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Jonny Gould

November 2011

It's the end of an era folks! Mr. La Russa you are a true icon of the sport and retiring after the most amazing season of baseball for your team and for you as their manager, just adds even greater certainty that you are Hall of Fame bound.

Tony La Russa UK baseball salutes you.

September 2011

Triple Play After Ball Bounces Off Centerfielder's Head

"Check this out fellow-baseball nuts.........


"Here's a great bit of European baseball news guys & girls.

Italian third baseman Alex Liddi has been promoted from Triple-A Tacoma, and joined the Mariners on Tuesday! Liddi will be making his Major League debut and will be one of 18 rookies to play for the Mariners this season.
Liddi, 23, will become the first player born and raised in Italy to play in the Major Leagues. He led the Pacific Coast League with 121 runs scored this season and became just the second player in Tacoma history to combine 100 runs and 100 RBIs in the same season. In 138 games with Tacoma he hit .259 with 32 doubles and 30 home runs.

Alex, a three-time MLB All-Star Futures Game player, is the first player to come through Major League Baseball’s European Academies system and be called up to the big show. Alex trained at the FIBS Academy in Tirrenia, Italy and was selected numerous times to attend the MLB European Academy. He was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Mariners organisation in 2005.

For more information on European baseball Twitter @MLB_Europe and Facebook to get all the latest news.

I'm off to practice my HR swing."


July 2011

How Jose Bautista Went From Baseball Vagabond To The Game's Best Slugger | ThePostGame

June 2011

Dear Fellow Baseball-Nuts,

Check this story out - baseball "lubricating" the wheels of business"!!!


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"Realignment at last!"

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"Check this out guys and girls - even mighty Barcelona are feeling the pinch"

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"You've read the book now see the film!"

Moneyball (2011) Movie Trailer - HD - Brad Pitt

The story of Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane's successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis.

Because Gary Neville really needs to concentrate on improving his pitching.

Never liked him as a footballer - even worse at baseball (but not as bad as Bush Snr).

Hi Fellow Baseball Nuts,

Sorry for going awol on the old baseball blog front. Been having such a torrid time with my Fantasy Baseball team that I've gone into early baseball hibernation. But I'm back, refreshed and determined to come out swinging.

Hope you've had a chance to check out the Nattster and JC doing their stuff on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra every Sunday evening. I really loved presenting the show last season. I have always wanted to work for the BBC and have my own radio show - so it was double whammy time. Mind you one of the first broadcasts coincided with a little known sporting event called the Football World Cup Final. I believe I am now the only BBC Radio broadcaster who has shared his studio with some tumble weed.

Anyway I promise to make some regular Baseball Blogs.

Meanwhile check out the following:

  • International Baseball Federation (IBAF)
  • Baseball's Global Presence to be Presented at Sport Accord 2011
  • IBAF will be at 2011 Convention in London from April 4 to 8

The International Baseball Federation (IBAF) is pleased to announce its presence at the 2011 SportAccord International Convention. The convention will be held from Monday, April 4th through Friday, April 8th in London, United Kingdom, the host of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The IBAF’s participation will be centered around booth 36 and will feature information and news about the organisation, the global presence of the game of baseball and the development path the game is currently taking under the leadership of IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari and the IBAF Executive Committee.

Specific projects that will be outlined to participants during the event will include:

  • Exhibiting baseball’s widespread activities around the globe
  • The developmental collaboration with youth baseball organizations throughout the world
  • The revitalized cooperation with the professional baseball leagues
  • Highlighting the IBAF events calendar for 2011 and 2012
  • Emphasizing the social responsibility of sport in the community

The event will be attended by IBAF representatives President Riccardo Fraccari, Executive Director Roberto Fabbricini and 3rd Vice President Dr. Antonio Castro.

Further information will be available through, as well as day-to-day coverage of the event.

International Baseball Federation (IBAF) April 1


NEW YORK, NEW YORK - The International Softball Federation (ISF) and the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), which are separate and independent international federations recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as governing their respective sports, announced today that they have agreed to explore the feasibility of collaborating on a single, joint presentation to the IOC seeking to restore softball and baseball onto the programme of the Olympic Games in 2020.

 The IOC and the Local Olympic Organizing Committees (LOOCs) have faced increasing financial and organizational pressures in recent years as a result of the growth of the Olympic Games and the accompanying new venues and numbers of athletes that must be accommodated. In a 2005 vote undertaken with a view to controlling the size of future Olympic Games, softball and baseball were dropped from the 2012 Olympic Games programme and subsequently were not reinstated in a 2009 vote for the 2016 programme.

 Mindful of the concerns and pressures facing the IOC and the LOOCs, the IBAF and ISF are analyzing the savings and the reduced impact that may be derived from a combined proposal that women's softball and men's baseball share a venue and share space in the Olympic Village for the Summer Games in 2020.

Should an agreement be reached to work together, the ISF and the IBAF believe that they would be able to demonstrate compelling reasons why, under such a proposal, their respective sports should be reinstated onto the Olympic programme.

The IBAF and the ISF would work closely with the IOC to assure that any joint proposal would accomplish their goals in a manner that complies with the Olympic Charter.

 The ISF and the IBAF will meet again, perhaps as soon as next week's SportAccord convention in London, to talk further about the possibility of the two federations working together on such a proposal.

