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Japan Retains Number One World Ranking

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Despite the United States first place finish in the World Baseball Classic tournament this month Japan has retained the number one ranking thanks to their third place finish. Over the course of the voting the United States has won four tournaments to one for Japan in tournaments both teams have competed in. Where Japan jumps ahead of the United States is their two championships that the United States chose not to enter.

Below is the top 12 teams and their points accumulated in parenthesis.

1. Japan (5699)
2. United States (5378)
3. South Korea (4789)
4. Taiwan (3901)
5. Cuba (3737)
6. Mexico (2961)
7. Venezuela (2804)
8. Australia (2433)
9. Netherlands (2071)
10. Canada (2020)
11. Puerto Rico (1759)
12. Italy 1708

You can see the complete list by going to World rankings

Baseball World Cup Under 18 Pools Determined

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

The Baseball World Cup Under 18 tournament will be held in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada from September 1-10. Nine of the top ten ranked countries will be participating in the event, with only Venezuela the lone top ten country not participating.

There will be two groups of six, who will play a round robin. The top three finishers will then advance to the second round, where each of the three teams will carry their record with them to the new pool and play the three teams advancing from the other pool. The two teams with the best record will play for the gold medal while the third and fourth best record will battle for the bronze.

Group A

Canada (9), South Korea (3), Taiwan (4), Australia (10), Italy (11), Nicaragua (16)

Group B

United States (2), Japan (1), Cuba (5), Mexico (6), Netherlands (9), South Africa (28)

The United States has won this event the last three years. The All tournament team from the last Under 18 tournament included first round draft pick Josh Naylor from Canada and the recently defected potential superstar from Cuba Luis Robert. Blake Retherford, the first round pick of the Yankees made the team as an outfielder. There was a Cuban player named Jose Garcia who made it as a second baseman, but do not know if that was Jose Adolis Garcia, the brother of Adonis who recently defected.

Luis Robert hit .406 with two homeruns and 11 RBIs with three doubles, three triples and four stolen bases at the event.

Calendar of International Events for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Below is the calendar of events for baseball in many different geographical areas. If myworld had the time we would try to hit all of them. We’ll be at a few.

February 1-7 - Series del Caribe in Culican, Sinoaloa,Mexico - home of the Tomateros

March 6-10 - World Baseball Classic, Pool A Seoul, Korea

March 7-11 - World Baseball Classic, Pool B, Tokyo Japan

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic Pool C, Miami, Florida, United States

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic, Pool D, Jalisco, Mexico

March 12-16 - World Baseball Classic, Pool E, Tokyo, Japan

March 14-19 - World Baseball Classic, Pool F, San Diego, California, United States

March 20-22 - World Baseball Classic Finals, Los Angeles, ,California, United States

March - Florida for Spring Training, Palm, Florida, New Home of the Astros and Nationals

April 3 - Washington D.C. opening day for game versus the NL East Miami Marlins

June 16-28 - NCAA College World Series, Omaha, Nebraska

July 1- 9 - World Port Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 2-7 - Cuba versus United States Series, Cary, Durham and Charlotte,, North Carolina

July 28 - August 6 - IV U-12 Baseball World Cup, Tainan, Taiwan

August 17-27 - Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

September 1 - 10 - Under 18 Baseball World Cup, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Japan Extends Number One Ranking in International Baseball

Saturday, November 26th, 2016

Japan has extended their lead over the United States by 741 points in the World Baseball and Softball Confederation end of the year polling. A tournament win in the Under 23 tournaments helped cement their lead atop the poll. Two other events helped vault Japan farther past the United States in the poll. Japan was second to Cuba in the Under 15 tournament while the United States finished in third. Japan also won a best of five exhibition match with the United States three games to two in a game of college All Stars.

Korea moved closer to the United States and is in third place in the rankings. A win over the United States last November in the Premier 12 moved them closer to second place. The United States brought a team of AAA players who were not on major league 40 man rosters while the Korean team was composed of KBO All Stars. Korea routed the United States 8-0 in the championship game showing a squad of AAA minor leaguers was no match for the KBO All Stars. Japan took third place in the Premier 12.

Below is the top ten and the number of points accumulated. You can see all the 100 or so rankings at the World Baseball Softball Confederation website.

