• The Cubs are no longer lovable losers - but has the team lost its soul?

    The Ricketts family helped the Cubs end their 108-year wait for a World Series. But some fans think the club has lost what made it uniqueIn August 2009, after two-and-a-half years of trying, the Tribune Company finally sold the Chicago Cubs to the Ricketts family. The Ricketts made their money in the investment world, with patriarch Joe founding Omaha-based broker TD Ameritrade in 1971. Joe’s son, Tom, would become the public face of the Cubs, the most famous losers in US sports.The fact t
  • Order your team clothing now and set up your own team web store!

    With the new season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start planning your new team jerseys. BSUK's apparel supplier, Aswani Sports, can produce a wide range of baseball/softball jerseys fully customised to your team’s requirements.  As the jerseys are fully sublimated your jersey design is only limited by your imagination. Click here to go to Aswani's website for full details and to start the design process. Aswani can also set you up with a free online web store so
  • UK Sport sets out blueprint for future funding

    UK Sport has set out its future funding strategy for Olympic and Paralympic sport, and in a dramatic break with its previous “No Compromise” policy, some funding will now be extended to sports that have future rather than immediate podium potential. The new strategy, which will come into force in April 2021 for the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Olympic and Paralympic cycles, has been created following an extensive year’s work by UK Sport that included an independent Public Co
  • UK Sport awards £30,500 Aspiration Fund grant to GB Baseball

    UK Sport, the government agency that funds Britain’s Olympic and Paralympic teams and athletes, has announced an award of £30,500 to GB Baseball to help the team with its Olympic qualification journey, starting with the European Baseball Championship this September. Teams that finish in the top five places at the European Championship will move on to the Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament later that month.  The winner of that tournament will have a direct passage to th
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  • Kyler Murray walks away from $4m as he chooses NFL over MLB

    Heisman Trophy winner commits to career as quarterbackPlayer had been drafted by Oakland A’s last JuneHeisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray says he will pursue a career in the NFL over playing baseball for the Oakland Athletics. Murray was the ninth overall pick in last June’s baseball amateur draft, and the outfielder agreed to a minor league contract with Oakland for a $4.66m signing bonus. However, Murray had a brilliant college football season in 2018, passing for 4,361 yards and 42
  • Frank Robinson, hall of famer and MLB's first black manager, dies aged 83

    Robinson broke barriers when he took charge of ClevelandHis 586 home runs stand 10th on baseball’s all-time listHall of famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in Major League Baseball and the only player to win the MVP award in both leagues, has died. Robinson had recently been in hospice care at his home in Bel Air. MLB confirmed his death on Thursday afternoon, Robinson was 83.An MVP with Cincinnati and Baltimore, Robinson cemented his legacy when he became Cleveland’s manag
  • Bryce Harper and Manny Machado: why two of MLB's best players don't have teams

    The league pulls in $10bn a year and yet no one wants to pay free-agents this offseason. Some believe owners are colluding to keep wages downIt’s only a week until pitchers and catchers start reporting for Spring Training and yet two of baseball’s biggest stars remain without teams. Bryce Harper, who has played his entire career with the Washington Nationals, and Manny Machado, who last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, are both 26-year-old elite hitters at the peak of their career
  • LA coroner rules woman was killed by foul ball at Dodger Stadium

    ESPN obtains coroner’s report on incident last AugustBall traveled over protective netting and struck 79-year-oldA woman died as a result of being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium last August, according to a coroner’s report obtained by ESPN.Linda Goldbloom was celebrating her 79th birthday and 59th wedding anniversary at a game in August last year when a 93mph pitch hit by a San Diego Padres player traveled over an area protected by netting and struck Goldbloom in
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  • Inspiration for coaches at the 2019 Coach Summit

    A busy and inspiring day of keynote speeches, classroom workshops, Q&A sessions and general chat about coaching marked BaseballSoftballUK’s fourth annual Coach Summit, held on Saturday 26 January at the Kents Hill Park Training and Conference Centre in Milton Keynes. Around 70 people from the British baseball and softball community attended the Summit, and over 50 of them stayed for the annual BSUK Coach Awards ceremony that followed the Summit sessions. The next day, 27 January, the
  • Coach award winners named at BSUK’s 2019 Coach Summit

    Six prestigious awards for coaching and one award for volunteer services were presented at a ceremony following the 2019 BaseballSoftballUK Coach Summit on Saturday 26 January in Milton Keynes. “Without coaches,” Chris Rawlings told more than 50 people in attendance as he Introduced the award presentations, “no one plays.  That’s why we have established the BSUK Coach Awards, to recognise coaches and what they bring to the community.” There had been, Chris not
  • Richard Chataway appointed to BSUK Board

