October 2015 - Tallaght Echo Team of the Month - Oct 2015
|Congratulations to the Dublin City Hurricanes, whose perfect 20-0 season not only scored them a championship, but also the Dublin Echo Team of the Month Award for October. Chris St.Amand accepted the award at a gala ball.
July 2016 - Ashbourne Baseball Festival Announced!
|Ashbourne Baseball Club and Baseball Ireland are delighted to announce that The Ashbourne Baseball Festival will be held from the 2nd - 10th July 2016.
2nd - 4th July : Youth tournament
4th - 6th July : Youth camp
7th - 10th July: International Tournament
International Tournament will feature Irish National Team, UCLA Alumni, Baseball Ambassadors, and another European team to be named later.
More to follow...
SAT 9th JANUARY 2016 - SPRING TRAINING 2016
Spring Training is just around the corner!
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EVERY SATURDAY 6-8PM
FROM JAN 9th to 26th MARCH
AGES 13 AND OVER
NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY
€10 PER SESSION OR €100 FOR ALL 12
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- AMATEUR BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
|MABL/MSBL AMATEUR BASEBALL WORLD SERIES
PHOENIX ARIZONA 2015
I am writing this in the hope it may inspire more Baseball Softball UK (BSUK) & Baseball Ireland (BI) players to push themselves to play at the highest level possible as an amateur athlete within our sport.
I was fortunate enough to be asked to join the roster of the ‘Ventura Dodgers Baseball Club’ a team formed out of Ventura, California. The team boasts players who have played all the way up to AAA ball, most in fact have played at some level within MLB organizations at one time or another. The tournament, the MABL/MSBL AMATEUR BASEBALL WORLD SERIES is THE amateur Baseball tournament within the US taking place between the 18th-24th October at various facilities in Phoenix, Arizona. The facilities on offer are used during spring training by MLB teams. I can now say I have played on the same field that the likes of Mike Trout have graced.
My new team, The Dodgers have a rich history in this particular tournament so I have to say it was an honour to be selected, but, a little daunting also. I currently play domestically in the Baseball Ireland League for the Ulster Buccaneers & have previously donned the jerseys of Baseball Softball UK teams Brighton Buccaneers, Bolton Robots of Doom, Kent Mariners & Tonbridge Baseball Club & over the years come across some good players that I have played with & against, nothing though could have prepared me for the smoothness of play that my new teammates showed. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting to play much over the course of the tournament & was mainly there for the experience & at the ripe old age of 43 to maybe learn a thing or two.
Tempe Diablo Complex, home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
To my surprise, in our 1st game vs Las Vegas Warriors I found myself being summoned & handed the ball in relief with us trailing 12-1. I pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up no runs off of 2 hits.
Final 16-1 Loss
Vs San Diego Padres ended with a 15-1 defeat. I featured in the outfield & went 0-1 with a shot back to the pitcher.
Peoria Stadium, home of the San Diego Padres & Seattle Mariners
Another disappointing result vs So Cal Titans as we fell short. Again I featured in the outfield & in my 1 at-bat I drove in a run.
Final 13-10 Loss
Goodyear Complex, home of the Cincinnati Reds & Cleveland Indians
We faced off against the Sonoma County Black Sox in a game which I started on the hill.
After a shaky 1ST inning I settled into a groove throwing 4 complete innings giving up 5 runs off of 2 hits whilst striking out 1 with us on top 8-5. With the bat I went 1-4 with a stolen base.
Final 13-6 Win
Vs Arizona Angels. I sat this one out due to a pulled hamstring, a great game to watch saw us fall to a heart breaker 8-7.
Salt River Fields, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks & Colorado Rockies
Our last ‘pool’ game vs Montebello Angels saw us needing a win & waiting on results of other games for us to progress any further in the tournament. In the end it didn’t really matter, as, once again, despite a valiant effort, we fell short at the finish line.
Surprisingly I was called upon to pitch again, this time in relief, part way through the 4th inning with the score 11-6 in favour of the Angels. Over 3 1/3 innings I gave up 1 unearned run off of 2 hits whilst fanning 3.
Final 12-8 Loss
In summing up, I have a lot of great memories from the tournament and learnt a lot more about Baseball & how it should be played.
