Malas noticias para mi?? Jaja te equivocastes. Por el contrario, esta noticia es magnifica pues de esta forma se sigue incrementando el ''circo internacional'', que tanto gusta a la inmensa mayoria de los Cubanos. En cuanto al supuesto declive de la IBAF no se que te diga. Acaso te fijastes que se tuvo en cuenta el ranking de la IBAF precisamente para seleccionar a estas selecciones? Mientras que al final de la jornada la Copa Mundial de la IBAF fue apesar del consabido recelo de MLB. Saludos!
Last Edit: Jun 2, 2011 21:50:38 GMT -4 by dviera78
Dice Bud Selig: que el "World Baseball Classic" is the premier showcase of baseball around the globe. Y pregunto que es el mundial de la Ibaf ?
"Growing the game of baseball around the globe is the primary objective of the World Baseball Classic," said MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. "By expanding the competitive field of the 2013 tournament, we are demonstrating our commitment to this goal and reinforcing that the World Baseball Classic is the premier showcase of baseball around the globe. The tournament is a unique experience for fans to witness the excitement of this great game, and I encourage organizations around the world to bid for the chance to host this wonderful baseball event."
Venezuela: Luis Sojo Names National Team Manager for World Baseball Classic
VENEZUELA – The Federación Venezolana de Beisbol radified Luis Sojo as the manager for the Venezuelan National Team for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. It was announced at a press conference at Hotel Alba Caracus.
Federation President Edwin Zerpa also announced Sojo will be managing the team during this years World Baseball Championship in Panama this September and the Pan-American Games in October.
Luis Sojo led Venezuela to a 3rd place finish in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. It lost to eventual runner up South Korea in the semifinals but had a 6-2 record overall including 2 victories over the USA
Post by hugochaveta on Jun 13, 2011 23:26:04 GMT -4
como siempre los tentaculos capitalistas tratan de acabar con algo tan serio y relevante como la ibaf; en este clasico cuba gana el oro no por gusto somos en uno en el ranking www.ibaf.org/en/world-ranking.aspx?type=1
New Zealand is one of 12 countries that recently was added to the qualifying round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Ryan Flynn, the American-born chief executive officer of Baseball New Zealand, says that Granderson’s visit to the country last January helped trigger the nation’s inclusion.
Last Edit: Jun 18, 2011 21:43:37 GMT -4 by jcledon
Hanwha starter becomes youngest KBO pitcher to achieve record in fewest games
By Yoon Chul
Korean lefty ace Ryu Hyun-jin became the youngest pitcher in Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) history to throw 1,000 strikeouts Sunday, completing the feat in the fewest games.
The Hanwha Eagles ace starter passed the milestone completing a 2-1 win over the Doosan Bears which included eight strikeouts in Daejeon.
The KBO starter, now in his sixth year, broke the existing records in his 153rd appearance at the age of 24 years, 2 months and 25 days, beating the previous ones by 27 games and 19 days respectively.
When Ryu struck out his 1,000th batter in Bears slugger Choi Joon-suk in the sixth inning, he asked the umpire to switch balls in order to keep the record-breaking one in his pocket.
“I am very happy to make it. My next goal is 100 wins,” Ryu said.
The pitcher has a 7-6 record with 3.83 ERA this season with 1,003 career strikeouts.
Ryu, the 22nd starter to pass 1,000 strikeouts, also had his 100th strikeout for six consecutive years, the seventh time it has happened in the KBO.
“As I had innate flexibility from my parents I can reach this goal. I really appreciate my parents,” Ryu said.
From his debut, Ryu was different.
In 2006, the then 19-year-old fireballer had a triple-crown with a 17-6 record, 2.23 ERA and 204 strikeouts.
Last season, Ryu made a quality-start for 23 straight games. In addition on May 11, 2010 against the LG Twins Ryu recorded 17 strikeouts, the highest number in nine innings in KBO history.
He has recorded the most strikeouts in the domestic league for the last five seasons.
Ryu, who pitched the most innings in his second year with 211 innings for a 17-7 record, has been on the mound for at least 150 innings each year.
