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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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.
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.
Monday, November 28, 2016
We’re just a few months away from the onset of the fourth World Baseball Classic—the once-every-four-years global tournament that began play in 2006.
Turns out, we could be just a few months away from the end of the World Baseball Classic in multiple senses. That’s because the 2017 tournament could be the final edition of the WBC unless there’s a significant uptick in revenue, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN:
This is sadly predictable. While the pretense of the WBC is twofold—to spread the game of baseball and hand out bragging rights through a spirited tournament—the bottom line is, well, the bottom line. Major League Baseball might be making insane profits, but it’s not going to spend money just to spend money.
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Pakistan was mercy-ruled during the first game of the tournament Thursday afternoon after Brazil went up 10-0 in the 7th inning. They were mercy-ruled again Friday night, losing 14-0 to Great Britain after the 7th inning.
It was the outcome expected by all. The night before the game against Brazil, at the downtown Brooklyn Marriott where the teams were lodged, Team Pakistan’s manager Syed Fakhar Ali Shah told me, “Obviously we know what the result is gonna be, but we are not mentioning it to the players. We are not mentioning it because we want to give them a good heart. We want them to fight like tigers.”
Baseball came to Pakistan in 1992, when Syed Khawar Shah—then secretary of the sports board in Punjab, the nation’s most populous province—learned that baseball would be an Olympic sport at the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, and decided the sport should be introduced to Pakistan.
Pakistan’s sports culture is largely centered around cricket, another bat-and-ball sport that was implemented during British colonial rule. Shah used his connections to receive used equipment from the United States, and received VHS tapes of major-league games to study.
Then he had to figure out how the game was played.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Team Israel has reached a goal it has been pursuing for the past four years.
The Israelis have made it to the elite 16 of the World Baseball Classic, vanquishing an extra-inning elimination loss that has haunted them since 2012.
With Sunday night’s 9-1 victory over Great Britain ending the Brooklyn qualifier at MCU Park, Israel will move on to play in Pool B at Seoul, beginning March 7 against host South Korea, Chinese Taipei and The Netherlands, completing the field of 16 nations for next year’s fourth Classic.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
The fourth installment of the World Baseball Classic takes place next spring and, as expected, three of the host ballparks will come from Major League Baseball. MLB revealed Thursday that WBC games will take place in Dodger Stadium, Marlins Park and Petco Park.
Dodger Stadium gets the top billing here, as it will host the semifinals and finals March 20-22. It previously held those two rounds in 2009.
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