With the calendar turning, international baseball fans will have to wait another 10 days to see any national teams suit up (The Under-15 Oceania Championship starts at 9 p.m. GMT on 17 January), but there was plenty of news in this first week of 2018.
The first bulletin of the year was from China, which announced a schedule for the Chinese Baseball League after what appeared to be a condensed schedule in 2017 (tweet).
We also released our first ‘Top Stiffs’ of the New Year as the Baseball Hall of Fame’s 10-vote limit continued to hurt a dozen contenders (tweet). We noted that had these missing votes not been forced off ballots, Scott Rolen, Jeff Kent, Mike Mussina, and Billy Wagner would already be above the five percent minimum to stay on the ballot (tweet).
Stephen Nesbitt published a must-read article on Jung-Ho Kang (link).
We kicked off our countdown to qualification for the next World Baseball Classic in 2020, which provoked a variety of responses (tweet).
We also envisioned Great Britain’s rotation for 2020:
Robert Neustrom, who was on the University of Iowa team that played as Team USA in the Universiade, was tabbed by Collegiate Baseball Scouting Network as one of the Big 10’s Top Prospects (tweet). We spoke to Neustrom before the university games.
Deadspin published a fascinating article entitled, ‘Major League Baseball’s Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics’ (link).
Previous articles in this series include:
22-31 December (link)
15-21 December (link)
8-14 December (link)
1-7 December (link)
15-30 November (link)
1-14 November (link)
15-31 October (link)
1-14 October (link)
Month of September (link)
27 August-2 September (link)
20-26 August (link)