Archive | March, 2009

Final week of Spring Training

Players, managers and fans alike are all ready for the regular season to begin.  Spring Training has gone more quickly this year thanks to the excitement of the World Baseball Classic, but it still seems to be a week or so too long. Yet no doubt there will be a game soon enough that leaves […]

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‘Baseball on Five’ comes to an end

Sadly, the rumours have been confirmed. After over a decade of bringing us insightful and entertaining coverage of MLB, Five have decided to drop the ‘Baseball on Five’ show for the 2009 season.  The news is made worse for British baseball fans as no other free-to-air channel has picked up the rights (as yet). The chances of […]

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You Are the Scorer: Number 21

Scenario: With none out and runners on first and third, the batter hits a ground-ball to the shortstop, who throws it to the second baseman to force the runner out heading towards second. The second baseman then makes a good throw to the first baseman that is in time to retire the batter-runner, but the […]

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Cuba remain top of the IBAF World Rankings

Cuba have retained their position as the leading baseball nation despite a disappointing showing in the World Baseball Classic.  That’s the message from the International Baseball Federation’s rankings, updated yesterday to reflect performances at the most recent major international tournament. However, Korea and Japan are gaining ground and that hasn’t gone unnoticed in Havana.  (more…)

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Japan win the 2009 World Baseball Classic

Japan retained their World Baseball Classic title in the early hours of this morning in a thrilling extra-inning 5-3 win over Korea.  Such eagerly anticipated contests can often turn out to be a disappointment; the enormity of the occasion leading to a cagey affair in which neither team performs under the pressure.   The 2009 WBC […]

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