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2013 WBC International Ballparks


Plans are well underway for the World Baseball Classic  in all of the ballparks around the world.  Its hard to believe that the event  starts in about 3 weeks!     As for the international venues,  in the first round we have Hiram Bithorn in San Juan Puerto Rico, Fukuoka Dome- Japan , Intercontinental Stadium- Taichung Taiwan and Tokyo Dome in the 2nd round.

Hiram Bithorn Stadium –  The old park built in 1962 is seeing some upgrades to the field,  batting tunnels, padding,  basically a little  facelift.   Hiram Bithorn has seen 2 previous rounds of the WBC  action and the teams competing at this latin themed ballpark will create some real excitement for the fans!    Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Spain. each club loaded with big leaguers.   It will seat about 20,000 and is an open air synthetic turf field. Same dimensions of 325 down the lines and 400 to center.

fukuoka moundFukuoka Dome – Also known as Fukuoka Yahoo.    We last played here during the 2006 All Star Tour.   An all synthetic turf field with great site lines.  Not a lot of improvements but they will see  a few upgrades to the mounds and homeplate. It seats about 38,000 and was Japan’s first re-tractable roof stadium.  With dimensions of 328 down the line and 400 to center its a big park with quick turf.  The teams competing here are Japan, Cuba,  China and Brazil. intercontienentalIntercontinental stadium –  We just played the 2012 All-Star tour in this venue as well as several Baseball World Cups over the years.  An all grass playing surface that is undergoing some improvements to the outfield and infield for the tournament.   Our guys, Kevin Moses and Joe Skrabek are currently there assisting the local governments with the improvements.  With distances of 325 down the lines and 400 to center field we witnessed some great baseball here for the 2012 All Star Tour.  The fans in Taiwan are second to none when it comes to supporting baseball.   Exhibition games are being played in Dio-Liu stadium which is about an hour outside of Taichung.  Teams competing here include Korea, Taipei, Nederlands and Australia. The Tokyo Dome aka: The EggTokyo Dome –  MLB’s season opener took place here in 2012.  A very long history with MLB and Yomuri.  A great partner in developing developing the game in Asia.  They will see the basic improvements to the mound and home plate areas. A great ground crew headed up by Tamba and Hokike. Good luck to all the teams and federations.  Its going to be a great tournament.

HO HO HO!!


Tis the season to be jolly…and thankful…I hope everyone takes a well deserved break, enjoy the holidays and family time.    ( Tree Above is the final at old yankee stadium! )

2011 was a busy year for STS.  All Star  GAmes  in Taiwan, Panama’s BAseball World Cup, Field reviews and plans in Lagos de Moreno for the Pan Am games.  On the homefront we were quite busy with the National MAll, ODP clubs SI Yanks, the Greenjackets etc… Now we prepare for 2012.  Already quite a bit rolling with he MLB Opener in Japan and the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.    

Gave a fun presentation at the IBAF Congress meeting in Dallas this month.  We are working on a draft of the plan we hope to roll out the first of the year after we get approvals from IBAF and MLB. 

Hoping everyone has a blessed Christmas.  Also Glad to hear most of our troops are heading home from Iraq although there are quite a few still over in Afghanistan.  Thoughts and prayers with them and their families.

Dutch Honkball team win Gold at World Cup


After a 3 hour rain delay and 6 1/2 tarp pulls the Dutch started the gold medal game in panama at 840pm and ended it with a win over Cuba. What a performance by both clubs as the final score was 2-1. A light rain fell on the field the entire night and for a while it seemed the game would never start but with a great effort by the tarp crew at Rodney Carew stadium we were able to out maneuver the rain. Earlier in the afternoon the USA vs canada bronze medal game was called off due to rain and what was thought to be a tie for 3rd actually became a win for Canada because they beat USA in pool play.

This is the second time i have witnessed the Dutch team win a tournament when they were not favored to win anything.  The 2009 World Baseball Classic was another great win for the club after defeating the DR twice.   The win at the Baseball World Cup should prove this country is a  baseball power.  All in all a great day for international baseball. Having the Netherlands win the gold is just another checkpoint for how far the game has developed outside of it’s origins.

Its turning green at Omar Torrijos Stadium


Over the past couple days we have been overseeing the zoysia sod installation on one of the 4 fields in Panama for the upcoming baseball world cup. It’s exciting to witness the progress of these fields.  Here at Omar Torrijos Stadium, Santiago they installed a new drainage system, irrigation a sandy loam soil over gravel .  With the rain they receive in this country drainage is key.  Next stop for sod. Aguadulce.

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