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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Canada reveals provisional squad for WBC

So it begins…. unless any of these guys get promoted before the qualifying tournament in September:

Pitchers such as Andrew Albers of North Battlefield, Sask. (Minnesota), Shawn Hill of Georgetown, Ont. (Toronto), Scott Richmond of North Vancouver (Toronto) and Kyle Lotzkar of Delta, B.C. (Cincinnati), catchers Cole Armstrong of Surrey, B.C. (Miami) and Chris Robinson of Dorchester, Ont. (Baltimore), infielders Jimmy Van Ostrand of Richmond, B.C. (Washington), Shawn Bowman of Port Moody, B.C. (Miami), Jonathan Malo of Joliette, Que. (Mets), Skyler Stromsmoe of Bow Island, Alta. (San Francisco), and outfielders Tim Smith of Toronto (Atlanta), Brock Kjeldgaard of Edmonton (Milwaukee) are among those to win gold last year that director of national teams Greg Hamilton is hoping to bring back for the crucial four-team event.

Others on his wish list include outfielders Adam Loewen of Surrey (Mets), Rene Tosoni of Coquitlam, B.C. (Twins), and Nick Weglarz of Stephensville, Ont. (Cleveland) plus starter James Paxton of Ladner, B.C. (Seattle) and reliever Trystan Magnuson of Vancouver (Toronto), but the participation of several players is uncertain since they may earn September call ups from their big-league clubs.

Already, Milwaukee Brewers left-hander Jimmy Henderson of Calgary, a pitcher Hamilton was looking to use for the Sept. 20-24 event in Regensburg, Germany, has been promoted to the majors, while Hill, Richmond, Loewen, Tosoni and Weglarz are among those likely to get strong consideration when rosters expand.

Forty-man roster players will be eligible for the four Classic qualifying tournaments after organizers initially ruled them out.

Gamingboy Posted: July 29, 2012 at 07:30 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. morineko Posted: July 30, 2012 at 12:09 AM (#4195567)
Hopefully Jim Henderson will be more useful to the Brewers than he was going to be to the Canadian national team. (He will be until he blows a lead, I guess.)

The Brewers have a lot of Canadians in the org, but most of them are presumably ineligible for this qualifier (Henderson, Axford, Taylor Green) or in the low low minors and presumably not much use (David Otterman, a few others I'm failing to recall right now.)
   2. MFS Posted: July 30, 2012 at 12:53 AM (#4195580)
Jimmy Van Ostrand


The dermatologist?
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 30, 2012 at 01:01 AM (#4195585)
C: Martin, Kotteras
1B: Votto,
2B: Orr
3B: Lawrie
SS: Malo (?)
OF: Saunders, Bay, Loewen, Weglarz, Tosoni
DH: Morneau, Stairs

SP: Dempster
SP: Diamond
SP: Bedard
SP: Francis
RP: Richmond
RP: Axford
RP: Crain
RP: Magnuson
RP: Paxton
   4. Greg K Posted: July 30, 2012 at 08:19 AM (#4195627)
Pitchers such as Andrew Albers of North Battlefield, Sask.

I'm going to assume they mean North Battleford, Saskatchewan.

I'm assuming Richmond and Hill will be the "aces"? I'm very excited as I'm actually going to this qualifier. With a British friend who's never seen baseball beyond our Midlands League. I'm hoping there's at least a pitcher or two who can touch 90.
   5. What's the realistic upside, RMc? Posted: July 30, 2012 at 10:27 AM (#4195705)
No Stubby?
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM (#4195718)
Larry Walker?
   7. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:05 AM (#4195743)
How would the Bolton Robots of Doom do against Scott Richmond?
   8. zonk Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM (#4195768)
Ryan Dempster is upset that he made the Canadian team before he was informed of the decision that he might make the Canadian team -- so his status is up in the air...

If Canadians want Dempster to pitch for them, it is crucial that this all be kept very quiet and rumor-free.
   9. Greg K Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM (#4195796)
How would the Bolton Robots of Doom do against Scott Richmond?

I'm guessing not well. Since they earned promotion to AAA this year they are 0-16 with 35 runs scored and 233 against.

Not that I'm bitter about getting my club getting eliminated by them in the AA playoffs last year...
   10. Swedish Chef Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:55 AM (#4195805)
I'm guessing not well. Since they earned promotion to AAA this year they are 0-16 with 35 runs scored and 233 against.

Clearly, the British league needs to implement revenue sharing to address the competitive balance issue.
   11. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:56 AM (#4195806)
Jimmy Van Ostrand



The dermatologist?


The Julliard-trained one, yes.
   12. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 30, 2012 at 11:59 AM (#4195812)
The Brewers have a lot of Canadians in the org, but most of them are presumably ineligible for this qualifier (Henderson, Axford, Taylor Green) or in the low low minors and presumably not much use (David Otterman, a few others I'm failing to recall right now.)


I had no idea John Axford was black.
   13. Fernigal McGunnigle has become a merry hat Posted: July 30, 2012 at 12:16 PM (#4195837)
I'm guessing not well. Since they earned promotion to AAA this year they are 0-16 with 35 runs scored and 233 against.


Wow, the Bracknell/Windsor Bears are 0-26 and have been outscored 182-0 this year That's 7-0 per game; is there a 7-run mercy rule?

At least they can take comfort in the knowledge that they're not underperforming their pythagorean record.
   14. Greg K Posted: July 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM (#4195849)

Wow, the Bracknell/Windsor Bears are 0-26 and have been outscored 182-0 this year That's 7-0 per game; is there a 7-run mercy rule?

I'm not sure if different divisions have different rules or not....in the AA Midlands it's a lead of 10 runs or more after 7 innings and you call the game.
   15. The District Attorney Posted: July 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM (#4195874)
The dermatologist?
I love when Kruger meets up with Kramer again at Festivus and says, surprised, "Dr. Van Nostrand?" Good attention to detail there.

BTW, did you see the actor who played Kruger recently tried to kill himself? He survived, but it was ugly. Not sure how he's doing now.

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