USA Olympic Team to practice at Santa Clara

July 8th, 2008

Acccording to CSTV, USA Olympic Baseball Team will practice at Santa Clara on July 29 and it is FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

South Bay area baseball fans will have a chance to see the USA Olympic Baseball team up close and personal on Tues., July 29 when the USA team practices at Schott Stadium on the campus of Santa Clara University from 3:00 to 5:00 PM. The practice is free and open to the public.

Fans may bring items to be signed by the Olympic team at the autograph session immediately following the practice. Fans will be allowed on the field to mingle with USA team coaches and team members during the autograph session.

The team will be arriving at Schott Stadium between 2:30-3:00pm on July 29th. The practice plan will begin with defensive work and then the team will take batting practice.

The USA Baseball Team won the gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

It’s a good chance to get items to be signed.

Cuba is ready and hope to catch Gold

July 3rd, 2008

According to Kevin Baxter of Los Angeles Times, Cuba is ready to play ball.

The powerful Cuban national team, among the favorites to strike gold in what could be the Olympics’ final baseball tournament, trimmed 11 players from its roster last week and will make one more cut before leaving the island to start its pre-Olympic tour in the Netherlands this weekend.

The team will leave Cuba on Friday. Missing from the Olympic roster, however, is Pan Am Games second baseman Alexei Ramirez, who defected last fall and is now playing for the Chicago White Sox.

The only real surprises were on the pitching staff, where Aroldis Chapman, named the outstanding left-hander in last fall’s World Cup tournament, was sent home in favor of veteran Vicyohandri Odelin.

Neither pitcher performed well in Cuban play this winter, with Chapman going 6-7 with a 3.89 ERA (despite striking out 79 in 74 innings and holding opponents to a .200 batting average) while Odelin was 6-6 with 3.92 ERA. But Odelin survived the preliminary cut because of his extensive international experience.

Also surviving the cut was 38-year-old pitcher Adiel Palma, who beat the U.S. in the gold medal game of last summer’s Pan American Games.

And from Ray Sanchez of South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Cuba Hopes Its Baseball Team Will Catch Olympic Gold.

In Beijing next month, Cuba’s powerful national baseball team will be among the gold-medal favorites in what could be the sport’s Olympic farewell.

Underscoring the importance of the squad’s success, the Communist Party daily Granma published on Tuesday a copy of a hand-scrawled note to the players from ailing former president Fidel Castro.

“To the glorious Cuban athletes marching towards the Olympics,” Castro wrote. “Traveling with you is the love of our people for our country.”

At a ceremony with players at Latin American Stadium over the weekend, President Raul Castro was more succinct.

“You all know what the Cuban people expect from you,” the younger Castro told the players before their departure for a pre-Olympic tournament in the Netherlands. “You know and we know what you will achieve. We’ll see you here in August. Congratulations.”

Sports ministry officials are still reeling from a spate of defections that have plundered the island of five top boxers over the last couple of years. After baseball, Cubans are passionate about boxing, the sport in which the country has won 32 of its 65 Olympic gold medals.

And absent from the Olympic baseball team will be Pan American Games infielder Alexei Ramirez, who defected in November and now plays for the Chicago White Sox. His new teammates call him the “Cuban missile.”

Another team considered a favorite for baseball gold is Japan, winner of the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.

Still, Cuban teams have won gold medals in three Olympics ? Barcelona, 1992; Atlanta, 1996; Athens, 2004 ? and the silver in Sydney in 2000. Cuba reached the Classic final in 2006 in its first real test against big-league stars.

Now the question is, is Japan or USA enough to beat Cuba? Or Cuba is enough to beat USA or Japan. We will only find out when the resulf of GOLD MEDAL Game of Olympic Baseball 2008 on Aug 23.

Castro Sends Message to Cuban Players

July 1st, 2008

Even he is not Cuba President anymore, Leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, send a message to Cuban Olympic Baseball Players, according to Radio Cadena Agramonte.

