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  • BSUK is looking for a Commercial Manager

    BaseballSoftballUK is looking to recruit a new full-time permanent member of staff to lead on our commercial work. Baseball and Softball in the UK have come a long way in recent years, more than doubling the number of regular players from around 10,000 in 2008 to more than 24,000 today.  With both sports returning to the Olympic Programme in 2020, Major League Baseball running engaging events in this country and investment into baseball and softball from Sport England, this is an exciting t
  • Rory McIlroy's best moments, indoor cricket and expert drone destruction | Classic YouTube

    This week’s roundup also features baseball behemoth Aaron Judge, an inspired catch from a cricket fan and a furious bodybuilder1) With the Open starting, Rory McIlroy isn’t exactly firing on all cylinders. Let’s look back at some happier times, starting in 2007 when he burst on to the scene with a fine performance as an amateur at that year’s Open. Here he is winning the Silver Medal at Carnoustie. McIlroy had to wait a few years for his first major but managed it at the
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  • Chris Christie catches ball, gives it to young Mets fan, is booed anyway

    New Jersey governor already unpopular over beach incidentNew York baseball fans give vocal verdict on governor’s performanceA week after Chris Christie was called a “bum” during his stint as a sports radio host, the New Jersey governor’s guest role at a baseball game ended in similarly dismal circumstances. Christie attended the New York Mets’ game against the St Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night and showed off his athletic prowess – he was a good high school b
  • British baseball and softball join the party at MLB Battlegrounds event

    This past 4th July, London’s Hyde Park was transformed into a festival of baseball and softball, thanks to the hard work and vision of our friends at Major League Baseball. The MLB Battlegrounds event attracted 8,000 spectators for its main feature, a Home Run Derby held on the main stage of the British Summer Time Festival. Held as part of the week-long festival’s open house, thousands more who came through the park would have a chance to see the sport in action.  The Four
  • What's wrong with the Cubs? A backslide to mediocrity on Chicago’s North Side

    After their first World Series title in 108 years, the built-to-last Cubs appeared on the brink of a dynasty. This year it’s been back to black in WrigleyvilleThe Cubs are back. After flipping 107 years of history a season ago by winning the organization’s first World Series title since 1908, disappointment and losing have returned to the North Side of Chicago. Entering this season, the reigning champs had 4-to-1 odds to repeat as champs according to Las Vegas sports books and were c
  • Aaron Judge hits Marlins Park roof on way to Home Run Derby title

    6ft 7in New York Yankees slugger wins competition at first tryHome favorite Giancarlo Stanton goes out in first roundAaron Judge hit the glass behind left field that supports the retractable roof at Marlins Park. He drove balls over the home run sculpture in left-center, over the batter’s eye in center and — unusually for a Home Run Derby, to the opposite field, too. He even hit the roof.The 6ft 7in New York Yankees slugger dominated the All-Star Home Run Derby in the same manner he
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  • Scouting the next Vin Scully: All 30 MLB broadcast teams ranked

    David Lengel puts MLB’s 30 local telecasts to the test as he takes a tour round baseball’s broadcast boothsWith baseball’s lengthy regular season stretching from April to October, it’s not uncommon for fans to have the game on every night. Naturally, with 162 games, the broadcasters themselves become an enormous part of the fan experience.The hyper-local model which defines Major League Baseball also means that most fans have little idea what other local broadcasts are li
  • BSUK brings softball to the 2017 UK Corporate Games

    The latest edition of the UK Corporate Games was held on the weekend of 8-9 July in Nottingham, and, with softball featured as one of the core sports, BSUK was on hand to ensure the smooth running of the competition. Corporate Games, an event where professional organisations compete against one another in up to 23 different sports, are held annually across the globe, with the largest European event being held this year in Nottingham.Round-robin On a sunny Saturday morning, eight teams -- from Vo
  • Is Miami the worst place to celebrate the MLB All-Star game?

