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nebo86
01-10-2012, 02:53 PM
This is a thread dedicated to the upcoming World Baseball Classic. The following are the most recent stories on the 2013 WBC:

12/13/11

Dallas (Texas-USA) - The Qualifiers to the 2013 World Baseball Classic, to be held in March 2013, will see 16 teams participate. The teams will be divided into 4 groups. Each one of the groups will qualify (through a double elimination format) 1 to the third World Baseball Classic, the first that will award the winners as the World Champions.

The 16 teams participating to the qualifier are: Brazil, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Great Britain, Germany, Israel, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Thailand.

The hosts of the 4 groups will be determined in January and the qualifier will be played in a date yet to be determined in the Fall of 2012.

The update on the tournament was introduced to the delegates of the IBAF XXVI Congress by MLB Senior Vice President International Business Operations Paul Archey.

"Tonight is going to be informal" said Archey, but he actually expressed a lot of pride for the accomplishments of the 2 editions of the tournament. To mention just one, the fact that $ 13 million where distributed to the IBAF and the participating Federations for development.

Archey talked about the future of the tournament and the hope that it will help showcase the best players: "To do this, we may need to make the tournament shorter".

Archey said that the 2013 Classic may be involving more international venues and that the ultimate goal is to have a tournament that gives a chance to every country to participate through a qualification system.


Read at: MLB introduced the World Baseball Classic to the IBAF (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2011/12/03/mlb-introduces-world-baseball-classic-to-delegates/7fcddac3-5646-433d-9ab5-b527f253cc22)

12/9/11

The JPBPA also discussed whether or not they should participate in the 2013 WBC and could not come to a final resolution. Said Arai, "We received a plan [from the NPB] that sounded positive, but it does not resolve any of our concerns." Toru Matsubara, JPBPA head of the secretariat, added, "They are looking at constant [revenue], but some are worried if that is really true. They would have to show us things like contracts [to prove it]."

Read at JPBPA Convention: players still uncertain about WBC | Yakyu Baka (http://yakyubaka.com/2011/12/09/jpbpa-convention-players-still-uncertain-about-wbc/)

12/14/11

Time is quickly running out on Japan's chance to defend its World Baseball Classic championship in 2013.

Japan's players union has yet to reach an agreement to take part in the tournament, even though Nippon Professional baseball's owners have agreed to take part.

Tournament organizers are in the process of signing a team to replace two-time defending champion Japan and securing a venue to host the Asian round. Once those contracts are signed, Japan will no longer be able to participate.

"These [contracts] could be done within 30 days. If it is any later it's not because we are waiting for Japan,"Jim Small, Major League baseball's vice president for Asia said Wednesday.

Paul Archey, MLB's senior vice president International Business Operations, expressed disappointment in the lack of progress in an e-mail.

"We appreciate that the Japanse Professional Baseball Players Association feels that more time is necessary to come to a decision," he wrote. "However, we have no reason to believe we are moving closer towards Team Japan accepting our invitation..."

Both NPB and the players union this year objected to the way the tournament pools revenues before dividing them among participants, arguing that sponsorship generated by the Japan team should remain here.

Small said the compromise with NPB did not include Japan getting rights to sponsorship revenue.

Read at http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/dy/sports/T111214005460.htm

12/26/11

Following a series of physical tests head coach Andy Berglund and his staff announced a Czech National Team roster, from which final rosters for the European Championship in the Netherlands and the World Baseball Classic Qualifier will be selected. 48 players are on the list. The Czech Baseball Association also announced the national team program for 2012.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/c/cb/Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg/30px-Flag_of_the_Czech_Republic.svg.png

Czech National Team Roster:

