Archive for December, 2016

The Nepal and Sri Lankan Baseball Championships

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Nepal and Sri Lanka conducted their national baseball championships in December according to the WBSC. For Nepal it was their first national championship. The Armed Police Force defeated the Nepal Army 14-4 to win the Nepalese championship. If they continue their baseball championship myworld will have to create a category for them.

Ten teams competed in Sri Lanka in the double elimination tournament for their championship. The winners were the Old Royalist Baseball Club who defeated the Ranabima Baseball Club. They played the tournament on the recently built field that Japan helped build, the Japan/Lanka Friendship Baseball Field. Sri Lanka does have a category associated with it.

The Sox Rosters Based On the Domestic Drafts

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There are 8 teams to go, six after these two. With Christmas coming up it is time to hang up the stockings up by the fireplace and take a look at the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox domestic drafts to see what kind of rosters await us for 2017. The Red Stockings seem to have trouble finding starting pitching. They pack up on the outfielders, so maybe a few of those players could step on the mound. The White Stockings have drafted a couple top of the line pitchers, but they would be hurting to score runs with the lineup they would be forced to put out there every day. It is probably one of the worst rosters we’ve seen of the first 22 teams we’ve taken a look at. Dustin Pedroia was drafted in the second round of the 2014 draft and is not included on this roster since we are only looking at players drafted from 2005 and later. With all their first round picks over the years you would think the Red Sox could have done better.

Boston Red Sox

2005 - Jacoby Ellsbury (1) OF, Clay Buchholtz (1) RHP, Jed Lowrie (1) 2B, Pedro Alvarez (14 - DNS) 1B, Charlie Blackmon (20-DNS) OF, Kirby Yates (26 - DNS) RHP, Jason Castro (45 - DNS) C
2006 - Justin Masterson (2) RHP, Kris Negron (7) UTL, Brandon Belt (11 - DNS) 1B, Josh Reddick (17) OF, Logan Shafer (31- DNS) OF
2007 - Nick Hagadone (1) LHP, Will Middlebrooks (5) OF/3B, Anthony Rizzo (6) 1B, Ryan Pressly (11) RHP, Justin Grimm (13 - DNS) RHP, Hunter Strickland (18) RHP, Yasmani Grandal (27 - DNS) C
2008 - Casey Kelly (1) RHP, Ryan Lavarnway (6) C, Christian Vazquez (9) C, Alex Meyer (20 - DNS) RHP, Anthony DeSclafani (22 - DNS) RHP, Travis Shaw (32 - DNS) 3B, Yan Gomes (39 - DNS) C
2009 - Reymond Fuentes (1) OF, Alex Wilson (2) RHP, Luke Maile (43) C
2010 - Bryce Brentz (1) OF, Anthony Ranaudo (1) RHP, Garin Cecchini (4) 3B, Jason Garcia (17) RHP, Hunter Renfroe (31-DNS) OF
2011 - Matt Barnes (1) RHP, Blake Swihart (1) C, Henry Owens (1) LHP, Jackie Bradley (1) OF, Mookie Betts (5) OF, Travis Shaw (9) 3B, Mac Williamson (46 - DNS) OF
2012 - Deven Marrero (1) SS, Brian Johnson (1) LHP, Pat Light (1) RHP, Alex Bregman (29 - DNS) SS
2015 - Andrew Benintendi (1) OF

Roster

C - Jason Castro, Yasmani Grandal, Yan Gomes, Ryan Lavarnway, Christian Vazquez, Luke Maile, Blake Swihart
1B - Anthony Rizzo, Brandon Belt, Pedro Alvarez
2B - Jed Lowrie, Kris Negron (Dustin Pedroia drafted in 2004 second round)
3B - Travis Shaw, Will Middlebrooks, Gavin Cecchini
SS - Alex Bregman, Deven Marrero
OF - Jackie Bradly, Mookie Betts, Jacoby Ellsbury, Charlie Blackmon, Josh Reddick, Andrew Benintendi, Logan Shafer, Reymond Fuentes, Bryce Brentz, Hunter Renfroe, Mac Williamson
SP - Clay Buchholtz, Alex Meyer, Anthony DeSclafani, Matt Barnes, Henry Owens
RP - Hunter Strickland, Kirby Yates, Justin Masterson, Nick Hagadone, Ryan Pressly, Justin Grimm, Casey Kelly, Alex Wilson, Anthony Ranaudo, Jason Garcia, Brian Johnson, Pat Light

