BBF Announces Women’s Baseball Donations

The following is a Press Release by the British Baseball Federation. It has been edited for style. 

The British Baseball Federation (BBF) announces it has secured baseball equipment and digital baseball training licences for its Women’s Baseball League.

Today marks the 4th annual Women in Baseball Week, an event created by the International Women’s Baseball Center supports women in baseball in every capacity. The worldwide event recognises the value, diversity, and cultural significance of women in baseball. Women play a vital role in all aspects of the sport across the globe. Team Work, the Women in Baseball Week theme for 2020, celebrates the power in relying on one another to effect positive change, whether on the field or when faced with unprecedented global challenges.

Amanda Hocking, the British Baseball Federation Women’s Baseball League representative said: “I am delighted to announce that the British Baseball Federation has secured through a private donation:

1. Baseball equipment, for the setup and preparation for women’s baseball in the UK. This great investment includes catcher’s gear, helmets, baseball bats, and elbow guards. The mentioned will help tremendously in the development of the players and the sport across the UK.

2. I am also proud to announce that the BBF will also provide one licence to Elite Baseball Training [link], for each women’s team registered with Women’s Baseball League. This is a fantastic opportunity that will help fast track player development for the upcoming league by providing professional training at the highest standards. Elite Baseball Training offers hundreds of instructional videos from hitting, pitching, and fielding. I am confident that this will benefit the players greatly and lead us in a stronger direction.”

To help celebrate Women in Baseball Week further, we are celebrating alongside Women’s Baseball UK, who will be releasing their third annual series of virtual baseball cards as well as highlighting the history of UK women’s baseball dating back from 1900.

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BREAKING: Bologna Signs Three Active Minor Leaguers for 2020 Italian Season

The Cubs’ Matteo Bocchi, the Blue Jays’ Marc Civit, and the Reds’ Hendrik Clementina have been given permission to sign with UnipolSai Bologna for the 2020 season. They mark the first known signings of MiLB players with another league during the pandemic. We looked at minor league contracts and spoke to multiple European federations, which allows us to confirm that these signings are highly exceptional.

Fortitudo Bologna announced on Saturday that Civit (pictured above) would suit up for the Italian club in 2020, though no details on his contract were mentioned in the article [link]. This morning, July 9, the club put out a press release to state that Clementina would be added for IBL play [link]. No release was forthcoming for Bocchi, but the right-hander pitched yesterday on Opening Day.

Bocchi chose a more unusual route to the minors, transferring from Odessa College after two years and turning in two excellent years at the University of Texas. The soon-to-be 24-year old then signed with Chicago as an undrafted free agent and turned in a 2.97 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 30.1 innings across three minor league levels.

Civit signed with Toronto in 2018, two weeks after his 16th birthday, and had a stellar debut in 2019. Despite starting the Dominican Summer League season at age 17, the Spanish southpaw had a 3.13 ERA and .250 batting average against in 31.2 innings. Civit averaged more than two innings per appearance.

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WBSC Opens Permanent, Sustainable HQ in Switzerland

PULLY, Switz.  The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has officially opened its new and permanent global headquarters in Pully, Switzerland, directly adjacent to the Olympic capital city of Lausanne. The new headquarters have been named “Home Plate” and is owned and operated by the WBSC.

The new WBSC headquarters meets many of the world governing body’s sustainability goals with 90% of the building’s electricity coming from roof top solar panels.

WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari on Monday (6 July) welcomed senior members of the Olympic Family, including International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach and representatives from the Pully Municipality and Canton of Vaud for the official opening of the new WBSC headquarters.

“With the opening of Baseball and Softball’s new and permanent global headquarters in Pully, our sport will be and always remain at the heart of the Olympic Movement,” WBSC President Fraccari said. “Our sport’s top priority at the world level is to be featured permanently at the Olympic Games and grow with the Olympic Family, and now we will be more focused than ever at achieving this, while our immediate target is to contribute to the great success of the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“Following many years in the Olympic programme and since our exclusion after Beijing 2008, we have worked tirelessly to rebuild our events and operations. Today, we are a unified, global sport with a worldwide fan and player base and a powerful commercial engine driving our continued growth. We count 211 national federations and millions of players – male and female – covering baseball and softball and international competitions for all age categories starting at U-12.”

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Start Dates for 2020 National and Independent Leagues

Last update 21 August. 