“He is very clever. Based on his shape Ryu changes his style. Sometimes he overwhelms the batters with his fastball. sometimes he induces grounders or pop-up by throwing breaking balls,” Eagles pitching coach Cho Dae-hyun said.
The dominant pitcher has shone, not only in the domestic league, but also on the world stage.
He proved his prowess during the Beijing 2008 Olympics and second World Baseball Classic (WBC) in 2009.
In the final against Cuba in Beijing, Ryu allowed only two runs in 8 1/3 innings for a 3-2 win.
The world is watching his performances and Major League Baseball (MLB) and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) teams are interested in Ryu.
Scott Boras, the best-known baseball agent, has already shown an interest in the Eagles star saying he could succeed in the MLB right now.
Ryu will be a free agent 2014, after finishing his ninth year in the league. But the KBO allows player to head abroad after their seventh year in the KBO if the team permits the move.
PD* 9 años de servicio en la liga. Pa' su escopeta. Esto es peor que Japon. Y fijense que no se trata de Corea del Norte. El chama es un estelar. No cualquiera puede llegar y dominar a ''la poderosa''. Saludos!
Lee Dae-ho, left, of the Lotte Giants celebrates after hitting a three-run homer off Ryu Hyun-jin of the Hanwha Eagles on June 10 in Busan. Lee is leading four of the seven batting categories as the KBO season approaches the half-way mark. / Yonhap
By Yi Whan-woo
Lotte Giants slugger Lee Dae-ho is in good shape to sweep the batting titles again as the season approaches the half-way mark, looking to repeat last year’s success of topping the seven categories.
Lee now stands atop in home runs (17), RBIs (60), hits (86), and slugging percentage (.634) in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) as of Monday, and sits second in hitting average (.366), and on-base percentage (.451). He also is ranked seventh in runs with 42. Some speculate Lee may be able to emulate last year’s achievement if he can continue his good form.
Lee, weighing more than 100 kilograms, won all of the above categories except for stolen bases last year. His success was partly attributed to former Giant Hong Sung-heon who now plays for the Doosan Bears. Hong was considered a strong competitor in a number of categories before he suffered an injury in the middle of this season.
Unlike last year, Lee has been competing without such support. He also hurt his knee in the pre-season with which he struggled at the beginning of the campaign.
Giants batting coach Kim Moo-kwan praised Lee as the slugger has overcome somewhat unfavorable circumstances.
“The situation Lee faces this year is completely different from last season,” Kim said.
“He has not had the same support from his teammates, and the pitchers from opposing teams are trying to bring Lee down.
“I think Lee is great for performing so well considering all those factors, and I think he will likely repeat last year’s success,” the coach added.
Kia Tigers batting coach Lee Gun-yeol also thinks Lee has the potential to take at least seven titles, as he said Lee is “faithful to the basics.”
“Lee has found his rhythm and his pace this season is extremely good,” the Tigers coach said.
“The way he hits ball is superb, in terms of timing, accuracy and power, and I think his batting form explains everything about his possibility to win the titles.”
The one area the Tigers coach was concerned about, however, was injury that can occur at any time and how the team plays.
Se desconoce el futuro de la Copa Mundial de Béisbol. ¿Qué repercusión puede tener la propuesta de la IBAF?
Pudiera ser el último mundial de adultos que celebra la IBAF. Lo que sucede es que la MLB ha tenido éxito con la celebración del clásico mundial y lo que ellos quisieran es que el clásico mundial sea el que reemplace a la Copa Mundial. Yo creo que eventualmente se le cambiará el nombre.
NPB/ Hitters no friends of new baseballs but pitchers love 'em.BY ROB SMAAL STAFF WRITER
2011/06/25 An inside look at Mizuno's 2011 NPB baseball. (The Asahi Shimbun) Call it a bad case of the "dead-ball blues," and it's got some of the best hitters in Nippon Professional Baseball looking downright ordinary.
The numbers tell the story. So far this year, home runs and offensive stats are down substantially while pitchers numbers have vastly improved. Low-scoring games have become the order of the day, and shutouts are a regular occurrence at Japanese ballparks in 2011.
Most point to the new baseball being used this season.
NPB decided to go with one standard uniform baseball this year, as opposed to the four-ball rotation that had previously been in effect.