    Richard Chataway, a leading figure in the use of behavioural science in communications in the UK, has been appointed as an Independent Director on the BaseballSoftballUK Board. With over 15 years of experience in applying behavioural science to communications -- a long time in a new field – Richard will be able to support BaseballSoftballUK staff in developing the range and effectiveness of their internal and external communications. BaseballSoftballUK CEO John Boyd said, “We welcome
  • Grounds crew needed for Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex

    BaseballSoftballUK is looking for people to work as part of the grounds crew at its National Baseball and Softball Complex at Farnham Park, near Slough. BaseballSoftballUK is the development agency for the both sports in this country, and owns and operates the flagship facility at Farnham Park.  The facility hosts baseball and softball league play, national and international tournaments and development sessions from mid-March through mid-October. The work will primarily involve repair, pre
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  • WBSC announces Olympic Qualifier dates and hosts

    The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has awarded hosting rights and announced the dates for six qualifying events for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Canada, China and the Netherlands will each be host to an Olympic Softball Qualifier, Chinese Taipei, Italy and the United States will each be home to an Olympic Baseball Qualifier.WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari said, "These next two years -- 2019 and 2020 -- will be the most important in the history of international baseball and softba
  • University Conference will again be combined with the Coach Summit

    BaseballSoftballUK's fifth annual University Baseball & Softball Conference will again run alongside the BSUK Coach Summit on 26 January 2019 in Milton Keynes. The University Baseball & Softball Conference will take place from 11.00am-5.00pm on the day.  The conference will be free for students to attend and they will be able to complete the Drills for Beginners practical training course and attend several university-specific workshop discussions.Combination BSUK Development M
  • Third keynote speaker added to Coach Summit programme

    A third keynote speaker, provided through Major League Baseball, has been added to the programme for BaseballSoftballUK’s 2019 Coach Summit, to be held on Saturday 26 January in Milton Keynes. Bill Holmberg, MLB’s International Pitching Coordinator for Europe and Africa and a former pitching coach for national team programmes in Italy and Taiwan, will present a keynote session on the MLB Throwing Programme as it relates to pitching mechanics and injury prevention. Bill will join the
  • Why Kyler Murray is set to forfeit a $4.6m MLB bonus and join the NFL

    The Oklahoma quarterback is a dual-sport star. Why would he choose the brutality of football over a more comfortable life in baseball?So this is what a college athlete with real leverage looks like. Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray has done a masterful job pitting two sporting giants, Major League Baseball and the National Football League, against each other.Let’s rewind for a moment to explain what’s happened. Murray was a brilliant two-sport athlete in high school, which is little sur
  • World Series MVP John Wetteland charged with child sexual abuse

    52-year-old was arrested on Monday in TexasWetteland helped Yankees to victory in 1996 World SeriesFormer major league pitcher John Wetteland has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Denton County jail records show the 52-year-old Wetteland was arrested on Monday and freed on $25,000 bond.Authorities have not released details of the investigation into the Texas Rangers Hall of Famer.
    Wetteland was MVP of the 1996 World Series, in which he led the New York Yank
  • Tiger roars back and Floyd-Manny II: our bold sports predictions for 2019

    On the heels of a sports year that was chock full of surprises, Guardian US contributors make their bold predictions for the months to comeHere are our bold predictions for 2019 in sports. Please note the bold (or should that be bold?) in bold predictions: these are to be taken with a pinch of salt. Continue reading...
  • MLB London Series: The one where Rachael meets Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Interest in the London Series between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox next June continues to grow, even after virtually all tickets for the games have been sold. In November, the flames were fanned by the presence in London of former New York Yankees megastar Alex Rodriguez, universally known as A-Rod, who had an interesting recorded conversation with British Softball Federation President Jenny Fromer. This month, the other side showed their hand when current Boston Red Sox cen
  • Ali Higgs confirmed as softball keynote speaker for Coach Summit

    BaseballSoftballUK has completed the line-up of keynote speakers for its fourth annual Coach Summit by announcing that the softball keynote speaker will be former US Division 1 college player and Head Coach Ali Higgs. Ali joins long-time St John’s University Head Baseball Coach Ed Blankmeyer, who will be the baseball keynote speaker on an outstanding conference programme.  The 2019 Coach Summit will be held on Saturday 26 January 2019 at the Kents Hill Park Training & Conference C
  • Candidates shortlisted for 2019 BSUK Coach Awards

