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The International Gamejhelfgott

Mon, 07 Jan 2008 00:35:04 +0000

The folks at the Hardball Times decided to put my article from the 2008 Annual up on their website.  Check it out.  It goes into a little more detail about what I did on my Watson year than I have here at globalbaseball.(image)

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Buy the Hardball Times Baseball Annualjhelfgott

Mon, 10 Dec 2007 21:29:13 +0000

The Hardball Times 2008 Baseball Annual comes out this week.  I’ve been a customer since 2005, and this year I wrote an article for them on a handful of the experiences I had during the past year.  It was a fun one to write, and I hope people enjoy it.  Instead of putting up an Amazon […](image)

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Carribean Series becomes Second Dominican Seriesjhelfgott

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 19:57:38 +0000

Well, I guess  the powers that be decided that sending a second Dominican team to the Caribbean Series would be a better idea than using Puerto Rico’s departure to expand the scope of the event.  It’s only fair.  After all, it’s not like there’s another country in the Caribbean that could hope to field a […](image)

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USA! USA!jhelfgott

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 19:48:43 +0000

Well, the Americans finally pulled it off. The best team of prospects the United States has sent to an international tournament since I started paying attention beat the Cuban National team to take the World Cup crown. The last time the United States won the IBAF World Cup was 1974, and the last time any […](image)

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Check, Check, Check…Wha?jhelfgott

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 18:19:14 +0000

The semifinals of the 2007 IBAF world cup are set.  In the group B bracket, familiar international powerhouses Cuba and Japan face off.  While it would be tempting to write “in a rematch of the 2006 WBC final), that would be misleading.  The Cuban team, as always, is the class of the international baseball circuit, […](image)

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Holy Crapjhelfgott

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 17:22:55 +0000

After a long hiatus, I’m poking my head in here to deliver this tidbit: The freaking Netherlands just beat the Cuban National Team in an IBAF world cup game.  Against the unstoppable force of pitchers Deigomar Markwell and David Bergman, Yuliesky Gourriel went 0-for-4.  Frederich Cepeda went 1-for-3.  Yoandry Urgelles went 0-for-3.  The best team […](image)

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And We Have A Record… maybe?jhelfgott

Wed, 04 Jul 2007 21:00:26 +0000

If El Nuevo Herald can be trusted, the Boston Red Sox just obliterated the record international amateur signing bonus by inking Dominican SS/3B Michael Almanazar to a $3 million contract to open their 2007 signing season with a bang. Among other things, this ends the reign of Joel Guzman’s hold on the title, and the […](image)

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BA’s pre-Signing Period Articlejhelfgott

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 21:18:24 +0000

Chris Kline, over at BA, offers up a laundry list of top international guys available this year.  When it comes to working the phones on the international guys, Kline’s the man.  The article is subscriber-only, but offers up some interesting nuggets I feel ok about reproducing here. Most notably, this piece of information: According to […](image)

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Random Observationjhelfgott

Fri, 29 Jun 2007 03:10:35 +0000

Every once in awhile, I like to tune into minor league baseball games via the awesome centralized multimedia service offered by I’ve spent a lot of time this past year in cities where you are not really supposed to go outside at night alone, so when I’m lucky enough to find myself in a […](image)

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2007 Australian Academyjhelfgott

Thu, 28 Jun 2007 06:32:15 +0000

Hat tip to friend of Global Baseball David Cairns, who sent along a link to information for the 2007 list of players invited to the 2007 MLB Australian Academy. The names can be found here. While Australia’s been pretty short on impact talent lately, anyone you see signing this season out of Australia will almost […](image)

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