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IBAF elections, Olympic Reinstatement, World Baseball Softball Confederation

by on Apr.15, 2013 @ 12:59 am, under International
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IBAF elections were held on Saturday.

President Riccardo Fraccari (Italy)
First Vice President Alonso Perez (Mexico)
Second Vice President Tom Peng (Chinese Taipei)
Third Vice President Antonio Castro (Cuba)
Secretary General Israel Roldan (Puerto Rico)
Treasurer Angelo Vicini (Republic of San Marino)
First Member at Large Paul Seiler (USA)
Second Member at Large Masaaki Nagino (Japan)
Third Member at Large Luis Melero (Spain)
Continenital Vice President (Americas) Jorge Otsuka (Brasil)
Continenital Vice President (Asia) Lee Byung Suk (Korea)
Continenital Vice President (Africa) Ishola Williams(Nigeria)
Continenital Vice President (Europe) Jan Esselman (The Netherlands)
Continenital Vice President (Oceania) Ron Finlay (Australia)

Source: official announcement

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Sixty-nine countries were present at the 2013 IBAF Congress on Sunday. Afghanistan, Haiti, Gujana, Nepal and Sierra Leone were named Full Members; Curacao and Saipan Provisional Members; and four professional leagues -- ABL, Australia; NPB, Japan; KBO, Korea and CPBL, Chinese Taipei -- Associate Members.

President of the Japanese Olympic Committee Tsunezaku Takeda, NPB Comissioner Ryozo Kato, Sadaharu Oh, KBO Commissioner Koo Bon Neung, and CPBL Commissioner Hwang Jenn Tai were present. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was not but did provide a recorded statement. Jim Small represented the MLB.

IBAF Awards

Scorer of the Year Pablo Carpio Spain
Umpire of the Year Osmel Pimentel Venezuela
Junior Male Athlete of the Year Shintaro Fujinami Japan
Female Athlete of the Year Yukari Isosaki Japan
Senior Male Athlete of the Year Jim Van Ostrand Canada

Source: official announcement

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The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was officially unveiled on Sunday. It is a new federation that joins the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) and the International Softball Federation (ISF). IBAF president Fraccari and ISF president Don Porter will be co-presidents.

The WBSC will work to bring baseball and softball back to the Olympics. An official website (PlayBall2020), slogan (Swing for the Fences), and logo were revealed during a press conference.

Source: official announcement, press release

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Shintaro Fujinami appeared in a video message that was played during an IBAF press conference. His statement:

I am providing this message to you in a video because I am at a Tigers' game at Koshien today. Last year, I was a member of the Japan National Team at the World Baseball Tournament. It was an honor to compete against the world's top players. But I have a bigger dream. It is to play on the Japan National Team at the 2020 Olympics. To that end, I hope that baseball and softball become official sports. I hope everyone can support the campaign to bring baseball and softball back to the Olympics.

Source: Daily Sports 4/14/2013

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The IBAF announced that the first Premium 12 will take place in Tokyo in 2015. Twelve countries will participate and there will be a tournament once every four years.

Source: Sponichi 4/14/2013

IBAF meetings over the weekend; World Baseball Softball Confederation unveiling on 14th

by on Apr.12, 2013 @ 11:38 pm, under International
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IBAF members arrived in Japan today for the meetings that will be taking place at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo over the weekend.

April 13

  • IBAF Executive Meeting at 8:30am
  • Continental Confederations at 10:30am
  • Afternoon meetings - Development, Women's Baseball, Tournaments

April 14

  • XXVII Ordinary Congress (agenda)
  • Press conference / World Baseball Softball Confederation (Olympic Reinstatement) / Premium 12

Source: official announcement, official announcement

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IBAF president Riccardo Fraccari visited NPB offices today and met NPB commissioner Ryozo Kato and NPB secretary general Kunio Shimoda for about an hour.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/12/2013

WBC to become main official IBAF tournament

by on Dec.04, 2011 @ 9:22 pm, under WBC
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The XXVI IBAF Congress opened in Dallas, Texas on Saturday (US time).  A number of issues were discussed and a handful of important decisions were passed, like the unanimous approval of a joint Olympic bid with softball and the approval of making the World Baseball Classis the main official IBAF tournament.  Two new tournaments were also added to the IBAF line-up: the 21 and Under World Cup in 2014 (every other year) and the IBAF Premier 12 in 2015 (every four years).

IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship: Japan wins Bronze; US takes Gold

by on Aug.21, 2011 @ 2:27 am, under Other
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The IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship got underway in Mexico on the 19th.

First Round Schedule

Gm Date Time Venue Group Home Visitor IBAF PDF
1 8/19 15:00 Panamericano A Mexico 8-6 Chinese Taipei PDF
2 19:00 Panamericano A Australia 11-21 United States
3 10:00 Romo Chavez B Dominican Republic 0-9* Indonesia
4 15:00 Romo Chavez B Cuba 0-9* Netherlands
5 19:00 Romo Chavez B Venezuela 10-9 Japan
6 8/20 15:00 Panamericano A Chinese Taipei 7-6 Brazil PDF
7 19:00 Panamericano A Mexico 5-3 Australia
8 15:00 Romo Chavez B Netherlands 21-2 Indonesia
9 19:00 Romo Chavez B Cuba 6-5 Japan
10 10:00 Romo Chavez B Dominican Republic 0-9* Venezuela
11 8/21 15:00 Panamericano A Chinese Taipei 6-19 United States PDF
12 19:00 Panamericano A Brazil 7-6 Mexico
13 19:00 Romo Chavez B Netherlands 0-3 Japan
14 10:00 Romo Chavez B Cuba 9-0* Dominican Republic
15 15:00 Romo Chavez B Indonesia 1-21 Venezuela
16 8/22 15:00 Panamericano A Brazil 15-19 Australia PDF
17 19:00 Panamericano A United States 14-3 Mexico
18 10:00 Romo Chavez B Dominican Republic 0-9* Netherlands
19 15:00 Romo Chavez B Japan 10-0 Indonesia
20 19:00 Romo Chavez B Venezuela 4-20 Cuba
21 8/23 15:00 Panamericano A Australia 2-13 Chinese Taipei PDF
22 19:00 Panamericano A United States 16-1 Brazil
23 15:00 Romo Chavez B Indonesia 0-16 Cuba
24 19:00 Romo Chavez B Netherlands 11-19 Venezuela
25 10:00 Romo Chavez B Japan 9-0* Dominican Republic

* Games that were forfeited.

NOTE: All links to external sources.

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Standings

Group A

Country G W L WPCT
1 United States 4 0 0 1.000
2 Chinese Taipei 4 2 2 .500
3 Mexico 4 2 2 .500
4 Australia 4 1 3 .250
5 Brazil 4 1 3 .250

Group B

Country G W L WPCT
1 Cuba 5 4 1 .800
2 Venezuela 5 4 1 .800
3 Japan 5 3 2 .600
4 Netherlands 5 3 2 .600
5 Indonesia 5 1 4 .200
6 Dominican Republic 5 0 5 .000

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August 19

IBAF: Venezuela downs Japan in 10 Innings - Venezuela needs IBAF Tiebreaker Rule in 10th in 10-9 Win.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Japan 0 3 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 2 9 8 2
Venezuela 0 0 0 0 2 4 0 1 0 3 10 14 3

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August 20

IBAF: Cuba wins Thriller against Japan - Cuban team blows big lead, but still prevails 6-5 thanks to Wild Pitch.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 7 4
Cuba 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 1 x 6 9 3

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August 21

IBAF: Japan shuts out Netherlands - Three Pitchers combine in 4-Hitter to down Dutch Team 3-0.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 0
Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1

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August 22

IBAF: Japan celebrates another Shutout against Indonesia - Japan beats Indonesia 10-0 in seven innings to open Day 4.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Netherlands 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3
Japan 1 2 2 3 0 1 1 10 13 0

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August 23

Japan wins 9-0 on forfeit.

