The national team of Czech Republic gave a quick update as it travelled to Sicily for spring training (tweet).
Italy named its roster for the upcoming MLB Academies Tournament in Sant Boi, not to be confused with the Catalunya Baseball Week (more on that later), taking place March 22-28 (link). Our comprehensive 2018 calendar has been updated with the event (link).
The Opening Day viewing party in Leeds scored a £200 holiday voucher in advance of the event (tweet). Meanwhile, GB Head Coach Liam Carroll confirmed his attendance at the London Opening Day soirée (thread).
We offered our first scouting report of the year thanks to the brilliant Eric Bynum of Baseball de World:
With absolutely no warning or fanfare, MLB announced that the minor league will feature a modified international tiebreaker in extra innings (tweet). Tyler Maun, a former minor league broadcaster, current writer for MiLB.com, and future guest of the site, wrote a must-read thread on the subject (thread).
Two South African players were signed by Sweden’s Sundbyberg Heat, one for the purpose of training for Under-23 team trials for the World Cup (link).
Top international baseball journalist Jon Morosi, a must-follow, gave us a follow, sparking some positive reactions:
On Thursday, we added a surprise to our feed with a visit to the Salem Red Sox, with a series of behind-the-scenes photos from Haley Field:
Yesterday, we added another ballpark visit at Cal and Billy Ripken‘s Aberdeen IronBirds:
Fight the New Drug, a brilliant non-profit, gave a talk at Royals’ spring training (tweet).
This weekend saw action from the first Catalunya Baseball Week, with Under-12, Under-15, and Under-18 tournaments between top European national academies. The U12 division featured two teams from Catalunya, plus Prague and German academies. The next level up had a team from Catalunya, Bologna, and an All-Star selection. The U18 level is the largest, with teams from Sweden, Germany (2), France, and Catalunya. Results: (Day 1). In U12 action, the team from the Czech Republic took home the title (tweet).
The Week Ahead
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.
The Pan-American Qualifier for the Women’s Baseball World Cup commences on Thursday.
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Month of September (link)
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