The umpire, who, after I entered the game, asked me to repeat my name 3 times, then having to spell it out to him as he couldn’t understand my ‘English’. After the game the same umpire approached me to say, “You pitched well out there, you just need to develop your ‘slide step’, oh, by the way, what part of Australia are you from?” (Something which I was asked on numerous occasions over the course of the trip)
Every time I replied I was from England & played Baseball in Ireland I was greeted by raised eyebrows & “They don’t play Baseball there, just cricket right?”
Whilst warming up in the bullpen during one of the games behind the opposition dugout (our bullpen was out of action), on hearing my accent the coach from the opposing team came to watch, he asked where I was from & on replying he disappeared only to re-appear a couple of minutes later with some of his team, watched for a while longer & proclaimed, “I didn’t know they could throw over in Ireland” (which gave me a confidence boost)
To date, I believe I am the only player from the UK & Ireland to have ever competed in this tournament. I cannot express how much of an Baseball experience this was, to play on fantastic fields alongside & against some great players, so much so, I am looking at putting together a team to take out there & compete,
Oct 2015 - 2015 Stats
2015 Baseball Ireland Final Stats
Download Batting Stats 2015
Download Pitching Stats 2015
10/10/2015 - Baseball Ireland Awards - 10/10/2015
|Congratulations to the winners of the A League - The Dublin City Hurricanes.
After a superb 18-0 season, the Hurricanes swept the Greystones Mariners in the finals.
The Dublin Spartans defeated B League North winners the Belfast Hornets to claim the overall B League Title.
The winners in full:
A League Champions
Dublin City Hurricanes
A League Pennant Winners
Dublin City Hurricanes
B League Champions
B League North Winners
B League South Winners
B League South Pennant Winners
Dublin City Hurricanes
B League North Pennant Winners
2015 Tommy Bond
Best Pitcher - A League
Stephen Carter (Spartans) & Daniel Woodburne (Mariners)
2015 Andy Leonard
MVP - A League
Stephen Carter (Spartans)
2015 Dirty Jack Doyle
Silver Slugger - A League
Frank Prieto (Hurricanes)
2015 Patsy Donovan
Batting Champion - A League
John Dillon (Spartans)
2015 Tony Mullane
Best Pitcher - B League South
Cormac Eklof (Hurricanes)
2015 Gustavo Hernandez
MVP - B League South
Daniel Huhn (Hurricanes)
2015 Curry Foley
Silver Slugger - B League South
Daniel Huhn (Hurricanes)
2015 Steve O’Neill
Batting Champion - B League South
Mark Calawen Jr. (Spartans)
2015 William Beglane
Best Pitcher - B League North
Jon Carter (Buccaneers) & Colin Woods (Hornets)
2015 Jimmy Walsh
MVP - B League North
Melvin Woods (Northstars)
2015 Jimmy Archer
Silver Slugger - B League North
Terry Rosbotham (Buccaneers)
2015 Fergy Malone
Batting Champion - B League North
B League Single Season Home Run Record
Congratulations to all the winners.
19th - 23rd August - International Baseball Festival Fixtures
August 2015 - Fallon Media
|Baseball Ireland And Fallon Media are pleased to announce a partnership to promote Baseball in Ireland
Baseball Ireland have announced that Fallon Media, an independent Irish media company from Co. Wexford, will be their official broadcast partners of the Grand Opening of the Ashbourne International Baseball Centre and of the Ashbourne International Baseball Festival.
Various YouTube videos will be produced including extended highlights programme of upcoming events. Fallon Media will cover the Grand Opening of the new International Baseball Centre in Ashbourne, Co.Meath on August 8-9. This will involves games between Irish Baseball League clubs and a demonstration from the Irish National Women's Fastpitch Softball Team.
Then Fallon Media will film the "Midsummer Classic" International Baseball tournament featuring Ireland, USA, Mexico and Belgium which runs from Aug 19 to August 23. The tournament will be a warm-up for the Irish National Team, who compete in the European Championships next year.
Peter Kavanagh, President of Baseball Ireland said, "We are delighted to be able to partner with a new and vibrant company like Fallon Media. More importantly, David Fallon is a baseball fan, which is unfortunately still rare in Ireland. His combination of skill at his craft and passion for the game made this a no-brainer for us."
David Fallon of Fallon Media is a presenter, on-site producer and cameraman and his work has been shown on TG4, Setanta Sports, IrishTV, Premier Sport (UK) and Fox Africa this year. He set up Fallon Media earlier this year to cater for the growing demand for videography services across sport, family events and web videos.
