Final Olympic Qualifier is over!

March 14th, 2008

After eight days of competition, IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament is over, South Korea, Canada, Taiwan qualify for Beijing Olympics baseball, Canada finishes first, Taiwan loses to South Korea, finishes third.

“The goal coming in was to qualify for the Olympics,” said Canadian starter Brooks McNiven of Vancouver, “and open everybody else’s eyes that we’re not just cruising into this but that we’re here to win.”

2004 Olympic silver medal winner Australia miss even with a win over South Africa.

“It was tough going out there today and that could certainly be classed as one of the ugliest wins of all time, but there were a few things there really worth noting,” manager Jon Deeble said. “We could very well look back at that game for producing things like James Linger’s first hit for Australia and Brad Tippett’s first win, two things youre likely to see a lot more of for many years to come.”

2008 IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament Final Recap is here.

Game 25 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 6 0
Spain 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0

WP: Alvarez Ramirez (1-1) LP: Gutierrez Gutierrez (0-1)

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Game 26 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 4 0 3 2 0 0 3 1 0 13 14 4
South Africa 0 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 11 14 1

WP: Tippet (1-0) LP: Townend (0-1) HR: Luke Hughes

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Game 27 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 2
Chinese Taipei 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 7 2

WP: Kim, K. H. (2-0) LP: Lee C.-C. (0-1)

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Game 28 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 2
Canada 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 1

WP: Green (2-0) LP: Fries (1-1)

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Final Standing (2008/3/14)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 7 6 1 857 – (QUALIFYED)
CANADA 7 6 1 857 – (QUALIFYED)
CHINESE TAIPEI 7 5 2 714 1.0(QUALIFYED)
MEXICO 7 4 3 571 2.0
AUSTRALIA 7 4 3 571 2.0
GERMANY 7 2 5 286 4.0
SPAIN 7 1 6 143 5.0
SOUTH AFRICA 7 0 7 0 6.0

Korea, Canada and Chinese Taipei got the qualification

March 13th, 2008

Before last day of IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Canada and Chinese Taipei won and get the tickets to Beijing, join the Korea who advanced a day early to 2008 Olympics.

The three team will joined the United States, host China, Cuba, Japan and the Netherlands at the Beijing Games 2008 Olympics.

Official Recap is here.

Game 21 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Australia 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 ? 9 13 0

WP: Mowday (1-0) LP: Hernandez Diaz (0-2) HR: Ben Risinger (2inning, 3 runs)

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Game 22 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 7 1
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2

WP: Ortega Salinas (1-1) LP: Marquez Ramirez (1-1) HR: Carlos Valencia (9inning, 1 run)

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Game 23 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 1
Canada 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 ? 4 9 2

WP: Richmond, S. (2-0) LP: Ryu (0-1) HR: Mattew Rogelstad (2, 1inning, runs), Nicholas Weglarz (3, 4 inning, 1 run)

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Game 24 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 5 2
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2

WP: Chiang (2-1) LP: Armitage (0-2) HR: Chih-Hsien Chiang (7 inning, 1 run)

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Current Standing (2008/3/13)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 6 5 1 833
CANADA 6 5 1 833
CHINESE TAIPEI 6 5 1 833
MEXICO 6 3 3 500 2.0
AUSTRALIA 6 3 3 500 2.0
GERMANY 6 2 4 333 3.0
SPAIN 6 1 5 167 4.0
SOUTH AFRICA 6 0 6 0 5.0

Final three teams almost reveal

March 12th, 2008

After one day rest, Korea get the ticket to Beijing by winning five streak, Virtually Clinches the Olympic Berth. And Canada also closing in on a trip to Beijing Games, won a ticket by thumps Spain in Olympic baseball qualifier.

Taiwan shuts out Australia in crucial games, clears way to Olympic Games, a win against South Africa will assure Taiwan of a spot in the Olympics.

