MLB's Bauer gives $10 per strikeout to Baseball in Benin

Huge Lift for Baseball in Benin

Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has selected Baseball in Benin as one of three charities that he will be donating to this season. An online vote via Trevor's Twitter page (@BauerOutage) was used to determine who will benefit from his generosity. Thanks to global support, Baseball in Benin received the most votes.


Bauer will donate US$10.00 per strikeout for the entire season.


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TAYLER SCOTT BECOMES FIRST AFRICAN TO PITCH IN MLB

Mariners Relief Pitcher Makes History

Taylor Scott  and his team the Seattle Mariners will likely become part of history during their series against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend.


Tayler Scott was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 1, 1992. The 27 year-old will become the first South African to pitch in the Major Leagues. In fact, he will become the fist African-born pitcher to ever take the mound in a Major League Baseball Game.


Tayler will also become only the second African-born player to make the Major Leagues. Fellow South African Gift Ngoepe, in infielder, made his debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates  in April, 2017.


With sports like cricket, soccer and rugby being the major sports in South Africa, Scott bucked the trend and grew up playing baseball. While he still makes South Africa his off-season home, his parents did help him realize his dream by partially relocating to Arizona so that Tayler could play high school baseball.  He attended Notre Dame Prep High School in Scottsdale.


The sacrifice paid off when he was drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2011 MLB Draft.

Baseball South Africa

The South African National team is the  top-ranked Baseball team in Africa and is ranked # 23 on the WBSC World Baseball Rankings. 

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Rankings

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  1. SouthAfrica   136.6 
  2. Uganda              60.3 
  3. Zimbabwe        49.6 
  4. BurkinaFaso   31.3 
  5. Nigeria               13.5 
  6. Kenya                 13.4 
  7. Ghana                 12.5 
  8. Tanzania           10.0

Players

Demi Orimoloye

Professionals (Current Team)  - Highest Level Played


Gift Ngoepe (Pittsburgh Pirates) MLB

Sanfo Lassino (Kocchi Fighting Dogs) Japan

Tayler Scott (Baltimore Orioles) MLB

Kieran Lovegrove (Baltimore Orioles) AAA

Brendan Venter (Atlanta Braves) A Full Season

Victor Ngoepe (Pittsburg Pirates) A Short Season


The Team

Albert K Frimpong - President Ghana Baseball and Softball Federation

Meet the dedicated people and organizations whose support and contributions are fueling the growth of baseball and softball in Africa. Collectively they are  creating, designing and implementing a comprehensive plan to greatly enhance the lives and futures of Africa’s youth through education, baseball and softball. Read More

The Plan

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Team with professional athletes, business and philanthropists to create, design and implement a comprehensive plan to greatly enhance the lives and futures of Africa’s youth through education, baseball and softball. Read More

The Foundation

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The Going to Bat Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that works with the business community and professional athletes in the US and internationally, to provide baseball facilities and STEM education programs for children  in under-served areas. 

The Passion

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Baseball (and Softball) may be America's National Pastime, but it is rapidly becoming Africa's Passion

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Europe/Africa Baseball Olympic Qualifier

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Sep 18 - Sep 22

Europe/Africa Baseball Olympic Qualifier

The Africa/Europe qualification event will be a six-team tournament, with the winner earning a place at Tokyo 2020. Competing in this Qualifier will be top five finishers from the European Baseball Championship 2019 and the winner of the African Baseball Championship/Qualifier 2019.

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Bologna & Parma (ITA)

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