August 3, 2015 - Nike Baseball Camp
|New York, NY – – Irish teenager Paul Carey dreams of one day playing college baseball in America. With some help from The Baseball United Foundation and Nike Baseball Camps, Paul’s dream could become a reality.
Paul, a 17-year old catcher from County Meath, Ireland, will be participating in the Nike Baseball Camp at Mercy College in New York from August 9-13.
Paul’s visit to America is part of the Baseball United Foundation’s “Baseball Exchange Program,” which brings talented international youth baseball players to America, to help them learn the game through advanced instruction from professionals.
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Aug 17th - 19th - Ashbourne Baseball Camp 2015
|Learn the skills of the game!
Time: 10am - 1pm
Cost: € 10 per day
Ages: Up to 18 years old
8th / 9th August - International Baseball Center - Grand Opening
12:00 Ashbourne Giants v Sutton Red Sox (Coach Pitch)
13:00 Ashbourne Giants v Tullamore Tigers (Little League)
14:14 Opening Ceremony
15:00 Ashbourne Giants v Belfast Buccaneers
18:00 Softball Game
11:00 Opening Ceremony
12:00 Greystones Mariners v Shankill Blacksox (A league)
15:00 Fastpitch Softball National Team Demonstration
16:00 Dublin Hurricanes v Dublin Sparttans (A League)
19:00 Home Run Derby
11th July 2015 - Ashbourne Field Maintenance Day
We will be holding a Field Maintenance Day for the Ashbourne field on Satuday 11th July. We will be there all day.
We will be erecting the batting cage, painting the container, doing lots of strimming, weeding, etc.
All are welcome if you are not doing anything that day and want to get some honest work in the sunshine!
Please bring any useful tools, strimmers, wheelbarrows, etc if you have anything.
Any help is much appreciated as many hands make light work!
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June 2015 - Player Stats - June 2015
Download June 2015 Batting Stats
Download June 2015 A League Pitching Stats
Download June 2015 B League South Pitching Stats
Download June 2015 B League North Pitching Stats
May 2015 - Player Stats - May 2015
Download May 2015 A&B Stats
March 2015 - 2015 Major League Baseball
|The 2015 Major League Baseball season is almost upon us, with defending champions the San Francisco Giants opening the season at home against the Rockies without star third baseman Pablo Sandoval. The Boston Red Sox, having added the Kung Fu Panda and Hanley Ramirez have quickly become the online betting firms' favourites to rebound from worst to first and lift the World Series trophy in October.
Who will win it all? Be sure to watch the season with friends and enjoy it, wherever you are!
Sat 21st Feb - Baseball Ireland AGM
|The Baseball Ireland AGM for the 2015 season will take place at:
Date: Saturday 21st February
Time: 12 noon
Location: The Generator Hostel, Smithfield Dublin 7
Nominations and motions are now open. Please send any nominations for positions on the committee or any motions for discussion at the meeting to Sean Mitchell on sean.mitchell02@gmail,com. The cutoff date for receipt is
1 week prior to the AGM. Nominations need to also have a seconder.
The following positions are open on the committee for nominations:
- Adult League Coordinator
- Youth League Coordinator
- Public Relations Officer
- Facilities Officer
- Fundraising Officer
January 2015 - Winter Training 2015
|Ashbourne Baseball Club and the Dublin Spartans will be running Winter Training in Donaghmore GAA, Ashbourne every Saturday at 5pm to 7pm starting January 10th.
These sessions are open to everyone aged 13 and over.
Beginners and members from other clubs are welcome.
Equipment such as balls, bats and gloves will be provided.
The venue is indoor so please do not wear studs/spikes.
Cost: € 10 for adults and € 5 for under 16s.
Sat 10th Jan
Sat 17th Jan
Sat 24th Jan
Sat 31st Jan
Sat 7th Feb
Sat 14th Feb
Sat 21st Feb
Sat 28th Feb
Sat 7th March
3/10/14 - Mariners Claim A League Title
|Pegged by many as the underdogs before the final, the Greystones Mariners pulled off a huge upset as they became the first team all year to beat the Dublin City Hurricanes, ending their long wait for a championship.
The Wicklow club saw off the defending champions, the Dublin Spartans, in their semi-final and took on the heavily-fancied Hurricanes in a best-of-three series in Corkagh Park. Ireland pitcher Daniel Woodburne held the Hurricanes offense in check in game one, limiting them to just one run as the Mariners scored three times to come from behind.
