AUGUST 9, 2017
– Welcome to your monthly update for all things USA Military Baseball. July was a busy month for USAMB. Team Pacific, based out of Yokosuka, Japan, added three to their win column as they defeated the visiting Tokyo Lobsters, Kawaguchi Golden Dreams, and Adachi Dreams. Team Spain finished their local season as league champions only dropping two games all season.
Team Pacific got the opportunity to host a professional team from Osaka in a base-wide event on July 28. The Baseball First League (BFL) All-Stars, comprised of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) hopefuls, competed with team Pacific in an exhibition match to bridge the gap between the US and Japan using a common language, baseball. The match proved to be too much for the current team Pacific to handle as
Pac fell to the BFL All-Stars in an eight inning slug fest. The friendships made and bonds created with the opposing team, however, will leave lasting impressions in both dugouts and ensures the successful future of Military Baseball.
Team Pacific made a very important friend. Mr. Kenju Yamamoto, Yokosuka City Councilman and former pitcher for the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, honored us with the first pitch during the event against the BFL All-Stars. Mr. Yamamoto is an integral part of the team in that he shares a common belief with Military Baseball that cultural exchanges shouldn’t just be at the political or military level, but also in common practices such as sporting events. Baseball is a language that both countries speak fluently so to compete with each other is to build lasting relationships.
In addition to Mr. Yamamoto’s support of USA Military Baseball, players and coaches from USAMB will partake in assisting Yokosuka City’s youth baseball programs with volunteer umpiring, assisting coaches with practices, and teaching our “American” style of baseball. Through baseball we are able to build a stronger bond with our host city.
Team Spain made a trip to Ireland to participate in a multinational tournament featuring teams from all over Europe. The short-handed and injury plagued team finished in fourth place overall after losing to the Netherlands in the third place game. Head coach and pitcher Jon Chapman was “lights out” for the majority of the tournament but lack of depth on the mound cost team Spain in the later games.
AFN Yokosuka recently released a news story on USA Military Baseball team Pacific discussing the goals of Military Baseball in general as well as our desire to give back to our communities. The video, which can be found here, has been viewed nearly 10 thousand times since its release less than 48 hours ago.
Today marks an important day for team Pacific. USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) makes its return to Yokosuka and with it, brings the majority of the absent Pacific roster members back as well. Pac will take on Sengen Army’s, Soku Cosmo Stars, and Adachi Dreams at full strength this month and it will be a true test to the level of play they are capable of. Team Spain intends to participate in a tournament in September held in Valencia as they continue to make preparations and nurse injuries. Heavy favorites for the tournament, they look to reclaim their championship status.
From Blue to Sun… middle infielder for team Spain (formerly named the Blue Devils), Quinten Hicks, recently separated from active service to go play baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils. This is truly a Military Baseball success story as we look to provide avenues for our players to ascend to professional ball. We are very proud of Quinten and wish him the best.
Stay tuned for updates and as always, thank you for supporting USA Military Baseball!