Coney Island ...

By Jim Leeke — AABP

It’s Labor Day weekend in the United States, and we’re already looking forward to the World Baseball Classic qualifier in Brooklyn later this month. We’ll be on hand to cheer Great Britain in their game with Israel on September 22, and again the next night versus an opponent still to be determined. All games are slated for MCU Park at Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

You might have read that Trevor Hoffman, the great Padres closer, has joined the British staff as the bullpen coach. (His mother, Mikki, is British.) Hall of Famer Barry Larkin will manage Brazil in the same qualifier.

We wonder if British players say “baseball match,” as their ancestors did a century ago during the Great War. We’ll let you know. Meanwhile, here’s a short video of Hoffman talking about the games at Coney Island.