Category Archives: World Baseball Classic

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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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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MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement Includes London Games

LONDON – Major League Baseball games are coming to London! Following the success of MLB Battlegrounds in Hyde Park on July 4, the release yesterday of MLB’s Collective Bargaining Agreement had big news for Britain and Europe. The CBA made … Continue reading

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Tromp Represents Next Wave of Aruban Talent

MANCHESTER, N.H. – In the last eight years, the Netherlands’ national baseball team has seen something of a youth movement, with players like Andruw Jones, Gene Kingsale, and Sidney Ponson retiring, and players like Andrelton Simmons and Kenley Jansen become … Continue reading

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GB’s Esch on Playing for the Queen, Next to Ichiro

The second in a series of a Season Previews of Great Britain Baseball Players. Jake Esch was due to appear for Great Britain in the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier, but instead found himself summoned to the big leagues by … Continue reading

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GB Star Blake Taylor Healthy, Ready to Climb Ranks

The second in a series of a Season Previews of Great Britain Baseball Players. Blake Taylor was a key pitcher in Great Britain’s improbable run to the championship game of the 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn. The southpaw had … Continue reading

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GB Veteran Roth Aims for Giants’ Staff

The first in a series of a Season Previews of Great Britain Baseball Players. Michael Roth is one of only four pitchers to play for Great Britain in both of its World Baseball Classic appearances, and the only one to merit … Continue reading

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Andrelton Simmons on WBC: “I Felt More Responsible for Carrying the Team”

The fourth in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Andrelton Simmons is a household name now, but in the spring of 2013, the slick-fielding shortstop had fewer than 50 major league games under his belt. Simmons … Continue reading

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Segura on Playing for Dominican: “The Best Emotion You’ll Ever Have”

Third in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jean Segura joined new Mariners’ double play partner Robinsón Canó in the World Baseball Classic, where the pair served as one of the Dominican Republic’s middle infield combinations. Segura … Continue reading

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Robinsón Canó on the World Baseball Classic: “It’s Always Fun”

Second in a series of World Baseball Classic retrospectives. ANAHEIM, Calif. – With David Ortiz hanging up his spikes, Robinsón Canó joins Mariners’ teammate Nelson Cruz as the veteran faces of the Dominican Republic. Canó began that transition four years ago … Continue reading

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