Chicago White Sox

2005 - Clayton Richard (8) LHP, Chris Carter (15) 1b, Jordan Danks (19 - DNS), Bobby LaFromboise (23 - DNS) LHP
2006 - Hector Santiago (30) LHP, Jacob Petricka (38 - DNS) RHP
2007 - Nate Jones (5) RHP, Jabari Blash (29 - DNS) OF
2008 - Gordon Beckham (1) 2B, Daniel Hudson (5) RHP, Jordan Danks (7) OF, James McCann (31- DNS) C, Marcus Semien (34 - DNS) SS, C.J. Cron (44 - DNS) 1B
2009 - Josh Phegley (1) C, Tracye Thompson (2) OF, David Holmberg (2) LHP, Brian Goodwin (17 - DNS) OF, Kevin Chapman (50 - DNS) LHP
2010 - Chris Sale (1) LHP, Jake Petricka (2) RHP, Addison Reed (3) RHP, Tyler Saladino (7) UTL
2011 - Erik Johnson (2) RHP, Marcus Semien (6) SS, Chris Bassitt (16) RHP, Chris Devenski (25) RHP
2012 - Chris Beck (2) RHP, Micah Johnson (9) 2B
2013 - Tyler Danish (2) RHP
2014 - Carlos Rodon (1) LHP
2015 - Carson Fulmer (1) RHP

Roster

C - James McCann, Josh Phegley
1B - Chris Carter, C.J. Cron
2B - Gordon Beckham, Micah Johnson
3B - Tyler Saladino
SS - Marcus Semien
OF - Jordan Danks, Jabari Blash, Trayce Thompson, Brian Goodwin
SP - Chris Sale, Carlos Rodon, Hector Santiago, Daniel Hudson, Chris Devenski
RP - Clayton Richard, Bobby LaFromboise, Jacob Petricka, Nate Jones, David Holmberg, Kevin Chapman, Addison Reed, Erik Johnson, Chris Bassitt, Chris Beck, Tyler Danish, Carson Fulmer

Calendar of International Events for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Below is the calendar of events for baseball in many different geographical areas. If myworld had the time we would try to hit all of them. We’ll be at a few.

February 1-7 - Series del Caribe in Culican, Sinoaloa,Mexico - home of the Tomateros

March 6-10 - World Baseball Classic, Pool A Seoul, Korea

March 7-11 - World Baseball Classic, Pool B, Tokyo Japan

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic Pool C, Miami, Florida, United States

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic, Pool D, Jalisco, Mexico

March 12-16 - World Baseball Classic, Pool E, Tokyo, Japan

March 14-19 - World Baseball Classic, Pool F, San Diego, California, United States

March 20-22 - World Baseball Classic Finals, Los Angeles, ,California, United States

March - Florida for Spring Training, Palm, Florida, New Home of the Astros and Nationals

April 3 - Washington D.C. opening day for game versus the NL East Miami Marlins

June 16-28 - NCAA College World Series, Omaha, Nebraska

July 1- 9 - World Port Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands

July 2-7 - Cuba versus United States Series, Cary, Durham and Charlotte,, North Carolina

July 28 - August 6 - IV U-12 Baseball World Cup, Tainan, Taiwan

August 17-27 - Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pennsylvania

September 1 - 10 - Under 18 Baseball World Cup, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Aguilar Getting Hot for Caracas

Monday, December 19th, 2016

The Caracas Lions are on the outside looking in for the round robin playoff match to determine who will be representing Venezuela in the Series del Caribe. Six of the eight teams will be looking to make that round robin. Currently, Caracas is eighth, three games back from the sixth spot.

They have won their last two thanks to the hot streak of Jesus Aguilar, who has always shown power but just fallen short of earning a major league roster spot. Last year Aguilar hit 30 homeruns in AAA, earning him a September callup with the Indians. He went hitless in six at bats, more indicative of the .247 batting average while in AAA. In his home country of Venezuela he is more comfortable with the bat.

Jesus has hit homeruns in his last three consecutive games, giving him nine for the winter season. He is 5 for 8 during that stretch, with 6 RBIs and five walks. More importantly, Caracas has won their last two games as they try to capture a sixth place spot to put them in the round robin playoffs.

If the Indians fail to sign Mike Napoli as a free agent they may be on the look out for a first baseman. Jesus is 26 years old so his time is now. When given opportunities to show he is ready for the major leagues he has failed to bring the power that he is known for in the minor leagues. In 58 major league at bats he has only 10 hits, one of them going for extra bases, a double. It is not surprising the Indians will not gamble giving Aguilar the first base job, not until he can show some success in the major leagues.

