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Panama: World Championships Qualifying event started
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - On Friday, November 24, the COPABE Pan Am Cup Tournament opened in Panama City, Panama with eleven countries representing the American continent. The event is the last qualifying tournament for next years World Championships in Chinese Taipei. The five best countries will qualify and complete the field of participants.
On Friday-evening, host Panama was scheduled to play the opening game vs. Brazil in Pool A. Also playing in this pool are Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras and United States. In Pool B five countries will play: Argentina, Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Venezuela.
Already qualified for the 2001 34th World Championships are defending champion Cuba, Korea, Japan, Chinese Taipei and China representing Asia, The Netherlands, Italy, France and Russia representing Europe and South Africa representing Africa. In total, sixteen countries will play in the World Championships.
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(November 24)

Panama: First loss USA; four qualify
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - After winning four, the United States was defeated on Wednesday 8-4 by the Dominican Republic, failing to reach the medal round as four countries qualified for next years World Championships in Taiwan.
With the loss, the USA finished in third position in Pool A, behind Dominican Republic and hosting country Panama. All three countries finished with a 4-1 record, but the runs allowed were in favor of the last two. In Pool B, Nicaragua finished in first place after winning 3-2 vs. Canada, which took second place. Venezuela was depending on this game, but now finished in third place and now will face the USA on Friday.
With finishing in first or second place, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Nicaragua and Canada reached the medal round and therefore all qualified for next years World Championships. Venezuela and the USA will meet each other on Friday in a crucial game for fifth place overall. The winner of that game will be the last team to qualify.

On Saturday, a three-run homerun by Peter Prodanov and a two-run homerun by Ozzie Canseco (Josť's brother) highlighted an eight-run third inning as the USA defeated Ecuador, 13-2 to start its tournament.

On Sunday, the USA won its second game, winning only 5-4 from host Panama, which took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after a two-run homerun by Sherman Obando. After scoring once in the second, the USA scored twice in the third to take a 3-2 lead. But Panama tied the score in the sixth on an error and then re-took the lead on a single by Hipolito Ortiz. In the seventh, the USA again scored two runs. After Tony Schifano tripled, Michael Carter singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jim Rushford.

On Monday, the USA defeated Honduras, 5-1. In the first, Honduras scored an unearned run, but the USA scored three runs to take the lead in their first inning. In the sixth, the USA added two more runs on a single by Tony Schifano and a basesloaded walk by Peter Podranov.

On Tuesday, the USA added its fourth victory, winning 11-7 vs. Brazil, but saw the game tied at 7-7 in the seventh inning. The Americans scored three in the second and one in the third on Jesse Ibarra's homerun to take a 4-0 lead, but Brazil scored seven runs on seven hits and one error in their third inning to take a 7-4 lead. In the fifth, USA scored once and then tied the game in the seventh with two runs. Finally, USA regained the lead in the eighth with four runs as Ozzie Canseco delivered the go-ahead run.

On Wednesday, the Dominican Republic collected 12 hits, while the USA committed five errors. The Dominicans were leading 5-0, with four unearned runs, in the sixth inning. In the seventh, three more runs were added, two on a single by Napoleon Calzalo. Pitcher Emiliano Giron struckout nine in six innings for the victory, while his brother Roberto Giron pitched the final three for the save.

Nederlandse tekst
(November 30)

Panama: USA last to qualify
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - The USA became the one-to-last country to qualify for next years World Championships after defeating Venezuela, 7-3 on Friday. With the victory, the USA finished in fifth place and became the last country to qualify as a representative from the American continent to compete in next years World Championships, to be played in Taiwan.
The USA took an early 7-0 lead, scoring three runs in the first and adding four in the fourth. In the first inning, Jesse Ibarra hit a three-run homerun and in the fourth Ozzie Canseco connected for a baseclearing three-run double.
Winning pitcher Bob Milacki gave up only four hits in six innings.
Nederlandse tekst
(December 1)

Panama: Host wins title
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - Hosting Panama on Sunday captured the title of the World Championship Qualifying Tournament, defeating Nicaragua in the final, 8-2. In the game for the bronze medal, Dominican Republic downed Canada, 3-1.

In the final, Panama, which used active Major Leaguers Carlos May (Chicago White Sox) and Einar Diaz (Cleveland Indians), won in front of 30.000 spectators at Estadio Nacional to claim the Panamerican title.

In the third place game, the Dominican Republic broke a 1-1 tie in the eighth on a two-run single by Miguel Soriel.