1. Japan - 5669 points
2. United States - 4928 points
3. Korea - 4823 points
4. Taiwan - 4239 points
5. Cuba - 3857 points
6. Venezuela - 2684 points
7. Mexico - 3081 points
8. Canada - 2200 points
9. Netherlands - 2071 points
10. Italy - 2008 points

Australia moved into the top 12 as a result of their second place finish in the Under 23 tournament. Being ranked in the Top 12 qualifies you for the Premier 12, which distributes the second most points after the World Baseball Classic, which will be held in March.

My World’s Under 23 All Tournament Team

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

We were not at the games, but based on the numbers this is myworld’s All Tournament team for the under 23’s.

C - Robbie Perkins (Australia) .313, 1, 3

1B - Connor MacDonald (Australia) - .313, 4, 14

2B - Cesar Diaz (Nicaragua) .400, 3, 17 with 4 stolen bases

3B - Jean Rodriguez (Panama) .417, 1, 4 with a 1.131 OPS

SS - Jacob Younis (Australia) .571, 2, 7 with a 1.525 OPS and 17 runs scored and 3 SBs. A 7/1 walk to whiff ratio

LF - Yusuke Masago (Japan) .379 , 3, 13 with 5 2Bs and 1.214 OPS

CF - Kengo takeda (Japan) .483, 1, 9 . 559 OBA

RF - Norberto Obeso (Mexico) .433, 1, 6

DH - Moises Gutierrez (Mexico) .367, 2, 14

SP - Keisuke Honda (Japan) 1-0, 0.60, .120 oppo average and 3/15 walk to whiff
Jiseob Lim (Korea) 2-0, 1.13, 5/14 walk to whiff and .106 oppo ave
Daiki Aoyama (Japan) 1-0, 1.38 3/15 walk to whiff
Abdiel Velasquez (Panama) 1-0, 0.68

Closer - Sang-Hyun Jeong (Korea) - 1.17 with 13 K’s in 7.2 innings and a .167 oppo ave

Jacob Younis would get my MVP vote and the best pitcher award given to Keisuke Honda.

Japan Wins Under 23 Championship

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Japan routed Australia for the second time to win the under 23 championship. This was an event that did not have the United States or Cuba appear, two of the top teams in the rankings of World Baseball. Except for a blemish against Panama the Japanese team cruised through the opposition.

Australia jumped to an early 3-0 lead. Aaron Whitfield, who had a perfect 4 for 4 day from the lead off spot drove in the first two runs with a two run single in the third. Zach Shepherd made it 3-0 after a solo homerun in the top of the fourth.

Nicholas Veale had retired the Japanese in order in the ninth. He gave up a single in the third but picked the runner off. He should have retired the first two hitters in the fourth but an error by second baseman Samuel Kennelly put a runner on and another error in the inning, this one by third baseman Connor McDonald with the bases loaded allowed two runs to score. A sacrifice fly by Takumi Miyoshi and an RBI single by Tomoya Kakinuma gave them a lead they would not relinquish.

The Japanese put on their hitting shoes in the sixth with Yusuke Masago leading off the inning with a homerun. For Yusuke it was his fourth homerun of the tournament and 14th RBI. Another error by Australia extended the inning, allowing Taishi Hirooka to blast a 3-run homer to capture a 9-3 lead in the game. Because of the error the last three runs were unearned.

Japan scored a final run in the 8th inning on an RBI double by Kengo Takeda. Japan used five different pitchers in the game but Keisuke Honda was the best pitcher striking out five of the six hitters he faced. Hiroaki Saiuchi struck out the side in the ninth, but also issued a lead off walk. Japanese pitchers struck out 14 Aussie hitters before the game was done.

Korea won the bronze medal game over Panama 5-3. They scored four of their five runs in the first two innings. Woo-Jun Sim slashed two doubles to drive in two runs and scored one run to lead the Korean offense. Sim collected a hit in all nine games he played. The two doubles he hit in the win over Panama were his first extra base hits of the tournament. Sug-gon Jung pitched a complete game, allowing just four hits and falling two pitches short of the century mark.

Rodrigo Orozco was the hitting star for Panama with a homerun and double to drive in two of the three Panama runs. Gabriel Henry pitched 5.1 innings of no hit relief without allowing a run, but he did walk seven hitters. His 88 pitch count was almost equal to Jung in almost four innings less of work. In total Panama pitchers only gave up six hits, enough to win a ball game, but the three pitchers combined for 13 walks.

Under 23 - Japan and Australia to Compete for Championship

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Japan routed Australia in their pool play encounter 11-2. The championship game will be a new encounter, with the under 23 championship on the line. Korea and Panama will battle for the bronze. Below is a summary of day two and three of the super round.

