Baseball may be America’s pastime, but international players are taking the stage

They call baseball America’s pastime, but an increasing number of players from other countries are making their mark in the US, including Major League Baseball and Little League.

America’s passion for baseball began with Abner Doubleday, known as the father of baseball, despite some conflicting accounts, who have disapproved of that position. Even then, story goes That Doubleday invented the game—including coining the term “baseball”, designing the diamond, and developing a number of rules—during his time in Cooperstown, New York, in 1839. In 1945, Jackie Robinson debuted as the first black Major League Baseball. player.

Baseball is an American tradition – from the cornfields of Iowa in the “Field of Dreams” to night ball games in small-town America communities, baseball is as much for rural America as it is for the big arenas in the big cities.

Now, however, the countryside can also include the countryside of international locations.

On Opening Day in 2022, 275 players in MLB were born outside the 50 US states. According to MLB.com, The Dominican Republic leads the countries and territories with about 100 players. It is followed by Venezuela with 67 players, while Cuba is in third place with 23 players (the highest so far with 2016 and 2017).

Most recently, baseball’s worldwide talent was on full display during the Little League World Series, a baseball competition for young players aged about 10 to 12 years.

Honolulu South plays Curaçao in the Little League World Series Championship baseball game in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sunday, August 28, 2022. Honolulu won 13–3. (AP Photo/Tom E. Pusker)

28 different countries are sending local Little League events to compete in the Little League Baseball World Series, as well as teams from 42 states. According to LittleLeague.org, countries that have won the Little League Baseball World Series in the past include Curacao, South Korea, Mexico, Venezuela, Japan, Chinese Taipei and the United States.

This year Hawaii defeated Curacao 13-3.

After the defeat, the head of the Baseball Federation of Curaçao spoke to the Daily Yonder.

Jedrek Magdalena stated that although the team lost, reaching the final confirmed that they were on the right track.

Jedrek Magdalena, head of the Baseball Federation of Curaçao. (Photo by Christy Eaton)

“Just to give you a glimpse into the past… we’ve made some great progress,” he told the Daily Yonder in an interview at an area in Willemstad, Curaçao. “We have been in the finals a couple of times, but for the last three years, with me at the top, we have rearranged some things in terms of how we prepare our kids, the guidance we give them. To see There was a reassuring process for us that whatever we want to implement and are implementing is the right way.”

He said he is happy with the result but it also motivates him to improve the programme.

One statistic that shows Curaçao’s dominance is that it has the highest number of MLB players per capita of any country.

Magdalena said that he believes there is a reason for Curaçao’s players to advance in the game.

“I think it’s a combination of everything because not only do we cross in baseball, we cross in all the sports that we do.” They said. “And just I think the weather, the body types of the people we have here — we have a combination of being Caribbean, African and European.”

Magdalena said it is surprising how much programs are achieving in other countries and regions without similar financial support.

“Take myself for example, I got a track and field scholarship,” he said. “When I was younger, I went to the states and all the facilities that I had in my school were remarkable. And then if we could have 50% of the top facilities or the top countries… I guess any Can’t beat us.”

For Hawaii, dominance in the Little League World Series was evident. This was his fourth win for the state in 17 years. Former President Barack Obama congratulated the team on Twitter.

Cama Angel of Honolulu, center, celebrates with teammates after winning the game with a single in the fourth inning of the Little League World Series championship game in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sunday, August 28, 2022. Honolulu won 13 – 3 in four innings. (AP Photo/Jean J. Pusker)

A parade is scheduled for the Hawaiian team on September 8 to celebrate the victory.

“It’s amazing what they achieved. They sacrificed a lot. They worked so hard this summer. Just couldn’t be happier and prouder for them,” said coach Gerald Oda, as quoted Hawaii News Now.

“Despite the score, every game was very tough, I mean it was tough, but I’m proud of how these kids handle themselves.”

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