Thoughts on Baseball and Softball’s Olympic hopes being dashed

August 22, 2009

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board announced on 13 August that golf and rugby would be put forward for entry to the 2016 Olympics.  The decision ended baseball and softball’s hopes for an immediate return to the Olympic fold after a previous decision in 2005 removed the sports from the 2012 London Games.

Read more at BaseballGB about what this means for the future of baseball in Great Britain and as an international sport.

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MLB has let itself down again

May 10, 2009

Manny Ramirez and the Dodgers are not the only ones affected by the star slugger’s positive drug test.  Baseball is taking a battering and Selig and company are failing to stand up for the sport.

Read more here.


World Baseball Classic

February 22, 2009

The WBC is due to begin fairly soon.  Lots of people are suggesting ways in which it could be improved.  Here, we take a look at a recent proposal published on the excellent Mister-Baseball.com.


1974 World Series, the WBC, the economic crisis and more

December 8, 2008
  • World Series – the 1974 version – The A’s versus the Dodgers courtesy of MLB.com/live.
  • A-Rod and the D. Rep batting lineup – A-Rod’s decided to join the Dominican Republic for the 2009 WBC.  Here’s a look at the frightening lineup they could put on the field next March.
  • Baseball Economics – the global economic crisis, how it effects baseball in the States and how it effects being a baseball fan in Britain.
  • You Are the Scorer: Number 5  – the latest in our regular feature
  • Baseball Books for Xmas – Stuck for an Xmas present?  Here’s a guide to some baseball books you might want to try.
  • European club rankings 2008 – Comparing the rankings by Mister-Baseball and BaseballdeWorld

  • All Stars and the Olympics

    July 20, 2008

    The main topic this week has of course been the All Star Game:

  • ‘Weekly’ Hit Ground Ball 2008 – Week Sixteen – The All Star Game rules need to be changed.  Here’s why and how.
  • All Star Exhaustion – An initial review of the marathon event.
  • All Star Game Preview – Looking forward to the game.
  • Elsewhere, there was some potentially important news this week about baseball’s Olympic future.  Will the 2016 All Star break last for two weeks?  How important is the Olympics to baseball and vice versa?

  • MLB and Baseball’s Olympic future
  • Finally, the A’s are continuing apace with their rebuilding exercise. 

    The A’s Extreme Makeover


    Bloody noses, Daily Rewinds, and keeping an eye on the clock

    May 25, 2008

    Lots of topics were covered at BaseballGB this week.  In case you missed them, here’s a summary with links to the full stories:

  • ‘Weekly’ Hit Ground Ball 2008 – Week Eight – Bud’s meddling again, but how long will the Time Police crackdown really last?
  • Daily Rewind Review  – A review of the new Daily Recap feature at MLB.com
  • Right on the nose – Chris Young takes one on the hooter and  Johan Santana has a near miss, but can anything be done to protect the pitchers?
  • BBfB: Volume 5 – The launch of the latest in a series of guides about baseball.  Volume Five looks at numbers and statistics.
  • National League: no managerial headaches for the Mets – Joe Gray reveals the possible dilemmas faced by managers in the British National League, while providing a run-down of the results from last weekend’s games in Britain.
  • New articles on the GBBSA website – Links to, and comments about, several new artices posted on the Great Britain Baseball Scorers Association website, including a history of the Great Britain national team by Five’s own Josh Chetwynd.