• Nationals burst into World Series after sweeping Cardinals

    Washington complete 4-0 sweep of NLCS over St LouisNats will play either Yankees or Astros in Fall ClassicWashington DC will have a team in the World Series for the first time in 86 years after the wildcard Nationals used a seven-run first inning and Patrick Corbin’s 12-strikeout performance to hold on and beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-4 on Tuesday night for a sweep of the NL Championship Series.It completes a stunning turnaround for the Nationals, who went from 19-31 in May – when t
  • Nationals one win from World Series after pummeling Cardinals

    Washington DC without a World Series team in 86 yearsNationals starters continue to dominate struggling St LouisStephen Strasburg took his turn silencing the Cardinals’ struggling bats, Nationals postseason star Howie Kendrick doubled three times and drove in three more runs, and Washington moved one win from the city’s first World Series appearance in 86 years by beating St Louis 8-1 on Monday night to take a 3-0 lead in the NL Championship Series.After Nationals starters Anibal San
  • 2019 University Softball League opening weekend results

    The University Softball League opened play over the weekend, with games taking place across the country! The next weekend of competition will take place over 23-24 November across the country, and will mark the start of the indoor portion of competition. The Autumn Open University Championship will take place this coming weekend (19-20 October). Below are the results from the weekend as well as the division standings. Please note that the home team is listed second. Midlands Division 12th Octobe
  • Houston Astros level ALCS with Yankees on Correa's walk-off in 11th

    Slumping shortstop hits game-winning homer in ALCSGame 3 is Tuesday afternoon at Yankee StadiumCarlos Correa hit a leadoff home run in the 11th inning and the Houston Astros won a battle of the bullpens, beating the New York Yankees 3-2 Sunday night to tie the AL Championship Series at one game apiece.The slumping Correa, who earlier hit an RBI double and made a sensational play at shortstop, connected for an opposite-field shot to right off JA Happ.SERIES TIED. #ALCS pic.twitter.com/b1MDAvWI5D
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  • Washington Nationals draw first blood in NLCS as Sánchez silences Cardinals

    Sánchez loses no-hitter in eighth but Nats hold on for Game 1 winNLDS hero Howie Kendrick involved in both Washington runsAníbal Sánchez carried a no-hit bid into the eighth inning, NLDS hero Howie Kendrick had two more big swings and the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 on Friday night in the NL Championship Series opener. Related: Houston Astros turn back Tampa Bay to book ALCS showdown with YankeesContinue reading...
  • Houston Astros turn back Tampa Bay to book ALCS showdown with Yankees

    Gerrit Cole pitches another masterpiece to lead Astros into ALCSHouston will host Yankees in Game 1 at home on Saturday nightAll season long, it seemed inevitable.Yankees v Astros for the American League pennant. Related: Washington Nationals send LA Dodgers to shock playoff exit on Kendrick's slamContinue reading...
  • Washington Nationals send LA Dodgers to shock playoff exit on Kendrick's slam

    Howie Kendrick’s 10th-inning grand slam lifts Nats to 7-3 winDodgers crash out after league-best 106 wins in regular seasonWashington will open NLCS at St Louis Cardinals on FridayHowie Kendrick hit a tiebreaking grand slam off Joe Kelly in the 10th inning, and the Washington Nationals overcame a three-run deficit with a late rally to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-3 Wednesday night and advance to the NL Championship Series against St Louis.Three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw
  • London Indoor Softball returns Saturday!