1. Baroch Petr
2. Blažek Jan
3. Bílek Jiří
4. Bokaj Boris
5. Budský Pavel
6. Čech Petr
7. Černík Jakub
8. Červenka Marek
9. Červenka Martin
10. Drábek Jan
11. Drong Martin
12. Dubový Arnošt
13. Felkl Jan
14. Gajdoš Marián
15. Gál Jiří
16. Hajtmar Jakub
17. Havlíček Štěpán
18. Hejma Matěj
19. Homolka Jan
20. Hušek Matěj
21. Chroust Přemek
22. Chroust Radim
23. Janíček Tomáš
24. Jelínek Vojtěch
25. Jonák Jakub
26. Kovařík Jiří
27. Kubát Leoš
28. Kudernatsch Šimon
29. Malík Jakub
30. Minařík Petr
31. Minařík Marek
32. Mráz Daniel
33. Němec Radek
34. Ondráček Michal
35. Polanský Tomáš
36. Řeháček Jan
37. Schneider Martin
38. Síla Petr
39. Sládek Jakub
40. Střítecký Martin
41. Šůcha Matěj
42. Tomek Jan
43. Toufar Jakub
44. Vavruša Daniel
45. Veselý Martin
46. Voják Jakub
47. Vystrčil Milan
48. Zýma Petr



Read at: Czech Baseball Association sets National Team Roster for 2012 - News - Czech Baseball Leagues -*Mister Baseball (http://www.mister-baseball.com/czech-baseball-association-sets-national-team-roster-2012/)

1/8/12
Check out this radio interview of Baseball New Zealand's CEO Ryan Flyn

2012 Jan. 8 Ryan Flynn Interview w. Murray Deaker - NewstalkZB (http://www.baseballnewzealand.com/index.php/news-a-media/audio)

1/9/12

Taiwan will apply to host the qualifying rounds of the 2013 World Baseball Classic (WBC) that is expected to take place at the end of this year, the country's baseball association said yesterday.

Richard Lin (林宗成), secretary-general of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, expressed hopes that the national team will be able to advance to the top eight in the international tournament with the home court advantage once Taiwan has successfully won the bid to host the qualifiers.

Lin was quoted as making the comments in a Chinese-language United Evening News report yesterday.

...Taiwan is expected to place in the same group with New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand in the upcoming qualifiers

Read whole article @ Taiwan to bid for WBC qualifiers - The China Post (http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2012/01/10/328512/Taiwan-to.htm)

It would be ashamed to not have Japan in the 2013 WBC. The JPBPA's indecisiveness may cost Japan a chance to defend their WBC title. On the other hand, they should have been working out the details with the NPB brass for the 2015 NPB International Tournament; to help create a constant revenue stream for Samurai Japan. Then maybe the JPBPA would have less incentive to hold out for more. Japan's absence will cause other problems aside from a lesser tournament; Taiwan is the clear favorite to replace them as the Asia Pool host. The real mystery is, which team will replace Taiwan in the WBC Qualifiers? If China always avoids playing in Taiwan; then which other pool will China be placed in?

nebo86
01-28-2012, 01:28 AM
There has been a shortage on WBC news, however the WBCI is hiring...

Coordinator, National Team Operations
Company : ******
Date Posted : Fri 27 Jan
Position : Full Time
Location : New York, New York
Experience : 1-3 Junior Leve
Category : Planner/Coordinator


The organizers of the World Baseball Classic are looking for highly motivated candidates with a tireless work ethic to fulfill the role of Team Coordinator for the 2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifying Round and 2013 World Baseball Classic. This position requires coordination of operational aspects for assigned National Team’s participation in the Tournament. The individual will act as the primary liaison between Tournament organizers and National Team representatives.

About the World Baseball Classic:

The World Baseball Classic is the premier international baseball tournament, sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation and features the best players in the world competing for their home countries and territories



About World Baseball Classic, Inc.:

World Baseball Classic, Inc. is a company created at the direction of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) to operate the World Baseball Classic tournament. The tournament, which is sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), is supported by MLB, the MLBPA, Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO), their respective players associations and other leagues and players from around the world.