HAVANA, Cuba, July 1.- The leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, sent a message to the Cuban players that will participate in the baseball competition of the upcoming Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

A copy of the message, published on Tuesday by Granma and Juventud Rebelde news dailies, was handed over to each player of the Cuban team before they traveled on Sunday to Holland to participate in the annual Baseball Week of Haarlem that begins next Friday and where they will face the national squads of the United States, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the host country, as part of their Olympic preparation.

To the glorious Cuban athletes who are marching toward the Olympics: “Carry on with the steps of conquerors,” as in Ayacucho and Mal Tiempo. With you goes our people’s love for our country. (ACN & GRANMA INTERNATIONAL).

I believe their main target is to repeat the Gold Medal again in Olympics.

By the way, Cuban Team roster reduced to 29 before they went to Holland Tournament.

The roster of the Cuban Olympic baseball team was reduced yesterday from 32 to the 29 players who will head to Europe later in the week for the upcoming Haarlem, Holland tournament. The players cut were outfielders Yoennis Cespedes and Leonis Martin and pitcher Ismel Jimenez.

By the time the Olympics arrive in August the team will have to make a further cut to the final roster of 24 players.

Team Japan to warm up vs NPB stars

July 1st, 2008

According to Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan’s Olympic team to warm up vs NPB stars

Japan’s Olympic baseball team plans to play a pair of warmup games against selected players from the Central and Pacific leagues in August, just ahead of the Beijing Games, it was announced on Monday.

The Olympic team, made up of Nippon Professional Baseball’s top stars, plans to take on a select group of 24 players at Tokyo Dome on Aug. 8-9. The opener starts at 6 p.m., while the second game is slated for 2 p.m. the next day.

There will be no limit on the number of foreign players for the all-stars, to be headed by Nippon Ham skipper Masataka Nashida and Yomiuri manager Tatsunori Hara. Tickets for both games will go on sale to the public on July 12.

I believe it will draw lots of crowd at Tokyo Dome on Aug. 8-9.

Team China win several exhibition games

June 29th, 2008

For New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) team at exhibition games with China Olympic Baseball Team, the result is not what they thought. Before excitement 917 fans who arrived at Rogers Park, Danbury Westerners lost by 6-19, and they are impressive by Team China.

Following the game, Westerner catcher Brad Pippa came away impressed with the offensive performance of Team China.

“They’re obviously a very good hitting team. They can jump on pitches if you make mistakes. They hit the ball hard all over the place.”

According to East Windup Chronicle:

Team China has been on an east coast tour, mostly playing teams from the New England Collegiate Baseball League. Yesterday the team beat the Danbury Westerners 19-6 and while the level of competition isn’t what it will face in the Olympics, everyone seems to think Jim LeFebvre’s squad is improving. The team pounded out 23 hits and five HRs in the game.

Later when they meet Holyoke Blue Sox, who lost 2-7 to Team USA before more than 3,600 fans on June 13, Team China won again.

It’s not often that Olympic level competition comes to Western Massachusetts.

But that was the case yesterday, as the Chinese national baseball team defeated the Holyoke Blue Sox 2-1 in an exhibition game at MacKenzie Field in Holyoke.

The Chinese took advantage of two early errors by Blue Sox left fielder Jonathan Ross to take a 2-0 first inning lead, with an RBI coming from Hou Fenglian and Wang Chao.

Lowell All-Americans lost too.

Lowell, MA- The Chinese National team visited Lowell Friday night to take on the All-Americans. It was all China in this one touching up starter Alex Szymanski (Franklin Pierce/Londonberry,NH) who allowed 4 runs off of 4 hits and a 2 run home run to begin the game. He would settle down not allowing another run until a solo shot off the bat of Zhang Yufeng making the score 5-0 in the fourth. China would not score again until a 2 run home run to right field in the 8th made it a 7-0 Chinese lead. China would tack on two more to make the final 9-0.

This was an exhibition game between the Chinese National team and the Lowell All-Americans, the Chinese team has been training in Arizona since April in preparation for this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing. The All-Americans were one of many stops this summer for the Chinese team as they played a full schedule of opponents in the NECBL.