    BaseballSoftballUK’s popular London Indoor Softball league kicks off for 2019-20 this Saturday, 12 October! This year, the league will be based at Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre, Isleworth, giving the league a permanent home after several different venues over the past few years. The London Indoor Softball League has two divisions – Rec and Comp – designed for all skill levels from beginner to seasoned softball players. 11 teams have already signed up for this season, inc
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  • Free weekly female-focused softball in Newham as Throw N’ Go gets underway

    activeNewham and BaseballSoftballUK started special female-only softball sessions in Newham last week thanks in part to funding and support from StreetGames, and the next session is coming up this week! The Throw N' Go programme is completely free and no equipment is required – the only thing needed is you (and perhaps a friend or two). Each session is run by a trained activator and is designed to teach the game of softball in a low pressure, friendly, and most of all fun environment. Be
  • Rainbow Haven and BaseballSoftballUK bring softball to refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester

    Outreach work for refugees and asylum seekers in Manchester began this past week as a result of a new partnership between BaseballSoftballUK and Rainbow Haven, a charity based in Salford who provide community drop-in sessions, offering support and activities for refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. Following a series of meetings with Rainbow Haven, free weekly softball sessions for anyone using their centre were set up for every Wednesday morning from 11 AM for the next nine weeks,
  • Manchester Indoor Softball returns with record number of teams

    The Manchester Indoor Softball League embarked on its 12th season on Tuesday 1 October. With the largest-ever number of participating teams at 19, the two divisions will compete every Tuesday night from 7.00-9.00 pm at Fives Trafford in Greater Manchester. Teams play super-quick six-minute innings, and each game is just one inning long.  Players face just one pitch per at-bat, making for a very fast-paced cardio workout. The games are played at the indoor soccerdome on 5-a-side football pi
  • Teammates turn on Acuna for lack of hustle after Braves' playoff loss to Cardinals

    21-year-old star admired drive rather than sprinting to secondAtlanta ended up losing tight game with St Louis 7-6Acuna has been benched for similar hiccup in pastIn a one-run playoff loss, Ronald Acuna Jr’s lack of hustle was the obvious mistake the Atlanta Braves couldn’t afford. Acuna failed to run out a long flyball to right field in the seventh inning of the Braves’ 7-6 loss to St Louis in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night. He admired his drive as he carri
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  • Social softball a success in London

    On Saturday 21st September, around 40 female and non-binary players joined in a day of relaxed practice and games of softball in blazing sunshine in North London’s Clissold Park. The event was organised by Lizi Josypenko and Claire Read, longstanding members of Bat to The Future who play in the Greater London Slowpitch Mixed Softball League (GLSML). Aimed predominantly at less experienced players, participants came from a wide variety of teams in the GLSML and also the London Advertising
  • MLB playoff preview: will the Dodgers finally hold their nerve?

    The Boston Red Sox didn’t make the postseason, meaning we’re guaranteed a new World Series champion. We break down the final eight contendersThe wildcard games have been decided and the business end of the season is now upon us. Nothing is guaranteed in the postseason but we’ve ranked the teams in rough order of strength as the battle hots up. Related: How the greatest Red Sox team in history turned into an embarrassmentContinue reading...
  • Soto lifts Nationals to 4-3 comeback win over Brewers in NL wild-card game

    Washington rally in one-off to set NLDS meeting with DodgersJuan Soto lifts Nats to win with bases-loaded single in eighthWashington’s Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Nationals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.After Hader loaded the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, Soto took a 96mph fastball to
  • Nationals complete NL wildcard comeback win after error scorches Brewers

    Washington rally in one-off to set NLDS meeting with DodgersJuan Soto lifts Nats to win with bases-loaded single in eighthWashington’s Juan Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, and the Nationals rallied to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night.After Hader loaded the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, Soto took a 96mph fastball to
  • Pete Alonso hits 53rd home run of season to break Aaron Judge's rookie record

    Mets slugger hits record HR in penultimate game of seasonJudge says he will buy Alonso dinner as a congratulationsOn the next-to-last day of his first major league season, the New York Mets’ Pete Alonso hit his 53rd home run to break the rookie record Yankees star Aaron Judge set in 2017. “There’s just euphoria and magic,” Alonso said. “It was like an out-of-body experience, almost. I felt like I wasn’t standing in the box alone.”The 24-year-old, nicknam
  • Funds awarded for BSUK to continue LGBT work in Manchester

