Bahamas Baseball Association
Bahamas Events and Sports
This website maintenance provided by Tommy Stubbs of BES @ www.Bahamasevents.net

JAZZ CHISHOLM JR.

Cocabe

Caribbean Baseball

Cup

Copabe
4th CBC Logo

Starts in

  • days

  • Hours

  • Minutes

  • Seconds

Countries Participation

4th Caribbean Baseball Cup

1. US Virgin Islands 🇻🇮

2. Haiti 🇭🇹

3. Puerto Rico 🇵🇷

4. Curacao 🇨🇼 – (defending champions)

5. Cuba 🇨🇺

6. BAHAMAS 🇧🇸

Caribbean Baseball Championship on the horizon Tournament will qualify two teams for 2023 CAC Games

Secretary General of The Bahamas Baseball Association, Theodore Sweeting

PHOTO SHOWN: Secretary General of The Bahamas Baseball Association, Theodore Sweeting, during a briefing from the Office of The Prime Minister Nov. 17, 2022.

 

 Simba French, writer, 

The Nassau Guardian

Date: November 18, 2022

The plans for the 4th Annual Caribbean Baseball Championship are taking place according to schedule as the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) addressed the media on November 17, 2022, at the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

The tournament, set for December 4-11, 2022, at the new Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium, will pit The Bahamas against five other teams defending champions Curacao, Haiti, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Cuba. This is a qualifier for the Central America and Caribbean (CAC) Games in El Salvador in 2023. Those six teams will battle for two spots at the games.

BBA Secretary General Theodore Sweeting addressed the media and provided updates about the tournament.

The Bahamian team has not been named, but one thing for certain is that Major League Baseball (MLB) players who are on their team’s 40-man roster cannot play in this round. That means that Miami Marlins’ infielder Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm and Washington Nationals’ infielder Lucius Fox will be unavailable to play for The Bahamas.

 

“The team is in Grand Bahama,” Sweeting said. “That’s the only place we have a full 94-feet diamond field for them to practice and get ready for December. A lot of our other players are still in college, and they’ll be home by November 28 and then we get ready to put that team on the field so they’re just coming together. I think we can be very competitive.”

 

The BBA will officially name the team on November 28th. Sweeting said that the federation is using Minor League Baseball (MiLB) and collegiate players. They are waiting on the MiLB teams to release the players. That is the biggest challenge the team is facing, according to Sweeting.

The manager for Team Bahamas is Geron Sands. Some of the players the country can expect to see are Tahnaj Thomas, Chavez Young, Ian Lewis, Evan Sweeting and D’Shawn Knowles.

 

The baseball stadium that had its completion date shifted from year to year appears to be finally finished. It is one of the main concerns that The Bahamas had when agreeing to host this tournament – when will the stadium be finished.

 

“MLB is coming in after the completion and they will do their inspection. What they like to do is to make sure that the surface and everything that their professional players are playing on meets their standards. Our field is Astro-turf, so we know we’re going to meet the standards when they do their final inspection of the stadium, so we’re not concerned about that,” Sweeting said.

The astro-turf is currently being laid out.

 

“The field drains extremely well. About a month ago, we had a lot of rain that came down.  Within 10 minutes, after the rain stopped, we could go right back on the field and walk up and down. There was no puddle, so it drains very well,” Sweeting said.

 

Sweeting is expecting to see at least 2,000 fans come out and support the host nation at the tournament on a nightly basis. The tickets purchased will be valid for an entire day’s games. The Bahamas will be playing the evening game up until the second round of the tournament.

Team Bahamas opens the tournament against Haiti on Sunday, December 4th at 7:30 p.m.

BBA getting team ready

BBA Getting Team Ready

SHOWN IN PHOTO: From left to right are Bahamas baseball coaching staff Trae Sweeting, Avard Hart, Albert Cartwright, and Geron Sands.

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

In preparation for the 4th annual Caribbean Baseball Cup from December 4-11, 2022, at the newly constructed Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium, the Bahamas Baseball Association will host a training camp in Grand Bahama.

 

Head coach Geron Sands said they will be taking the team to Grand Bahama today for a 10-day training camp, which is expected to be set up similar to what the players would experience when they are on the road playing for their respective professional league teams.

It’s expected that at least 17 players, including Toby Simmons, Warren Saunders, Keithron Moss, Ian Lewis and Elliston Hanna, will be in attendance. Sands, however, said they are still waiting on confirmation from Tahnaj Thomas to see if he will be available.

 

“We have a lot of players from the collegiate and minor league, so we will take this opportunity to see how we can mesh them together,” Sands said.

“It’s going to be a good time for us to gel together and look at what is available and how we can utilize each player.”

 

Avard Hart, a former national team player who serves as the team’s general manager, is arranging the camp, according to Sands, as they work on developing the culture they want to display during the tournament.

 

“We want to get everybody to move around and get familiar with the guys,” Sands said.

 

“A lot of these guys played with and against each other when they were growing up, but it’s a while since they became young men and they played together.

“It also gives the coaching staff a chance to see all of the players. I think we have a team to compete. Our goal is to win. But once we are available to compete, we have a chance to win. Once we compete, we have a better chance to win.”

 

Sands said the association wasn’t able to get the full team assembled.

 

But joining Sands on the coaching staff are Albert Cartwright, a former minor league baseball player and co-founder of I-Elite, who will be the bench coach, Dominique Collie, a former NAIA College standout and former minor league player with the Diamondbacks, who will be the first base coach, Trae Sweeting, former division one college standout and national team player, will be the outfield coach, and Donovan Cox, a former national team player, will be the bull pen coach.

