Category Archives: Africa

Play Everywhere: Baseball5 Update and 2020 Schedule

Since we published our history of baseball5 events last March [updated link], the WBSC’s newest discipline has spread quickly around the globe. From its creation 18 months before then, 75 events had been held involving 39 countries. As we shall … Continue reading

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WBSC Rankings 2019 (Part III): Mexico and Africa Hit Highs

Our series on the most recent WBSC rankings continued yesterday with a glance at three nations that fell well below their usual Top 5 and Top 10 rating. Our third part in the series looks at a North American nation … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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

[Ed. Note: An updated list (as of 18 February 2020) of all baseball5 events is attached to the bottom of this article.] Since its introduction at the 2017 World Friendship Games in Burundi, the new sport of Baseball5 has spread … 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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