According to the attached link; The African Academy will take place at the Athlone A’s Baseball Club in Cape Town, South Africa from December 6 – 15, 2011.
Professional Baseball returns to Panama...http://probeispanama.com/
The BWC's four Stadiums are now used to house the four teams of Probeis. Sadly, a few of the pictures show very few people at the stadium, attendance numbers are not available. I don't understand how a supposed baseball nation doesn't support its pro baseball league, but somehow its fledgling pro soccer league gets enough support to play in the Concacaf Champions League. Hopefully, those parks will be a little fuller at the end of the Probeis season.
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They've produced dozens of major leaguers and hundreds of minor leaguers, but pro baseball has never taken off strangely enough. Maybe it's like Puerto Rico meaning most of the best players will never play on their league.
Schedule for X South American Championship: http://www.beisbolmetro.com.ar/image...damericano.pdf
Conspicuously missing are Venezuela and Colombia. Here are my predictions that are sure to be wrong:
Anyway, the link above mentions the advancement of baseball in New Zealand mentioning inclusion in the WBC and MLB scouts being sent to New Zealand.
New Zealand Softball is resisting baseball's growth...
Read more:Former Black Sox Travis Wilson, who played professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball organisation, predicts baseball will overtake softball as the most dominant diamond sport in New Zealand within 10 years.
But if the two sports are to remain helpful to each other they will need to work together, he said.
"Right now, softball has the upper hand because softball has the athletes," Wilson, now ironically a softball coach at Florida State University, told Sunday News.
"In five years, baseball is going to have the upper hand. The question for softball is does it get on board now and help out baseball so maybe down the track there'll be a good relationship between the two.
"Or does it hold off and essentially run the risk of being no way near as strong five years from now."
With around 33,000 registered players in New Zealand and more than $780,000 worth of SPARC funding in the last year, softball has long occupied the diamond sports high ground here.
Baseball, which is yet to receive any government funding, is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, with playing numbers increasing from 1200 to 4500 in the last two years.
The sport has made huge strides in 2011, kick-started by the visit of New York Yankee star Curtis Granderson and the inclusion of the national team in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers next year.
Yet it was the signing of Black Sox catcher Te Wera Bishop to a youth contract with the Boston Red Sox that is probably the most telling step the sport has made in the last 12 months – evidence of the career possibilities baseball can offer compared to softball, which is largely amateur.
As well as Bishop, Auckland pitcher Andrew Marck recently signed with the Brisbane-based Australian Baseball League side, while a number of MLB teams are understood to be interested in signing Hamilton 17-year-old Khalid Gilbert, who has recently been accepted into the MLB Academy on the Gold Coast.
An Asia Super League would be interesting, but would it work?
Ishwor Tapa First professional Nepalese baseball player playing in the Japanese independent league. Even though, he didn't know anything about baseball before coming to Japan, his hard work and effort helped him to make it to the Japanese team. The video is in Japanese but basically the video is describing his success although, in Nepal, baseball is still a minor sport.
Another clip of Sdjiwa Widjayanayaka(im not sure about the spelling), a Sri Lankan baseball player studying in Japan, distributing baseball goods to Sri Lankan baseball children. This video is also in Japanese, and it shows Sdjiwa carrying baseball goods as much as he can from Japan to Sri Lanka. Sri Lankan baseball association held a ceremony for four years of Sdjiwas commitment of sending baseball equipments to Sri Lanka. His final goal is to create a baseball stadium in Sri Lanka, and host an international baseball tournament.
Both videos show the growing development of baseball in South Asia, credits to both Ishwor and Sjiwa, and hope they achieve their goals in the future!