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August 20, 2014

Brazil Baseball Update – August 20, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 9:02 am
US Navy sailors play baseball in Natal during WWII - photo credit Baseball Live Brazil

US Navy sailors play baseball in Natal during WWII – photo credit Baseball Live Brazil

Here’s an update on all things happening in the world of Brazilian Baseball:

- Last month, Pereira Barreto won the CBBS-sanctioned U-12 22nd Annual Brazil Inter-Club Cup. The MVP of the tournament was Arthur Sabino, who hit .583 and was also voted Best Pitcher. This year’s tournament also featured a team from Brasilia, which traditionally has not been a baseball stronghold. You can see the tournament results on the CBBS website.

- Left handed Pitcher Edilson Novaes Batista, nicknamed Geléia and featured previously in this blog, has been signed by the Boston Red Sox. Geléia has been assigned to the Red Sox’s Dominican Rookie Summer League team.

- Brazil came in 5th place in the U-12 Panamerican Championships in Mazatlan, Mexico last month. You can see the Brazilian team results on this dedicated blog site (in Portuguese). Of particular note is Brazil’s continued domination of Panama (beginning with the WBC qualifying upsets in late 2012 in Panama City), where the U-12 guys took two wins over the Panamians in Mazatlan to secure the 5th place finish.

- Brazil came in 8th place in the U-15 World Baseball Championships that were held in Sinaloa, Mexico earlier this month. You can see all the results and stats from the tournament on the IBAF website.

- The classification phase of the CBBS-sanctioned 68th Annual Adult Brazilian Inter-Club Championships concluded last week. The teams that made it to the championship rounds include Nippon Blue Jays, Atibaia, Mogi das Cruzes, Maringá, Nikkei Curitiba and Marília. 

- Speaking of the CBBS, earlier this month confederation president Jorge Otsuka met with visiting Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe, who brought along with him a donation of baseball and softball bats, gloves and balls compliments of Japanese baseball equipment maker Mizuno. The equipment will be distributed to players in the various local tournaments as well as be used by the national baseball and softball teams.

- In the amateur adult Liga São Paulo de Beisebol (LSPB), four teams have qualified for the double elimination round. Underdogs, Red Foxes, BATS and ANC Indians (making their first playoff appearance). The double elimination round schedule should be posted on the LSPB Facebook page shortly.

- Over in the other amateur adult Liga Paulista de Beisebol (LPB), Ibiúna Woodland (a new addition this season) sits atop Conference A and Piracicaba sits atop Conference B after 7 rounds of games. Updated info can be found on the LPB Facebook page.

- The amateur adult Liga Curitibana de Beisebol has also started its season and has completed the fourth round of games. You can also find updated information at their Facebook page.

- Baseball Live Brazil reported yesterday that the amateur Recife Imortaís baseball team has joined forces with the local soccer club Náutico to form a baseball school for kids aged 10-14 and devote an exclusive space at the club grounds for a baseball facility, with the idea of forming a little league in Recife. A presentation and exhibition game will be held at Náutico on September 22 and the CBBS, the local U.S. Consulate, Major League Baseball International and Little League Baseball will all be in attendance. The participation of the U.S. Consulate and MLBI in the event is fitting seeing as how it was the U.S. military that first brought baseball to the northeast of Brazil, if only for a short time, during World War II. More information can be found on the Baseball Live Brazil website.

 

July 1, 2014

Brazil Baseball Update – July 1, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 10:20 am

Edilson Batista - Photo credit: Baseball Live Brazil

As you can imagine, Brazil is pretty focused on the World Cup at the moment. There is, however, a good amount of baseball going on, both in-country and with Brazilians playing abroad. Here’s a review of what’s happened in the last month:

Nippon Blue Jays won the U16 16th Annual Brazilian Open Championships. This tournament featured a number of players who are on pro scouts’ radars, including NBJ’s own Gabriel Clovier, who was named MVP and Best Pitcher of the tournament, Gabriel Ferruci of Marilia, who hit a home run, Salomon Koba of NBJ, who drove in 6 runs and Leonardo Takaki of Nikkei Curitiba, who led the tournament with a .636 batting average. You can see all the results and stats on the CBBS website.

