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sarongsong
2006-Jan-17, 10:52 PM
March 3-20 (http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/wbc/index.jsp)
Quo vadis, A-Rod?

sarongsong
2006-Mar-17, 05:04 AM
March 16, 2006
"The U.S. suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Mexico on Thursday which ended their the World Baseball Classic title hopes...semi-finals are scheduled for Saturday in San Diego with Cuba taking on the Dominican Republic and South Korea facing Japan..." Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-wbc17mar17,0,6876439.story?coll=la-home-headlines)
I'm guessing it'll come down to Cuba and South Korea...

Parrothead
2006-Mar-17, 02:52 PM
Yeah, but what will the champions of this tournament be called? World Champions? Seeing as MLB/media likes calling its annual champ World Champs as its title is the World Series ... ;)

Maybe they should have the winner of this tournament play the WS champs for title of World Champions. ;) :p

Gruesome
2006-Mar-17, 02:59 PM
I think they should take the winning team from each country's league championship and have them play at the end of the year. Best of 5 or 7. Something like that. None of this 'Dream Team' stuff.


Then the winner could truly be called the WORLD champions.

sarongsong
2006-Mar-20, 03:04 AM
Yeah, but what will the champions of this tournament be called? World Champions? Seeing as MLB/media likes calling its annual champ World Champs as its title is the World Series...Good question:
There will be one Champion. The winner of the World Baseball Classic Final will receive a Championship Trophy. Players on the Championship team will receive individual medals; as will players who participated on the runner-up team... WBC FAQ (http://ww2.worldbaseballclassic.com/2006/about/index.jsp?sid=wbc)

Gruesome
2006-Mar-21, 12:39 PM
Japan 10, Cuba 6

Finally, somebody beat the communists!! Take that Castro.

aurora
2006-Mar-21, 06:51 PM
It struck me, as I was watching the final game, that the two teams represented countries that have their own very active baseball leagues, plus only a relative few of their players have gone to the US to play (In Japan, because they pay their players well to stay in Japan, in Cuba due to the great difficulty in defecting).

Take that, MLB!

jkmccrann
2006-Mar-22, 02:37 AM
To be honest, from an Australian perspective, this whole enterprise was a bit of a crock.

We played a team representing Italy that was made up almost exclusively of American born Italian-Americans! Just how on Earth is that a truly Italian national team?

Reminded me quite a bit of the farce that is the Rugby League World Cup. Anyone with Russian blood was allowed to represent the Russians for instance - an absolute sham.

Fr. Wayne
2006-Mar-22, 02:56 AM
When the Olympics allowed professionals, it became obvious that countries with facilities and money had a definite advantage. Many Third World athletes train in these industrial countries. I think taking pride in one's roots is a healthier approach to sports than focusing on national patriotism. Venezuela acted like they won the World Series even though White Sox manager brought home the major opportunities made available here in the States as more instrumental to his accomplishment. I disagree totally with Castro/communist label upon Cuban people. What is really cool is that there will be more and more athletes who will be eligible to play for any number of these teams since both sides of family may have diff/ethnicity AND the family moved to three or more countries over the lifetime of player. Some high schooler now can boast of 7 or more legitimate roots! Congratulations to Japan- the best in the world ..... until next week.

sarongsong
2006-Mar-22, 06:21 AM
What's hilarious is that they came up with a 'World Champion' in two and a half weeks versus Major League Baseball's 8 months!

Fr. Wayne
2006-Mar-22, 10:41 AM
You are right. People's attention span must be decreasing. (giggle.)