 

The BBA, headed by Sam Rodgers Sr., will host the 4th annual Caribbean Baseball Cup against teams coming in to represent the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Haiti and defending champion Curacao.

 

The tournament, organized by COBABE, will grant two teams a bid into the Central American and Caribbean Games in El Salvador in 2023 and Sands is hoping that the Bahamas will earn one of the spots.

 

“We won’t get everybody we want, but the Bahamas has so many guys who can step up,” Sands said. “We are using the phrase, ‘the next man up.’ The actual team we started off with, we won’t have because some of the guys are engaged in their careers.

“So we had to go to the next man up, which is impressive. I feel any sort of guys can get the job done. We just need to work on pitching. We have sufficient arms. But we have to find a way to get the elite pitching.”

 

This is the first time that the Bahamas is hosting a regional competition; and Sands said he’s glad to be leading the ship.

National baseball team in Grand Bahama training camp

National Baseball Team in Grand Bahama Training Camp

The Tribune
November 18, 2022

In preparation for the fourth Caribbean Baseball Cup, scheduled for December 4-11 at the newly constructed Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium, members of the Bahamas Baseball Association’s national team are in Grand Bahama for a training camp.

 

The camp, conducted by the coaching staff led by Geron Sands and Albert Cartwright, is featuring a number of collegiate and professional baseball players who are all in line to make the team to represent the Bahamas.

 

The Bahamas will be matched against visiting teams from the US Virgin Islands, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Curacao. The winning team, if it’s not defending champion Curacao, will qualify for the Central American and Caribbean Games, scheduled for 2023.

 

This is the first time that a major qualifying tournament is being staged in the Bahamas.

It’s being held under the auspices of COCABE and the BBA, headed by Sam Rodgers Sr. The Local Organizing Committee is headed by BBA’s secretary general Theodore ‘Teddy’ Sweeting.

 

The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the Ministry of Works are working feverishly to have the stadium ready for the tournament.

Tickets are priced at $45 for VIP, $20 for general admission and $15 for children 12-and-under.

Stadium chosen as ‘main base’

Trae Sweeting Avard Hart, Sam Rodgers, Geron Sands, Albert Cartwright and Teddy Sweeting

COCABE EXECUTIVES DECIDE TO USE NEW ANDRE RODGERS BASEBALL STADIUM AS ITS MAIN BASE TO ORGANISE FUTURE TOURNAMENTS

 

SHOWN IN PHOTO: From left to right, are Trae Sweeting, Avard Hart, Sam Rodgers, Geron Sands, Albert Cartwright and Teddy Sweeting.

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

With the completion of the new Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium, the Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) will not only get to host the 4th annual Caribbean Baseball Cup in December, but will become the base for any and all future COCABE baseball tournaments.


The BBA, headed by president, Sam Rodgers Sr., will host the 4th annual Caribbean Baseball Cup December 4-11 with teams coming in from the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, defending champion Curacao and Haiti. The BBA announced its management team for Team Bahamas.

Geron Sands, a former national team player who helped the Bahamas to defeat Cuba 2-1 at the World University Games in 2006 and who serves as the co-founder of I-Elite Baseball, will serve as the head coach and third base coach. Albert Cartwright, a former minor league baseball player, co-founder of I-Elite and the first base coach for Team Great Britain, will be the bench coach.


Dominique Collie, a former NAIA College standout and former minor league player with the Diamondbacks, will be the first base coach.
Trae Sweeting, former division one college standout, former national team player who helped the Bahamas to defeat Chinese Tapia at the World Games in Canada and co-founder of LDK – Learn Develop Kaizen – will be the outfield coach.


Donovan Cox, a former national team player and head coach of the Bahamas College team that participated in the Charles Johnson Collegiate Summer League, will be the bull pen coach. Avard Hart, a former national team player, will serve as the team’s general manager.


BBA secretary general Teddy Sweeting, who is the chairman of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC), said the members of Team Bahamas will be announced by end of November.


But he noted that they are excited about the progress being made towards the completion of the stadium heading into the tournament.
“I think December will be a very exciting month for baseball,” Sweeting said. “We are hosting the Caribbean Baseball Cup for the first time in the history of this country we will be hosting a qualifier for the CAC Games. So, we are looking forward to that.


“It’s an exciting time for us. We finally realize how critical it is for us to come together with everybody on board. We’re heading in the direction that we should have been in about two years ago. We are on the right track and we have a lot of things to do.”


Addressed to BBA president Sam Rodgers, who also serves as the vice president of COCABE, the letter signed by George R. de Lira and secretary general Manuel Fries, reads as follows:


“After a sporting greeting of affection and respect, we write this communication thanking the organizing committee of the 4th Caribbean Baseball Cup for the hospitality given to the COCABE executives from September 28 to October 3.


“COCABE through this letter wants to inform you that the board of executives of COCABE has made the decision to choose the Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium as its main base to organize future COCABE baseball tournaments on the island of Nassau, Bahamas.


“We thank the BBA for their willingness to share the office at Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium with COCABE. COCABE will have its main office in the same stadium together with the BBA. With nothing more to add, we say goodbye with sports greeting.”


Sweeting said the completion of the stadium is coming along at the right time.


“We can now see the relevance for the purpose of the completion of the stadium,” he said. “We have already agreed to the hosting of an age 18 youth qualifier in October 2023, so that is our next item on the drawing board.

 
“So, we’re really excited, because baseball is heading in the right direction and we’re moving very quickly. Right after that, we will have the home run derby and so we will have a full month of activities for baseball in December.”

 
The stadium, which has been under construction for the past few years, is expected to be completed by the end of November.

