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Baseball 2017 Discussion Thread

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phelps    106

by the way, in any case this is the most qualified and exciting International tournament in Baseball...

 

for what concerns the Olympics, a few days ago the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made a press conference and expressed many doubts that the MLB players will be available for Tokyo...

at the moment, all the owners are totally against the Olympic break (and they will never release their players if the season is not stopped in those days)...

so, I guess we're going to have another soap opera like the Hockey one for Pyeongchang from now to 2020...:facepalm:

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phelps    106

after the Japanese NPB and Korean KBO started 2 days ago, today's the day!!! :bounce:

in a couple of minutes the new MLB season gets officially under way in Tampa, where the New York Yankees are hosts to the local Rays...

I'm so excited...:d

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Bearas    14

:AUT and :LTU qualified for 2019 European Championships. Historical victory for Lithuanians against Russia as country for the first time ever get a right to compete in Elite division, while Austria won over Israel and coming back to championships for the first time since 2007.

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hckosice    807

Slovakia is a co-host of the current Under 23 European Championships !!! :yikes: (Don´t really understand the reasons of receiving such honor, since this sport has probably bigger popularity in Mars than in this country)  http://www.eurou23.com/

 

But Anyway as a co-host we have automatically also a team competing . Today we played first match in Trnava against France, losing 0:11.

 

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hckosice    807
On 8/7/2017 at 20:28, hckosice said:

Slovakia is a co-host of the current Under 23 European Championships !!! :yikes: (Don´t really understand the reasons of receiving such honor, since this sport has probably bigger popularity in Mars than in this country)  http://www.eurou23.com/

 

But Anyway as a co-host we have automatically also a team competing . Today we played first match in Trnava against France, losing 0:11.

 

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and today our team lost to Germany 0-21 :d

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heywoodu    1,109
On 7-8-2017 at 22:07, Federer91 said:

How can this thread have 1800 views for only 6 replies. :lol:

Because everybody thinks "Let's see if there's news, *click*, ah wait it's baseball, forget it" :p

 

 

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phelps    106

Men's Sub-18 Baseball World Championships

 

Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada (September 1st through September, 10th 2017)

 

 

Full Recap:

 

 

Preliminary Round

 

Group A, Final Standings

 

1st KOR 5W-0L
2nd CAN 3W-2L
3rd AUS 3W-2L
4th TPE 3W-2L
5th ITA 1W-4L
6th NCA 0W-5L

 

Group B, Final Standings

 

1st USA 5W-0L
2nd JPN 4W-1L
3rd CUB 3W-2L
4th NED 2W-3L
5th MEX 1W-4L
6th RSA 0W-5L

 


Consolation Round, Final Standings

 

7th TPE 5W-0L
8th NED 4W-1L
9th ITA 2W-3L
10th MEX 2W-3L
11th NCA 2W-3L
12th RSA 0W-5L

 


Super Round, Final Standings

 

1st USA 5W-0L
2nd KOR 4W-1L
3rd JPN 2W-3L
4th CAN 3W-2L
5th AUS 1W-4L
6th CUB 0W-5L

 


BRONZE Medal Game

 

Japan @ Canada (Today, h.18.00 CET)


Live Streaming here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1sZrQ_YyGk

 


GOLD Medal Game

 

South Korea @ United States (Today, h.23.00 CET)


Live Streaming here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qruzfeVRMms

 

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phelps    106

USA dominate gold medal game, win U-18 Baseball World Cup for fourth time in a row

 

The USA make history as they become the first to win 4 U-18 Baseball World Cups in a row after Cuba did it between 1984 and 1987. USA dominated the gold medal game against Korea: 8-0, 12 hits to 4. Korea had an early chance to score, but perfect defense prevented runs and in the clutch Korea fell apart committing 5 defensive errors.

