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Top Thirteen Baseball World Rankings

Friday, September 28th, 2018

The World Baseball and Softball Confederation has come out with their rankings of the top world baseball teams. The rankings go 73 deep but below is the top thirteen. The Top 12 teams are invited to the Premier 12, which is an Olympic Qualifier event.

1. United States (5515 points)

2. Japan (5245)

3. Korea (4534)

4. Cuba (3495)

5. Taiwan (3165)

6. Mexico (2672)

7. Netherlands (2263)

8. Australia (2233)

9. Canada (2142)

10. Puerto Rico (1849)

11. Venezuela (1809)

12. Dominican Republic (1481)

13. Panama (1475)

Japan picked up 146 points on the United States to close the gap on first place. Taiwan earned the most points in 2018. Latvia and the British Virgin Islands sit at the bottom of the rankings with one point each.

Baltzell Goes Deep for Team USA

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

There’s a saying - “Chicks dig the long ball”. So do dudes. Megan Baltzwell went deep for the United States for the first homerun in the Women’s World Cup. It gave the women some breathing room, turning a 2-1 game into 3-1 lead over Venezuela. It was the closest a team had gotten to the United States.

Martina Sementelli held the Venezuelans to one run in her six innings of work. Megan Meidlinger pitched the seventh inning to close out the victory. The United States scored two runs in the second inning courtesy of a Jade Gortarez two run single. Venezuela strung together three consecutive singles in the bottom of the second to trim the lead to one, Leonela Reyes driving in the lone run with her single.

Venezuela got seven innings from Kisbel Vizcaya, who restricted the until then powerful United States bats to just five hits. For Venezuela they dropped to 1-2.

Japan got a bit of a scare from Cuba. Maraisy Perez silenced the Japanese bats for the first five innings. Cuba scored their lone run on a steal of home by Katherine Vals in the bottom of the fifth.

Japan finally erupted in the top of the sixth, an RBI double by Lori Miura and an RBI single from Chihiro Funakoshi giving them a 2-1 lead. Miura drove in two more runs in the seventh with a single. Rina Taniyama secured the victory retiring the Cubans in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Taiwan stayed in the super round race with their 13-0 win over Korea, improving their record to 2-1. Chia-Wen Shen drove in three runs with two doubles and Chiao-Yun Huang also drove in three runs.

Puerto Rico stomped over the Netherlands 16-1 to also stay in the Super Round. The Netherlands committed seven errors. Lisandra Berrios drove in five runs for Team Puerto Rico. In addition to the seven errors, the Dutch woman walked 9 batters.

The Dominican Republic crushed Hong Kong 19-1. Yocarla Guerrero drove in four runs for the Dominicans. Kimberly Almonte ran wild around the bases, pilfering four bags and scoring four times without the benefit of a hit.

The Canadians stayed alive with a 9-6 win over the Australians. They scored six runs in the last three innings to eek out their victory. Jenna Flannigan drove in three runs including two in the sixth inning with a double that broke a 6-6 tie.

Japan Shuts Out Puerto Rico; Peachtree Advances in Little League World Series

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Japan and Puerto Rico battled it out for six innings. The only run scored in the game was in the third inning. Masaumi Ikeuchi doubled and Yuya Ito singled with an error allowing Ikeuchi to score. Masato Igarashi worked 3.2 innings and Shisei Fujimoto retired all seven hitters he faced, four of them on whiffs to close out the win. John Lopez pitched all six innings for Puerto Rico in the hard luck loss.

Staten Island scored three runs in the top of the first but were quieted for the remainder of the game. Peachtree City rallied for two spots in the first three innings to take control of the game, cruising to a 7-3 win. Tai Peete recovered quickly after giving up three runs in the first and pitched through the fifth inning without allowing another run. Ben Traxler retired the last thee hitters to close out the win.

In the semifinal game Japan (Tokyo) plays Korea (Seoul) for the international championship while Peachtree City battles Honolulu for the United States championship. The two winners meet for the Little League World Series championship.