Panama 3 Japan 2

Panama sent Japan to their first loss of the tournament, scoring a run in the eighth inning to win the game. Jean Rodriguez was the hitting star for Panama driving in two runs with a solo shot and a RBI single. Abdiel Velasquez pitched 7.1 innings to give Panama the opportunity to win the game. He gave up two runs in the second inning, including a solo shot from Koki Yamashita. It was Alberto Guerrero who got credit for the win with his 1.2 innings of work.

Australia 9 Korea 7

Australia scored early taking a 6-0 lead after two. Korea bounced back with seven runs in the next three innings to leave the game tied 7-7 after five. Single runs in the seventh and eighth gave Australia the victory in this slugfest. Robbie Perkins went deep for Australia. He also doubled to drive in three runs in the game. Guy Edmonds also drove in three runs with his three singles in four at bats. Jacob Younis scored three times contributing a double and two singles in his four at bats. Joshua Guyer got the victory pitching the last 2.2 innings in relief without allowing Korea a run. He struck out four of the 10 hitters he faced.

Mexico 7 Nicaragua 4

Mexico put themselves in gold medal contention rallying for four runs in the seventh to pull out a victory. Norberto Obeso and Manuel Cruz did the bulk of the damage driving in seven of the nine runs. Cruz homered to drive in four and Obeso rapped two singles and a homer for his contribution to the offense.

Japan 3 Mexico 2

Japan knocked Mexico out of medal contention, scoring a run in the bottom of the ninth to win their game and qualify for a gold medal appearance. Mexico scored both their runs on a two run homerun for Carlos Diaz in the seventh. Mexico committed four errors to allow two unearned runs to score and gift wrap the game to Japan. Two errors in the ninth, the last by Mexican pitcher Francisco Haro allowed the game winning run to score. Except for the two run homer in the seventh Japanese pitcher Daiki Aoyama pitched well with seven innings of four hit ball. He struck out nine, striking out the side in his last inning of work when he gave up the two run homer.

Australia 8 Panama 4

Australia knocked Panama to the bronze medal game with Connor McDonald leading their high powered offense with two dingers and four RBIs. McDonald also walked twice, spreading fear in the pitchers hearts with his four homeruns and 14 RBIs for the tournament. Jacob Younis continued his torrid hitting with three hits and two runs scored. Jacob is hitting .571 for the tournament with 17 runs scored. He has only failed to score in one of the eight games he has played.

Korea 13 Nicaragua 8

Korea put themselves into the bronze medal game by winning the slugfest over Nicaragua. A six run fifth turned a 6-4 deficit into a 10-6 lead proving to be the back breaker for Nicaragua. Korea hammered out 12 hits and drew 9 walks to score their 13 runs. Byeong-Wuk Lim was the big offensive contributor with a homerun and four RBIs. Tae-Jin Kim and Woo-Jun Sim each scored three times. Cesar Diaz did his part for Nicaragua, driving in four runs with a homerun, double and single, falling a triple short of the cycle. Diaz has driven in 17 runs in the tournament.

The First Day of Super Round in Under 23

Friday, November 4th, 2016

There were a couple upsets on the first day of the super round. Below are the results:

Nicaragua 9 Panama 3

Panama lost their first game of the tournament to their Central American neighbor but still hang on to second place after Australia Korea both suffered their second losses. Nicaragua scored eight of their nine runs in the sixth through eighth innings, a five spot in the sixth the big blow that turned a 3-1 Panama lead into a 6-3 deficit. Nicaragua banged out 12 hits and drew seven walks to always have runners on base. Sandy Bermudez led the team with three hits. Wilfredo Piner shut down the Panama bats for the last 5.1 innings to get the win.

Mexico 15 Australia 8

Moises Gutierrez drove in seven runs with his homerun, double and two singles to lead the Mexicans 17 hit attack against the Aussie arms. Norberto Obeso scored four times with his three hits. Carlos Diaz homered for the second consecutive day.

Japan 2 Korea 1

A bunt and a sacrifice fly after runners were placed on first and second won the game for Japan in the bottom of the 10th. The only runs that had scored prior to that were the result of the long ball. Hyun Jung homered for Korea in the fifth to give them an early 1-0 lead. Japan tied it in the seventh on a solo shot from Yusuke Masago, who was walked in his other three plate appearances. He was standing on deck when Tomo Otosaka hit the sacrifice fly to win the game.

