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Carribean Series becomes Second Dominican Series

Well, I guess  the powers that be decided that sending a second Dominican team to the Caribbean Series would be a better idea than using Puerto Rico’s departure to expand the scope of the event.  It’s only fair.  After all, it’s not like there’s another country in the Caribbean that could hope to field a competitive team.

I know the Dominican Republic is generally the  strongest of  the four countries and this year’s host, but this is kind of lame.

For those who get ESPNDeportes, the two Dominican Winter League heavyweights, the Tigres de Licey and the Aguilas Cabaenas, will be playing all weekend.  Should be pretty entertaining even if you don’t speak Spanish.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | Caribbean Series | 2 Comments

USA! USA!

Well, the Americans finally pulled it off. The best team of prospects the United States has sent to an international tournament since I started paying attention beat the Cuban National team to take the World Cup crown. The last time the United States won the IBAF World Cup was 1974, and the last time any team other than Cuba took home the gold was when South Korea won it in 1982.

Friend of GlobalBaseball Peter Bjarkman has a nicearticle up on the baseballdecuba website about the dominant run of  the Cuban National Team.

Fun Fact: Despite always boasting at least a solid core of baseball talent, Canada has never earned a medal at the IBAF World cup.

November 23, 2007 Posted by | World Cup | 2 Comments

Check, Check, Check…Wha?

The semifinals of the 2007 IBAF world cup are set.  In the group B bracket, familiar international powerhouses Cuba and Japan face off.  While it would be tempting to write “in a rematch of the 2006 WBC final), that would be misleading.  The Cuban team, as always, is the class of the international baseball circuit, and is heavily favored in this one.

In Group A, the solid core of prospects from the USA faces off against…the Netherlands.

On the strength of a 2-run extra innings double by Seattle Mariners farmhand Gregory Halman, the Dutch national team beat Chinese Taipei 6-3 to reach the semifinal round.

We’re not exactly in unprecedented territory  here.  The Netherlands placed 4th when they hosted the 2005 World Cup, but their series of victories  that year was nowhere near  as impressive.

It’s pretty sweet to see Europe fielding competitive  teams in international competition.

November 16, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Holy Crap

After a long hiatus, I’m poking my head in here to deliver this tidbit:

The freaking Netherlands just beat the Cuban National Team in an IBAF world cup game.  Against the unstoppable force of pitchers Deigomar Markwell and David Bergman, Yuliesky Gourriel went 0-for-4.  Frederich Cepeda went 1-for-3.  Yoandry Urgelles went 0-for-3.  The best team in international competition managed just 5 hits, none of them going for extra bases.

The Netherlands Lineup, meanwhile, comprised mostly of guys in their late-20s who will never play in the states (Rick Vanden Hurk isn’t on the world cup roster and Greg Halman, while on the team, didn’t play), managed 10 hits to score 2 runs.

The win gave the Netherlands a 5-2 record and propelled them into the quarterfinals, knocking Canada out of the tournament in the process.

The boxscore is available at the IBAF website (http://www.baseball.ch/), or at baseballdecuba.com.  There should be streaming video on both sites as well.

November 15, 2007 Posted by | IBAF World Cup | 3 Comments