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BIG DOG BASEBALL WEEKLY BULLETIN

The Seventh Inning Stretch

What’s Happening In The World Of Baseball! 

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June 2024

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WHO HAS MISSED MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL?  WELL, THE MLB REGULAR SEASON IS FINALLY HERE!

 

For the first time ever, a regular season Major League game will be played outside the United States.    On March 20th, 2024, The Los Angeles Dodgers matched up the San Diego Padres in a two-game series in Seoul, South Korea.  The Dodgers and the Padres split the series and the 2024 season was on!   

 

The official opening day of MLB was on March 28th.  Professional baseball has become international.  Here are just a few of the professional leagues around the world and when they had their opening day. 

Japan: Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB)

Opening Day March 29th

Fun Fact

Every MLB team has at least one Japanese born player on their roster.

Korea: Korea Baseball Organization (KBO)

Opening Day March 23rd

Fun Fact

Chan Ho Park joined the Dodgers in 1994 as the first Korean born player in the MLB.  26 Korean Players have followed him and the list continues to grow.

Dominican Republic: Dominican Republic Baseball League

Opening Day Oct. 19th 2023

Fun Fact

Notice the Dominican League is active in the winter?  This is because there are over 90 Dominican players in the MLB and many will play for the DRBL in the off season.

Mexico: Mexican Baseball League (LMB)

Opening Day April 11th

Fun Fact

Fernando Valenzuela is arguably the best Mexican born pitcher to ever play in the MLB.  Surprisingly, he has never been elected to the MLB Hall of Fame.  What's up with that?

LL Rankings

Quiz

? FUN BASEBALL TRIVIA ? 

FUN TRIVIA QUESTION: This player had only one at bat against major league pitching.  He hit an inside the park Home Run against one of the greatest pitchers of all time. 

Who is this player? 

Answer below. 

  1.  El Segundo                 Southern California      Won the Little League World Series
  2.  Sherman Oaks            Southern California 

  3.  Needville                     Texas 

  4.  Northeast                       Seattle,Washington 

  5.  Bollinger Canyon         Northern California 

  6.  Nolensville National       Tennessee 

  7.  Lake Mary                   Florida 

  8.  Smithfield                    Rhode Island 
  9.  Henderson                  Nevada 
10.  Ascension Parish        Louisiana 

 

*As compiled by Little League International

 

                          Congratulations to the top 10! 

REMEMBER LAST YEARS EXCITING LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES.     THESE ARE THE FINAL 2023 RANKINGS 

 TOP 10 USA LITTLE LEAGUE TEAMS IN 2023* - 12U 

Story Time

EVER HEAR OF THE LITTLE LEAGUE CHALLENGER LEAGUE?

The challenger league is a remarkable organization that allows kids of all ages and disabilities to participate in the great sport of Little League Baseball.  Big Dog Baseball will be bringing you heartwarming and informative stories of this remarkable league.  We'll be asking all our members to join us in giving our 100% support.

We GotJokes!!

 THERE IS LAUGHING IN BASEBALL 

  1. What are the two seasons for Big Doggers?  Answer: “Baseball Season” and “Waiting for Baseball Season”.  Do any other seasons really matter? 

  2. Why did the Dodgers add Casper the Ghost to their roster?  They wanted to add a “Little Team Spirit”. 

Yogi

and otherISM'S

                “Baseball is 90% mental.  The other half is physical.” 

  -Yogi Berra 

 

“You have to have fun.  Regardless of how you look at it, we’re playing a game.”  -Derek Jeter 

Good Ump, Bad Ump

Trivia Answer

The player was Mr. Ed, the talking horse.  In his one and only at bat, he hit an inside the park home run off Sandy Koufax, arguably the GOAT! 

Watch it here on YouTube!

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