    BaseballSoftballUK’s work with the LGBTQ+ community is continuing to grow in the North by working with partners such as The Proud Trust and GreaterSport, the local Active Partnership. The Proud Trust coordinates national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks, delivering training, conducting research, running events etc.  BSUK has been working with The Proud Trust for a number of years to be able to better reach the LGBT+ community.Programme BSUK initially ran a programme in the summ
  • How the greatest Red Sox team in history turned into an embarrassment

    There are World Series hangovers and there’s whatever is going on in Boston. And now the team have no general manager – and an uncertain futureIt hasn’t even been 12 months since the Boston Red Sox won the World Series, but it’s felt like far longer for their suffering fans. Despite bringing back nearly the same lineup – we’ll get into the exceptions in a bit – the Red Sox were eliminated from playoff contention on Friday night, with a 5-4 loss to the Ta
  • Pirates' All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez jailed for solicitation of a child

    Two-time All-Star closer arrested on Tuesday in PittsburghVázquez, 28, could face more charges after search of devicesFelipe Vázquez, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ two-time All-Star closer, has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors, according to the Florida department of law enforcement (FDLE).Vázquez, 28, was served a felony search warrant out of Florida’s Lee Cou
  • Pirates' All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez arrested for solicitation of a child

    Two-time All-Star closer arrested on Tuesday in PittsburghVázquez, 28, could face more charges after search of devicesFelipe Vázquez, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ two-time All-Star closer, has been arrested and charged with one count of computer pornography, solicitation of a child and one count of providing obscene material to minors, according to the Florida department of law enforcement (FDLE).Vázquez, 28, was served a felony search warrant out of Florida’s Lee Cou
  • Trojans, A’s and Nighthawks crowned Kings in the Northern Baseball League

    By Ian Blease, with editorial assistance from Gabriel Fidler The past two weekends have seen the culmination of the Northern Baseball League’s (NBL) third season. On the weekend of Sept. 7, Liverpool’s Norman Wells Ballpark played host to both the Double-A and Triple-A Finals, with the Single-A playoffs taking place in Manchester on Sunday 15th September. The winners crowned included a club that celebrated a three-peat, another looking for promotion, and a first-time entrant. Triple-
  • BSUK Annual Participation Survey: Please Take Part!

    Each year, BaseballSoftballUK undertakes an important survey of those who play baseball and/or softball in this country. Your answers to the survey help us to understand our sports better and are used directly to apply for national funding. This year, we are sweetening the pot for completed surveys by offering a chance to win a pair of tickets to a London Series 2020 game! The information gathered allows us to track the playing demographics of our community as well as people’s motivations
  • 2019-20 ACADEMY AND HIGH PERFORMANCE ACADEMY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

    BaseballSoftballUK's Academy Baseball / Softball and High Performance Academy are both returning for the 20th year and registration is open NOW! REGISTER HERE The Academy is designed to help young players turn the off-season into an opportunity to become better, stronger and fitter athletes. This is a great time to make improvements in your game, and our excellent Academy coaches will be on hand to help you do it. The High Performance Academy is dedicated to our premier athletes in the pro
  • Detroit Tigers minor leaguer dies after skateboarding accident aged 27

    Chace Numata has died days after being injured in an accidentCatcher, 27, was in his first season with the Tigers organizationTigers minor league catcher Chace Numata has died days after being injured in a skateboarding accident in Pennsylvania. He was 27.Numata’s family and the team announced the death on Monday.Detroit Tigers statement regarding the passing of Chace Numata: pic.twitter.com/H6TCAQO1S8 Continue reading...
  • Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander throws third no-hitter of career

