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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.

Philippines Wins Southeast Asian Championships

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

The Philippines was only challenged in their opening game by Thailand 3-2. After that they won their next three games by 12 or more. They got an opportunity to play Thailand again for the gold. This time the game was not close with the Philippines winning 15-2. Thailand scored both their runs in the fourth inning, but by then they were down 10-0.

Thailand got into the gold medal round by defeating Indonesia 6-4. Thailand scored a run in the fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie and were never behind in the game after that.

Singapore got into the bronze medal game by defeating Cambodia 9-1. It was the first game their pitching staff had held a team to less than 10 runs, but the Cambodian offense had been able to generate only one run in their first three games. In the bronze medal game Indonesia was able to establish an offense and beat Singapore 10-4.

Philippines Wins Southeast Asian Championships

Sunday, December 8th, 2019

The Philippines was only challenged in their opening game by Thailand 3-2. After that they won their next three games by 12 or more. They got an opportunity to play Thailand again for the gold. This time the game was not close with the Philippines winning 15-2. Thailand scored both their runs in the fourth inning, but by then they were down 10-0.

Thailand got into the gold medal round by defeating Indonesia 6-4. Thailand scored a run in the fourth inning to break a 3-3 tie and were never behind in the game after that.

Singapore got into the bronze medal game by defeating Cambodia 9-1. It was the first game their pitching staff had held a team to less than 10 runs, but the Cambodian offense had been able to generate only one run in their first three games. In the bronze medal game Indonesia was able to establish an offense and beat Singapore 10-4.

Souteast Asian Games in the Philippines

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Five teams are competing in baseball in the Southeast Asian games. None of them are Korea, Taiwan or Japan. So that gives the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia an opportunity to prove themselves in the sport of baseball.

The two top teams appear to be the Philippines and Thailand. In the opening day match the Philippines just edged Thailand 3-2. They have remained undefeated in these events defeating Cambodia 12-0, Singapore 17-0 and Indonesia 14-1.

After losing to Philippines Thailand defeated Singapore 12-7 and Cambodia 14-1. The big match is when they play Indonesia on Saturday to determine who will play the Philippines in the gold medal rounds.

Indonesia had gone undefeated in their first two games beating Singapore 14-7 and Cambodia 8-1. They got crushed when they played the Philippines 14-1, falling behind early 6-0 after two innings.

Singapore and Cambodia are winless but will play Saturday for fourth place. The winner of this game will then play the loser of the Thailand/Indonesia game for third place. Singapore appears to have some offense, but their pitching has failed to keep a team from scoring double digits in runs. Cambodia has scored only one run in three games.

There are no boxscores for this event so it is difficult to follow the details. You can go to 2019seagames.com to follow the results.

All Asian Team

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2019

Taiwan recently won the Asian championship, defeating Japan 5-4. Below is the all tournament team.

Catcher - Leung Ho Nam (Hong Kong)
First Base - Juan Diego Lozano (Philippines)
Second Base - Jennald Pareja (Philippines)
Third Base - Chen Wei Chih (Taiwan)
Shortstop - Liao Chun Kai (Taiwan)
Outfielder - Hwang Seong Bin (Korea)
Outfielder - Du Nan (China)
Outfielder - Tsai Chih-Yu (Taiwan)
Designated Hitter - Tatsuhiko Satoh (Japan)
Pitcher - Yasuaki Ojima (Japan)
MVP - Liu Chih-Jung (Taiwan)

New Philippine Baseball League to Debut

Monday, January 7th, 2019

Time has flown. When myworld first started this blog there was a Philippine baseball league. They folded about seven years ago. A new Philippine Baseball League (PBL) began play on January 5 at Rizai Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The seven teams will be 1) Adamson Soaring Falcons, 2) La Salle Green Batters, 3) Ateneo Blue Eagles 4) UST Golden Sox 5) NU Bulldogs 6) UP Fighting Maroons 7) and a team of national team players who are not committed to the six teams in the league.

The league will only play for one month so if you want to catch a baseball game in the Philippines you better book your flights now. Games will probably be played only on the weekends, but they will be triple headers.

18 and Under Qualifiers

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The 18 and under World Cup will be played in Gijang, Korea in 2019. The first two qualifiers for that tournament were from Europe, Netherlands and Spain. The Asia qualifiers have finished and the three dragons have advanced.

Korea won the 18 year old qualifiers held in Miyazaki, Japan, defeating Taiwan in the finals 7-5. The game went into extra innings after Taiwan scored a run in the ninth to tie. Japan had to settle for third place after their 14-1 victory over China.

Korea and Japan seem to be leap frogging the 18 and under championships, with Korea winning in 2009 followed by Japan in 2011. Korea took the crown again in 2014 but Japan followed by recapturing the championship in 2016. Taiwan has finished in second place for consecutive tournaments. The last time they won an 18 and under Asian championship was in 2007.

The last time any team other than Korea, Japan or Taiwan has finished in the top two was in 1994 when Australia finished second. That was the first recorded 18 and under championship. Australia now competes in the Oceania region. China, Philippines and Thailand are the teams that fill the fourth spot.

Philippines Wins East Asian Cup

Friday, June 29th, 2018

The Philippines finished undefeated (4-0) to win the East Asian Cup played in Hong Kong. They beat the host team 7-5 to qualify for the Asian Baseball Championship in 2019. The winner of the Asian Baseball Championship qualifies for a spot in the Olympics. The Philippines will be facing the traditional powers, Japan, Korea and Taiwan, who did not have to play in the East Asian Cup.

The final order of finish: Philippines (4-0), Thailand (3-1), Hong Kong (2-2), Indonesia (1-4) and Singapore (0-4). Singapore gave up double digits in runs in all four games they played.

Asia Baseball Championship

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The Asian Baseball Championships will be held October 2 through 8 in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The teams competing in the event are Hong Kong, China, Japan, Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Taiwan. The tournament will serve as a qualifier for the Under 23 championships to be held in 2018.

Group A

Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Taiwan

Group B

China, Hong Kong, Japan and Pakistan

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.