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Tebow Timeout

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Myworld watched Tim Tebow in a spring training game. He struggled, striking out a couple times and grounding into a double play. The ground out double play brought some positives because it scored a run. Based on what myworld saw, a major league career was a long way from happening. Now that the minor league season is close to two months old myworld thought we would take a look at Tebow to see how his minor league career is progressing.

The New York Mets sent Tebow to Low A Columbia to begin his minor league career. At 29 years of age most would expect him to dominate. Many players dominate at a level where those they are playing against are younger than them. Tebow is not. He is still struggling, but the attendance at games he plays is good. So the opportunities for him to make every effort to succeed will continue. The Tebow experiment continues.

Tebow is hitting .230 with three homeruns. When Michael Jordan began his baseball career he was 31 years of age. He started in AA where he hit .202 with just three homeruns. Michael was able to steal bases with 30 in 48 attempts. The inability to make contact was there too with 114 whiffs in 127 games. At 6′6″ Michael had a strike zone that was three inches larger than Tebow.

Tebow has yet to steal a base, though his speed is stated to be above average. He has also struck out 37 times in 35 games. His .688 OPS is higher than what Jordan could generate at .556. While about 24 percent of the hits Jordan collected went for extra bases, only 22 percent of the hits Tebow has put together have gone for extra bases. The slugging percentage of Tebow is still higher (.369 vs .266) but that is because he has strung together a greater number of singles and his homeruns are equal to Jordan with much fewer at bats. With Tebow the Mets would like to see him generate a little more power and that may come as he gains more experience.

One thing myworld did not know about Tebow is he was born in the Philippines. Perhaps Tebow could play on the Philippines next World Baseball Classic qualifying team. It might not improve their chances of winning a game, but it will generate a lot of publicity, which could attract more youth to baseball in the Philippines.

It has been at least 10 years since Tebow has last played baseball competitively. The Columbia Fireflies and the South Atlantic League is benefiting from his playing. As long as Tebow continues to have fun and he senses progress in the improvement in his skills there is no reason not to let the experiment continue. If Tebow quits too soon he will always have those doubts when he turns 50 that if he had just played a little bit longer he may have gotten his opportunity. Myworld suspects Tebow is not going to have an issue with finding another career once it is recognized that major league baseball will not be a part of his life.

We suspect that if he can not lift his average above .250 and hit double digits in homeruns the Tebow experiment will end after one year.

Japan Wins 12 and Under Asian Tournament

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Japan continued their dominance in baseball with a 4-1 win over Korea to win the 12 and under Asian tournament championship. The win qualifies them for the World Championship to be held in Taiwan in 2017 between July 28 to August 7. Korea also qualified for the World Championship for their second place finish.

The number four ranked Taiwan, who won the last under 12 Asian tournament took the last spot (third place) by beating the hosts China 4-0. The Philippines between a surprisingly strong Pakistan team 3-2 to take fifth place. Indonesia took seventh place by beating Hong Kong 6-5.

Australia Rides Good Pitching to Finals

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Good teams are defined by the quality of their pitching staff. When compared to the three other teams competing in the Australia World Baseball Classic qualifier Australia has the superior pitching. That was again on display with four pitchers limiting South Africa to one run on six hits in their 4-1 win to get them to the finals.

Warwick Saupold got the start and worked the first three innings. He gave up the lone run to South Africa in the third inning after a Kyle Botha RBI single. Ryan Rowland Smith followed him with three shutout innings of two hit ball. Todd Van Steensel was called on for two shutout innings and Ryan Searle struck out three of the four hitters he faced in the ninth.

Australia erupted for three runs in the opening frame off South African starter Carl Michaels. James Beresford and Logan Wade started the game with back to back double with Stefan Welch following with an RBI single. Fans were still not settled in their seats and Australia was already up 2-0. A sacrifice fly by Trent Oeltjen upped the lead to 3-0.

What looked to be a rout after the first inning settled into a pitcher’s duel. Australia would not score their next run until the sixth inning after a wild pitch moved runners to second and third and David Kandilas scored on a James Beresford ground out.

The earlier match showed New Zealand pound the Philippines 17-7 in a game that lacked good pitching. The Philippines had actually taken a 7-4 lead with three runs in the top of the sixth. New Zealand hammered the Philippine bullpen with six in the bottom half of the sixth, another five in the seventh and two more in the eighth to end the game as a result of the slaughter rule.

Ex-Red Sox prospect Boss Moanaroa drove in seven runs with his four hits. His RBI onslaught started with an RBI double in the fifth, it went into overdrive with a 3-run homer in the sixth and was completed after a two run single in the seventh. If Boss was a little faster with the feet he could have extended one of his two doubles for a triple to hit for the cycle.

