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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

WBC Qualifiers Day One Chatter: Israel vs. South Africa (Also: Barry Larkin named manager of Brazil)

Tonight at 7 Eastern: Israel vs. South Africa in game 1 of the Jupiter pool. Is available free on www.worldbaseballclassic.com, making it the perfect thing to have on as a second screen as we all get our nightly dose of pennant races.

In other news, Barry Larkin has been named manager of Team Brazil. Let the speculation that he may one day take over for Dusty Baker begin!

Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 01:19 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: barry larkin, brazil, international, wbc, world baseball classic

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   1. RMc Has Bizarre Ideas to Fix Baseball Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:00 PM (#4240192)
game 1 of the Jupiter pool.

I read this as "the Jupiter II". Are the qualifiers getting lost in space?

"Oh, William! The pain...!"
   2. David Nieporent (now, with children) Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:15 PM (#4240207)
It's funnier in the headline -- Barry Larkin named manager of Brazil -- than the excerpt -- Barry Larkin has been named manager of Team Brazil. That word "team" really changes the tone.
   3. JoeHova Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:34 PM (#4240228)
More surprising than Barry Larkin managing Brazil, I found out today (from MLBTR) that Gary Sheffield is an agent. Just when MLB executives thought they wouldn't have to worry about him anymore. Funny.
   4. Gch exhales the vast drunken folly of Epicurus Posted: September 19, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4240248)
Sportsnet in Canada is showing Canada vs. Great Britain live tomorrow at 1.

I might watch Israel play tonight just to see Shawn Green play again.
   5. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 05:00 PM (#4240394)
Starting pitchers tonight:

Israel- Eric Berger
South Africa- Dylan Unsworth

   6. The District Attorney Posted: September 19, 2012 at 05:20 PM (#4240408)
I was hoping Barry Larkin was named manager of Brazil the actual country.
   7. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4240435)
   8. OsunaSakata Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:25 PM (#4240476)
Or you could read it that Barry Larkin has to deal with the moods of Ronaldinho.
   9. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 06:50 PM (#4240520)
The stream is here for those interested, apparently.
   10. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 19, 2012 at 07:22 PM (#4240552)
I wish to hear more about Barry Larkin's Brazilian job.
   11. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 07:27 PM (#4240561)
Shawn Green struck out in his first at-bat. So I guess his comeback isn't happening yet. Israel leads 1-0 in top of the second thanks to a 1st inning bomb by Nate Freiman of the Padres' organization.
   12. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 09:25 PM (#4240635)
2-0 Israel after 7. South Africa playing Israel tough, but hasn't been able to get the bats going when they need it.
   13. . . . . . . Posted: September 19, 2012 at 09:45 PM (#4240649)
Israel breaks it open. They look good in terms of position player talent, but need pitching. If they qualify and can persuade Kinsler and Braun to play for them, I'd imagine they'd be competitive, in a one and done sense, with the big teams.
   14. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:04 PM (#4240663)
Glad that Adam Greenberg appeared.... but bummed he was then walked, so he hasn't had an AB in the WBC either. Yet.
   15. JJ1986 Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:22 PM (#4240677)
Are Feldman and Marquis going to start for the team if they qualify? Because their rotation looks barren right now.
   16. Gamingboy Posted: September 19, 2012 at 10:26 PM (#4240685)
Israel wins 7-3. SA made it semi-interesting near the end when Israel's pitching and fielding left them (for example, Israel put one of the few Israelis in on mop-up duty and he promptly started walking people).

Day one done.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 20, 2012 at 03:36 AM (#4240817)
There are some Brazilians of Japanese descent playing professionally in Japan.

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