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
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.
|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
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.
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
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 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.
- IBAF Executive Meeting at 8:30am
- Continental Confederations at 10:30am
- Afternoon meetings - Development, Women's Baseball, Tournaments
- XXVII Ordinary Congress (agenda)
- Press conference / World Baseball Softball Confederation (Olympic Reinstatement) / Premium 12
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
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).
The IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship got underway in Mexico on the 19th.
First Round Schedule
|3||10:00||Romo Chavez||B||Dominican Republic||0-9*||Indonesia|
|10||10:00||Romo Chavez||B||Dominican Republic||0-9*||Venezuela|
|11||8/21||15:00||Panamericano||A||Chinese Taipei||6-19||United States|
|14||10:00||Romo Chavez||B||Cuba||9-0*||Dominican Republic|
|18||10:00||Romo Chavez||B||Dominican Republic||0-9*||Netherlands|
|25||10:00||Romo Chavez||B||Japan||9-0*||Dominican Republic|
* Games that were forfeited.
NOTE: All links to external sources.
Japan wins 9-0 on forfeit.
Second Round Schedule
|28||15:00||Romo Chavez||C||Venezuela||2-9||Chinese Taipei|
|31||8/26||19:00||Romo Chavez||C||United States||18-17||Venezuela|
|38||15:00||Romo Chavez||C||Cuba||7-4||Chinese Taipei|
Third Round Schedule
|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)|
|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|
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)
Participating Countries (14): Japan, Cuba, Korea, Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Italy, Lithuania, Indonesia, Zimbabwe, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Ecuador, Taiwan.
12th IBAF 16U Baseball World Championship - Mexico
August 19 - August 28, 2011
Venue: Lagos de Moreno stadium (Mexico)
Participating Countries (12):
Group A: Japan, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Indonesia, Netherlands
Group B: Mexico, America, Australia, Brazil, Taiwan, Philippines
=== 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.
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)