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Second Round Schedule

Gm Date Time Venue Group Home Visitor IBAF PDF
26 8/25 15:00 Panamericano C United States 13-4 Netherlands PDF
27 19:00 Panamericano C Mexico 0-6 Japan
28 15:00 Romo Chavez C Venezuela 2-9 Chinese Taipei
29 19:00 Romo Chavez C Cuba 9-2 Australia
30 10:00 Panamericano D Brazil 17-2 Indonesia
31 8/26 19:00 Romo Chavez C United States 18-17 Venezuela PDF
32 19:00 Panamericano C Cuba 11-7 Mexico
33 15:00 Panamericano C Chinese Taipei 7-2 Netherlands
34 15:00 Romo Chavez C Japan 10-9 Australia
35 10:00 Romo Chavez D Indonesia 0-16 Brazil
36 8/27 19:00 Panamericano C United States 6-8 Japan PDF
37 19:00 Romo Chavez C Mexico 11-5 Netherlands
38 15:00 Romo Chavez C Cuba 7-4 Chinese Taipei
39 15:00 Panamericano C Venezuela 9-8 Australia
40 10:00 Romo Chavez D Brazil * Indonesia

* Canceled

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Standings

Group C

Country G W L WPCT
1 Cuba 6 5 1 .833
2 United States 6 5 1 .833
3 Japan 6 4 2 .667
4 Chinese Taipei 6 3 3 .500
5 Venezuela 6 3 3 .500
6 Mexico 5 2 3 .400
7 Netherlands 5 1 4 .200
8 Australia 6 0 6 .000

Group D

Country G W L WPCT
1 Brazil 2 2 0 1.000
2 Indonesia 2 0 2 .000

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August 25

IBAF: Japan stuns Mexico in Lagos de Moreno 6-0 - Shutout puts both teams at 2-2 in Second Round.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 6 7 1
Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 5

August 26

IBAF: Japan rallies against Australia - Sac Bunt in 8th lifts Japan to 10-9 Victory.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Australia 2 0 3 0 0 1 0 3 0 9 13 2
Japan 2 0 0 1 1 2 3 1 x 10 12 4

August 27

IBAF: Japan hands USA 1st Loss at 16U Baseball World Championship - Japan plays for Bronze after 8-6 Thriller in Extra Innings.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Japan 1 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2 8 8 6
United States 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 6 11 4

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Third Round Schedule

Date Time Venue Home Visitor
8/28 10:00 Romo Chavez Mexico 8-7 Japan
16:00 Panamericano Cuba 0-9 United States

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August 28

IBAF: Japan wins Bronze Medal - Japan beats Mexico 8-7 in another Thriller

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Japan 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 7 10 0
Mexico 2 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 x 8 12 1

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Final Standings

1 United States
2 Cuba
3 Japan
4 Mexico
5 Chinese Taipei
6 Venezuela
7 Netherlands
8 Australia
9 Brazil
10 Indonesia
11 Dominican Republic

Awards

Leading Hitter Bryson Brigman (USA) 19-for-32 (.594)
Pitcher Best ERA Shota Tatsuta (Japan) 7.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER
Pitcher Best W-L Luis Gohara (Brazil) 1-0
Most Runs Batted In Austin Meadows (USA) 25
Most Homeruns Zachary Collins (USA) 3
Most Runs Scored Riley Unroe (USA) 15
Most Stolen Bases Franklin Barreto (Venezuela) 8
Outstanding Defensive Player Zac Shepherd (Australia)
Most Valuable Player Zachary Collins (USA)

