• Deadline extended to enter UK Little League Qualifier

    BaseballSoftballUK will host the 2018 UK Little League Qualifiers (UKLLQ) over the weekend of 16 and 17 June and we are pleased to confirm the following teams' participation in this year's edition of the tournaments:U11 Coach Pitch:  Leicester Little Sox, London Mets and LondonSports Storms U11 Minors:  London Mets, LondonSports Storms, LYBL Bulldogs U13 Majors:  London Mets, LondonSports Storms, LYBL Bulldogs U15 Juniors:  London Mets, LYBL Bulldogs U17 Seniors:  Londo
  • Say it ain't so, Joe! How 1919 informs America's entire worldview on gambling

    A society’s century-long distrust of sports betting can be traced to the night of 21 September 1919, when the Black Sox went nationalAmerica’s century-long distrust of sports betting can be traced to the night of 21 September 1919. That’s when several members of baseball’s Chicago White Sox met with gambling boss Arnold Rothstein in a New York hotel room to throw the following month’s World Series. Related: UK bookmaker values rise by over £1.5bn as sports bet
  • Mariners slugger Robinson Canó banned 80 games for positive drug test

    Eight-time All-Star banned 80 games for violation of drug policyCanó, 35, tested positive for the banned substance furosemideSeattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Canó, an eight-time MLB All-Star and one of baseball’s highest-paid players, has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a banned substance.The office of the commissioner of baseball announced on Tuesday that Canó was suspended without pay effective immediately after testing positive for furosem
  • Preparations under way for largest-ever Manchester LGBT Tournament

    BaseballSoftballUK’s North West development team is gearing up to host the largest-ever Manchester LGBT Softball Tournament on Saturday 16 June at Parrs Wood High School in Didsbury. The tournament began with six teams in 2015 and had nine teams in 2016 and 10 in 2017.  In 2018, the event,  which celebrates the diversity of the softball community, is expected to gain further teams. This year, the Manchester LGBT Softball Tournament is open to players of all standards, with teams
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  • GB Softball and Baseball athletes win Backing The Best awards

    Two young athletes each from the GB Softball and GB Baseball programmes have won Backing The Best awards, managed by SportsAid on behalf of Sport England, for 2018. They are Chelsie Robison and Sian Wigington from GB Softball and Coby Hargan and Joe Rawcliffe from GB Baseball. The Backing The Best programme was launched in 2016, with £5.5 million of National Lottery funding over a four-year period, to support athletes who would face difficulties progressing through their sport’s tale
  • Softball and Scouts come together at Farnham Park

    Around 30 girls and boys aged 10-14 from the 1st Hedgerley Scouts Group in Farnham Common, plus a number of adult Scout leaders, had what for most of them was a first taste of softball at Farnham Park on the early evening of Friday 4 May. The session was run by BSUK’s Fastpitch Development Manager Johanna Malisani, assisted by GB Under-13 Manager Julie Spittle and GB players Holly Newell and Dan Patterson. The young Scouts all took to the game, and Scout Leader Jenny Davies said, “1
  • Saint Peter's baseball team storms to victory ending 77-game losing streak

    Peacocks last won a game nearly two years ago in May 2016Team finished with 0-38 record last season and are 1-39 in 2018It was a good Sunday for the Saint Peter’s baseball team: they trotted to a 7-1 victory over Iona and barely looked troubled all afternoon. The only problem was what had come before: a 77-game losing streak dating back to 19 May 2016, when they scraped past Rider 8-7.That streak included a few close games but it was mostly a tale of massacres for the Peacocks. In a partic
  • Losing my cricket religion but can novelty of baseball fill the gap? | Matthew Engel

    As Britain’s summer sport continues its slump, the narrative and brevity of its US cousin increases in appealA sporting series of astonishing power, passion, tension and intensity was played out in New York this week. Baseball’s great traditional rivals, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, played three games that each swung violently. Finally – while Britain slept on Friday morning – the Sox, having lost two, clung on breathlessly for a consolation win in the third.T
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  • Free-falling New York Mets lose to Reds after batting out of order

    New York undercut rally by batting out of order in first inningFourth-place Mets have dropped 16 of 23 games after 11-1 startThe New York Mets have found many ways to self-destruct through the years, but Wednesday’s gaffe was one of the most creative yet. The free-falling National League club batted out of order in the first inning of an afternoon game against the lowly Cincinnati Reds, erasing an Asdrubal Cabrera double and undercutting a early rally in an eventual 2-1 defeat at Great Ame
  • Will Yankees-Red Sox in London break the NFL's UK stranglehold?

