Welcome to the postseason! The Dodgers may have won the MLB World Series, but there’s still a Japan Series, Taiwan Series, and Korea Series to be played. In Japan, the regular season of the Nippon Professional Baseball League is winding down and the championship series, the Japan Series (or Nippon Series), is scheduled to start this weekend. The Chinese Professional Baseball League is currently in the midst of their playoffs. The first half champions, the CTBC Brothers, are playing the second-half champs, the Uni-President Lions, in the 2020 Taiwan Series. As of yesterday, the Brothers were leading the best-of-seven series 2 to 1.
The Korean Baseball Organization playoffs will be shown on ESPN2 (with some games on ESPN News) networks. The postseason began on November 2 with a Wild Card game between the LG Twins and the Kiwoom Heroes. The postseason scheme for the KBO is quite interesting. The top five teams participate in the postseason (see standings below). The fourth- and fifth place teams kick things off with a 2-game Wild Card series. The fourth place team is given an 1-0 advantage, so if the fourth place team wins the first Wild Card game, it advances to the Semi-Playoff Series and if the fifth place team wins the first game, the winner of the second game advances. This year, the fourth place Twins beat the Heroes 4-3 in one Wild Card game.
The next step of the KBO post season is the Semi-Playoff Series. The winner of the Wild Card Series plays the third-place team in a 3-game series, which began this morning:
Wednesday, Nov. 4: LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears, 4:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Thursday, Nov. 5: LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears, 4:30 a.m. (ESPN2)
Saturday, Nov. 7: LG Twins vs. Doosan Bears, midnight (ESPN2), if needed
The winner of the Semi-Playoff Series advances to the Playoff Series against the second place team. This 5-game series begins on November 9:
The Caribbean Series began yesterday! Several of the teams tweeted out their rosters for the series, which includes players you may have heard of: Fernando Abad, Jumbo Diaz, Jimmy Paredes, Felix Pie, and Dariel Alvarez.
Hiram Bithorn Stadium in Puerto Rico – location of the 2020 Serie del Caribe. Photo Courtesy of the National Register of Historic Places on Flickr
Are you ready for the Caribbean Series? I don’t know about you, but I always find it difficult to find information on other baseball leagues. MLB.com certainly does not update its information on the Winter Leagues very well. Below are a few links to help you follow the Caribbean Series when it begins on Saturday:
The Caribbean Series begins on Saturday! This year’s series will take place in Puerto Rico’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan. Despite the recent earthquake in Puerto Rico, the Series will go on as scheduled. The Commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation, Juan Francisco Puello, assured the teams and the public that stadium sustained no damage during the earthquake. The nations playing are: Mexico, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. The Colombian team replaces Cuba, which was unable to obtain visas for the series. The full schedule of games is below.
Stay tuned this week as we prepare for the 2020 Series!
Since the above is hard to see, use the schedule below, and just swap out Colombia for Cuba – the rest of the schedule remains the same:
Dave Martinez, Manager of the Washington Nationals, July 2019. Photo by Derek Russell (via Wikipedia)
It’s all about teamwork and believing in yourself. As Washington Nationals manager Davey Martinez said after the Nats won the World Series:
“I believe in these guys and they believe in each other. The biggest thing for us is never quit.”
Washington, DC, is still pinching themselves over last week’s World Series win. This week, The Baseball Sociologist looks at the Sociology of the Series, recapping the 2019 World Series from a sociological perspective.
I’m still in disbelief that the Nats swept the Cardinals and are headed to the World Series. But I’ve uncovered their secret weapon: they’re getting some heavenly help.
There’s a church just down the street from Nats Park that offers a Sunday “Nats Mass” during the season. You can attend mass at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, then walk just down the street to the ballpark in time for the first pitch:
The 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.
Yesterday, 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.