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WBSC Has Rewind of Last Olympic Gold Medal Game

Saturday, August 8th, 2020

You can watch the last Olympic Gold Medal baseball game that was played between Korea and Cuba that was played in Beijing, China back in 2008. There was enough interest in China that close to 10,000 attended the game. The starting pitcher for Korea was Hyu-Jin Ryu, who had just won the KBO Rookie of the year award. He is the same Ryu who pitched for the Dodgers and now the Blue Jays. The Cuba starter was Norberto Gonzales.

Go to wbsc.org to watch the game. Myworld went to Beijing a couple years after the game was played. They had already torn down the stadium and replaced it with a mall and a parking lot. There was some talk that they were also going to build a basketball venue at the site, but myworld could not confirm that.

That shows you what China thinks of baseball.

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

Japan is Number one in Both Men’s and Women’s Baseball

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

Japan has achieved the top rating in both men’s and women’s baseball. The United States is second in men and fifth in women. For men the United States team bypasses a number of tournaments such as the World Cup Under 23, and play amateurs in the Premier 12, which prevents them from accumulating the points that Japan earns. The United States women are hampered by the culture of forcing talented players to pursue softball, where it is a high school recognized sport, abandoning baseball. This eliminates talented female baseball players from continuing with the sport.

Below is the Top 12 Ranking for each gender.

Men’s Top 12

1. Japan (6,127 points)
2. United States (4,676)
3. Korea (4,622)
4. Taiwan (4,352)
5. Mexico (3,375)
6. Australia (3,249)
7. Netherlands (2,690)
8. Cuba (2,641)
9. Venezuela (2,624)
10. Dominican Republic (2,512)
11. Puerto Rico (2,013)
12. Canada (1,873)

The top 12 is significant since a team qualifies for the Premier 12 by being ranked in the top 12 for baseball.

The women’s top 12.

1. Japan (2,505 points)
2. Canada (1,947)
3. Taiwan (1,852)
4. Venezuela (1,736)
5. United States (1,524)
6. Australia (1,182)
7. Korea (955)
8. Cuba (947)
9. Dominican Republic (717)
10. Hong Kong (520)
11. Netherlands (500)
12. Puerto Rico (371)

In women’s softball the United States is ranked number one with Japan at number two. For the men in softball Japan is ranked number one. The United States is sixth, behind Argentina, New Zealand, Canada and Australia.

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.

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)

Taiwan Upsets Japan in Asia Baseball Championship

Monday, October 21st, 2019

Taiwan upset Japan 5-4 in the Asian Baseball Championship. The win qualifies them for the last Olympic qualifier that will be played in April 2020 in Taiwan. China won the third place game 8-6 against Korea to become the second team eligible for the qualifier. Netherlands will also be in that qualifier as well as the second and third place teams in the Americas qualifier that will be played in March 2020. Japan has already qualified because they are hosting the Olympics.

The big hits for Taiwan were a bases loaded triple by Chin-te Chang and a two run double by Chien-ming Chiang. It was the first win for Taiwan in the Asian championship since 2001. Japan had won six of the past seven Asian championships, Korea interrupting their run when they won it in 2014. Taiwan had a streak of finishing second the last four championships.

The loss by Korea means their only opportunity to qualify for the Olympics next year is to finish in the top two at the Premier 12 to be held in a couple weeks, with the finals held in Japan.

18 and Under World Cup - First Day of Super Round

Thursday, September 5th, 2019

A walk off high lighted the first day of the Super Round. There are now four teams tied for first place at 2-1. Canada is probably the only team eliminated from a championship opportunity.

United States 2 Australia 1

Two hit by pitches and a bunt single loaded the bases with no outs to set the stage for the walk off single by Drew Romo, a ground single up the middle off a drawn in infield. It negated another stellar start by the Aussie pitchers, six innings of one run ball by Liam McCallum. Maxwel Rajcic matched him with 7.2 innings of one run ball.

The United States scored their first and only run off McCallum in the sixth after a leadoff walk to Robert Hassell. He advanced to third on a ground out and fly out where he eventually scored on an RBI single by Nolan McLean. Colby Halter followed with a double but McLean was thrown out at home.