Given the flurry of announcements of national leagues opening around the world, we thought we should collate the various start dates. There are currently 29 active leagues, with one more scheduled for late August. The first country to restart play was the Czech Republic, while the first professional league was Taiwan’s CPBL. Europe features 23 of the 29 active leagues, with Spain soon to join. This list will be updated as more leagues begin play.

Austria: July 3
Belarus: August 15
Belgium: July 3 (suspended July 29), resumed August 28
Bulgaria: June 14
Croatia: June 14
Curaçao: July 18
Czech Republic (Extraliga): May 22
Denmark: June 14
Estonia: May 21
Finland: June 12
France: August 8 (“French Summer League”)/September 6 (“Challenge Suzanne Bricand)
Germany: August 8
Great Britain: Tournament instead of season
Ireland: July 20
Italy: July 8
Lithuania: June 13
Japan (NPB): June 19
Mexico: Cancelled
Netherlands: July 23
Nicaragua (Germán Pomares 2nd Half): April 17 (suspended on May 21), resumed June 26
Norway: June 21
Poland: July 5
Russia: August 8
Serbia: June 7
Slovakia: Before June 12
South Korea (KBO): May 5
Spain: August 30
Sweden: July 1
Switzerland: June 13
Taiwan (CPBL): April 12 (Scheduled for April 11)
Ukraine: July 4
USA: July 1/September 1 (Pecos League), July 2 (Pacific League), July 3 (American Association, United Shore League), July 10 (Constellation Energy League), September (Empire League)
Vietnam (Hanoi, not national): June 7

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BREAKING: Newcastle to Build Diamond; Link English, Scottish Baseball

A new baseball field is to be built in England this summer, the first new diamond in the country since a fourth field opened in 2017 at Farnham Park, the national baseball and softball facility. According to a press release from the Newcastle Nighthawks Baseball Club today, construction on Davison Field in north Newcastle will begin this month and conclude in August. Moreover, field development became possible thanks to donations via the club’s GoFundMe page and increase in interest following London Series 19.

According to the Nighthawks’ statement, the complex will have a “permanent backstop and high-spec groundworks” (See the club’s official proposal below). The organisation intends for Davison Field to become “a facility befitting of the national league standard”. It set a goal of £1,500 on GoFundMe [link], instead raising £1,900 and counting. The list of donations reads like a who’s who of British baseball: GB Baseball staff, the country’s top umpires, hosts of fan websites and podcasts, and players from all levels.

“To have both matched and then exceeded our GoFundMe target the way we did, in such a short time, speaks volumes for the support the club has from both the local and the wider baseball community,” club founder Adam Davison told us. “The success wasn’t just possible from my efforts, though, but the efforts of every single member of the Nighthawks past and present, who got us to where we are.

“Not least of all, Stu Taylor and Allan Binns have had a huge impact on how we’ve shaped the club into what it is today.”

Additional funds will be plugged back into the community, with the club stating that “we are also hoping to buy a junior starter kit so younger members of the community can come enjoy the benefits of the sport too”. The Nighthawks have put this into action previously, working with local charities Change Grow Live and Gateshead Evolve.

“What I think helped convince the Council to give the go ahead is our ethos and outlook,” noted Davison. “We’re keen to get a youth team and schools programme started. We know that we exist in large part because of the community via their support and donations, so we want to actively support the community in return.”

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GB Women’s National Team Announced

The following is a Press Release by the British Baseball Federation.

Today, the BBF announces

a) WB-UK Women’s Baseball UK as a full member of the British Baseball Federation. In association with WB-UK Women’s Baseball UK, the BBF will organise women’s baseball leagues, training and other playing opportunities.

b) The formation of a Great Britain Baseball National Women’s Team, which will go with our U12, U15, U18, U23 and Seniors’ team.

A spokesperson for the board of the British Baseball Federation, said, “To succeed in promoting the sport of baseball, we need a strategic professional approach to develop critical elements of our sport. Promoting women’s baseball is a crucial element for the success of our sport evolution at the local and international level. In association with WB-UK Women’s Baseball UK, we will extend an equitable framework to women, e.g., playing opportunities, knowledge, and support. With WB-UK Women’s Baseball UK being a part of the BBF, it sends a strong message that it adheres to highest and national standards as prescribed by the NGB of our sport. The BBF plans to source private donations and public funding to finance women’s baseball opportunities. We are proud to announce we have already secured an individual donation to promote women’s baseball.”

