Archive for September 27th, 2009

Important Dates For Fall And Winter Baseball Leagues

Browsing MLB.com this afternoon, I found a page with some important dates for various Fall and Winter Leagues, so I thought I’d post them.

October 9 – Mexican Pacific League Opening Day
October 9 – Venezuelan Winter League Opening Day
October 13 – Arizona Fall League Opening Day
October 16 – Dominican Winter League Opening Day
November 7 – Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game
November 20 – Mexican Pacific League Second Half Begins
November 23 – Arizona Fall League Championship Game
December 13 – Dominican Winter League All-Star Game
December 21 – Dominican Winter League Regular Season Ends
December 30 – Mexican Pacific League Regular Season Ends
February 2 – Caribbean Series Begins
February 8 – Caribbean Series Ends

Right after Eric started Bus Leagues, he noted that a passionate fan could probably manage to follow minor league baseball all year long.  He’s right – if one reaches outside the United States and considers the entire Western Hemisphere, there’s always something going on.

I’ll do my best to provide some updates for all these leagues (there’s a young man making his debut soon in Arizona who I imagine we all have some interest in).  It will largely depend on what MiLB.com has available for box scores and recaps, but I’ll see what I can do.

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United States Wins Baseball World Cup, 10-5, Over Cuba

The 2009 Baseball World Cup came to an end today when the United States used a six-run seventh inning to defeat Cuba, 10-5.  The Americans had two outs and nobody on before Tug Hulett walked, Buck Coates doubled, and Trevor Plouffe reached on an error to open the floodgates.

It was the second consecutive World Cup win (and fourth overall) for the United States.  Cuba had won the previous nine events and 25 of 38 total.

Cuba loaded ’em up with two outs in the ninth but couldn’t push any runs across.  Nate Field recorded the final out to pick up the save.  Brad Lincoln gave up three runs in 4.2 innings, including the game-tying homerun to Ariel Borrero in the sixth, to pick up the win.

Justin Smoak won the Most Valuable Player Award after hitting .291 and leading Team USA with nine homeruns and 22 RBI.

Rattler Radio followed the World Cup from the beginning and has the results of the various “place” games.  The order of finish was as follows:

1. United States
2. Cuba
3. Canada
4. Puerto Rico
5. Australia
6. Netherlands
7. Venezuela
8. Taiwan