Minor League Playoffs, Round 2

BaysoxThe Eastern League Championship series begins today. The Trenton Thunder host the Bowie Baysox in a best of five series. As the sign on the road to stadium says, “The Baysox will play for the championship!”

The Baysox experienced an incredible turn-around as they entered the second half of the season with a 30-38 record. They fought back and improved their record to 46-26 in the second half, for an overall record of 76-64. In the Eastern League, the first half winner plays the second half winner in the division series. On Saturday, the Baysox beat the first half champion Harrisburg Senators to get to this round of the playoffs. Check out the tweets below that document that moment.

Games 1 and 2 of the championship series will be held in Trenton, New Jersey, tonight and tomorrow night. The series will then move to Bowie, Maryland, for Game 3 on Thursday. Games 4 and 5, if necessary, will be played in Bowie on Friday and Saturday. Games 1-4 will start at 7:00. Game 5 begins at 6:35, if needed.

Go Baysox!!

~ baseballrebecca


Game 1 of the Eastern League Playoffs

dscn9451.jpgYesterday, most minor league teams played the first game of the postseason. The Eastern League’s Western Division second half winners, the Bowie Baysox, won Game 1 of the best of five series against the Harrisburg Senators. Those two teams will play again in Bowie tonight before moving to Harrisburg for the rest of the series.


Former Oriole Scott McGregor after throwing out the first pitch

It was a nice night for a game, as the rain held off – for the most part – until the game was over. The first pitch was thrown out by Oriole great, Scott McGregor, and before the National Anthem, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Erie SeaWolves player Chace Numata who passed away on Monday after a skateboarding accident.

The Baysox scored first in the bottom of the 1st with a sacrifice fly by Carlos Perez that scored Ryan McKenna. The Senators tied it in the 6th, and scored a second run shortly thereafter. The Baysox answered those two runs with a second run courtesy of Yusniel Diaz who hit a home run to left field in the bottom of the 6th. In the 8th, Preston Palmiero tripled in Jesse Valentin, then Palmiero scored on a sacrifice by T.J. Nichting. A Ryan McKenna single a couple batters later brought Cedric Mullins home, giving Bowie a 5-2 lead. The Senators scored one more run in the top of the 9th, but Bowie maintained the lead, winning the game 5-3.

Interestingly, the game featured three sons of former major leaguers: Jesse Valentin and Preston Palmeiro on the Baysox, sons of Jose Valentin and Rafael Palmiero, and Dante Bichette, Jr., son of Dante Sr. and older brother of Bo. A fourth major leaguer’s son, Ryan Ripken (Cal’s son), also plays for the Baysox. And let’s not forget that the brother of former Oriole and current Yankee Zack Britton, Buck Britton, is the Baysox’ manager. Baseball is definitely a family affair.

I’m totally looking forward to Game 2 tonight!

~ baseballrebecca


Dante Bichette, Jr.


Preston Palmeiro








Minor League Playoffs, Round 1


The Delmarva Shorebirds’ mascot, Sherman the Shorebird (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

The playoffs begin today for the following minor leagues: the International, Pacific Coast, Eastern, Southern, Texas, California, Carolina, Midwest, South Atlantic, New York-Penn, and Northwest leagues. The Florida State League playoffs were scheduled to begin yesterday, but were canceled because of Hurricane Dorian. The Gulf Coast League playoffs were also canceled over the weekend.

Two of the Baltimore Orioles’ affiliates will be in the playoffs: the Delmarva Shorebirds of the South Atlantic League and the Bowie Baysox of the Eastern League. (Even if I’m still mad at the Orioles, I can still love their minor league teams!) Here is the schedule for the semi-final round of these two leagues:

South Atlantic League:  
September 4: ·        Delmarva at Hickory

·        Lexington at Augusta

September 6-7:* ·        Hickory at Delmarva

·        Augusta at Lexington

* Game 3 (on 9/7), if necessary
Eastern League:  
September 4-5: ·        Trenton at Reading

·        Harrisburg at Bowie

September 6-8:* ·        Reading at Trenton

·        Bowie at Harrisburg

* Games 4 and 5, if necessary


In each of these leagues, a 5-game championship series will be played by the winning teams in this first round of playoffs. The Minor League Baseball website has information on all of the playoffs. Enjoy!

Go Baysox!!

~ baseballrebecca




Baseball at the Pan Am Games

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/f/f2/Baseball_2019_Pan_American_Games.pngBaseball at the Pan Am Games begins today! As I noted last week, the eight countries are participating in the tournament have been split into two groups:

 Group A

Group B

The top two teams in each group will advance to the “super round,” which will be held August 2-3. In the super round, the two Group A teams will play the two teams Group B teams. The top two in this round play for 1st and 2nd place, with the other two teams playing for 3rd and 4th place. Meanwhile, the 3rd team in each group will play each other for 5th and 6th place, and the last place team in each group will play against each other for 7th and 8th place in the tournament.