Mizuno was commissioned to supply the new balls, which are less lively and have slightly wider seams. This combination is a double-whammy for hitters. It means the ball does not fly off the bat with quite the same "pop," and the larger seams allow the pitchers to throw nastier offspeed pitches and breaking balls.
"What it looks like to me, and from what the numbers show, of course something's different," said Yomiuri Giants cleanup-hitter Alex Ramirez, a two-time Central League MVP who belted a CL-best 49 home runs last season. "A lot of the pitchers are doing a lot better, the numbers of home runs and (batting) average are going down. It's kind of hard. Sometimes you're facing guys you've faced three or four times before maybe three years ago, and it seems like now they have better movement on the ball."
His teammate, American pitcher Seth Greisinger, echoes those sentiments.
"If you just look at the numbers, either the offenses in both leagues are having a down year or it's got to be the ball," said the veteran right-hander, the rare pitcher who may actually be a victim of the new ball.
In Greisinger's last three starts, all in interleague play, he gave up one run in seven innings, two runs in five-and-two-thirds innings and one run in seven innings. For his efforts, he was rewarded with two no-decisions and a loss as the once-mighty Giants' offense has dried up.
Ramirez figures 30-40 home runs will be tops in the league this year, and he also thinks you can forget about guys bouncing balls off the large advertising placards that adorn the back wall of Tokyo Dome beyond the outfield bleachers.
"You don't have too many chances (to hit home runs now)," said Ramirez, a career .305 hitter in Japan who was hitting .285 with 12 homers through June 19, the last day of interleague play. "If you hit the ball the other way, it's hard to hit it out. The best chance you've got is probably pulling the ball, making a perfect swing. But there's nothing we can do about it. We've just got to play."
In 288 interleague games last year, there were a total of 283 home runs hit in Japanese baseball. In 2009, there were 249, and in 2008, 245 balls left the yard in the same number of games played. This year, the 12 teams combined to hit just 153 homers during interleague. There have been 368 home runs hit in total since Opening Day this season, which works out to about 30 per team over the first 50 games of 2011.
Pitchers' ERAs are down, too, and Giants slugger Ramirez has speculated that we could see two or three 20-game winners this year. By contrast, there have only been four 20-game winners in all of Japanese baseball since 1991.
Through June 23, there were eight pitchers in the Pacific League sporting ERAs under 2.00 and three in the Central League. In interleague play, the Nippon-Ham Fighters had a team ERA of just 1.35, while the interleague champion Softbank Hawks staff posted a measly 1.75 team ERA against CL batters.
Naturally, while hitters are less than thrilled with the new ball, most pitchers, not surprisingly, have a warm and fuzzy feeling for it.
"I like it," said Yakult Swallows veteran right-hander Shohei Tateyama, who leads the CL with a microscopic 1.26 ERA this season. "It feels more like an MLB ball, a little heavier. It seems a little bigger--pitchers have said that and hitters have said that, too. It's easier to throw effective breaking balls and offspeed pitches, such as a changeup, with the new ball."
NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato hatched a plan to go with one standardized ball after the 2009 World Baseball Classic, figuring familiarity with a ball more similar to the one used in MLB would help Japanese players in international competitions. Besides the slightly expanded seams, the new Mizuno ball has a less "springy" rubber layer around the cork center.
Seibu Lions infielder Jose Fernandez and Yomiuri pitcher Greisinger both said they felt the new ball seemed to stay in the air a little longer off the bat, allowing outfielders more chances to make plays.
"I've hit some balls that would normally drop, line drives, that kind of float in the air, giving the outfielder more chance to get to them," said Fernandez, who has hit 192 home runs over eight-plus seasons in Japan. "Definitely the balls don't carry as much this year."
Adds Greisinger, a two-time CL wins leader: "I've noticed a couple of times where a guy has hit a hard line drive in the gap that I thought was going to be a double and it just seems to hang up there a little longer and the outfielder is able to get under it."
While hitters may have to get used to seeing fewer balls leave the yard, one pitcher says that just means their home runs will actually have to be legitimate now.