Bahamas Baseball Association full steam ahead Caribbean Cup

Wooslee

Woslee Team Member; Ramsey Betorina, executive director COCABE; Theodore R. Sweeting, LOC Chairman; Rodolfo Zamora Puente, COCABE tournament director; George R. de Lira, president COCABE; Michael Foster, architect; Sam Rodgers, BBA president; Woslee Team Member

Andre Rodgers National Baseball Stadium is near completion in Nassau, Bahamas.

Stadium

BBA and COCABE executives a tour of the new Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium over the weekend

BBA

Michael Foster, architect; Sam Rodgers, BBA president; George R.de Lira, president COCABE; Rodolfo Zamora Puente, COCABE tournament director; Theodore R. Sweeting, BBA secretary general; Ramsey Betorina, executive director, COCABE.

By BRENT STUBBS

Senior Sports Reporter

bstubbs@tribunemedia.net

With the assurance that the new Andre Rodgers Baseball Stadium will be completed by November, the Bahamas Baseball Association is moving full steam ahead with the hosting of the fourth Caribbean Cup.


Scheduled for December 4-11, 2022, the Caribbean Cup will feature teams from the US Virgin Islands, Haiti, and Puerto Rico, defending champions Curacao, Colombia, Aruba, Peru, and Cuba, all vying for a spot at the Central American and Caribbean Games, scheduled for next year in El Salvador.

Cuba, by the way, has already qualified for the games, and so the remaining teams will be joining them either by winning the tournament if Cuba is not successful or, if they do, by being the runners-up.

 

In attendance at the press conference to officially launch the tournaments were Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Mario Bowleg, BBA president Sam Rodgers, chairman of the Local Organizing Committee Teddy Sweeting and his deputy chairman Lyrone Burrows and the Caribbean Baseball Confederation (COCABE) president George De Lira and his executive chairman Ramsey Betorina.

 

In preparation for the tournament, the BBA and the Bahamas Government are working feverishly on having the new stadium completed.

Architect and project manager Mike Foster, before taking the media and the COCABE executives on a tour of the facilities, assured everyone that it would be ready in time for the tournament.

 

The stadium, according to Foster, will have a price tag of $55 million when completed, but everybody will love the synthetic surface that will be laid down this month while the remaining cosmetic and infrastructural work is done.

 

Foster said at present, the stadium lights also have to be installed, along with the LED scoreboard, the corporate boxes, and the concession stands will be completed, while the pond and the roads around the stadium are being done simultaneously.

 

Bowleg, before leaving to attend the funeral services of the late sprinter Shavez Hart in Abaco, said with the majority of players coming from the Great Britain team that recently qualified for the World Cup, this will be the first step towards the Bahamas having its own team assembled for the international competition.

 

“This is the beginning of the road for us qualifying for a higher-level tournament,” said Bowleg, as the Bahamas Basketball Federation is in the process of doing so in the Americas region.

 

“I want to thank the organizers, along with the president and his assistants and COCABE, for being here and hosting this event at the end of the year.

“Baseball is on the move. This is just the beginning of what is to come,” Bowleg said. “This is one of those initiatives that go with the opening of the new stadium, but we look forward to many more events to come in the future.”

 

Sweeting, the secretary general of the BBA, said they are delighted to host the event, which is a historic venture for the Bahamas, but one that they hope to take advantage of by producing one of the best teams ever assembled to represent the island nation.

 

However, he noted that Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm and Lucius Fox would both be in attendance. They will not be able to participate for the Bahamas in the qualifier because they are on Major League 40-man rosters. Should the Bahamas qualify, Sweeting said they would then be eligible to compete for the Bahamas at the CAC Games.

 

“We will have all of our other minor league players on the team,” said Sweeting, who noted that the coaching staff will be announced very shortly.

“We are going to be very competitive, and we’re looking forward to showcasing the talent that is available in what is called “the show.”

 

“Our expectations are that we will have a very good chance to qualify for the CAC Games. With the competition of the stadium, we will have all of our minor league players available to compete for the Bahamas because it’s their offseason.”

 

Sweeting noted that once the team is assembled, they will get to travel to Grand Bahama for a mini-training camp as the final touches are put on the completion of the stadium.

 

But he noted that there probably wouldn’t be any opportunity for the team to participate in any scrimmages before the tournament.

De Lira thanked Bowleg, whom he called his “best” friend, for keeping his word on allowing the tournament to be staged in the Bahamas and the LOC, headed by Sweeting and BBA president Rodgers for their leadership in making sure that the tournament comes off. “The Bahamas is coming up in baseball,” De Lira said.

 

“The tournament will give the Bahamas a chance to showcase the young players coming up.”

President Rodgers said it’s a great time for baseball in the Bahamas, and the BBA is ready to push the sport to higher heights.

“There are a lot of other qualifying tournaments, and we will try to push it as high as we can,” Rogers said. “The sky is the limit.”

With just one 90-foot international baseball diamond available in the country, Sweeting said they have to limit the (number) of teams participating in the tournament.

 

The visiting teams will use Super Club Breezes as the Games Village. The tournament is expected to cost about $250,000.

Once the tournament is completed, Sweeting said there are plans to reintroduce night league baseball and also to introduce a professional baseball league for the Bahamas.

Baseball Player Shakes Hands with a Fan
Awarded with Medal
Awarding
Team Photoshoot 1
Team Photoshoot 2
Team Photoshoot 3
Team Photoshoot 8
Team Photoshoot 4
Team Photoshoot 5
Team Photoshoot 6
Team Photoshoot 7

Bahamas shines at Babe Ruth/Cal Ripken Caribbean Baseball Championships in Nassau, Bahamas, at Baillou Hill Sporting Complex. Bahamas wins 12U vs. Cuba and 16U vs. USA on July 11, 2022.

