Author Archive | Matt Smith

Tie-breaker brings an end to Great Britain U18’s Euro Qualifier

Great Britain U18’s bowed out of the European Championship U18 Qualifier in Sundbyberg, Sweden, on Friday. After Belgium mounted a 5-run final inning comeback to beat Israel, Great Britain entered their game on Friday evening against Sweden knowing that a win would send them through to Saturday’s final, but a defeat would leave their fate […]

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Great Britain U18s look to secure qualification for the 2020 U18 European Championships

UPDATE: I’ve updated this post to correct it (rather than leave it up and post a new one that might get overlooked). The CEB competition rules state two teams go through but I overlooked that there are two qualifying pools! So, only the first placed-team will advance. Great Britain U18’s staged a sensational comeback against […]

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British Baseball Beat: Back to it

“Hey, Matt, why haven’t you been writing about the British leagues much this year?”. I was asked variations of this question quite a few times over the MLB London Series weekend and I have to say I was flattered that people had noticed! The truth is I’ve been busy with other projects and have always […]

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Ideas for 2020 London Series

After the amazing success of last week’s 2019 London Series, it’s impossible not to look ahead to next year’s event and wonder what more might be done. MLB got so many things right for the Yankees-Red Sox series, but there are always things to learn and to improve upon. On our Oakland A’s UK YouTube […]

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MLB London Series Extra Tickets

It was announced on Thursday that an extra 5,000 tickets will be available for both of the MLB London Series games between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Those who had already registered an interest would have received an email providing the details, namely: Tickets will go on sale on Thursday, April 11 […]

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Great Britain Baseball Funding Boost

$300m is an eye-catching figure, there’s no doubt about that. Manny Machado’s impending payday with the San Diego Padres has received UK online media coverage today and you can understand why. However, from a British perspective news of a much smaller sum will have a much larger impact. It was announced at the end of […]

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Oakland A’s 2019 Spring Schedule

We’re now less than a week away from Spring Training games beginning. The Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners will be out on the field in Arizona next Thursday (21st), so it’s a good time to publish the A’s spring schedule, mentioned on my latest A’s UK video. One thing to bear in mind, whether an […]

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Kyler Murray Makes Up His Mind

In my blogpost yesterday I mentioned that I’d be publishing another video on our Oakland A’s UK YouTube channel later in the week. That still stands and I’ll be rounding up and commenting on the main news from the first few days of the A’s Spring Training camp, which as of today (11 February) is […]

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PECOTA Points The Finger at A’s Pitchers

Baseball Prospectus this week launched their 2019 PECTOA player projections and, in doing so, have started to update their projected standings.   I’ll be doing an Oakland A’s news update video on YouTube later in the week, but thought I’d quickly write up some thoughts on the AL West projection before then. Here it is: […]

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