• LYBL Wins First-Ever MLB Cup London

    The countdown to the London Series officially began in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on Sunday as the London Youth Baseball League (LYBL) took home the inaugural MLB Cup London trophy. The all-day event began with a fastpitch competition and concluded with six Little League baseball games, all on a specially created field immediately next to London Stadium. The penultimate game of the day, which decided the title, was a rematch of the 2019 UK Little League Championship. The day started with
  • Mets pitcher Jason Vargas threatens to 'knock out' reporter after team's loss

    Club’s manager also swears at Newsday reporter Tim HealeyMets blew lead against Chicago Cubs amid frustrating seasonNew York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging at him during a confrontation in the team’s clubhouse after a loss on Sunday.The confrontation with Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Reporters asked repeatedly after th
  • MLB Elite Tournament hosted in UK for first time

    Major League Baseball (MLB) announced rosters today for its Elite European Development Tournament, which is being held at BaseballSoftballUK’s Farnham Park Baseball & Softball Complex from June 25-27. A total of 90 players from 13 European countries, including two from the U.K., will take part in the event, which is part of the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019 legacy events. The Elite European Development Tournament (EDT) will be held in the U.K. for the first time ever this
  • Fastpitch Softball Development Manager needed in the UK

    BaseballSoftballUK (the Development Agency for the two sports in Great Britain) and the British Softball Federation are seeking a full-time Fastpitch Development Manager (FDM) to initiate and support the delivery of fastpitch softball development programmes, raise awareness of the format, recruit more women and girls to the sport and monitor, support and improve GB Fastpitch Softball national team programmes. Key job responsibilities will include:Working with other development staff to target ar
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  • Baseball returns to Folkestone after 100 years

    Baseball returned to Folkestone after a gap of 100 years on Sunday 16 June when the CANUK Warriors took on the Buccaneers Baseball Travel Team at Three Hills Sports Park in Folkestone in the Great War Baseball Game supported by Folkestone Town Council.  The match, organised by local enthusiast Andrew Taylor of the Folkestone Baseball Chronicle, was enjoyed by a large crowd that witnessed the Kent-based Buccaneers win by a score 13-1. The Canadian team had been recruited entirely from servi
  • Severn Vale claims Gloucestershire School Games title

    Hartpury College in Gloucestershire once again hosted the county finals of the Gloucestershire School Games softball competition on Friday 14 June. What followed, in what some would call challenging conditions, was a great day of softball between some very capable and talented players, with Severn Vale emerging as champions. With nine schools participating, two groups were drawn, with teams from the same qualifying district kept apart. In Pool A, reigning champions Farmors succumbed to a heavy
  • Rays to explore splitting home games between Tampa Bay and Montreal

    Rays given approval to explore playing home games in two citiesClub has consistently ranked among MLB’s worst in attendanceThe Tampa Bay Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball to explore the possibility of becoming a two-city team, splitting home games between their current stadium in St Petersburg and Montreal.MLB commissioner Rob Manfred made the shock revelation at the owners meeting in New York on Thursday, saying the structure would face several major hurdles before
  • David Ortiz shooting was case of mistaken identity, attorney general says

    AG says Ortiz was not intended target in shootingAt least 11 people have been arrested in case so far Former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was shot in the back by a gunman who mistook him for the real target, another man who was seated at the same table at an outdoor cafe, Dominican officials said Wednesday.The Dominican Republic’s attorney general and national police director told reporters that the attempted murder was ordered from the United States by Victor Hugo Gomez, an associate of Me
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  • Colorado police looking for man in brawl at baseball game involving 7-year-olds

    Authorities investigating fist fight during youth baseball gameFour people involved have been cited for disorderly conductColorado authorities say they are investigating a fist fight between adults over a teenage umpire’s calls during a youth baseball game involving 7-year-olds.Related: Weapons and drugs not welcome: how pushy parents ruined US youth sports These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We're looking for any info, in
  • Kids pay for parents' brawl at Colorado baseball game involving 7-year-olds

    Authorities investigating fist fight during youth baseball gameAssociation cancels all remaining games for both teamsFour people involved have been cited for disorderly conductThe season is over for a group of young baseball players in Colorado because of the fist fight that broke out among adults during a game. Related: Weapons and drugs not welcome: how pushy parents ruined US youth sports These adults took over the field and began assaulting each other on 6/15 during a youth baseball game. We
  • Boyd, Carlson recount Buckner’s role in first MLB events in London