    The Miami Marlins owner is an ode to everything that’s distasteful about US sports. He is the least palatable host for baseball’s showcase
    For most owners in Major League Baseball, hosting the All-Star festivities this week would be a source of immense pride and a chance to show off their organization and city to a watching nation.But for the Miami Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, the mid-season showcase of baseball’s best talent is little more than a lucrative open house as he lo
  • Two teams emerge from junior sessions in the North West

    In October 2015, the BSUK development team in the North West created a junior baseball/softball programme in Trafford, Manchester, with the vision of creating a team and eventually a mini-league for juniors to compete in locally.  Since then, the programme has really come to fruition. The aim was to set up a cluster of junior sessions in the Greater Manchester area where young players, mainly in the 8-11 age group, could train each week and play one competitive game per school term. In Jan
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  • Manchester Academy takes gold at the Manchester School Games

    School teams from five Greater Manchester boroughs came together at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury on Wednesday 5 July in sunny weather to compete for the title of best Level 3 School Games softball team in the area.  Schools from Manchester, Rochdale, Stockport, Tameside and Wigan brought teams made up of Year 7, 8 and 9 students for a great day of competition.  Games were completed after two innings when everyone in the team had batted once, and teams tossed a coin to decide whi
  • The strange ambivalence towards MLB's home run blitz

    Players are hitting the ball out of the park at a record setting pace in 2017, yet their achievements are not receiving the attention some would have expectedBaseball is in the midst of a power explosion the likes of which historically has filled stadiums, driven ratings and created a new crop of home run-bashing American sports legends, yet the reaction this time around has been a little more ambivalent. Yankees rightfielder Roger Maris led the original power explosion in 1961 when he slugged a
  • The slang used in sports reporting – archive, 5 July 1910

    5 July 1910: The way US writers describe baseball might be unfamiliar to British readers but that style is in demandEditorial
    Baseball slang has long been the wonder of those who see American papers but are not familiar with the game, and though its position is too strong to need a defender it has found one in the Providence “Journal.” Some mild-mannered people have been asking for reports in plain English, and actually prefer “both teams played marvellously well” to &ldq
  • Editorial: the slang used in sports reporting – archive, 5 July 1910

    5 July 1910: The way US writers describe baseball might be unfamiliar to British readers but that style is in demandEditorial
    Baseball slang has long been the wonder of those who see American papers but are not familiar with the game, and though its position is too strong to need a defender it has found one in the Providence “Journal.” Some mild-mannered people have been asking for reports in plain English, and actually prefer “both teams played marvellously well” to &ldq
  • Umpire Angel Hernandez sues MLB over alleged racial discrimination

    Official says chief baseball officer has ‘history of animosity’Cuban-born umpire says white officials receive preferential treatmentAngel Hernandez, a big league umpire for nearly 25 years, sued Major League Baseball on Monday alleging racial discrimination.In a complaint filed in US District Court in Cincinnati, the 55-year-old Hernandez, who was born in Cuba and lives in Florida, alleges MLB chief baseball officer Joe Torre “has a history of animosity towards H
  • Second North West Series tournament is a hit in Manchester

    The second instalment of BSUK’s North West Series, a new co-ed slowpitch tournament series for recreational teams, was a smash hit in sunny weather at Parrs Wood High School in Manchester on Saturday 1 July. In fact, the first two instalments of the event have been so popular that a final tournament – North West Series 3 – will be held on Saturday 16 September to complete the series, and teams can enter here: https://bsuk.wufoo.eu/forms/z1aebp3l0czko88/.Format and extras The n
  • Will MLB’s novelty Hyde Park pitch help get baseball up and running in Europe? | Nick Miller

    MLB Battlegrounds is the first move towards bringing regular season games to Europe by 2019 but selling the sport is a trickier challenge than NFL and NBAIf you were at Hyde Park in London over the weekend, you could have gone to see Phil Collins or Justin Bieber. On Thursday, the Kings of Leon are on. But on Tuesday, 4 July, you’ll instead find the first truly committed steps towards introducing baseball to the UK.A two-year runup to regular season competitive games being played on this s
  • Herts Baseball Club announces a new tournament in memory of Kal Dimitrov

    Herts Baseball Club has announced a new event on the sporting calendar this summer, the Kal Cup, a special tournament to remember Kal Dimitrov and to celebrate the values of friendship and fair play he brought to British baseball. read more...Tag(s): Get in the Game
  • SportsAid gives ‘Backing the Best’ funding to three HPA athletes

    BaseballSoftballUK is delighted to announce that three GB baseball and softball athletes will be supported by SportsAid and Sport England's ‘Backing the Best’ campaign. Coby Hargan and Conor Baker-Latham (baseball) and Chelsie Robison (softball), who are all members of BSUK's High Performance Academy (HPA), will each benefit from a programme designed to support athletes who will face difficulties progressing through their sport’s talent development system without critical finan
  • 'Maximum tension, minimum release': why baseball produces so many brawls

