olympics, where two remaining teams are still undecided to be one of the six competitors for the Olympics. One of those Olympic qualifiers is to be scheduled in Arizona from March 22-26.

It could be a busy time for baseball in Arizona in March. With spring training and the Olympic qualifiers and now also the two World Baseball Classic qualifiers to be held in Arizona. Where will they find all the fields?

Baseball Reference.com shows that there will be two World Baseball Classic qualifiers in Arizona. The first will be held from March 12-17 and the second from March 18-26. Below are the teams that will be participating in those qualifiers.

March 12-17

Brazil, Germany, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Philippines and South Africa

March 18-26

Czech Republic, France, United Kingdom, Pakistan, Panama and Spain.

The top two teams from each of these pools will advance to the World Baseball Classic for 2021.

What got me interested in this was an article appearing in baseballasia.org that talked about the rise in baseball in the Philippines. The Philippine Amateur Baseball Association President talked about participating in the WBC qualifiers in March 18-25, which are different dates from what the Philippines appears to be scheduled in according to Baseball Reference.com. They also talk about adding Tim Tebow, who was born in the Philippines to their roster. Tim Tebow has recently been invited to the New York Mets spring training tryouts and they train in Florida.

So there is not a lot of publicity being issued on these qualifiers but they appear to be happening some time in March. That could be a good time to travel to Arizona to watch some International baseball. Poor Nicaragua appears to be scheduled to play in both the Olympic Qualifiers in Arizona and the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers in Arizona. Good way to save on travel costs, provided the tournaments are not scheduled during the same week.