BASEBALL/SOFTBALL HAS BEEN NAMED AS ONE OF 5 SPORTS RECOMMENDED TO THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COUNCIL, BY THE TOKYO 2020 ORGANISING COMMITTEE, FOR INCLUSION AT THE TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES.
For Release: Monday 28 September 2015
Trish Quayle, Baseball Australia,
Often touted as Japan’s national pastime, Baseball/Softball have been seen as front-runners for recommendation by the Organising Committee, but the announcement today has provided the next level of clarity for the sport globally.
“Reinstatement back into the Olympic Games is an extensive process for the sport, so it is encouraging this evening to receive the news that Baseball/Softball has made it to the next step, and it is credit to the sports global movement”, said Baseball Australia President, David Hynes.
The Olympic Games are regarded as the worlds foremost sports competition, inciting a sense of community and national pride for Australia and it’s Olympic Sports.
“Baseball as an Olympic sport does so much for our game far beyond the diamond; we consider it the biggest draw card to boost national participation and place baseball in every Australian household”, said Mr Hynes.
Karate, Skateboarding, Sports Climbing and Surfing we’re also named, beating Ten-Pin Bowling, Squash and Wushu for recommendation.
Baseball/Softball tick much of the key criteria for the Tokyo 2020 decision: high youth appeal, engage the Japanese population and global audiences, and with existing stadium infrastructure cost of construction and operations will be minimal which aligns with the Agenda 2020 vision.
Baseball was included in the Olympic program from 1992, but was dropped, along with Softball, after the Beijing 2008 Games. Team Australia’s best Olympic result is Silver at the Athens 2004 behind Cuba.
Team Australia’s current high performance pinnacle events are the IBAF Premier 12, and Major League Baseball’s World Baseball Classic, both held every four years. Baseball Australia is working closely with the Australian Institute of Sport to realign operations towards Olympic capabilities with a look towards 2020.
The final decision on the sports to be included, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016.
Progress is well underway to bring to life the vision of creating a Little League baseball field dedicated to the memory of Christopher Lane.
The photo’s appearing here are renderings of what is hoped to be the final vision.
The field will be at Boeing Reserve on the south side of the carpark.
The Principal Sponsors of the project are in deep discussion direct with the Moonee Valley Council to sign of on the proposal.
Once it gets signed off, (which we understand should be shortly), it will them be advertised to the community for comment.
Click this link to view renderings in full………………..
Hasn’t pitched in majors since 2013
The Braves have promoted right-hander Peter Moylan from Triple-A Gwinnett.
The 36-year-old Moylan, who spent his first seven seasons with the Braves, is looking for his first major league appearance since 2013 with the Dodgers.
Moylan, who has endured back, rotator cuff and two Tommy John surgeries in his career, was 2-0 with a 3.14 ERA and six saves in 27 games with Gwinnett. He is 21-9 with a 2.80 ERA in 309 career games with the Braves and Dodgers.
Moylan had three seasons with at least 80 appearances as a top setup reliever with the Braves from 2006 to 2012.
Rookie right-hander Jake Brigham was optioned to Gwinnett before Sunday’s game against Arizona. Brigham allowed two runs without recording an out in Saturday night’s 8-4 loss to the Diamondbacks.
Miles Godfrey State Political Reporter/Daily Telegraph
MAJOR League Baseball is set to return to Australia following the success of last year’s historic season opener between the LA Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks at the SCG.
But there is no guarantee Sydney will win the right to stage the match — with other states said to be queuing up to snatch the marquee event, which would be worth millions to the local economy and garner a massive global audience.
“I can confirm that there is interest from other states in hosting a MLB Opening Series at some stage in the future,” said Jason Moore, whose Moore Sports International marketing firm was the driving force behind last year’s hugely successful match between the Dodgers and Diamondbacks at the SCG.
South Australia confirmed its interest in hosting the next MBL game in Australia, while Victorian Major Events Minister John Eren said his government will “work hard to secure every event worth having.” Western Australia is another possible destination for the MBL.
South Australia acting sports minister Stephen Mullighan pointed to the redeveloped Adelaide Oval as the perfect venue for the game.
“The state government is interested in all events that will deliver a strong return on our investment including one-off sporting events such as Major-league Baseball which can be held at the redeveloped Adelaide Oval,” he said.
A spokesman for the Queensland government said: “The Palaszczuk government is always looking at opportunities to bring top sporting events to Queensland.
Eddie Michels ABD reporter
Detroit Tigers prospect allowed just an unearned run over two innings on Tuesday in GCL action against the Phillies in Lakeland, Fla. The Sydney native allowed just one hit, walked one and struck out two in his fifth appearance of the season.
The Chunichi Dragons held a press conference today to announce the additions of Drew Naylor and Rafael Perez. Naylor was assigned the uniform number 54 and Perez the number 49. According to media reports, both players were signed to contracts through to the end of the season. Naylor’s contract is worth an estimated 100,000 US dollars. Perez agreed to a contract and signing bonus worth the same amount.
Peter Moylan [Braves] is now pitching in AAA but is currently on the DL.
The SS and Rookie Leagues are now well under way and we have listed the players accordingly. Whilst we have no record of any players being actually released recently we do note that two players are listed as on the restricted list which can often indicate that a player has resigned but not been released.