Australia broke through against Rajcic in the eighth. Jaylin Rae got on base with a hit by pitch after Rajcic had retired the first two hitters in the inning. Jason Savacool replaced Rajcic and Chris Burke greeted him with a double to score Rae to tie the game. Alejandro Rosario retired the last hitter in the eighth. In the ninth Rosario gave up two singles to the first two hitters he faced but a failed bunt attempt resulted in a force out at third. Rosario retired the final two hitters on fly outs.

Rae finished the day a perfect 2 for 2 with a triple. He leads the tournament in batting average at .579, almost 100 points ahead of his closest pursuer.

Taiwan 7 Korea 2

Po-Yu Chen pitched six innings of one run ball and Hao-Yu Lee was a perfect 3 for 3 with two RBIs and one run scored to lead the offense. He started a 3-run second with a single, scoring on a two run triple from Shun-Ho Wang. His two run single in the fifth extended the Taiwan lead to 5-1.

Ju-Hong Park hit a solo shot for Korea in the bottom of the ninth. For Park that was his second homerun to tie him for the tournament lead with three other players.

Japan 5 Canada 1

Keito Mori walked four times and slashed a single to score twice to lead Japan to a win. Yasunobu Okugawa pitched seven innings of two hit ball, giving up a solo shot to Owen Diodati in the fourth. For Diodati it was his second homerun of the tournament.

All five runs scored by Japan were unearned. They even had a bases loaded walk to score the last run. The only true RBI was a single by Yuya Nirasawa.

In one of the consolation games, China got their first win 6-0 over Spain. Shijie Xie threw 8 innings of shutout ball for China. BinBin Lu stroked a grand slam homerun to take the RBI lead for the tournament with 10.

World Cup 18 and Under - Super Round Teams Determined

Wednesday, September 4th, 2019

They played the rainout games yesterday. After those games a couple of teams advancing to the Super Round were determined. Surprisingly, only one team goes into the Super Round undefeated, and that is Australia, who lost two games in Group A. Both those games were to teams that did not advance to the Super Round, so they did not have to carry their losses. Korea and Canada also advanced from Group A, but even though they finished first and second in the Group Australia bounced ahead of them in the Super Round because they beat them in pool play. Korea goes into the Super Round 1-1 and Canada 0-2.

From Group B the three 4-1 teams advance, Japan, United States and Taiwan. But because Japan beat the United States, Taiwan beat Japan and the United States beat Taiwan, each team goes into the Super Round 1-1.

Australia 7 Canada 6

This was the biggest win for Australia in the tournament. A loss would have meant elimination from the Super Round. This may have been the first game in which the Australian starting pitcher did not pitch well. William Sherriff pitched four shutout innings to start the game. In the fifth inning Elijha Hammill rocked him for a two run double and Micah McDowell blasted a two run homer to give Canada a 4-2 lead. Australia fought their way back on a 3-run double from Byron Armstrong in the top of the sixth to put them up by one. Both teams traded two spots in the eighth. In the ninth Australia had a runner thrown out at home after a base hit. In the bottom frame Canada put the tying run at third with two out but could not score.

Netherlands 10 China 6

Netherlands kept their hopes of a Super Round alive with their win. At 3-2 they finished in a three way tie for second with Canada and Australia. Only two of the three teams could advance and Netherlands lost in the tie breaker. Darryl Collins and Max Kops each drove in three runs for Netherlands.

United States 5 Panama 3

The United States had already clinched a spot in the Super Round and a loss would not carry over since Panama had already been eliminated. The United States scored early to take a 5-0 lead and then held on to claim the victory. Robert Hassell and Nolan Mclean each hit two run homers in the win. Colby Halter went 4 for 4 for the United States and was matched by Jose Ramos from Panama who also went 4 for 4.

Spain 16 South Africa 8

Spain played some competitive baseball, but had already been eliminated from appearing in the Super Round. That did not stop their bats from working. Frank Hernandez finished 6 for 6, driving in six runs to lead the Spanish offense. Leadoff hitter Jostin Castillo went 4 for 5, scoring four times and driving in three runs.

Final Standings for Pool Play

Group A

Korea 4-1, Canada 3-2, Australia 3-2, Netherlands 3-2, Nicaragua 2-3, China 0-5

Group B

Japan 4-1, Taiwan 4-1, United States 4-1, Spain 2-3, Panama 1-4, South Africa 0-5

Super Round Standings

Australia 2-0, Japan 1-1, Korea 1-1, United States 1-1, Taiwan 1-1, Canada 0-2

18 and Under World Cup - Day 4

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

The weather cooperated a little to get all the games in. No real major surprises on this day.