  • days

  • Hours

  • Minutes

  • Seconds

BBA Andre Rodgers National Baseball Championship Medal
National Baseball Flyer

FREEDOM FARM WINS 6 OF 7 DIVISIONS AT 2022 NATIONALS

By Simba French
Nassau Guardian
June 20, 2022

The rain came down and prematurely ended the Bahamas Baseball Association’s (BBA) National Championships on Sunday but, fortunately, the final division that was in action, the 12-and-under (12U), had just completed the third inning of the gold medal which made the game official.

The Freedom Farm Baseball League won, bagging its sixth division title with a 9-0 victory over the Grand Bahama Little League.

The competition that got underway on Friday, wrapped up with ‘Championship Sunday’ yesterday at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

Freedom Farm 12U team was dominant throughout the entire tournament, winning all four of its games. With the rain threatening to interrupt the game, Coach Marlon Bostwick set his team up to play a full three innings.

By the third inning, they had a 7-0 lead, and added two more runs for the final result. Bostwick said he was hoping the rain didn’t come and they would have played out the full game.

 

“With the game not going to the full innings, we had some sort of doubt. We wanted to come out here, executed the game plan and leave with a ‘Mercy Rule’ victory to show our dominance,” Bostwick said.

 

“Against Grand Bahama, the game was well-executed. We did not give up any runs. We had stellar hitting and pitching in our line-up and we came out victorious even though it did not go the full distance.”

 

One of the loudest and most watched games of the day was the 16U game between Freedom Farm and the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN). This game was dominated by JBLN as they won 10-6. JBLN coach Warren Levarity Jr. said whenever these two teams face each other, there will be a lot of fireworks.

 

“Our job was to stay composed and come out and execute our plan. We did that in the beginning and fizzled in the end as we tried to hold on. We know that they are a good team and organization, so we expected them to come back. We got the lead early and we held them off,” he said.

 

JBLN led 8-0 and 9-1 in the game, but had to hold off a late comeback by Freedom Farm.


JBLN pitcher Ahmon Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored three runs in the victory. As a team, JBLN got six hits in the first two innings which produced eight runs – four per inning.

 

Freedom Farm did not get on the scoreboard until the fourth inning. They scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, but they could not keep the runs coming as the game ended 10-6.

 

The JBLN team avenged their earlier 2-0 loss to Freedom Farm who left the group stage with a 3-0 win/loss record.

 

It was a perfect run for Freedom Farm’s 10U team as they pulled off a 7-2 victory over JBLN in the gold medal game. They came into the championship game with a 4-0 record in the tournament, and allowed just two hits in the championship game in 19 at-bats. Freedom Farm had nine hits.
Freedom Farm 10U team coach William Seymour was confident that his team would prevail.

 

“We knew as a team, from early on in the tournament, that we were going to be victorious and win the championship. We felt that the level of competition in the group – our guys play above their level. We were sure of the victory. In preparing the guys for this tournament, we were second to none. They worked hard and deserved the victory,” Seymour said.

 

Freedom Farm came out on top with three wins in what turned out to be a best-of-five series against JBLN in the 18U division. In the final game, Freedom Farm won 10-2.

 

It was a dominating run by the Freedom Farm 14U team as they scored 22 runs and gave up just two runs in the group stage. They took down JBLN 13-0 in the gold medal game to secure the national title in that division. To get there, they took down the Abaco Youth Baseball League, 7-0, in the semifinals.

 

The 8U division (Coach Pitch) was won by Freedom Farm. They won 19-1 over JBLN in the gold medal game to cart off that trophy. They were unbeaten in group play with a 3-0 record and did not concede a run until the championship game. They scored 56 runs in the group stage.

 

In the 6U division (Tee Ball), Freedom Farm won a best-of-three series 2-0 over the Legacy Baseball League out of Grand Bahama. In the first game, Freedom Farm won 28-5. In the second game, Legacy put up a fight, but Freedom Farm won, 18-5.

 

The different local leagues will now look to travel to the United States for various tournaments in the summer as coaches look to give them more exposure and experience.

Junior baseball nationals to christen refurbished complex

By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
bstubbs@tribunemedia.net
June 15, 2022

THE Bahamas Baseball Association is expected to christen the refurbished Balliou Hills Sporting Complex this weekend with the return of the Junior National Baseball Championships.

At least 25 teams from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco will make up the package of Tee Ball (6U), Coach Pitch (8U), 10-and-under, 12-under, 14-under, 16-under and 18-under divisions.

After hosting the event in Grand Bahama for the past decade, the BBA decided to bring it back to New Providence where it got started in 2003 and was staged here for at least seven years.

“After coming out of the COVID-19 situation and with the renovations to the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex for the hosting of the Babe Ruth Caribbean Youth Championships in July, we made an agreement with the National Sports Authority to host the Nationals here so we can have a dry run,” said BBA secretary general Theodore “Teddy” Sweeting.

“We want to give the NSA’s team the opportunity to go through all of the protocols with a smaller grouping so that they will be able to iron out the knits in preparation for the Babe Ruth Caribbean Championships. So, we will be able to help out with that and see how it goes.”

 

With the renovations almost complete, Sweeting said they are eager to stage the Nationals at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. He noted, however, that the official opening day activities, including the official opening ceremonies, will take place under the lights on the Bankers’ Field.

 

“I think we still have a lot of work to do for the Babe Ruth National Tournament. But we hope to have everything completed in time for the event in July.