Responsibilities:

Pre-Tournament

* Act as the primary contact between WBCI and assigned National Team.
* Collect and disseminate player and team staff participation agreements.
* Compile uniform information for all players and coaches.
* Confirm Official Team Delegation (including players, coaches, team staff, federation officials and guests)
* Coordinate preparations and management of the National Team Training Camp by working with World Baseball Classic organizers along with other MLB departments and Host Clubs.
* Ensure that all members of the Official Team Delegation have valid passports and proper visas for all (possible) venues.
* Assist Travel Manager with air travel preparations including confirmation of commercial flights and confirming passenger and equipment manifests of charter flights
* Coordinate charter flight operations from National Team Training Camp to Tournament First Round Venue (if necessary).
* Assist Travel Manager with team ground transportation needs including team buses, equipment trucks, team vehicles and additional vehicle requests.
* Assist Travel Manager with all hotel coordination for National Team including compiling and confirming rooming lists, team office support, team check-in/check-out and additional appropriate requests.
* Create, distribute, and maintain a day-by-day schedule for the National Team.
* Assist Travel Manager with National Team ticket allocation, assignments, and purchase requests.

Tournament

* Ensure hotel and ticket requests are constantly up to date.
* Maintain regular communication with Venue Manager to confirm team schedule.
* Maintain regular communication with Venue Ground Transportation Coordinator to confirm team movements.
* Support the National Team operations during workouts and game-days.
* Ensure that all transportation arrangements are made for team personnel’s return home.
* Assist with any additional event-related requests as directed.

Post-Tournament

* Compile and outline all National Team related expenses and costs at the end of the Qualifying Round and Tournament.

Throughout Assignment

* Monitor and facilitate on a daily basis the efficient flow of information and progress of documentation between World Baseball Classic organizers and National Team representatives.
* Systematically follow up with National Team representatives and World Baseball Classic event groups regarding deadlines and completion of tasks.
* Assist with international and domestic marketing initiatives for both the World Baseball Classic and assigned National Team.

Skills:

* Excellent organizational and record keeping skills.
* Strong written and oral communication skills.
* Ability to work in a demanding and fast paced environment.
* Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.
* Fluency in Spanish is required for Latin American National Team assignments.
* Other languages preferred include: Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Filipino, Thai, Portuguese, French, Hebrew, German and Czech/Slovak.

Qualifications:

* Undergraduate degree essential; Graduate degree a plus.
* Experience working in a professional sports and/or special events environment.

Source: http://www.creativejobscentral.com/event-jobs/list/new-york/coordinator-national-team-operations-1120173.html
Good luck

nebo86
01-28-2012, 04:58 PM
Here is the latest WBC news...

Team Israel has found a sponsor to help finance preparations for this year’s World Baseball Classic Qualifier. The owner of the basketball club Maccabi Haifa, Triangle Financial Services from Florida, is going to support the Israel Baseball Association. The longtime goal of the partnership are plans to create a minor league style ballpark in Israel

Read more @ http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/baseball-world-baseball-classic-team-israel-lands-florida-sponsor-1.409431

yankeebiscuitfan
01-29-2012, 01:49 AM
Here is the latest WBC news...


Read more @ http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo-file/baseball-world-baseball-classic-team-israel-lands-florida-sponsor-1.409431

Sure every country that baseball is played at is a good thing, but I still disagree on this one. How can MLB let Israel participate? They don't even have any baseball roots. Until five years ago the game was never played there. Then they started a league which folded after one season.

Israel would be represented by American players with Jewish ties. Players who had never set foot on Israeli soil, at least most of them.

