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WBC'2017: Otani Out as Pitcher for WBC

An ankle injury will prevent fans from witnessing the 100 mile per hour fastball from Shohei Otani at the World Baseball Classic. He could still be available as a hitter if his ankle can improve. If the ankle does not improve he could drop out of the tournament completely, leaving Japan without one of the best players in the tournament.

2017 Caribbean Series: Granma Horses Roster Announced

The Cuban National Series champion, the Granma Horses, has announced its roster for the 2017 Baseball Caribbean Series.

The list of players includes 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 9 infielders, and 5 outfielders.

Granma added 9 reinforcement players to its original roster.

The 2017 Caribbean Series will be played in Culiacan, Mexico, from February 1-7.

The Cuban Team opens the CS on February 1 against Dominican Republic at 3:00pm, with games against Puerto Rico (Feb 3), Venezuela (Feb 4), and Mexico (Feb) to follow.

Here is the roster. 

2017 Cuban Finals: Granma Sweeps Ciego de Avila for Cuban Championship

No one said it would be so easy. There have been five sweeps in Cuban championship history. Granma made it six, winning their first Cuban championship with a game four 3-2 win.

BOXSCORE: Grm 3, Cav 2

Guillermo Aviles drove in Alfredo Despaigne from third with a sacrifice fly to drive in the game winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Granma scored the run without benefit of a hit, three walks loading the bases and advancing Despaigne to third.

2017 Cuban Finals schedule released

The schedule for the 2017 Cuban Finals, between the Granma Stallions and the Ciego de Avila Tigers, has been realeased.

The series will kick off on Wednesday, Jan. 18 at 7:15 pm (EST) with Game 1, and could go as late as Jan. 26, if the Finals need a full seven games to be decided.

Ciego de Avila has home-field advantage in the series after winning more games than Granma during the regular season.

2017 Postseason: Granma Upsets Matanzas in Semi-Final Playoffs

During the regular season Matanzas broke a record for most wins. At the beginning of the season they looked unbeatable, but chinks in the armor were beginning to show during the playoff round. The Granma Stallions advanced to the finals taking the last two games of the seven game series to eliminate the Crocodiles from the championship round, slaying the giant of the regular season. It is not the first time Matanzas has won the regular season with the best record but lost in a playoff series.

56 NS: Cuban Series Winding Down; Matanzas Breaks Cuban Win Record

The Cuban League is now down to the last four teams for the playoffs. Matanzas, Ciego de Avila, Villa Clara and Granma appear to be the final four teams with Holquin and Camaguey being eliminated. The four teams will then play it off to see who represents Cuba in the Series del Caribe, though the winning team can add players to their roster to enhance their lineup or rotation. If Granma does not make it to the finals expect Alfredo Despaigne to represent the winning Cuban team in the Series del Caribe.

MLB: Norge L. Ruíz Signs with Athletics

One of the better pitchers out of Cuba, Norge L. Ruíz signed with the Oakland Athletics. Not a big pitcher, standing less than 6′0″ with a pedestrian fastball, he will need to rely on his location to get major league hitters out. Myworld watched him pitch in the Series del Caribe in Puerto Rico. While he did not give up a lot of runs he always seemed to be working out of jams. Myworld expects him to end up in a relief role if he makes the majors, though the Athletics are short on starting pitchers.

Calendar of Baseball International Events for 2017

Below is the calendar of events for baseball in many different geographical areas. 

February 1-7 - Serie del Caribe in Culican, Sinoaloa,Mexico - Home of the Tomateros 

March 6-10 - World Baseball Classic, Pool A Seoul, Korea 

March 7-11 - World Baseball Classic, Pool B, Tokyo Japan

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic Pool C, Miami, Florida, United States 

March 9-13 - World Baseball Classic, Pool D, Jalisco, Mexico

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