Keene Swamp Bats can not win.

Chinese National Team Holds Off Swamp Bats, 9-7
2008 Beijing Summer Games hosts open 9-1 lead early, hold off late Keene charge

RINDGE, N.H. (June 25, 2008) – The National Baseball Team for the People’s Republic of China held off a late rally by the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) to post a 9-7 victory before 901 at Dr. Arthur and Martha Pappas Field on the campus of Franklin Pierce University tonight.

Centerfielder Sun Lingfeng (Beijing/Beijing Tigers), catcher Wang Wei (Beijing/AZL Mariners) and leftfielder Wang Chao (Tianjin/Tianjin Tigers) led a 16-hit attack for the Chinese National Team, which will represent the host country in the baseball tournament at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing with three hits each. Lingfeng was 3-for-5 with a home run, while Wei hit 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and three RBI. Chao finished 3-for-5 with an RBI. Shortstop Zhang Yufeng (Shanghai/Shanghai Eagles) batted 2-for-5 with a double, RBI and run scored, while designated hitter Hou Fenglian (Tianjin/Tianjin Lions) scored three runs and stole four bases in the contest.

Righthander Li Chenhao (Beijing/Beijing Tigers) picked up the win on the mound, allowing two earned runs on five hits with a strikeout and walk over four innings. Righthander Chen Kun (Sichuan/Sichuan Dragons) pinned down the save with a scoreless and hitless ninth, working around a two-out walk.

John Barr (Ivylans, Pa./Virginia) led Keene’s nine-hit attack, hitting 2-for-3 with two triples and four RBI. Shortstop Chris Tremblay (Cranberry Township, Pa./Kent State) batted 2-for-4 with a double and run scored, while first baseman Paul Karmas (Douglaston, N.Y./Saint John’s) chipped in by going 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Lefthander Tom Cote (Swanzey, N.H./Franklin Pierce) took the loss, surrendering seven runs, six earned, on eight hits with four strikeouts and two walks over 2.2 innings.

China jumped ahead as its first batter of the night, Lingfeng, laced a lead off homerun down the rightfield line. Fenglian followed with a walk, stole second and third before scoring on a wild pitch. The Swamp Bats got one of those runs back in the home half of the first as Tremblay led off with a double down the rightfield line and scored on a single to left by Karmas.

China added a single run in the second with an RBI single by Sun Wei (Beijing/Beijing Tigers), before breaking the game open with a four-run third to chase Cote. Wang Wei and Yufeng each posted RBI doubles, before Li Lei (Beijing/Beijing Tigers) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly and Chao notched an RBI single.

The teams traded single run innings through the middle frames, before Keene got back in the contest with a four-run seventh. A hit batter, walk and single loaded the bases for the Swamp Bats with one, before Barr cleared the bases with a triple down the rightfield line. Barr scored on a passed ball and Keene loaded the bases again, but stranded them all to end the rally.

Keene (9-6, 9-4 NECBL) is back in action tomorrow night when it hosts the Pittsfield (Mass.) Dukes in an NECBL interdivisional battle at Alumni Field in Keene at 7 p.m. The Chinese National Team is back in action on Friday, when it faces the Lowell (Mass.) All-Americans of the NECBL at 7 p.m.

Chinese National Team 9, Keene Swamp Bats 7

1-2-3 4-5-6 7-8-9 R-H-E
CHN 2-1-4 1-0-1 0-0-0 9-16-3
KNE 1-0-0 1-1-0 4-0-0 7-9-3

CHN: Li Chenhao, Chen Junyi (5), Zhu Dawei (7), Li Weiliang (7), Guo Youhua (8), Chen Kun (9) and Wang Wei, Yang Yang (5).
KNE: Tom Cote, Sean Tierney (3), Adam Kolarek (7), Sean McDermott (8), Matt Jebb (9) and Franco Valdes.

WP: Chenhao
LP: Cote
SV: Kun

HR: CHN – Lingfeng (solo in the 1st)

TOG: 3:05 ATT: 901

Torrington Twisters Strong but loss.