Two Japan Teams Dominate Taiwan Winter League

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

The two Japanese teams the NPB East and the NPB West made it to the finals of the Taiwan Winter League. Shota Suzuki threw five innings of shutout ball to lead the West over the East 6-1.

The NBP East had quieted the KBO South Korean bats 4-1 in a semifinal game to reach the finals. Yuri Furukawa got the win for the Japanese team going eight innings and allowing just the one run. Yasuhiro Yamamoto stroked a two run triple for the game winning hit. The NPB West advanced to the final with a 13-10 slugfest over the Taiwan National Trainees. Masataka Yoshida slugged a three run homer in the bottom of the eighth to erase a 10-8 deficit to give the NBP West a 11-10 lead.

The battle for third place saw the National Trainees upset the KBO South Korea 7-6, erasing an early 5-2 lead to escape with the victory. The fifth place game saw the Taiwan CPBL team destroy Team Europe 13-0. On a bright note for Team Europe is their four wins during the regular season, three more than they accumulated in their first season in the Taiwan Winter League.

Rosters for Tigers and Blue Jays Based on Domestic Drafts

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

The two cities are across the border from another. After visiting Toronto I was almost denied entry coming through Customs in Detroit because I had difficulty stating the pledge of allegiance. Maybe they thought I was a draft dodger. This was years ago, before passports were required for all reentries.

The Blue Jays have done a good job building a slew of starting pitchers, with the 2010 draft alone capable of filling 60 percent of most teams rotation. The Tigers had some good early years and Justin Verlander was drafted in the first round of 2004 so he doesn’t count on this roster, since we decided only to go back to 2005. That makes the rotation very short, though it is ironic they have two starting pitchers in their rotation now that were drafted by the Blue Jays.

Detroit Tigers

2005 - Cameron Maybin (1) OF, Matt Joyce (12) OF, Burke Badenhop (19) RHP, Alex Avila (34 - DNS) C, Zach Putnam (38 - DNS) RHP
2006 - Andrew Miller (1) LHP, Casey Fien (20) RHP, Kevin Chapman (42 - DNS) LHP
2007 - Rick Porcello (1) RHP, Danny Worth (2) UTL, Charlie Furbush (4) LHP, D.J. LeMahieu (41 - DNS) 2B
2008 - Alex Avila (5) C, Ryan Lollis (30 - DNS) OF
2009 - Jacob Turner (1) RHP, Giovanni Soto (21) LHP
2010 - Nick Castellanos (1) 3B, Drew Smyly (2) LHP, Rob Brantley (3) C, Bryan Holaday (6) C, Kyle Ryan (12) RHP
2011 - James McCann (2) C, Tyler Collins (6) OF, Curt Casalli (10) C, Chad Smith (17) RHP
2012 - Jake Thompson (2) RHP, Drew VerHagen (4) RHP, Devon Travis (13) 2B
2013 - Corey Knebel (1) RHP, Buck Farmer (5) RHP, Joe Mantiply (27) LHP
2014 - Mike Gerber (15) OF

Roster

C - James McCann, Alex Avila, Curt Casali, Bryan Holaday, Rob Brantly
1B - Danny Worth
2B - D.J. LeMahieu, Devon Travis
3B - Nick Castellanos
SS - no one
OF - Cameron Maybin, Matt Joyce, Ryan Lollis, Tyler Collins, Mike Gerber
SP - Rick Porcello, Drew Smyly, Jake Thompson, Jacob Turner
RP - Burke Badenhop, Zach Putnam, Andrew Miller, Casey Fien, Kevin Chapman, Charlie Furbush, Giovanni Soto, Kyle Ryan, Chad Smith, Drew VerHagen, Corey Knebel, Buck Farmer, Joe Mantiply

