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.

Hong Kong Postpones International Open until March

BREAKING: The Hong Kong Baseball Association has officially postponed its annual International Baseball Open (HKIBO). The decision means that only one more international baseball tournament is still left on the 2020 calendar, The World Comes to Palm Beaches, still scheduled … Continue reading

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U18 Asian Championship Postponed Again, U12s Moved to March 2021

BREAKING: The Under-18 and Under-12 Asian Championships have been postponed until 2021. The U12s were recently confirmed for December, after having once been listed in September. Taiwan will retain hosting rights to both tournaments.  On May 11, [link] Baseball Federation … Continue reading

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Police Win Third-Straight Bangladesh Men’s Title

Believe it or not, Bangladesh has held contested a men’s national baseball championship each of the past seven years and Friday’s title match marked the tenth time a team has been crowned. Although the sport was only introduced to the … Continue reading

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Olympic Qualifier: Netherlands – Italy

Game 15 of the Olympic Qualifier between the Netherlands and Italy was expected by many to be the de facto championship, but instead, the Netherlands used it to claim a place in the Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Here are our … Continue reading

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BBF Press Release: GB U23 Coach Spencer Promoted

The following is a press release from the British Baseball Federation. We will have more imminently as the situation develops.  The British Baseball Federation is excited to announce the appointment of Mr Drew Spencer as the Lead Programme and Seniors … Continue reading

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BBF Press Release: Liam Carroll Resigns

The following is a press release from the British Baseball Federation. We will have more imminently as the situation develops.  Mr Liam Carroll, Great Britain Baseball (GB Baseball) Seniors National Team Manager(*), who has been involved in the programme from … Continue reading

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Bangladesh Ansar Claim Fourth Women’s Title in Four Years

Baseball was only introduced to Bangladesh in 2006, but it has already now held four women’s national championships. While that number might seem insignificant, it is the eighth largest total for any country and ahead of Cuba, the Dominican Republic, … Continue reading

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Baseball Euros to Expand in 2021, Qualification Changing

After hosting the Europe-Africa Olympic Qualifier in September, Italy will next welcome the European Baseball Championship. The 2021 edition will be the first with 16 teams and is the first major baseball tournament scheduled for next year to be confirmed … Continue reading

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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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