Baseball has much stronger roots in Europe. MLB should help countries like Germany first. The sport has made a tremendous growth in the last decade. That should be rewarded.

yankeebiscuitfan
01-29-2012, 03:03 AM
I know this thread is about the 2013 WBC, but the next photos of the 2009 edition bring up a lot of good memories to me :)

yankeebiscuitfan
01-29-2012, 03:05 AM
Some more photos

yankeebiscuitfan
01-29-2012, 03:06 AM
and more........

nebo86
01-31-2012, 02:40 AM
Happy day for your team, but a sad day for my favorite team. Any way, The Japanese players have rejected the WBC's latest offer, NPB owners have approved it and are waiting for the players to change their decision. In the mean time here is my latest guestimate of how the WBC and its qualifiers will look like. All host nations have an asterisk. First, with Japan:

2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Asia-Pacific North Atlantic Latin America EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
Taiwan* Canada* Panama* South Africa
Thailand Spain Nicaragua Germany*
Philippines Great Britain Colombia Czech Republic
New Zealand France Brazil Israel


2013 World Baseball Classic

Japan* Mexico* Venezuela United States
South Korea Cuba Netherlands Puerto Rico*
China Italy Dominican Republic* Australia
AP Qualifier NA Qualifier LA Qualifier EMEA Qualifier


...And secondly, without Japan:

2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Asia-Pacific North Atlantic Latin America EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
Indonesia Canada* Panama* South Africa
Thailand* Spain Nicaragua Germany*
Philippines Great Britain Colombia Czech Republic
New Zealand France Brazil Israel


2013 World Baseball Classic

Taiwan* Mexico* Venezuela United States
South Korea Cuba Netherlands Puerto Rico*
Australia China Dominican Republic* Italy
AP Qualifier NA Qualifier LA Qualifier EMEA Qualifier


Let's see how many I guessed correctly

nebo86
02-16-2012, 12:36 AM
Felix Fermin is Primary Candidate to Manage Dominican NT (Spanish) (http://www.hoy.com.do/deportes/2012/2/14/414583/Fermin-seria-manager-Clasico)
http://img1.hoy.com.do/image/article/695/209x400/0/4F48D153-3890-465D-9F42-A3AB153CA649.jpeg

nebo86
02-17-2012, 09:42 PM
Dominican Republic:

Moises Alou says he has Conditions before taking Dominican NT General Manager role (Spanish) (http://www.hoy.com.do/deportes/2012/2/16/414907/Moises-condiciona-ser-el-gerente-general-RD-para-Clasico-Mundial)

Omar Minaya could be the Dominican NT GM for the upcoming Classic (Spanish) (http://www.hoy.com.do/deportes/2012/2/15/414737/Omar-Minaya-suena-para-gerente-de-RD-en-el-Clasico)

The Dominican Republic insists on being a host in the 2013 WBC (Spanish) (http://ligadom.com/cmb/6513-rep-dominicana-insiste-en-una-sede-del-clasico-mundial-2013)


Mexico: Adrian Gonzalez wants to represent Mexico in another WBC (Spanish) (http://cracks.mx/portal/secciones/item/2778-adri%C3%A1n-gonz%C3%A1lez-quiere-jugar-otro-cl%C3%A1sico-mundial-con-m%C3%A9xico)

nebo86
02-26-2012, 09:02 PM
It's been over ninety days since I last updated my predictions. Their is still uncertainty regarding the participation of Japanese players and the WBC Steering committee has been tight lipped about the Qualifiers. In the mean time here is my latest guess of how the WBC and its qualifiers will look like. Host nations have one asterisk and double asterisks are for groups hosted by the United States. First, with Japan:

2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Asia-Pacific North Atlantic** Latin America EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
Taiwan* Canada Panama* South Africa
Thailand Spain Nicaragua Germany*
Philippines Great Britain Colombia Czech Republic
New Zealand France Brazil Israel


2013 World Baseball Classic

Japan* Mexico* Venezuela United States
South Korea Cuba Netherlands Puerto Rico*
China Italy Dominican Republic* Australia
AP Qualifier NA Qualifier LA Qualifier EMEA Qualifier


...And secondly, without Japan:

2012 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers

Asia-Pacific North Atlantic** Latin America EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa)
Taiwan* Canada Panama* South Africa
Thailand Spain Nicaragua Germany*
Philippines Great Britain Colombia Czech Republic
New Zealand France Brazil Israel



Final Qualifier**
Asia-Pacific 2nd Place
North Atlantic 2nd Place
Latin America 2nd Place
EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) 2nd Place

