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The British aren't coming! The British aren't coming!
2008-03-05 18:00
by Bob Timmermann

To Olympic baseball qualifying that is...

Team GB, the British international baseball squad, finally had to drop out of Olympic qualifying after the British Olympic Association decided against advancing the group £40,000 to compete in the final qualifier in Taiwan.

The BBC story goes in to greater detail.

The final three spots for the 2008 Olympics will come from an eight-team tournament involving Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei (Taiwan to most of us), Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and Germany. The Germans are replacing the British.

The British baseball team will take on all-star squad of cricketers on October 4.

Also, in Lahore, Pakistan WAPDA defeated the Pakistani National Police team 7-6 in the National Baseball championships. The Army team routed Balochistan 17-2, but Balochistan, as we all know, is through to the second round.

2008-03-05 18:40:59
1.   Linkmeister
Hmmph. I recognize that post title as a play on an old movie.

And Holy Smokes, look at that cast!

2008-03-05 19:11:24
2.   vockins
Looks like there's a regional preference for the cut of a baseball diamond on the other side of the pond.
2008-03-05 19:16:49
3.   Bob Timmermann
The field in Somerset definitely favors pull hitters.
2008-03-06 08:58:17
4.   Woden325
3 That picture is either distorted or the rules in Britain are very different. The foul lines sure don't look to be forming a right angle. It looks more like 120* or so, and the distance from home plate to 2nd looks to be very much shorter than the distance between 1st and 3rd.
2008-03-07 10:37:04
5.   Yu-Hsing Chen
Taiwan embarrased Spain in a 8th inning called game 12-2

Korea beat South Africa 5-0

Canada prevailed in a slugfest against Mexico 15-10 , not good news for Mexico to burn up their pitching like this consider that they play another strong team (Taiwan) the next day at noon. Taiwan only used 3 pitcher.

Germany gave the Aussies a scare but in the end the Aussies still pulled ou a 4-1 win.

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