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Cuba and Japan Complete Honkball Itinerary

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

The six teams have been selected for Honkball. It will be played July 13-22 at Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem. Haarlem is one of those quiet, pleasant cities that have more bikes on the roads than automobiles. It also has canals, windmills, a town square and a baseball stadium. The stadium is just a couple miles from the town square. Myworld could not pick a better spot to relax in a tranquil setting and then spend your time at the ballpark.

The six teams participating in the tournament are:

Netherlands, Curacao, Italy, Taiwan, Cuba and Japan

After the last Honkball tournament there was some discussion to end the tournament. The crowds are loyal with fans waiting two hours inside the stadium waiting for the second game to be played. When you buy a ticket it is for the day, with the first game scheduled for 2 PM and the evening affair for 7 PM. There is a tented area and a stage for a band, so if the crowd is large enough a band could be made available to entertain those who wait the couple hours inside the stadium for the second game to start.

Despite the decent crowds the organizers were not able to collect enough revenue to continue the tournament. Lack of advertisers and sponsors are the large revenue generators for most tournaments. Another group has stepped in to hold the tournament. Hopefully they will be more successful in continuing the tournament every two years.

United States New Number One

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

With their win in the World Baseball Classic the United States has ended the three year reign of Japan and taken over the number one spot in baseball, according to the World Baseball and Softball Confederation (WBSC). With the top 12 teams qualifying for the Premier 12 in 2019 myworld will list the top 13 teams as ranked by the WBSC. Mexico sitting at number five has never been ranked higher.

1. United States (5025 points)
2. Japan (4609 points)
3. South Korea (4158 points)
4. Cuba (3152 points)
5. Mexico (2613 points)
6. Taiwan (2520 points)
7. Canada (2142 points)
8. Australia (2095 points)
9. Netherlands (2002 points)
10. Puerto Rico (1796 points)
11. Venezuela (1765 points)
12. Dominican Republic (1227 points)
13. Nicaragua (1155 points)

You can see the complete list at wbsc.org/rankings/

Top Ten European Teams

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Mister Baseball came up with the Top 50 European teams. You can go to their site to see the complete list. Myworld lists below the top ten.

1. Curacao Neptunus (Netherlands)
2. T&A San Marino (San Marino - plays in Italian League)
3. ASD Rimini Baseball (Italy)
4. L&D Amsterdam (Netherlands)
5. CNF Unipolsai Bologna (Italy)
6. Draci Brno (Czech Republic)
7. Heidenheim Heidekopfe (Germany)
8. Bonn Capitals (Germany)
9. Rouen Baseball 76 (France)
10. Tenerife Marlins P.C. (Spain)

Japan Retains Number One Ranking in Baseball

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

The United States earned more points than any other country in 2017 but it was not enough to surpass Japan for the number one ranking. For the third year in a row Japan is the number one ranked country in baseball. They earned the second most points in baseball last year and now lead the United States by 244 points. The 2018 season will be difficult for the United States to surpass Japan since they are not participating in the Under 23 Baseball World Cup in Nicaragua in October, one of the two tournaments that hand out the most points for the 2018 season. In a couple weeks the rankings could shuffle as points from 2014 expire, but if the United States should surpass Japan because of subtracted points their reign will be short.

Below are the top 12 teams in baseball, plus number 13 waiting to crack into the top 12. The top 12 teams will qualify for the Premier 12, which is the third most prestigious baseball tournament after the Olympics and the World Baseball Classic.

1. Japan (5658 points)
2. United States (5414 points)
3. Korea (4950 points)
4. Taiwan (3808 points)
5. Cuba (3677 points)
6. Mexico (3012 points)
7. Australia (2634 points)
8. Netherlands (2377 points)
9. Venezuela (2363 points)
10. Canada (2142 points)
11. Puerto Rico (1827 points)
12. Italy (1686 points)

13. Nicaragua (1636 points)

Nicaragua to Host U-23 WBSC Championship; Panama Under 15

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Nicaragua will host the Under 23 WBSC championship in 2018, playing the games at the newly constructed 15,000 seat Dennis Martinez stadium at a date yet to be determined. Despite all the points awarded for this event the No 2 United States and No 5 Cuba will not be playing in the tournament. The United States did not play in the qualifying round, while Cuba did not qualify. Below are the teams who have qualified for the games:

Africa (1) - to be determined
Americas (4) - No. 9 Venezuela, No. 6 Mexico, No. 11 Puerto Rico, No. 16 Dominican Republic
Asia (3) - No1. Japan, No.4 Taiwan and No. 3 South Korea
Europe (2) - No. 8 Netherlands, No. 14 Czech Republic
Oceania (1) - to be determined
Wildcard (1) - No 13 Nicaragua

The Under 15 Hosts will be Panama. The teams competing in that tournament are:

Africa (1) - to be determined
Americas (5) - No. 2 United States, No. 16 Dominican Republic, No. 5 Cuba, No. 15 Panama, No. 18 Brazil
Asia (2) - No. 1 Japan and No. 4 Taiwan
Europe (2) - No. 20 Germany and No. 8 Netherlands
Oceania (1) - to be determined

Curacao Neptunus Rallies for Netherlands Championship

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

It appeared L&D Amsterdam would take the championship series to a game five but Curacao Neptunus rallied for 6 runs in the last three innings to salvage the victory and bring the Dutch championship to Neptunus for the fifth consecutive season.

