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Thursday, September 20, 2012

WBC September Qualifiers DAY 2 WRAP and DAY 3 (Israel-Spain, France-RSA, Germany-CR) CHATTER

Thursday’s Results:
Canada 11, UK 1 (7 innings)
Spain 8, France 0

Friday’s Games:
Israel vs. Spain, 1 PM ET
Czech Republic vs. Germany, 1 PM ET
France vs. South Africa, 7 PM ET
All games on worldbaseballclassic.com

Gamingboy Posted: September 20, 2012 at 10:30 PM | 38 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: international, wbc, world baseball classic

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   1. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM (#4242144)
Early game starters:

Justin Schumer (Israel) vs. Richard Salazar (Spain)
Michael Sobotka (CR) vs. Mike Bolsenbroek (Germany)
   2. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM (#4242154)
Czech Republic vs Germany is on tv right now in Canada.

Toby Gardenhire is batting 9th for Germany, I would've thought that he was out of baseball.
   3. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4242156)
Why did Canada-UK only go seven? Rain?
   4. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4242158)
Could you direct link the video again? The video tab on the site just has interviews and highlights from previous games.
   5. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:18 PM (#4242159)
I would've thought that he was out of baseball.


He is.
   6. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4242161)
[3] WBC mercy rules. Lead by 15 runs after 5 innings or 10 runs after 7 innings means game over.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:19 PM (#4242162)
[3] WBC mercy rules. Lead by 15 runs after 5 innings or 10 runs after 7 innings means game over.

Really? That's silly.

I've never heard of a mercy rule at any level higher than little league.
   8. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:22 PM (#4242167)
Well, there are pitch limits in the WBC, so if nobody is getting outs, forcing a team to pitch 9 innings could fry their whole staff.
   9. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:28 PM (#4242172)
Germany-Czech is here: press here.


The Spain-Israel game should be along the bottom.
   10. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:31 PM (#4242176)
7: NCAA sometimes uses the mercy rule as well.
   11. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:33 PM (#4242178)
The other reason for the mercy rules: International baseball can be very unbalanced. Imagine if it was Japan or Team USA against GB yesterday instead of Canadian Minor Leaguers.... heck, imagine if it was Canada with it's MLB players!
   12. Swedish Chef Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:36 PM (#4242184)
Imagine if it was Japan or Team USA against GB yesterday instead of Canadian Minor Leaguers.... heck, imagine if it was Canada with it's MLB players!

If they had played Sweden without a mercy rule they would still be going.
   13. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:40 PM (#4242187)
Thanks, Gamingboy
   14. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:45 PM (#4242193)
Great seeing that big crowd in Germany. Probably just as big as the 3,000+ they got for Canada-GB, probably bigger considering that Germany is actually playing. MLB should consider playing some games there. At least Exhibitions. I dunno what the weather is like there in March and April, though. Looks chilly there now....
   15. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:47 PM (#4242194)
Horrible baserunning by Beltre.
   16. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:48 PM (#4242198)
MLB should consider playing some games there. At least Exhibitions. I dunno what the weather is like there in March and April, though. Looks chilly there now....

I think October-November barnstorming would be a much better idea weather wise.
   17. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM (#4242200)
And now awful base running by the Czech guy.
   18. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:50 PM (#4242202)
I can't believe that I've seen the 'fake to first, throw behind the runner at third to tag him out' work three times in one month.

It's horrendous baserunning.
   19. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:51 PM (#4242204)
And now awful base running by the Czech guy.


Nice Machadoing by Weaver to take advantage of it, though.
   20. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 01:59 PM (#4242213)
Satin (3B Israel) had a really nice play. Dodged a broken bat and fielded a groundball at the same time.
   21. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4242247)
I think October-November barnstorming would be a much better idea weather wise.


I miss barnstorming. If only MLB could do one of those old Spalding-style rip-roaring trips around the world. I don't care if it's just Curtis Granderson and 40 Minor Leaguers, that'd be AWESOME!
   22. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:25 PM (#4242249)
The Czechs finally score against Germany. Now 3-1. Pitcher fails to cover first quickly enough, then throws away a pickoff attempt.
   23. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:32 PM (#4242263)
I miss barnstorming. If only MLB could do one of those old Spalding-style rip-roaring trips around the world. I don't care if it's just Curtis Granderson and 40 Minor Leaguers, that'd be AWESOME!