    A large number of nominations have been received for BaseballSoftballUK’s 2019 Coach Awards, and three people have now been shortlisted in each of the seven categories. The winners will be decided by a panel consisting of BaseballSoftballUK Development Managers Chris Rawlings, Liz Knight and Johanna Malisani, and the awards will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday 26 January 2019, followed BSUK’s fourth annual Coach Summit in Milton Keynes. Here are the shortlisted
  • BaseballSoftballUK looking for a provider to undertake a strategic review

    BaseballSoftballUK would like to recruit a provider to undertake a strategic review and help produce a new strategy for the organisation for 2019-2024. The company is seeking to appoint a provider to help in developing a strategy that reflects key priorities in a changing landscape by looking at the organisation’s vision, leadership, structure and skills. The due date for the work will be 31 March 2019. Please refer to the brief for more details. Any additional questions can be answer
  • BaseballSoftballUK bids farewell to Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani

    After three years of dedicated service to the development of British softball and baseball, BaseballSoftballUK’s Fastpitch Development Manager, Johanna Malisani, has decided to return to her native Canada. During her time with BaseballSoftballUK, Jo covered many responsibilities.  She led on the development of fastpitch softball, was a pillar of organisation and coaching within The Academy and High Performance Academy and took part in Farnham Park management operations.  Her inv
  • BBF umpire Thomas Haywood features on BBC LGBT Sport Podcast

    BBF umpire Thomas Haywood has been featured on one of the latest broadcasts in the BBC’s LGBT Sport Podcast series, hosted by Jack Murley. During the 24-minute broadcast, Thomas talks about his journey from a Scottish boy who was bullied and hated sport at school to becoming one of the most respected umpires in the UK and Europe, with 825 games under his belt since 2005. Interest in baseball was sparked when Thomas was a university exchange student in America and re-kindled when he came ho
  • Mavericks and Basehunters take Manchester Indoor Autumn trophies

    The final games in the Manchester Indoor Softball League’s Autumn 2018 season were completed on 5 December, with the Mavericks taking the Division 1 trophy and Basehunters winning in Division 2. The league, which began in October and is currently in its fifth year and 10th season, was opened up to two divisions this year, each with eight teams. Mavericks are one of just three teams who played in the inaugural season in January 2014 and are the only team to have competed in all 10 seasons.
  • BSUK receives full grant award from Sport England for 2019-21

    BaseballSoftballUK has received the full funding award it requested from Sport England – a total of £1,081,000 – for the period from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021. Historically, very few sports are awarded their full request for core funding, and to receive this level of grant is a clear vote of confidence by Sport England in both the vision set out in BSUK’s application and its track record of delivery over past funding cycles. Targets for the 2019-21 period will include
  • MLB London Series: When Jenny met A-Rod

    On 19 November, Major League Baseball came to London to begin promotion for next year’s games between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, and one of the star attractions on the day was Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee third baseman and one of the iconic players of his era. A-Rod, as he is universally known, had a long day, with a constant stream of media interviews and photoshoots, and he handled all of it with charm and grace.  He also took part in a coaching session with about 20
  • BSUK to run Coach Award Courses in North and South in February

    BaseballSoftballUK will be running two Coach Award Courses in February, one in St Albans and one in Manchester.  The courses are equivalent to a Level 2 qualification, and both will run over three weekend days. The courses will consist of 21 taught hours, but with no coursework.  The cost for the three full days plus associated CPD modules will be £290. The course has been developed specifically for coaches that need to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and prog
  • Former major league baseball players killed in Venezuela car crash 'staged by bandits'

    Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo died in crash caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials sayFormer major league players Luis Valbuena and Jose Castillo were killed in a car crash in Venezuela caused by highway bandits who then robbed them, officials said on Friday.The 33-year-old Valbuena and 37-year-old Castillo died late on Thursday when their SUV crashed as it tried to veer around an object on the road, Yaracuy state governor Julio Leon Heredia said on his Twitter account. Offi
  • Mixed result for softball and baseball from UK Sport Aspiration Fund

    Friday 7 December -- There was a mixed result for GB Softball and GB Baseball from the awards announced this morning from UK Sport’s new Aspiration Fund, set up to provide Olympic qualification support for sports that do not receive UK Sport performance funding. The GB Women’s Fastpitch Team programme received an award of £62,500 to support preparations for this summer’s European Championship and Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2020 Games in Tokyo, but
  • BSUK to run Coach Award Course in February

    BaseballSoftballUK will be running a Coach Award Course, equivalent to a Level 2 qualification, for baseball and softball coaches over three weekend days in February 2019 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. The course will consist of 21 taught hours, but no coursework, and the cost for the three full days plus associated CPD modules will be £290. The course has been developed specifically for coaches that need to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive coaching sessions ind
  • Success for Indoor Single-Sex League in Manchester

