Oh yes he did! Find out more at BaseballGB.
Tomorrow is ‘playoff day’ in British baseball. Twelve teams will battle it out at six venues across the country to determine the final six entrants to the 2009 National Baseball Championships.
There are four broad levels of play in the British Baseball Federation (BBF). The National Baseball League (NBL) is at the top of the pyramid followed by AAA, AA and A, as used in the Minor League set-up in the States. Each level of play has a National Baseball Championship (NBC) involving four teams. The entrants for the NBL and AAA have already been determined by the regular season and two of the AA teams are also confirmed. Tomorrow’s round of playoff games will determine the other two AA teams and the four A teams.
Read more about which teams have already qualified and those who will be battling tomorrow for the right to join them at BaseballGB.
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.
Great Britain were originally scheduled to play their first round Baseball World Cup games in Moscow, Russia. If that appeared to be an unusual venue, the new home of Pool D will seem just as strange at first glance.
Great Britain and Japan will be playing in Zagreb, Croatia, alongside the home nation and Nicaragua. The change of venue less than two months before the tournament is set to start is the latest twist in the story of Great Britain’s World Cup aventure. Read more about the latest news at BaseballGB here.
Taking a look at the WBC tournament structure.
GB and the IBAF World Rankings – The IBAF recently published a list of world rankings. BaseballGB looked at them from a British perspective, including getting the thoughts of Great Britain’s senior head coach Stephan Rapaglia.
World Baseball Classic – Provisional Rosters – The provisional rosters were announced on Monday and, judging by the players involved, the second staging of the tournament will be even better than the first.
In the latest in a new series of Q&As, BaseballGB.co.uk recently spoke to the Head Coach of Great Britain’s National baseball team: Stephan Rapaglia. Stephan discusses various topics, from Team GB’s great showing in the 2007 European Baseball Championships, to the prospect of competing in the 2009 Baseball World Cup against teams like Japan, to the future of baseball in Britain. The article can be found here.