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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


28th September
USA DEFENDS WORLD CUP:

Sunday’s 10-5 win by the USA over Cuba in Nettuno, Italy gave the USA its fourth World Cup, and their second consecutive title. They defeated Cuba 6-3 for Gold in Chinese Taipei in 2007 as well. It is the second time USA has won back-to-back World Cups, having done so in 1973-74. It was just the second time that the USA beat Cuba for Gold. Cuba now leads the finals matchups 6-2. The USA’s circuitous route to the title saw them play games in eight cities (Regensburg, Germany and seven different Italian cities) during the three weeks. Texas Rangers prospect Justin Smoak was named World Cup MVP, while Tampa Rays prospect Jon Weber (.412 3 HR 13 RBI)  and Philadelphia Phillies farmhand Terry Tiffee were named All-World Cup Pitchers. Lucas Harrell, a Chicago White Sox prospect, and Atlanta Braves prospect Todd Redmond both went 3-0 for Team USA.

WORLD CUP SUPERLATIVES:

TOP HITTER: Paco Figueroa, Spain (17-35, .500)
BEST ERA: Matt Kniginyzky Canada (2-0, 0.00 ERA in 18 innings)
MOST RBI: Rene Reyes, Venezuela (23 RBI)
MOST HOME RUNS: Alfredo Despaigne, Cuba 11 *
MOST RUNS SCORED: Rene Tosoni, Canada (18 runs)
BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Angel Sanchez, SS, Puerto Rico


ALL WORLD CUP TEAM:

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER Justin Smoak, USA (.291 9 HR 22 RBI)
Starter: Norge Vera, Cuba
Reliever: Trystan Magnuson, Canada
Catcher: Sydney deJong, Netherlands
1B: Justin Smoak USA
2B: Hector Olivera Cuba
3B: Shawn Bowman Canada
SS: Hainley Statia, Netherlands
OF: Alfredo Despagne, Cuba, Miguel Abreu, Puerto Rico, Jon Weber, USA
DH: Terry Tiffee, USA


LARGEST TELEVISION AUDIENCE EVER FOR THE WORLD CUP:
Sunday’s final was broadcast on the MLB Network in the United States, Eurosport2 across Europe, ICRT in Cuba, RAI Sport in Italy and on tape delay on ESPN STAR Asia, making it the most widely broadcast final in the World Cup’s 71 year history.  In addition to the final, World Cup country-specific games were shown live or on tape delay on NOS in the Netherlands, TVES in Venezuela,  VIASAT in Sweden,  TV4 in Nicaragua, CzechTV in the Czech Republic, WIPR in Puerto Rico and on NBC Universal’s Spanish language channel in the United States, WAPA TV, giving the event its largest broadcast footprint.

WORLD CUP BRINGS RECORD TRAFFIC TO http://www.facebook.com/l/19ec5;IBAF.ORG The IBAF’s official site, http://www.facebook.com/l/19ec5;Ibaf.org attracted over 750,000 visitors and over 12 million page views through the World Cup, coming from over 170 countries, an increase of over 70% from during its last heavy visit period, which was the Beijing Olympics.

ATTENDANCE MARKS: 
Further evidence of baseball’s growth in Europe was seen throughout the tournament. Leading the way was Regensburg, Germany, which saw crowds in excess of 5,000 for almost all of the three days of competition in the first round, highlighted by a Friday night crowd of almost 10,000 fans for USA-Germany. At other first round sites, Sweden had a capacity crowd of over 2,100 for Saturday’s final day and strong crowds approaching 1,500 on the others. Spain had overflow crowds on both Friday and Saturday in excess of the 1,500 seating capacity for their games with Puerto Rico and Cuba and Prague had an overflow of 2,500 for Saturday and crowds in excess of 1,500 for Friday, all positive signs of growth. The Netherlands drew crowds of over 3,000 for their home games, capped by a near-capacity of 4,000 in Rotterdam for their game with Cuba. The Gold Medal game in Nettuno, Italy drew a sellout of 4,600.   

FUTURE STARS ALIGN: 
Over 120 players from 17 countries under contract with Major League teams participated in the three weeks of the World Cup, the largest professional international tournament in the history of the sport.  Also there were 25 players with Major League experience who participated in this year’s World Cup. Both the numbers of prospects and veterans were records for the event.

CUBA MEDALS AGAIN: 
Despite their loss in the final. Cuba continued their consecutive run of medals in the World Cup. They have taken Gold in 25 of the 29 World Cups in which they have played, and have taken two silvers and two bronze medals in the other four. They had won all three of the World Cups held in Italy (1978, 1988, 1998) prior to Sunday’s loss.

