The Week in International Baseball (14-20 January)

The Under-15 Oceania Championship begun, though it was delayed by rain from the 17 January opening.

After noting two weeks’ ago that no Great Britain national team members were playing winter ball, we broke the news last week that Barry Enright signed in Mexico. This week, Michael Roth, who we expected to play in the offseason, signed with the Aguilas Cibaeñas, which we were the first to report in English (tweet).

The Dominican Republic confirmed its participation in the 2018 Under-15 World Cup in Panamá and the 2018 Under-23 World Cup in Nicaragua, which we were the first to note in English (tweet).

Great Britain’s Chavez Young was invited to attend spring training early (tweet). Later in the week, we broke more spring training news:

Our colleagues at @GOCPBL broke down Taiwan’s international schedule for this year:

They also hazarded a guess at the Asian Games field of Taiwan, Japan and Korea, Indonesia (the hosts), Philippines, Hong Kong, China and Pakistan (tweet).

We broke the sad news that the founder of Pakistan Federation Baseball, Syed Khawar Shah, passed away (tweet).

Our colleagues at @w0rldbaseball had a wrapup of interesting international news from 2017 (link).

The WBSC published a preview of the Oceania U15s (link) as did Stuff NZ (link). The winner of the tournament qualifies for the U-15 World Cup in Panamá along with the following teams:

We gave our latest update of ‘Top Stiffs’, those players who have lost votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame because of its 10-vote limit on ballots:

We offered a link to live-streaming of the Oceania Championship (tweet), a schedule (tweet), and teams that had already qualified for the Under-15 World Cup (tweet). We offered scores from Day 1 (tweet).

Australia’s women’s team travelled to Bali to teach baseball (link).

We broke the news on the newest addition to the 2018 international baseball calendar:

There was an update on Colómbia’s national stadium named after Edgar Renteria (tweet).

As the Latin American Professional Baseball Series (the junior version of the Caribbean Series) draws nearer, we noted three Dutch national players suiting up for Curaçao (tweet).

We discussed baseball in Kenya in a thread with a Kenyan baseballer (tweet).

We discovered the world’s newest baseball federation, in one of the most unlikely places:

And, to end the week, the U15 World Cup gained its newest team:

Previous articles in this series include:
7-13 January (link)
1-6 January (link)
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)

About Gabriel Fidler

Extra Innings UK covers baseball around the world, focussing on the sport at the national team level, with features on prominent players, scouting reports, and occasional breaking news. We are fully credentialled by MLB and have covered the World Baseball Classic, continental championships, and the U.S. minor leagues.
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