 

Competing in the Nationals this weekend are teams from the Grand Bahama Grand Amateur Baseball League, Grand Bahama Legacy League, New Providence Community Baseball League, Ed Armbrister Baseball League, Freedom Farm Baseball League, and Junior Baseball League of Nassau, and two leagues coming out of Abaco from the north and the central area of the island.

 

Sweeting said the BBA is excited to see so many people in the Family Islands who are making a contribution to the growth and development of the game.

 

He said this is a good opportunity for these persons to showcase the talent they’ve to work with.

 

“We start programs in these islands, but we always need persons who are willing and committed to carrying on the work,” Sweeting said.

 

“So, we are happy that persons like Feast are making his contribution on the island of Abaco to assist the program there.”

 

While the teams will arrive on Thursday, they will go directly into the official opening ceremonies at the Bankers’ Field, where Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture Mario Bowleg will declare the tournament open.

 

Following the ceremonies, in which Bowleg is also expected to toss the first pitch, the tournament is set to get started with a Coach Pitch game.

 

At least two or three games are scheduled for opening night, which will conclude with a massive fireworks display. “We want to do the fireworks because we had a two-year hiatus where we didn’t have any sports played because of COVID-19,” Sweeting said.

 

“We know a lot of the fans are looking forward to it, and it will be something special for the players because they are so excited to be playing in the nationals again.”

 

Unlike Grand Bahama, where they got to play late in the evening under the lights at the Emera Baseball Complex, Sweeting said they wouldn’t have the luxury at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, so they will get started at 8 am on Friday and Saturday and hope to be finished by 7 pm.

 

Sunday has been designed as championship day, where all of the champions are expected to be crowned in each division.

 

“We’re looking forward to an exciting weekend. We are praying for less rain or no rain,” Sweeting said. “We have a plan B if it rains, so we have everything in place to make this a great weekend of baseball for our junior players.”

Bahamas Defeats cuba 2-1

It turned out to be the first time the Bahamas would defeat a Cuban baseball team since first meeting in the 1979 Pan American Games when Cuba won 12-0 behind the pitching of Jesus Guerra.
A decision by Bahamas team manager Lionel Ferguson Sr. turned out to be a very good choice when he started pitcher Neil Forsyth.
Forsyth threw an unbelievable game with catcher Greg Burrows Jr. calling a masterful game behind the plate.
Raymond Grant led off the eighth inning with a double off the left field fence. Edwin McPhee’s sacrifice bunt moved Grant to third base.

Power-hitting Sean Albury stepped up to bat and drilled a long fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Grant for what proved to be the game-winning run. A large crowd of about 4,000 fans were stunted by the play of the Bahamas team.


The victory was a most historical one for the Bahamas in international baseball competition. It marked the first time a Bahamas national baseball team defeated a Cuban national baseball team.


Outfielders Nathan Forsyth and Stephen Martin were superb on defense, showing of their speed and their ability to track down hit balls.

Right-hander Neil Forsythe went the route with an 88-89 MPH fastball, a slider and, above all, by keeping the ball down in the strike zone with excellent control.

Cuba’s team, managed by Lourdes Gourriel, were held to three singles and their only run was unearned. Vladimir Baños was Forsythe rival through 8 innings. He struck out 10 Bahamian batters.


But the Cubans gave up two earned runs, one on a single by catcher Greg Burrows Jr. and another on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Sean Albury. The heart of the Cuban line-up, Zamora, Pedroso, Anderson and Luis, went hitless in 14 at-bats.


Other countries competing were Nicaragua, Puerto Rico-United States, Mexico-Czech Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Chinese Taipei and Japan.


GAME BOXSCORES:

R-H-E

BAHAMAS 000 000 110 – 2 5 4
CUBA          000 000 100 – 1 3 1

WP: Neil Forsythe (1-0)
LP: Vladimir Baños (0-1)


After an historic win by the Bahamas over Cuba, all teams looked at the Bahamas team differently. They could see that the Bahamas meant business and came to win the tournament.


Nicaragua gave the Bahamas its first lost, 3-0, behind the 2-hit pitching of Ariel Francisco Sulduria.


Greg Burrows Jr. pitched 9 innings in the loss. He struck out 9 batters and gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs.


The Bahamas two hits came from pitcher Burrows Jr. and Lionel Ferguson Jr.


Japan 15, Bahamas 0
The Bahamians took a beating from the Japanese, losing 15-0 and no-hit in 7 innings. The Bahamas used two pitchers in the loss: Raymond Grant pitched 5 innings and Eugene Bain pitched 2 innings.


Italy 9, Bahamas 7
Up next for the Bahamas was Italy. The Bahamas was ready for battled against the Italians, but came up short, losing 9-7.


Tyrone Smith was the losing pitcher, giving 8 runs in 1 inning of pitching. Culbert Evans came in relief in the 2nd inning and pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 run. Neil Forsyth pitched 1 inning without allowing any runs.


The Bahamas had 9 hits. Geron Sands was 3-5, 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Stephen Martin was 2-2 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

Italy’s team also had 9 hits; and used 5 pitchers against the Bahamas – Cody Cillo (4 innings), Matted Modia (1 inning), Fillipo Mori (1), Joshua Caruso (1) and Stefano Bazzarini (2.2 innings).


Czech Republic 7, Bahamas 6
The Bahamas lost to Czech Republic, 7-6 in extra innings before losing its final game against U.S Virgin Island to end its tournament play.

In other qualifying round action, the United States shutout the Virgin Islands 4-0; Puerto Rico blanked (6-0) the Czech Republic and Taipei beat Mexico, 7-2.