CANADA, AUSTRALIA LAND BEST-EVER FINISHES:
Canada’s 6-2 win Saturday over Puerto Rico gave them the Bronze medal, their best-ever finish, while Australia’s 4-1 win over the Netherlands on Saturday gave them a fifth place finish, their best ever. Canada’s previous best was fifth on three different occasions, while Australia’s previous best was sixth in 2007. Kansas City Royals prospect Tim Smith (.414  2 HR 10 RBI), Future’s Game MVP, Eastern League All-Star and Minnesota Twins prospect Rene Tosoni (.357 3 HR 16 RBI) and  Milwaukee Brewers farmhand Adam Stern (.333 1 HR 9 RBI) led the hitting,  while pitchers Matt Kniginyzky (2-0, 0.00 ERA in 18 innings), a Kansas City Royals prospect,  Toronto Blue Jays prospect Trystan Magnuson,  and Brewers prospect Nick Bucci (0.00 ERA in 14 innings) led the pitching staff.

PUERTO RICO USES MIX OF YOUTH AND EXPERIENCE TO TAKE FOURTH:
Puerto Rico used a mix of veterans and prospects to finish fourth, matching their best overall performance since 1976 (they also finished fourth in 1990). Baltimore Orioles prospect Miguel Abreu was an All-World Cup selection, leading the team in hitting at .380, while Toronto Blue Jays prospect Angel Sanchez (.333) finished second and was named top Defensive Player.  Puerto Rico had a tournament high NINE players with Major League experience on their roster in addition to their rising stars.

NETHERLANDS CONTINUES AS EUROPE’S ELITE: 
The Netherlands continued their spot as Europe’s top country, finishing sixth, after taking fourth in each of the last two World Cups. San Francisco Giants prospect Sharlon Schoop hit .364, while Los Angeles Angles prospect Hainley Statia (.333) took all tournament honors, along with leading hitter and veteran Sidney deJong.

GEOGRAPHIC DOMINANCE A RARITY: 
The top four finishers - USA, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Canada - all came from the same geographic region, something which had not happened in World Cup competition since 1974, when the USA, Nicaragua, Colombia and the Dominican Republic finished 1 through 4.

ASIAN NATIONS MISS OUT:
With Chinese Taipei finishing eighth, it marked the first time since 1974 that no Asian team medaled at the World Cup. Korea (9) and Japan (10), two traditional baseball powers, had their lowest-ever finishes. Korea had never finished lower than eighth (1988) while Japan had never finished lower than fifth (1998 and 2005).

MINNESOTA TWINS PROSPECTS, DRAFTEES PLAY BIG ROLES: 
Many of the MLB organization-high 14 players under contract to the Minnesota Twins played prominent roles in the World Cup. They included Puerto Rico’s Nelvin Fuentes (1.42 ERA), the USA’s Trevor Plouffe  (.287 3 HR 7 RBI), leading Canadian hitter Rene Tosoni (.357 3 HR 16 RBI), the Netherlands top pitcher Tom Stuifbergan (1.80 ERA) , leading Australia hitter Luke Hughes (.286 4 HR 12 RBI), and pitchers Liam Hendriks (2.57 ERA) and Matthew Williams (2-0). The Twins had 23 total players who originally signed with or currently under contract with the Twins, play in the World Cup.

NEW YORK METS PROSPECTS AND VETS ALSO MAKE AN IMPACT:
 
Besides the Twins prospects in the World Cup, the New York Mets organisation was represented by 13 players, eight current and five former players. Canadian infielder Shawn Bowman was selected to the All-World Cup team (.275 3 HR, 15 RBI), while Team USA first baseman Ike Davis, the club’s 2008 first round pick and organisation Player of the Year in 2009, hit .308 with 2 HR and 4 RBI. Canada’s Jonathan Malo hit .263, while Aussie infielder Stefan Welch hit .259 with 3 HR 11 RBI. Puerto Rico’s roster had five former Mets players not currently signed to an MLB team, including Jose Santiago, Raul Casanova, Luis Matos, Jose Valentin and Juan Padilla.  Valentin led the team with 10 RBI.

PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES SIGNEES PLAY ROLES AS WELL:
Australia’s Tim Kennelly and Joel Naughton, two Phillies Prospects, were key in the Aussie’s best-ever finish. Kennelly hit for average (.273) and power (three home runs, nine RBI), while Naughton (.464, eight RBI) was key as well.  USA’s All-World Cup pick Terry Tiffee (.357 4 HR 20 RBI), who spent the season with Lehigh Valley, also had a solid tournament.

PIRATES FUTURE CHIMES IN:
A group of Pittsburgh Pirates prospects also made an impact in the World Cup, including USA’s  Pedro Alvarez, a New York native who set the record with three home runs in one game (3), and pitcher Brad Lincoln, who went 2-0 in four appearances with a 2.70 ERA.  Australia’s Christopher Snelling, who spent the season at AAA Indianapolis, also hit .240 as a key starter in their best-ever finish. There are also six current Pittsburgh Pirates who helped USA win the Gold in 2007.

RANKINGS UP NEXT: 
Following the World Cup, the new country-by-country rankings will be announced in the next week.