The Liga São Paulo de Beisebol is on a bit of mid-season break. The Red Foxes stand at the top of the table at 12-0, with the Underdogs right behind them at 11-1. You can see the full table, plus pictures of all the teams, on their Facebook page.

The Liga Paulista de Beisebol resumed play this month, playing a round of games this past weekend. It’s been hard to follow the schedule and standings on their Facebook page, but it’s good to see that the league carries on.

Earlier this month. Anhanguera beat Atibaia to win the 12th Annual Adult Paulista Championships. Former pro pitcher Jean Tome was on the losing end for Atibaia. You can find more information on the Baseball Live Brazil Facebook page.

There’s a great video of left handed pitcher Oscar Nakaoshi on the Baseball Live Brazil page. Nakaoshi is currently pitching in Japan for the semi-pro Honda team and has an ERA of 0.60 in 15 innings pitched over 9 games. Both Nakaoshi and Tome pitched on the Brazilian National Team that played in the last World Baseball Classic.

B-Live Brazil also has a nice little piece on left handed pitcher Edilson Batista of Marilia. Scouts have told him he needs to get his velocity up to 88 MPH. Considering he’s only 17 and already 6 ft 1 inches, he might just get there!

June 3, 2014

Brazil Baseball Update – June 3, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 6:44 am

Paulo Orlando - Photo credit: Minda Haas (via Flickr)

Happy June, and how fun is it to see Brazilian baseball history being made literally every day?

First of all, how about Paulo Orlando? On track to make the Triple A All Star Game due to his breakout 2014 campaign.  Paulão is hitting .345 with an .853 OPS, along with 14 stolen bases (to 5 caught stealing). Given that, it’s definitely not out of the realm of possibility for Orlando to get a call up this season to the Big Leagues. Something would probably have to happen to the Royals’ starting centerfielder, Lorenzo Cain (who’s having a good season), or the backup Jarrod Dyson (who’s doing OK as well) for him to get the call.  At any rate, Orlando is doing all he can to put himself in position to get promoted. Parabens, Paulo!

Up in The Show, Yan Gomes’ emerging leadership behind the plate and steady bat have helped the Indians stay relevant in the middle of the AL Central.  Gomes’ maturity shouldn’t be surprising given how much high level baseball he has under his belt between college (both Tennessee and Barry University), as well 3 years in the minors and now into his third major league campaign. He’s on course to becoming an excellent field general. Don’t forget that his father in law is former MLB pitcher Atlee Hammaker, and his skipper is Tito.

Andre Rienzo had been pitching pretty effectively up until a weekend loss against the Padres, where it took him 80 pitches to get 10 outs. The prior three starts, however (against Oakland, KC and the Yankees), Rienzo had an ERA of 3.11 and WHIP of 1.10 with 19 strikeouts in 17.1 innings pitched. Personally, I was a little surprised White Sox manager Robin Ventura pulled Rienzo out of the game in the 4th, even with the high pitch count. Rienzo had runners at 1st and 3rd with one out and the White Sox were down 3 to 1 when he came out. Apparently Ventura didn’t think that Rienzo could induce an inning ending double play, which is what Rienzo’s replacement, reliever Scott Carroll, ended up doing.

Don’t forget about infielder Leonardo Reginatto, who is ripping it up in the Single A advanced Florida State League. Reginatto is hitting .326 with a .779 OPS, along with 11 steals (to 1 caught stealing) in 184 at bats for the Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB).

Reliever Thyago Vieira has put together a solid 2014 Single A Clinton Lumberjacks (SEA), going 1-1 with a 3.63 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 18 strikeouts and 1 Save in 17.1 innings pitched.  Opponents are hitting just .228 against him.