The Torrington Twisters played well, but did not have enough Saturday night against a tough Chinese Olympic team, losing 2-1 in an exhibition game at Fuessenich Park. Josh Zeid pitched well for Torrington, going eight innings. In those eight innings, Zeid gave up two runs on six hits, striking out seven while walking two. “Josh Zeid pitched a gem,” Twisters coach Gregg Hunt said.

Torrington got runners on base against five Chinese pitchers as they banged out five hits, reached base on two errors and drew four walks. The Twisters left 10 men on base, getting a run only on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly from first baseman Jaren Matthews. The run was unearned due to two errors by Team China in the inning. “We had guys on base,” Hunt said. “We had guys in scoring position all night, and we didn’t cash in.” Torrington had runners in scoring position in the first, second, third, fifth and sixth innings, but scored just the one run. “Fundamentally, (Team China is) very, very solid,” Hunt said.

Even when the Twisters hit the ball hard, a Chinese player was in position to make the play, something that is preached by the Chinese coaching staff. “You got to train smart,” coach Jim LeFebvre said. The players constantly communicate with one another, especially on any ball hit in the air. “We work a lot on that,” LeFebvre said. “Communication is very important. You’ve got to practice. Everything is important.”

With the talent level from the United States, Cuba, Japan, South Korea, Chinese Taipei and Canada expected to be high at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese will need to be on top of their game, LeFebvre said. “We’re just going to go out there and play hard and play the game right,” LeFebvre said.

Team China was able to get plenty out of its pitchers. Starter Wang Nan was solid in five innings, giving up the one unearned run on five hits. Nan struck out four and walked two. The star of the bullpen for China was Bu Tao. Tao started the eighth inning and proceeded to strike out all five batters he faced. “You got to work at your game,” LeFebvre said. “We do that everyday. The game is about defense. Pitching and defense.” Four Chinese relievers yielded just two walks and struck out seven batters in four innings of work. LeFebvre appreciated the experiences his team had in front of a big crowd at Fuessenich. “It’s the kind of game we need to play,” LeFebvre said of the one-run game. “We put a couple of guys in the game that we needed to get in the game.” Hunt also enjoyed the experience. “It’s fantastic,” Hunt said. “It’s a great honor to play them.”

Zeid called it an honor to pitch against the Chinese Olympic team and said that the hitters were tough, fouling off many pitches and refusing to strike out. China scored a run in the third on a two-out, run-scoring double by Feng Fei. Team China added one more in the fourth on a sacrifice fly to deep center field by Li Lei.

Newport Gulls did win.

Jared Prince, normally an outfielder, pitched two scoreless innings of relief to lead Newport to a 4-2 victory over the Chinese National team in an exhibition game Sunday.
The game was the last of six exhibition games the Chinese team played against New England Collegiate Baseball League competition. The team will serve as the host squad this summer at the Beijing Olympics.
In his two innings of work, Prince struck out three batters. Reliever Chase Reid struck out the side in the top of the ninth to preserve the victory and earn the save.
A two-run fourth inning keyed the win for Newport. Mike Melillo scored on a single by Mike Tamsin, and then Kyle Socorro brought in Kyle Conley with an RBI single. Melillo later drove in Kyle Rhoad ? who scored twice for Newport ? with a sacrifice fly.
China scored its first run in the top of the third inning on a sacrifice fly by Wang Chao that drove in Sun Lingfeng. Li Lei scored the team?s other run on a double-play grounder in the top of the seventh.

So maybe host China could have a chance to win one or two games at 2008 Olympics.

The Schedule of China vs NECBL is:
19 CHINA @ Danbury Westerners                 16-9
21 CHINA @ Torrington Twisters                 2-1
23 CHINA @ Holyoke Blue Sox (POSTPONED)
25 CHINA @ Keene Swamp Bats                    9-7
27 CHINA @ Lowell All-Americans                9-0
28 CHINA @ Holyoke Blue Sox 11:30am            2-1
29 CHINA @ Newport Gulls                       2-4

IBAF fight for Baseball to Return to Olympic 2016

June 27th, 2008

During press conference with Cuban Media, IBAF President Havery Schiller talk about Baseball return to Olympic in 2016.

