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WBSC names Annual Award winners: Baseball/Softball Player, Coach, Umpire and Federation of the Year

October 15, 2017

GABORONE, Botswana --  WBSC names Annual Award winners: Baseball/Softball Player, Coach, Umpire and Federation of the Year



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WBSC names Annual Award winners: Baseball/Softball Player, Coach, Umpire and Federation of the Year
 
GABORONE, Botswana -- The World Baseball Softball Confederation revealed the Annual WBSC Baseball and Softball Award Winners for the 2014-2017 quadrennial.
 
Representatives from 17 nations were honoured at the WBSC Congress Gala held in the Gaborone International Convention Centre, with Japan representatives earning a leading six WBSC awards, while the U.S. earned five, Canada four, and Cuba and New Zealand three.
 
USA's Jessica Moore and Japan's Shohei Otani.

WBSC Annual Award Winners represented Botswana, Canada, Cuba, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United States and Venezuela.
 
The host of the WBSC World Baseball Softball Congress in capital city Gaborone -- the Botswana Softball Association -- was named the 2017 Softball Federation of the Year for "providing an excellent world stage that united baseball's and softball's leaders."
 
Player of the Year:

 

Year

Baseball Player

Softball Player

2017

Triston Casas (USA)

Yukiko Ueno (JPN)

2016

Loidel Chapelli (CUB)

Sean Cleary (CAN)

2015

Shohei Otani (JPN)

Jessica Moore (USA)

2014

Ayami Sato (JPN)

Nathan Nukunuku (NZL)

 

National Team Coach of the Year:

 

Year

Baseball

Softball

2017

Andy Stankiewicz (USA)

Mark Sorensen (NZL)

2016

Gerty Damián (CUB)

Ken Eriksen (USA)

2015

In Sik Kim (KOR)

John Stewart (CAN)

2014

Koichi Okura (JPN)

Reika Utsugi (JPN)

 

Umpire of the Year:

 

Year

Baseball

Softball

2017

Jorge Niebla (CUB)

Scott McLaren (CAN)

2016

Edgar Estivison (PAN)

Gianluca Magnani (ITA)

2015

Hua Wen Chi (TPE)

Jose Chaparro (PUR)

2014

Maite Bullones (VEN)

Hideko Okana (JPN)

 

National Federation of the Year:

 

Year

Baseball

Softball

2017

Nicaraguan Federation of Baseball (FENIBA)

Botswana Softball Association/New Zealand Softball Association

2016

Mexican Baseball Federation (FEMEBE)

USA Softball

2015

Hong Kong Baseball Association

Softball Canada

2014

Czech Baseball Association

Peruvian Federation of Softball (FDPS)

 

 

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Contact: media@wbsc.org@WBSC 
 
About the World Baseball Softball Confederation 
 
Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland -- the Olympic Capital -- the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) is the world governing body for baseball and softball. WBSC has 184 National Federation and Associate Members in 128 countries and territories across Asia, Africa, Americas, Europe and Oceania, which represent a united baseball/softball sports movement that encompasses over 65 million athletes and attracts approximately 150 million fans to stadiums worldwide annually. 
 
The WBSC governs all international competitions involving official National Teams. The WBSC oversees the Softball World Championships (Men, Women, U-19 Men, and U-19 Women), Premier12, World Baseball Classic, and Baseball World Cups (U-12, U-15, U-18, U-23 and Women's).

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