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@USABaseball lineup: Rollins SS, Phillips 2B, Braun LF, Mauer C, Stanton RF, Zobrist 3B, Hosmer 1B, Jones CF, Victorino DH, Vogelsong P
Wonder if the US team will wish Puerto Rico was a US state (as it voted to be in 2012) after this game? Which players on Puerto Rico would be on the US team I wonder? Yadier Molina for sure, Carlos Beltran likely, who else?
I would love to see Puerto Rico win this just for the shock value.
It would be cool, but I want another crack at the DR. Even if its only a seeding game.
How would that work? I mean, is it even possible to make a nice symmetric pattern with 51 stars in for the flag?
But if we kick Delaware out, where will all the corporations headquarter?
The anti-WBC people are letting the perfect be the enemy of the good. And the World Baseball Classic is a damn good tournament. A 'perfect' WBC would probably:
*Be during the actual baseball season, perhaps around the All-Star break;
*Run at least a month, with each of the teams playing at least ten games or more, to allow the best-quality teams to rise to the top. Baseball's not like soccer or football, where they play once a week;
*Strongly encourage the best players to play. (National pride? Lots o' money? Guarantee their MLB contracts if they get hurt? All the redheads they can carry?)
None of these things are realistic...at the moment. So instead, we've got a lot of really good ballplayers playing for their countries during spring training. And that's more than enough for me.
The WBC ain't going anywhere, MLB loves it even if the teams don't.
 The Latin American countries need MLB players. You'd wind up with something like a best of 5 or 7 NPB all-stars vs. KBO all-stars.
Maybe next time the USA should send a lineup of AAA hitters. They can fit Figueroa just fine.
Hey, remember when everyone worried team USA wouldn't have enough pitching?
Nice inning from Vogelsong.
I actually misread your post in 29. For whatever reason I read "not" instead of "riot."
it's just too random of a game.
How the #### did Torre win 4 World Series? This is a strong argument against his HoF merits.
Crazy to say it but what the US team needs is a guy like Lasorda who would take this thing seriously. Larussa might actually be a good choice in 2017 because I can see him telling everyone to go screw.
what the US team needs is a guy like Lasorda who would take this thing seriously.
There is no way anyone is going to manage like it's Game 7 of the WS, because it's still spring training. And as long as the WBC remains part of spring training, it's not going to be a real tournament.
Come on USA channel your 2009 magic.
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