The last team to qualify for next years World Championship will come from the Oceania Qualifying Tournament, to be played at Lismore, Australia in March.
Nederlandse tekst
(December 4)

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USA: Ex-honkbal bestuurder in Witte Huis
WASHINGTON / AUSTIN (USA) - Een voormalige honkbal bestuurder zal volgend jaar naar het Witte Huis verhuizen, nadat de Amerikaanse Presidentsverkiezingen eindelijk werden afgesloten op woensdagavond en George W. Bush werd uitgeroepen tot 'President-elect' en de 43ste President van de United States of America zal worden.
Op de oorspronkelijke verkiezingsdag, 7 november, ontwikkelde de stemming zich in een thriller maar draaide uiteindelijk uit op 36 dramatische dagen om tot de verkiezing van een President te kunnen komen.
Op 20 januari volgt Bush, de huidige Gouverneur van Texas, Bill Clinton op en wordt dan de tweede zoon van een oud-President, en eerste in 200 jaar, die zelf President wordt. George Bush werd President van de USA na de spannendste verkiezingsrace in de geschiedenis en versloog de huidige Vice President Al Gore. Op 7 november werd een einduitslag aangekondigd na afloop van een lange verkiezingsdag, maar dat moest worden terug gedraaid, omdat de stemming in de staat Florida te dicht bij elkaar lag om een winnaar uit te roepen. Maar na 36 dagen met vele hertellingen en rechtszaken en beslissingen bij allerlei rechtbanken, kwam de verkiezing uiteindelijk ten einde op woendag 13 december en gaf Al Gore zijn nederlaag toe.
Om een vergelijking te trekken met honkbal, de eindstand kwam in de tweede helft van een recordbrekende extra inning met een 3 wijd, 2 slag stand op de slagman en twee uit.

En met dit resultaat komt er volgend jaar een voormalig honkbal bestuurder in het Witte Huis. Van 1989-1994 was George W. Bush de Managing General Partner van de Texas Rangers in de American League. Als honkbal official was Bush verantwoordelijk voor het ruilen van outfielder Sammy Sosa van de Rangers naar de Chicago Cubs. Na zijn Rangers-periode besloot Bush de politiek in te gaan en werd Gouverneur van Texas.
Bush heeft zelf een korte honkbal-loopbaan en was catcher in de Little League (pupillen) en werper in zijn eerste schooljaar op Yale University, dezelfde school waar zijn vader, oud-President George Bush, ook honkbalde.
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(December 13)

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Panama: WK Kwalificatie-toernooi van start
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - Op vrijdag 24 november is in Panama City, Panama, het COPABE Pan Am Cup Toernooi geopend met elf deelnemende landen, die het Amerikaanse continent vertegenwoordigen. Het evenement is het laatste kwalificatie-toernooi voor het volgend jaar te verspelen Wereldkampioenschap in Taiwan. De vijf beste landen plaatsen zich en completeren het deelnemersveld.
Op vrijdagavond stond de openingswedstrijd op het schema tussen het organiserende Panama en BraziliŽ in Poule A. De overige landen in deze poule zijn Dominicaanse Republiek, Ecuador, Honduras en Verenigde Staten. In Poule B spelen ArgentiniŽ, Canada, Guatemala, Nicaragua en Venezuela.
De volgende landen hebben zich al geplaastst voor het 34ste Wereldkampioenschap van volgend jaar: titelverdediger Cuba, Zuid-Korea, Japan, Taiwan en China als vertegenwoordigers van AziŽ, Nederland, ItaliŽ, Frankrijk en Rusland als Europese vertegenwoordigers en Zuid-Afrika namens Afrika. In totaal zullen er zestien landen deelnemen aan het WK.
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(24 november)

Panama: Eerste verlies USA; vier landen geplaatst
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - Na vier overwinningen kreeg USA woensdag de eerste nederlaag toen met 8-4 werd verloren van Dominicaanse Republiek, waardoor de medailleronde werd gemist, terwijl vier andere landen zich kwalificeerden voor het Wereldkampioenschap van volgend jaar in Taiwan.
Door de nederlaag eindigde USA op de derde plaats in Poule A achter Dominicaanse Republiek en het organiserende Panama. De drie landen wonnen allen viermaal en verloren eenmaal, maar het aantal toegestane tegenpunten was in het voordeel van de laatste twee. In Poule B eindigde Nicaragua op de eerste plaats na een 3-2 winst op Canada, dat daardoor tweede werd. Venezuela was afhankelijk van dat duel, maar eindigde nu op de derde plaats en treft USA op vrijdag.
Door op de eerste of tweede plaats te eindigen bereikten Dominicaanse Republiek, Panama, Nicaragua en Canada de medailleronde en kwalificeerden zich daardoor rechtstreeks voor het Wereldkampioenschap van volgend jaar. Venezuela en USA treffen elkaar op vrijdag in een cruciale wedstrijd voor de vijfde plaats in het toernooi. De winnaar van dat duel is het laatste team dat zich zal kwalificeren.