    For a non-contact sport, baseball appears to involve plenty of fights. What is it about the game that produces confrontations?In 1986 I had the privilege of sitting next to the great Scottish sportswriter Hugh McIlvanney during the NFL’s first American Bowl at Wembley Stadium. One of the topics we discussed was the fascination that British fans have with baseball brawls, highlights of which seemed to occupy an unusual amount of time on British television – more, it seemed to me, than
  • International softball stars to run fastpitch clinics on 2 and 3 July

    Two international fastpitch softball stars will be taking part in the MLB Battlegrounds event in Hyde Park on July Fourth – and BSUK and MLB have now arranged for them to run special clinics for youth and adult players on 2 and 3 July. The players are Taylor Hoagland, a World and Pan Am Games champion with Team USA, who was also a First Team All-American at the University of Texas, and Karla Claudio, a pitcher and utility player with the Puerto Rican National Team, who attended Santa Fe Co
  • Mets promote Tim Tebow to Advanced A due to 'chase rates and exit velocity'

    Former NFL star has underwhelming average so far in baseball careerTwenty-nine-year-old will now play for St Lucie MetsThese are testing times for the New York Mets, with the team well off the pace in the National League East, star players injured and veteran players unsettled. And now Tim Tebow is creeping his way towards the major leagues.The Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL star is still a long way from an MLB appearance but he has been promoted from the Low A Columbia Fireflies to the Ad
  • Olympic and Paralympic sports come together to challenge UK Sport’s funding approach

    A group of 11 Olympic and Paralympic sports that receive no funding from UK Sport, including baseball and softball, have come out in strong opposition to the quango’s approach that leaves many top British athletes with no chance of ever reaching the Olympic stage. The group released a Manifesto to the media on 29 June titled “Every Sport Matters: A Call for a New Approach to Investment into Olympic and Paralympic Sport”, and the document asks Dame Katherine Grainger, the new Ch
  • Temperatures soar as players compete at the UK Little League Qualifiers

    By Luke Stott BSUK hosted the 2017 edition of the UK Little League Qualifiers at a sun-drenched Farnham Park on the weekend of 17-18 June, with places in Europe/Africa Little League qualification tournaments at stake for many of the teams. The winners of Europe/Africa qualification tournaments will go on to play in Little League World Series tournament later in the summer. As temperatures moved above 30 degrees, 17 teams from across the country gathered to compete across five different categorie
  • Archway School wins 2017 Gloucestershire School Games

    Hartpury College in Gloucestershire once again hosted the finals of the Gloucestershire School Games softball competition on Thursday 15 June, and after a hard day’s play, it was Archway School from Stroud that emerged victorious to retain their title from the previous summer. Ten schools, two each from the five School Games Organiser areas, entered the 2017 County Softball Finals under clear skies, and were split into two pools of five teams each for an initial round-robin.Pool A In Pool
  • Celebrate the Fourth of July with softball in Hyde Park!

    On Tuesday 4 July, BaseballSoftballUK is offering you a great day out in the capital: play some softball in the afternoon and go to a fan fest in the evening to celebrate the Fourth of July -- American Independence Day -- in a uniquely American way involving baseball, softball and the best of American food and drink! The '4th of July Softball Series @ Hyde Park' will include an introduction to softball for those who have never played before, followed by a series of fun, social games. Afterwards
  • BSUK to run social softball in Hyde Park to support MLB July 4 celebration

    On Tuesday 4 July, BaseballSoftballUK is offering you a great day out in the capital: play some softball in the afternoon and go to a fan fest in the evening to celebrate the Fourth of July -- American Independence Day -- in a uniquely American way involving baseball, softball and the best of American food and drink! The '4th of July Softball Series @ Hyde Park' will include an introduction to softball for those who have never played before, followed by a series of fun, social games. Afterwards
  • Second North West Series tournament to run in Manchester on July 1

    The second one-day slowpitch softball tournament in the North West Series, designed as a great introduction to softball for rookie teams or for C-grade and D-grade rec teams looking to have some fun, will be played on Saturday 1 July at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury, Manchester. The second installment of the series will include an instant raffle, and a ‘run tally' whereby players can take a guess at the total number of runs to be scored across the tournament by 2.00 pm for £1 pe
  • Successful HTP event attracts four new teams in Northampton

