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Luke Heimlich Approved to Play in Mexican League

Monday, April 15th, 2019

Luke Heimlich has been approved to play baseball in the Mexican League. Heimlich pitched Oregon State to the NCAA championships and was voted the 2018 NCAA pitcher of the year. In 2017 it was discovered he was a registered sex offender for an assault he made when he was 15 years old on his then six year old niece.

Despite his college accomplishments no major league team drafted him. The LaMiga Monkeys attempted to sign him to play in Taiwan but the league voided the contract because of his criminal history. The Tecolotes de Los Dos Laredos signed him but the Mexican League debated whether they should honor the contract. After an investigation they eventually allowed Heimlich to play for the Dos Laredos ball club.

Heimlich has made two starts. In his first start he pitched five innings and gave up two runs, solo shots from Michael Crouse and Luis Perez. His second start was a little rougher as he gave up six runs in just 5.1 innings. After two starts his record is 0-1 with a 6.75 ERA. His next start is scheduled for Friday against Nuevo Laredo.

Dominican Republic Still Leads in Foreign Major Leaguers

Monday, April 1st, 2019

According to a major league baseball press release there are 251 foreign players from 20 different countries or areas who appear on 25 man major league rosters, or are on restricted or disabled lists. That accounts for 28.5% of the players. The Dominican Republic again leads in the most major league players outside the 50 United States. Below is a breakdown of where all those foreign players are from;

1. Dominican Republic (102)
2. Venezuela (68)
3. Cuba (19)
4. Puerto Rico (18)
5. Mexico (8)
6. Japan (6)
7. Canada (6)
8. Curacao (5)
9. South Korea (5)
10. Colombia (4)
11. Aruba (1)
12. Australia (1)
13. Brazil (1)
14. Germany (1)
15. Lithuania (1)
16. Netherlands (1)
17. Nicaragua (1)
18. Panama (1)
19. Taiwan (1)
20. U.S. Virgin Islands (1)

Teams Announced for 12 and Under World Cup

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) 12 and under World Cup will be played in Tainan City from July 26 to August 4. Tainan City will be hosting the 12 and under until 2027, holding the next five events. They will be the Williamsburg of the WBSC. Fiji is the one interesting new player in this tournament. Taiwan won this event in 2011, the first year it was played, but the United States did not participate in that tournament. The last three events the United States has won the championship. Below are the groupings for the tournament.

Group A

Taiwan, Japan, Czech Republic, South Africa, Cuba and Fiji

Group B

United States, Mexico, Korea, Australia, Venezuela and Italy

Japan Splits with Mexico in Two Game Exhibition Series

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Despite the long travel Mexico was able to win the opener against Japan 4-2 in front of 28,933 fans. Mexico scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead, Ali Solis tying the game with an RBI double and Chris Roberson putting them ahead with an RBI single. Jake Sanchez preserved the victory with a scoreless ninth.

Japan came back to even the series next day with a 6-0 victory in front of 28,622. Masataka Yoshida blasted a grand slam homerun in the first inning to give Japan an early lead. He also drove in a fifth run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. Japan scored five runs in the first inning with Tatsuhiro Tamura contributing an RBI single after the Yoshida slam.

Seven Japanese pitchers were used in the shutout with Yasuaki Yamasaki closing out the game for the win. Manny Barreda had a nightmarish game giving up five runs in the first inning.

MLB Ban on Signing Players from Mexico Lifted

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Major league teams now can sign players from Mexico. An agreement was reached between major league baseball and the Mexican teams concerning the bonus paid to a player and where they money went. The major league team will sign a Mexican League player and the full amount of that signing will count against the MLB teams international bonus pool. The MLB team will pay the player directly his signing bonus. An additional 35 percent release fee will be paid to the Mexican club. This release fee will not count against the international bonus.

If a player is at least 25 years old with a service time of six years the release fee is reduced to 15 percent.

Rosters for Mexico/Japan Series

Monday, March 4th, 2019

This weekend (March 9 and 10) the Mexican National team will be playing the Japanese Samurai team. Because the NPB and major leagues have started their spring training the rosters are lacking top flight players. The Japanese do have players from the NPB on their roster while the Mexican team is led by players from the Mexican Professional League. No current major league players are participating, though there are some ex-major leaguers.