There will be three games each day. The schedule is as follows (all times are in Peru Standard Time, which is the same as U.S. Central Time during daylight savings time):

Preliminary Round – all games on ESPN3:

Monday, July 29:

  • Cuba v. Colombia, 10:05 am
  • Argentina v. Canada, 3:05 pm
  • DR v. Peru, 7:05 pm

Tuesday, July 30:

  • Puerto Rico v. Nicaragua, 10:05 am
  • Colombia v. Argentina, 3:05 pm
  • Canada v. Cuba, 7:05 pm

Wednesday, July 31:

  • Nicaragua v. DR, 10:05 am
  • Cuba v. Argentina, 3:05 pm
  • Puerto Rico v. Peru, 7:05 pm

Thursday, August 1:

  • Colombia v. Canada, 10:05 am
  • DR v. Puerto Rico, 3:05 pm
  • Peru v. Nicaragua, 7:05 pm

Placement Matches and Super Round:

Friday, August 2:

  • 7th Place Match: Fourth Place Team in Group A v. Fourth Place Team in Group B, 10:05 am
  • First Place in Group A v. First Place in Group B, 3:05 pm
  • Second Place in Group A v. Second Place in Group B, 7:05 pm

Saturday, August 3:

  • 5th Place Match: Third Place in Group A v. Third Place in Group B, 10:05 am
  • Second Place in Group A v. First Place in Group B, 3:05 pm
  • First Place in Group A v. Second Place in Group B, 7:05 pm


Enjoy the games!

~ baseballrebecca







The 2019 Pan Am Games: Argentina and Peru

Today I present the last two teams who will be playing baseball in the 2019 Pan Am Games: Argentina, and host country, Peru:

Image result for Argentina flagThe Argentina National Baseball Team:

This year marks the first time the Argentina National Baseball Team, nicknamed “Los Gauchos,” will appear in the Pan Am games. The team, ranked #21 in the world by the World Baseball Softball Federation, earned their place at the Pan Am games by winning the South American Baseball Championship in April 2018. Their roster is as follows:

  • Pitchers: Agustín Borrino, Rodrigo Bruera, Ezequiel Cufré, Diego Echeverría, Miguel García, Guido Monis, Lucas Ramón, Federico Robles, Agustín Tanco, and Federico Tanco
  • Catchers: Juan Angrisano, José Gerez, and Lucas Nakandakare
  • Infielders: Jacinto Cipriota, Mauricio Costa, Federico Gómez, Nicolás Solari, Exequiel Talevi, amd Agustín Tissera
  • Outfielders: Nicolás Arrube, Sebastián García, Lucas Montalbetti, Mauro Schiavoni, and Eduardo Zurbriggen


Image result for Peru flagThe Peru National Baseball Team:

The host country’s team is currently ranked #39 in the world. Unfortunately, I could not find a current roster for the team, though they have some great pics on their Facebook page.

Be sure to check out the games next week!

~ baseballrebecca









The 2019 Pan Am Games: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Puerto Rico

Continuing from yesterday’s post, below is some information on three more competitors in this year’s Pan Am Games.

Image result for dominican republic flagThe Dominican Republic National Baseball Team is currently ranked #12 in the world. They have won the following international tournaments: the 1948 Amateur World Series, 1955 Pan American Games, 1962 Central American and Caribbean Games, 1982 Central American and Caribbean Games, 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and 2013 World Baseball Classic. The team placed first in the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier, with one of my favorite former Bowie Baysox, Garabez Rosa, being named MVP of the games. The roster for the qualifier included the following players:

  •  Pitchers: Gabriel Arias, Huascar Brazoban, Claudio Custodio, Ranfi Casimiro, Ramon Garcia, Leuris Gomez, Porfrio Lopez, Carlos Pimentel, Junior Rincon, Juan Sandoval, Atahualpa Severino, and Pedro Viola
  • Catchers: Ronny Paulino, Webster Rivas, amd Charlie Valerio
  • Infielders: Vladimir Frias, Miguel Gomez, Argelis Inoa, Deibinson Romero, and Garabez Rosa
  • Outfielders: Edgar Figueroa, Willy Garcia, Robelys Reyes, and Jose Rosario

Image result for nicaragua flagThe Nicaragua National Baseball Team won bronze at the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier, and is currently ranked #15 in the world. Their roster at that event included:

  • Pitchers: Jorge Bucardo, Leonardo Crawford, Berman Espinoza, Adolfo Flores, Fidencio Flores, Nelson León, Wilton López, Gustavo Martinez, Wilfredo Pinner, and Carlos Teller
  • Catchers: Rodolfo Bone and Melvin Novoa
  • Infielders: Benjamin Alegria, Darrell Campbell, Ofilio Castro, Ivan Marín, Elmer Reyes, and Wuillians Vasquez
  • Outfielders: Ismael Munguía, Isaac Benard, Jilton Calderón, Ismael Munguía, Javier Robles, and Norlando Valle


Image result for puerto rico flagThe Puerto Rico National Baseball Team, currently ranked #11 in the world, won the gold medal in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, ensuring their place in the Pan Am Games. I was unable to find a current roster for the team.