Havery Schiller trust that baseball will return to the Olympic Games.You can’t deny that Havery Schiller, president of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is an optimistic person in assuring on more than one occasion that baseball will return to Olympic Games in the summer of 2016, after being excluded in London 2012.

Schiller, from the US, answered questions from sportswriters in Havana for around 45 minutes at a press conference held at the Latinoamericano baseball stadium where he once again thanked the Cuban authorities for their unlimited support for Olympic baseball.

“I have held very important and interesting talks [here] about the organization of the upcoming Beijing Games and the strategy to follow in the coming months towards a common desire, to see baseball back on the Olympic program after 2012. This is my second visit to Cuba [the first was in 1991 during the Pan American Games] and I am leaving pleased with the trip. I hope to return very soon.”

Asked about how the IBAF is going to resolve one of the main problems facing today’s baseball, the excessive length of the games, Schiller responded: “We have discussed the need to speed up the games with the umpires, especially during the competition in Beijing. In addition, a change in the rules is being studied in games beyond nine innings. When the game enters the 10th inning, the first two players in the lineup would be placed on first and second base and each team starts with one out. It’s a proposal that we have made to the eight countries that will participate in Beijing and that’s a step forward.”

Regarding the participants in the Olympics, Schiller said the United States will take players on the 40-player rosters from the Major League teams, but not those on the 25-man roster, something that could be resolved in the future. The other teams, including Cuba and Japan, will compete with their best players.

Ricardo Frascari, IBAF vice president, noted that next year’s World Cup will include qualifying rounds in Holland and Italy. He said the eight top teams in round robin play will then play the sudden death games, often considered unfair, before the semifinals and finals.

Other issues brought up at the press conference were the IBAF web site (which has a new special page for the Olympic Games, ready for live play-by-play transmission of the games and a greater quantity of statistics), the Second World Baseball Classic, a recognition to Latin America with the designation of two of the qualifying round venues, Mexico and San Juan, and a new acknowledgement to Cuba for its efforts to help nations with less development in the sport.

Schiller detailed the work being done in preparation for the International Olympic Committee General Assembly in Copenhagen, Denmark in October 2009, in which seven sports will defend their hopes to be included in the Olympic program.

“We are working hard to be the first to reach all our friends around the world, asking them to take the message of a sport with more than a hundred years of tradition and with more than a hundred countries that play it. We are optimistic of a return in 2016,” said Schiller.

So let’s hope his effort will be enough for Baseball in Olympic 2016.

Team China won two and lost one in fundraiser games

May 22nd, 2008

Due to 7.9 earthquake, which epicenter was in the county of Wenchuan, Sichuan province could lead to huge disaster, the exhibition games between China Olympic Baseball Team and Golden Baseball League teams will become fundraiser.

Chinese media qiaobao also report this.

For first two game vs Long Beach Armada, both teams win one game.

Blair Field was the place to be this past weekend as the Long Beach Armada hosted the National Team from the Peoples Republic of China for two games. The weekend was originally intended to be an exhibition series—a chance for both managers to evaluate their players so that they could trim their rosters. After the devastating earthquake in China the focus shifted to fundraising and helping people across the world that desperately need it.

China came out strong in the first game, scoring four runs in the first inning behind a bases loaded triple by Feng Fei. Rik Currier, player/pitching coach, received little help defensively from his Armada teammates as the team committed four errors in the first three innings. Boo Tao pitched 4 2/3 innings for China and gave up four runs including a bases-empty home run by Steve Moss in the first inning and an RBI double to catcher David Parrish. Parrish also threw out a Chinese base runner.

The Chinese team held on for a 9-6 victory on Saturday night but couldn’t stop the Armada on Sunday. Long Beach Manager Steve Yeager cut three players after Saturday’s game, trimming the roster down to 34. Yeager needs to get down to 22 players before the season opener on May 22 in St. George, UT.

