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).
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:
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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