Netherlands 4 Australia 3

The Netherlands put themselves in the race for the Super Round with the win over Australia putting both teams in a tie for third at 2-2. Solomon Maguire hit a big two run homerun for Australia in the bottom of the ninth to pull Australia to within one. Arij Franson came on to retire the last two hitters to pick up the save. The Netherlands got a big hit from Nathaniel Bentura in the fourth inning with his three run homerun to give the Netherlands an early 3-0 lead.

Except for the three run homer, Liam Evans pitched seven innings for Australia, striking out 10.

United States 8 Spain 3

The United States rallied for six runs in the seventh to overcome a 3-2 deficit. Milan Tolentino got the big hit in the inning with a two run single to close out the scoring. The United States scored two runs prior to that single with two bases loaded walks.

Korea 7 China 2

The hosts put themselves in first place in Group A with their win over China. Park Ju-hong slugged a two run homer in the sixth and Hyun Won-Hoe contributed a 2-run double in the second to lead the offense. Oh Won-seok pitched a perfect three innings, striking out five of the nine hitters he faced in the start.

Canada 9 Nicaragua 0

Jack Seward was a little wild, walking six in 5.2 innings. He gave up just four hits. Nicaragua could not cross home plate, but they did strand 12 runners on the day. Noah Hull hit a two run homer in the second and slashed an RBI single in the ninth.

Japan 5 Panama 1

The drizzle shortened this game to six innings. Junya Nisha pitched a six inning complete game, giving up just one unearned run. Takaya Ishikawa blasted a 3-run homer in the fifth to give Panama a large deficit they were unable to overcome. Panama drops to 1-3 in Group B and Japan improves to 4-1 to take over the top spot.

Taiwan 15 South Africa 0

Taiwan stays tied with Japan for first place in Group B, but head to head they are ahead of them. Chen Chih-Chieh pitched four innings of no hit ball. Lo Wie-Chieh blasted two triples with three runs scored and three RBIs to lead the offense in a shortened five inning game.

Under 18 World Cup - Day Three

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

After 18 straight wins the four time defending champion United States suffers a loss. Japan took batting practice against the United States pitching staff, scoring 16 runs. Canada and Nicaragua also took their first losses leaving Japan as the only undefeated team in the tournament.

Japan 16 United States 7

The Japanese bats were ruthless, scoring 10 runs in the third and fourth innings to seal their victory. Down 11-1 the United States got to 11-7 going into the bottom of the seventh but that was as close as they got. The eight and nine hitters in the Japanese lineup, Haruki Yokoyama and Shoma Sakashita delivered seven RBIs between them. Yokoyama had an RBI walk and hit by pitch and sealed the win with a momentum breaking solo homerun in the bottom of the seventh. Sakashita drove in two runs in the fourth with a single and again two more runs in the eighth with a single. Toyo Kumada also drove in four runs.

Korea 8 Canada 5

Korea recovered from their 1-0 loss to Australia to give Canada their first loss. The first seven hitters in their lineup delivered hits in their six run explosion in the first. Canada could not recover after that. They did bring the tying run to the plate in Micah McDowell in the ninth inning but he grounded out to second to end the game.

Netherlands 4 Nicaragua 2

Nicaragua lost their first game to the winless Dutch team. The Netherlands received three RBIs from Darryl Collins. Darryl got the scoring started with a two run homer in the first. He also added a sacrifice fly in the two run fourth. Arij Fransen closed out the ninth inning to pick up the save.

Samuel Mendoza kept Nicaragua in the game with 4.2 innings of shutting out ball.

Australia 13 China 2

Australia took over first place in pool A with their rout of China. They got another solid pitching performance from their starters, this one from Brandan Bidois, who allowed just one hit in his six innings of work. Australia put the game away with a six run second inning. Byron Armstrong drove in three runs and Jaylin Rae crossed the plate three times to lead the offense.

Taiwan 5 Spain 4

Yu-Min Lin pitched 6.2 innings of one hit ball to lead Taiwan to their second win. Spain rallied for three runs in the eighth but they came up short. Yu Chien struck out the side in the ninth inning to secure the victory for Taiwan. Hao-Yu Lee led the offense with two doubles.