"There's times where if a guy gets it, you know that he got it," said Swallows set-up man Tony Barnette. "If he squares it up, there's no doubt about it, whereas last year, there were times when you'd make a really good pitch, the guy would be on his front foot, pop it up, and the next thing you know it's falling into the front row (in the outfield stands). There's times where you'd think, 'There's no way that ball should have gone out.' But this year, you can tell that if a guy messes up at the plate or a guy mis-hits the ball it's not flying nearly as far."
NPB said it wouldn't comment on the new balls during the season. When asked what kind of feedback Mizuno, makers of the new baseball, have gotten so far, the sporting-goods manufacturer said reaction has been muted, to put it mildly.
"Mizuno has never received any feedback from NPB officials or players (on the new baseball)," Tadashi Matsuda of Mizuno's advertising and PR department responded in an e-mail. "We are not surprised with a decrease in the number of home runs. We reduced the impact coefficient for the new ball and, as we saw from test results under given conditions, the flying distance was reduced. Beyond this, we cannot say with conviction that the ball is the only reason for decreased home runs this year because it could be a result of various factors."
While the debate on the new baseball may rage on all season, there is one thing that all parties--hitters and pitchers alike--seem to agree on.
"The good thing at least is that everybody's in the same boat," said Seibu's Fernandez. "Before, you'd go one ballpark and have this type of ball, then go to another ballpark and have a different ball ... oh boy. I was kind of shocked at first. At least now everybody's in the same boat and it's equal for pitchers and hitters."
Barnette says it's nice for a pitcher to be able to work on his mechanics and get a feel for the baseball without having to worry about adjusting to various balls. Greisinger, meanwhile, agrees with Fernandez and says it's good to finally have a level playing field.
"It doesn't matter if the ball doesn't have much life or it's got a lot of life," he said. "I think it's just really important to have a consistent ball all the way through with everybody using the same ball, regardless of whether it benefits the pitchers or the hitters." .
Jays first baseman Mark Teahen may finally get to host that long-awaited BBQ he’s been thinking about for family and friends in Toronto this week.
After a largely successful seven-game road swing, Toronto is set for a relatively lengthy homestand of seven games. With no travel until a series in Baltimore Aug. 30, Teahen, a California native, may have time to catch up with members of his father’s side of the family living in the Toronto area.
Teahen’s father was born in St. Mary’s, Ont., and Teahen eventually became a naturalized Canadian citizen. Canadian baseball fans know him well, from his appearance for Team Canada in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. But as a member of the Jays, his appearances have been infrequent. With so many young stars emerging and fanning hopes for a winning team on the near horizon, Teahen finds himself in an odd situation in Toronto — that is, he’s the odd man out most nights.
A starter for his entire six-year career until he broke a finger early last season, Teahen has settled into the background of a Jays lineup that has great young players starting at every position he can play.
Even Jays manager John Farrell recently mentioned how difficult it is to find Teahen playing time, what with young, building-block players entrenching themselves at almost every position.
“This year’s been tough in general, because prior to breaking my finger last year, I’ve always been a starter,” said Teahen, who came over with Edwin Jackson from the White Sox in a multi-player deal July 27.
“So after my injury, I’ve been fighting an uphill battle to (become a starter again).”
Teahen has spent too much time in the majors to harbour a bad attitude about his playing situation. Naturally, he’d like to play more. But at this stage in his career, he looks at the so-called bigger picture and sees a Jays team with a solid plan for winning.
If Teahen can become a part of that, he’d welcome the opportunity — especially given his Canadian roots and natural connection to the Toronto area.
“This is a good team here and a good place to be,” Teahen said. “There are good coaches here, they work with you, and you can see the direction the team wants to go . . . it’s a good fit for me.”
Teahen’s father, Mike, played for the Stratford Hillers, joining his uncle, Tom Jackson, who played and managed the Hillers during the 1970s. Continuing down the family tree, Teahen currently works a Twitter account named after his dog (@espy_teahen).
Teahen grew up in Redlands, Calif., was drafted 39th overall by Oakland in 2002, and was one of the subjects of the book Moneyball, which was about A’s GM Billy Beane, and the modern, sabremetric approach to building a team.