Op zaterdag vormden een driepunten-homerun van Peter Prodanov en een tweepunten-homerun van Ozzie Canseco (de broer van Josť) de hoogtepunten in een achtpunten derde inning op weg naar een 13-2 overwinning van de USA op Ecuador, waarmee het toernooi voor de Amerikanen van start ging.

Op zondag won USA de tweede wedstrijd, maar werd het slechts 5-4 vs. gastland Panama, dat een 2-0 voorsprong nam in de eerste inning na een tweepunten-homerun van Sherman Obando. Na eenmaal gescoord te hebben in de tweede, scoorde Amerika tweemaal in de derde en nam zo een 3-2 voorsprong. Maar Panama kwam langszij in de zesde na een fout en hernam vervolgens de leiding na een honkslag van Hipolito Ortiz. In de zevende inning scoorde USA opnieuw tweemaal. Na een driehonkslag van Tony Schifano volgden een honkslag van Michael Carter en eeen opofferingsslag van Jim Rushoford.

Op maandag versloeg USA Honduras met 5-1. In de eerste inning scoorde Honduras een onverdiend punt, maar Amerika scoorde driemaal in de eigen eerste slagbeurt om de leiding over te nemen. In de zesde voegde Amerika twee punten toe na een single van Tony Schifano en een 'alle-honken-bezet' vier wijd voor Peter Podranov.

Op dinsdag voegde USA de vierde zege aan het totaal toe, een 11-7 winst op BraziliŽ, maar was de stand 7-7 in de zevende inning. De Amerikanen scoorden drie punten in de tweede inning en ťťn in de derde na een homerun van Jesse Ibarra om een 4-0 voorsprong te nemen, maar BraziliŽ scoorde zeven punten op zeven hits en een veldfout in de derde slagbeurt om de leiding met 7-4 over te nemen. In de vijfde scoorde Amerika eenmaal en in de zevende tweemaal, zodat de stand gelijk werd. Uiteindelijk hernam USA de leiding in de achtste met drie runs en tekende Ozzie Canseco voor het winnende punt.

Op woensdag sloeg Dominicaanse Republiek twaalf honkslagen terwijl USA vijfmaal in de fout ging. De Dominicanen leidden met 5-0, waaronder vier onverdiende punten, in de zesde inning. In de zevende werden daar drie punten aan toegevoegd, waaronder twee op een single van Napoleon Calzalo. Werper Emiliano Giron gooide negenmaal drie slag in zes inning en won de wedstrijd, waarna zijn broer Roberto Giron de volgende drie innings gooide en de save verdiende.

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(30 november)

Panama: USA plaatst zich als laatste
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - De USA is het op-ťťn-na-laatste land dat zich plaatste voor deelname aan het Wereldkampioenschap van volgend jaar na een 7-3 overwinning op Venezuela op vrijdag. Dankzij de zege eindigde USA op een vijfde plaats en werd het laatste land dat zich plaatste namens het Amerikaanse continent voor het WK, dat volgend jaar november in Taiwan wordt verspeeld.
USA nam een vroege 7-0 voorsprong via drie punten in de eerste en vier in de vierde inning. In de eerste inning sloeg Jesse Ibarra een driepunten-homerun en in de vierde sloeg Ozzie Canseco de honken leeg met een driepunten-double.
Winnende werper Bob Milacki stond slechts vier hits toe in zes innings.
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(1 december)

Panama: Organisators winnen titel
PANAMA CITY (Panama) - Het organiserende Panama veroverde op zondag de titel van het Wereldkampioenschap Kwalificatie Toernooi door Nicaragua in de finale met 8-2 te verslaan. In de wedstrijd om het brons won Dominicaanse Republie met 3-1 van Canada.

In de finale won Panama, dat gebruik maakte van huidige Major Leaguers Carlos May (Chicago White Sox) en Einar Diaz (Cleveland Indians) voor 30.000 toeschouwers in het Estadio Nacional en pakte de Panamerikaanse titel.

In het duel om de derde plaats brak de Dominicaanse Republiek een 1-1 stand in de achtste inning op een tweepunten-single van Miguel Soriel.