Little League World Series Update

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Myworld has been busy preparing for the opening of high school volleyball season. Meeting with parents, athletic director and two a day practices makes for a very busy day. But we got an opening to review the Little League World Series.

Seoul, Korea appears to be the class of the International group. After beating Puerto Rico 4-2 they downed Mexico 5-1. Shoo Hoo Choi had a complete game six inning victory, giving up just three hits and one unearned run. Ji Hyung Choi went deep driving in two and scoring twice. They knocked Japan to the loser’s bracket with a surprisingly easy 10-0 win. The game went only four innings, with Yeong Hyeon Kim allowing just one hit in those four innings. He struck out 10 and did not issue a walk. He also hit two doubles and drove in five runs. Ji Hyung Choi went a perfect 3 for 3 with a homerun, two RBIs and three runs scored.

After losing their opener to Korea, Puerto Rico has worked their way up the loser’s bracket. They eliminated Australia with a 6-0 win, limiting the Aussies to just one hit. Yadiel Delgado went the first four innings and allowed the one hit, striking out seven. Luis Rivera drove in three runs and Eric Rodriguez hit a solo shot. A 3-1 win over Panama puts them into the finals of the winner’s bracket to face Japan. Roberto Joubert had a marvelous five innings of relief, striking out 14 and walking four. He did not allow a hit. Carlos Dejesus drove in two runs with a RBI single in the fourth and a ground out in the fifth.

Honolulu is the class of the United States pool. They had two shutout wins in the first and third games, beating Peachtree Georgia 2-0 and Staten Island, New York 10-0. The first game went 11 innings with a walk off homer from Aukai Kea. Kea also pitched the first 6.1 shutout innings, allowing two hits and striking out 10. The win over Staten Island was the finals of the winner’s bracket and fueled by a grand slam from Sean Yamaguchi. He drove in five of the ten runs. Kea again got the start and threw 4.1 innings, giving up just one hit. They also beat Gross Pointe Woods, Michigan 8-3.

Peachtree will play Staten Island in the finals of the loser’s bracket to determine who will get a rematch against Honolulu. Japan will play Puerto Rico, with the winner getting a rematch with Korea.

Day One - Little League World Series

Friday, August 17th, 2018

Yesterday was the opening of the Little League World Series. The early results:

Seoul, South Korea (Asia Pacific) 4 Guayama, Puerto Rico (Caribbean) 2

Seoul rallied for two runs in the sixth inning to tie and send the game into extra innings. Gi-Jeong Kim drove in one run with a single and a steal of home by Ji Hyung Choi tied the game. In the ninth Choi was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, the second hit batsman of the inning, to drive in the winning run and Kim drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single to give Korea the victory.

Yeong Hyeon Kim struck out 13 hitters in 4.1 innings but still allowed two runs in the fourth, only one of them earned. Choi worked four innings and struck out seven. Kim was the big hitter of the day with three hits.

Staten Island 5 Des Moines 2

Staten Island scores the go ahead run in the fourth on a Des Moines error to break a 2-2 tie. They score three more to pull ahead of Des Moines.

Mexico 3 Australia 2

Angel Martinez slapped a two run walk off single in the sixth to give Mexico their victory. Oscar Hyde had given Australia an early 2-0 lead with a two run homer in the first. Hyde also pitched 5.2 innings before being relieved after retiring the first two hitters in the sixth. Mexico followed with three straight hits to win the game.

Houston Texas 3 Coventry Rhode Island 1

Justin Michaels collected three hits and scored a run and Ryan Selvaggi tripled in a run in the third to tie the game and scored the go ahead run on a wild pitch to give Houston the lead. Michaels doubled in the sixth and Andy Guy drove him in with a single to tack on an insurance run. Selvaggi got the last five outs to pick up the save.

Little League World Series Participants

Monday, August 6th, 2018

The United States and Canada still need to sort out their participants, but the other international teams for the Little League World Series have been decided. The Little League World Series will be in Williamsport, PA August 16-26.

Asia Pacific Regional

The two powers South Korea and Taiwan came out of their pools as the top teams. When the finals were played South Korea (Seoul) were the victors 6-1. Hong Kong did well, finishing second in their pool to Taiwan and defeating Guam 6-5 to take the consolation game.