Korea got an excellent pitching performance from Jiseob Lim, who worked the first nine innings and only allowed three hits. He was a little wild with four walks, two wild pitches and two hit batsman. Japan used Keisuke Honda, who worked eight innings. He gave up four hits but struck out 12 in his 127 pitch performance. The solo shot hit by Jung is the only run given up by Honda in his fifteen innings of work.

Under 23 Day 5

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

Japan and Panama were the two teams to remain undefeated as teams were selected for the second round matches. The records against teams advancing to the super or consolation round carry to that round.

Panama 5 Korea 4

Panama shocked Korea by erupting for four runs in the ninth inning to win their game. Korea went to their bullpen after Chae-Hueng Choi pitched two outs into the seventh inning. Jin-Su Byeon got the final out in the eighth but could only get one out in the ninth to take the loss giving up four hits and a hitbatsman. Gerald Chin drove in two runs in the ninth with a two run double for the big hit in the inning. Carlos Sanchez hit a solo shot earlier for Panama. Up until that point Tae-Hun Lee was the offensive hero for Korea with his double and homerun giving him two RBIs. Korea had scored three runs in the last two innings to break a 1-1 tie.

Japan 11 Australia 2

Australia was not that competitive against the Japanese team. Yusuke Masago and Takumi Miyoshi each went deep and drove in two runs to lead the rout. Ryota Yoshimochi went a perfect 3 for 3 to drive in three runs from the bottom spot in the order to trigger the offense. After tossing six shutout innings Taiga Kasahara tired in the seventh and gave up two runs.

Nicaragua 6 Argentina 0

Nicaragua advanced to the super round with Walter Lopez pitching six shutout innings. After losing their first two games Nicaragua won their next three to advance to the super round.

Mexico 15 Russia 0

Tournament organizers were happy with the advancement of Mexico, the only team that is bringing out decent attendance to the park. Close to 8,000 watched two Mexican pitchers limit the Russians to two hits in the six inning game. Jorge Gonzalez went the first five while Misael Verduzco pitched the last inning to complete the shutout. Jose Urena drove in five runs with his homerun and two singles for five RBIs. Carlos Diaz and Moises Gutierrez also combined for 5 RBIs with their two homeruns.

Taiwan 3 Austria 0

Chi Tseng pitched eight innings of two hit shutout ball to give Taiwan the win. Despite the victory they must be satisfied to compete in the consolation round. Po-Yi Wu slugged a solo shot in the opening frame to lead the Taiwan offense. He finished the day a perfect 3 for 3.

Venezuela 10 Czech Republic 9

Both teams must satisfy themselves with a consolation round appearance.

Under 23 - Day 4

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

The undefeateds remained the same but that should change after today when Panama plays Korea and Japan does battle with Australia.

Panama 9 Russia 1

Russia had a 1-0 lead after two innings. Panama ran away with the game after a 6 run fifth. Gabriel Henry pitched seven innings of three hit ball allowing just one unearned run. Panama took advantage of 9 walks to run away from this game. Rodrigo Orozco was the most patient with three walks.

Nicaragua 10 Taiwan 5

Nicaragua scored five in the top of the tenth to win this game. Cesar Diaz blasted two of his three hits over the fence to drive in five. Javier Robles also hit a homerun, a solo shot for his one hit in the game. Taiwan scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Chung-Yu Chen solo shot to send the game into extra innings. It was the only blemish off Adolfo Robles who worked two innings to get the win.

Korea 7 Venezuela 2

Korea got a pinch hit 3-run double from Byeong-Wuk Lim to fuel a 4-run eighth that put the game out of reach for Korea. Joong-Hyun Yoon pitched 4.1 innings of relief to get the win for Korea, striking out seven.

Australia 15 Argentina 2

Aaron Whitfield drove in four runs with his three hits and Jacob Younis went a perfect 3 for 3 including a homerun, two walks, two stolen bases and two RBIs to lead the Aussie offense. Argentina pitches walked 10 and hit four batters. Once the Aussies got on base they ran wild stealing seven bases. Ben Leslie was a perfect 1 for 1 with three RBIs, two walks and a sacrifice fly.

Japan 16 Austria 0

Austria was a bit overmatched in this five inning game. Yusuke Masago, Tomohiro Anraku and Koki Yamashita each drove in three runs.

Mexico 14 Czech Republic 4

An eight run first put this game out of reach but the Czechs extended the game to eight innings. Every starter in the Mexican lineup except one player contributed an RBI in the game. Gilberto Carrera, Norberto Obeso and Hector Ponce led the charge with three hits each. Mexico finished the game with 19 hits