Het laatste land dat zich zal kwalificeren voor het Wereldkampioenschap van volgend jaar komt uit het OceaniŽ Kwalificatie Toernooi, dat in maart zal worden gespeeld in Lismore, AustraliŽ.
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(4 december)

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USA: Cal Ripken signs new contract
BALTIMORE (USA) - Veteran Cal Ripken, Jr. signed a new contract with the Baltimore Orioles to return for his 21st season.
Ripken, who played his entire career with the Orioles, played only 86 games this season due to a back injury. But he and the Orioles decided to agree to a new one-year contract to return next season.
The former short stop turned third baseman is a two-time Most Valuable Player and was named to the American League All Star-team eighteen times. Ripken holds the Major League-record for 2632 consecutive games played.
(November 2)
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USA: Sasaki, Furcal Rookies of the Year
NEW YORK (USA) - On Monday and Tuesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced the results of the voting for the first major awards for this season.
On Monday, Japanese closer Kazuhiro Sasaki of the Seattle Mariners was named the American League Rookie of the Year, while on Tuesday it was announced that Atlanta Braves-short stop Rafael Furcal won the award in the National League.

32-year old Seattle's Kazuhiro Sasaki became the second oldest player to win the Rookie of the Year Award. Sasaki is the all-time save leader in Japan, but this year made his Major League-debut. For the Mariners, Sasaki earned 37 saves this season to become the second Japanese Rookie of the Year in history. In 1995, then Los Angeles Dodgers-pitcher Hideo Nomo became the first. Sasaki received seventeen first place votes.

Atlanta Braves short stop Rafael Furcal received 25 of 32 first place votes in becoming the National League Rookie of the Year. The player from the Dominican Republic hit .295 and led all National League-rookies with 40 stolen bases. He also led rookies in runs and walks.
(November 6-7)
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USA: Succesful operation Ted Williams
GAINESVILLE (USA) - Hall of Fame-outfielder Ted Williams on Monday underwent a succesful operation in which a pacemaker was implanted. The 82-year old Williams appeared to be in good condition afterwards.
Ted Williams was admitted to a hospital last week after having difficulties breathing. In 1941, Williams was the last Major League player to hit over .400, ending the season with a .406 average. No other information about the condition of the former player of the Boston Red Sox was released.
(November 7)
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USA: Wade Boggs named coach
TAMPA (USA) - Former Major Leaguer Wade Boggs, who retired after the 1999 season, has been named the new hitting coach for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays to be part of the coaching staff of manager Larry Rothschild.
18-year Major League-veteran Boggs, who played for the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, collected his 3000th career hit in 1999 in his second and final year playing for the Devil Rays. As a hitting coach Boggs succeeds Leon Roberts. Besides Boggs, former Major League-managers Hal McRae and Terry Collins also were named to the Devil Ray-coaching staff as the bench coach and bullpen coach respectively, replacing Bill Russell and Orlando Gomez.
(November 7)
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USA: Manuel, Baker Manager of the Year
NEW YORK (USA) - On Wednesday, Jerry Manuel of the Chicago White Sox was named the American League Manager of the Year. He got 25 of 28 first place votes.
Manuel led the White Sox this season to the best record in the American League, winning 95 games and won the AL Central Division. In the AL Division Series, the White Sox were defeated by the Seattle Mariners.
Art Howe of the Oakland A's finished in second place, while Lou Piniella of the Seattle Mariners took third place.
(November 8)

NEW YORK (USA) - On Thursday, Dusty Baker of the San Francisco Giants was named the National League Manager of the Year and received 30 of the 32 first place votes.
It was the third time Baker was named Manager of the Year, setting a record. He was earlier named in 1993 and 1997. Baker guided the Giants to the best record in the Majors this season with 97 victories and 65 losses. In the National League Division Series, the Giants were beaten by the New York Mets.
Finishing in second place was Tony LaRussa of the St. Louis Cardinals, while Bobby Cox of the Atlanta Braves ended up in third position.
(November 9)
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USA: Martinez, Johnson win Cy Young Award
NEW YORK (USA) - Pedro Martinez of the Boston Red Sox on Monday won the American League Cy Young Award for the second consecutive year. It was Martinez' third Cy Young, as he already was the best pitcher in the National League in 1997 when he pitched for the Montreal Expos in the National League.
Martinez was voted unanimously, as he was last year, becoming the first pitcher to do so, winning all 28 first-place votes. This season, Martinez won eighteen games, while losing six and had a 1.74 ERA.
Tim Hudson of the Oakland A's finished in second place, while Dave Wells of the Toronto Blue Jays was third.
(November 13)