    Astros righty tosses third career no-hitter against Blue JaysVerlander, 36, struck out 14 and threw 120 pitches in 17th winHouston Astros ace Justin Verlander tossed the third no-hitter on Sunday against the Toronto Blue Jays.Verlander struck out 14 and threw 120 pitches at Toronto. The only runner he allowed was Cavan Biggio on a one-out walk in the first inning..@JustinVerlander is the first pitcher ever to throw TWO no-hitters in the same road stadium (Rogers Centre). pic.twitter.com/9Iqw2hSO
  • LA Angels' Tyler Skaggs died from accidental drug overdose, coroner says

    Coroner said fentanyl, oxycodone found in pitcher’s systemFamily ‘shocked’ to learn death may involve Angels employeeSkaggs was found dead in Dallas-area hotel room on 1 JulyThe family of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs says it was startled to learn that a club employee “may” be part of the investigation into the 27-year-old’s death from an accidental drug overdose.A Texas coroner said in a report made public Friday that Skaggs died after choking on hi
  • BaseballSoftballUK and Disability Sports Coach stage Baseball Festival

    On a sunny Friday at West Way Sports Centre in West London earlier this month, BaseballSoftballUK and Disability Sports Coach (DSC) held the first-ever adapted baseball festival for DSC club members. More than 25 members from DSC borough community clubs attended, taking part in coaching drills and then a series of games. The matches featured friendly yet competitive play and saw some huge hits and impressive fielding! With the MLB London Series as the inspiration, many of the participants had a
  • Umpiring with rubber baseballs in Xi’an, China

    British baseball umpire Thomas Haywood, a member of BaseballSoftballUK’s LGBT Panel, has recently returned from umpiring at the Under-18 International Rubber Baseball Organisation (IRBO) Tournament in Xi'an, China, home of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors.  Thomas takes up the story: Once the tournament was confirmed there was a lot of visa application bureaucracy to get round.  In two months flat, the hosts had built two full-size baseball fields side-by-side using ast
  • Win a choice of great MLB Spring Training experiences

    BaseballSoftballUK is running an exclusive online auction where baseball and softball fans in both the UK and overseas can bid to win a choice of two amazing experiences watching the Boston Red Sox or the Minnesota Twins at MLB Spring Training games in Florida in 2020. Bid HERE. Thanks to our friends at Lee County Sports Development, sports fans can combine a winter trip to the Florida sunshine in 2020 with exciting baseball action either at JetBlue Park, the Spring Training home of the Bos
  • The week in radio and podcasts: On Baseball; Troubles Shared; The Hang With Gregory Porter; Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time – review

    Michael Sandel and Ed Miliband discussed their – and America’s – love affair with baseball and two journalists revisited Northern IrelandOn Baseball (Radio 4) | iPlayer
    Troubles Shared (Radio 4) | iPlayer
    The Hang With Gregory Porter (podcast)
    Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (Radio 4) | iPlayerThe American novelist John Irving once described baseball as “a game with a lot of waiting in it”. For Michael Sandel, political philosopher and lifelong Boston R
  • MLB warns players against dangers of over-the-counter sexual enhancers

    MLB warns players against using gas-station sexual enhancersAt least two players have blamed failed drug tests on OTC pillsMajor League Baseball has warned its players about the “very real risk” of over-the-counter sexual-enhancement pills after at least two players have attributed their positive drug tests to substances found in the unregulated products in the last year, according to an ESPN report published Wednesday.Related: 'Like pitching in a rainforest': MLB fans and players st
  • Fast bowlers have not hit a new peak – they’ve just reached a plateau | Andy Bull

    There is a school of thought that bowlers such as England’s Jofra Archer are bound to be faster now, simply because of the advances in sport science – reality suggests something differentAt 96mph the ball travels from the bowler to the batsman in the bat of an eyelid. Really. At that speed a batsman has around 0.4sec to play with which, most studies seem to agree, also happens to be how long it takes to blink. But that 0.4sec is only a fag-packet calculation. The true number would al
  • New softball programme starts in Walton-on-Thames

