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Friday, December 02, 2011

NPB hopes Japan will take part in 2013 World Baseball Classic

Japanese baseball owners on Thursday said they want Japan to participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

“We’ve been having peaceful and cooperative talks with WBC organizers. For Nippon Professional Baseball, we want Japan to take part,” said Rakuten Eagles owner Toru Shimada.

Shimada headed a negotiating team representing Japan’s 12 pro club owners, who were seeking a bigger share of the profits from the WBC, during talks in October with Major League Baseball, the tournament’s organizer.

Gamingboy Posted: December 02, 2011 at 02:32 PM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. vortex of dissipation Posted: December 02, 2011 at 11:09 PM (#4005498)
Japan has won the WBC both times it has been played. To have any credibility, the WBC needs Japan there in 2013, and I'm sure both sides realise that.
   2. Greg K Posted: December 03, 2011 at 12:39 AM (#4005546)
Broken record time!

Does anyone know when they qualifying groups and their host nations will be announced?
Or if they have been already.
   3. RMc's Unenviable Situation Posted: December 03, 2011 at 01:54 AM (#4005570)
This is what I had in mind for the qualifying groups, ranking in order of IBAF rating (*hosts):

 *Chinese Taipei
 Thailand
 Philippines
 New Zealand
 
*Canada
 Nicaragua
 France
 Israel
 
*Panama
 South Africa
 Colombia
 Brazil
 
*Spain
 Germany
 Czech Republic
 Great Britain
   4. Weekly Journalist_ Posted: December 03, 2011 at 11:16 AM (#4005650)
France? GTFO

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