    In this piece, BaseballSoftballUK CEO John Boyd introduces a piece by Mike Carlson, headquartered in London as the former MLB EMEA Director, and a long-time supporter of baseball in Britain. Carlson's piece on Bill Buckner and the first MLB event in Europe is linked after Boyd's recollections (with Carlson pictured above in centre between then-Blue Jays coach Bob Dider and Buckner). Be sure to follow the link and subscribe to Carlson's site while you are there. You can also follow him
  • Police identify man they claim paid hit men to shoot Red Sox star David Ortiz

    World Series champion was attacked in Dominican RepublicDR authorities say they are closing on motive Dominican authorities on Monday identified the man they believe paid hit men to try to kill David Ortiz. They added that they were closing in on the motive behind the shooting of the three-time World Series champion, who is recovering at a hospital in Boston. The man was identified as Alberto Miguel Rodriguez Mota, whom authorities say is a fugitive. The announcement was made as a judge held a h
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  • Footage indicates sophisticated attack on former Red Sox hero David Ortiz

    Video indicates new level of sophistication in attack on OrtizEx-Red Sox slugger was shot on Sunday in Dominican RepublicDominican prosecutors say witnesses and security camera footage show that the attempt to kill former Red Sox star David Ortiz was carried out by two men on a motorcycle and two other groups of people in cars, indicating a new level of sophistication in the attack. Related: Former baseball star David Ortiz wounded in Dominican Republic shootingContinue reading...
  • UK Little League Qualifiers send teams to Europe

    The largest Little League Qualifying tournament ever played in this country survived some early rain and high winds to provide a great weekend of youth baseball on 8-9 June at Farnham Park and determined two teams that will move on to Europe/Africa Qualifiers later in the summer. The weekend, in which the LondonSports organisation took three of the five divisional titles, had its full share of home runs, double plays and dominant pitching.  But the outstanding feature was the teamwork, cam
  • Former baseball star David Ortiz wounded in Dominican Republic shooting

    Former Boston Red Sox slugger was at an entertainment centre when the shooting took placeFormer Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz has been shot and wounded in the Dominican Republic.His father Leo Ortiz told ESPN that he was shot while at an entertainment centre in Santo Domingo on Sunday. Continue reading...
  • St Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs to play Mitel & MLB Present London Series in 2020

    Less than a year after the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox bring Major League Baseball to London for the first time at the end of June, the Mitel & MLB Present London Series will be reprised on 13-14 June 2020 at London Stadium with a two-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. The announcement was made on 7 June by Major League Baseball (MLB), the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the Mayor of London.Iconic teams The Cubs, a charter member
  • Registration open for MLB Cup London 2019 Workshops

    As you will already be aware, Major League Baseball (MLB) will be hosting two regular season MLB games in Europe for the very first time. Two giants of baseball, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will lay claim to one of the most heated rivalries in professional sport on June 29th and 30th in the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019. To celebrate, MLB will be hosting four workshops and a Q&A session as part of MLB Cup London 2019, focusing on specific elements of the game to
  • Twenty teams to contest UK Little League Qualifiers this weekend

    Another new record will be set over this coming weekend – 8-9 June at Farnham Park – when 20 teams converge on the site for the 2019 UK Little League Qualifiers, eclipsing last year’s turnout of 19 teams. The tournament will be run by BaseballSoftballUK across five age groups and categories, and the winners from the three oldest groups – Under-13, Under-15 and Under-17 -- will go on to represent the UK in Europe/Africa Little League Qualification Tournaments later in the
  • Scotland wins historic Battle for Britain Baseball Tournament

    In a closely-contested weekend of baseball in Hadlow, Kent, played on 25-27 May, Baseball Scotland triumphed in a six-team competition hosted by the Kent Buccaneers. The event was the first ever in England to feature baseball teams from Ireland, Scotland and England, with the host Kent Buccaneers and All-Star teams from the North, Southwest and West Midlands representing the latter.  Very few games were decided by more than one or two runs and there were plenty of heroics along the way. Mar
  • A goalscoring referee, Derby moments and Cricket World Cups in England | Classic YouTube

    Also featuring a singing bowler, all-English Champions League battles and ice hockey heroes1) Cricket’s coming home? The World Cup starts at The Oval, the tournament back in England for the first time in 20 years. So here’s some choice moments from previous World Cups on English soil: “It was almost as if they were having batting practice.” Richie Benaud expresses his bemusement with Sunil Gavaskar’s famous go-slow against England at Lord’s in 1975, where West
  • Albert Almora in tears after striking child with foul ball in Cubs-Astros game

