Chris Aguila – Florida Marlins outfielder (Filipino father). Jason Bartlett – Tampa Bay Rays shortstop. (Filipina mother) Geno Espineli – San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum – San Francisco Giants pitcher (Filipina mother, Rebecca Asis, is the daughter of Filipino immigrants) Help the Giants to win the crown.... Shane Victorino, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder. Brandon Villafuerte – San Diego Padres pitcher
If this initial lineup plus the additional local breeds to play and train maybe we can have again the asian crown that we didnt get for the last 60 years.....
we dip from 20 to 23 because we didnt join the last asian prequalifying for the asian championship...and we lost to thailand in the last sea games....we are the powerhouse for the first 3 decades in asia and slowly fading away....and now thailand is knocking the door to grap the asean seat....this is only the low funding and favoritism in the selection...with the phenom of the azkals hope that baseball PHL will change to a better program....
The Philippines has been invited by Major League Baseball (MLB) to participate in the qualifying tournament for the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC).
The quadrennial event is an international baseball tournament sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF) where the world's best sluggers, including Major League players, are representing their home countries.
In a press release published on MLB.com, the Philippines has been invited in the qualifying tournament that will take place next year with the venue still being determined.
The Philippines - along with Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, South Africa, Spain and Thailand - were selected by a committee made up of the world's baseball stakeholders.
Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama and South Africa had participated in the 2009 edition of the games won by Japan but was relegated to the qualifying round after a winless campaign two years ago.
The teams will be divided into four pools which will play in a six-game modified double elimination format. The groupings will be based on geographical location, competitive balance and regional rivalries.
The four winners will join two-time defending champion Japan, Australia, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela, which have already gained automatic berths after respectable finishes in the 2009 edition.
The qualifying tournament is in line with the WBC's expansion of the tournament from 16 to 28 teams.
"Growing the game of baseball around the globe is the primary objective of the (WBC). By expanding the competitive field of the 2013 tournament, we are demonstrating our commitment to this goal and reinforcing that the (WBC) is the premier showcase of baseball around the globe," said MLB commissioner Bud Selig in a statement.
"The tournament is a unique experience for fans to witness the excitement of this great game and I encourage organizations around the world to bid for the chance to host this wonderful baseball event," he added.
Bring back PHL's glory days Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA) president Hector Navasero was elated with the invitation.
"We hope that we can form a competitive team for this prestigious tournament. I'm hoping that our participation will bring back the glory of the Philippine baseball," said Navasero.
He said that he had received MLB's letter inquiring about the country's capability of forming a team for the WBC.
Some professional players in the MLB have Filipino blood and they can play for the Philippine team if they choose to.
Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, a member of the San Francisco Giants that won last year's World Series against the Texas Rangers, has a Filipina mother.
Lefty pitcher Geno Espineli, who is also part of the Giants' organization playing in their minor league baseball team, is also of Filipino descent and has visited the country in 2008.
Hope that the Phil baseball association will prepare for this one...this is one of the lifetime event......hope that there some wealthy people will help by sponsoring this event.....
we need a formidable pitcher lincecum and espineli can be the best bet......and we need an international coach (either cuban, japanese or american), with a complete staff, (pitching, batting, body conditioning ) coaches....... unlike in football we dont have much players abroad....we need to train more the players base here.
jpmanahan if your assumption of grouping is true.....hmmm chinese-taipe is a formidable team, i guess we can beat new zealand and thailand.
We should look at the colleges here in the US as well as the minor leagues for players. There should be a lot more of them playing at those levels. In fact I think my nephew was offered a scholarship a few years ago. I will see how he is doing now.
Congratulation for our under 12 baseball team for having 9th place in world championship
However, I noticed that the players of this line-up seems odd (refer to the attached file), I crossed check the line-up of this team to the champions of the little league Philippines and of the same bracket. I noticed that few or none was included on this roster.
My point is we can be better if the selection process was honestly taken into perspective. I believe for our baseball team as what the little league team is perform on the ASPAC regional elimination they are the champions.
Now that the Under 16 world championship is on the way, hope that the selection process and training would be on a high priority so that we can up lift the supremacy of the Phl baseball again. Wishing goodluck and take the highest place as possible.
BoyBacolod: If some UAAP or NCAA schools will join the new league in one form or another, it may remove the gap between U22s and seniors. The schools can devise a system akin to sports academies, education is important after all.
Feb 28, 2019 18:16:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Will the PFL be like the San Marino league system, where there are no so-called "home" stadiums.
Mar 2, 2019 12:39:19 GMT 8
leoisiah: Gibraltar also has a single stadium for their league.
Mar 12, 2019 8:27:57 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Rules are rules are rules. The two clubs should have known better. They are given loads of time to act on it. And to those who say PFF sucks, sometimes they do but one thing they are consistent is sticking to the rules.
Mar 25, 2019 10:42:16 GMT 8
truman: Agree @boybacolod
Mar 25, 2019 14:49:21 GMT 8
truman: lowkey cringe sa conyoness ng PPL FB page.
Apr 8, 2019 10:11:23 GMT 8
truman: sad day for philippine football
Apr 27, 2019 13:22:38 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Why I like UAAP football, no more extra games for seeding.Makes me think about European efficiency. Wish gayahin din sa basketball (very sketchy tiebreakers), like Euroleague.
May 8, 2019 14:02:35 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Negros Occidental footy fans, expect more football this 2019, now that a San Carlos native is governor.
May 14, 2019 2:05:22 GMT 8
Jun 9, 2019 18:39:47 GMT 8
@BoyBacolod: Hamak na mungkahi lang. Mabuti siguro kung maipromote ulit ang larong sipa. Daming maling sa sipa na mga bata, mabuting transistion for futsal, kung hindi regular football. Parang sa Thailand, sepak takraw, o chinlone sa Myanmar.
Jul 24, 2019 19:12:53 GMT 8
bluedevil2k8: guys please support the across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 19:18:16 GMT 8
papajamba: listening now to simone rota - across the line podcast
Sept 16, 2019 23:48:32 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: As long as Ricky Yanson is professional to Ceres FC and extends support to the Azkals in general (Ceres Azkals in particular) during home games, he can be PFF president in my book. Much better will be reconciling with Leo, though that idea is Farfetch'd.
Sept 21, 2019 23:07:36 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: Kaya fans wishing that Ricky Yanson wins the PFF presidency is akin to GMA fans wishing that Congress and President Duterte will not renew ABS-CBN's franchise.
Oct 24, 2019 21:10:39 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: We will wait for the basketball and volleyball ASEAN teams and then we compare their reception to that given to the football delegations, where ALL ASEAN nations participate. Now there will be foreign scrutiny in every move of PHISGOC.
Nov 24, 2019 23:20:26 GMT 8
BoyBacolod: DDS trolls underestimated the SEA football community. Having no prior exposure to football culture, they dismiss any and all so-called sabotages as destabilization plots, to the point that they do not support the teams, especially the women.
Nov 27, 2019 15:25:36 GMT 8
Passerby: That's awkwardly worded.
Mar 6, 2020 21:09:41 GMT 8
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nil: anyone have any ADT FC's contact?
Jun 3, 2020 11:30:08 GMT 8