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Friday, April 07, 2017

Why playing in the WBC actually might be safer than spring training

The positions of those officials are understandable, given the seemingly greater injury risk for players under the intensity of international competition, as opposed to the relative indifference of spring-training games.

Yet, according to figures compiled by Major League Baseball, players who participated in the past two tournaments actually got hurt at a lower rate than players who did not.

Among pitchers on 40-man rosters, only one of 40 from the 2013 tournament (2.5 percent) opened the season on the disabled list, as opposed to 61 of the 605 who remained with their clubs (10.1 percent).

The most recent WBC produced a comparable result: Only three of 55 pitchers from the tournament (5.5 percent) opened on the DL, as opposed to 75 of the 601 who remained with their clubs (12.5 percent).

Some of the pitching injuries for non-WBC participants carried over from the offseason or previous season, skewing the numbers somewhat. On the other hand, there is no way to know if certain injuries from the WBC also would have occurred under normal spring-training conditions.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: April 07, 2017 at 11:10 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, spring training, world baseball classic

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Yadier Molina demands apology for Adam Jones’ comments about WBC party plans

Team captain Yadier Molina wants United States outfielder Adam Jones to apologize to Puerto Rico’s players for saying they were planning a postgame party in San Juan before the World Baseball Classic championship game was even played.

Molina made his comments to ESPN’s Marly Rivera during Thursday’s parade in San Juan, less than a day after Jones told MLB Network that Puerto Rico’s postgame plans sounded a little premature and inspired the United States’ dominating 8-0 victory.

Players for Team USA said reports of a planned celebration for Puerto Rico’s team gave them motivation for the WBC final, but Puerto Rico said the celebration would have occurred, win or lose.
“Adam Jones ... is talking about things he doesn’t know about,” Molina told ESPN. “He really has to get informed because he shouldn’t have said those comments, let alone in public and mocking the way [preparations] were made.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2017 at 10:10 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: adam jones, world baseball classic, yadier molina

In ratings, buzz, attendance and baseball, the 2017 World Baseball Classic was a huge success

Twenty-four hours later, the U.S. was in the final, facing an undefeated and deeply enjoyable Puerto Rico team. The game wasn’t nearly as close as on Tuesday—Team USA won 8-0—but Marcus Stroman’s six-inning no hitter gave Americans reason to pay attention, and it’s safe to assume the ratings were even better. (UPDATE: MLB Network announced that 2.3 million people watched the final, making it the second most viewed telecast in the network’s history.)

Those two near-perfect nights capped a World Baseball Classic that must be considered a rousing success for MLB Network and for Major League Baseball. We don’t yet have full ratings data, but what we do have suggests viewership sky-rocketed from the previous WBC in 2013. That year, the most watched game attracted 883,000 viewers, about 40 percent below what Tuesday’s USA-Japan semifinal drew. And according to Sports Media Watch, Monday’s semifinal between Puerto Rico and the Netherlands was up 34 percent from the comparable semifinal in 2013, between Puerto Rico and Japan.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 23, 2017 at 02:56 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: television ratings, world baseball classic

Ian Kinsler Performs Damage Control After Racially-Infused Comments

Ian Kinsler came under fire on social media on Wednesday for some suggestive comments he made before the championship game of the World Baseball Classic.

(The United States, led by Kinsler, would go on to beat Puerto Rico, 8-0.)

“I hope kids watching the WBC can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the Dominican plays,” Kinsler told the New York Times. “That’s not taking anything away from them. That just wasn’t the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way.”

After the game, Kinsler clarified that he has nothing against Latino players or the exuberant manner in which they play.

“What I said was that American kids can watch American players play, Puerto Rican kids can watch Puerto Rican players play, Venezuelan kids can watch Venezuelan guys play, and that’s who they emulate. That’s who they watch. That’s who they want to be like,” he told ESPN. “There’s nothing wrong with an American kid watching a Puerto Rican player and wanting to be like them, or a Puerto Rican kid watching an American player and wanting to play that way.


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

World Baseball Classic needs serious commitment—or just get rid of it

As it stands, there are just too many folks who are just half-in. Every four years, a primary WBC storyline is which stars are skipping the event, mostly for the U.S. team. There is perpetual conversation about how MLB needs to better market its stars, but in this case, some of the biggest stars are declining the opportunity to participate.

Some of the teams cope with the WBC passive-aggressively, sending mixed messages to some players that they aren’t necessarily wild about their participation, with club staffers stewing about how their best players are in somebody else’s camps. Some players believe that Major League Baseball needs to step up its commitment to give the participants the necessary support they have grown to expect during the regular season and postseason.

“It’s like they’re running a high school baseball tournament, instead of something special,” one player said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 22, 2017 at 02:27 PM | 146 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

IF CLEAN SHEET CO. DESIGNED CAPS FOR THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

These are pretty sweet.

Australia’s baseball identity is, on balance, pretty decent. But it’s got some issues. The most pressing: from the squad’s colors to the letter ‘A’, the current visual package looks way too much like how a video game who couldn’t secure MLB rights might depict the Oakland A’s. This is fixable. The Australian national identity is tied up with that of the kangaroo. This version of the ’roo is inspired by the one used by the Australian air force. Depicted in classic Aussie green and gold, there’s no way this cap is confused for any other team – or nation.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 03:19 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: hats, world baseball classic

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

MLB drops the ball in ruling Mexico out of the World Baseball Classic

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.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: March 14, 2017 at 06:53 AM | 77 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mexico, venezuela, world baseball classic

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Yadier Molina blasts MLB over security for families at WBC

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina blasted Major League Baseball’s security arrangements for the families of players at the World Baseball Classic in Mexico.

