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.

Austria Claims 2019 Danube Cup over Slovakia, Hungary in Offensive Showcase

JÁNOSSORMOJA, Hungary – The Austrian Baseball Federation’s Under-22 team showed impressive growth since its last outing at the Under-23 European Championship, blasting Hungary’s Under-18 squad and overcoming an early 7-1 deficit against Slovakia’s senior national team to claim gold at … Continue reading

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Africa Olympic Baseball Qualifiers: Zone East Preview

The first stop in the qualification process for baseball at the Tokyo Olympics started in Accra, Ghana, during the penultimate weekend in March. Burkina Faso and Nigeria punched their tickets to the African Championship, with the former steamrolling by both … Continue reading

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Africa Olympic Baseball Qualifiers: Zone West Preview

The road to the 2020 Olympics for baseball begins tomorrow, March 22, in the most unlikely of places: Labone Secondary School in a suburb of Accra, Ghana. That any team other than South Africa is attempting qualification is a major … Continue reading

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History of Baseball5 Clinics and Tournaments

Since its introduction at the 2017 World Friendship Games in Burundi, the new sport of Baseball5 has spread like wildfire across the globe. It was included in the 2018 World Youth Games in Buenos Aires and has been added to … Continue reading

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Holmberg, Graefser Lead Coaches’ Clinic in Budapest

Last month, MLB Europe’s Bill Holmberg and Zach Graefser graced a small suburb of Budapest for the MLB Europe Baseball Coaches’ Clinic (Baseballedző Képzés). An evening of seminars led to two days of practical instruction to coaches from all over … Continue reading

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2019 Pan-American Games Qualifier

The citiies of Ibiúna and São Paulo, Brazil were selected to host the final qualification tournament for the 2019 Pan-American Games in Lima. Four other teams had already secured places at that event, including Perú as hosts, Argentina as South … Continue reading

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2019 International Baseball Schedule

Every year, Extra Innings publishes a list of all international baseball fixtures. This list evolves over the year as most international baseball events beyond the top tournaments are planned less than six months in advance. This was never more true … Continue reading

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2019 African Baseball Championship and Olympic Qualifier

Photo from Ghana Baseball and Softball Federation Facebook page. According to various sources, 2019 will feature the first African Baseball Championship since 2007, with the winner advancing to a final Olympic qualification tournament for Tokyo 2020. A total of 17 … Continue reading

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2019 U-18 Oceania Baseball Championship

Contested for the first time since 2015, the Under-18 Oceania Baseball Championship featured five nations and had plenty of surprises along the way. The winner would qualify for the Under-18 World Cup in Gijang, South Korea, later this year, while … Continue reading

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Markus Solbach Breaks Australian Record

ADELAIDE, Australia — In a game featuring multiple WBC qualifying round stars, recent Dodgers signee Markus Solbach today broke the Adelaide Bite record for most strikeouts in a season. The German right-hander struck out fellow international veteran Gift Ngoepe in … Continue reading

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