Author Archives: Gabriel Fidler

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.

UPDATE: Active Minor Leaguers in International Leagues

In recent articles, we have looked at the historic circumstances that have permitted active minor leaguers to sign with European baseball clubs. At one point, eight such players were listed on rosters in the Italian leagues (one has since been … Continue reading

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The Pandemic Contract Exception for International Leagues

Since we were first to the scene in announcing the historic loan of active minor leaguers Marc Civit, Hendrik Clementina (above), and Matteo Bocchi to Italy’s Serie A [link], we have also broken the news of multiple more signings by … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Bologna Signs Three Active Minor Leaguers for 2020 Italian Season

The Cubs’ Matteo Bocchi, the Blue Jays’ Marc Civit, and the Reds’ Hendrik Clementina have been given permission to sign with UnipolSai Bologna for the 2020 season. They mark the first known signings of MiLB players with another league during … Continue reading

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WBSC Opens Permanent, Sustainable HQ in Switzerland

PULLY, Switz. — The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has officially opened its new and permanent global headquarters in Pully, Switzerland, directly adjacent to the Olympic capital city of Lausanne. The new headquarters have been named “Home Plate” and is owned … Continue reading

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Start Dates for 2020 National and Independent Leagues

Given the flurry of announcements of national leagues opening around the world, we thought we should collate the various start dates. There are currently 21 active leagues, with one more scheduled for later this month. The first country to restart … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Newcastle to Build Diamond; Link English, Scottish Baseball

A new baseball field is to be built in England this summer, the first new diamond in the country since a fourth field opened in 2017 at Farnham Park, the national baseball and softball facility. According to a press release … Continue reading

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DAILY TIMES: King’s Academy Graduate Making Mark as International Baseball Coach

Our Managing Editor, Gabriel Fidler, was featured in an American newspaper over the weekend. The Daily Times spoke with him about the start to his career at The King’s Acadmey and Lee University, through to the creation of this website … Continue reading

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Danube Cup History | A Duna Kupa Története História | Dunajského Pohára | Donau Cup

A long-standing tradition in Central Europe is the Danube Cup, a multidisciplinary sporting competition founded in 1990 to promote peace among countries formerly separated by the Iron Curtain. Baseball (and softball) was proposed as a sport in 1995, though issues … Continue reading

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1982 World’s Fair Baseball Camp and the Under-18 World Championship

One of the most frustrating omissions from international baseball records has been the results of the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair Camp baseball tournament. The tournament is considered to be the second Under-18 World Championship, but nothing more has been found … Continue reading

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U12 Euros Cancelled, Other European Baseball Tournaments Postponed

ZAGREB, April 13th, 2020 – The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has announced today the cancellation of the 2020 U-12 European Baseball Championship and the U-12 EBC Qualifier due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The Executive Committee took … Continue reading

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