    Former Channel Five baseball co-host David Lengel believes Major League Baseball can make a splash in Britain despite a late startFor the tightly knit baseball community scattered throughout the UK and Ireland, Tuesday’s announcement from Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred and London mayor Sadiq Khan was as big as it gets: the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play a pair of regular-season games at London’s Olympic Stadium in June 2019.For folks like myself, co-hos
  • Red Sox and Yankees confirmed to meet in London MLB games

    London Stadiums to host games at end of June 2019Boston will be designated as home team in LondonThe New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the London Stadium next year.“We are bringing you one of the best rivalries in baseball,” said the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred. Boston will be the home team for both of MLB’s first games in Europe on 29-30 June 2019. The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 in a baseball configuration. Rel
  • Red Sox and Yankees confirmed to meet in London MLB double-header

    London Stadiums to host games at end of June 2019Boston will be designated as home team in LondonThe New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will face each other in two regular-season games at the London Stadium next year.Boston will be the home team for both of MLB’s first games in Europe on 29 June and 30 June 2019. The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 in a baseball configuration. Continue reading...
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  • Major League Baseball will be played in London next June

    Tuesday 8 May 2018 -- Major League Baseball will be played in London in 2019 – and in a very real sense, that means the game is coming home. One of the most fabled rivalries in sport will be transplanted to English soil, where baseball had its origins, on 29 and 30 June next year when the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox square off in a two-game regular-season series at the London Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2012 Olympic Games. The long-awaited announcement was made at a pr
  • Ichiro Suzuki: the secretive superstar who defied baseball's steroid era

    The Japanese outfielder has all but retired from playing at the age of 44. And he showed you didn’t need huge muscles to make a Hall of Fame careerThe baseball world into which Ichiro Suzuki walked in 2001 was one of swagger, bravado and brawn. Only two years before, Nike marketed baseball with an unfortunate slogan: “Chicks dig the long ball.” Everything was about home runs. The game’s steroid era was at its peak, still a year away from a scandal that would expose slugge
  • London Stadium set to host Red Sox-Yankees games next year

    Mayor and MLB commissioner holding press conference on TuesdayWest Ham’s stadium layout makes it well suited for baseballMajor League Baseball will announce next week that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games at the London Stadium on 29 and 30 June next year, a source has told the Associated Press.
    The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has scheduled a press conference for Tuesday with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred but has not announced the subject matter.“I’ve nev
  • UK Little League Qualifier to be held at Farnham Park on 16 & 17 June

    BaseballSoftballUK will host the 2018 UK Little League Qualifiers (UKLLQ) over the weekend of 16-17 June at Farnham Park.  With Little League revising the playing ages for several age divisions, the 2018 edition of the UKLLQ will have the following age groups playing:U11/Coach Pitch - Ages 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 (players must be 10 or younger before 1 September 2018). U11/Minors - Ages 7, 8, 9 or 10 (players must be 10 or younger before 1 September 2018)." U11/Minors - Ages 7, 8, 9 or 10 (player
  • All-Star Series shows university baseball and softball growth

    Seventeen different universities from across the UK sent representatives to the fourth annual British University Baseball & Softball All-Star Series held at Farnham Park on Saturday 21 April. Building on the introduction of a women’s baseball game last year, the All-Star Series this year featured the debut of a slowpitch softball game as part of a three-game series that also included men’s and women’s baseball games, with each event being contested by Southern and Northern
  • Baseball For Beginners Sessions Return for 2018!

    The London Mets are proud to welcome new players to the sport of baseball. The Baseball For Beginners (B4B) program is a summer-long program that is designed to teach new players (or those looking for a refresher) everything they need to know about the game in order to play including throwing, catching, hitting, running, and all the rules of the game. Each week will focus on the different drills needed to play baseball as well as fun, exciting games to help new players put what they've learned
  • BUBS All-Star Event back this Saturday—and bigger than ever!