2013 World Baseball Classic


A** B C D
Final Qualifier Mexico* Venezuela United States
South Korea Cuba Netherlands Puerto Rico*
Australia China Dominican Republic* Italy
AP Qualifier NA Qualifier LA Qualifier EMEA Qualifier


Let's see how much longer we have to wait for any kind of announcement.

nebo86
03-07-2012, 01:23 AM
An Interview with Brian Essery, Recruitment Director of Great Britain Baseball (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1092639-an-interview-with-brian-essery-recruitment-director-of-great-britain-baseball)
http://baseballdeworld.com/wp-content/uploads/gb_baseball_logo.jpg

nebo86
03-08-2012, 08:35 PM
he WBC Steering Committee is dragging their feet with the Qualifiers announcement...


there is a growing sense of unease over the looming World Baseball Classic qualifier the senior squad must play in later this year.

Though they were due to have been finalized by now, plans for the tournament remain unsettled and it's unclear where things go from here.

It's believed the ongoing talks between tournament organizers and the owners and players union in Japan over how to split the revenue pie has slowed the planning of the new play-in events, which Canada must take part in after finishing out of the top-12 during the 2009 Classic.

Tournament organizers hoped that Canada would host one of the qualification brackets, perhaps in Vancouver in September, but the financial figures don't make sense and there are concerns over weather at other locations in the country.

Another option that's been discussed is having Germany host a group that includes Canada in November, while a neutral venue such as St. Peterburg's Al Lang Stadium is also on the table.
Either way the longer the planning remains unsettled, the less likely Toronto is to host a group at the 2013 World Baseball Classic the way it did last time out, since the Blue Jays would have no interest in staging things if Canada wasn't involved (and they haven't even been approached yet, either).

Additionally, planning a roster for the event is going to be challenging since 40-man roster players won't be eligible for the qualification events, meaning Canada will need to ask players to help the team qualify for an event they likely won't be selected to play in.

And though Canada should cakewalk into the Classic playing against non-traditional baseball countries, many teams are now on aggressive naturalization drives, and the old axiom that anybody can beat anybody on a given day applies.

Just remember the loss to Italy at the 2009 Classic that left Canada in this predicament in the first place.

Read whole article @ Davidi: Predicament for Baseball Canada - sportsnet.ca (http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/2012/03/08/davidi_predicament_for_baseball_canada/)

nebo86
03-18-2012, 11:24 AM
The latest news on the next WBC...
http://www.mister-baseball.com/wbc-press-conference-regensburg-live-stream/

On Monday a press conference for the World Baseball Classic will be held in Regensburg, Germany. It starts at 3pm CET. You can watch it live via video stream at http://www.buchbinder-legionaere.de/tv

nebo86
03-18-2012, 11:27 AM
Edgar Renteria wants to represent Colombia in the upcoming WBC Qualifiers

Read in Spanish: http://www.elheraldo.co/deportes/si-no-me-ofrecen-lo-que-creo-que-cuesta-mi-trabajo-me-retiro-edgar-renteria-58032

nebo86
03-18-2012, 11:31 AM
Wilson Alvarez would like to help Luis Sojo and be a pitching coach for the Venezuelan team (Spanish) (http://desdeelhomepanorama.blogspot.com/2012/03/wilson-alvarez-quiere-ayudar-sojo.html)

Mr. Baseball
03-18-2012, 12:23 PM
The World Baseball Classic -- one of the few good things Bud Selig has done for the game.

It appears the tournament will once again consist of 16-teams. Although only twelve have secured a position in the 2013 bracket. Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama, and South Africa will need to earn their position back in the qualifying stages.

Just curious...how did South Africa qualify for the games in the first place? I didn't even know baseball existed in Africa.

yankeebiscuitfan
03-18-2012, 12:56 PM
The World Baseball Classic -- one of the few good things Bud Selig has done for the game.