About the IBAF - Founded in 1938 and Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland the Olympic Capital, the International Baseball Federation is a non- governmental organization recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as administering baseball at the world level. The IBAF works to develop and grow the game of baseball globally and is currently composed of 119 National Member Federations.

 About the ISF - Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is the world governing body of the sport as recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women's fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.

International Baseball Federation (IBAF) May 18

Chinese Taipei Baseball Association announces beginning of Olympic Reinstatement Campaign Taipei City, Chinese Taipei

The Chinese Taipei Baseball Association (CTBA), in conjunction with the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee and Ministry of Sport have announced the beginning of its Olympic Reinstatement Campaign.

Present at the press conference was Mrs. Tai, Shia-Ling - Minister of Sports, Mr. Thomas W. Tsai - President Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, Mr. Riccardo Fraccari - President IBAF, Mr. Chen, Tai-Cheng - President CTBA, Mr. Tom C.H. Peng -Member at large IBAF and Kao, Chih-Kang Athletes representative and Two-time Olympic baseball participant.

 The campaign includes full support at the highest levels, including the Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Sports, the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association and the IBAF. Mrs Tai, the Minister of Sports noted about baseball,

 "A sports worthy to be part of the Olympic movement, as a sport that promotes health, builds character and Sportsmanship" said the Minister of Sports.

 In conjunction with high-level support, the campaign also features fan level activities, notably banners in all 130-train stations across Chinese Taipei allowing fans of the game and Olympic Baseball the opportunity to sign to indicate support for reinstatement.

 IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari had the opportunity to address the press conference, applauding the efforts of Chinese Taipei, and emphasizing the need for continued globally coordinated action, especially with the looming decision of the IOC Executive Board scheduled for July 4th. (The day when the IOC executive board will decide which sports will be a candidate for the 32nd Olympiad in 2020.) President Fraccari also stressed the need to clearly demonstrate that baseball is inclusive and accessible, includes all types of athletes be it males, females, youth, adults, and athletes with disabilities.

The IBAF and President Fraccari will return to Chinese Taipei in July, for the IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship.

International Baseball Federation (IBAF) May 24

MP & Silva takes leading Role as International Baseball Federation’s Media Advisor

MONACO, 24 May 2011 - MP & Silva, a leading international sports media company, has been appointed by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) as its exclusive international media advisor in a ground-breaking multi-year deal.

The five-year partnership will see IBAF and MP & Silva collaborate on the worldwide distribution of the federation’s entire international team portfolio, including the Men’s Baseball World Cup, Women’s Baseball World Cup, The 18U World Championship, 16U World Championship, and also the inaugural 12U World Championship tournament that will take place in Taiwan this July.

 IBAF and MP & Silva will build on the agency’s expertise to harness the immense popularity of baseball globally. The parties will work together to expand IBAF’s sponsorship portfolio, and MP & Silva will provide strategic marketing consultancy and support services to further expose international baseball events in the USA and the key Asian markets of Japan, Korea and Taiwan, in part through the identification of new IBAF formats that the two parties will develop commercially together.

The highlight of the 2011 IBAF season is the World Cup in Panama. The event is slated to include 16 competing teams and will be held in October.

 Andrea Radrizzani, Group CEO, MP & Silva, said: “We are extremely honoured to be given this opportunity by IBAF to help extend the reach and popularity of baseball around the globe. Currently, the prospects for growth are particularly promising in Central America and Asia. In this strategic partnership with IBAF, we aim to develop a wider international base for this exciting sport and to engage baseball fans in Asia and other key markets more directly.”

Riccardo Fraccari, President, International Baseball Federation, said: “We are pleased to announce our cooperation with MP & Silva and look forward to expanding the distribution and exposure of our sport of baseball together. We have millions of fans far and wide, and with MP & Silva as our media advisor, we hope to share and foster this global passion for baseball with even more fans around the world.”

About MP & Silva:
MP & Silva is a leading international sports media company that owns, manages and distributes television, media and marketing rights to some of the most prestigious sports events around the world. With an annual turnover in excess of USD$ 200 million, the MP & Silva group has an established track record in managing commercial and TV rights for a number of professional sporting organisations, federations, leagues, clubs and rights holders, and represents some of the most important and world-class sports events. Some of the company’s television rights portfolio includes Italian Serie A, English Premier League, Spanish La Liga, FIA GT1 World Championship, DTM, Baseball World Cup, French Ligue 1, Major League Soccer (MLS), Brazilian national football league (Brasileirão), Arsenal Football Club, AC Milan, National Basketball Association (NBA), Spanish basketball league (Liga ACB), several Asian football federations and ATP World Tour tennis tournaments – amounting to more than 6,000 hours of programming annuall.

As a full service sports rights agency, MP & Silva provides a wide range of services to support its clientele of sports federations, rights holders, event organisers, teams, players, and commercial partners, who rely on the agency’s innovative commercial approach, extensive local knowledge and global networks to create real and tangible results through the world’s universal passion for sports. Headquartered in Singapore and London, MP & Silva operates worldwide through regional offices in Budapest, Dubai, Dublin, Beijing, Hanoi, Milan, Monaco, Miami, New York, Munich and Tokyo.
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