Other Brazilians currently playing or active in MLB minor league organizations include Luiz Gohara, Daniel Missaki and Felipe Talos (all with SEA), Murilo Gouvea (HOU), Lucas Rojo (PHI), Luiz Gustavo Paz (LAD) and Rodrigo Takahashi (ARI).

On to baseball in Brazil, where a few tournaments have been going on in the month of May. Of particular note was the 14th annual U21 Brazilian Inter-Club Championship, which took place in Marília last weekend and which featured Atibaia beating GECEBS in the final.  Vitor Souza of Atibaia had the best batting average of the tournament, hitting .474. His teammate, Lucas Sakay, scored the most runs in the tournament with 7. Rodolfo Lobo, also of Atibaia, led all base stealers with 3, and his teammate Lucas Tadokoro was awarded best pitcher and MVP of the Championship. As usual, more info can be found on the CBBS website.

Finally, in another sign that baseball continues to expand all over Brazil. The CBBS and the state baseball federation of Mato Grosso inaugurated a new baseball facility at the Asociação Nipo Oeste do Brasil in Cuiabá. You can watch the YouTube video of the event on the Baseball Live Brazil website. The event featured a “field of dreams’ style game of former great Brazilian players, and the facility itself was inagaurated by vice-Governor of Mato Grosso, Chico Daltro.

Cuiabá, by the way, happens to be one of the sites of the FIFA Soccer World Cup, which also happens to be starting this month.  Pra frente, Brasil!

April 28, 2014

Brazilian Baseball Update, April 28, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 11:27 am

Photo credit: clevlandsportchat.com

Bom Dia! As usual, there is a ton going on in the world of Brazilian Baseball and with the Brazilians playing pro ball. Here we go:

- Parabéns to Yan Gomes, who began this season as the starting catcher for the Cleveland Indians after signing a 6 year/$23 million contract. Though Yan had some early issues defensively behind the plate, he’s been carrying his weight on the offensive side and hit his 3rd home run of the season yesterday, while maintaning a .270 batting average and .772 OPS. In addition, Yan’s expected to go on paternity leave soon for the birth of his first child.

- Pitcher Andre Rienzo, who started off the season in Triple A, was called up to the White Sox on April 19 and had one inning of no-run relief against Texas, then pitched 6.1 innings of 4 run ball against the Tigers 3 days later (picking up the win).  He’s scheduled to start tonight against Tampa Bay.

- Outfielder Paulo Orlando has had a nice start to the season with the Triple A Omaha Storm Chasers (KC), hitting .321 in 78 at-bats with 6 stolen bases so far.

- Back in Brazil, the powerful Nippon Blue Jays won both the U16 and U18 editions of the of the CBBS-sponsored Copa Seattle Mariners this past weekend. Diego Uehara from Nippon was named Best Pitcher and MVP of the U16 bracket and Gabriel Clovier, also of Nippon, was also named Best Pitcher and MVP of the U18 bracket. More info can be found on the CBBS website.

- The weekend of April 12 featured the 33rd annual U16 Brazilian Baseball Inter-Selections (all-star) championships in Marília. Paulista, comprised of players from CBBS club teams in the outskirst of the city of São Paulo, won the 7-team tourney. Paulista’s Igor Januario was the home run king and Renan Lima took home the MVP and Best Catcher awards.

- Last month Baseball Live Brazil, a recently launched website dedicated to information and live video streaming of Brazilian baseball, televised games between visiting Japanese university NITTAI and Anhanguera. The hope is that they continue to carry more CBBS club games.

- Over in the Liga São Paulo de Beisebol, the Red Foxes remain at the top of the table with an 8-0 record, followed by the Underdogs at 7-1 and a three-way tie for 3rd by Bats, the Indians and FEA-USP (4-4).  Check back to the LSPB Facebook page for schedules on the next live streaming games by STI Esporte.