Kevin Heijstek pitched six innings of shutout ball for L&D. They were up 3-0 after six but Heijstek appeared to tire in the seventh. Two singles, two wild pitches and a double by Stijn Van de Meer drove in the first two runs. It also drove Heijstek from the game.

Down 4-2 into the ninth L&D stayed with Ward and Curacao tattooed him for three singles and a walk to score four runs. Stijn Van de Meer got another RBI single to pull Curacao within one. A Gianison Boekhoudt walk with the bases loaded brought in the go ahead run.

L&D managed to score one run in the bottom of the ninth but Loek Van Mil was able to contain the damage in his second inning of work to pick up the win. Orlando Yntema pitched seven strong innings for Curacao to help give the team the victory.

Curacao and L&D Split in Netherlands championship

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

In a best of seven championship Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam split. Curacao won the first 12-0 and L&D took the second 7-3. Curacao still leads the best of seven series 2 games to 1. The fourth game is scheduled for Thursday.

In game one Orlando Yntema pitched a complete game seven inning two hit shutout to do his part in the 12-0 shortened game. Gianison Boekhoudt starred from the offensive side, hitting two homeruns to drive in four. His two run homer in the first inning started things for Curacao.

In the third game Curacao was up 3-2 but L&D rallied for five runs in the final frame to pull out the 7-3 win. Gilmer Lampe collected four hits in the game including an RBI single in the ninth. Kalian Sams drove in the go ahead run with his only hit in the game. Kyle Ward pitched the last two innings, allowing one run to vulture the victory.

Curacao Neptunus has won the last four championships. L&D last won in 2011.

Twins Sign Two Foreign Pitchers

Friday, September 29th, 2017

The Minnesota Twins have become the first baseball team to go from a 100 loss season the previous year to making the playoffs the following year. They do this by signing players from not so traditional places. The Twins recently signed two pitchers, one from Taiwan and the other from the Netherlands that they hope will help them continue their playoff appearances.

From Taiwan the Twins signed Deng Kai Wei for a $580,000 bonus. The Twins have been active in Taiwan but of their four previous signings from Taiwan only one has made it to the major leagues, and he did that in a Tampa Bay Rays uniform. Chih-Wei Hu was signed in 2012 and was a success. Wang-Wei Lin (2006), Hung-Yi Chen (2010) and Kua-Hua Lo (2011) have failed to reach the major leagues.

The Twins also discovered in Canada at the 18 year old World Cup tournament Dutch pitcher Donny Breek. This has not been the first time the Twins have signed a pitcher out of the Netherlands. Loek Van Mil, Alexander Smit and Tom Stuifbergen were all signed out of the Netherlands but did not see any major league time. Donny Breek did not make the all tournament team but myworld identified him as a player to watch after his 1-1, 1.08 ERA in 16.2 innings where he limited the opposition to a .151 average.

Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam battling it out for Dutch Championship

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Both pitchers went with their aces for game one. Diegomar Markell was not sharp for Curacao, lasting only 4.1 innings. He coughed up three runs on 9 hits. L&D Amsterdam went with veteran Rob Cordemans. He lasted 7.2 innings.

Loek Van Mil went 2.2 innings in relief for Curacao to keep the game close. It will be interesting to see his availability for future matches and how effective he is for those games if he pitches. Curacao needed him to stop the bleeding because in a wild bottom of the ninth saw Curacao rally for three runs to pull the game out 5-4. Jochem Koedijk got the clutch two run single to tie the game and a wild pitch brought the winning run home. Jochem finished the game with three hits and one run scored.

Japan Still Number One in Baseball Despite United States Dominance

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

The United States has finished higher than Japan in most of the tournaments the two play in. The main reason Japan is rated higher is they have played in more tournament, two November World Cup age tournaments that the United States chose not to participate in. The voting system tends to favor quantity of tournaments played rather than quality.

Below are the top ten countries in baseball. You can see the complete list at WBSC.org.

1) Japan - 5598
2) United States - 5414
3) Korea - 4908
4) Taiwan - 3747
5) Cuba - 3637
6) Mexico - 2957
7) Australia - 2634
8) Netherlands - 2374
9) Venezuela - 2286
10) Canada - 2142