    A six-week Single-Sex Indoor Softball League that began on 21 October in Manchester finished its autumn season on 25 November and was clearly a great success. Based at Powerleague Trafford, the league consisted of three male and three female teams, with each team playing 24 games across the season, during which a total of 1,930 runs were scored!Competition For games to be competitive, it was important that the teams were evenly matched, and results showed that this aim was achieved -- part
  • Bigger, better venue set for London Indoor Softball League in January

    The London Indoor Softball League, which has been operating at a one-court venue at the Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell during the Autumn season, will have a new venue with two courts and other amenities when play resumes in the new year. Having two courts will mean more teams, more games, longer innings and on-court practice, resulting in a better all-round experience for teams. The new venue will be the Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre, 120 Wood Lane, Isleworth TW7 5FF [map].  &n
  • New venue set for London Indoor Softball League in January

    The London Indoor Softball League, which has been operating at a one-court venue at the Ark All Saints Academy in Camberwell during the autumn season, will have a new venue with two courts and other amenities when play resumes in the new year. Having two courts will mean more teams, more games, longer innings and the possibility of on-court practice! The new venue will be the Osterley Sports and Athletic Centre, 120 Wood Lane, Isleworth TW7 5FF [map].    The venue has free car parking
  • HPA hosts 53 athletes this off-season

    BaseballSoftballUK’s High Performance Academy class for the 2018-2019 off-season currently has a total of 53 athletes aged between 13 and 19 taking part -- 38 from baseball and 15 from fastpitch softball. The athletes were selected from tryouts held at Farnham Park in late September.  High Performance Academy training sessions began with the 2018-2019 HPA Launch and Baseline Testing Day held on 21 October 2018 to start the first half of the programme.  The HPA is run by top trai
  • Ed Blankmeyer to be keynote baseball speaker at the 2019 Coach Summit

    Ed Blankmeyer, the winningest coach in the history of the baseball programme at NCAA Division 1 St John’s University in New York City, has been announced as the keynote baseball speaker at BaseballSoftballUK’s 2019 Coach Summit. The 2019 Coach Summit will be held on Saturday 26 January at the Kents Hill Park Training & Conference Centre in Milton Keynes, and will consist of keynote speeches, discussions, workshops and seminars for baseball and fastpitch softball coaches, with con
  • BaseballSoftballUK seeks to expand its Commercial team

    BaseballSoftballUK is seeking to expand its Commercial team with a dedicated Events and Facilities Manager and a Content Marketing Executive. We would particularly welcome applications from women, ethnic minorities or those who identify as LGBTQ+.Skills and Experience As a growing sports development business with a need to demonstrate and develop our commercial relevance and independence, BaseballSoftballUK has identified that experience in the following roles and areas would be helpful for the
  • Loughborough 1s win North West University Indoor Softball title

    Six teams from four universities took to the courts on Saturday 17 November at Powerleague Trafford in Manchester to compete in the first University Indoor Softball Championship held in the North West. True to form, the Loughborough University first team (shown below) took the title, as they have at so many outdoor softball competitions, but the tournament featured a lot of close games and was highly competitive.Rules Games were played on five-a-side astroturf pitches and rules from the Manches
  • Alex Rodriguez: ‘If you can’t sell Aaron Judge, you can’t sell anyone’

    Despite being retired, ‘A-Rod’ is promoting baseball to UK audiences before the Red Sox face the Yankees next summer, but he says the sport sells itselfAlex Rodriguez is famous. Very famous. You’d probably know that Alex Rodriguez is famous without knowing who he is. He’s one of those people who, in that abstract way, just looks famous. He is probably still one of the most famous sportsmen in America, and certainly one of – if not the most – famous baseball pl
  • How to catch tickets for the Yankees v Red Sox in London next year

    NEW YORK YANKEES v BOSTON RED SOX Saturday 29 June 2019, 6:10 pm British Summer Time Sunday 30 June 2019, 3:10 pm British Summer Time London Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London E20 2ST A trip to see the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees slug it out IN LONDON next June might be the most exciting Christmas present ever! Hot off the press, here are some important guidelines released by Major League Baseball on about securing tickets for these games. Tickets will sell out very quickl
  • 'Stick to the plan!' Analytics, the Ryder Cup and the lessons for other sports | Sean Ingle

    Last week Thomas Bjørn admitted analytics played a big part in Europe’s Ryder Cup victory – the best teams are open to ideas no matter where they come fromThere is a scene in Moneyball, the story of how the Oakland A’s defied a tiny budget to come close to reaching the 2002 World Series, that neatly encapsulates the friction between gnarly, gum-chewing scouts and the newer wave of analysts who seek truths in spreadsheets.“You don’t put a team together with a
  • Winter Safeguarding update for baseball and softball clubs and teams

