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.

BREAKING: New WBC Qualifiers Format Suggests Classic Expansion

Qualification for the World Baseball Classic has changed to a new format that seems to indicate an expansion of the main tournament by four more countries. Multiple sources, including one from a European federation, as well as newspapers in Central … Continue reading

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2019 Hong Kong Tourney Set to Start

The Hong Kong International Baseball Open begins today with its fewest number of entries and the host nation as the only national team represented. Five teams will play a round robin over the next four days, with no playoffs. The … Continue reading

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D.R. Team Repeats as Caribbean Cup Champions

A team representing the Dominican Republic won the second Caribbean Cup on Sunday, while the U.S. Virgin Islands earned its second-straight bronze. The seven-team tournament featured five national teams, including a squad from Jamaica that made its international senior debut. … Continue reading

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2019 Southeast Asian Games Schedule

The schedule for the Southeast Asian Games baseball competition has been released. The 30th edition of the multi-sport tournament will be hosted by the Philippines beginning on 30 November, with baseball starting in the event’s second week. Games will be … Continue reading

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Olympic Baseball Qualification (As of Nov. 8)

Baseball qualification for the Olympics can be maddening to understand. With major tournaments, plus an additional 10 events feeding into those qualifiers, there is a lot of which to keep track. Thus far, two of the six teams for Tokyo … Continue reading

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2019 Premier 12 Friendlies

Over the previous week or so before the Premier12, 11 the teams in the tournament played friendlies against each other in preparation for the event. Venezuela played the most contests, heading to Mexico for a pair of games before moving on … Continue reading

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Under-10 Pan-American Championship

The second Pan-American Championship in as many years was hosted by Costa Rica from Oct. 26-Nov. 2. Games were scheduled for seven innings. October 26 8:30        Field 1   Colombia 0 – Brazil 1 11:30      Field 1   Costa Rica vs. Guatemala … Continue reading

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Europeans in University 2019: Players V-Z

Our glance at Europeans playing baseball at North American high schools and universities concludes with 14 players representing 10 different countries. These include the only athlete with Russian connexions, the top Lithuanian prospect, and three players that were selected for … Continue reading

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Europeans in University 2019: Players S-T

Our penultimate group of players from Europe or eligible for the continent’s national teams includes a baker’s dozen of players with surnames starting with ‘S’ and ‘T’. They include two players that were invited to the MLB Elite Tournament at … Continue reading

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Europeans in University 2019: Players N-R

Our season wrap-up of European-eligible amateurs playing baseball at American universities and high schools continues with letters ‘N’ to ‘R’, which includes one of the few Belgians on the list, our only player raised in Scotland, and a player for … Continue reading

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