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Friday, June 22, 2012

WBC News for June 22: Problems in Asia, more qualifiers in September, and so on

It’s time for the first of hopefully many future WBC updates.

First off, problems over in Asia: As MyWorldOfBaseball notes, both Korea and Japan are having calls for boycotts. The Japanese players want a bigger slice of the WBC pie, and in Korea the players are using threats of a boycott to express their extreme displeasure with the fact that the KBO will be expanding the league only by one team, to 9, which of course would cause lots of scheduling issues. While it’s probably unlikely that either of them will actually do it (due to the fact it’d be a PR disaster in their countries, given the fact that Japan and Korea are probably the two countries with the most WBC fans), it has to be something that is making the WBC organizers worried. The NPB players will apparently make their decision by July 20th.

On a brighter note, however, apparently the Japanese are confident enough that something good will happen that they have begun to consider managers. The leading candidate is former Chunichi skipper Hiromitsu Ochiai, who has also received the endorsement of Sadaharu Oh.

Meanwhile, the Jupiter qualifier (Israel, South Africa, Spain and France) has been moved up to September for logistics reasons. This means that Team Israel won’t have access to any active Jewish-American major leaguers.

Finally, the French team has started a website, primarily to search for possible players to bolster the team.

Until next time…

Gamingboy Posted: June 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: france, japan, korea, wbc, world baseball classic

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   1. depletion Posted: June 22, 2012 at 04:42 PM (#4163983)
in Korea the players are using threats of a boycott to express their extreme displeasure with the fact that the KBO will be expanding the league only by one team, to 9, which of course would cause lots of scheduling issues

But 9 is like a 1 AND a 0. It's everything. And when you get to nine it's the highest you can go.
   2. BourbonSamurai Is a Lazy Nogoodnik Posted: June 22, 2012 at 04:45 PM (#4163989)
Are the qualifiers watchable? I'd be completely down with that
   3. Devin has a deep burning passion for fuzzy socks Posted: June 22, 2012 at 04:57 PM (#4163998)
Crap. I was kind of planning to go to the November games in Florida, since I'll never be able to take time off in March. But September isn't any better for me. (Also, I'm bad at planning vacations, and this gave me something to use.)

What I find annoying is that I'd assume in picking Jupiter over any other Florida site, they would have good reason to think it'd be available in November. Apparently not. And of course, if they knew it'd be in September, that'd open up a lot more options - hell, they could have the damn thing in Brooklyn, or wherever.

And while I'm complaining about stuff, don't you think it's about time they updated the website? Is anybody in charge here?
   4. Bob Tufts Posted: June 22, 2012 at 05:28 PM (#4164014)
Meanwhile, the Jupiter qualifier (Israel, South Africa, Spain and France) has been moved up to September for logistics reasons. This means that Team Israel won’t have access to any active Jewish-American major leaguers.



As a 56 year old, I can give them one out per game, Jesse Orosco style, if needed!
   5. Dan Lee prefers good shortstops to great paintings Posted: June 22, 2012 at 06:15 PM (#4164036)
Team Israel won’t have access to any active Jewish-American major leaguers.
These are the saddest of possible words:
"Zosky to Newhan to Green."
Trio of Semites, and fleeter than birds,
Zosky and Newhan and Green.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Making a South African hit into a double –
Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
"Zosky to Newhan to Green."
   6. The District Attorney Posted: June 22, 2012 at 06:20 PM (#4164039)
Not bad, maybe needs more Yiddish.
   7. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: June 22, 2012 at 07:57 PM (#4164071)
Is there one broadcast/broadband outlet that will carry the whole WBC? MLB Network? MLB.tv?

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