    The fourth edition of the British University Baseball & Softball (BUBS) All-Star Event will take place this Saturday, 21 April at Farnham Park. An event that began with the BUBS All-Star Baseball Game in 2015 expanded to include women’s baseball in 2017 and this year slowpitch softball will make its debut With 17 different universities represented, the event is sure to be a colourful celebration of a fantastic university baseball and softball season.North v South With each event being
  • 'We play too much': Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo calls for shorter season

    Cubs’ first baseman says MLB’s 162-game season is too longRizzo says he’s OK with shorter season even with smaller payChicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo believes that baseball’s 162-game schedule is too long.The three-time All-Star said Tuesday in a radio interview on Chicago’s WMVP-AM that he thinks the season should be shorter even if it means a smaller paycheck for players. Related: Nationals' Bryce Harper hits startling broken-bat home run in win over Mets
  • Nationals' Bryce Harper hits startling broken-bat home run in win over Mets

    Harper hits broken-bat home run in first inning off Jacob deGromSlumping Nats come together for 8-6 victory over surging MetsBryce Harper hit a startling, broken-bat homer early, then grounded a key single during a six-run surge in the eighth inning that sent the Washington Nationals past the New York Mets 8-6 Monday night.The Nationals rallied against five pitchers in their big burst, winning for just the fourth time in 13 games. The Mets had been off to the best start in franchise history behi
  • Yankees and Red Sox brawl at Fenway after New York player gets hit by pitch

    Newest chapter of famed rivalry kicks off with bench-clearing brawlYankees snap Boston’s nine-game winning streak with 10-7 victoryThe fuse has officially been lit in the newest chapter of the ramped-up Yankees-Red Sox rivalry.Zim v Pedro. A-Rod v Varitek. Munson v Fisk.Benches clear, punches thrown in Yankees-Red Sox after Tyler Austin is hit by a pitch from Joe Kelly. pic.twitter.com/wvqoak8QMV Continue reading...
  • BaseballSoftballUK seeks Independent Non-Executive Director of Finance

    BaseballSoftballUK is seeking an Independent Director of Finance for its Board. This is a voluntary position with the remit to help form and influence the strategic direction of the organisation. We would particularly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities.Skills and Experience As a growing sports development business with a need to develop our external profile, BaseballSoftballUK has identified that the following skills and/or experience in the area below would be necessary:Fin
  • BaseballSoftballUK seeks Independent Non -Executive Director of Finance

    UK is seeking an Independent Director of Finance for its Board. This is a voluntary position with the remit to help form and influence the strategic direction of the organisation. We would particularly encourage applications from women and ethnic minorities. Skills and Experience As a growing sports development business with a need to develop our external profile, BaseballSoftballUK has identified that skills and/or experience in the area below would be necessary:Financial / AccountancyAbout Bas
  • Japanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani drawing early Babe Ruth comparisons

    Japanese import continues to shine as both pitcher and hitterOhtani flirted with perfect game for six-plus innings on SundayJapanese two-way star Shohei Ohtani continued to display Babe Ruth-like brilliance in the early stages of his Major League Baseball career as he flirted with a perfect game while pitching for six-plus innings in a Los Angeles Angels victory on Sunday.The 23-year-old rookie allowed just one hit and struck out 12 over seven scoreless innings as he improved to 2-0 as a pitcher
  • Masters moments, remembering Ray Wilkins and the best bicycle kicks | Classic YouTube

    This week’s roundup also features more NCAA drama, the evergreen Ichiro Suzuki and Football Italia nostalgia1) The Masters starts on Thursday, so let’s dip into the archive. Bob Goalby seizes the moment after a scorecard error by Roberto De Vicenzo’s partner meant the Argentinian signed for a 67 rather than the 66 he had gone round in. Tiger Woods’s return to form and prominence gives us an excuse, if one was needed, to relive that famous 16th-hole chip in 2005. And has a
  • Stanton silences boos with massive homer as Ohtani equals Babe Ruth's feat

    Yankee hits redemptive homer after hearing boos in home debutJapanese star hits homer days after winning as starting pitcherWith one swing of the bat on Wednesday afternoon, Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton managed to turn the boos he absorbed from New York fans during his home debut the night before into rapturous cheers. The Yankees’ high-priced slugger lined an 88mph slider from Tampa Bay Rays starter Blake Snell into the second deck in left field during the first inning on Wednesday f
  • Yankees fans boo Stanton after strikeouts as Ohtani equals Babe Ruth's feat

    Yankees slugger says he was ‘awful’ during win over Tampa BayJapanese star hits homer days after winning as starting pitcherMuch was expected of Giancarlo Stanton when he arrived in New York this season but after hitting two home runs in the season opener he was booed by Yankees fans on Tuesday night.Stanton was booed after the first five-strikeout game of his 11-season professional career during the Yankees’ 11-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. “I was awful today,” he
  • Spring hasn't sprung: New York Yankees opener called off to due to snow