Australian Regional

Australia will be represented by Gold Coast Baseball Assoc. in Queensland. They beat Adelaide 11-0 in the championship match.

Caribbean Regonal

The World Baseball Classic success has created a resurgence in baseball in Puerto Rico. There Little League team dominated their regional finishing 8-0. The closest team to them was Curacao at 5-3. A second Puerto Rican team did not do so well, going winless at 0-6. Puerto Rico played Curacao in the championship match and beat them 5-2.

Europe/Africa Regional

Just as last year there were no African teams represented in this region. So a better effort needs to be made to get African representation or just drop the name from the title. It takes a lot of coin to participate in a tournament in Europe. Spain (Catalunya) was the big surprise beating the Netherlands 19-0 in the finals. This is the first time that a true team from Spain will play in the Little League World Series. There previous four appearances had rosters filled with American players living in Spain.

Japan Regional

Kawaguchi Little League in Tokyo will represent Japan. They pasted Nagasaki Minami 23-2 in the championship game. They seemed to get better as the tournament wore on, winning their opener 2-1, taking the second game 7-2 and winning the semifinal match 13-2 before waltzing in the playoffs.

Latin America Regionals

Panama (Vacamonte) only loss in pool play was to their brethren Panama (Aguadulce Cabezera) in the last game of pool play 8-0. They opened against them in the first round of the playoffs and avenged that loss with a 2-0 win. In the championship match they went up against Nicaragua and won 6-3.

Mexico Regionals

Matamoros Little League finished undefeated at 8-0 beating Trevino Kelly 5-3 in the championship game.

2018 Baseball World Cup to be Held in Barranquilla, Colombia

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Barranquilla, Colombia will be the hosts for the under 23 Baseball World Cup that will be played October 19-28, 2018. As the host they will get an automatic bid to participate in the tournament. It is also hoped that the tournament will help bring new stadiums to Repelon and Manati, which are part of an $8 million investment by the Colombia Atlantico Department, though it would be nice to have some of the funds from the games go to help finance the stadiums. Pending inspection by the WBSC the games will be played at the Santa Marte Baseball Stadium. Don’t know if the stadium will pass muster but the fact there are probably no other alternatives seems to indicate it will pass. The WBSC probably should have waited to inspect the stadium before making the announcement about hosting if they had alternatives.

The following teams have qualified for the tournament. The last event was played in 2016:

Africa: South Africa
Asia: Japan (defending champions), Taiwan, Korea (third place)
Europe: Netherlands and Czech Republic
Americas: Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic
Oceania: Australia (second place)
Host: Colombia

The United States is not eligible for the event because they did not participate in the qualifiers. Because of that they may lose their number one ranking to Japan this year. This tournament is the most important international event this year, distributing the largest amount of points given to teams who do well in this event. Cuba is another traditional baseball power absent from this event.

Flashback to 2014 Puerto Rico Prospects

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

Puerto Rico had six representatives on the All Star teams in 2018. They were Yadier Molina, Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Jose Berrios, Edwin Diaz and Joe Jimenez. If Carlos Correa was healthy they may have had seven players. Back in 2014 mywold listed the top ten prospects from Puerto Rico. Four of them played in the 2018 All Star Game. Below is the top ten list.

1) Carlos Correa SS (Astros) - An injury prevented him from playing in the All Star game. He is considered one of the top shortstops in the game.

2) Javier Baez 2B/SS (Cubs) - His defense makes him special but his bat is coming alive. Participated in the homerun derby.

3) Francisco Lindor SS (Indians) - Developed power when called up to the Indians. He has surpassed Correa and Baez and is considered one of the top shortstops in baseball.

4) Eddie Rosario LF (Twins) - Solid hitting left fielder. He played second early in his career but has now settled in the outfield. This year has been a banner year for him offensively.

5) Victor Caratini C/1B (Cubs) - Journeyman player whose best bet is as a backup catcher for Wilson Contreras.

