With the first international tournament of the year in the books, there was still plenty of baseball news from five continents. The Latin Latin American Professional Baseball Series kicked off, plus we celebrated Great Britain’s first Hall-of-Famer.
On Monday, we released the Latin American Professional Baseball Series schedule (tweet). The LAPB features the champions of winter leagues in Colómbia, Curaçao, México’s Veracruz League, and Panamá, hosted by Nicaragua.
Italian Catcher Cesare Astorri made history as the first European signing of 2018 (link).
South Africa was listed by the WBSC as a selection for the Under-15 World Cup, despite Africa not holding a qualifying tournament (tweet).
On the night of the Hall of Fame announcement, we updated our ‘Top Stiffs’, those players most hurt by the 10-vote limit on ballots:
With winter leagues wrapping up, the LAPB field was announced on Thursday (tweet).
Béisbol Argentino offered a brief scouting report on the next big Brazilian arm (link).
We released a comprehensive schedule of every international club, continental championship, qualifying tournament, and World Cup for 2018 (link).
Venezuela announced the list of tournaments in which it will participate this year (tweet).
We looked at the viewing figures for the first night game in the Latin American Series between México and Panamá, which were very strong (tweet). Our colleagues at Dutch Baseball Hangout looked at Curaçao’s roster for the LAPB (tweet).
Our final segment of the week was live-tweeting photos from our tour of southeastern American minor league teams as the MiLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects were released. We collected the photos in an article (link).
Previous articles in this series include:
14-20 January (link)
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)