    A new softball programme, Walton 49ers Softball, has been launched in Walton-on-Thames following the excitement and interest generated by the Walton Blue Plaque event on 7 July, commemorating the first recorded baseball game that was played in Ashley Park in Walton in 1749. In a summer when the London Series gave baseball its highest-ever UK profile, the festival on 7 July in Walton, with the theme of “Baseball’s Coming Home”, included a demonstration baseball game featuring m
  • Win a choice of great MLB Spring Training experiences through BSUK’s online auction

    BaseballSoftballUK is running an exclusive online auction where baseball and softball fans in both the UK and overseas can bid to win a choice of two amazing experiences watching the Boston Red Sox or the Minnesota Twins at MLB Spring Training games in Florida in 2020. Bid HERE. Thanks to our friends at Lee County Sports Development, sports fans can combine a winter trip to the Florida sunshine in 2020 with exciting baseball action either at JetBlue Park, the Spring Training home of the Bos
  • Streaking New York Mets rally with four in ninth for seventh straight win

    Red-hot Mets win for 14th time in 15 games at Citi FieldNew York had been 0-44 when trailing after eight inningsMichael Conforto celebrating with his jersey ripped off. Dominic Smith joining the party on his scooter. A crowd that kept cheering long after the last swing.Hard to believe for a team that seemed cooked only a month ago, but the New York Mets and their fans are feeling like serious contenders. Continue reading...
  • September Softball Fest to be held at Bracknell

    Bracknell Baseball and Softball Club will be hosting a September Softball Fest next month – three fast-paced and energetic softball evenings inspired by Softball60 and supported by BaseballSoftballUK. The Softball Fest will take place over three Thursday evenings -- 5, 12 and 19 September – starting at 6.30 pm at the club’s home ground, Westmorland Park, Warfield RG42 3QP.Everyone welcome All local teams are welcome to join in on the action, where teams made up of seven player
  • Baseball features at London disability sports events

    Baseball featured for the second straight year at the annual Disability Sports Coach (DSC) Summer Festival, held on 26 July at Westway Sports Centre in London, and there will be a disability Baseball Festival at the same site on Friday 9 August. The baseball zone at the multi-sport event on 26 July was run by coaches Mary Schofield and Tracey Wallin, who did a great job providing participants from a number of disability organisations and community sports clubs across London with the chance to pl
  • Miami Marlins apologise for blaming rival Rays for death of Steve Irwin

    Tweet came during two-game series between Florida teamsAustralian TV presenter was killed by stingray in 2006The Miami Marlins have said sorry after their official Twitter account blamed their cross-state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the death of TV presenter Steve Irwin.Florida’s two Major League Baseball teams have just finished a two-game series, which was swept by the Rays. The teams’ Twitter accounts had been engaged in a back-and-forth during the series, until the Marlins de
  • Houston Astros acquire Zack Greinke in stunning deadline pitching grab

    Astros eclipse Yankees as AL favorites with stunning tradeNL-leading Dodgers add infield depth with Jedd Gyorko dealNationals reshape bullpen, adding three relievers at deadlineZack Greinke held the New York Yankees to two runs on two hits over five innings on Wednesday, and that was the good news for the Bronx Bombers when it comes to the veteran pitcher.In the closing minutes of the 4 pm ET trade deadline, the Houston Astros reportedly acquired Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the second
  • Yasiel Puig is ejected and traded in same inning as Reds and Pirates brawl

    Outfielder involved in fight as NL Central rivals clash againNews of trade to Indians emerges just as fight takes placeCall it Pirates v Reds, round two and a fitting farewell for Yasiel Puig. Jarred Hughes hit Starling Marte with his first pitch in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, setting the stage for the latest brawl between the Ohio River rivals. Four Pirates and four Reds were ejected in Pittsburgh’s 11-4 win, including Puig, who was in the process of being traded. Puig prolonged th
  • How to boost softball recruitment the RG Blue Sox way