The spokesperson for the BBF went on to say, “Today, the 30th May the National Women’s in Baseball Day, we are glad to announce Mrs Amanda Hocking has been appointed as the manager of the Great Britain Baseball Women’s National Team (GB Baseball). Amanda will report to the head of our National Team Programme for all National Team (GB Baseball) matters. Separately, Amanda will work with the BBF Seniors Commissioner to set-up a BBF women’s baseball league. Amanda has experience both nationally and internationally in developing women’s baseball. So, having her be the BBF representative to expand women’s baseball allows us to leverage her dedication, commitment and skills to make women’s baseball success.”

Amanda Hocking said, “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Women’s Baseball representative for the British Baseball Federation (BBF), and I am looking forward to the challenge in moving women’s baseball further ahead in the UK. By incorporating Women’s Baseball UK (WB-UK) under the BBF umbrella as the UK’s official representative for women’s baseball, we can work closely together and provide greater opportunities for the players which have always been my number one priority since forming WB-UK in 2017.”

Amanda further went on to say, “For any baseball player, the ultimate achievement is to represent their country, and I welcome the announcement of a Women’s National Team. I see the role of the GB National Board as one which ensures that our players are provided with the level of support they need so that both the men’s and the women’s teams can be equally successful. With the upcoming developments in Women’s baseball across Europe in the past 18 months, Great Britain must be featured alongside other countries who are also proudly setting a great example in baseball by investing in Women’s National Teams.”

The BBF will continue to come out with new strategic initiatives to promote the sport of baseball as part of its objectives to evolve the sport of baseball. More to come.

[Ed.: The following roadmap was released on 31 May and added here.]

2020

  • Awareness and communications campaign about the GB Baseball Women’s Team e.g., webinars, website content, communications, social media
  • Integration into GB Baseball National Team Programme
  • Connect and recruit prospective eligible team participants
  • Set-up date(s) for 2021 tryouts, training and identify playing opportunities
  • Source public funding and private donations
  • Secure baseball equipment for the team

2021

  • Awareness and communications campaign about the GB Baseball Women’s Team e.g., webinars, website content, communications, social media
  • Connect and recruit prospective eligible team participants
  • GB Baseball Women’s training, playing opportunities and schedule released
  • GB Baseball Women’s Team Tryouts
  • GB Baseball Training dates set
  • GB Baseball Women’s new uniforms and hats design released
  • GB Baseball Women’s player selection announced
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DAILY TIMES: King’s Academy Graduate Making Mark as International Baseball Coach

Danube Cup BaseballOur Managing Editor, Gabriel Fidler, was featured in an American newspaper over the weekend. The Daily Times spoke with him about the start to his career at The King’s Acadmey and Lee University, through to the creation of this website in 2013, his foundation with Will Zucker of Durham University Baseball in 2016, and his recent move into international coaching with the Hungarian Baseball Federation. Enjoy hearing about his 16-year hitless streak, learning to cheer in Hungarian, and his favourite moments in baseball [Link].

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Danube Cup History | A Duna Kupa Története História | Dunajského Pohára | Donau Cup

A long-standing tradition in Central Europe is the Danube Cup, a multidisciplinary sporting competition founded in 1990 to promote peace among countries formerly separated by the Iron Curtain. Baseball (and softball) was proposed as a sport in 1995, though issues with the Slovak Federation meant that the first edition of the tournament would be in 1996 at Szentendre Sleepwalkers’ field, just north of Budapest. Since then, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia have faced off in a round robin contest almost every year, often meeting on May 1, which coincides with Labour Day in each country. We dove deep into the Hungarian Baseball Federations (MÖBSSZ)’s annual reports through the Internet Wayback Machine to present a full history below.

The tournament has been contested in 23 of 24 years, with the only cancellation in 1999. Slovakia has been the clear winner, taking home 10 titles, with Austria close behind at eight. In 2006, the lack of one score makes it impossible to decide whether Hungary or Slovakia would take the crown. Regardless, Slovakia has been the clear favourite in the competition, going 27-13 as a senior national team (27-16 overall).

In the last decade, it has become more frequent for countries to send their Under-23 (formerly Under-21) teams. Since that change, the balance has shifted to Austria, the U23 team of which has won three of the last four Cups. In fact, Austria has won 4-of-6 since 2013, signalling a clear shift in the balance of power. In total, with the exception of the one missing game, Austria’s various teams now has the same number of wins as Slovakia with only two more losses.

