Luis Valbuena with Astros in 2015 By EricEnfermero - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
The Los Angeles Angels recently agreed to terms on a two-year contract with INF Luis Valbuena.
Valbuena, 31, appeared in 90 games for Houston in 2016, batting .260 (76/292) with 17 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs and 40 RBI. The utility infielder set career highs in batting average, on-base percentage (.457) and slugging percentage (.459) while appearing defensively at third base, first base and second base. A left-handed batter, Valbuena posted a .267 (20/75) clip and .741 OPS (.341 OBP/.400 SLG) against left-handed pitching during the 2016 campaign but hit 11 of 12 home runs and 13 of 17 doubles vs. righties.
The Caja Seca, Venezuelan native joins the Angels after appearing with the Mariners (2008), Indians (2009-11), Cubs (2012-14) and Astros (2015-16) throughout the course of his nine-year career. An international free agent signed by Seattle in 2002, Valbuena has averaged 20 doubles and over 10 home runs per year since the start of the 2012 campaign. In 798 career games, he has amassed a .232 (588/2535) average with 145 doubles, nine triples, 83 home runs and 269 RBI.
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Tournament attendance will surpass 1 million for the first time
The 2017 World Baseball Classic has drawn 976,828, setting the all-time event attendance record through the Second Round. This year’s tournament has already surpassed the previous total tournament attendance record of 885,212, set in 2013. With three games still to be played in the Championship Round, total attendance for the tournament will surpass 1 million for the first time.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic attendance is +24% over the 2013 tournament mark (788,299) through the Second Round. The 2017 Second Round drew 354,977 making it the most-attended Second Round in the tournament’s history breaking the 2013 mark of 325,282.
The Tokyo Pool in the Second Round drew a total of 209,072 breaking the record for the most-attended pool in tournament history. Previously, Tokyo set the record for most-attended pool in the First Round of this year’s tournament with a total of 206,534.
Saturday night’s USA vs. Dominican Republic match-up in San Diego drew a sold out crowd of 43,002 to Petco Park marking the largest attendance for a World Baseball Classic Second Round game held in the United States. The game also was the eighth contest in the 2017 World Baseball Classic to draw more than 40,000 fans eclipsing the 2009 tournament which had seven games of more than 40,000.
The Championship Round of the 2017 World Baseball Classic starts tonight at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles with The Kingdom of the Netherlands playing Puerto Rico. Tomorrow night Japan will face off against the United States. The winners will square off in the World Baseball Classic Championship Game on Wednesday, March 22 with all three games starting at 9 p.m. Eastern/6 p.m. Pacific.
In the United States, tournament games will air live exclusively in English on MLB Network and on an authenticated basis via MLBNetwork.com/watch; while ESPN Deportes and WatchESPN will provide the exclusive Spanish language coverage. The tournament is being distributed via media platforms in 182 countries and territories worldwide with a global reach of more than 415 million households.
Tickets for the remaining games are available at www.WorldBaseballClassic.com.
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March 14, 2017
Dayton, Ohio-The Sinclair baseball (7-2) opens the season moving into the #15 spot in the first NJCAA Division II baseball poll.
The opening poll was dominated by 7 Mississippi schools as all the northern teams are struggling to get games due to the inclement spring weather.
Sinclair opened the season winning 7 for their first 8 games and starting to gel as a team with timely hitting. The only thing that has cooled off the Sinclair bats, Mother Nature.
After cancelling a number of games since Friday the 10th, Sinclair is pushing to get a couple of games in this weekend.
All home games are played at Athletes in Action in Xenia, OH.
You can also get results and stats at:www.SinclairAthletics.com
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By Nicholas Huenefeld/OCCAC Sports Information
Dayton, Ohio— Sinclair Community College’s baseball Azim Qadri along with softball Kierah Parker have been named OCCAC players of the week recipients.
OCCAC Baseball Player of the Week
Azim Qadri, Sinclair C.C.
Qadri, redshirt freshman outfielder for Sinclair, went 5-for-5 with three runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI in a win over Tiffin University’s JV team before finishing the week 5-for-12 with three runs, two doubles, one triple, one home run and 10 RBI.
Qadri helped lead Sinclair to a 3-1 week with a win over Tiffin’s JV team and a 2-1 record against Kellogg Community College.
Qadri is now hitting .346 with two home runs, 12 RBI and six runs through eight games this year. His team is 7-2 overall entering this weekend’s series against Macomb Community College.
OCCAC Softball Player of the Week
Kierah Parker, Sinclair C.C.
Parker, a freshman outfielder from Kettering, Ohio, went 11-for-28 (.393) last week with 10 runs, two doubles, two triples, an RBI and a stolen base against some tough competition. She scored her team’s lone run against No. 1 ranked Jones County and went 5-for-6 with five runs, two doubles, one triple, one RBI and one stolen base in a 15-14 win over John Wood.
Parker led her team to a 3-5 record last week in games against No. 1 Jones County, No. 2 LSU-Eunice, No. 13 Parkland, Sauk Valley, Labette, John Wood and St. Cloud Technical.
Parker is now hitting .348 over 16 games this year with 12 runs, six RBI and three stolen bases.
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