A few players [ Hutchings, Leslie, McDonald and Turnbull] have not so far appeared in any games which might suggest that they are either injured or back in Australia finishing school.
Players in full season teams
Majors: Liam Hendriks (Blue Jays),
Players in short season teams
Short Season A: Sam Holland (Padres),
Rookie: Dean Aldridge (Tigers), Beau Bishop [Brewers], Jake Bowey [Astros], Jared Cruz (Astros), Ryan Dale (Royals), Josh Guyer (Twins), Nick Hutchings (Pirates), Sam Kennelly (Pirates), Ben Leslie [Giants], Connor MacDonald (Astros), Lachlan Madden (Astros), Todd McDonald (Rangers), Aaron Sayers [Tigers], Brad Simon (Rangers), Aaron Sookee [D’Backs], Brandon Stenhouse (Yankees), Jake Turnbull [Reds], Lachlan Wells [Twins]
Rehab: Lewis Thorpe (Twins),
Ryan Battaglia [Indians],
Jack Barrie [Twins],
John Hussey (Padres),
Travis McDonald (Reds)
Dakota Mitchell (Reds),
James Philibossian (Tigers),
Adam Silva [Yankees],
Hayden Timberlake [Astros],
Elliott Hargreaves [Reds], – Elliott is listed as on the restricted list.
Aaron Whitefield (Twins), – Aaron is listed as on the restricted list.
BRISBANE — After helping lead the Brisbane Bandits, proudly presented by Welldog, to a strong finish in the 2014/15 Australian Baseball League season, starting pitchers Drew Naylor and Ryan Searle took their talents overseas for 2015.
Both right-handed starters are currently playing for independent teams in Japan.
Steady starter Searle is putting together a strong campaign for the Ishikawa Million Stars of the Baseball Challenge League, posting a 2-5 record and 1.86 ERA in The longtime national team representative and former Chicago Cubs farmhand also sits tied for the league lead with 63 strikeouts.
Searle’s success with the Million Stars comes after he posted a 3-4 record in 12 games (10 starts) for the Bandits in 2014/15. He also led the ABL with 69 strikeouts and reached an impressive career milestone on the mound when he struck out his 200th ABL batter.
Meanwhile in the Shikoku Island League, Searle’s fellow Bandits righty Naylor is also dominating hitters for the Kagawa Olive Guyners. He recently played for the Shikoku Island League All-Stars on an overseas tour, during which the team played against several North American teams, including those in the independent Canadian-American Association.
Naylor went 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA in three starts on the tour, striking out 18 batters in 18.3 innings. Prior to the tour, Naylor had a 1.37 ERA in 11 games for the reigning champion Olive Guyners. He made three starts for the Bandits in 2014/15, going 0-2 with a 7.24 ERA.
Written by Ian McDonald
Baseball New Zealand Names Top Professional Coaching Staff for 2016 World Baseball Classic Qualifier A world class staff of baseball professionals has been named to lead Baseball New Zealand’s attempts to qualify for the next World Baseball Classic, tentatively scheduled for February of next year.
Major League Baseball and the International Baseball Federation have not confirmed dates or location of the important ‘world cup’ qualifying event, but it is expected that New Zealand Diamondblacks’ likely foes will be regional powerhouse Australia and top 30 nation South Africa, while there is also a chance some Asian teams may be put into the mix.Current Seattle Mariners first base/infield coach Chris Woodward will be the head coach for the Diamondblacks, following up on his last stint with New Zealand’s 21U national team in Taichung last year, which saw New Zealand claim its biggest victory to date over top ten baseball nation Mexico along with several heartbreaking losses against South Korea, the Netherlands and Venezuela, all top ten baseball nations.
The outstanding pedigree of Woodward’s coaches includes former Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke (Bench Coach), Los Angeles Dodgers scout Josh Bard (Hitting Coach), Seattle Mariners Quality Control Coach Chris Prieto (Base running and Infield Coach), former Samurai Japan 侍ジャパン and Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) pitcher Naoyuki Shimizu (Pitching Coach) and former MLB Pitcher D J Carrasco (Bullpen Coach).
Five of the six coaches named have strong links to New Zealand having either visited the country, or been involved in coaching both senior and youth levels within the Baseball New Zealand system, and this will be crucial for team cohesion and performance, believes Baseball NZ CEO Ryan Flynn.
“To me this is a ‘dream team’ of coaches,” said Flynn about the handpicked staff.
“Not only are the coaches world class on every level, but they care about our young men and the future of our national program. Woodward will now have worked with four of our national teams over a four year period. Ron signed Te Wera ‘Beau’ Bishop to a contract with the Brewers when he was out here, and Naoyuki believes enough in our country’s baseball future that he moved his family to Auckland to help us build within. We couldn’t do any better in our dugout.”
And the staff agrees, according to Carrasco, who earlier this year spent time in Wellington, Southland, and Christchurch teaching the game to all age grades and skill levels.
Reliever Lachlan Maddon of Melbourne got the save on Thursday during the Gulf Coast League Astros 4-3 win over the Tigers in Lakeland, Florida. Madden got two outs on the infield and one strike out but did allow one single to fellow Australian Aaron Sayers. The save was Madden’s first in American baseball.
Aaron Sayers. Is currently hitting.280 in his 7 games