Below are the results of every Danube Cup game known, with only a single result and five other scores missing. Appended are the all-time standings, including head-to-head performances of the three nations and their various teams. A record book concludes this archive, with a 27-run outburst by Slovakia in the 2019 edition (against a Hungarian team with an average age of around 15 years younger!) the all-time high score, though a 2000 match totalled 34 runs between the winner and loser.

Should the Danube Cup be contested in 2020, it would mark the 25th Anniversary of the first baseball tournament. On at least three occasions, the event has been played at the end of summer, so perhaps Austria will extend its winning streak before 2021. For more on the 2019 tournament, our full coverage is here [link].

If you are aware of the missing score from 1998, 2006, or 2007, please do get in touch.

1996 Danube Cup
May 25-26 (Szentendre)
Hungary 9 – Austria 7
Szentendre Sleepwalkers 11 – Austria 9

1997 Danube Cup
May 17-18 (Stockerau)
Austria 8 – Hungary 3
Slovakia 15 – Hungary 2
Slovakia 11 – Austria 3

1998 Danube Cup
May 30-31 (Trnava)
Austria W – Slovakia
Austria W – Hungary
Slovakia W – Hungary

1999 Danube Cup
MOBSSZ’ Annual report said it was postponed “due to the termination of the OTSH”.

2000 Danube Cup
July 8 (Nagykanizsa)
Hungary 11 – Austria 23
Hungary 2 – Slovakia 8

July 9 (Nagykanizsa)
Slovakia 7 – Austria 4

2001 Danube Cup
(Stockerau)
Hungary 12 – Slovakia 10 (12)
Hungary 9 – Austria 2
Austria 19 – Slovakia 7

2002 Danube Cup
May 18 (Trnava)
Hungary 3 – Austria 9

May 19 (Trnava)
Austria 6 – Slovakia 7
Slovakia 10 – Hungary 1

2003 Danube Cup
(Hungary)
Hungary 22 – Slovakia 0
Hungary 12 – Austria 7
Austria 11 – Slovakia 9

2004 Danube Cup
May 29
Slovakia 8 – Hungary 3

May 30
Hungary 7 – Austria 4
Austria 0 – Slovakia 9

2005 Danube Cup
May 14 (Vienna)
Slovakia 14 – Hungary 1

May 15
Hungary 7 – Austria 17
Austria 6 – Slovakia 13

2006 Danube Cup
Oct. 21.(Szentendre)
Austria U21 3 – Slovakia U21 2
Hungary 7 – Austria U21 6 (7 inns.)
Hungary – Slovakia U21 ??
Hungarian team mostly U21.

2007 Danube Cup
May 26-27 (Hungary)
Slovakia W – Hungary
Austria W – Slovakia
Austria 20 – Hungary 0 (5)

2008 Danube Cup
Bratislava
Slovakia 5 – Austria 2
Austria 5 – Hungary 4 (10)
Hungary 0 – Slovakia 10 (7)

2009 Danube Cup
August 30 (Vienna)
Hungary 5 – Austria 17
Slovakia 10 – Hungary 9
Austria 4 – Slovakia 2

2010 Danube Cup
August 29 (Jánossomorja)
Hungary 1 – Slovakia 13
Slovakia 9 – Austria U21 4
Austria U21 12 – Hungary 0

2011 Danube Cup
June 11 (Pezinok, Slovakia)
Slovakia 11 – Austria 3
Slovakia 6 – Hungary 5
Austria 0 – Hungary 10

2012 Danube Cup
May 1 (Vienna)
Hungary 3 – Austria U21 10
Slovakia 6 – Hungary 5
Austria U21 1 – Slovakia 8

2013 Danube Cup
Scheduled for May 1 in Hungary, but appears to have been contested by only Austria and Slovakia.
May 6
Slovakia 6 – Austria 10
Austria 9 – Slovakia 6

2014 Danube Cup
June 7 (Budapest)
Austria U-21 11-10 Slovakia U-21
Hungary 4-2 Austria U-21
Hungary 18-3 Slovakia U-21 (5 innings)

2015 Danube Cup
June 27 (Rohrbach)
Austria 9-2 Slovakia
Slovakia 8-2 Hungary
Austria 19-4 Hungary (5 innings)

2016 Danube Cup
Sep. 17 (Budapest)
Hungary 1-8 Slovakia
Austria U-23 6-4 Slovakia
Hungary 2-12 Austria U-23 (7 innings)

2017 Danube Cup
May 1 (Bratislava)
Slovakia 7-5 Austria U-23
Hungary 5-4 Austria U-23
Slovakia 15-1 Hungary (7 innings)

2018 Danube Cup
May 1 (Wiener Neustadt)
Austria U-23 7-6 Slovakia
Slovakia 17-7 Hungary (7 innings)
Austria U-23 21-5 Hungary (5 innings)