Toronto Blue Jays

2005 - Ricky Romero - (1) LHP, Brett Wallace (42 - DNS) 1B
2006 - Travis Sanders (1) OF, Cole Figueroa (9 - DNS) SS, Jonathan Diaz (12) SS, Brad Mills (22 - DNS) LHP
2007 - J.P. Arencibia (1) C, Brett Cecil (1) LHP, Brad Mills (4) LHP, Mike Rzepczynski (5) LHP
2008 - Eric Thames (7) 1B, A.J. Jimenez (9) C, Danny Farquhar (10) RHP, Dallas Beeler (37 - DNS) RHP
2009 - Chad Jenkins (1) RHP, James Paxton (1 - DNS) LHP), Jake Marisnick (3) OF, Ryan Goins (4) 2B, Ryan Schimpf (5) 2B, Aaron Loup (9) LHP, Yan Gomes (10) C, Drew Hutchinson (15) RHP, Daniel Webb (18) RHP
2010 - Aaron Sanchez (1) RHP, Noah Syndegaard (1) RHP, Justin Nicolino (2) LHP, Sam Dyson (4) RHP, Sean Nolin (6) LHP, Dalton Pompey (16) OF, Kris Bryant (18 - DNS) 3B
2011 - Joe Musgrove (1) RHP, Daniel Norris (2) LHP, Anthony DeSclafani (6) RHP, Luke Weaver (19 - DNS) RHP, Aaron Nola (22 - DNS) RHP, David Rollins (24) LHP, Kevin Pillar (32) OF
2012 - Marcus Stroman
2013 - Matt Boyd (6) LHP, Kendall Graveman (8) RHP

Roster

C - Yan Gomes, J.P. Arencibia, A.J. Jimenez
1B - Eric Thames, Brett Wallace
2B - Ryan Schmpf, Ryan Goins
3B - Kris Bryant
SS - Jonathan Diaz, Cole Figueroa
Of - Kevin Pillar, Jake Marisnick, Travis Snider, Dalton Pompey
SP - Noah Syndergaard, Aaron Sanchez, James Paxton, Justin Nicolino, Daniel Norris, Marcus Stroman, Matt Boyd
RP - Ricky Romero, Brad Mills, Brett Cecil, Marc Rzepczynski, Danny Farquhar, Dallas Beeler, Chad Jenkins, Aaron Loup, Drew Hutchinson, Daniel Webb, Sam Dyson, Sean Nolin, Joe Musgrove, Anthony Desclafani, Luke Weaver, Aaron Nola, David Rollins, Kendall, Graveman

Honkball to Call it Quits

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Myworld is thankful that we attended the last Honkball tournament, which was this year. They will not be holding the tournament in 2018. The organizers have been alternating with the World Port Tournament to host a tournament every other year. The Honkball is held in Haarlem while the World Port Tournament is held in Rotterdam.

The first Honkball tournament was in 1961. It was a fun event, but as with all international tournaments the big draw is when the local team played. To encourage more people to attend the opening game you paid one price to attend both games, but the down side is you had to wait two to three hours before the second game started. There is not a lot to do in the area, with no big bar scene or clove of restaurants nearby that you can pass the time away.

Sad to think I was the grim reaper of the Honkball tournament. I also attended the last World Cup in Panama before it reformed into a different event and structure. With the Asian Series I attended the next to last event.

2017 Cuba WBC Provisional Roster

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Below are the 50 players Cuba is considering for their WBC roster according to baseballdecuba. The roster would be more competitive if they could include some of the stars playing in the major leagues.

Pitchers

Freddy Alvarez (Villa Clara), Yosvany Torres (Pinar del Rio), Yoanny Yera (Matanzas), Vladimir Garcia (Ciego de Avila), Lazaro Blanco (Granma), Jonder Martinez (Matanzas), Vladimir Banos (Pinar del Rio), Alain Sanchez (Villa Clara), Yoalkis Cruz (Las Tunas), Robelio Carrillo (Villa Clara), Raidel Perez (Pinar del Rio)*, Erlis Casanova (Pinar del Rio), Jose Rodriguez (Camaguay)*, Leandro Martinez (Granma), Dairon Riera (Guantanamo), Leomil Gonzalez (Ciego de Avila)*, Miguel Lahera (Artemisa), Livan Moinelo (Pinar del Rio)*, Alexander Rodriguez (Matanzas), Dany Aguilera (Isla de la Juventud), Jose Garcia (Artemisa), Yoandry Ruiz (Matanzas), Cesar Garcia (Granma)*, Yasmany Hernandez (Villa Clara)

Catchers

Frank Morejon (Industriales), Yulexis La Rosa (Villa Clara), Ariel Martinez (Matanzas)*, Osvaldo Vazquez (Ciego de Avila), Rafael Vinales (Las Tunas)*

