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Los Cocodrilos de Matanzas are the new Cuban Champions, as they won the Grand Final of the 59th Cuban National Series, the top level baseball tournament on the Isle...

 

This is an amazing surprise and a great turnaround, as last year they were dead last among the 16 teams of the Cuban Major League...meanwhile 12 months later they're just enjoying their first ever win in the SNC (the acronim with which the Cuban National series is known)...

 

The losing side of this final series are Los Toros de la Llanura de Camagüey, that entered the final series as the big favourites, but their pitching staff couldn't handle the hot bats of the most classical sports "Cinderella" and they had to surrender in 6 games...

 

 

59th Cuban National Series, the Grand Final

 

Coodrilos de Matanzas b. Toros de la Llanura Camagüey  4-2 (5-3; 0-8; 6-1; 5-3; 6-9; 11-2)

 

All about Cuban Baseball (in Cuban slang Spanish)...

http://www.beisbolencuba.com/

 

 

Match Replays

 

Game #1

 

 

Game #2

 

 

Game #3

 

 

Game #4

 

 

Game #5

 

 

Game #6

 

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World Baseball Classic will now expand from 16 to 20 teams in 2021.

 

All 16 teams from the 2017 World Baseball Classic have already qualified:

:AUS:CAN:CHN:COL:CUB:DOM:ISR:ITA:JPN:MEX:NED:PUR:KOR:TPE:USA:VEN

 

There will be two qualifiers that will have a double elimination format with the top 2 teams qualifying for the World Baseball Classic.

 

Pool 1(March 12-17):

:BRA:FRA:GER:NCA:PAK:RSA

 

Pool 2(March 20-25):

:CZE:GBR:NZL:PAN:PHI:ESP

 

https://www.wbsc.org/news/world-baseball-classic-to-expand-from-16-to-20-nations-as-qualifiers-announced?fbclid=IwAR32ApIcUcxsZBAyYrwK9ltyzTCUj4bllx5KYdEaqtjEBgt7SJMqMjKpRE0

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8 hours ago, Topicmaster1010 said:

World Baseball Classic will now expand from 16 to 20 teams in 2021.

 

All 16 teams from the 2017 World Baseball Classic have already qualified:

:AUS:CAN:CHN:COL:CUB:DOM:ISR:ITA:JPN:MEX:NED:PUR:KOR:TPE:USA:VEN

 

There will be two qualifiers that will have a double elimination format with the top 2 teams qualifying for the World Baseball Classic.

 

Pool 1(March 12-17):

:BRA:FRA:GER:NCA:PAK:RSA

 

Pool 2(March 20-25):

:CZE:GBR:NZL:PAN:PHI:ESP

 

https://www.wbsc.org/news/world-baseball-classic-to-expand-from-16-to-20-nations-as-qualifiers-announced?fbclid=IwAR32ApIcUcxsZBAyYrwK9ltyzTCUj4bllx5KYdEaqtjEBgt7SJMqMjKpRE0

Last time Israel almost made it to the semis.  Let's do it this time! (After winning a gold medal in Tokyo off course lol)

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10 hours ago, Topicmaster1010 said:

World Baseball Classic will now expand from 16 to 20 teams in 2021.

 

All 16 teams from the 2017 World Baseball Classic have already qualified:

:AUS:CAN:CHN:COL:CUB:DOM:ISR:ITA:JPN:MEX:NED:PUR:KOR:TPE:USA:VEN

 

There will be two qualifiers that will have a double elimination format with the top 2 teams qualifying for the World Baseball Classic.

 

Pool 1(March 12-17):

:BRA:FRA:GER:NCA:PAK:RSA

 

Pool 2(March 20-25):

:CZE:GBR:NZL:PAN:PHI:ESP

 

https://www.wbsc.org/news/world-baseball-classic-to-expand-from-16-to-20-nations-as-qualifiers-announced?fbclid=IwAR32ApIcUcxsZBAyYrwK9ltyzTCUj4bllx5KYdEaqtjEBgt7SJMqMjKpRE0

 

not happy at all...

 

the 16-team format was definitely the best one...

 

now they're surely goin g to have some strange/unfair system that will make it less entertaining and exciting than the previous editions...:facepalm:

 

and to be honest, there's also no need to expand the field of participants, as there are not even 16 Nations at about the same level in the world of Baseball...

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Domenican Republic's Toros del Este won the Caribbean Series.

 

 

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Melbourne Aces win their first-ever Australian Baseball League title

 

The Melbourne Aces secured their first Australian Baseball League (ABL) title.

 

Melbourne made the best-of-three championship series as short as two games, sweeping the Adelaide Giants 4-3 and 6-2.

 

Jon Deeble, who managed Australia to an Olympic silver medal in 2004 in Athens, was the skipper of the Aces.

 

Game 1 turned out to be a real baseball drama.

 

Melbourne entered the ninth and final frame leading 2-1.

 

Adelaide scored two in the top of the inning, but Melbourne came back and walked it off with a couple of runs in the bottom half.

 

Veteran catcher Allan de San Miguel, who will retire after this season, scored the go-ahead run.

 

Reliever Jon Kennedy earned the win.

 

Game #1 Stats

 

https://theabl.com.au/game/622867

 

Game #1 Highlights (unfortunately Game #1 Full Replay isn't available...and I dont know why?)

 

 

The Aces won the title clincher, 6-2, backing with 11 hits a strong start by left-hander Wes Helsabeck.

 

A two-run home run by Shane Robinson off David Holmberg opened the score in the third inning.

 

Reliever Jon Kennedy closed it off.

 

Game #2 Stats

 

https://theabl.com.au/game/622866

 

Game #2 Full Replay

 

 

The Melbourne Aces earned their first Claxton Shield, the trophy awarded to the winners of the top baseball competition in Australia since 1934.

 

The trophy is the legacy of Norman Claxton (1877-1951), a prominent figure in cricket, Australian football, baseball and cycling, who donated it.

 

Claxton was inducted into the Baseball Australia Hall of Fame in 2005.

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College baseball has officially started!!! Right now the rematch of last years College World Series Final is on. Vanderbilt is winning over Michigan 1-0 in the 3rd inning. Game is on MLB network.

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23 minutes ago, bmo said:

College baseball has officially started!!! Right now the rematch of last years College World Series Final is on. Vanderbilt is winning over Michigan 1-0 in the 3rd inning. Game is on MLB network.

I just can’t get excited about college baseball (really I can’t get excited by baseball period :p). Cool to see it’s on the MLB Network though.


“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair” - Nelson Mandela

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I understand. It’s not the most exciting sport. As a baseball fan, it tells me that spring is coming.

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