Japanese Roster

Pitchers - Yugo Umeno, Taisuke Yamaoka, Juri Hara, Takahiro Matsunaga, Yasuaki Yamasaki, Shota Imanaga, Rei Takahashi, Tomoya Mikami, Yuito Mori, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Kohei Morihara, Kazuto Taguchi

Catchers - Seiji Kobayashi, Tatsuhiro Tamura, Takuya Kai

Infielders - Yota Kyoda, Naoki Yoshikawa, Yusuke Oyama, Shogo Nakamura, Koji Oshiro, Kazuma Okamoto, Munetaka Murakami

Outfield - Masataka Yoshida, Takayoshi Noma, Seiji Uebayashi, Kensuke Kondo, Haruki Nishikawa

Mexican Roster

Pitchers - Andres Avila, Manny Barreda, Esteban Haro, Carlos Hernandez, Luis Mendoza, Aldo Montes, Jose Oyervides, Zach Phillips, Jorge Reyes, Wilmer Rios, Francisco Rodriguez, Jake Sanchez, Jose Samayoa, Cesar Vargas,

Catchers - Xorge Carrillo, Ali Solis

Infielders - Rodolfo Amador, Luis Cruz, Brian Hernandez, Luis Juarez, Victor Mendoza, Ramiro Pena, Isaac Rodriguez

Outfielders - Jose Juan Aguilar, Jesus Fabela, Roberto Lopez, Joey Meneses, Fernando Perez

Mexico to Open Ten Baseball Academies

Monday, February 25th, 2019

The new President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO as many refer to him, is a big baseball fan. He has put ex-major league baseball player Edgar Gonzalez in charge of opening ten baseball academies in Mexico. These academies would be located in 1) San Quintin, Baja California Norte, 2) Guasave and 3) Etchhojoa Sinaloa, 4) Delicias, Chihuahua, 5) Hidalgo, Tamaulipas, 6)Minatitlan, Vera Cruz, 7) Iztapalala, Mexico City, 8) Palenque, Chiapas, 9) Cardenas, Tabasco and 10) Ticul, Yucatan. Players will be available to major league and the local Mexican professional teams.

The academies will be competing with the local professional teams since they sign players prior to turning 16 and sell them to major league teams, often keeping up to 70 percent of the bonus money paid to players. The academies will help negotiate with the major league clubs and claim to only take 5 to 10 percent of the bonus payment to cover the costs of training the players. It is unclear what the market will be for the local professional teams.

Recognizing that not all players signed by major league teams reach the majors, the academies will teach academics to assist them when applying for a college in Mexico or the United States.

It is not known whether Mexico has budgeted for the cost of these academies, but the estimated operating costs of each would be five million pesos annually. That would calculate out to 50 million for the ten academies. The hope is that Mexico would compete with the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela for major league baseball players. In 2003 there were 23 players from Mexico playing for major league teams. Last year that number was down to 13.

You can read the full article on the academies at baseballmexico.blogspot.

Myworld Series del Caribe Team

Monday, February 11th, 2019

It is tough to come up with an All Star team of Series del Caribe players when you did not actually watch them play. Most of this assessment will be based on stats and what the player accomplished in the box score. Below are the players that made myworld’s All Star Series del Caribe Team.

Catcher - Wilken Castillo (Dominican Republic) .571 average, 4 RBIs and a 1.557 OPS

First Base - Victor Mendoza (Mexico) .375 average, .563 slugging, 5 RBIs with one homerun and a .938 OPS

Second Base - Elmer Reyes (Panama) .368 average, .632 slugging, 1.000 OPS, 5 RBIs with one homerun

Shortstop - Javy Guerra (Panama) .389 average, .722 slugging, 3 doubles and one homerun, 3 RBIs and 1.111 OPS

Third Base - David Vidal (Puerto Rico) .385 average, .529 OBA, .991 OPS

Utility - Allen Cordoba (Panama) .389 average and .450 OBA

Outfield - Alfredo Despaigne (Cuba) - .350 average, 5 RBIs
Outfield - Jilton Calderon (Panama) - .273 average, .455 slugging
Outfield - Yuniesky Larduet (Cuba) - .273 average, 4 runs scored

Starting Pitcher - Harold Arauz (Panama) 1-0, 0.90 ERA, 10 innings pitched

Starting Pitcher - Lazaro Blanco (Cuba) 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12 innings pitched

Starting Pitcher - Nestor Cortes (Dominican Republic), 1-0, 1.80 ERA 5 innings pitched, one hit allowed