Infielders

Alexander Malleta (Industriales), William Saavedra (Pinar del Rio), Guillermo Aviles (Granma)*, Yasiel Santoya (Matanzas), Norel Gonzalez (Villa Clara)*, Yordanis Samon (Matanzas), Raul Gonzalez (Ciego de Avila), Juan Torriente (Industriales), Anibal Medina (Matanzas), Yurisbel Graciel (Matanzas), Jeferson Delgado (Matanzas), Yeniet Perez (Villa Clara), Yunior Paumier (Holquin), Yorbis Borroto (Ciego de Avila), Alexander Ayala (Camaguey)

Outfielders

Edilse Silva (Santaigo de Cuba), Alfredo Despaigne (Granma), Julio Martinez (Guantanamo)*, Victor Mesa (Matanzas)*, Yoalkis Cespedes (Granma)*, Denis Laza (Mayabeque)*

* players who are under 25 years of age who major league scouts will be watching

ABL All Star Game

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

In the Australian All Star game it will be the world against the Australian All Stars. Below are the rosters for the two teams.

World

Pitchers

Kramer Chaplin (Bandits), Jeremy Guthrie (Aces/Marlins), Mark Hamburger (Aces), Keisuke Honda (Aces/Seibu Lions), Zech Lemond (Cavalry/Padres), Max McNabb (Bite/Templiers), Shogo Noda (Aces/Lions), Lex Rutledge (Heat/Orioles), Sven Schuller (Blue Sox/Dodgers), Loek Van Mil (Bite/Netherlands), Virgil Vazquez (Aces/Twins)

Catchers

Marcus Greene (Bite/Padres), Mike Reeves (Cavalry/Rays),

Infielders

Josh Altmann (Bite/Rangers), Jordan Cowan (Bite/Mariners), Scott Kelly (Cavalry), Kevin Padlo (Bandits/Rays), Joey Wong (Heat/Rockies)

Outfielders

Ronald Acuna (Aces/Braves), Roman Collins (Aces/Royals), Malik Collymore (Blue Sox/Brewers), Stone Garrett (Blue Sox/Marlins)

Most of the players are from the United States. Acuna is from Venezuela, Collymore and Reeves are from Canada, Honda and Noda are from Japan and Van Mil is from the Netherlands.

Australia

Pitchers

Craig Anderson (Blue Sox/Orioles), Tim Atherton (Cavalry/Athletics), Tom Bailey (Heat), Justin Erasmus (Bandits/Red Sox), Josh Guyer (Blue Sox/Twins), Steven Kent (Cavalry/Braves), Dushan Ruzic (Aces/Reds), Ryan Searle (Bandits/LaMiga Monkeys), Josh Tols (Aces), Luke Wilkens (Blue Sox), Matt Williams (Bite/Twins)

Catchers

Trent D’Antonio (Blue Sox/Marlins), Allan de San Miguel (Aces/Royals), Kyle Perkins (Cavalry/Yankees), Robbie Perkins (Cavalry/Rockies)

Infielders

Brad Harman (Aces), Luke Hughes (Heat), Tim Kennelly (Heat/Rangers), Mitch Nilsson (Bandits/Indians), Logan Wade (Bandits/Twins), Mike Walker (Aces/Brewers), Stefan Welch (Bite/Red Sox)

Outfielders

Mitch Dening (Bite/Yakult Swallows), David Kandilas (Cavalry/Rockies), Angus Roeger (Bite/Phillies), Aaron Whitfield (Bandits/Twins)

KBO Golden Glove Winners

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

Below are the players that won Golden Gloves in the KBO. The Golden Glove award in Korea is all about the best offensive player at each position. It has nothing to do with defense. For the pitcher, it is all about his pitching and not his offense. For the third year in a row a foreign player won the Golden Glove award as a pitcher.

P - Dustin Nippert (Doosan Bears) - 22-3, 2.95 ERA

1B - Eric Thames (NC Dinos) - .321, 40, 121

2B - Geon-Chang Seo (Nexen Heroes) - .325, 7, 63, 26 SBs

3B - Jeong Choi (SK Wyverns) - .288, 40, 106

SS - Jae-Ho Kim (Doosan Bears) - .310, 7, 78

C - Eui-Ji Yang (Doosan Bears) - .319, 22, 66

OF - Hyoung-Woo Choi (Samsung Lions) - .376, 31, 144

OF - Joo-Chan Kim (Kia Tigers) - .346, 23, 101

OF - Jae-Hwan Kim (Doosan Bears) - .325, 37, 124

DH - Tae-Kyun Kim (Hanwha Eagles) - .365, 23, 136

Hyoung-Woo Choi signed with the Kia Tigers as a free agent this year.