****

Bahamians who made up and led Great Britain baseball team to the championship game

Bahamas Great Britain

There were 9 Bahamian young men who competing at the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Brooklyn, New York, on TEAM GREAT BRITAIN:

Left to Right: Kyle Simmons, Jervis “Champ” Stuart Jr., Jasarado “Jazz” Chisholm, Albert Cartwright, Reshard Munroe, Ali Knowles, Todd Isaacs Jr., Antoan Richardson, Chavez Young.


The Bahamas had 7 starters in the 1st Game against Israel: 2nd Base/Albert Cartwright. Short Stop SS/Jasarado Chisholm. 3rd Base/Kyle Simmons. Left Field/Antoan Richardson. Center Field/Jervis “Champ” Stuart Jr. Right Field/Todd Isaacs. Jr. DH/Chavez Young.

Final score: GREAT BRITAIN 14, Pakistan 0

Bahamian Baseball Players
L-R. Chaves Young, Blue Jays; Antoan Richardson, Braves, Yankees, Giants; Kyle Simmons, Pirates/Ali Knowles, Troy University; Albert Cartwright, Phillies AA & Reshard Monroe-GB-Reds; Todd Isaacs, Indians; Jazz Chisholm, Marlins; Jervis Stuart, Mets.
It turned out to be the first time the Bahamas would defeat a Cuban baseball team since first meeting in the 1979 Pan American Games when Cuba won 12-0 behind the pitching of Jesus Guerra.

A decision by Bahamas team manager Lionel Ferguson Sr. turned out to be a very good choice when he started pitcher Neil Forsyth.

Forsyth threw an unbelievable game with catcher Greg Burrows Jr. calling a masterful game behind the plate.

Raymond Grant led off the eighth inning with a double off the left field fence. Edwin McPhee’s sacrifice bunt moved Grant to third base.

Power-hitting Sean Albury stepped up to bat and drilled a long fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Grant for what proved to be the game-winning run. A large crowd of about 4,000 fans were stunted by the play of the Bahamas team.

The victory was a most historical one for the Bahamas in international baseball competition. It marked the first time a Bahamas national baseball team defeated a Cuban national baseball team.

Outfielders Nathan Forsyth and Stephen Martin were superb on defense, showing of their speed and their ability to track down hit balls.

Right-hander Neil Forsythe went the route with an 88-89 MPH fastball, a slider and, above all, by keeping the ball down in the strike zone with excellent control.

Cuba’s team, managed by Lourdes Gourriel, were held to three singles and their only run was unearned. Vladimir Baños was Forsythe rival through 8 innings. He struck out 10 Bahamian batters.

But the Cubans gave up two earned runs, one on a single by catcher Greg Burrows Jr. and another on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Sean Albury. The heart of the Cuban line-up, Zamora, Pedroso, Anderson and Luis, went hitless in 14 at-bats.

Other countries competing were Nicaragua, Puerto Rico-United States, Mexico-Czech Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Chinese Taipei and Japan.

GAME BOXSCORES:
R-H-E

BAHAMAS 000 000 110 – 2 5 4
CUBA          000 000 100 – 1 3 1
WP: Neil Forsythe (1-0)
LP: Vladimir Baños (0-1)

After an historic win by the Bahamas over Cuba, all teams looked at the Bahamas team differently. They could see that the Bahamas meant business and came to win the tournament.

Nicaragua gave the Bahamas its first lost, 3-0, behind the 2-hit pitching of Ariel Francisco Sulduria.

Greg Burrows Jr. pitched 9 innings in the loss. He struck out 9 batters and gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs.

The Bahamas two hits came from pitcher Burrows Jr. and Lionel Ferguson Jr.

Japan 15, Bahamas 0
The Bahamians took a beating from the Japanese, losing 15-0 and no-hit in 7 innings. The Bahamas used two pitchers in the loss: Raymond Grant pitched 5 innings and Eugene Bain pitched 2 innings.

Italy 9, Bahamas 7
Up next for the Bahamas was Italy. The Bahamas was ready for battled against the Italians, but came up short, losing 9-7.

Tyrone Smith was the losing pitcher, giving 8 runs in 1 inning of pitching. Culbert Evans came in relief in the 2nd inning and pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 run. Neil Forsyth pitched 1 inning without allowing any runs.

The Bahamas had 9 hits. Geron Sands was 3-5, 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Stephen Martin was 2-2 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

Italy’s team also had 9 hits; and used 5 pitchers against the Bahamas – Cody Cillo (4 innings), Matted Modia (1 inning), Fillipo Mori (1), Joshua Caruso (1) and Stefano Bazzarini (2.2 innings).

Czech Republic 7, Bahamas 6
The Bahamas lost to Czech Republic, 7-6 in extra innings before losing its final game against U.S Virgin Island to end its tournament play.

In other qualifying round action, the United States shutout the Virgin Islands 4-0; Puerto Rico blanked (6-0) the Czech Republic and Taipei beat Mexico, 7-2. ****

The day 242 Baseball will never forget! Bahamas upsets Cuba, 2-1, at University Baseball Tournament

(August 9, 2006) (Sigredo Barros and Jeff Francis contributed to this article)
The saying goes that “in baseball, any team can win on a given day, no matter how tough the opponent.”

When heading to the stadium, fans had no idea they were about to witness a historic baseball game.

Behind a pitching gem by Neil Forsythe, Bahamas stunned Cuba 2-1 on Tuesday, August 9, 2006, in the 3rd World University Baseball Tournament played in Havana, Cuba.
BBA All Star Team Cuba
It turned out to be the first time the Bahamas would defeat a Cuban baseball team since first meeting in the 1979 Pan American Games when Cuba won 12-0 behind the pitching of Jesus Guerra.

