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.

The Week in International Baseball (15-21 October)

  The World Baseball and Softball Confederation met in Gaborone, Botswana, for its Congress, adding Botswana, Conga, St Maarten, and Tanzania as its newest members (tweet). There are now 184 baseball and softball-playing nations, up from 180 before the WBSC Congress. … Continue reading

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The Week in International Baseball (1-14 October)

After touring the South Atlantic and Southern Leagues as the minor league season finished, our coverage shifted to the UK and Asia, where we covered tournaments at varying levels. We gave regular updates and play-by-play on Twitter from the Asian … Continue reading

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Blake Taylor on Team GB, Injuries, and Prawn Cocktail Crisps

At first glance, prawn cocktail crisps and the great Trevor Hoffman seem to have little in common, but for a dual national like Blake Taylor, these are two of the Anglo-American’s favourite things. While the imported potato snacks helped Taylor … Continue reading

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2017 Asian Baseball Championship Wrapup

Earlier this week, we offered a preview of the 2017 Asian Baseball Championship, which Japan won today. Entering the semifinals, both Japan and hosts Taiwan were undefeated, but the Samurai beat Taiwan twice, once to clinch home field advantage in … Continue reading

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SCOUTING: Sri Lanka’s Chirath Debuts

On the surface, Sri Lanka has had a disappointing result at the 2017 Asian Baseball Championship (ABC) in Taiwan, but it has been a tremendous year of growth for the Lions. On March 1, Sri Lanka finished off a three-game … Continue reading

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2017 Asian Baseball Championship Preview

The Asian Baseball Championship starts today in Taiwan between Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, & Hong Kong. Held every two-to-three years, the tournament was at its peak in the 90s and 00s when it served as the Olympic … Continue reading

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The Month in International Baseball (September)

Earlier this year, we premiered a new feature, “The Week in International Baseball”. After a month of serious travel and family commitments, we now offer “The Month in International Baseball” as a brief interlude. It has been a busy month for … Continue reading

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Colombia’s Julio and His Tricolor Dream

Baseball fans outside Colómbia probably have not heard the name Erick Julio, but anyone who has ever met the Rockies’ young pitching prospect could not forget him. Julio is one of the most genuine and enthusiastic baseball players in the … Continue reading

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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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