For Australia, life is not so good, especially after they lost to Chinese Taipei. They need to beat Spain and South Africa and rely on Canada dropping their final games against Korea and minnows Germany. NATIONAL coach Jon Deeble has slammed the international baseball federation and accused rival countries of conspiring to ensure reigning Olympic silver medallists Australia didn’t qualify for Beijing.

Game 17 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Germany 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 0
Korea 2 3 0 6 1 0 12 10 0

WP: Son, M. H. (2-0) LP: Henkenjohann (0-2) HR: Donald Lutz (2 inning, 1 run)
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Game 18 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Canada 4 0 1 4 0 2 11 12 1

WP: Periard (2-0) LP: Leal (0-1) HR: Nicholas Weglarz (2, 3 inning, 1 run)
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Game 19 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Mexico 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 ? 5 9 0

WP: Campos Machado (1-0) LP: Mostert (0-1) HR: Karim Garcia 2 (1, 4inning 2runs, 2, 8inning 2 runs)
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Game 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
Chinese Taipei 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 ? 5 7 1

WP: Yang (2-0) LP: Mildren (1-1)
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Current Standing (2008/3/12)

COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 5 5 0 1.000
CANADA 5 4 1 800 1.0
CHINESE TAIPEI 5 4 1 800 1.0
AUSTRALIA 5 2 3 400 3.0
GERMANY 5 2 3 400 3.0
MEXICO 5 2 3 400 3.0
SPAIN 5 1 4 200 4.0
SOUTH AFRICA 5 0 5 0 5.0

Korea and Chinese Taipei got three wins

March 9th, 2008

Day three of the 2008 IBAF Final Olympic Qualifying Tournament is ended, Australia still in the baseball action, Taiwan downs Germany according to CNA and Taipei Times, CBC sports and Canadian press write about Canada’s baseball team loses, and Korea won again.

The official recap is here.

Game 9 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 9 0
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1

WP: Chang (1-0) LP: Hughes (0-1)
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Game 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Canada 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 5 8 1
Australia 0 0 4 0 4 0 0 2 ? 10 14 1

WP: Kent (1-0) LP: McNiven (0-1) HR: James Van Ostrand (2 inning, 1
run), Mattew Rogelstad (7 inning, 2 runs), Ryan Radmanovich (8 inning, 2runs)

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Game 11 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Spain 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 5 1
South Africa 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 1

WP: Leal Gonzalez (1-0) LP: Armitage (0-1)
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Game 12 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Mexico 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 7 1
Korea 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 4 ? 6 10 0

WP: K. H. Kim (1-0) LP: Silva Escalante (0-1) HR: Miguel Ojeda (5 inning, 1 run)
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Current standing (2008/3/9)
COUNTRY GP WO LO AVE GB
KOREA 3 3 0 1.000
CHINESE TAIPEI 3 3 0 1.000
AUSTRALIA 3 2 1 667 1.0
CANADA 3 2 1 667 1.0
GERMANY 3 1 2 333 2.0
SPAIN 3 1 2 333 2.0
MEXICO 3 0 3 0 3.0
SOUTH AFRICA 3 0 3 0 3.0

Canada, Korea and Chinese Taipei get the second win

March 8th, 2008

On the second day of the Final Olympic Qualifier, Canada, Korea, Chinese Taipei and Germany Win, but South Africa, Australia, Mexico and Spain lost.

Baseball America let us know more about players from minor league, and The China Post describe detail on Chinese Taipei beat Mexico, Seung-woo Kang of The Korea Times wrote an article about Korea hammers Australia, you can also get the game recap form IBAF new official websites.