Eric Farris collected four hits for the Philippines from the leadoff spot and Brady Conlan bashed a two run homer in the fourth to tie the game at 3-3 but the production went for naught for lack of a bullpen. The Philippine hurlers did not help their cause by walking 10 batters. By contrast New Zealand issued only one walk.

The Philippines now go back home while New Zealand does battle with South Africa to see who will attempt to knock Australia from the top of the hill.

South Africa and Australia Open with WBC Qualifier Victories

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

South Africa used two big innings to rout New Zealand 7-1 in a World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Dylan Unsworth pitched eight shutout innings to quiet the bats of New Zealand. Brett Willemburg provided all the offense South Africa needed with two hits while driving in two runs. New Zealand pitchers walked seven and their defense committed three errors, two of them in a three run third that led to the first three runs scoring for South Africa. A wild pitch and a throwing error by catcher Connar O’Gorman was responsible for two South African runs.

New Zealand scored their only run in the bottom of the ninth on a walk to Boss Moanaroa that forced in a run. Jared Elario came on to face the final batter, forcing him to ground into a double play to end the game.

Australia scored seven in the seventh to rout the Philippines 11-1 in a game shortened by seven innings because of the ten run rule. James Beresford slammed four hits and drove in three runs to lead the Aussie offense. Beresford drove in two runs in the seven run seventh on a single. Stefan Welch also drove in three runs, including two in the seventh on a double and the first run for Australia in the first inning with a single.

Steven Kent worked six innings allowing only one run to get the win. That run came in the opening frame when the Philippines jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after two singles and a walk. Eric Farriss got things going with a single and Brady Conlan drove him in with a single.

In the double elimination tournament Australia will play South Africa while New Zealand will battle the Philippines to survive another day. You can view the boxscores of the game at the link below:

World Baseball Classic boxscores

WBC Australian Qaulifier - Philippines Roster

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Below is the roster of the Philippines, who will be managed by ex-major leaguer Tim Hulett.

Catcher - Edmer Del Socorro, Brad Haynal, Alfredo Olivares
Infield - Adriane Ros Bernardo, Brady Conlan, Jennald Pareja, Angelo Songco, Matt Vance, Joshua Wong
Outfield - Chris Aguila, Eric Farris, Ferdinand Liguayan, Juan Paulo Macasaet, Jonash Ponce, Diaz Vermon
Left handed Pitchers - Ernesto Binarao, Vladimir Eguia, Devon Ramirez, Clay Rapada, Jon Jon Robles
Right handed Pitcher - J.R. Bunda, Leslie Cabiling, Taylor Garrison, Austin Haynal, Romeo Jasmin, Ryan Juarez, Ronel Peralta, Kevin Vance

It would have been a coup if the Philippines had convinced Tim Lincecum to pitch for them, but he is coming off hip surgery so they will have to be happy with ex-major leaguer Clay Rapada, who pitched in the major leagues and will retire after this tournament. Chris Aguila was once a highly touted prospect who got some major league at bats. Eric Ferris has had 10 major league at bats, his last appearance in 2012. The best current player is probably Angelo Songco, who slugged 17 homeruns for the Independent League St. Paul Saints last year which at 27 years old got him a minor league contract with the Dodgers.

They have made one appearance in a WBC qualifier finishing 1-2. They were 0-7 during World Cup competition. The Philippines did have a professional league but myworld stopped following it, or it folded. They are rated 23rd in the World in the rankings. A win would be a surprise.

Countries Claiming One Major Leaguer

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Baseball Reference.com has broken down the place of birth for every major league player, except for 72 players born prior to 1900. There are 15 countries who can lay claim to only one major leaguer, with a mass of water also eligible to claim a major leaguer. Historical data on many of these players is absent mainly because many played the game in relative obscurity. Myworld would suspect their parents worked for the U.S. government and were temporarily stationed overseas, or were the parents of missionaries or corporations. Below are the countries and the major leaguer who were born there.

Afghanistan (Kabul) Jeff Bronkey (1993 -1995)
Belgium (Antwerp) - Brian Lesher (1996 - 2002)
Belize - Chito Martinez (1991 - 1993)
China (Tientsin) - Harry Kingman (1914)
Finland - John Michaelson (1921)
Greece - Al Campanis (1943)
Guam - John Hattig (2006)
Honduras - Gerald Young (1987 - 1994)
Indonesia (East bontang) - Tom Mastny (2006 - 2008)
Lithuania - Joe Zapustas (1933)
Philippines - Bobby Chouinard (1996 - 2001)
Singapore - Robin Jennings (1996 - 2001)
Slovakia - Jack Quinn (1909 - 1933)
Switzerland - Otto Hess (1902 - 1915)
Vietnam (Saigon) - Danny Graves (1996-2006)

Atlantic Ocean - Ed Porray (1914)

WBC Qualifying Cities Determined

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

The World Baseball Classic and World Baseball and Softball Confederation have agreed to continue their working relationship to put on display the World Baseball Classic to determine the top baseball country. Japan won the first two events but the Dominican Republic won the last event. These two associations have decided the location and countries who will compete in the qualifiers for the final four spots for the World Baseball Classic. Twelve teams have qualified.