March 17, 2014

Brazil Baseball Update – St. Paddy’s Day Edition – March 17, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 9:26 am

LSPB back in action. Photo credit - STI Esporte

Though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t as big in Brazil than it is in the U.S., Brazilians can still appreciate wearing green and having a good reason to party. There’s also plenty to celebrate on the Brazilian baseball scene at the moment, here are some quick updates:

- The Liga São Paulo de Beisebol (LSPB) started up its regular season yesterday. Defending 2013 champions Underdogs have already positioned themselves at the top of the standings with 2 wins, along with the Red Foxes and newcomers the Indians. The LSPB’s Facebook page continues to be the primary source of updated information for the league, including results, standings and other information.

- One of the big new announcements from the LSPB is their partnership this season with STI Esporte and Radio Paraty, who will be broadcasting LSPB games both live on the internet and on radio. Check back to STI Esporte’s baseball page to get information on the next broadcasts.

- Over in the CBBS, Pereira Barreto continued its winning ways by taking home the U-11 17th Annual Honorio Mukai Cup yesterday in Ibiuna. Stats from the tournament can be found here.

- Another piece of interesting news out of the CBBS is that the Nippon Sports Science University (NITTAIDAI) baseball team is touring Brazil and playing in different cities around the country. You can see their tour schedule here.

- On a more social note, here’s a pretty cool picture of some of the top Brazilian players currently in U.S. Spring Training. Apparently these guys were able to get together one evening while in Arizona.  From left to right are Daniel Missaki (SEA), Rodrigo Takahashi (AZ), Felipe Caldeira (Brazil natl. pitching coach), Paulo Orlando (KC), Luis Gohara (SEA), Yan Gomes (CLE), Andre Rienzo (CWS) and Thiago Vieira (SEA).

Brazil All-Stars - photo credit CBBS

- Finally, Brazil National Team Manager and Hall of Famer Barry Larkin was hanging out in São Paulo this weekend, watching his daughter, singer Cymcolé perform at a local club. Cymcolé is well known in Brazil for singing the theme song to a popular Brazilian soap opera called Avenida Brasil. More pics of the night can be found on the Baseball Live Brazil Facebook page.

Barry Larkin & Cymcole - Photo Credit Basball Live Brazil

March 9, 2014

Brazilian Baseball Update – March 9, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 6:42 pm

New D-Back Rodrigo Takahashi - Photo credit: Baseball Live Brazil

It’s that time of year again. Baseball all over the world is getting revved up, including in Brazil where the annual tournaments have already started up again at various age levels. Here’s a quick review of what’s going on:

Pereira Barreto wins the 11th annual U12 Yakult Cup. In fact, PB dominated this tournament, outscoring their opponents 45-1 in 4 games.  Marilia won the U-13 edition of the tournament, but under slightly less dominating circumstances.  You can find the box scores for the U12 tournament here and for the U13 tournament here.

The 12th Annual Adult Paulista Baseball Championship just concluded its first weekend of games. Atibaia, Nippon Blue Jays and São Paulo were all winners.  More information on the tournament can be find on the Baseball Live Brazil Facebook page, which is a new group that plans on providing news and live feeds of games in Brazil. Stay tuned for their new website. They already have great content on the Facebook page covering the Brazilian guys who are already in MLB organizations.

Something I forgot to mention this past offseason is that the Arizona Diamondbacks signed pitcher Rodrigo Takahashi from Presidente Prudente. Takahashi participated in the 2013 edition of the MLB elite camp in Brazil. Takahashi, 17, is in camp with the D-Backs this spring training.

January 30, 2014

Brazilian Baseball Update – Jan. 30, 2014

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 6:59 pm

If you didn’t see this, it wasn’t in the English speaking press but was
announced in Brazil.

MLB International intends to open an office in São Paulo, and help
renovate São Paulo’s venerable Mie Nishe municipal baseball stadium
(http://www.prefeitura.sp.gov.br/cidade/secretarias/esportes/estadio_mie_nishi/index.php?p=887)
so that it can eventually host an MLB exhibition game.