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

WP: Periard (1-0) LP: Dancer (0-1) HR: Chris Robinson (1, 7inning)
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Game 6 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chinese Taipei 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 2 0 6 13 0
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 7 0

WP: Yang (1-0) LP: Ortega (0-1)
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Game 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 ? ? 2 10 0
Korea 4 2 4 6 0 0 ? ? ? 16 13 1

WP: Ryu (1-0) LP: Wiltshire (0-1) HR: Seung Yuop Lee (1, 3 inning, 3Runs)
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Game 8 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 0
Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

WP: Marquez-Ramirez (1-0) LP: Hernandez (0-1) HR: Sascha Lutz (1, 8inning)
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Current standing (2008/3/8)

TEAM W-L    PCT.    GB
CANADA 2-0    1.000    —
CHINESE TAIPEI 2-0    1.000    —
KOREA 2-0    1.000    —
AUSTRALIA 1-1    0.500    1.00
GERMANY 1-1    0.500    1.0
MEXICO 0-2    0.000    2.0
SOUTH AFRICA 0-2    0.000    2.0
SPAIN 0-2    0.000    2.0

Korea is happy about their first win

March 8th, 2008

The first step is the most important.” Korean national baseball team manager Gyeong-moon Kim said.

He also mention that he would use starting pitcher Sun-woo Kim (Doosan) as a relief pitcher. Kim will be the starting pitcher in the game against Spain on Mar. 10 and Min-han Son will be the starter in the game against Germany on Mar. 12. But Kim could be brought in as a relief pitcher as a crucial closer.

Korea defeated South Africa 5-0 at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium in Taiwan on Friday. Son stuck out seven batters in six innings with one hit and no loss. Kim had no hit and no loss in two innings. Kyu-min Woo pitched for one scoreless innings to complete the shutout.

The Koreans pounded South African starter Robert Verschuren early, opening their account on an RBI double by Seung-yeop Lee in the first inning. They added two runs in the third inning on consecutive doubles by Dong-joo Kim and Dae-ho Lee, and Taek-geun Lee drove Kim home with an RBI single in the eighth. Jin-young Lee scored In-sung Cho with a double in the ninth to complete the rout.

Seung-yeop Lee has often been touted by other players for his professional spirit and attitude. During his free time, he goes to the health club at the Howard Hotel in Taijung, Taiwan to workout and lift weights. Sometimes, he teaches younger players how to build muscles and get into better shape.

While other players went shopping or watched TV on Wednesday, Lee stayed at the hotel to exercise at the club.

I want to do my best and be ready to play the game in the utmost condition,” he said. “That is why I keep working on these weights.”

Lee is well known for his generosity and thoughtfulness towards his peers and junior players. Kwang-hyun Kim, the youngest member on the national team, said, “Lee is like an older brother or friend because he always takes care of others. I think I should learn from his humble attitude without boasting in spite of his stardom.”

If Lee is seen as very thoughtful and friendly, LA Dodgers’ Chan-ho Park, who served as team leader for last year’s national team, is known for his strong leadership skills.

Due to Park’s strong confidence and pride, he gives off a bit of a cold impression, though he is very charismatic. On the other hand, Lee, who looks soft and gentle, has a mighty spirit. His distinctive character is expected to lead the team to the finals in Beijing.

Before the game, manager Kim hope to got the win early, but it still need nine-inning to finish against South Africa.. “It is vital that we score as many runs as we can in the early innings against the teams considered weaker, as taking advantage of the seven-inning mercy rule would be the best way to save our bullpen pitchers for more critical situations.” “It would be important for us to get our wins early and give us a cushion for the rest of the tournament,” he said. “We won’t risk too much in the goal of winning all of our matches.”

Kim would obviously prefer less of a thriller, as he plans to go all out in the first three games, with contenders Australia and Mexico next in line, gunning for a comfortable lead and wouldn’t want to consume too much energy against an underdog opponent.
Even South Africa is bringing 11 players from its WBC roster to Taiwan, include ace pitcher Barry Armitage, a former Kansas City Royals prospect, Second baseman Jonathan Phillips, who once played rookie ball in the Milwaukee Brewers system, and shortstop Brett Willemburg, they still can not score a run against Korea.

For Korea, all eyes will be on the performance of shortstop Jin-man Park, considered one of Asia’s top defensive players at the position, who made the roster despite a bum shoulder.

Park’s injury makes the left part of the Korean infield an uncertainty, as Dong-joo Kim, whose value clearly lies with his bat, is a liability with his limited range at third base.

If Park fail to prove his fitness, Manager Kim could opt to switch for Son Shi-hun, slightly a better bat but much lesser of a glove, in the games against Australia and Mexico.