2019 Danube Cup
May 1 (Jánossomorja)
Slovakia 27 – Hungary U18 0
Austria U23 19 – Slovakia 8
Austria U23 14 – Hungary U18 1

Danube Cup Record Book
Most appearances: 19, Hungarian senior national team
Most titles: 10, Slovakia senior national team
Most wins: 27, Slovakia senior national team (Austria’s SNT, U21, and U23 combine for 27)
Most losses: 29, Hungary senior national team
Most consecutive wins: Austria: 3 (2008-09), Austria U23: 4 (2018-present), Hungary: 2 (2001, 2003, 2014), Slovakia: 6 (2010-12)
Most consecutive losses: Austria: 4 (2011-13), Hungary: 4 (1998-2000), Slovakia: 3 (2013-15)
Most runs in a game, winner: 27, Slovakia (2019)
Most runs in a game, loser: 10, Slovakia U21 (2014)
Most runs in a game, combined: 34, Austria 23 – Hungary 11 (2000)
Largest margin of victory: Slovakia 27 – Hungary U18 (2019) [Between senior national teams: Hungary 22, Slovakia 0 (2003)

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1982 World’s Fair Baseball Camp and the Under-18 World Championship

One of the most frustrating omissions from international baseball records has been the results of the 1982 Knoxville World’s Fair Camp baseball tournament. The tournament is considered to be the second Under-18 World Championship, but nothing more has been found other than the number of teams (four) and the medals: USA, Japan, and Australia. After a fair few minutes’ digging, we successfully uncovered the results, in Japanese, of the World’s Fair, missing only the score of bronze medal game. We present below, for the first time ever, the complete results of the Knoxville World’s Fair where, astonishingly, our Managing Editor has actually competed on the same turf as this tournament!

II U18 World Championship (World’s Fair Baseball Camp)
Knoxville, Tenn.
June 23-26, 1982

Age limit was Under-19.

June 23
Australia 0 – Japan 14
Japan 6 – USA 5
USA 11 – Mexico 0
Australia 9 – Mexico 1

June 24
Japan 13 – Australia 1
Mexico 2 – Japan 3
USA 12 – Mexico 0
USA 14 – Australia 6

June 25
Japan 13 – Mexico 3
USA 8 – Japan 4
USA 6 – Australia 4
Mexico 8 – Australia 7

June 26
Third: Australia W – Mexico
Final: USA 10 – Japan 4

Standings              W-L       RF          RA
USA                       6-1          66           24
Japan                    5-2          63           29
Australia               2-5          27           50
Mexico                   1-6          14           55

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U12 Euros Cancelled, Other European Baseball Tournaments Postponed

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ZAGREB, April 13th, 2020 – The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) has announced today the cancellation of the 2020 U-12 European Baseball Championship and the U-12 EBC Qualifier due to the ongoing spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Executive Committee took its decision after consulting the LOCs and the National Federations while keeping in mind that health of athletes, officials and all members of the European baseball-softball community must be put above everything else.

The U-12 EBC & U-12 EBC Qualifier were scheduled in Mortsel, Belgium from July 7 to 11, 2020.

As a result of the cancellation, the 2021 U-12 EBC will serve as a qualifier for the 2021 WBSC U-12 Baseball World Cup.

Other decisions taken by the CEB EC include:

  • Postponement of the U-18 European Baseball Championship to September/October
  • Postponement of the European Baseball Championship B-Pools to September/October

No decision has been taken yet regarding the U-15 EBC Qualifiers & U-23 EBC Qualifiers.

CEB is closely monitoring the situation with WBSC and the Executive Committee will meet again in the coming weeks to review the situation and make a decision of postponing or cancelling the above mentioned events.

PRESS RELEASE CEB

The full list of European tournaments scheduled for 2020 can be found here [link]. Currently, the Under-15 Euros Qualifier pools are scheduled for July 21-26 , while the C-Pool is tabbed for July 28-Aug. 1 and the Under-23 Euros Qualifiers for Aug. 10-15. This year will make only the second time since 1992 that there will be no European Championship, with 2018 the only other occasion.

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