    A Hit the Pitch slowpitch softball evening held at Crispin Park, the home of Northampton Baseball Club, on Tuesday 13 June attracted four new teams from local companies to the sport. The event was planned to coincide with the club’s new open softball sessions, and was managed by BaseballSoftballUK and the Northamptonshire Sports Partnership.  It was promoted through the local CSP’s Workplace Challenge programme. The aim of the event was to promote the local club and BSUK’s
  • It could have changed NFL forever: the day the Royals drafted Elway and Marino

    Kansas City drafted two hall of famers in the 1979 MLB draft. They just happened to excel in a different sportThe 1979 Major League Baseball Draft was not particularly prosperous for the Kansas City Royals. They did not find their next great shortstop or big first baseman. Their top choice was a pitcher named Atlee Hammaker whose best years were as a San Francisco Giant. Most of their other picks were young men who would never breathe the air of a big league clubhouse.And then there were those t
  • Jason Holowaty appointed as BSUK Academy and HPA Director

    BaseballSoftballUK has announced that Jason Holowaty has been appointed as the Director of its Academy and High Performance Academy (HPA) programmes, and will take up the role on 1 July. Jason succeeds Will Lintern, who oversaw the creation of the High Performance Academy for both baseball and softball in 2013, following the provision of talent development funding from Sport England.Experience Jason Holowaty brings an exceptional background in talent development to the position, having headed up
  • Fastpitch development gets under way in Milton Keynes with Under-10s

    BSUK’s programme to develop fastpitch softball in England has expanded downwards in age with a highly successful Under-10s Fastpitch Day held on Saturday 13 May in Milton Keynes. The event took place at Conniburrow Sports Pavilion, a fully-fenced dirt softball diamond, and came about following a meeting between fastpitch clubs in Towcester, Leicester and Nottingham, who identified a need for localised youth competition for younger members in the Midlands. Two teams entered the event, from
  • Major League Baseball to bring star-studded Home Run Derby to Hyde Park

    Major League Baseball is planning to host an exciting Fourth of July party in London on the British Summer Time Hyde Park music festival site, mixing baseball, street food and music and culminating in a Home Run Derby featuring former stars from the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The free event, called MLB Battlegrounds, will run from 5.00-10.00 pm on American Independence Day, and will climax with a Home Run Derby on the Main Stage featuring former MLB players Carlos Pena, Cliff
  • Baseball in Hyde Park? MLB wants to stage games in Europe in 2019

    • Talks back on after discussions over match in London broke down last year
    • MLB to host Baseball Battlegrounds event in Hyde Park on 4 JulyMajor League Baseball still hopes to stage regular-season games in Europe for the first time in 2019.Talks over hosting a match at the London Stadium were abandoned last year, while MLB commissioner Rob Manfred met London’s mayor Sadiq Khan in September to discuss the possibility. Regular season matches have already been staged in Japan, Aus
  • New York Mets apologize after mascot Mr Met gives fans the finger

    Incident came after team’s loss to Milwaukee Brewers on WednesdayClub employee fired and will no longer wear mascot costumeMrs Met yet to comment on husband’s faux pas at Citi FieldThe New York Mets’ season hasn’t lived up to its promise with pitching struggles derailing a team tipped to compete for a place in the playoffs, and the pressure seems to have become too much for their mascot, Mr Met.On Wednesday night, as Mr Met made his way down the tunnel after his team&rsqu
  • Mr Met gave fans the finger after 'derogatory things about his mom'

    Fan claims Mr Met’s mother was being insulted by members of crowdClub employee will no longer wear mascot costumeMrs Met yet to comment on husband’s faux pas at Citi FieldThe New York Mets’ season hasn’t lived up to its promise, with pitching struggles derailing a team tipped to compete for a place in the playoffs, and the pressure seems to have become too much for their mascot, Mr Met.On Wednesday night, as Mr Met made his way down the tunnel after his team’s 7-1 l
  • More players, more chances: Herts Rec League launches

    Herts has added an exciting new element to its baseball and softball programme, with pay-as-you-go games for both experienced and novice players.  The Herts Rec League will run on Saturdays over the summer, with mixed teams playing time-limited games. The club has had another rush of new members this year, so the Herts Rec League project has been developed to give more game time to new players and provide a way to take part without committing to a full season.  Both baseball and softb
  • LondonSports Fan Appreciation Day (Sat 3 June at Wormwood Scrubs Park)

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  • Bryce Harper suspended four games, Hunter Strickland six, for MLB brawl

