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.

MLB FoodFest Delivers Fun, Hip Event

Last weekend, MLB London hosted its second major event of 2019, the MLB Foodfest at Hawker House near Canada Wharf in southeast London. MLB’s EMEA office had the daunting task of creating an event that appealed to diehard baseball fans … Continue reading

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Checking in on Russian Baseball

Russian baseball has just finished a busy year with the annual Russian Series to determine its domestic champion. Along the way, the federation sent squads to compete at the European B-Level Championship and Pool 2 of the Under-18 European Championship … Continue reading

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Venezuela Unveils Premier 12 Roster

Venezuela announced its roster for the Premier 12 on Saturday, and it includes four players with significant MLB experience. As with most teams from the Americas, Venezuela is severely hampered by MLB’s decision not to allow 40-man roster players to … Continue reading

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Mexico Announces Premier 12 Roster

The next nation to announce its Premier12 roster is México [list], which will feature some recognisable names in Christián Villanueva (above), Fernando Salas, and Horacio Ramírez, along with five other former major leaguers. As with the other COPABE (Americas) nations, … Continue reading

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Controversy and Excitement for the Euro Baseball Cup

BREAKING: A new event has been added to the international calendar this autumn, but not without some controversy. The Professional Dream Baseball Cup, also known as the European Baseball Cup, is set to take place in Andalusía from Oct. 30-Nov. … Continue reading

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Europe-Africa Olympic Qualifier Preview

Parma, Italy – The gauntlet for five European places at the Europe-Africa Olympic qualifier  has been run and the end result netted no real surprises: European champions the Netherlands, plus Italy, Israel, Spain, and the Czech Republic. That quintet will be … Continue reading

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XXXII Under-12 Pan-American Championship

The Under-12 Pan-American Championship took place with absolutely no fanfare from (or, indeed, announcement) from September 7- 14, 2019. Games were played at the Luis Alberto Villegas Stadium in Medellín, Colómbia, in the shadow of the professional stadium where one … Continue reading

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2019 European Championship Roster Preview

The 2019 European Championship starts today in Bonn and Solingen, Germany, with even more at stake that continental bragging rights. The top five teams will join South Africa in Bologna and Parma a few days after this tournament ends to … Continue reading

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First Baseball5 Competition in Britain Hosted by BaseballSoftballUK, Kent Sport

This article was written for, and first appeared on, baseballsoftballuk.com. By Gabriel Fidler, with additional reporting from Kent Sport and Liz Knight On June 28, 2019, the British sporting world was treated to a feast of events, with matches in … Continue reading

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LYBL Wins First-Ever MLB Cup London

This article was written for, and first appeared on, baseballsoftballuk.com. The countdown to the London Series officially began in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday as the London Youth Baseball League (LYBL) took home the inaugural MLB Cup London … Continue reading

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