Tag Archives: Interviews

Jansen on Putting the Netherlands ‘On the Map’

LOS ANGELES – Kenley Jansen joined the Netherlands for the Final Round of the World Baseball Classic, and threw a crucial ninth inning against Puerto Rico in a game the Netherlands lost, 4-3. Fresh off signing a five-year, $80 million … Continue reading

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Dave Winfield on ‘Pride and Dignity’ of the WBC

SAN DIEGO – Just before first pitch between the United States and the Dominican Republic in the second round of the World Baseball Classic, we spoke with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield. Winfield retired as one of only 19 members … Continue reading

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Beltrán on Puerto Rico’s Experience and Energy

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Carlos Beltrán is one of four Puerto Rican players to appear in all four World Baseball Classics, the most of any nation. Beltrán, who turns 40 in April, has put together a Hall of Fame-worthy career … Continue reading

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Interview with Team USA’s Josh Harrison

SAN DIEGO, Calif – Before last night’s thrilling game with Puerto Rico (game story here), we spoke to Team USA’s Josh Harrison. J-Hay, starting at second base that night, was a 2014 NL All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates and hit … Continue reading

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Puerto Rico Powers by Venezuela in World Baseball Classic

GUADALAJARA, México – It was billed as one of the best games in the World Baseball Classic, but Puerto Rico never allowed Venezuela to get going, and kept scoring until the mercy rule came into effect. In a game that … Continue reading

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Baseball, Wine, and the Next “Italian Baseball Superstar”

In an intriguing move that we reported after it was announced on Italian-language media, Mark Teahen is coming out of retirement to play for Tommasin Padova in Italy. Retired since a final push at 2014 Spring Training, Teahen is arguably … Continue reading

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BREAKING: Former Big Leaguer Teahen a Surprise Signing for Italian Baseball

By Gabriel Fidler, @extrainnings_bb With a minimum of fanfare, the Italian Baseball League (IBL) just added its biggest signing of all-time. In a recent move only reported by Italian-language media, IBL club Tommasin Padova has talked longtime big leaguer Mark … Continue reading

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Handmade Bats and Selling the Family Car: Baseball in Pakistan

BROOKLYN, New York – There is no doubt that the World Baseball Classic has increased fan awareness of baseball outside the traditional hotspots of North and Latin America and the Far East, with the introduction of the qualifying rounds doing … Continue reading

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Nateshon Thomas, British Virgin Islands Baseball Trailblazer

By Gabriel Fidler, @extrainnings_bb BROOKLYN, New York – Great Britain entered the recent World Baseball Classic Qualifier as a serious underdog, but upset Brazil and defeated Pakistan on its way to the qualifier final against Israel. While Israel claimed the … Continue reading

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Treacle, Crumpets, and Great Britain’s All-Star Pitching Coach

By Gabriel Fidler, @extrainnings_bb BROOKLYN, New York – At the recently completed World Baseball Classic Qualifier, Israel advanced to the main body of the World Baseball Classic in March, fending off a determined Great Britain, which had upset Brazil and … Continue reading

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