This, according to ExtraTimeBrasil, an online sports journal with
contributors from the major Brazilian media outlets as well as ESPN
Brasil. You can see the article (in Portuguese) here:

http://extratime.uol.com.br/exclusivo-mlb-planeja-reformar-estadio-em-sao-paulo-para-organizar-um-jogo-no-brasil/

Also announced this week is a lecture in São Paulo by Martin Brunner, who
was instrumental in starting a baseball academy in Germany 10 years ago
that has since produced 10 professionally signed(w/ MLB teams) European
players. He’s specifically going to be speaking to local Brazilian Nikkey
clubs about how to set up academies and attract the funding for doing so.

The Confederação Brasileira de Beisebol e Softbol (CBBS) is hosting this
lecture. Link (in Portuguese): http://www.cbbs.com.br/noticias.php?id=5863

Also understand that MLB now has twice the size of a viewership rating than the NBA does in Brazil. Amazing when you consider the NBA has had Brazilians playing in its league for a longer period of time than MLB has. No doubt, Brazil’s success in the WBC, along with the sudden of emergence of Yan Gomes and Andre Rienzo, have helped stimulate interest among Brazilians.

December 13, 2013

Historic Broadcast For 20th Annual Brazil (Baseball) Cup This Weekend

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 11:44 am

Broadcast partner for Brazilian Baseball - Travinha TV

This weekend is the XX Taça Brazil (20th Annual Brazil Cup), taking place at the Mie Nishe municipal baseball stadium in São Paulo, and pitting the top adult baseball club teams in Brazil against one another in a tournament-style championship that this year stands to feature an unprecedented number of current and former pro players, most of whom play in MLB minor league organizations.

This year’s tournament also happens to be the first time a CBBS-associated club tournament will be televised. Though you’ll only be able to see it online (it will not be on local television), it means that anyone in the world can watch the games, which start at 8:30AM local time tomorrow (Saturday, December 14) and carries on through Sunday.  Tomorrow’s first game will feature Atibaia vs. Nippon Blue Jays.

Viewers will be able to login via Travinha TV’s website at: www.travinhatv.com.br/aovivo. Current MLB players Yan Gomes and Andre Rienzo will be supporting the telecast as analysts for the play-by-play team (in Portuguese, of course).

Travinha TV, out of the Rio Grande do Sul state, already has experience televising baseball games, as they have covered a number of amateur Liga Gaucha games in the last two years, as well as televise this year’s Brazilian National Amateur and Beginner’s Baseball Tournament in Ibiúna.

Players who are expected to participate include Leonardo Reginatto (TB), Rafael Moreno (BAL), Thyago Vieira, Pedro Okuda, Felipe Talos, Daniel Missaki, Felipe Burin (SEA) and Lucas Rojo (PHI). Other former minor leaguers such as Jean Tome and Brazil national team veterans such as Juan Muniz will also be playing, along with some new, up-and-coming young players you haven’t heard of yet.

This is truly the first real opportunity that the rest of the world, and even the rest of Brazil, will have to watch the best baseball Brazil has to offer, so take advantage of it!

November 18, 2013

Brazilian Baseball Update – Nov, 18, 2013

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 12:30 pm

Lucas Fornelli, Londrina - photo credit: CBBS

Here’s a quick wrap up of all the cool things going on in the world of baseball over the last few weeks. We’ll start with the CBBS Nikkey club action:

Londrina wins another U14 Nikkey tournament with its win of the 41st Annual Brazilian Baseball Championship. Lucas Fornelli and Gabriel Maciel were virtually interchangeable at shortstop and pitcher for Londrina, which beat Marilia 3-2 in the final game. Both Fornelli and Maciel took home all kinds of hardware from the tournament.

