Author Archives: Gabriel Fidler

About Gabriel Fidler

Card Sharp is devoted to my chief indoor hobby-baseball (and occasionally football [that's soccer to you Americans], hockey, American football, and basketball) card collecting.

Conlon on Double-A, Team GB, and Thanksgiving Crackers

Were it not for The Troubles, left-handed pitcher P.J. Conlon might be a household name among British and Irish sporting aficionados. Instead, Conlon, who has a standard American accent, is quickly rising the ranks of the Mets’ organisation after growing … Continue reading

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Japan Holds Narrow Lead over USA in New World Rankings

The new world rankings were revealed yesterday by the World Baseball and Softball Confederation and, though the top six spots remained unchanged, there was significant movement elsewhere in the chart. Big winners included Australia, the Netherlands, and Nicaragua, while Venezuela, … Continue reading

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Gasparini on Hooligans, His Career, and Italy’s Baseball Future

One might expect that “Europe’s Best Prospect Ever,” as Baseball America suggested in the summer of 2013 (link), would be immediately distinguishable by his appearances or car, but Marten Gasparini is a refreshingly calm and focussed 20-year old. Despite being … Continue reading

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U23 Review: Top European Prospects

Unlike in the United States, major league scouts do not regularly show up to watch youth baseball in Europe and, aside from a burgeoning league in the UK, baseball at universities is rare. For most young European baseballers, a national … Continue reading

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Universiade All-Time Results

The 29th Summer Universiade is in the books and the tournament was the fourth edition to include baseball. We recapped the results and standings, along with some interesting facts earlier in the week (link). The tables below offer a glance at the … Continue reading

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Japan Wins Universiade Baseball; Second Consecutive Title

Every two years, the best university students in the world compete in the Universiade or the University Olympics. Both summer and winter editions are contested, and baseball has featured in four Games, including the current Universiade in Taiwan and the 2015 … Continue reading

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Preview: European Under-23 Prospects

The article that follows is a preview of our scouting report for the Under-23 European Championships, available soon. Unlike in the United States, major league scouts do not regularly show up to watch youth baseball teams play in Europe and, … Continue reading

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U23 Euros: (Re-)Starting a Career at a European Championship

This article was originally intended to include scouting on non-professional players, but instead, a preview is available (link) as we await additional information. For many young European baseball players, continental championships are their best way of earning a professional contract … Continue reading

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