Starting Pitcher - Nestor Molina (Venezuela) 1-0, 0,00 5 innings pitched

Starting Pitcher - Luis Mateo (Panama) 0-0, 0.00, 7 innings pitched

Relief - Manny Corpas (Panama) 0-0, 2.25, 4 saves

Relief - Jumbo Diaz (Dominican Republic) 1-0, 0.00, 2 saves

Relief - Raidel Martinez (Cuba) 0-0, 0.00, 2 saves

Relief - Sergio Romo (Mexico) 1-0, 0.00

Dominicans Stay Alive

Saturday, February 9th, 2019

The Dominicans stayed alive by sending the Panamanians to their first defeat 5-3. Wilkin Castillo had the big bat for the Dominicans with two doubles. His first drove in the Dominicans first run in the fourth. His second double in the sixth drove in three runs to give the Dominicans a 4-2 lead. He finished the day with three hits, upping his Series del Caribe average to .571.

Elmer Reyes hit a solo homer for Panama in the fourth. He also drove in a run with a ground out in the first inning. The two RBIs gave Panama a quick 2-0 lead. Allen Cordoba had three hits for Panama and drove in the third run in the eighth.

Jumbo Diaz pitched a perfect ninth inning to pick up his second save of the tournament. The 300 pounder has been responsible for each of the three Dominican wins with two saves and one victory. There is a reason for him to be called Jumbo. His fastball also comes in at the high 90s, or used to. Myworld has not seen him pitch in some time.

Mexico kept their hopes alive with a 9-4 drubbing of Venezuela. Victor Mendoza crammed in four hits and drove in four runs. He hit a big three run homer in the sixth to turn a 5-4 lead into a rout. Rafael Martin got the win with 2.1 innings of shutout relief, giving up just one hit and striking out three.

Two big games being played today to close out the pool play. If Venezuela can beat Cuba they clinch their pool. If not Cuba, Mexico and Venezuela will be all tied at 2-2 and it will go to a tie breaker. Panama needs to beat the winless Puerto Rican team to tie the Dominicans. A loss will send them to second. Is this enough to motivate the Puerto Ricans to play? At least Cuba still has a horse in this race. Run differential will be the tie breaking formulae in both pools.

Series Del Caribe will Crown a New Champion

Friday, February 8th, 2019

Junior Lake hit a walk off single in the bottom of the ninth to lead the Dominican Republic to a 5-4 win over Puerto Rico. For Puerto Rico they dropped to 0-3 ending any hope they would win a third consecutive Series del Caribe championship. The Dominican Republic improved to 2-1 but must beat Panama to stay alive for the championship match.

Anuery Taveras had tied the game for the Dominican Republic in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single. Jumbo Diaz got the win by pitching a scoreless ninth, though he did put two runners on with a walk and single. Diego Goris drove in the first Dominican run leading off the fourth with a homerun.

Puerto Rico had opportunities to score but stranded 14 runners on base. They left two runners on in the first, fourth, eighth and ninth and left the bases loaded in the fifth. They can still be spoilers with their final game against Panama.

The day game went 11 innings with Mexico virtually eliminating Cuba 3-2. In their previous loss the Cubans lost when the leadoff batter got on via an error. The misplays continued after Cuban native Dariel Alvarez struck out but reached first when the ball got past the catcher. Ramon Rios drove in Alvarez with a single.

Cuba went out meekly in the bottom of the 11th. They have had trouble generating any offense, collecting only six hits in 11 innings against the Mexican pitchers. The only two runs they scored were in the first inning on a Frederich Cepeda double and an Alfredo Despaigne double. Despaigne has driven in five of the six runs the Cubans have scored.

Mexico scored their first run on a wild pitch in the first inning. In the sixth Victor Mendoza tied the game with an RBI single. Sergio Romo retired all eight hitters he faced to get the victory, three of them by strikeouts.

For Cuba Yordanis Samon got three of the six hits for Cuba but they did not result in any runs.

The big game will pit Dominican Republic against Panama. A win by Panama would clinch their spot in the finals. Their final match is against winless Puerto Rico who they had beaten earlier. A loss to Puerto Rico would still leave them 3-1 with two victories against the Dominican Republic should they win today.

Venezuela can clinch their spot in the championship with a win over Mexico today. A loss to Mexico could result in a three way tie should Cuba beat Venezuela on the final day.