Presidente Prudente wins the 66th Annual U15 Brazilian Inter-Club Baseball Championship. Lucas Mifane, Hugo Prevedel and Rodrigo Takahashi all had a big tournament for Presidente Prudente, which beat Guarulhos 6-5 in the final game.

The 20th Annual Adult Brazil Baseball Cup is in full swing. First weekend’s action included current champion Atibaia and Anhanguera going 1-0, and Nippon Blue Jays, GECEBS and Marilia going 1-1. More games to follow this weekend.

Marília wins the 30th Annual U12 Brazilian Inter-Club Baseball Championship. 20 teams participated in the tournament that was held in Maringá this past weekend. Be on the lookout for João Victor Sequeira da Silva Lima, of Marilia, who won both Most Valuable Pitcher and Player awards.

Over in the independent leagues, lots of action happening as well:

Underdogs wins both the Liga Paulista de Beisebol and 2013 National Amateur Tournament. With both these wins, Underdogs effectively have a “hat trick” for 2013, as they also won the Liga São Paulo de Beisebol championship earlier this year. Also of note was that the games from the National Amateur Tournament were televised online via Travinha Esportes. The LSPB Facebook page still seems to be the most current source of information on all of the São Paulo-based independent leagues and tourneys.

Liga Curitibana de Beisebol playoffs wrap this weekend. I’m personally rooting for Sushiyama. More info on their Facebook page.

October 23, 2013

Brazilian Baseball Update, Oct 23. 2013

Filed under: Baseball in Brazil — Andy @ 10:30 am

Team Brazil at S. American Championships - photo credit: Nikkei Portal

Brazilian baseball continues at full throttle! Still so much going on, and more to come in the world of baseball in Brazil. Here’s my attempt to review what’s been going on in the last month:

- Yan Gomes becomes first Brazilian-born player to appear in the MLB playoffs. Yes, the Yanimal was instrumental in getting Cleveland into the playoffs. Though it was only a one game playoff against Tampa Bay that they lost, it was still a huge milestone for both Yan and Brazilian baseball. Also, early indications suggest that Yan will start at catcher for the Indians next season.

- Paulo Orlando is a big contributor on the Triple A Champion Omaha Stormchasers. Orlando has had a bumpy ride the last few seasons in the minors after having been a Texas League All-Star back in 2010.  Then, he turned in a strong showing at the end of last year in the WBC, got injured this spring, slowly worked his way back into the Omaha lineup, and ended up being a significant part of their postseason. Orlando is now with Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan Winter League, hitting .258 in the first 8 games of the season.

- Brazil comes in 2nd place at the South American Adult Baseball Championships. Brazil lost a close one to Argentina to take 2nd place at the 12th edition of this tournament, which took place in Chile at the end of September. Brazil’s team featured current pro minor league players Lucas Rojo (PHI) and Felipe Talos (SEA), as well as ex- U.S. minor leaguers Jean Tome, Fabio Murakami and Marcel Vianna.

- CBBS concludes the Los Angeles Dodgers-sponsored youth “João Nakaei” tournaments. Nippon Blue Jays won the U-14 category and Pereira Barreto won the U-12 category of the annual Champions’ Club Cup tournament.

- Marília continues to dominate the CBBS with its U-17 win over Ibiúna to take the 55th Annual Brazilian Baseball Inter-Club Championships. Both of the teams are powerhouses, but Marília has definitely held its own lately. Be on the lookout for Caic Nonoyama, who was the MVP of this tournament and also played for the national team at the S. American championships.

- The 12th Annual Brazilian National Baseball Tournament will take place the 9th-17th of November. This tournament brings together the “amateur” and “beginner” club teams from all over the country to compete.

- MLB will hold preliminary workouts in Brazil November 5th through 8th for the Upcoming Elite Camp in February, 2014.  Tryouts will be held in Marilia, Londrina, Curitiba and Ibiuna.

- The Liga Paulista de Beisebol concludes this weekend. Piracicaba, Under Dogs, Wild Eagles and Farmime are all in the mix for the semi finals and finals.

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