A decision by Bahamas team manager Lionel Ferguson Sr. turned out to be a very good choice when he started pitcher Neil Forsyth.

Forsyth threw an unbelievable game with catcher Greg Burrows Jr. calling a masterful game behind the plate.

Raymond Grant led off the eighth inning with a double off the left field fence. Edwin McPhee’s sacrifice bunt moved Grant to third base.

Power-hitting Sean Albury stepped up to bat and drilled a long fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Grant for what proved to be the game-winning run. A large crowd of about 4,000 fans were stunted by the play of the Bahamas team.

The victory was a most historical one for the Bahamas in international baseball competition. It marked the first time a Bahamas national baseball team defeated a Cuban national baseball team.

Outfielders Nathan Forsyth and Stephen Martin were superb on defense, showing of their speed and their ability to track down hit balls.

Right-hander Neil Forsythe went the route with an 88-89 MPH fastball, a slider and, above all, by keeping the ball down in the strike zone with excellent control.

Cuba’s team, managed by Lourdes Gourriel, were held to three singles and their only run was unearned. Vladimir Baños was Forsythe rival through 8 innings. He struck out 10 Bahamian batters.

But the Cubans gave up two earned runs, one on a single by catcher Greg Burrows Jr. and another on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Sean Albury. The heart of the Cuban line-up, Zamora, Pedroso, Anderson and Luis, went hitless in 14 at-bats.

Other countries competing were Nicaragua, Puerto Rico-United States, Mexico-Czech Republic, U.S. Virgin Islands, Chinese Taipei and Japan.

GAME BOXSCORES:
R-H-E

BAHAMAS 000 000 110 – 2 5 4
CUBA          000 000 100 – 1 3 1
WP: Neil Forsythe (1-0)
LP: Vladimir Baños (0-1)

After an historic win by the Bahamas over Cuba, all teams looked at the Bahamas team differently. They could see that the Bahamas meant business and came to win the tournament.

Nicaragua gave the Bahamas its first lost, 3-0, behind the 2-hit pitching of Ariel Francisco Sulduria.

Greg Burrows Jr. pitched 9 innings in the loss. He struck out 9 batters and gave up 7 hits and 2 earned runs.

The Bahamas two hits came from pitcher Burrows Jr. and Lionel Ferguson Jr.

Japan 15, Bahamas 0
The Bahamians took a beating from the Japanese, losing 15-0 and no-hit in 7 innings. The Bahamas used two pitchers in the loss: Raymond Grant pitched 5 innings and Eugene Bain pitched 2 innings.

Italy 9, Bahamas 7
Up next for the Bahamas was Italy. The Bahamas was ready for battled against the Italians, but came up short, losing 9-7.

Tyrone Smith was the losing pitcher, giving 8 runs in 1 inning of pitching. Culbert Evans came in relief in the 2nd inning and pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 run. Neil Forsyth pitched 1 inning without allowing any runs.

The Bahamas had 9 hits. Geron Sands was 3-5, 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Stephen Martin was 2-2 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.

Italy’s team also had 9 hits; and used 5 pitchers against the Bahamas – Cody Cillo (4 innings), Matted Modia (1 inning), Fillipo Mori (1), Joshua Caruso (1) and Stefano Bazzarini (2.2 innings).

Czech Republic 7, Bahamas 6
The Bahamas lost to Czech Republic, 7-6 in extra innings before losing its final game against U.S Virgin Island to end its tournament play.

In other qualifying round action, the United States shutout the Virgin Islands 4-0; Puerto Rico blanked (6-0) the Czech Republic and Taipei beat Mexico, 7-2. ****

“IT’S A BIG WEEK FOR BASEBALL”

By BRENT STUBBS, Senior Sports Reporter, The Tribune (December 2021)

The Bahamas Baseball Association is gearing up for one of its busiest weeks ever with the staging of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation (COCABE) executive meeting and awards banquet at Breezes Bahamas Resort & Spa next week.

#According to BBA secretary general Theodore ‘Teddy’ Sweeting, following the meeting, COCABE will be making some special announcements. It’s the first time that the Bahamas will hold such a prestigious meeting

