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5th October 09
BASEBALL BLOGS

28th September
USA DEFENDS WORLD CUP:

27th September
USA DEFEATS CUBA TO TAKE GOLD AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP SUNDAY:

26th September
RESULTS FROM SATURDAY

25th September 2009
LATEST FROM THE BASEBALL WORLD CUP:

24th September
BASEBALL WORLD CUP LATEST UPDATES:

22nd September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP FINAL EIGHT BEGINS TUESDAY IN ITALY

21st September
Final Eight Nations Set, Seedings To Be Determined Monday As Baseball World Cup Reaches Championship:

September 18th
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES

17th September
THURSDAYS RESULTS
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17th September 2009
DUTCH & CUBANS REMAIN UNDEFEATED AT BASEBALL WORLD CUP
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16th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

13th September 2009
SUMMARIES AND NOTES FROM BASEBALL WORD CUP

12th September 2009
2009 BASEBALL WORLD CUP...RESULTS AND NOTES FOR END OF ROUND ONE

11th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP RESULTS AND NOTES:  DAY THREE

10th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY TWO RESULTS AND NOTES

9th September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP DAY ONE SUMMARIES


22nd September 2009
BASEBALL WORLD CUP FINAL EIGHT BEGINS TUESDAY IN ITALY:

FINAL RESULTS FROM MONDAY - RESCHEDULED GAMES:

USA 4 AUSTRALIA 3: 
Trevor Plouffe hit a two-out, two-strike walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth off Timothy Cox to give USA a 4-3 win over Australia Monday in Bologna, giving the U.S. the top seed in Group A heading into the World Cup final round. The USA had taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the sixth on Justin Smoak’s World Cup-leading ninth home run and a Jon Weber RBI ground out, but Australia took the lead back in the seventh, scoring one run on an error and another on a Daniel Berg sacrifice fly.  The lead was short lived, however, as the U.S. again tied the score in the bottom half of the inning on a Plouffe ground out that scored Tug Hulett from third. Australia had a chance to re-take the lead in the ninth, but reliever Ehren Wassermann got catcher Andrew Graham on a line out with runners on first and second to end the inning and set things up for the dramatics in the bottom of the ninth.

ITALY 7 NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 6: 
Juan Carlos Infante’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth scored Jairo Ramos and pushed Italy to a 7-6 win over the Netherlands Antilles in both teams' final World Cup game.  The two teams traded leads five times in the game, before Rafael Jozepha scored on an error to give Netherlands Antilles a 6-5 lead in the top of the eighth.  In the bottom of the ninth, Mario Chiarini’s one-out double scored Davide Dallospedelle with the tying run, and set up Infante’s game-winning sacrifice fly.

THE FINAL EIGHT: 
Monday’s play completed the eight-nation field that will move on to the final round. Those eight nations are The United States, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Netherlands, Australia, Canada and Chinese Taipei.

TUESDAYS POOL PLAY GAMES: 
Australia-Cuba (Grosetto), USA-Venezuela (Firenze), Chinese Taipei-Netherlands (Messina) and Canada-Puerto Rico (Nettuno)

WINNERS REMAINING IN THE FIELD: 
Of the eight teams advancing to the final round, four have won at least one of the 38 previous World Cups. Cuba is the leader with 25, followed by the United States (3), Venezuela (3) and Puerto Rico (1). The last European country to win was also the first - Great Britain in 1938. The last Asian team to win was Korea in 1982. Australia’s best finish was sixth in 2007

HOST COUNTRIES:
 
This is the first time the Baseball World Cup was held in multiple nations since its formation in 1938 - Italy will host the final for the fourth time, after hosting it in 1978, 1988, and 1998. Cuba has won all three times Italy has hosted the World Cup.

THE WORLD CUP IN EUROPE:
This is the seventh time Europe has hosted the World Cup. Great Britain hosted and won the inaugural Cup in 1938, defeating the United States, other than Italy (three times), the Netherlands hosted the World Cup in 1986 and 2005. Other than the win by Great Britain in 1938, all of the other six World Cups held in Europe have been won by Cuba.

GLOBAL HOSTS OF THE CUP:
Cuba has hosted the Cup the most times (10), while Nicaragua (5), Italy (4) and Colombia (4) have been the hosts the second and third most.  Each of the three North American countries, the United States (1974), Mexico (1951) and Canada (1990) have hosted the event once. Japan (1980), Korea (1982) and Chinese Taipei (2001 and 2007) have been Asian hosts. Venezuela has hosted the event three times and the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica have hosted the Cup once.