“MLB,,, its a shame that you are more interested in making money and not in the security of our family,” Molina said via his Instagram account. “Its a shame that the players have to be worried about the safety of our family when you were supposed to have security for them,, Horrible organization for the this event, no security for the players family,,, its a shame MLB.”...

During the game, players spilled out of the Puerto Rican team’s dugout to observe a commotion in the stands. Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez later described to reporters a “brawl,” in the family section of the Estadio de Beisbol Charros de Jalisco.

“All I heard was [Puerto Rico manager] Edwin [Rodriguez] saying, ‘Go back to the dugout,’” Baez told reporters. “I thought it was my team, and when I saw the brawl was in the family section, I saw my family and everybody’s family trying to separate and try to be safe. Well, I got a little bit desperate, yes, because I hadn’t seen what happened, but everything was under control. My family said that everything was OK.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 12, 2017 at 02:57 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic, yadier molina

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Salvador Perez injured after Drew Butera collided with him at the WBC

Royals catcher Drew Butera tried to score the winning run for Team Italy in the bottom of the ninth inning against Team Venezuela. Unfortunately, Butera ran into the left knee of Venezuela catcher Salvador Perez, his Royals teammate.

Butera told Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com: “I feel really bad. But I thought the ball was going to be in the gap and I was just trying to score. When I saw that I was going to be out by a lot I just stopped. It was unfortunate that I hit him where I did.”

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said that Perez was being taken to a hospital, and that he didn’t expect to know the severity of the injury until Sunday at the earliest.

“He’ll be examined and they’ll go through the proper tests and imaging,” Moore said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2017 at 09:47 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: drew butera, salvador perez, world baseball classic

Friday, March 10, 2017

USA avoids upset with walkoff win over Colombia in World Baseball Classic

Jose Quintana was fantastic, but his bullpen blew it, but he should be used to that by now.

Adam Jones’ RBI single in the 10th inning drove in the winning run as the U.S. barely escaped falling victim to one of the biggest upsets in the WBC’s three-edition history.

The U.S. didn’t advance farther than the semifinals – and did that just once – in the previous three editions of the WBC, and it would have been in a precarious position had it lost its tournament opener to a heavy underdog. Colombia is playing in its first WBC, having earned a spot last year by going 3-0 in a qualifying round against Panama and Spain.

Christian Yelich and Brandon Crawford worked one-out walks in the 10th off losing pitcher Guillermo Moscoso, and after an Ian Kinsler groundout, Jones dumped the winning single into left field, much to his club’s relief. Teammates poured out to celebrate the victory with Jones near first base.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 10, 2017 at 10:26 PM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic

Monday, March 06, 2017

The making of an Italian baseball superstar

Teahen has been posting Instagram videos showing his training regimen. His rigorous program seems to include:

• Drinking wine to better understand the culture (“Little known fact,” he says, “Italy produces wine”).

• Overcoming blisters he got while taking batting practice at Scottsdale’s CrackerJax Family Fun Park batting cages.

• Running little left-turning circles in the snow (“Turning left is the key to scoring runs”).

Zach Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: italy, mark teahen, turning left, world baseball classic

Sunday, March 05, 2017

It’s Hard to Be Excited About World Baseball Classic When U.S. Players Aren’t

In weighing his options last year, [Bryce] Harper bluntly said he did not sense much excitement from other stars.

“I really just think if we have the support of all the players in the big leagues on the American side, then I’ll definitely play,” he told CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I’d love to. Hopefully, we get some guys like Thor in New York and guys like that.”

Thor, of course, is Syndergaard, who is ensconced in Port St. Lucie as the rare Mets starter not coming off surgery. No rational Mets fan would want to see Syndergaard overdo it in March because, as the official marketing slogan goes, “This year, we play #FORGLORY.” Harper, predictably, declined to play, too.

ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 05, 2017 at 12:47 PM | 98 comment(s)
  Beats: general, world baseball classic

Friday, February 24, 2017

Posnanski | A Baseball Challenge!

Seems like this is the sort of thing that Primates would be all over.

Small challenge: Try to beat my lineup and starting pitcher — with this caveat. Every player in the lineup and the pitcher must be active and born in a different country. So you have 10 players — 9 in the lineup (including DH) and starting pitcher.

Bonus point: Add a closer from a different country.

Baldrick Posted: February 24, 2017 at 02:00 PM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: fun stuff, international, posnanski, world baseball classic

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

2017 World Baseball Classic rosters: Posey, Stanton, McCutchen, headline Team USA

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 08, 2017 at 07:25 PM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: world baseball classic

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Japan Times: Japan fills out team for World Baseball Classic

One roster spot is being left open. I wonder if they are leaving room for a MLB player to decide at the last moment. Masahiro Tanaka announced a couple of days ago that he won’t be pitching in the WBC.

Samurai Japan mostly filled out its roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, adding eight players, but no major leaguers, to the 19 names released in December…

...Currently, Japan’s lone MLB player will be Houston Astros outfielder Norichika Aoki.

vortex of dissipation Posted: January 25, 2017 at 02:23 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, world baseball classic

 

 

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