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Mar '09 11

Swedish National Team to travel to United States in May

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A selection of the Swedish National Team will start its preparations for the 2009 IBAF Baseball World Cup this Spring. The Swedish Baseball and Softball Federation announced on their website that from May 16th to 28th 25 players receive the opportunity to travel into the United States to practice and to play exhibition games on a high level.

The highlight awaits the squad in the first week, when they will practice at the Detroit Tigers spring training facilities in Lakeland, Florida, including training matches against teams of the Tigers, Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros. Afterwards they make the trip to Wisconsin to conclude the exhibition schedule with games against the Brainerd Lakes Area Lunkers, La Crosse Loggers and Madison Mallards of the Northwoods  League.

Manager Kalle Knutsson selected 13 pitchers and twelve position players for the two-week trip. Four of them, Bjoern and Peter Johannessen, Philip Gajzler and Nicklas Melin will start a week in advance to take part in the Tigers extended spring training. Additionally two of their coaches Magnus Höglund and Doug Skiles got the chance to visit Major League clubs this March for a period of two weeks.


Name                    Team
Christian Staehely*     Seattle Mariners
Joakim Claesson         Stockholm
Per Sjörs               Leksand
Bryan Berglund          Royal High Scool, Calif.
Mikael Andersson        Tranås
Nick Soubiea            Sundbyberg
Michael Andersson       Karlskoga
Maikel Hurtado          Florida
Curtis Dionne           Göteborg
Niklas Melin            Rättvik
Kent Karlsson           Karlskoga
Johan Tisell            Sundbyberg
Peter Jansson           Rättvik
Oscar Carlstedt         Stockholm
*if allowed by Seattle Mariners

Position Players:
Name                      Team
Magnus Pilegård           Stockholm
Björn Johannessen         Stockholm
Peter Elfving             Sundbyberg
Tomas Börjes              Rättvik
Rickard Leander           Leksand
Petter Diurlin            Stockholm
Rickard Reimer            Rättvik
Adam Sorgi                Rättvik
Christoffer Johansson     Karlskoga
Philip Gajzler            Sundbyberg
Tony Dermendziev          Tranås
Peter Johannessen         Stockholm

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