The qualifying locations are:

February 11-14 in Sydney, Australia

1) Australia, 2) New Zealand, 3) Philippines and 4) South Africa

March 17-20 in Mexicali, Mexico

1) Mexico, 2) Czech Republic, 3) Germany and 4) Nicaragua

March 17-20 in Panama City, Panama

1) Colombia, 2) France, 3) Panama and 4) Spain

September 22-25, in Brooklyn, New York, United States

1)Brazil, 2) Great Britain, 3) Israel and 4) Pakistan

The 12 teams who have qualified are:

1) Canada, 2) China, 3) Cuba, 4) Dominican Republic, 5) Italy, 6) Japan, 7) Netherlands, 8) Puerto Rico, 9) South Korea, 10) Taiwan, 11) United States and 12) Venezuela

The World Baseball Classic will be held on March 2017, provided the major league players association and the major leagues agree to a collective bargaining agreement prior to the end of the 2016 season. If no agreement can be reached it will be interesting to see if the event is still held.

Oh and Aaron Head the Children’s Fair in Japan

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

The two have combined for 1,623 homeruns. Sadaharu Oh (868 homeruns) is the chairman and Hank Aaron (755 homeruns) is the co-founder of the World Baseball Children’s Foundation. The 300 kids from 16 different countries will learn the game of baseball for six days from 10 different international coaches. The kids can also learn a thing or two from listening to Oh and Aaron.

The countries represented in this event are Burma (Myanmar), Canada, China, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Malta, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Switzerland, Taiwan, the United States and the host Japan. The ten different coaches represent six different countries though the two Italian coaches and the one Australian coach appear to have no children representing their country. Ex-major leaguer Eugene Kingsale is representing the Netherlands as a coach and lacks any kids from his country.

The event began in Los Angeles in 1990 and since that time over 5,000 kids aged 10 to 11 years old have represented 93 different countries trying to expand their knowledge of baseball. It would be interesting to know if any professional players from the United States, Japan or another country attended this event in the early years.

East Asia All Star Team

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Below are the list of names of the players who made the all star team in the East Asia tournament won by the Philippines.

All Star Team

C - Alfredo Olivarez Jr. (Philippines) - .278

1st Base - Ng Yuk Ming (Hong Kong) - .333

2nd Base - Adriens Ros Bernardo (Philippines) - .222 with 5 walks for .391 OBA

3rd Base - Francis Candela (Philippines) - .286

SS - Iresh Kosala (Sri Lanka) - .381, 5 runs and 4 RBIs, 4 walks for .480 OBA

LF - Gerves, Alan Edrian (Indonesia) - .263 with 4 RBIs

CF - Chamara Peiris (Sri Lanka) - .455

RF - Sameera Rathnayake (Sri Lanka) - .412 with 4 runs scored

DH - Leung Yu Chung (Hong Kong) - .286 with 5 RBIs

RHP - Tharindu Madumal (Sri Lanka) -

LHP - Junmar Diarao (Philippines)

Other Individual Awards

The Leading hitter - Lo Ho Lam Andy (Hong Kong) - .444
Pitcher with the Best Earned Run Average - Ugrasena (Indonesia) - 0.00 ERA pitching 11.1 innings
Pitcher with the best won-loss average - Muhammad, Hadi Nur (Indonesia) - 2-0, 0.00 ERA in 10.2 innings
The most run batted in - Setiawan, Albefiandi Aik (Indonesia) - 8
The most stolen base - Sihombing, Elia M.K (Indonesia) - 4 for 4
The Most runs scored - Akalanka Ranasinghe (Sri Lanka) - 6
The Most Outstanding defensive player - Adriene Ros Bernardo (Philippines) -
Most Valuable Player - Juan Paulo Macasaet (Philippines)

Indonesia to Play Philippines in East Asia Final

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

The Philippines easily defeated Indonesia 9-1 on the last day of pool play in the East Asia finals. After Hong Kong downed Thailand 8-5 and Sri Lanka blanked Singapore 11-0 there was a three way tie for second place between Indonesia, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka at 3-2. The host Indonesia advanced to the finals by winning the tie breaker and get a rematch against the defending champion and undefeated Philippine team.

The winner of the championship game will qualify for the Asia Baseball Championship to be played in Taichung, Taiwan in September. Neither team has much of a chance to defeat the baseball powerhouses of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, but it is the competition that counts.

Sri Lanka finishes third and Hong Kong fourth, with Thailand and Singapore following in the standings.