Buoyed by their first-game performance, and anchored by terrific defense from Tommy Hernandez, Gareth Donnelly and Jack Fairbairn, the Mariners got behind pitcher Jaime Cuevas early and raced to an 8-1 lead in game two. Enrique Verea was among the big hitters, as everything came together for the Greystones 9. Despite a late rally from the Hurricanes, Cuevas dug deep and got himself an 8-4 win and a title at last for the oldest baseball club in Ireland.
3/10/14 - Hurricanes - B Champs Again!
|In the B League Championship, the pennant winning Hurricanes managed to go one better than their A League colleagues and win the championship, their second in succession and fourth B League title overall.
Veteran Cormac Eklof tossed a gem in game one as he held the Belfast Northstars, who came off a slugfest victory over Cavan in the semi-final, to just one run as the Canes bats exploded into life early. Game one went by in a heartbeat, 13-1 to the Canes.
Venezuelan pitcher José Martinez took the hill for game two and was just as dominant as his teammate, giving up just one unearned run in a solid performance. With the game moving inexorably toward a conclusion, Eklof was sent back to the mound to see the game out. This he did, escaping a bases-loaded jam to seal a 14-1 victory and his first B Championship, to add to his A League accolades.
September 2014 - B League Final
|The B League Finals is a rematch of last season with the Belfast North
Stars taking on the Dublin Hurricanes on Sunday September 28th in Corkagh Park.
First game at 11:30 with the second game following shortly after.
September 2014 - A League Final
|A League Finals - Saturday September 20th, Corkagh Park
For the first time in 9 years, the Irish Baseball League will have a new champion. The undefeated Dublin Hurricanes take on the Greystones Mariners in Ireland's Fall Classic.
The action starts at 11.30am and we encourage all fans of baseball to come along!
October 2014 - Baseball Ireland Awards Night 2014
|The 2014 Baseball Ireland Awards Night will take place Saturday October 11th in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield. Start time is 8pm. See you all there!|
25th August 2014 - Movie Competition!
|Want to win 2 tickets to a gala screening of Disneys new baseball movie "Million Dollar Arm" in Cineworld, Parnell Street, Dublin 1 on Wednesday August 27th at 7.30p.m. ?
Based on a true story, MILLION DOLLAR ARM is an inspirational and uplifting journey packed with funny moments which celebrates teamwork, commitment and what it means to be a family. With business failing, struggling US sports agent JB Bernstein (Jon Hamm) travels to India in a last ditch effort to save his career by finding a young cricketer to turn into a major baseball star. With the help of a cantankerous retired talent scout (Alan Arkin) JB sets up a national contest called “The Million Dollar Arm” and discovers Rinku (played by Life of Pi's Suraj Sharma) and Dinesh (Slumdog Millionaire’s Madhur Mittal), two 18-year-old boys who have a knack for throwing a fastball. Hoping to make a quick buck he brings them to LA to train, however the boys, who have never left their rural villages before, struggle as they try to adjust to their new life and cope with the pressure being heaped on them. His livelihood on the line and relationship with the boys at stake, with the help of his friend Brenda (Lake Bell) JB realizes that family and friendships are more important than sealing the deal.
Find us on Facebook for information about how to enter!
20th August 2014 - Statement by Baseball Ireland President
It is with regret that I announce that the Dublin Tigers Baseball Club, in the midst of their début season, have decided that they cannot continue to field a team in the Irish Baseball League. The National Executive Committee have offered to work with the Tigers to help them fulfil their remaining fixtures, but to no avail.
While the rules of the Irish Baseball League would normally prohibit players moving clubs after August 1st, and the same rules do not currently legislate for clubs withdrawing from the League, the National Executive Committee have decided it would be unfair to punish those members of the Dublin Tigers who want to continue playing baseball because their team's management have decided to withdraw from competition. As such, all members of the Dublin Tigers Baseball Club are encouraged to contact Baseball Ireland, who will contact other baseball teams in the League and help them to move to teams who need players.
We all want to create a stronger league and a better standard of baseball. The National Executive Committee will work to ensure this regrettable occurrence does not happen again.
Yours in sport,
31/07/2014 - WOODBURNE GEM SEES IRELAND INTO SEMI-FINALS
|Ireland capped off a two-game day with a second victory in their rearranged fixture with Hungary this evening. Daniel "Woody" Woodburne was given the ball and pitched a complete game to net a 6-2 victory.