More to come tomorrow!

~ baseballrebecca




The 2019 Pan Am Games: Cuba, Canada, and Colombia

Image result for 2019 "Pan American games"The Pan Am Games (or, Pan American Games or Juegos Panamericanos), happen every four years in the Americas. They will be held this year in Lima, beginning this Friday and going through August 11.  The baseball portion of the games begins next Monday. Eight countries qualified for this year’s games: Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru, and Puerto Rico. The teams have been split into two groups of four, with the first four assigned to Group A, and the remaining four assigned to Group B.  The teams will play against those in their own group in games held between July 29 and August 1. Over the next few days, I’ll highlight each of the teams competing in the games, starting with Cuba, Canada, and Colombia:

File:Flag of Cuba.svgThe Cuba National Baseball Team is currently ranked #5 in the world. Cuba qualified for the Pan Am games by winning the silver medal (2nd place) in the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, held in Colombia in July 2018. According to Baseball Reference, Cuba dominated baseball’s international competition from the 1940s until the late 2000s. They made the finals of every major international baseball tournament from the 1952 Amateur World Series through the 2008 Olympics until they lost in the semifinals in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. In fact, they won 25 of the first 28 Baseball World Cups they played in, 12 of 15 Pan American Games (including 8 in a row from 1971-2007), and 3 of 5 Olympics.

Cuba was the second place team at the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games, which earned them a place at the 2019 Pan American Games. The following is their roster for the 2019 games:

  • Pitchers: Freddy A. Álvarez, Pedro Álvarez, Lázaro Blanco, Vladimir García, Raidel Martínez, Frank. L. Medina , Liván Moinelo, Wilson Paredes, Yudiel Rodríguez, and Yoanni Yera
  • Catchers: Yosvany Alarcón, Alfredo Fadraga, and Yunior Ibarra
  • Infielders: Jorge E. Alomá, Carlos Benítez, Raúl González, Yordan Manduley, César Prieto, and Yordanis Samón
  • Outfielders: Yurisbel Gracial, Yoelkis Guibert, Stayler Hernández, Yuniesky Larduet, and Roel Santos


Image result for Canadian flagThe Canada National Baseball Team is currently ranked #10 in the world. Canada came in 4th out of 7 teams at the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier, held earlier this year in Brazil, which earned them a place at the Pan Am Games.

The Canadian National Baseball Team is managed by former MLB catcher, Ernie Whitt. On July 15, Baseball Canada announced their updated roster for the 2019 Pan Am Games:

  • Pitchers: Ben Abram, Phillippe Aumont, Jordan Balazovic, Eric Cerantola, R.J. Freure, Ryan Kellogg, Chris Leroux, William McAffer, Dustin Molleken, Jasvir Rakkar, Scott Richmond, and Evan Rutckyj
  • Catchers: Dustin Houle and Jordan Procyshen
  • Infielders: Wes Darvill, Edouard Julien, Jordan Lennerton, Jonathan Malo, and Eric Wood
  • Outfielders: Michael Crouse, Tyson Gillies, Connor Panas, Tristan Pompey, and Rene Tosoni


Image result for Colombian flag

The Colombia National Baseball Team is currently ranked #14 in the world. They came in second in the 2019 Pan American Games Qualifier, held earlier this year. This was Colombia’s roster earlier this year during the Pan Am Games Qualifier:

  • Pitchers: Luis Barrios, José Calero, Hernando Chiquillo, Randy Consuegra, Carlos Mario Díaz, Hernán Guzmán, Luis Ortega, Dewin Pérez, Jaider Rocha, Ángel Vílchez, Luis Yendis, and Ezequiel Zabaleta
  • Catchers: Jair Camargo, Christian Correa, and Álvaro Noriega
  • Outfielders: Steve Brown, Efrain Contreras, and Jonathan Lozada
  • Infielders: Héctor Acuña, Sneider Batista, Samir Caraballo, Derwin Pomare, Milton Ramos, and Reynaldo Rodriguez


~ baseballrebecca