 

Korea apparently are not allowing easy outs to USA starter Matt Liberatore. Bae Jihwan, the first batter, grounds to shortstop and tries to reach sliding head first. He’s the first out, but shows team spirit. With 2 outs, center fielder Jang Junhwan gets the first hit and designated hitter Kang Baekho takes Liberatore deep, off the wall in left field. Thomas comes up with a perfect play and relay on first bounce to prevent Jang from scoring and the at bat ends as first baseman Gwak Been grounds out to second.

Korea starter Kim Young Jun gets 2 quick outs and then walks right fielder Kelenic. First baseman Casas scares Korea sending the first pitch he sees to the moon (but foul), then literally blows away first baseman Gwak Been glove on a line drive. He reaches on a base hit, but the inning ends on a deep fly ball to left by catcher Mc Nair Seigler, very well fielded by Yi In Hyok.

 

In the top of the third Korea is dangerous again. Star shortstop Turang plays the wizard as he lines out Yi In Hyok on a bullet to his left. But there’s nothing second baseman Young can do on a roller to second base base bag by Bae Ji Hwan. With 2 outs and Bae at second, Liberatore walks Jang Junghwan but, after a coaching visit, retires Kang Baekho on a grounder to second to end the inning.

 

USA take the lead in the bottom of the third baseman Gorman leads off the bottom of the third with a single to right. He’s then the first out at second on a hard chopper to first by center fielder Siani. Young singles up the middle and Siani runs all the way to third. After falling 3-0 in the count, Kim Young Jun strikes out Kelenic. On the play, Young steals second and Siani scores as catcher Cho Dae Hyun throws in the dirt and beyond the second base bag. Young reaches third on the error. Casas make it 2-0 as he slugs one in the gap to left center for a stand up double. The third run scores on a base hit to left by Mc Nair Seigler.  The day is over for Kim Young when Thomas singles to the right and Mc Nair Seigler advances to third. Right hander Seo Jun Won takes the mound. The inning is over when Yi In Hyok flies out Turang on the warning track in left field.

 

USA are back to business in the fourth, as designated hitter Delgado singles and Gorman walks. Gorman is forced out at second when Siani grounds to first base. Siani then steals second and Young walks to load the bases. Second baseman Choi Jun Woo gets to a grounder in the gap at right by Kelenic. He gets the force out at second as Delgado scores, but the throw by shortstop Bae Ji Hwan is in the dirt and off the first base bag. Siani scores and Kelenic reaches second. Casas follows with a mammoth shot to right center. The 2 run homer makes it 7-0 and sends Seo Jun Won to the showers. Korea gives the call to Ha Jun Young.

 

Team USA pitchers have allowed so far 3 earned runs in the tournament and their defense executes everything at a high speed and with great accuracy, so the probability of a comeback by Korea is unlikely.  There’s more: USA are not done and they in the bottom of the fifth USA they add a run. Turang leads off with a single. Korea has a chance to trap him on his steal attempt. The throw to second by first baseman Gwak Been is off the bag and Turang is off to third. He scores on a base hit by Gorman.

 

Yang Changseop takes the mound for Korea in the seventh and falls into trouble as he loads the bases with 2 outs in the eighth. He gets out of the jam striking out Turang on an off speed pitch.


Liberatore is done after 6 and USA send to the mound Mitchell Wilcox for the seventh (throws a perfect inning) and Mason Denaburg for the eighth (allows a walk).

 

Hard throwing right hander John Ginn heads to the mound for the ninth, when the celebration is already on the go amongst USA fans.  He completes the task facing only 3 batters and striking out 2. Han Donghui is the last out of the WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup 2017.

 

Gold Medal Game Highlights

 

Recap:

 

BRONZE Medal Game:

 

Japan b. Canada 8-1

 

GOLD Medal Game:

 

United States b. South Korea 8-0

 

Men's Sub-18 Baseball World Championships 2017 Final Standings:

 

Gold: United States

Silver: South Korea

Bronze: Japan

 

4th: Canada

5th: Australia

6th: Cuba

7th: Chinese Taipei

8th: Netherlands

9th: Italy

10th: Nicaragua

11th: Mexico

12th: South Africa

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