    Several inches of snow leave Yankee Stadium blanketed in whiteGame against Tampa Bay Rays will now be played on TuesdayBaseball, a game that is often all about cold beer and hot dogs on a warm day, didn’t feel quite so seasonal in New York on Monday as the Yankees spring opener was postponed ... due to snow.New York has been hit by a series of snowstorms in the last month and the latest came on 2 April with the city waking up to several inches of snow on Monday morning. By mid-morning the
  • Sports quiz of the week: Joshua v Parker, World Cup winners and a mascot

    Who won at home? Who is a proud dad? And who fears for his place? Related: José Mourinho or Donald Trump: who said it? Eight countries have won the World Cup. Which three of them lost to other World Cup-winning nations in the international break?Netherlands, France and ItalyEngland, Uruguay and GermanyGermany, Italy and ArgentinaPortugal, France and Argentina One is from Watford. The other is from Auckland. Where do they meet on Saturday?LondonLas Vegas Cardiff New York Joshua has won all
  • Baseball, Latino America's pastime, faces new challenges in age of Trump

    Latinos account for 31% of professional players and a growing percentage of the fanbase but many owners line up with presidential policies seen as hostileIn between rounds of batting practice in the Florida sun, the Venezuelan-born Minnesota Twins catcher Willians Astudillo comes over and takes off his catcher’s mask, revealing a mess of blond-highlighted curly hair. Related: 'We used to have a lot of fans': baseball in a slump amid Venezuela crisisRelated: The long decline – and pos
  • MLB 2018 predictions: Stanton's 70 homers and Dodgers-Astros power struggles

    Will the World Series be a repeat of 2017? Who will be the best pitcher in baseball? Our writers give their verdicts as the new season beginsMost of baseball’s speed-up rules will be a gigantic flop. Fans and players will hate the new mandate that puts a runner on second base to start every extra inning. Baseball has been tinkered with for generations but this is a fundamental change that will destroy the flow of the game. LC Related: Shohei Ohtani: the future of baseball or empty hype?Rel
  • LA Dodgers game abandoned after sewage lake forms in foul territory

    Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles: ‘I smelled it. It was nasty, man’Leak blamed on water-main leak at Dodger StadiumSpring training came to a repulsive end on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.The exhibition finale between the Angels and Dodgers was cut short because of a foul-smelling leak that spilled sewage onto the field in the fifth inning. Related: Shohei Ohtani: the future of baseball or empty hype? I’m down here in the bowels (pun intended) of the flood outside the #Dodgers
  • Shohei Ohtani: the future of baseball or empty hype?

    Baseball’s most intriguing property has been billed as the first two-way star since Babe Ruth, but questions about the Angels’ prized import still outnumber answers as opening day looms
    He is a particular species of baseball flower that’s never been known before, at least not in the last century: a right-handed pitcher endowed with breathtaking 103mph heat and a left-handed hitter who sprays balls into both gaps when he’s not tattooing them into the seats, all in one baby
  • Here comes the meat and cheese armageddon: MLB stadium foods 2018

    With the Major League Baseball season getting under way this week, here’s a sampling of the food items on sale at ballparks around America (and Canada) Continue reading...
  • March Madness, Tiger Woods back in form and a flying scorpion kick | Classic YouTube

    This week’s roundup also features an Australian Grand Prix washout, the best of Gigi Buffon and an outrageous rally move1) Formula One 2018 is go, go, go – starting with Sunday’s Australian Grand Prix. Since moving to Melbourne Park, the race has become a regular curtain-raiser, but it used to end the season when held on the streets of Adelaide. Here’s a potted history of the race, and Ralf Schumacher taking off on the first lap in 2002. The 1991 edition was the shortest
  • Didsbury Donuts triumph in Manchester Juniors League game

    Didsbury Donuts came out on top in the first game of 2018 in the Manchester Juniors Baseball/Softball League on Sunday 18 March at Powerleague Trafford. In a nail-biting face-off between the Urmston Ripper Nippers and the Didsbury Donuts, the teams battled for the win until the final minutes.  The Donuts’ Toby O’Sullivan was awarded MVP honours for the game following his spectacular performance and three-run home run in the final inning that clinched the win for Didsbury. In th
  • Sources say Fantasy Baseball UK is “in the best shape of its life” for 2018

