The World Baseball and Softball Confederation met in Gaborone, Botswana, for its Congress, adding Botswana, Congo, St Maarten, and Tanzania as its newest members (tweet). There are now 184 baseball and softball-playing nations, up from 180 before the WBSC Congress.
In more African baseball news, MLB veteran Jeremy Guthrie visited Nigeria with the Baseball for Tomorrow Fund to put on clinics (link):
News broke that Taiwan will visit Nicaragua to exchange diplomatic relations and would play a three-game series starting on 22 October (link).
Le Monde reported on the amazing emergence of a women’s baseball team in Gaza (link).
Guyana acquires land to build the largest multi-sport complex in the English-speaking Caribbean (link).
Italian national team member Alberto Mineo resigned with the Cubs (tweet).
Italy won a best-of-three exhibition series against the Netherlands (tweet).
The first German major leaguer, Donald Lutz, announced plans to return to the Australian Baseball League (tweet).
In more news from the Taiwan-Nicaragua collaboration, Taiwan will help finance work on Dennis Martinez Stadium, the national grounds for Nicaragua (link).
Al Jazeera produced a two-minute promotional video on the Netherlands National Team (link).
Martin Cervenka, a top Czech professional player, was named an Indians’ organisational All-Star (tweet).
We broke the news that Great Britain Baseball veteran Chris Berset was hanging up his spikes and becoming manager of the Alexandria Aces (tweet).
Cliff Floyd, with whom we spent a good portion of July 4 at this year’s MLB Battlegrounds, was inducted into the Broward Sports Hall of Fame (tweet).
We offered our thoughts on emerging nations at two continental levels, the U-12 Pan-American Games and the Asian Championship (tweets).
We broke the news in English that Yadier Molina and two former big leaguers would coach Puerto Rico’s Under-23 team in World Cup qualification (tweets).
Previous articles in this series include:
1-14 October (link)
Month of September (link)
27 August-2 September (link)
20-26 August (link)