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Saw on BaseballDeWorld that Panama will host the Latin America section in November.... and that MARIANO RIVERA has said he'll participate.
If Mo were to actually participate in the Nov. WBC stuff, it'd basically be him announcing that he's going to retire from MLB...
This is another thing I don't like about having the qualifier so far in advance. Rivera presumably could retire from MLB, help Panama qualify for the WBC, and then not show up for the actual event 4-5 months later, either by choice or due to injury. The same could be true for other difference-maker players from countries like Colombia and Nicaragua.
BTW, to get an idea on what the Canadian team will look like (assuming that no MLB or 40-man roster people can get permission to play), check out Canada's roster for the 2011 Pan Am games and 2011 World Cup.
The reverse is true for Canada. (Hopefully) most of the WBC roster will have been unavailable for qualifiers.
Right. The WBC is great, but they seem to have confused "feature" and "bug" when implementing some of these changes.
I think the thing is, Canada only have themselves to blame. This level of qualifier is intended to be for teams that are far enough down the pole that they have no MLB talent. If Canada hadn't played like a bunch of saps in 2009 they wouldn't be in this mess.
He'd probably only pitch a few innings, but that could be a big boost, especially if the other teams didn't have their top ML talent.
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