    According to BaseballSoftballUK Safeguarding Officer Mark Caress, the off-season is the perfect time for clubs and teams to get all their safeguarding administration and training out of the way, leaving next season free for the fun stuff -- playing! Below are some things to think about and some ways to accomplish this.DBS guidance The government’s Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has just updated its guidance on who needs to be checked, and it’s all to do with what activities in
  • MLB looks at claims Mariners management called Latino players 'lazy and stupid'

    Former employee makes allegations in social media postsSeattle Mariners say accusations are baseless and untrueMajor League Baseball is investigating claims made against the Seattle Mariners by the team’s recently fired training and conditioning director, who said team management had disparaged Latino players.The Mariners denied the allegations in a statement on Monday following Twitter and Instagram posts from Lorena Martin in which she claimed general manager Jerry Dipoto, manager Scott
  • Boston Red Sox celebrate emphatic World Series win with victory parade – video report

    Huge crowds lined the streets of Boston to celebrate the Red Sox's ninth World Series title. Confetti rained down on fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the baseball players, who have now been called the greatest team in Boston Red Sox history. The Red Sox won their fourth championship in the past 15 years with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5 of the series.
    Brilliant Red Sox crush Dodgers to win ninth World Series Continue reading...
  • We just saw the greatest team in Boston Red Sox history | Hunter Felt

    Alex Cora’s players started the season well, and just got better. No wonder owner John Henry called them the best Red Sox team ever
    As he lifted the World Series trophy, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry proclaimed the 2018 edition was “the best Red Sox team in history in so many ways”. It wasn’t surprising that Henry would be inspired to say that while he was caught up in the joy of victory; what was surprising was that he was probably right. The moment that the Red Sox de
  • Boston Red Sox beat Los Angeles Dodgers to win 2018 World Series – as it happened

    Full report: Red Sox win fourth championship in 15 years 3.52am GMT Manouk Akopyan’s report from Dodger Stadium: Related: Brilliant Red Sox crush Dodgers to win fourth World Series in 15 years3.49am GMT Final thoughtsDavid Price was still the biggest story here though. It’s impossible to imagine a player doing more to turn around his narrative in a postseason as much as Price did over the course of the last few weeks. He finally won his first playoff start to clinch the ALCS and then
  • Brilliant Red Sox crush Dodgers to win fourth World Series in 15 years

    As it happened: Boston Red Sox 5-1 Los Angeles DodgersBoston win best-of-seven series against LA 4-1Red Sox first baseman Steve Pearce started Game 5 of the World Series the same way he and his Boston teammates finished Game 4 – by sticking a dagger in the heart of the Dodgers.Mercifully for the battered Dodgers, there will be no more punishment. Boston used four home runs and seven spectacular innings from David Price to best Los Angeles by a score of 5-1 on Sunday night to clinch the bes
  • World Series 2018 Game 5: Boston Red Sox v Los Angeles Dodgers – live!

    Game 4 report: Red Sox one game from title after comebackEmail Hunter with your thoughts or tweet @HunterFelt 11.27pm GMT Well, so much for the idea that their disheartening loss in the Longest Game In World Series History was going to shift the momentum from the Boston Red Sox to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They came back from an 0-4 deficit late in last night’s Game 4, aided by a series of questionable moves by Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, pushing Los Angeles to the brink of elimination.Th
  • World Series 2018 Game 4: Boston Red Sox 9-6 Los Angeles Dodgers – as it happened

    Full game report: Red Sox roar back from 4-0 down 4.24am GMT Click here for Mike Coppinger’s report from Dodger Stadium: Related: Red Sox one win from World Series title after erasing 4-0 deficit against Dodgers4.20am GMT Dave Roberts handed this game to the Boston Red Sox. Period. @HunterFeltI think this doesn’t give quite enough credit to the Red Sox, who are just better team here, but certainly Roberts has made his share of confounding moments. Cora too probably made an error in k
  • Red Sox one win from World Series title after erasing 4-0 deficit against Dodgers

    As it happened: Boston Red Sox 9-6 Los Angeles DodgersRed Sox lead best-of-seven series 3-1 going into Game 5Bat dropped to the side, Yasiel Puig stretched his arms high toward the pitch-black sky. He knew immediately upon contact that with one crack of the bat, his Los Angeles Dodgers were about to even this World Series at two games a piece. After all, his three-run homer off Eduardo Rodriguez in the sixth inning lifted the Dodgers to a 4-0 lead, and when the Dodgers led by that much this seas

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