Long Beach native and Millikan H.S. alum Nick Bierbrodt took the mound for the Armada and the first ever draft pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks looked sharp as he struck out five batters during his three innings on the mound. Ryan Claypool took the hill after Bierbrodt and fanned four more Chinese hitters as the Armada won the game 5-2.

Kris Kasarijian singled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Lehr to give the Armada a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning. Marland Williams later reached base on an error and scored on an RBI single by Tony Torcato.

Steve Moss lined a two-run single in the eighth inning that highlighted a three-run rally giving Long Beach a 5-0 lead.

Feng Fei singled in two runs in the top of the ninth inning for China. Fei had five RBIs in the series, including a bases-loaded triple in the first inning on Saturday.

Andrew Layfield threw two scoreless innings for the Armada, while Brandon Buxbaum pitched the ninth inning and allowed the two China runs.

You can see some decent photo by Mark.

For the third game vs. Yuma Scorpions, Team China also win.

Before Wednesday’s exhibition between the Yuma Scorpions and the Chinese Olympic team at Desert Sun Stadium, there was a moment of silence to honor the victims of the earthquake that struck central China last week.

That moment meant a lot to the Chinese team – and the $1,100 the Scorpions raised in an auction of a autographed Chinese team jersey meant even more.

“It was really nice that the Scorpions would raise money for it,” Chinese team Jim Lefebvre said. “And for them to bring awareness to it with the moment of silence, we really appreciate it. It was very moving to the players.”

The gestures were especially meaningful to pitcher Chen Ku and right fielder Fen Fei, who both had family in the region at the time of the quake, Lefebvre said.

“They were concerned,” Lefebvre said. “We were all concerned about that. Chen Kun’s parents were okay, but he couldn’t get communication to his wife for a couple days, so there was some concern. But everything was okay.”

Chen did not pitch in the game Wednesday, but Fen had a two-run double in the first inning, giving the Chinese a lead they would never relinquish in a 6-3 win.

The team has been in the United States since early April practicing and scrimmaging against American teams. A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck the Sichuan province May 12. The death toll is approximately 10,000.

Lefebvre said he gave the players the opportunity to return home, but none took him up on the offer.

Before coming to Yuma, the Chinese team split two games with the Scorpions’ Golden Baseball League foe Long Beach. The Armada held a similar auction to raise money.

Lefebvre said the earthquake puts everything the team is doing in perspective.

“We’re over here in a very festive mood, and everybody is working hard, then something like this comes along, it just takes all the shine off what we’re doing,” Lefebvre said. “You realize baseball is secondary when it comes to human life.”

So Team China is not that weak as people think, especially after they won two games from teams who has player with major league experience.

China Olympic Team To Play 3 Game Series Versus Golden Baseball League

May 9th, 2008

From oursportscentral, China Olympic Team will play three games vs. Golden Baseball League.

Dublin, CA: The independent professional Golden Baseball League (GBL) announced today that the China Olympic Team will play a three-game series versus GBL teams later this month in Long Beach, CA and Yuma, AZ Managed by former Los Angeles Dodger All-Star and Major League Manager Jim Lefebvre, the China National Team is a rising power in the baseball world in Asia with recent victories over Korea and will be one of the eight teams vying for gold in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

The China National Team will face the Long Beach Armada, managed by former Los Angeles Dodger and 1981 World Series MVP Steve Yeager, in a two game series at historic Blair Field in Long Beach, CA. The first game will be on Saturday night, May 17th with a 7:05 P.M. start time. The second game will be the following day on Sunday at 6:05 P.M. The team will then travel to Yuma, Arizona and will take on the Yuma Scorpions, managed by former Los Angeles Dodger All-Star Mike Marshall on Wednesday, May 21st at 6.35 P.M.

“We are excited to be able to bring such an interesting match-up and high-quality baseball to our fans in Long Beach and Yuma,” said GBL Commissioner Kevin Outcalt. “Baseball has made great strides in China and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of the players on this China National Team continuing their careers in major league organizations once the Beijing Olympics are completed later this summer.”

