Friday, March 17, 2017
The highlights suggest it was a good game.
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Sounds like a fun game to watch.
Late-inning heroics from Adam Jones and Eric Hosmer vaulted the United States past Venezuela, 4-2, on Wednesday night at Petco Park in yet another World Baseball Classic thriller.
The U.S. bats were quiet throughout much of the night until Jones brought a much-needed spark with a game-tying leadoff homer in the eighth. Hosmer followed three batters later with a two-run blast that ultimately handed the U.S. a win in its second-round opener.
Posted: March 16, 2017 at 09:01 AM | 13 comment(s)
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
This is a great lesson in why rules need to have clearly defined terms. Are “defensive innings” the number of innings pitched or does any inning in which a team plays defense constitute a defensive inning. The phrase “including partial innings” does not solve the ambiguity.
Friday, December 02, 2016
The attempt to fire Omar Vizquel as manager of the Venezuela’s World Baseball Classic team has prompted backlash from some of the country’s biggest stars, including Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez.
One by one, the players appeared on a Venezuelan sports radio show Thursday night to defend Vizquel. Many threatened to drop out of the WBC unless Vizquel was reinstated. Vizquel, a future Hall-of-Famer who won 11 Gold Gloves at shortstop, has been first base coach for the Tigers since 2014.
According to Venezuelan media reports, Vizquel’s apparent firing came after he butted heads with the Venezuelan team’s general manager, Carlos Guillen, a former Tigers infielder.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
“MLB’s rules that limit our ability to travel a Venezuelan guy to the Dominican Republic, that limit our ability to get them in a complex at different ages, all these rules are solely contributing to the risks that all of us are taking traveling from complex to complex, facility to facility in the streets,” said one international director. “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time, and it’s on MLB when it happens, because they’re the ones who created these rules. They haven’t thought this through to any degree where they have any regard for the human lives of scouts.”
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
This year’s showcase will have one major difference: it won’t be in Venezuela. Instead, MLB’s annual Venezuelan national showcase will be in Panama on Nov. 16-17, a change that appears to be due to the increasing safety concerns in Venezuela, both for American scouts and local scouts living in Venezuela.
The problems in Venezuela are complex, but over the last few years, the country has been hit by a deep economic recession and soaring inflation. Controls on foreign imports have led to shortages of basic goods and food, leading to long lines for groceries where available. Venezuela has one of the world’s highest homicide rates, with Venezuelan major leaguers, prospects and their families having become victims of kidnappings and murders. American scouts have reduced their travel to Venezuela—some have stopped going altogether—and most take precautions not to travel at night or drive through remote areas when they do go.
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