    Outfielder’s line drive enters stands and hits girlCubs player consoled by teammates after accidentA young fan at Wednesday night’s game between the Cubs and Astros was struck by a foul ball hit by Albert Almora Jr, shaking up the Chicago center fielder.Almora hit a fourth-inning line drive into the stands down the third base line, where it hit a young girl. He immediately put his hands on his head and took a couple of steps toward the stands. He then fell to his knees near the plate
  • BSUK supports local youth baseball initiative in Kent

    BaseballSoftballUK is working in partnership with the Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) to deliver a community development programme during the summer holidays in mid-Kent to get young people from lower socio-economic groups involved with baseball. The project, part of an initiative called Get Active, follows work that BaseballSoftballUK has done in Kent over the past two years with two housing associations, Golding Homes and SPARK Housing, through partnerships with Kent Sport and now the
  • Baseball team sorry for video equating Ocasio-Cortez with 'enemies of freedom'

    Fresno Grizzlies apologize for ‘misleading’ Memorial Day videoVideo equated Ocasio-Cortez with Kim Jong-un and Fidel CastroA minor-league affiliate for the Washington Nationals has apologized to US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for the “misleading and offensive editing” of a Memorial Day tribute video shown in the stadium that appeared to equate the New York lawmaker with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and former Cuban president Fidel Castro.The Fresno Grizzlies
  • BSUK to support festival celebrating the first recorded baseball game

    The first documented game of baseball was played in Ashley Park, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey in 1749, and in a summer when the London Series will give baseball its highest-ever UK profile, BaseballSoftballUK will be supporting a festival on Sunday 7 July in Walton to celebrate the fact that “Baseball’s Coming Home”. That first documented baseball game was played on the estate belonging to the wife of Charles Sackville, Earl of Middlesex, who played in the match, and another of th
  • Mets call-up takes 112-mile Uber to stadium then belts sealing homer

    Rajai Davis, 38, arrived during third inning after 5pm call-upVeteran spent about $230 on Uber to stadium from Allentown
    Rajai Davis took batting practice Wednesday afternoon in Allentown, Pennsylvania. The 38-year-old outfielder ended his night hitting a three-run homer that capped a thrilling eighth-inning rally for the New York Mets.“It was a normal day when it started,” Davis said after a memorable 6-1 win over the Washington Nationals.First career at-bat in a #Mets uniform.@raja
  • Extra BSUK Slowpitch Academy session to be held at Farnham Park

    Following very successful first sessions for BaseballSoftballUK’s Slowpitch Academy, held indoors in West London on 27 April and 4 May, it has now been announced that the Academy will hold an outdoor session at Farnham Park on Saturday 22 June. Instruction in batting, fielding and throwing will be delivered from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm, with a lunch break in between, and the cost for the day will be £25. These sessions, like those held earlier in London, will be led by Robbie Robison, f
  • Baseball's 106mph barrier: have pitchers reached the limits of their velocity?

    The 100mph fastball used to be a rarity: now it’s an everyday occurrence in Major League Baseball. But the human body may not be built for such speedsSidd Finch was almost too good to be true. The rookie pitcher, while in spring training with the New York Mets, was reported to have shattered pitching records by throwing a 168mph fastball with pinpoint accuracy. Proclaimed as a yogi and virtuoso on the French horn, Finch was in fact, too good to be true, the subject of an elaborate April Fo
  • BSUK to run company softball tournament to honour the London Series

    BaseballSoftballUK is planning a special company slowpitch softball tournament on the Fourth of July at Farnham Park, the 2019 Thames Valley Softball Challenge, just a few days after the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will have played the inaugural London Series games at London Stadium. As a special incentive, any company that registers a team for the tournament by Friday 21 June will be entered into a draw for one pair of tickets to the Yankees v Red Sox game on Saturday 29 June. The tour
  • New youth baseball club starts up in Kent

    Players at a new youth baseball club that started at the end of March in the Herne Bay area of Kent, with support from BaseballSoftballUK will soon test their skills with some friendly games against neighbouring teams from Kent and Essex. The Kent Crushers were founded earlier this year by Ross Pressnell, a qualified football coach who picked up a love of baseball from travelling each year to visit family in Canada.  When Ross’s third son, Stanley, decided he wanted to play baseball
  • Two new members join BSUK’s Development and Commercial teams

    Two new members have joined BSUK over the past month: Nicole Napier as a Partnerships Development Manager and part of the organisation's Development Team and Gabriel Fidler as the organisation’s new Content Marketing and Partnerships Executive, part of the Commercial Team.NICOLE NAPIER Nicole began her role at BaseballSoftballUK in mid-April, and one of her key responsibilities will be the development and management of strategic relationships with partners in East London to deliver legacy
  • Two new members join BSUK’s Commercial and Communications team

