For 67 years, teams from around the globe have come to Williamsport, PA, to compete in the Little League World Series. But Australia was one country that never fielded a team in the tournament. Until now.
On Wednesday, June 5, the Perth Metro Central Little League from Perth, Australia, became the first team to earn a berth in the Little League World Series. Perth Metro punched its ticket to Williamsport by winning the first-ever Australia Region Tournament in Queensland, Australia.
Big-league baseball isn’t even halfway through its season yet, but college players are about to end theirs.
The 2013 NCAA Men’s College World Series kicks off this weekend in Omaha, Neb., with the top eight college teams in America vying for the Division 1 national baseball champions.
The first games will be played on Saturday. Mississippi State takes on Oregon State, followed by Indiana facing Louisville. The other four teams play Sunday, as the University of North Carolina meets North Carolina State and UCLA squares off against LSU.
Last season’s champs, the Arizona Wildcats, didn’t make the tournament’s initial field of 64 teams.
We're about midway through the 2013 MLB season, and the Pittsburgh Pirates — yes, those Pittsburgh Pirates — are quietly putting together their best campaign in 20 years. As of this morning, the Buccos are 38-26, which is good for third place in the way competitve NL Central. They're 4 games out of first, and a half game behind the Reds in the Wild Card race.
But Tuesday, the Pirates put the rest of the division — and league — on notice. They're serious about winning. Right now. And to prove it, they called up top prospect, pitcher Gerrit Cole.
Yesterday, the Boston Red Sox met the Tampa Bay Rays for a game in Tampa. After the top of the first inning, the Red Sox led 6-0 and it looked like it would be a short night at the ballpark. But the Rays scrapped and clawed and fought back, and tied the game. The BoSox ultimately won the game, but it took 14 innings and ended after midnight!
For as long as that game was, it was nothing compared to two games over the weekend. The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers played 18 innings before the Blue Jays won, 4-3. Not to be outdone, the Mets and Marlins needed 20 innings (!!) to reach an end to their game. The Marlins took the victory, 2-1.
Twenty innings is a lot of baseball. Surely it set some sort of record for length of a game, right? Wrong.
When I attended the 2013 SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix in March, I talked to big-league players and MLB general managers about the role sabermetrics (basically new statistics in baseball that involve more numbers than traditional stats) play in baseball. I also got to hear experts use stats to debate who the best player of all time is, predict who will be the game’s next great players, and their thoughts on the 2013 season.
Brian Kenny, host of Clubhouse Confidential on the MLB Network, moderated a panel discussion about just those topics. The people who participated were Dave Cameron (a writer for FanGraphs), Rob Neyer (an author and writer for ESPN and SB Nation), and Vince Gennaro (an author and MLB consultant). Kenny began by asking everyone the same questions: Who is the best baseball player ever (aside from Babe Ruth)? Who is the best player today?
At the SABR Analytics Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, I learned from a number of general managers that running an MLB team takes a lot more skill and tools than the typical baseball fan might think. More »
Jackie Robinson famously broke baseball's color barrier when he made his major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. But it was not an easy journey for the future Hall of Famer. The new movie 42 (which opens on April 12) tells Robinson's story, including all the setbacks and triumphs he faced both on and off the field. SI KIDS caught up with its star, Chadwick Boseman (right), who had the tall order of playing the legendary Robinson.
Q. What did you do to prepare to play baseball like Jackie Robinson?
A. I just tried to keep it simple. I watched footage of him from the Hall of Fame to see the way he moved, the way he swung, the way he threw. Then it was all about getting coaches and feedback.
Q. How much time was spent working on baseball? More »