If you go to cool places, I would think a lot of young MLBers would sign up for the all-expense paid trip. Teams might not want pitchers going, but get 12 MLB position players, and let Tim Wakefield do all the pitching.
   24. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:35 PM (#4242270)
Freiman!
   25. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4242277)
Germany's stadium has a loud "torpedoes have been fired at our battleship" siren that blares whenever someone hits a foul ball.

They also just played "Who let's the dogs out" to pump up the crowd.

I'm not sure which is worse.
   26. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:37 PM (#4242276)
Freiman is MVP of Team Israel, obviously.

If you go to cool places, I would think a lot of young MLBers would sign up for the all-expense paid trip. Teams might not want pitchers going, but get 12 MLB position players, and let Tim Wakefield do all the pitching.


Hey, Dickey would go if you make sure that there's some mountain climbing in it.
   27. Gazizza, my Dilznoofuses! Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM (#4242283)
During yesterday's game, the Regensberg PA system played an organ version of the Theme from Shaft.

It's been interesting but the fans have definitely seemed to be into both games.
   28. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:44 PM (#4242287)
YOU CANNOT STOP TEAM ISRAEL YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN IT!!!!!!!!!!
   29. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:46 PM (#4242289)

Hey, Dickey would go if you make sure that there's some mountain climbing in it.


Yeah, and I bet you could get Clemens too. Especially if you bring along his son to catch his games.
   30. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:51 PM (#4242300)
YOU CANNOT STOP TEAM ISRAEL YOU CAN ONLY HOPE TO CONTAIN IT!!!!!!!!!!


Speaking as somebody who has been Bar Mitzvah'd, I can say that baseball is definitely the most Jewish sport that's in the American mainstream. If the Israelis do make it to the WBC proper, it would be huge not just in the North American Jewish community but in Israel at well. I read somewhere that in Israel the sports pages often cover big athletes of the Jewish diaspora who are doing well in international competition. Ali Raisman was apparently a big deal in Israel during the Olympics. Have to think that if a team of Jewish ballplayers was playing against the baseball superpowers it'd get attention as well.
   31. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:56 PM (#4242303)
Hey, Dickey would go if you make sure that there's some mountain climbing in it.

Yeah, and I bet you could get Clemens too. Especially if you bring along his son to catch his games.


Okay, so we got Curtis Granderson, R.A. Dickey (on the condition that there is mountain climbing), Tim Wakefield, Roger Clemens and Son, a bunch of young guys, and a few minor leaguers to round it out. Oh, and Rickey Henderson probably would come to, since he's Rickey.

Somebody get the Commissioner on the line.
   32. JJ1986 Posted: September 21, 2012 at 02:58 PM (#4242306)
I'd like to root for Team Israel, but I really hate Shawn Green.
   33. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM (#4242314)
Okay, so we got Curtis Granderson, R.A. Dickey (on the condition that there is mountain climbing), Tim Wakefield, Roger Clemens and Son, a bunch of young guys, and a few minor leaguers to round it out. Oh, and Rickey Henderson probably would come to, since he's Rickey.

Hell, Rickey will pay his own way if you let him hit lead-off.
   34. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4242337)
Here comes the Super-Mercy (15+) rule in Europe....
   35. Good cripple hitter Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:21 PM (#4242340)
Looks like we'll get two Canada/Germany games.
   36. RMc's desperate, often sordid world Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:22 PM (#4242341)
FREIMAN!!
   37. Gamingboy Posted: September 21, 2012 at 03:28 PM (#4242355)
Adam Greenberg is in in the Israel game, where Nate Freiman is single-handedly destroying Spain.
   38. 'zop sympathizes with the wrong ####### people Posted: September 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM (#4242468)
Speaking as somebody who has been Bar Mitzvah'd, I can say that baseball is definitely the most Jewish sport that's in the American mainstream. If the Israelis do make it to the WBC proper, it would be huge not just in the North American Jewish community but in Israel at well. I read somewhere that in Israel the sports pages often cover big athletes of the Jewish diaspora who are doing well in international competition. Ali Raisman was apparently a big deal in Israel during the Olympics. Have to think that if a team of Jewish ballplayers was playing against the baseball superpowers it'd get attention as well.


####### right. If Israel makes the big show, if you don't think me and all my baseball-frenzied Jewish friends aren't going down to Miami or whatever to see our boys take on Team Venezuela or Dominincan or Japan - you're nuts. I really, really hope Kinsler and Braun decide to play for Team Israel - but I don't envy their decision.

I mean, do you have any idea how FUN this would be? If I were down in Jupiter today I would be leading "1492" chants all game long.

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