First of all, for all of you MLB executives currently meeting in beautiful San Diego: you’re all overpaid idiots if you’re not, at some point along the way, talking about the potential of baseball in Brazil.
That said, let’s get into the latest happenings in the world of Brazilian baseball:
- The semi-finals of the 21st Annual Adult Baseball Brazil Cup will be taking place at the venerable Mie Nishe Stadium in São Paulo, on December 20-21. The final four teams contending include the powerhouse Nippon Blue Jays, GECEBS, Mogi das Cruzes and Atibaia. Probably the best place to get in depth coverage is on the CBBS Facebook page. I’m hoping the games are televised as well. Check Baseball Live Brazil periodically as they may be carrying the games.
- The CBBS has named the fifty youth players who will be participating in the MLB Elite Brazil Camp, Jan 26 – Feb. 4, 2015. You can see the list of players here on the CBBS web site. Basically, anyone with the first name of Gabriel is worth taking a look at. All joking aside though, this list is stocked full of guys who have a lot of international tournament experience since they were 8 years old and who have been tearing it up for their respective club teams. I will attempt to provide some more in-depth info on each player in a future post.
- The CBBS has named its preliminary roster for the South American Championships, taking place in Peru the 10th -17th of January, 2015. The names that jump right off the list include Andre Rienzo, Oscar Nakaoshi, Jean Tome, Marcel Viana, Felipe Talos, Allan Fanhoni, Felipe Burin, Leonardo Reginatto, Pedro Okuda, Lucas Rojo, Reinaldo Sato, Paulo Orlando and Thiago Magalhaes. This is an extremely deep and veteran group with lots of pro experience (both in U.S. and Japanese leagues). Moreover, most of this squad has been training together in Brazil since the end of November.
- Brazil’s U11 national team came in second place for that age group’s Pan American Championships held in Mexico City last month. Believe or not, Panama finally beat a Brazilian team in international play to take the championship. More info on the tournament can be found on the team’s blog.