In the book, Teahen was paralleled with Jason Giambi, who has 427 career home runs. Teahen, meanwhile, is a career .264 hitter with 67 homers. After his injury in St. Louis, he wasn’t afforded the luxury of winning his old starting job back.
Teahen has a year remaining on a three-year, $14 million extension he signed with the White Sox in 2009. The situation lends itself to Teahen serving as a potential bench player for the Jays in 2012, or possibly as an attractive part of an off-season trade.
Though he has little control over the situation, Teahen feels he has plenty to look forward to. When he got married last New Year’s Eve, it was the beginning of a new phase in his life; similarly, being a Blue Jay represents a fresh start in his career.
For certain, he fits in with his new teammates, and there’s already been some good-natured ribbing going back and forth.
“There’s a good group of guys here and I think they like playing for each other,” Teahen said.
Teahen saw a start at first base in Oakland Sunday, with Adam Lind recovering from a wrist injury. He may continue in that fill-in starter role if Lind cannot return to the lineup as expected Tuesday.
Despite all the elements beyond his control, one opportunity Teahen can take himself is finally having that family BBQ.
“It’s been fun being in Toronto this long,” Teahen said. “Usually, I’m here for a few days on a road trip. There’s lots of family, and I get to see them, cousins, kids . . . and it’s been great. I haven’t had a big BBQ yet but I’m working on it.”
Last Edit: Aug 24, 2011 16:10:59 GMT -4 by jcledon
No agreement on NPB’s demand for bigger share in 2013 WBC
Japanese baseball officials held negotiations in New York Thursday to demand a bigger slice of revenue to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but no agreement has been reached with organizers of the tournament.
Toshimasa Shimada, the head of international relations and other representatives of Japanese baseball, have requested that sponsorship rights and the rights to baseball memorabilia for the Japanese team be transferred to Nippon Professional Baseball.
Japan has said that they either won’t compete or won’t send NPBers if this issue isn’t resolved.
USA no clasifico para la ultima olimpiada y de todas maneras el torneo tubo exito,recordando que Cuba no pudo ganar!!Asi que los nipones no se ponen pa la cosa.El Clasico iria de todas maneras,ya la MLB estan buscando una sede alterna!
The 2013 World Baseball Classic will go on, with or without two-time champion Japan, Major League Baseball's representative in Asia said Friday.
MLB has said it will explore alternatives to having Japan in the tournament if Nippon Professional Baseball is not on board by Friday in New York. NPB is balking over the distribution of sponsorship revenue.
"We've been having productive conversations. The problem is that we've been talking with them for two months and it should have been for a year," MLB vice president Jim Small told The Daily Yomiuri.
"We have given them concessions, we have come closer to their side, but there's going to be a tournament, with or without Japan."
NPB and its players union have said they will not play in the tournament unless Japan gets the rights to sponsorship money from Japanese companies--patterned after the FIFA World Cup and Olympic models.
Of the 2009 tournament's net profits, 13 percent went to NPB and its union, while 66 percent went to MLB and its union--excluding prize money.
"Those numbers are accurate, but they are misleading," Small said. "MLB eats 6 dollars [million] to 7 million dollars that it spends on the tournament. We've shared that information with NPB and the players union.
"Japan's players, before prize money, actually received 45 percent more than MLB players did. The MLBPA's share was divided among 120 players [in the tournament], while Japan's was divided among just 28."
But if NPB's share for the 2013 tournament includes all sponsorship revenue generated in Japan, its profits could be much higher.
NPB also threatened to boycott the inaugural 2006 tournament over sponsorship revenue, while the union didn't want to play in March. Both bodies signed on at the last minute.
That will not be possible this time because of a format change.
Unlike the the first two editions, the 2013 event will begin with qualifying next autumn for the final four spots in the 16-team field. The addition of qualifying means less time for Japan to negotiate.
The Asian round is expected to take place in Japan as it did in 2006 and 2009, but if no word is received by Sept. 30, MLB needs to begin looking for an alternate venue and another team.
"The deadline is not the 30th, [it's] when the replacement team is invited, has accepted and the contracts have been signed," Small said.
"We are absolutely leaving the door open [for Japan], but once those contracts are signed, it's too late."