NEW YORK (USA) - Randy Johnson of the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday won the National League Cy Young Award. Like Martinez on Monday, it was a back-to-back victory for Johnson, who won his third Cy Young Award.
Johnson earlier won the Award for best pitcher in 1995 when he was pitching for the Seattle Mariners in the American League. In this season Johnson won 19 games, while losing seven. He compiled an 2.64 ERA and led the league with 347 strikeouts.
Johnson received 22 first place votes in winning the award and finished in front of second place Tom Glavine of the Atlanta Braves and Greg Maddux, also of the Atlanta Braves, who ended in third position.
(November 14)


USA: Giambi, Kent named MVP
NEW YORK (USA) - Jason Giambi of the Oakland Athletics was named the American League Most Valuable Player of the 2000 season by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Giambi got 14 of 28 first place votes and 317 points to win the award.
Giambi hit .333 this season with 43 homeruns and 137 RBI's in leading the Oakland A's to the American League West title.
Giambi narrowly beat Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox, who got 285 points. Finishing in third place was Alex Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners with 218 points.
(November 15)

NEW YORK (USA) - Jeff Kent of the San Francisco Giants was named the National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday. Kent got 22 first place votes.
Kent hit .334 with 33 homeruns and 125 RBI's to get 392 points and win the National League MVP Award and becomes the first second basemam to be named MVP since Ryne Sandberg (Chicago Cubs) in 1984.
Finishing in second place was Kent's teammate Barry Bonds with 279 points. Mike Piazza of the New York Mets was third with 271 points.
(November 16)


USA/Japan: Suzuki signs with Seattle
SEATTLE (USA) / KOBE (Japan) - Ichiro Suzuki, the best Japanese hitter, will play in the United States Major League next season, as the 27-year old rightfielder signed with the Seattle Mariners. Suzuki signed a three-year contract to become to first Japanese position player to play in the American Major League.
Suzuki, who played for the Orix BlueWave in Kobe, won the batting crown in the Japanese Pacific League the last seven seasons and ended this season with a league-leading .387 batting average. As a player for the Mariners, Suzuki will play next season with another Japanese player, closer Kazuhiro Sasaki, who recently was named the American League Rookie of the Year. Terms of the three-year deal were not disclosed.
(November 20)


USA/Puerto Rico: ML season 2001 opens in San Juan
NEW YORK (USA) - The Major League-season opens next year in San Juan, Puerto Rico, marking the third consecutive season to open outside the United States or Canada. The Toronto Blue Jays and Texas Rangers are the teams to play in Puerto Rico.
The game between the Blue Jays and Rangers is scheduled for Sunday, April 1 and will be played in Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.

In 1999, the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies opened the season in Monterey, Mexico, while this year the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets played a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan, to open the 2000 season.
(November 21)


Japan/USA: MLB ends Series with victory
TOKYO (Japan) - The Major League All Stars closed the eight-game All Star Series 2000 vs. the Nippon All Stars with a 5-4 victory. Barry Bonds hit his fourth homerun and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Series.
In the fourth inning, the MLB-team opened the score when Gary Sheffield (Los Angeles Dodgers) singled. In the sixth, the Japanese came alongside on a double by Hideki Matsui (Yomiuri Giants). The Americans re-took the lead in the home sixth, when Josť Vidro (Montreal Expos) and Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) homered. But the Japan All Stars also had a productive inning when they scored three in the seventh. In the inning, Ryoji Shinjo (Hanshin Tigers) hit a two-run double and Toshihisa Nishi (Yomiuri Giants) produced an infield RBI-single, giving them a 4-3 lead. The Americans then took a decisive 5-4 lead in the seventh. After Mike Sweeney (Kansas City Royals) and Jay Payton (New York Mets) singled, both scored on a single by Bengie Molina (Anaheim Angels). Moments later, Josť Vidro hit the game-winning single. The Major League-team won the Series with five victories, while losing two. One game ended in a tie.
(November 12)
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Sunday, November 12
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(game played at Tokyo Dome, Tokyo)
pitchers NPB All Starsinn.SOBBHRER
Tomohiro Kuroki41-311
Kenichi Wakatabe, L (0-1)2.11-844
Ryota Igarashi1.21-1--
pitchers MLB All Starsinn.SOBBHRER
Albie Lopez52-6--
Danny Graves11-111
Mike Myers, W (1-0)12-433
Derek Lowe12----
Kazuhiro Sasaki, SV (2)12-2--
Homeruns: MLB All Stars: Josť Vidro (Montreal Expos) (1), Barry Bonds (San Francisco Giants) (4).
Umpires: HP-Jim McKean (USA), 1B-(Japan), 2B-Joe Brinkman (USA), 3B-(Japan).game recap


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