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Pakistan Wins West Asia Baseball Cup

Saturday, February 28th, 2015

Pakistan beat India 11-0 to win the West Asian Baseball cup played at the Pakistan Sports Board Complex in Islamabad. Iran downed Iraq 18-4 to take second place with a 2-1 record. India finished in third place at 1-2.

The Pakistan pitching staff did not allow a run in the three games they played. What was even more impressive was the compliment given by the Indian team on a very organized and secure tournament. They were even impressed by the hospitality shown them on the field. Perhaps the Pakistani government should contact those organizers to help them trudge through the chaos that exists in their own government.

West Asian Results

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Pakistan appears to be dominating the West Asian baseball tournament. The winner qualifies for the Asian Series to compete against Japan, Taiwan and Korea. Every game has ended in a shutout. Pakistan has won both their games 20-0 against Iraq and 12-0 against Iran. Their next opponent is India, who has lost to Iran 15-0, but beaten Iraq 20-0.

Iraq is the only winless team. They hope to change that with a win over their next opponent Iran. If India can beat Pakistan and Iran defeats Iraq you could end up with a three way tie for first. Knowing the political issues between Pakistan and India, this would probably be an entertaining game to watch, but myworld expects a 20-0 Pakistan win.

You can follow the results below:

West Asia tournament results

West Asia Baseball Cup

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Jinnah stadium in Islamabad, Pakistan is hosting the West Asia Baseball Cup. In addition to Pakistan, the teams competing in the event are Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and India. In a political environment, getting countries like this together would be difficult. The games begin today.

The schedule for the games can be found below:

West Asia Baseball Cup

Asian Games - Final Four Decided

Friday, September 26th, 2014

In the Asian Games the final four have been decided. Taiwan will face Japan and China will play Korea. The two winners will battle for the gold while the two losing teams will fight for the bronze.

Nine of the 12 games resulted in shutouts while nine of the 12 games were decided by ten or more runs. Japan defeated China 11-0 to win their pool. Korea and their professional KBO players shutout Taiwan 10-0 to top their pool. The two first place teams play against the two second place teams in a single round playoff format. Japan and Korea, who have given up only one run combined, are favored to play in the finals.

In other games with non-traditional opponents, Thailand defeated Hong Kong 13-7. Joseph Matthew Daru was a perfect 2 for 2 from the leadoff spot with three RBIs. Teerasak Kongsabai drove in three runs with his three hits. Hong Kong got three hits and two runs driven in from Kin-Chung Tsang in a losing cause.

Mongolia lost 61-0 in the three games they played against Pakistan, Japan and China. Pakistan actually scored more runs (26) than they gave up (15) but 25 of those runs were scored against Mongolia, which accounted for their 1-2 record resulting in a third place finish.

Final pool standings for the games can be found here:

Asian Games - Day 2

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The sight appears to be down but in the second day of action China evened their record to 1-1 with a 15-0 win over Mongolia. Japan moved to 2-0 with a 9-0 victory over Pakistan, who was playing their first game of the series. Taiwan moved to 2-0 with their 13-1 win over 0-2 Thailand. Myworld will try to post more details on the results when the site again becomes available.

Asian Championships to Expand from Six to Eight Teams

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

The Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) met and agreed to expand the Asian Championships from six teams to eight teams.  Normally, two teams try to qualify for the Asian championships to play the top four, Japan, Taiwan, Korea and China.  Now four teams will be allowed to compete in the championships with the traditional top four, who usually qualify based on their finish in the previous tournament.

There was also agreement to attempt to expand baseball to East and West Asia and to Arab countries as well as progress in the inclusion of baseball in the Olympics in 2020.  Since Japan has the facilities to play baseball and it would cost nothing to host baseball games the Olympic Committee has left it up to the host country if it wants to include baseball in the Olympics.  Myworld happened to be in Tokyo when Japan was selected to host the Summer Olympics in 2020 and everyone was quite excited and honored to be selected to host the games.

Representatives from the traditional four powers of Asian baseball met at the conference in Taiwan as well as representatives from Hong Kong, Pakistan, Philippines and Thailand.  There was no mention of a representative from Taiwan, but since it was held there I’m sure they had many in attendance.

You can read about the meeting here:  http://www.baseballasia.org/BFA/include/index.php?Page=2&news01=128782012752d5e3fb7a939

Asian Baseball Newsletter

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Baseball Federation of Asia (BFA) came out with their first newsletter.  It is a PDF file but it is loaded with pictures and articles on Asian Baseball.  They have the results of the East Asian Games, the 18 and 12 and under tournaments, the progression of baseball in Hong Kong and a list of all the Asian baseball organizations, including any applicable websites.  Unfortunately, those websites are not in English, but with a good translator you can get a good sense of what the message is.

The newsletter is in English and Mandarin.  You can access it here: http://www.baseballasia.org/BFA/include/index.php?Page=2&news01=206864633652a6bb5bb8e77

Pakistan Wins West Asia Cup

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka 3-0 in the finals to win the West Asia Cup.  It is the fifth time they have won the tournament.  With the win they are eligible to travel to Korea to play in the 2014 Asian Series against the best in Asia, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.

The teams Pakistan beat in the West Asia Cup were Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal.  In the third place game Afghanistan defeated Nepal 3-2.  India could not participate in the tournament and Pakistan plans on scheduling a bilateral series with them.  This should create some fireworks.

You can read about the tournament here: http://tribune.com.pk/story/640208/pakistan-crowned-west-asian-champions/ especially the overly optimistic statement that the level of competition was at the same standard as any of the professional leagues in the United States.  In 2014 Pakistan will learn if this statement is accurate if their performance is worthy enough.  A 2016 World Baseball Classic qualifying offer could be in the balance. 

National Baseball Championship in Pakistan

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Pakistan will hold its 20th National Baseball championship at the Sports Complex at the University of Central Punjab in Lahore.  During this play 30 players will be selected to prepare for the Pakistan National team, which will compete in the West Asia Baseball Cup of 2013.

You can read more about the games here: http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2013/10/11/20th-national-baseball-championship-in-pakistan-un/4b4a36ad-5312-4c90-a1f3-08c85a7ec4d7

Strict fundamentalist Muslims (or Islamists, as many are making reference to them now) are probably seething at the idea of anyone having fun.

Iran Preparing for Southwest Asian Games

Monday, August 19th, 2013

http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2013/08/19/the-north-conference-games-of-irans-2013-baseball-/f2d24ef5-44b0-4c4c-be51-bd18a96619db reports on Iran’s 2013 Baseball Club Championship Tournament.  From the teams that compete an all star team will be selected.  This all star team would be the Iran national team that would travel to Pakistan to compete in the Asian Baseball Cup.

While Yu Darvish played in Japan he has a father born in Iran.  Might there be another Yu Darvish in that country?