6) Edwin Diaz RHP (Mariners) - One of the best closers in the game. Could not close out the All Star game.

7) Jose Berrios RHP (Twins) - With Ervin Santana injured the Twins are riding him as the ace of their rotation.

8) Jesmuel Valentin 3B (Phillies) - Has been taking playing time away from Maikel Franco. Will be nothing more than a utility player.

9) Christian Vazquez C (Red Sox) - Starting catcher for the Red Sox.

10) Jon Garcia OF - Has not played since 2015

Players and the Countries they Represented at the All Star Game

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

There were a lot of players born outside the United States who participated in the All Star game. Myworld counts 18 players born outside the United States (not including Puerto Rico) who participated in the game. Surprisingly, Venezuela had the most All Stars with seven but Puerto Rico was well represented with six while the Dominican Republic sat at third with only four. Normally the Dominican Republic is the hot bed. Below are the countries and the players from that country.

Venezuela (7)

Gleyber Torres, Salvador Perez, Jose Altuve, Wilson Ramos, Wilson Contreras, Felipe Vazquez, Jesus Aguilar, Eugenio Suarez

Puerto Rico (6)

Yadier Molina, Javier Baez, Francisco Lindor, Jose Berrios, Edwin Diaz, Joe Jimenez

Dominican Republic (4)

Luis Severino, Jean Segura, Jose Ramirez, Nelson Cruz

Cuba (2)

Jose Abreu, Aroldis Chapman

Curacao /Netherlands (2)

Ozzie Albies, Kenley Jensen

Canada (1)

Joey Votto

Brazil (1)

Yan Gomes

South Korea (1)

Shin-Soo Choo

Futures Game

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Myworld will be attending our first Futures game this year. Below are the rosters of the two teams:

World Team

Pitchers

Enyel de los Santos (Dominican Republic/Phillies), Jorge Guzman (Dom Rep/Marlins), Yoan Lopez (Cuba/Diamondbacks), Kieran Lovegrove (South Africa/Indians), Jesus Luzardo - LHP (Peru/Athletics), Bryan Mata (Venezuela/Red Sox), Lewis Thorpe - LHP (Australia/Twins), Jesus Tinoco (Venezuela/Rockies), Alex Wells - LHP (Australia/Orioles)

Catchers

Miguel Amaya (Panama/Cubs), Francisco Mejia (Dom Rep/Indians), Keibert Ruiz (Venezuela/Dodgers)

Infield

Yordan Alvarez (Cuba/Astros), Luis Garcia (Dom Rep/Nationals), Luis Urias (Mexico/Padres), Fernando Tatis Jr (Dom Rep/Padres), Andres Gimenez (Venezuela/Mets), Dawel Lugo (Dom Rep/Tigers)

Outfielders

Randy Arozarena (Cuba/Cardinals), Luis Basabe (Venezuela/White Sox), Yusniel Diaz (Cuba/Dodgers), Seuly Matias (Dom Rep/Royals), Heliot Ramos (Puerto Rico/Giants), Jesus Sanchez (Dom Rep/Rays), Leody Taveras (Dom Rep/Rangers)

United States team

Pitchers

Shaun Anderson (Giants), Dylan Cease (White Sox), Hunter Greene (Reds), Dakota Hudson (Cardinals), Mitch Keller (Pirates), Matt Manning (Tigers), C.D. Pelham - LHP (Rangers), Justus Sheffield - LHP (Yankees), Forrest Whitley (Astros), Kyle Wright (Braves)

Catchers

Danny Jansen (Blue Jays), Sean Murphy (Athletics)

Infielders

Peter Alonso (Mets), Nathaniel Lowe (Rays), Keston Hiura (Brewers), Brendan Rodgers (Rockies), Ke’Bryan Hayes (Pirates), Ryan Mountcastle (Orioles), Bo Bichette (Blue Jays), Carter Kieboom (Nationals)

Outfielders

Jo Adell (Angels), Alex Kirilloff (Twins), Kyle Lewis (Mariners), Buddy Reed (Padres), Taylor Trammell (Reds)