    Two new members have joined BSUK’s Commercial and Communications team over the past month: Nicole Napier as a Partnerships Development Manager and Gabriel Fidler as the organisation’s new Content Marketing and Partnerships Executive.NICOLE NAPIER Nicole began her role at BaseballSoftballUK in mid-April, and one of her key responsibilities will be the development and management of strategic relationships with partners in East London to deliver legacy plans from the MLB London Series b
  • BSUK planning schools survey in advance of London Series games

    Major League Baseball games will be played for the first time in London at the end of June 2019 and again in 2020, and baseball and softball will be included in next year’s Tokyo Olympics. With the interest and excitement around baseball and softball that these events will generate, BaseballSoftballUK (BSUK) would like to work with SGOs and schools to set up new baseball/softball programmes and further support those schools that already play one or both of the sports. But first, BSUK woul
  • Was Kawhi Leonard's buzzer beater the best game killer in US sports history?

    After the Toronto Raptors sealed victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the death, we look at other great deciding moments in sports Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer beater on Sunday night will live as one of basketball’s greatest buzzer beaters. What else are the greatest moments that occurred as the clock struck zero? We have five (along with some honorable mentions) to conjure memories of the times when nobody could quite believe what they had just seen. Continue reading...
  • Was Kawhi Leonard's buzzer beater the best game killer in sports history?

    After the Toronto Raptors sealed victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the death, we look at other great deciding moments in sports Coming in the same playoffs as Portland’s Damian Lillard’s 37-foot heave to eliminate the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer beater on Sunday night will live on as one of basketball’s greatest buzzer beaters. What else are the greatest moments that occurred as the clock struck zero? We have five (along with some honora
  • BaseballSoftballUK supports MLB to deliver London Series legacy events

    Events and activities designed to create a lasting legacy from the Mitel & MLB Present London Series 2019, the first Major League Baseball games in Europe, are set to launch later this month and BaseballSoftballUK, the development agency for the two sports in Britain, is playing a role to support MLB in delivering a number of these initiatives. Activities will run from late May through to September, but the centrepiece of the summer will be the two regular-season MLB games between the New Y
  • Nine teams battle for LGBT Tournament trophy in Manchester

    The sun shone in Manchester on Saturday 11 May as BaseballSoftballUK hosted the fifth annual LGBT Charity Softball Tournament at Parrs Wood School in Didsbury. Nine teams competed for the chance to take home the coveted first-place trophy, as colourful bunting and pride flags illuminated the sidelines and players got into the spirit, donning rainbow face paint and accessories.Fundraising The atmosphere, as has become customary for this tournament, was carnival-like, with a coconut shy where com
  • Athletes are shot dead all the time in the US. It makes grim, tragic sense

    Three young athletes were shot to death in the last week alone. When you factor in race, guns and politics in the US, tragedies are inevitable“A senseless act of violence.” That’s how University of New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez described the 4 May shooting death of 23-year-old UNM baseball player Jackson Weller. But he might just as easily have been describing the killing that same day of 14-year-old football phenom Jaylon McKenzie, shot along with a 15-year-o
  • BaseballSoftballUK looking for volunteers for London Series events

    The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will be playing the first-ever MLB games in Europe on 29 and 30 June at the London Stadium, and the week leading up to the games will be filled with events and activities for fans and especially for children and young people.  Now, MLB has asked for our assistance to put out a call for volunteers from the baseball/softball community to help run these events during Britain’s biggest-ever baseball and softball celebration. Volunteers will be need
  • Red Sox coach Alex Cora will not visit White House due to Puerto Rico policies

    Boston to meet Donald Trump after World Series win last yearCora unhappy with response to Hurricane Maria devastationThe Boston Red Sox manager, Alex Cora, will not be with his team on Thursday when they visit the White House to celebrate their victory in last year’s World Series.El Nuevo Dia said Cora has declined the invitation because Puerto Rico, where he was born, continues to struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria, which hit the island in September 2017. Last year, Cora criticized
  • Indians ace Corey Kluber breaks forearm after being hit by line drive

    Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner breaks arm in 4-2 lossTimetable for Kluber’s return to be clarified on ThursdayCorey Kluber got hit hard again, and the last line drive really hurt.The struggling Cleveland Indians right-hander broke his right forearm when he was hit by a comebacker during a 4-2 loss to the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. Continue reading...
  • The rise of the ambidextrous cricketer

    Will the emergence of Kamindu Mendis inspire other cricketers to try batting, bowling and fielding with both hands?By John Stern for Wisden Cricket MonthlyFor most of us, the sight of Kamindu Mendis on his international debut in Colombo last year bowling left-arm orthodox spin to Jason Roy and then switching to right-arm off-breaks to the left-handed Ben Stokes brought a frisson of novel excitement. Five thousand miles away in Brisbane, John Buchanan was thinking: “What took you so long?&r
  • Successful BSUK Slowpitch Academy to be extended to Manchester

