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South Africa 15U World Cup Squad

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Back (L-R): Donavan Adeline (Gauteng), Tanner Bunn (Gauteng); Brady Conradie (Western Province), Charles Van Wyk (Western Province), Keino Davids (Western Province), Brandon Gehlig (Western Province), Keagan Lazarus (Western Province), Cullum Lee (Easterns); Fabio Sa’Miranda (Easterns); Warren Ras (Gauteng), Jaundre Smit (Kwazulu-Natal) Front (L-R):Lance Gordon (Western Province), Laindan Andrews (Boland), Na’eem Dollie (Western Province), Alexander Fortune(Western Province), Yahya Patel (SWG), Dylan O’Brian (Kwazulu-Natal), Ross Vening-Pridham (Kwazulu-Natal), Brandon Smith (Kwazulu-Natal)

The eighteen-nation U-15 Baseball World Cup – which will be staged from 31-July to 10-August in Mazatlan, Mexico, and features ten of the top fifteen countries in the world

Launched in 2012 and played every two years, the U-15 (ages 13-15) Baseball World Cup has established itself as the pinnacle of baseball in this age category — and like the U-12 (ages 11-12) Baseball World Cup, the U-15 BWC is the only world championship across all of sport featuring National Teams, with the best young baseball players in the world, and future stars, representing their countries and uniting on the Baseball World Cup global platform.

A total of eighty-three U-15 Baseball World Cup games will be showcased over eleven days. The event was moved to Mazatlan after the three newly renovated venues in the cities of Constitucian, Los Cabos and La Paz were damaged by a hurricane.

Groups and Seeding

The eighteen participating National Teams of the II U-15 Baseball World Cup have been seeded and assigned (based on current World Rankings and past performance at the inaugural U-15 Baseball World Cup in 2012) to one of three six-nation groups:

Group A houses No. 4 seed Chinese Taipei, No. 6 seed Italy, No. 7 seed Mexico, No. 10 seed Brazil, No. 13 seed Czech Republic and No. 18 seed Tunisia.

Group B brings together the top two seeds in USA and Japan (who will also be competing in their first-ever U-15 Baseball World Cup), No. 8 seed Panama, No. 11 seed Germany, No 14 seed New Zealand and No. 16 seed South Africa.

Group C features the 2012 U-15 finalists in No. 3 seed Cuba and defending champion, No. 5 seed, Venezuela, No. 9 seed Australia, No. 12 seed Argentina, No. 15 seed Hong Kong and No. 17 seed Lithuania.

 

SA WBC Baseball Jersey Donated to the Nelson Mandela Trust Fund

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SA Consul General George Monyemangene, Harry Belafonte, Sello Hatang, CEO “The Nelson Mandela Foundation”, Zondwa Mandela and Mike Ward

The 2013 World Baseball Classic  “No. 2” jersey worn by Rick Magnante during the qualifier tournament at Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, South Florida was donated by Mike Ward to the Nelson Mandela Trust Fund.

Magnante managed the South African team in the 2006 World Baseball Classic, 2007 Baseball World Cup, 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, 2009 World Baseball Classic, 2009 Baseball World Cup and the 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Magnante has been with the Oakland A’s organization for the previous 12 seasons, spending the past three as the manager of Vermont of the New York Penn League. He is currently the manager of the Class A Beloit Snappers He has done double-duty as an area scout as well and is credited with signing stars like Barry Zito and Bobby Crosby.

At the New York Yankee Stadium on April 15th the SA “#2” jersey was proudly handed to the grandson of late President Mandela, Zondwa Mandela as memento by Mike Ward, the tireless champion of SoutH African baseball, and in the presence of the South African Consul General George Monyemangene, Sello Hatang, CEO of “The Nelson Mandela Foundation” and Harry Belafonte the world renowned singer. The jersey will be showcased at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Headquarters in New York.

The SA jersey is significant as it represents the number worn during South Africa’s first and only World Baseball Classic victory in May 2013 during a playoff game against France which South Africa won 5-2 in 11 innings.

The gift represents a gesture to the Mandela family from the baseball fraternity in South Africa as an inspiration for future players.