“Never before in our history have we had an opportunity to have this type of leadership come to the Bahamas to hold their executive meeting,” Sweeting said. “During their meeting, they will be discussing their plans for 2022.”
Among the list of executives expected here to participate in the events are George R de Lira, president of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation (COCABE); Melvin Mora, former MLB Player and president of the Caribbean Baseball Development Commission; Rodolfo Puentes, the technical director for Caribbean Baseball Confederation, Luis Daniel del-Risco, the president of the Cuba Baseball Federation, president of the Umpires and Scorers for Caribbean Baseball Confederation and umpire instructor for WBSC and COPABE and Ramsey Betorina, the executive director of the Caribbean Baseball Confederation.
At the end of their meeting, COCABE will hold an awards banquet at Breezes where they will be presenting an array of awards for all of the top achievements that took place in 2021.
Without going into any details, Sweeting said it has been a banner year and the Bahamas has had its share of accomplishments that the BBA hopes would not go unnoticed among the leaders of the sport in the region.
“Baseball is moving at a very fast pace and we’re excited to see all of the hard work that has been accomplished by so many people, he said. “They are now beginning to see the fruits of their labor.”
While the BBA will be hosting COCABE at Breezes, San Francisco Giants’ first baseball coach Antoan Richardson will be hosting an event and the week will conclude with the festivities surrounding the fourth edition of the Don’t Blink Home Run Derby being organized by Todd Isaacs Jr and Lucius Fox on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at the Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.
While Atlantis serves as the title sponsor for the first time this year, other stakeholders are REV, International Elite Baseball Academy, and California-based nonprofit – Magical Builders.
Magical Builder is a non-profit corporation that has managed the construction and renovation of dozens of charitable facilities.
Miami Marlins infielder Jasrado “Jazz” Chisholm Jr, the first overall pick in the draft, will headline a list of local pro players that include Warren Saunders (New York Mets), Ian Lewis (Miami Marlins), D’Shawn Knowles (Los Angeles Angels), Keithron Moss (Texas Rangers), DJ Collie (Webber University), Ellison Hanna (Hood College – Assistant Coach), D’Vaughn Knowles (New York Yankees), James Rolle (Baltimore Orioles) and Dax Stubbs (Baltimore Orioles).
The international players will be headlined by Rookie of the Year prospect, Wander Franco Tampa Bay Rays. He will be joined by Triston Casas (Boston Red Sox), MJ Melendez (Kansas City Royals), Akil Baddoo (Detroit Tigers), Dylan Carson (St Louis Cardinals), Jeremiah Jackson (Los Angeles Angels), Marcus Wilson (Seattle Mariners), Justin Wylie (New Jersey Jackals), Zack Veen (Colorado Rockies) and Dalton Combs (San Francisco Giants).
Team Isaacs will include several first-time local participants, including the most recent members of the last international signing and MLB draft class.
BJ Murray (Chicago Cubs), Kristin Munroe (Los Angeles Angels), Andre Arthur (Miami Marlins), Adari Grant (St. Louis Cardinals) and Stephen Adderley (Miami Marlins) will all make their derby debut.
The group also includes veteran Anfernee Seymour (Kane County Cougars) and minor leaguers Chavez Young (Toronto Blue Jays), Everette Cooper (Houston Cougars), Trent Deveaux (Los Angeles Angels), and Davonn Mackey (Oakland Athletics).
Former Don’t Blink champion Lewis Brinson of the Miami Marlins will highlight the international group for Team Isaacs.
The group also includes Miguel Rojas (Miami Marlins), Will Benson (Cleveland Guardians), Dominic Smith (New York Mets), Khalil Lee (New York Mets), Richie Palacios (Cleveland Guardians), Josh Palacios (Toronto Blue Jays), Christian Koss (Colorado Rockies), Nick Gordon, and Mason Wynn (St. Louis Cardinals).

On Friday, December 17, the participating players will host the annual kids’ clinic at the Atlantis resort in Paradise Harbour for aspiring student-athletes.
“It’s a big week for baseball,” Sweeting said. “So, we’re excited about what’s happening in baseball right now.”

Baseball

About the National Baseball Championship

In June 2003, the first historic National Baseball Championship (NBC) was hosted on the island of New Providence with five member associations, namely (Freedom Farm Baseball League, of Nassau, Grand Bahama Little League, Legacy Baseball League, and New Providence Amateur Baseball League) with 16 All-Star Teams.
Over the next six years, NBC remained on the island of New Providence and continued to have tremendous growth and participation from other family islands. By 2008, NBC saw the participation of seven islands and 29 All-Star Teams. During these many successful years, the Grand Bahama-base leagues expressed a passion and desire to host the NBC on its island. Shortly after the 2009 NBC, the organizing committee in Grand Bahama was awarded the hosting of the June 2010 National Baseball Championship.

Maybe it was the excitement of a new venue, but NBC witnessed its most successful championship since its inception with participation from eight family islands and 38 All-Star Teams, with over 700 participants. Due to this success, the 2011 Championship was also hosted in Freeport, Grand Bahama, and the island continued to host the NBC from June 2010 to June 2014.

The National Baseball Championship has become the signature event that the best of the best baseball players who participate in various member leagues look forward to at the end of their respective league season to compete to be crowned National Divisional Champion. NBC has witnessed overwhelming success, but the most satisfying accomplishments are the international high school and college recognition the tournament has gained and the over 200 young men who have received baseball scholarship assistance for high school and college through the program.

Group Photo

COCABE Meeting

Melvin Mora
Former MLB Player
President Caribbean Baseball Commission

Kenny Mondesir
BBA Treasurer

Samuel Rodgers
BBA President

George R. de Lira
President
Caribbean Baseball Confederation (COCABE)

Theodore R Sweeting
BBA Secretary General

Ramsey Betorina
Executive Director
Caribbean Baseball Confederation (COCABE)

Shane Albury
BBA 1st Vice President

BBA 2021 Awards Programme
Rodgers & De Lira

BBA president Samuel Rodgers Sr. presents a commemorative gift to George R. de Lira, president of Caribbean Baseball Confederation (COCABE) on the December 2022 tournament in the Bahamas.

Baseball Players 2021 Awards Presentation
BBA Invitation
Bahamas Baseball Association
6 BBA CAC Tournament

Many gathered to celebrate Bahamian Heritage Night with Jazz Chisholm and Miami Marlins.

Player Holding Bat
Bahamians
3 Gentlemen

Jazz Chisholm was featured at the “Bahamian Heritage Night” celebration at MLB Miami Marlins’ LoanDepot Park, Miami, Florida, in June 2021.

Bahamian Heritage Celebration
Team Isaacs Draft
Home Run Derby
Team Fox Drafts

Although MJ Melendez won the individual Don’t Blink Home Run Derby category, the slugging team of Todd Issacs won the derby on December 18, 2021, in a spectacular event at Atlantis on Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Bahamian Jazz Chisholm on Marlins

BBA Affiliated Members

COPABE

Bahamas Events

Freedom Farm Baseball League
Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN)

Grand Bahama Amateur Baseball Association

Legacy Baseball League

Map of Abaco Islands
North Abaco Baseball League