    Fantasy Baseball UK, the free-to-play online fantasy baseball game, is back for 2018! Heading into its 15th season, the game could be considered something of a veteran player on the scene but is enjoying a new lease of life. For the past two seasons, the game expanded with two new competitions alongside the main game and FBUK was able to offer a range of prizes thanks to the support of BaseballSoftballUK. Not only will these features return in 2018, but the team are working hard o
  • Nottingham Arrows Retain National University Softball Championship

    By Luke StottWith staff and players alike battling the after-effects of unusually inclement weather at Farnham Park on the weekend of 10-11 March, the University of Nottingham Arrows successfully retained their National University Softball Championship (NUSC) title. With only Field 1 being fully operational for the tournament after heavy rain, temporary diamonds were set up in the outfields of the remaining pitches to ensure the tournament could proceed as planned. However, this resulted in sli
  • Simon Mortimer receives Torch Trophy Trust Volunteer Award

    A prestigious award for Outstanding Service in Volunteering was presented to GB Women’s Team Manager Simon Mortimer at the 55th Annual Torch Trophy Trust Awards on the evening of Wednesday 7 March. The ceremony was held at the Army and Navy Club in London’s Pall Mall. The Torch Trophy Trust is an organisation that exists to encourage and reward volunteers in sport.  Its President is Sir Bobby Charlton, and many famous names in sport make up its Board and Trustees.  Tro
  • Why a road name is stirring up the Red Sox's troubled color-line history

    Tom Yawkey was the last team owner of his era to field a black player. And now his legacy is being debated once again as Boston change the name of Yawkey WayLast week, the Boston Red Sox confirmed they would change the name of Yawkey Way, the street just outside Fenway Park where fans gather before the game. The Sox were direct about the reason for the decision: “[Changing Yawkey Way’s name to] Jersey Street ... is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to
  • AMOS International hosts baseball and softball course

    Early in February, students from AMOS International, a Sports Business School based at Coventry University, participated in three days of lectures on baseball and softball development. This was the second time the school has run this course, with plans to make it an annual event. The course was led by Will Lintern, BaseballSoftballUK’s former National Development Manager and Head Coach of the GB U18 Baseball Team, and included sessions on gender equality, developing culture, delivering spo
  • Ollie Thompson selected for MLB Academies Tournament

    GB Under-23 baseball player Ollie Thompson has been selected by the MLB Scouting Bureau to play in the 2018 MLB European Academies Tournament, which will be held in Sant Boi, near Barcelona, Spain, from 20-28 March. This year, Ollie is the sole British athlete to be chosen, but last year he also made the roster for the annual event along with Conner Brown. Ollie played for the Essex Arrows last season in the National Baseball League and  made his international debut for the GB Junior Team i
  • Former All-Star pitcher Loaiza arrested with over 20kg of heroin or cocaine

    Former White Sox pitcher held in San Diego on felony charges46-year-old’s bail set at $200,000; will appear in court this weekThe former All-Star pitcher Esteban Loaiza is in prison on charges of possession of over 20 kilos (44lbs) of heroin or cocaine. The 46-year-old is being held on $200,000 bail and also faces charges of possession of narcotics for sale and possession and transportation of narcotics for sale.Loriza was arrested in San Diego on Friday and will appear in court on Wednesd
  • Youth Mix-n-Match 8th April

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  • Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson traded ... to New York Yankees

    Four-time Pro Bowler has played minor league baseballWilson highly unlikely ever to play in major leagues Not content with adding the National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to their set-up this off-season, the New York Yankees have decided to pick up a Super Bowl champion.On Wednesday, the Yankees picked up the Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson from the Texas Rangers in return for future considerations. As well as the small matter of leading the Seahawks to victory in the Super Bowl fou
  • Team UK announces provisional under 10s squad for 2018 Super Cup

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  • The Birmingham Bandits are now a part of the National Baseball League

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  • Opening Day for the NBL: 8 April 2018

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  • BaseballSoftballUK seeks nominations for YST Girls Active Camp

    BaseballSoftballUK has been given the opportunity to send two young female players to the Youth Sport Trust's Girls Active Camp and are seeking nominations from the baseball & softball community. The camp will be held at Loughborough University from Friday 23rd to Sunday the 25th of March 2018 and is open to women aged between 16-18 and in full-time education. The camp is free to attend. If you would like to nominate a young female player please email us and tell us why the person you&rsquo

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