The Week in International Baseball (4-10 March)

The week started with Japan winning the second of its two-game friendly series with Australia 6-0 in the second national team series of 2018 (link with video).

A combined Canadian university team will tour Europe in May (tweet).

The ABL will submit a proposal to join the CPBL, Taiwan’s baseball organisation (tweet).

We published our weekly update on European baseball players at American universities and high schools:

Our weekly honours went to the Netherlands’ Tim Schaareman, Greek hopeful Thomas Triantos, the incomparable Martin Mužík of Czech Republic (third in-a-row), and Lithuania’s Marius Balandis. This prompted a discussion of Schaareman’s draft chances (thread).

We offered some thoughts during Nolan Bond’s (Great Britain) first start of the season (Part I, Part II).

Brazil’s Bo Bichette was listed on the Jays’ big league roster for the first time in a spring training contest (tweet).

In a must-listen podcast, Charlie Hill, head of MLB’s London Office, spoke with Batflips and Nerds about baseball’s plans for the sport in Britain’s capital:

A text version with expanded details is available (link).

MLB and YouTube expanded their ‘groundbreaking, multi-faceted partnership (tweet). Meanwhile, MLB and Facebook announced a partnership that will stream a midweek game internationally on the social media platform:

Austria released its preliminary roster for the European Championship playoff with Lithuania (link).

The schedule was released for the Pan-American Qualifier for the Women’s Baseball World Cup (tweet).

Big plans were announced for watching Opening Day in London:

We kept up with various European nationals as their universities played this weekend, including Hayden Platt (tweet 1, tweet 2) and John Doxakis (tweet).

The Week Ahead
This weekend sees the first Catalunya Baseball Week commence, with Under-12, Under-15, and Under-18 tournaments between top European national academies.
Though no announcement has been made, it is likely that the Czech Republic will face Italy as the two clubs host spring training in Sicily.

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Previous articles in this series include:
25 February-3 March (link)
18-24 February (link)
11-17 February (link)
4-10 February (link)
28 January-3 February (link)
21-27 January (link)
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)

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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