Jimmy Pita (2-4, 2R), Mike Ferrato (2-3 2B, HR, RBI, 2R) and Nat Anglin (3-4, 2 RBI) did the damage with the bat, while three defensive errors were costly for the Hungarians. Ireland advance to play hosts Slovenia on Friday evening.
Winning Pitcher: Daniel Woodburne (9.0 IP 11 Hits 2 R 2 ER 2 BB 10 K)
Losing Pitcher: Varkonyi Attila (6.2 IP 7 Hits 4 R 3 ER 5 BB 0 K)
Notes: Rookie Joe Cunningham made the final play, throwing home to catch Hungarian baserunner Goor Czaba at the plate.
Pinch runner Frank Geoghegan was picked off at third base, the first Irish baserunner to be picked off or caught stealing in the tournament.
Box score and play-by-play available here
31/07/2014 - Ireland Rock Romania to Remain Undefeated
|Ireland remained undefeated in their European C Pool Championship campaign with a standout win over Romania in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Jaime Cuevas had a complete game victory, and was buoyed by 15 runs of support.
Nat Anglin, fresh from a pitching victory two days ago, was dominant at the plate (3-4, 2B, HR, 7RBI, BB, R), mashing a grand slam in the first inning, an inning that saw Ireland score eleven runs in total.
Winning Pitcher: Jaime Cuevas (9.0 IP 13 Hits 6 R 4 ER 1 BB 6 K)
Losing Pitcher: Klaus Nikolic (0.1 IP 6 Hits 9 R 9 ER 3 BB 0 K)
Notes: Ireland were 8-15 with runners in scoring position and 3-5 with the bases loaded in the game.
Irish baseball league player Andrei Apostoaei (Dublin Spartans) played against his country of residence. The pitcher/outfielder/first baseman threw 2.1 innings of relief and went 2-4 at the plate with a steal of home.
Box score available here.
29/07/14 - Ireland Dominate in Euro Championships Opener
|Ireland took the opening game of their European C Pool Championship campaign with a dominant performance against Norway in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Nat Anglin threw six strong innings, scattering two hits and shutting out his opponents, while Daniel Woodburne capped the performance with an inning of relief for just one run.
At the plate, Ireland were led by the impeccable form of Michael-Anthony Ferrato (3-3, HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 5 R), whose two-run dinger was a batting highlight. Nat Anglin helped his own cause with an RBI double, and Tommy Hernandez (2-4, 2 RBI, BB) drove in the killer run in the seventh to win it 11-1.
Winning Pitcher: Nat Anglin (6.0 IP 2 Hits 0 R 0 ER 2 BB 8 K)
Losing Pitcher: Emil Fjellvang (3.2 IP 6 Hits 9 R 6 ER 6 BB 3 K)
Notes: Brendan Power (1-3, RBI) and Joe Cunningham (1-1) made their senior international debuts.
July 2014 - Dublin Tournament
|We have top quality youth and adult baseball in Corkagh this weekend! Come down and see the Irish National Team and the future of Irish baseball!
Dublin Tournament in Corkagh Park Clondalkin.
Saturday 19th on LL field
11.00 T-ball Ashbourne Giants v Sutton Red Rox
12.00 Little League Ashbourne Giants, Tullemore Tigers and Sutton Red Rox.
On Adult field
11.00 PD Baseball v Rota Blue Devils
14.30 Rota Blue Devils v Ireland
Sunday 20th on Adult field
11.00 Rota Blue Devils v Presidents Nine
14.00 Rota Blue Devils v Ireland
17.00 The Boys of Summer v The Young Ones ( Will Beglane 50th birthday game)
Baseball Summer Camp
Then starting Monday 21st and running to Thursday 24th Baseball Camp will be on in Corkagh Park from 11am-2 pm each day €10 per day and open to little league and cadets.
June 2014 - League Stats
|The current Baseball Ireland 2014 league stats are available here to view: Download
The remainder of the stats are still being compiled and will be online as soon as possible
May 2014 - Youth League Update
Mariners 13 Tigers 10
Mariners 8 Tigers 7
Jays 8 Tigers 0
Jays 7 Tigers 0
Giants 11 Mariners 3
Giants 12 Mariners 3
Giants 9 Tigers 8
Giants 7 Tigers 6
Jays 6 Mariners 1
Jays 6 Mariners 1
Playoffs (June 21st)
Mariners at Giants (11am)
Tigers at Jays (12:30 pm)
Finals at 2:15 PM