 

30 College Recruiting Red Flags

by: Nate Trosky

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Over the the last 15 years I’ve had the opportunity to work over 150 college recruiting events and professional scouting combines. From these events I have noted 30 recruiting red flags, complaints from the college coaches and scouts concerning high school prospects. I encourage high school prospects and their parents to read the list below and make note of the individual red flags. Being conscious of each area will ultimately increasing a player’s odds of being recruited. As a coach and scout, I communicate to my players that, “the college coaches are in the bushes and the scouts are in the tree,” meaning someone always watching them!” A player’s character is the true separator and definer of how fare they will go in this game and in life, and character can be defined as what someone does when nobody is looking, or at least when they think nobody is looking.

30 College Recruiting Red Flags

  1. Addressing an email to a college coach by either calling him Coach, without his first name and or by spelling his name wrong.
  2. Sending emails to college coaches that are lengthy, with too much information.
  3. Getting in trouble outside of baseball fostering a reputation that reaches college coaches.
  4. Attending a college recruiting camp with sagging pants, untied shoes, wearing headphones or with a non baseball hairdo.
  5. On a official visit, asking current players what the party scene is like and where to find girls.
  6. During a college visit, acting rude to a parent or family member.
  7. Throwing gear after getting upset during a game.
  8. Un-coachable attitude when a coach is advising, teaching techniques or training.
  9. Looking like a thug in your uniform.
  10. Being seen at the yard with a hat on backwards.
  11. At a college prospect camp, a player disrespecting his high school coach in front of the college coaches.
  12. Player seen eating a poor diet at a showcase or tournament, especially if he appears to be struggling with weight problems.
  13. Overly involved parents or family members. Parents that are too attached, controlling, or speak for their kids when a college coach asks the player questions.
  14. At a high school or travel ball game, a player asking his parents for drinks/snacks.
  15. Lack of self control, revealing negative emotions through poor body language when things aren’t going right on the field.
  16. Complaining or disrespect toward umpires or coaches.
  17. Inconsistent effort of hustle running to 1B.
  18. Low GPA.
  19. Low test scores.
  20. Player’s dad carrying his bat bag or equipment .
  21. Mom applying sunscreen to the player’s face.
  22. Colorful language, poor attitude or images of debauchery on social media.
  23. Showing up late, anytime.
  24. Not being prepared at a college camp, forgetting belt etc..
  25. Verbally committing early, getting lazy, not improving or reaching one’s projection.
  26. Player rolling their bag into the park on wheels.
  27. After verbally committing to a college on a baseball scholarship, and then decomitting.
  28. Lack of commitment to a club or high school team. For example, playing on numerous team at once and being unreliable.
  29. Showing off, boasting, or other ego-driven actions that degrade a team collaboration.
  30. Rounding up on GPA, test scores, and or baseball statistics

Nate Trosky

Nate Trosky, owner and founder of Trosky Baseball, is employed by the Milwaukee Brewers and serves as a consultant for the German National team, the Southern California Area Code team, the North South Team, and Team USA (NTIS). He has served and, for many, continues to serve as a consultant for West-Coast colleges and universities (e.g. Stanford, USC, Cal Poly, San Diego State, Santa Clara, Sonoma State, Cal State Monterey Bay, USF, and others). His coaching endeavors have taken him around the world to South Africa, the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, and the Czech Republic.

Coach Trosky has coached in Europe professionally and has coached with both the Croatian and German National teams. He has been an assistant coach in 3 North American minor leagues (Northern, Western and North-East).

At Hawaii Pacific University, he received All-American and Scholar Athlete awards. He holds a Masters Degree in Christian Leadership, Youth / Family Development.

Blueprint for the Green and Gold

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We are growing increasingly frustrated with the inertia of the South African Baseball Union. In 2012 we submitted an extensively researched four year Strategic Plan to SABU for consideration.

The Mission: “To provide national leadership and develop baseball as a preferred sporting option and recreational choice, providing a framework for maximum access and mass participation
in building a healthier nation”

The Vision: “Develop and maintain baseball as an adequately resourced system at all levels of participation and that allows for the equitable delivery of school sport, recreation and competitive baseball.”

At that time South Africa was ranked 23rd in the world and uniquely positioned to derive maximum benefit from the rapid globalization of the sport of baseball. With the introduction of a South African Baseball League (SABL) we could derive immediate benefits in foreign investment, international relations and tourism. In collaboration with local national and international, private and public sector partners, we had secured investors willing to establish quality facilities to meet the needs of both elite level showcasing and participant growth of Baseball.

