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2017 World Port Tournament

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The 2017 World Port Tournament was held from July 1 through July 9, 2017 in Rotterdam. Competing teams were the Dutch national team, Cuba, a Japanese team, a team from Taiwan and a team from Curacao.

Cuba finished last for the first time ever, going 3-4 as they dropped their last four games, including the three games in the placement round. Playing well were Yoelkis Guibert (.423/.423/.500). Frank Camilo Morejón (.412/.565/.471), Yoalkis Cruz (1-0, 0.52) and Yoandri Ruiz (1-0, 1.17).

Curacao was 1-5 but avoided last by beating Cuba in the second round. Their best player was Shurendell Mujica (.429/.556/.619, 5 RBI).

Japan was 5-3, losing the finale to Taiwan, 3-2. Ryosuke Fujii (Sv, 0 R in 11 IP) and Daisuke Yamagami (2-0, 0.60) were dominant hurlers while Takuya Okura (.448/.515/.483, 9 RBI in 7 G) and Masaki Otani (.379/.438/.552) paced the offense.

The host Netherlands was a disappointing 3-3 and 4th place. They did have the MVP in Dwayne Kemp (.421/.500/.474, 6 RBI in 6 G). Diegomar Markwell (0.00 in 10 1/3 IP) and Kevin Heijstek (1 UER in 7 IP) both pitched well but did not get decisions.

Taiwan won their second title, having also won in 2011. After a 1-3 start, they won their final four games, topping the Netherlands and Japan (twice) in the second round to take it all. Yi-Hung Chen hit .368/.500/.526 as their top offensive performer. Hsin-Chuan Wang drove in all three runs in the 10-inning finale while Cheng-Hao Wang got the win (1 R in 3 1/3 IP).

Awards were presented to:

  • Best Contact Hitter: Takuya Okura, Japan (.448)
  • Best Pitcher: Daisuke Yamagami, Japan (2-0, 0.60)
  • Home Run King: Yi-Hung Chen, Taiwan (1)
  • MVP: Dwayne Kemp, Netherlands (.421, 6 RBI)
  • Most Popular Player: Koya Araki, Japan
  • Best Rookie: ??Unclear if this was awarded in 2017??
  • Donald Bax Press Award: Shurendell Mujica, Curacao

Rosters[edit]

Cuba[edit]

Curacao[edit]

Japan[edit]

  • Tateo Kume, C
  • Yusuke Nakamura, IF
  • Masaki Otani, IF
  • Hiroto Kobukata, IF
  • Togo Tada, IF
  • Kenta Morinaka, IF
  • Takuya Hirayama, IF
  • Takuya Okura, IF
  • Koya Araki, IF
  • Naoyuki Wakiya, IF
  • Kenta Fukukhara, OF
  • Yudai Nakanishi, OF
  • Masaki Yamagishi, OF
  • Ryota Maeda, OF
  • Kazuya Suzuki, OF
  • Akira Yamaguchi, P
  • Ryosuke Fujii, P
  • Kazuma Okada, P
  • Kenko Kotera, P
  • Daisuke Yamagami, P
  • Takahiro Yamamoto, P
  • Tatsuya Yokoyama, P
  • Kosuke Fukushima, P
  • Noboru Goto, Coach
  • Kazutoyo Hayase is listed as field manager, Junki Yoshioka as team manager and Takumi Kihara also as team manager. Unclear which one was the manager; presumably the other two were coaches?

Netherlands[edit]

Taiwan[edit]

Source: World Port Tournament