The series should be a good tune-up for China as they will face a veteran lineup in Long Beach that boasts one of the most experienced professional independent teams in the country with four former MLB first round draft picks and a roster with five players with major league experience including pitcher Jerome Williams, pitcher Nick Bierbrodt, second baseman Cleatus Davidson, first baseman Tony Torcato, and catcher David Parrish. The Yuma Scorpions also field an experience professional team including major leaguers catcher Pascual Matos and starting pitcher Mike Esposito, along with former New York Mets second round draft pick Alhaji Turay leading off and patrolling center field.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics will feature the world’s finest baseball teams from around the globe. The eight team tournament is set and will showcase some of the greatest players in the world as China, Cuba, U.S.A., Canada, Netherlands, Japan, Korea, and Chinese Taipei will compete for the gold medal from August 13 – 23, 2008.

Tickets for the three games start at $6 and can be ordered by contacting the Long Beach Armada front office at 562-498-4487 and the Yuma Scorpions front office at 928-257-4700.

About the Golden Baseball League

The Golden Baseball League, Presented by Safeway, is an independent professional baseball league operating in western North America. The Golden Baseball League is comprised of the following eight teams in an 88 game schedule between May and September each year: The Chico Outlaws in Chico, CA; the Reno Silver Sox in Reno, NV; the Long Beach Armada in Long Beach, CA; the Orange County Flyers in Fullerton, CA; the St. George Roadrunners in St. George, UT; the Yuma Scorpions in Yuma; AZ; the Calgary Vipers in Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and the Edmonton Cracker Cats in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

In addition, the GBL owns and operates the six-team Arizona Winter League which plays from late January to the beginning of March and is considered the premier winter showcase league for professional and aspiring professional baseball players. The AWL’s six teams are the Palm Springs Chill, the Yuma Scorpions, the Blythe Heat, the San Diego Surf Dawgs, the Sonora Pilots, and the Canada Miners.

In three seasons of play, the GBL has had over 60 players purchased by major league organizations and has included over 30 former major league players including American League MVPs Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco.

The Golden Baseball League is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area town of Dublin, CA. For general information and/or ticket information, please visit our web site at or call (925) 226-2889.

John Sailors of East Bay Business Timesalso report.

Two Golden Baseball League teams will host three games this month against the Chinese Olympic baseball team in the run-up to the 2008 Summer Olympics being held in Beijing in August.

The games also come just before the May 22 season opening of the Golden Baseball League, an independent professional minor league that has its headquarters in Dublin.

The Long Beach Armada will host the Chinese national team in a two-game series at historic Blair Field in Long Beach on May 17 and 18.

The Chinese team will then travel to Yuma, Ariz., where it will play the Yuma Scorpions on May 21.

The games also will be a battle of former Los Angeles Dodgers. Coincidentally, all three teams are managed by former Dodgers. The Chinese team is managed by former Dodger All-Star and Major League manager Jim Lefebvre.

Long Beach is managed by former Dodger and 1981 World Series MVP Steve Yeager, and Yuma is managed by former Dodger All-Star Mike Marshall.

It is uncertain as yet whether the games will be televised or broadcast over the Internet, according to Kevin Outcalt, the GBL’s commissioner.

The games will serve as a tune-up for the Chinese team, which will go on to face the United States, Canada, Cuba, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Korea, and the Netherlands in Beijing in August.

The Chinese team had been practicing in Phoenix with help from Major League Baseball personnel, who contacted the GBL about possible practice games, Outcalt said. The games come at the end of the GBL’s short spring training period, when teams are normally playing exhibition games.

In preparation over the last week, the GBL has had a lot of success finding sponsors and cooking up promotions, Outcalt said. These include a Passport to China promotion with Chinese restaurants in the two cities.

The games also bring added prestige to the league. The GBL enters its fourth season this summer with a renewed sponsorship from Pleasanton-based Safeway Inc. that includes several joint programs such as baseball clinics and ticket giveaways in schools. Safeway also promotes the games in stores in host cities.