    Players came to blows after Strickland hit Nats star with fastballMajor League Baseball also fines both men an undisclosed amountCubs ace Jake Arrieta calls fight an ‘awesome’ spectacleSan Francisco Giants reliever Hunter Strickland has received a six-game suspension and Washington’s Bryce Harper four games for their roles in a benches-clearing brawl at AT&T Park.I love Bryce Harper. #Nats pic.twitter.com/LcMnIxNXka Related: Harper and Strickland trade blows as Nats-Giants
  • Harper and Strickland trade blows as Nats-Giants game descends into brawl

    San Francisco pitcher hits Washington star with 98mph fastballStrickland has to be dragged off field by three team-matesAt the weekend, Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper told Little Leaguers it is not OK to lose. He displayed that competitive spirit again on Monday as his brawl with San Francisco Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland led to the benches clearing. Strickland hit Harper with an errant 98mph pitch in the eighth inning. The outfielder waved his bat at Strickland, strode towards the m
  • Nationals star Bryce Harper's advice to Little Leaguers: It's not OK to lose

    Four-time MLB All-Star imparts wisdom to young players2015 National League MVP has little time for participation trophiesIt’s perhaps just as well that Bryce Harper plays for one of Major League Baseball’s best teams because, judging from a pep talk he gave to Little League players on Saturday, he really doesn’t like losing. The 2015 National League MVP spoke to a group of budding young players in Washington DC and made his philosophy clear. “As much as they might tell yo
  • Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and Kentucky senator, dies at 85

    Republican served two terms in Senate and 12 years in HouseBunning one of only 18 MLB pitchers to throw perfect game in modern eraJim Bunning, a former Hall of Fame pitcher who went on to serve in Congress, has died. He was 85.Bunning’s death was confirmed by Jon Deuser, who served as chief of staff when Bunning, who was from Kentucky, was in the Senate. Deuser said he was notified about the death by Bunning’s family. Continue reading...
  • How England paid the penalty again for an attack of the sporting yips | Richard Williams

    When the Under-17s lost a final they had all but won with a couple of misses from 12 yards it again underlined that English football’s version of the yips needs a long-overdue cureThe yips can take more than one form. Usually we think of the phenomenon in terms of an individual submitting to a technical meltdown: a golfer seizing up at the sight of a six-inch putt, a tennis player suddenly incapable of tossing the ball up for a serve accurately, or a bowler losing the ability to land the b
  • Hanshin Tigers' Takashi Toritani plays day after 90mph pitch breaks nose

    Toritani, 35, pinch hits one day after breaking nose on pitch to faceThird baseman extends streak of consecutive games played to 1,795Takashi Toritani’s iron-man reputation is intact after the Hanshin Tigers third baseman played one day after breaking his nose on a fastball to the face. Toritani wore a black face guard when he came to the plate as a pinch hitter during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Yomiuri Giants, buoyed by swells of applause from the home crowd at
  • UK Little League Qualifier set for Farnham park, 17-18 June

    BSUK and the British Baseball Federation will host the 2017 UK Little League Qualifiers (UKLLQ) over the weekend of 17-18 June at Farnham Park. Following the success of Little League Baseball in the UK over the past few years, the hope is that the 2017 tournament will have an increased number of teams in each age category, making it the largest-ever UK Little League event. With the exception of the U11/Coach Pitch and U11/Minors tournaments, the winner at each age group will earn the right to re
  • UK Little Legaue Qualifier set for Farnham park, 17-18 June

    BSUK and the British Baseball Federation will host the 2017 UK Little League Qualifiers (UKLLQ) over the weekend of 17-18 June at Farnham Park. Following the success of Little League Baseball in the UK over the past few years, the hope is that the 2017 tournament will have an increased number of teams in each age category, making it the largest-ever UK Little League event. With the exception of the U11/Coach Pitch and U11/Minors tournaments, the winner at each age group will earn the right to re
  • Third Manchester LGBT tournament thrives in the rain

    On Saturday 20 May, BSUK and Pride Sports celebrated diversity in hosting the third annual LGBT Charity Softball Tournament at Parrs Wood School in Didsbury, Manchester. This year’s event had the largest entry so far, with 10 teams including two brand-new teams formed exclusively for the tournament – the Chester Drawers from Rapid News and the Independent Options from a charity based in Stockport.  The remaining entrants were rookie teams from the Manchester and Sefton Softball
  • 28 May: GB Lions vs NBL All Star Game at Farnham Park

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