At least Kim has good news with batting lineup, which has the potential to be the country’s most productive ever. Expect Seung-yeop Lee, Dong-joo Kim and Dae-ho Lee, Centerfielder Lee Jong-wook, who hits for average and steals bases in bunches, is hitting leadoff, followed by Ko Young-min, a second baseman with a pop in the bat. Outfielders Lee Jin-young and Lee Taek-geun and catcher Cho In-sung combine as a formidable trio at the bottom of the order.

South Korea is currently playing in an eight-team tournament that stakes three tickets to the Beijing Olympics in August. The South Africans, along with Germany and Spain, were considered among the weakest of the eight squads, but host Taiwan and regional powers Australia, Mexico and Canada may be tough competition for the Koreans.

South Korea meets Australia today in their second match of the tournament and Mexico on Sunday.

Final Olympic Qualifier Begin!

March 8th, 2008

The 2008 Final Olympic Baseball Qualifying Tournament has opened on Friday. The first four game winners are Korea, Canada, Australia and Chinese Taipei.
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As expect, Korea, Australia and Chinese Taipei all defeat their opponent. As for a tough game between Canada and Mexico, both got 18 hits, both used six pitchers, but Canada take advantage on four errors with timely hitting, won by five runs.

“That’s international baseball because you never know,” Canadian manager Terry Puhl said in a news release. “Mexico has a lot of experienced hitters and they got back into the game. They just kept coming at us every inning and that’s a trademark of this ball club.”

“That’s a big win for us right off the bat,” said Canadian second baseman Stubby Clapp of Windsor, Ont. “It wasn’t pretty, but we hung in there and kept swinging the bats and our pitchers kept going out there, attacking the strike zone and they did a great job.”

Both Canada and Mexico are not fielding their best teams as some players are vying for a spot with teams at Major League Baseball spring training in Florida and Arizona.

Baseball Canada lobbied last fall to have the tournament rescheduled, but was rebuffed by the International Baseball Federation.

Pitchers Steve Green and T.J. Burton cemented the Canadian win on Friday, combining to shut out Mexico over the final 2 2/3 innings.

Canada jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a pair of hits by Mike Saunders and Matt Rogelstad. Another run in the second and three more in the third frame gave the red and white a seemingly comfortable advantage.

But Carlos Valencia helped vault Mexico into the lead in the bottom of the inning with a two-run home run before the Canadians plated three runs in the fourth to move ahead 9-8.

In Canada’s five-run seventh inning, Adam Stern and Jimmy VanOstrand drove in two runs apiece on a double and triple respectively.

It’s a good start for us to beat a team like Mexico,” said Rogelstad, who went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. “We came out ready to play. We got some runs early in the game and we were able to keep that going.”

Below is the score and result of Game 1:

Game 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Korea 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 12 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

WP: Son (1-0) LP: Verschuren (0-1)
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Game 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Canada 2 1 3 3 1 0 5 0 0 15 18 2
Mexico 0 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 10 18 4

WP: Richmond (1-0) LP: Alvarez Ramirez (0-1) HR: Carlos Valencia (1, 3inning)
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Game 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 7 0
Germany 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1

WP: Mildren (1-0) LP: Henkenjohann (0-1)
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Game4 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Spain 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 ? ? 3 6 1
Chinese Taipei 2 3 1 6 0 0 1 ? ? 13 12 0

WP: Chiang (1-0) LP: Olivera Cavero (0-1) HR: Chen-Ming Peng (1, 1st inning), Kuo-Hui Lo (1, 4th inning)
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Current standing (2008/3/7)

TEAM W-L    PCT.    GB
AUSTRALIA 1-0    1.000    —
CANADA 1-0    1.000    —
CHINESE TAIPEI 1-0    1.000    —
KOREA 1-0    1.000    —
GERMANY 0-1    .000    1.0
MEXICO 0-1    .000    1.0
SOUTH AFRICA 0-1    .000    1.0
SPAIN 0-1    .000    1.0

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