All-Star Team

Pos Player Stats
SP Luis Gohara (Brazil) 4 G, 1-0, 7.1 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 8 SO
RP Chris Pelaez (USA) 3 G, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 SO
C Zachary Collins (USA) 7 G, 15-for-28, 3 HR, 9 R, 16 RBI
1B Julian Leon (Mexico) 6 G, 10-for-20, 2 2B, 4 R, 6 RBI
2B Bryson Brigman (USA) 7 G, 19-for-32, 2 2B, 15 R, 11 RBI
3B Yoan Moncada (Cuba) 6 G, 10-for-20, 2 2B, 9 R, 5 RBI
SS Zac Shepherd (Australia) 7 G, 14-for-28, 5 BB, 7 R, 8 RBI
OF Austin Meadows (USA) 7 G, 19-for-36, 3 3B, 14 R, 25 RBI
OF Yu Chang (Chinese Taipei) 7 G, 12-for-29, 1 HR, 9 R, 5 RBI
OF Leonardo Munhoz (Brazil) 6 G, 13-for-26, 2 BB, 10 R, 8 RBI

Baseball Ferderation of Japan announces two upcoming international tournaments

by on Jul.02, 2011 @ 7:36 pm, under Other
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The Baseball Ferderation of Japan (BFJ) held a press conference to announce the following two international tournaments yesterday:

1st IBAF 12U Baseball World Championship - Taipei
July 8 - July 17, 2011

Venue: Tien-Mou Stadium, Youth Park Baseball Stadium, Shing-Sheng Park Baseball Stadium (Taipei)

Organizers: IBAF

Participating Countries (14): Japan, Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Italy, Lithuania, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Ecuador, Taiwan.

Roster and additional info (in Japanese), official IBAF page

12th IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship - Mexico
August 19 - August 28, 2011

Venue: Lagos de Moreno stadium (Mexico)

Organizers: IBAF

Participating Countries (12):

Group A: Japan, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Indonesia, Netherlands

Group B: Mexico, America, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, Philippines

Roster and additional info (in Japanese), official IBAF page

IBAF president Riccardo Fraccari visits Japan

by on Feb.07, 2010 @ 10:35 pm, under Other
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=== 2/9/2010 12:02am JST

Seems the IBAF also wants to discus the timing of the WBC  in relation to the IBAF Baseball World Cup.  Both tournaments took place during the same calendar year in 2009 and I'm guessing the IBAF wants to try to avoid that from happening again.

=== 2/7/2010 10:35pm JST

The International Baseball Federation president Riccardo Fraccari was in Japan on Sunday, visiting NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato.  Fraccari was in Japan to request the help of the NPB in getting baseball back into the Olympics (which includes sending pro-level players into international competitions).

Fraccari will visit the US later this month to ask the heads of the MLB for their assistance as well.

IBAF select Tatsunori Hara as the federations top coach

by on Dec.07, 2009 @ 11:48 am, under Other
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The International Baseball Federation held their continental meetings this past weekend in Lausanne, Switzerland and covered a number of issues, including naming Riccardo Fraccari (Italy) as the federations newest president.

The IBAF's new Executive Committee:

President – Riccardo Fraccari, ITA

1st Vice President – Kazuhiro Tawa, JPN

2nd Vice President – Alonso Perez Gonzalez, MEX

3rd Vice President – Tony Castro, CUB

Secretary General – Israel Roldan, PUR

Treasurer – Rene Laforce, BEL

1st Member at Large – Paul Seiler, USA

2nd Member at Large – Tom Peng, TPE

3rd Member at Large – Luis Melero, ESP

The Federation also announced the winners of their Top Senior Athlete, Junior Athlete, Coach, Umpire and Member Federation Executive Awards.

Senior Athlete – Justin Smoak (Triple-A Oklahoma City, MILB)

Junior Athlete – Yung-Hoon Sung (Doosan Bears, KBO)

Coach – Tatsunori Hara (Yomiuri Giants, NPB)

Umpire – Paul Hyham (Australia)

Member Federation Executive – Juergen Elsishans (German Federation)