    BaseballSoftballUK South East Development Manager Patrick Knock recently spoke with Eric Lukazewski, Recruitment Officer and Head Coach at the RG Blue Sox from Reading, about how the team has successfully recruited new players.The RG Blue Sox are a two-team adult softball club based in Reading that plays in the Windsor & Maidenhead League and in weekend tournaments. Since 2018, the club has been running a successful programme of free taster sessions to recruit more players and has been tink
  • First Baseball5 Competition in Britain Hosted by BaseballSoftballUK, Kent Sport

    By Gabriel Fidler, with additional reporting from Kent Sport and Liz Knight On June 28, 2019, the British sporting world was treated to a feast of events, with matches in the Women’s Football World Cup and Cricket World Cup, Wimbledon upcoming and, of course, Workout Day at the London Series. Only the keenest observer would have noticed that in Gillingham, Kent, a historic sporting first was achieved. That afternoon, Medway Park played host to the Kent and Medway Business Games (KMBG), whe
  • Ken Burns on America: 'We're a strange and complicated people'

    Through war, baseball and music, Burns’ monumental TV documentaries have told the story of the USA – a mission he says is even more urgent in the age of ‘alternative facts’Many birthday presents are rapidly discarded or forgotten, but a gift given to a 17-year-old Michigan high-school student, on 29 July 1970, changed American television. Ken Burns received an 8mm movie camera, the first step on a path that made him such a revered figure in documentary film-making that, f
  • BaseballSoftballUK seeks Official Supplier for Wearable Kit

    BaseballSoftballUK, the national development agency for baseball and softball in the United Kingdom, is seeking to identify and appoint an ‘Official Supplier of Wearable Kit’ for baseball and softball customers in the UK, as well as for our own products and services. BaseballSoftballUK is looking for a reliable partner to meet the needs across multiple customer groups, offering a wide choice of appropriate, age-specific, competitively priced and high quality Wearable Kit. We anticip
  • 'Like pitching in a rainforest': MLB fans and players struggle in brutal heatwave

    Temperatures have soared across large parts of United StatesTeams have stopped taking batting practice in extreme heatAt Wrigley Field, mist machines tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the majors. The National Weather Service said it was part of “a dangerous heat wave” gripping mu
  • Girls Softball Series plays host to role models at Farnham Park

    The first-ever Girls Softball Series took place at Farnham Park Baseball and Softball Complex on 11, 18 and 25 June, with four teams taking part from schools in South Buckinghamshire and Slough. The series was the focal point of a girls’ softball programme set up by BaseballSoftballUK in partnership with Rachel Hutchinson, South Bucks School Sports Partnership Manager, and Laura Brookstein, Manager of the Slough School Sports Network.   New opportunities The aim of the project was to
  • Birmingham School Games County Softball Finals 2019

    King Edward School in Birmingham hosted the county finals of the Birmingham School Games softball competition, on Thursday 11 July 2019. With six schools participating, a round robin format of group matches was played over two-inning games. In the end, Plantsbrook edged Kings Norton in an extremely close competition. In the first round of matches, Kings Norton Boys started strongly against a young Bournville side, easing to a 17- 1 victory. In the other matches, North Birmingham Academy and Pla
  • Angels pay tribute to late Tyler Skaggs with 'too-good-for-Hollywood' no-hitter

    Angels toss combined no-hitter while honoring fallen teammateRarity was first in California since 13 July 1991: Skaggs’ birthdaySkaggs, a pitcher, was found dead aged 27 in hotel room on 1 JulyWhen the Los Angeles Angels think about Tyler Skaggs in the months and years ahead, Andrew Heaney is grateful they’ll have the memory of one incredible night to assuage their sadness.With Skaggs’ name and No 45 on all of their jerseys Friday night, the Angels played practically perfect ba

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