2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup Final Round Team Capsules:

POOL F (SECOND ROUND RECORD VS. REMAINING TEAMS IN PARENTHESIS):

#1 NETHERLANDS (2-1):

How it got here: #1 seed in Pool F . . .faces Chinese Taipei (1-2, #4 Pool G) in Messina on Tuesday . . .finished tied atop Pool F at 6-1 with Cuba and Puerto Rico, finished tied with Puerto Rico in the runs-allowed-to-tied-teams tie-break criterion (seven each, Cuba was eliminated with eight runs allowed), then won the head-to-head tie-breaker against Puerto Rico, having defeated it 5-2 in Round 2. . .enters final round with a 2-1 record (record against other three teams from Pool F to advance). . .received a bye to the second round as a host nation.

Current world rank: 6
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 4th place (two times – 2005, 2007)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (4th place)

#2 PUERTO RICO (2-1):

How it got here: #2 seed in Pool F. . .faces the Canada (1-2, #3 Pool G) in Nettuno on Tuesday. . .finished tied atop Pool F at 6-1 with Cuba and the Netherlands, finished tied with the Netherlands in the runs-allowed-to-tied-teams tie-break criterion (seven each, Cuba was eliminated with eight runs allowed), then lost the head-to-head tie-breaker against the Netherlands, having been defeated by the host nation 5-2 in Round 2. . .enters final round with a 2-1 record (record against other three teams from Pool F to advance). . .finished #2 in Round 1 Pool B in Barcelona at 2-1.

Current world rank: 10
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 1st place (1951)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (8th place)

#3 CUBA (2-1):

How it got here: #3 seed in Pool F. . .faces Australia (1-2, #2 Pool G) in Grosseto on Tuesday. . .finished tied atop Pool F at 6-1 with the Netherlands and Puerto Rico, but lost in the runs-allowed-to-tied-teams tie-break criterion (eight runs, against the Netherlands and Puerto Rico’s seven each). . .enters final round with a 2-1 record (record against other three teams from Pool F to advance). . .finished a perfect 3-0 in opening round Pool B competition in Barcelona.

Current world rank: 1
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 1st place (25 times - 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1961, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (2nd place)

#4 VENEZUELA (0-3):

How it got here: #4 seed in Pool F. . .faces the United States (3-0, #1 Pool G) in Firenze on Tuesday. . .finished tied with Korea for the #4 seed, but won the head-to-head tie-breaker, having defeated the 2008 Olympic champions, 4-1, in Round 2. . .enters final round with a 0-3 record (record against other three teams from Pool F to advance). . .was the #1 in Pool E after going a perfect 3-0 in Round 1 action in Regensburg, Germany.

Current world rank: 9
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 1st place (three times – 1941, 1944, 1945)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (12th place)

POOL G:

#1 UNITED STATES (3-0):

How it got here: #1 seed in Pool G. . .faces Venezuela (0-3, #4 Pool F) in Firenze on Tuesday. . .finished the second round at 7-0. . .enters final round with a 3-0 record (record against other three teams from Pool G to advance. . .was the #2 seed at 2-1 coming out of opening round Pool E in Regensburg, Germany.

Current world rank: 4
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 1st place (three times in 1973, 1974, 2007)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (1st place)

#2 AUSTRALIA (1-2);

How it got here: #2 seed in Pool G. . .faces Cuba (2-1, #3 Pool F) in Grosseto on Tuesday. . .finished the second round at 5-2. . .enters final round with a 1-2 record (record against other three teams from Pool G to advance). . .was second in Round 1 Pool A in Prague at 2-1.

Current world rank: 11
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 6th place (2007)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (6th place)

#3 CANADA (1-2):

How it got here: #3 seed in Pool G. . .faces Puerto Rico (2-1, #2 Pool F) in Nettuno on Tuesday. . .finished the second round at 5-2. . .enters final round with a 1-2 record (record against other three teams from Pool G to advance). . .dominated Pool C in the first round in Sundyberg ( Stockholm ), Sweden , going 3-0.
Current world rank: 8
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 5th place (four times in 1974, 1980, 1982, 1988)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (9th place)

#4 CHINESE TAIPEI (1-2);

How it got here: #4 seed in Pool G. . .faces the Netherlands (2-1, #1 Pool F) in Messina on Tuesday. . .finished the second round at 5-2. . . enters final round with 1-2 record (record against other three teams from Pool G to advance). . .came into Round 2 at 1-2 after qualifying in Prague as one of the four-best Round 1 #3 seeds.

Current world rank: 5
Best World Cup result (year(s)): 2nd place (1984)
Most recent World Cup (result): 2007 (8th place)

NOTES:

CROWDED TRAFFIC ON THE WEB: 
The IBAF’s official site, http://www.facebook.com/l/8cba5;Ibaf.org has attracted over 250,000 visitors and several million page views in the first two weeks of the world cup, coming from over 150 countries, an increase of over 60% from during its last heavy visit period which was the Beijing Olympics.