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Japan announces 28-man roster for Premier 12

By philipp

Japan announced on Friday its 28-man roster for the upcoming Premier 12. One month before the tournament start Team Samurai nominated 13 pitchers, three catchers, seven infielders and five outfielders for the inaugural edition of the WBSC World Championship for the best 12 teams in the Men’s Baseball World Ranking.

Pitchers: Yuki Matsui, Tomoyuki Sugano, Takahiro Norimoto, Hirokazu Sawamura, Shohei Otani, Shintaro Fujinami, Kenta Maeda, Hirotochi Masui, Yuki Nishi, Yudai Ohno, Yasuaki Yamasaki, Shota Takeda, Kazuhisa Makita

Catchers: Ginjiro Sumitani, Motohiro Shima, Yuhei Nakamura

Infielders: Nobuhiro Matsuda, Shingo Kawabata, Takuya Nakashima, Sho Nakata, Tetsuto Yamada, Takeya Nakamura

Outfielders: Seiichi Uchikawa, Ryosuke Hirata, Yoshitomo Tsutsugoh, Yuki Yanagita, Shogo Akiyama

European Baseball Magazine, EBM+, is the first mobile baseball magazine in Europe

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By philipp

European Baseball Magazine, EBM+, is the first mobile baseball magazine in Europe

Press Release European Baseball Magazine, EBM+

European Baseball has now the brand new digital magazine. It offers the hottest European baseball topics for fans, players, people who are actively involved in baseball associations and all who are intrested in European baseball.

We are very pleased on announce the launch of European Baseball Magazine. We want to contribute in our part and promote baseball in order to make the sport more and more popular in Europe. EBM+ has already gained very good feedback from European baseball associations and we are confident that we will reach the fans as well,
says Editor in Chief Pasi Salmela.

The first issue of EBM+

The very first issue of EMB+ offers interesting stories and articles about Euro League
Baseball, a Finnish speciality called Pesäpallo and much more. Read player profile on Melissa Mayeux and
the story why baseball have a good chance to make its return at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Availability and format

The magazine will be published as mobile and tablet app for iOS and Android devices. It is available on App Store and Google Play in Nystig+ application.

How to subscribe

Download the magazine on App Store or Google Play in Nystig+ application. Download Nystig+ and experience the EBM+ on your mobile and/or tablet device.

For more information and interview requests:

Please visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Major League Baseball Roadshow draws crowds across Germany and the Netherlands

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By philipp

Major League Baseball Roadshow draws crowds across Germany and the Netherlands

Press Release ITMS Marketing

With an official count of more than 100,000 visitors at this year’s Major League Baseball Roadshow, ITMS can look back on a highly successful event. In a total of nine events across eight cities, the roadshow gave sports enthusiasts the opportunity to try their hand at classic baseball disciplines such as pitching, batting and running the bases.

The key ingredient, developed by ITMS, was the concept of an interactive Fun Park which offers visitors numerous hands-on activities and challenges. In the Power Pitcher pitching tunnel, participants had the opportunity to prove their accuracy and throwing power, to test their impact resistance in the Home Run Hitter batting cage, and to feel like a major league star as they step into a scaled-down version of a baseball stadium. The individual stations, co-sponsored by MLB apparel brands New Era and Majestic, made sure that everyone had the chance to immerse themselves in the American sporting pastime and baseball culture. Each event packed a variety of entertainments over a seven hour schedule, including live music, a green screen photo booth and numerous surprises and competitions.

Building on their successful hosting of the event in recent years, ITMS was responsible for the planning, organization and implementation of the German and Dutch version of the MLB Roadshow from the ground up, and took care of all media communications and marketing for the two week tour. The roadshow has increased awareness of Major League Baseball and baseball as a sport in general across these markets, and at the same time provided a great attraction for young and old.

Regional baseball clubs also had the opportunity to participate in the roadshow and were enthusiastically integrated into the events. Interested youth players were able to gain hands on experience of baseball and get better acquainted with the clubs and teams in their area. Overall more than 100,000 people attended the event series and more than 15,000 participants having checked in at the different stations to showcase their talents. With attendance up from last year and an increased number of attractions, the Roadshow is now assuredly an annual fixture not to be missed by any baseball fan.

Crowds were not only delighted by the booths and family entertainment, but a number of sporting names made an appearance. Visiting celebrities included “Hertinho”, the mascot of Bundesliga club Hertha BSC Berlin, who threw out the first pitch at the Berlin event, former Canadian National Hockey player Chris Stanley, and first chairman of the Leipzig Youth Sport Association Sebastian Pilz. Also not to be missed at the roadshow was German national team and MLB hopeful Pascal Amon, who dropped in to sample the challenges and meet and greet baseball fans. The promising young German will be joining the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in the upcoming season.

In keeping with the start of the MLB postseason and World Series, the roadshow was a perfect appetizer for the major sporting event in the United States. With the end of the regular season, the ten best teams reached the postseason. At the end of October, the winners of each league meet for the finals of the World Series. Winners in 2014 and thus for the eighth time winner of the most important title in baseball were the San Francisco Giants.

Following its resounding success, it is already confirmed that the Major League Baseball Roadshow will return next year. Sports fans from all over can look forward to even more attractions, diversions, competitions and celebrities from the sports scene.