The GBL has added two Canadian teams this year, as well — the Calgary Vipers and the Edmonton Cracker-Cats, both of which left the established Northern League following a dispute over travel and scheduling.

The GBL is also in discussions with Ohlone College to build a stadium at the school’s Newark campus and field a Newark team. The league has for some time been working to launch a team in the East Bay.

Let’s see who will win the three games.

Korea remain unbeaten

March 10th, 2008

After four days of IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Korea is 4-0 and the only team remain unbeaten, and 5 to 6 to Canada is a heart breaking lost for Chinese Taipei (Taiwan), and Canada improve 3-1 at Olympic Qualifier, Mexico finally got first win.

Of course, host Taiwan keen to secure Beijing baseball berth.

“Baseball is the sport we pay most attention to,” an official with the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee told reporters. “It’s best if we can get in, otherwise we won’t care about the Olympics as much.” “Baseball is so important that if we’re not in the Olympics, people will be very disappointed,” said Richard Lin, secretary general of the island’s Amateur Baseball Association. “It’s our national sport and this chance at the Olympics is hard to get.”

Official Recap is here.

Game 13 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
South Africa 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 0
Germany 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 0 ? 4 10 1

WP: Fries (1-0) LP: Terry (0-1)

Game 14 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 1 0 1 5 1 2 1 3 0 14 16 1
Spain 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 0 5 11 1

WP: S. W. Kim (1-0) LP: Olivera Cavero (0-1) HR: Seung Yuop Lee (2, 8 inning, 2 runs)

Game 15 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Canada 0 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 1 6 16 2
Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 10 1

WP: Green (1-0) LP: Chiang (1-1) HR: Nicholas Weglarz (6 inning, 1 run), KUO-HUI LO (2, 6inning, 3 runs)

Game 16 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 3 1 7 11 1
Australia 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 4 11 1

WP: Silva Sandoval (1-0) LP: Bright (0-1)

Current Standing (2008/3/10)

KOREA 4 4 0 1.000
CANADA 4 3 1 750 1.0
CHINESE TAIPEI 4 3 1 750 1.0
AUSTRALIA 4 2 2 667 2.0
GERMANY 4 2 2 500 2.0
SPAIN 4 1 3 250 3.0
MEXICO 4 1 3 0 4.0
SOUTH AFRICA 4 0 4 0 4.0

IBAF hires anti-doping manager

December 21st, 2007

For International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and World of Baseball, performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) is always a serious issue for them being knock out from London 2012, to persuade Olympics Authority, they start to do as much as they can, and recently IBAF has hired a new anti-doping manager of its campaign to win reinstatement as an Olympic sport.

The one they choose is Nicki Vance, who is an Australian who has nearly 20 years of experience in the field, including a year’s stint at the World Anti-Doping Agency.

IBAF president Harvey Schiller said the federation needed a full-time anti-doping specilalist heading into the 2008 Beijing Olympics. “Our goal is to establish a leadership position in education and testing to eliminate the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport,” he said in a statement.

The hiring follows last week’s release of the Mitchell Report in the United States on the use of performance-enhancing substances in major league baseball.

“Like a lot of sports that are on the Olympic program the professional leagues don’t come under the control of the federation,” Schiller said. “I believe we will be able to set a standard for all sports that have professional organizations associated with them.”

Good news is IBAF conducted 24 drug tests on the four teams at the Asian Championships and Olympic qualifier in Taiwan earlier this month, and All came back negative. However, they are all Asian, which is less influence or almost none effect or related to the Steroid Storm with Mitchell Report.

The doping problem in professional baseball — and lack of rigorous testing and sanctions — was a factor in the sport’s exclusion from the Olympics. Baseball was voted off the Olympic program by the IOC in 2005. It will be part of the Beijing Games but not the 2012 London Olympics. Baseball and softball are lobbying to be reinstated for the 2016 Olympics.

Hope this step is a Giant one to help baseball back to Olympics.

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