Sunday, August 3, 2014

The 17th Asian Games Baseball Schedule, U15 World Cup Tourney

It looks like there will be some important games next month! The 17th Asian Games, which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, just released their baseball schedule for the tournament. It’ll be from September 21-28. The venues will be Mokdong Stadium of the Nexon Heroes and Munhak Stadium of SK Wyverns (teams from the Korean Baseball Organization). Here’s the complete schedule and format of the tournament:

Group A: Japan, China, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Iran
Group B: Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Mongolia

9/21 – 11:30 G1 Philippines vs. South Korea, G2 Pakistan vs. Japan
            17:30 G3 Chinese Taipei vs. Thailand, G4 China vs. Hong Kong
9/22 – 11:30 G5 Philippines vs. Thailand, G6 Pakistan vs. Hong Kong
            17:30 G7 South Korea vs. Mongolia, G8 Japan vs. Iran
9/23 – 11:30 G9 Thailand vs. Mongolia, G10 Hong Kong vs. Iran
            17:30 G11 Chinese Taipei vs. Philippines, G12 China vs. Pakistan
9/24 – 11:30 G13 Mongolia vs. Philippines, G14 Japan vs. China
            17:30 G15 South Korea vs. Chinese Taipei, G16 Iran vs. Pakistan
9/25 – 11:30 G17 Mongolia vs. Chinese Taipei, G18 Iran vs. China
            17:30 G19 Thailand vs. South Korea, G20 Hong Kong vs. Japan
9/27 – 11:30 G21 Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up
            17:30 G22 Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up
9/28 – 11:30 G23 G22 loser vs. G21 loser for third place
            17:30 G24 Championship game

There probably won’t be any professional players from the Japanese, Korean and Taiwanese League, but the amateur players are still top notch. This is a chance for China to showcase their competitiveness against those countries. Realistically, they’ll go to the semifinals, but will lose to one of the top 3. Baseball is unpredictable, so let’s hope for some upsets!

Meanwhile, the Under 15 Baseball World Cup has been going underway for a few days already in Sinaloa, Mexico. China isn’t in the tournament, but Hong Kong is. They got their butts whooped in the first two games, but took game 3 against Lithuania. I’m just overly optimistic that baseball is being played in Hong Kong. You can probably catch a game there at Tsing Yi Sports Ground. Anyway, you can check out rest of the results here.

There are still a lot of things I want to write about in this blog, including amateur baseball teams, and international level of play around the world, but there are a couple of things I find challenging in keeping up. I would say the toughest part is being consistent with my updates and having readable entries. There are some people that have helped me in working with this blog. I would like to thank them for their contributions and how they’ve tolerated with my constant mistakes. Until then, thanks for reading y’all!

UPDATE: It looks like Korea will send their professional players to play in the Asian Games after all. Winning gold medals will exempt players from mandatory military service. Serious business. You can read all about it here.

Also, the Philippines and Iran won't be participating anymore.

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