Two years later South Africa is ranked 31st in the world, having been passed by the likes of Hong Kong, Thailand, Phillipines and Argentina; the only efforts to grow the sport are being spearheaded by dedicated individual outside the confines of the SABU; the numbers of players in the professional ranks has remained static at eight; investors have grown impatient with the lack of response and set their sights on other southern hemisphere countries and our national championship was held without a murmur in the international baseball and scouting media?

This is a far cry from the realistic and achievable goals proposed in the Strategic Plan.

At the conclusion of this strategic plan cycle (31 December 2017),
baseball will be the sport of choice for 140,000 South Africans with a top sixteen (16) world ranking and an automatic berth in the Little League World Series. South Africa will take its rightful place as an integral part of the burgeoning international baseball structure.

I have shared the original document in the hopes of staring a dialogue that will help propel our baseball out of obscurity.

Blueprint for the Green and Gold

For the record, I am not trying to secure a position on the SABU. My son followed his dream to become a professional baseball player and my commitment is to grow the game of baseball in South Africa, leveraging my access to resources and knowledge developed over a fifteen year association with this sport from coach and manager to administrator. I also serve as the President of the Going to Bat Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of our youth by providing any child who wishes to play baseball or softball with the means and the opportunity, providing a viable alternative to other destructive options.

In this document the term “Baseball South Africa” is used generically and should not be confused with BaseballSA.com which is a website I created to  to provide players, administrators, coaches, supporters and scouts with easy access to information on the growing number of South African baseball players.

Keith Lovegrove

If a Tree Fell in the Forest…?

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What if the South African Baseball held its 2014 National Championships in Durban and no one in the world baseball community knew about it? Would it make a sound? No information was available on rosters, fixtures, results or notable performances? What if the only images of this important event in the South African baseball calendar were protected and posted on an obscure Facebook page called Kzn Photos?

If I was a top baseball prospect in South Africa, I would be livid? Despite numerous offers of assistance and logistical support for an online presence for baseball in South Africa, the myopic officials steadfastly keep our talent pool in the baseball wilderness.

To quote their own charter, the South African Baseball Union is the National Sporting Organisation (NSO) responsible for the administration, conduct, control, development and promotion of the sport of baseball in South Africa. I think they regularly miss the opportunity to promote not only the sport, but also its top prospects. We need to Utilise the national competition to underpin and grow the professional and international opportunities for baseball players, coaches, scorers, scouts, umpires, officials, administrators and executives. The ideal metrics to measure our national success is the the number of players maintaining professional baseball contracts (currently eight), the results the national team achieves at benchmark events and the team statistics at international events. To achieve the goals above, our players need exposure to the international scouting community, and this might be as simple as published biographies of each player participating in the IRT, readily available statistics, simple videos of individual performances and interviews and effective communication of events.

Nobody is suggesting that hordes of scouts are going to hop on planes to attend the South Africa National Championships, especially since we insist on holding the event during the MLB baseball season, but we could do an infinitely better job of bringing that event to the scouting community. Major League Baseball is going to extraodinary lengths to grow the game internationally and uncover potential talent. Disney is even making movies and holding competitions related to the quest to find the next Million Dollar Arm.

We continue to lag far behind the efforts and results shown by other countries where baseball was not a major sport. We need to step up to the plate without delay.

BaseballSA

Callan Pearce is South Africa’s Newest Professional

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Callan Pearce was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Twins and joins the seven South Africans already playing professional baseball in the USA (Gift Ngoepe, Pittsburgh Pirates; Tayler Scott, Chicago Cubs; Kieran Lovegrove, Cleveland Indians; Anthony Phillips, Dylan DeMeyer and Dylan Unsworth all from the Seattle Mariners and Hein Robb, Minnesota Twins)

Callan Pearce hails from Glenwood High School in Durban, South Africa and excelled as a multi-sport, playing cricket, softball and field hockey. Callan was signed to a multi-year contract by the Minnesota Twins where he joins countryman Hein Robb.

Callan keeps the number of South African born professionals at eight after Robert Lewis-Walker was released by the Concinnati Reds.

Wayne Williams, BaseballSA