    Following a very successful first session for BaseballSoftballUK’s Slowpitch Academy, held indoors in West London on 27 April, it has now been announced that the Academy will be repeated in Manchester in early June. A full day of sessions on batting, fielding and throwing will be held in Manchester on Saturday 1 June, and sessions on positional specifics and game scenarios will be held on Saturday 8 June – both outdoors on the playing fields at Parrs Wood School in East Didsbury. Th
  • Mind games: the cold war race to produce a superhuman

    The US and Soviet Union both believed people could control time, read minds and ignore pain. And, reveals The Men on Magic Carpets, their psychic experiments played out in the sporting arenaCandlestick Park, San Francisco, 1964. The wind is whipping off the Bay on a typically cold night at the ballpark. Mike Murphy takes his seat in Section 17. A jazz band pipes up and the vendors shout their wares: Hamm’s or Falstaff beers, Oscar Mayer hot dogs with Gulden’s mustard. Murphy is close
  • Mind control, levitation and no pain: the race to find a superman in sport

    The US and Soviet Union both believed people could develop superpowers. And, reveals The Men on Magic Carpets, their psychic experiments played out in the sporting arenaCandlestick Park, San Francisco, 1964. The wind is whipping off the Bay on a typically cold night at the ballpark. Mike Murphy takes his seat in Section 17. A jazz band pipes up and the vendors shout their wares: Hamm’s or Falstaff beers, Oscar Mayer hot dogs with Gulden’s mustard. Murphy is close enough to talk to th
  • BaseballSoftballUK Announces London Series Ticket Raffle

    BaseballSoftballUK has purchased a small selection of tickets to see the New York Yankees face the Boston Red Sox at the Mitel & MLB London Series on 29 and 30 June at London Stadium, and some of these will be raffled off! Five pairs of tickets for each game will be available in the BSUK raffle, with raffle tickets costing £10 each. The winner of the raffle will receive two (2) tickets for either Saturday 29 June or Sunday 30 June. The tickets are Category 8 tickets with a face value
  • North West Series gets under way in 2019 with Comp and Rec days

    The North West Co-ed Slowpitch Series returned to Manchester for its third year on the weekend of 13-14 April with a one-day Rec Tournament on the Saturday and a Comp Tournament on Sunday.Rec Tournament Saturday kicked off a little on the chilly side, but some breaks in the cloud allowed the sun to shine through from time to time. Ten teams entered the Rec competition, including three teams who were so new that this was their tournament debut following some excellent recruitment by both the Manc
  • BSUK reserves London Series tickets for baseball and softball volunteers

    BaseballSoftballUK has secured a number of tickets for the inaugural Mitel and MLB Present London Series 2019 between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at the London Stadium on 29 and 30 June and will use them to reward the contributions made by volunteers in the British baseball and softball communities. To buy these tickets, priced at £60 and £80 plus booking fee and shown as Seat Categories 7 and 8 on the seating diagram, volunteers from the groups set out below will need to
  • Slowpitch modular coaching courses set to run in London on 12 May

    Two three-hour modular courses open to all slowpitch coaches and players – one on slowpitch pitching and the other on drills for beginner coaches -- will be delivered in London on Sunday 12 May by GB Slowpitch Assistant Coach David Lee, pictured above. Both courses will take place at Park Academy West London, Park View Road, Uxbridge UB8 3GA. The module on slowpitch pitching will run from 10.00 am-1.00 pm, and the module on drills will run from 1.30-4.30 pm.  The cost to attend
  • Softball featured at Youth Sport Trust Girls Active Coaches Camp

    BaseballSoftballUK was invited for the second straight year to showcase the sport of softball at the annual Youth Sport Trust Girls Active Coaches Camp, which took place from 5-7 April at Loughborough University. The three-day residential camp provides 150 young female coaches aged 15-17 with the opportunity to learn and develop their skills through workshops, mentoring and practical sessions across a range of “new” sports, which this year also included boccia, badminton, football,
  • How $161m slugger Chris Davis ended up in the worst slump in MLB history

    Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis just set a new record for the longest hitless streak in MLB history. It’s possible we’ve never seen a hitter this lost at the plateThe beauty of professional baseball is that it has been around for 150 years and yet, still, sometimes fans will witness something without precedent. Supposedly unbreakable records fall. At times players find themselves in situations that defy logic. And sometimes these aren’t moments of triumph, but of he

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