It appears the tournament will once again consist of 16-teams. Although only twelve have secured a position in the 2013 bracket. Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama, and South Africa will need to earn their position back in the qualifying stages.

Just curious...how did South Africa qualify for the games in the first place? I didn't even know baseball existed in Africa.

MLB wanted every continent to be represented. Since South Africa plays the best baseball of that continent (for what it's worth), they played the first two editions.

nebo86
03-18-2012, 01:39 PM
The World Baseball Classic -- one of the few good things Bud Selig has done for the game.

It appears the tournament will once again consist of 16-teams. Although only twelve have secured a position in the 2013 bracket. Canada, Chinese Taipei, Panama, and South Africa will need to earn their position back in the qualifying stages.

Just curious...how did South Africa qualify for the games in the first place? I didn't even know baseball existed in Africa.

Like YBF said, they are the best of their Continent, here are the results from the last major International baseball event on African soil; the African Qualifying Tournament (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baseball_at_the_2008_Summer_Olympics_%E2%80%93_Qua lification#African_Qualifying_Tournament)for the Beijing Games. Unfortunately, baseball is no longer on the Olympic program and is not included in the All African Games.

Mr. Baseball
03-18-2012, 03:04 PM
Somewhat off-topic, but has Major League Baseball ever had a player from Africa? Or at least, born in Africa?

nebo86
03-18-2012, 04:03 PM
Somewhat off-topic, but has Major League Baseball ever had a player from Africa? Or at least, born in Africa?

I don't think so, but I checked anyway. Check out Baseball Almanac's Major League Baseball Players by Birthplace (http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/birthplace.php). As far as the Minor Leagues are concerned my source says there are six South Africans, one Nigerian and one Swazi in MiLB. In December, MLB International held an African Elite Camp (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20111213&content_id=26155220&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb) in Cape Town, South Africa for 40 of that continent's top young baseball players. Coaches from each participating nation, including Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe, also were on hand to learn from the experienced MLB staff. I believe we may witness the debut of the first African born MLB player in our lifetimes.

nebo86
03-18-2012, 04:27 PM
Just following up on Africans in the Minors:

South Africa:
Alessio Angelucci (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=544738)
Gift Ngoepe (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=547912)
Dylan Unsworth (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=596842)
Justin Erasmus (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?pos=P&sid=t428&t=p_pbp&pid=547907)
Hein Robb (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=547906)
Anthony Phillips (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=521811)

Nigeria:
Wande Olabisi (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=573071)

Swaziland:
Steve Martin (http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=531345)

nebo86
03-19-2012, 01:15 AM
Baseball New Zealand posted the following:
Major announcement coming tomorrow out of New York concerning the World Baseball Classic qualifiers and Diamondblacks participation. Stay tuned...

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/383513_10150616569074249_302519159248_9040274_1048 519892_n.jpg

Read @ https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=9040274&l=2920a78abe&id=302519159248
Twitter @ https://twitter.com/#!/BaseballNZ

yankeebiscuitfan
03-19-2012, 06:27 AM
Any news on the participation of Japan? It would be crazy if they don't show up to defend their title.

nebo86
03-19-2012, 06:45 AM
Any news on the participation of Japan? It would be crazy if they don't show up to defend their title.

It would be unfortunate for Japan not to participate, but at this point the WBC has to move on with or without them. The teams in the Qualifier round need to get organized for the Fall and shouldn't be kept in the dark any longer. Perhaps the WBCI and JPBPA can continue to negotiate a little longer and if no agreement can be reached, then the WBCI can add one more Qualifying round or grant one of the WBCQ 2nd place teams a WBC berth. Adding a replacement team like Indonesia, Pakistan or some other team won't really improve the overall tournament. Automatically promoting Taiwan, maybe protested by Canada, because they are ranked higher by the IBAF than Taiwan and won Gold at the Pan Am Games and Bronze at the World Cup. Promoting Taiwan, would increase the likelihood of the Philippines advancing to the main event, whereas the 2nd place team the Latin America group would be a better quality entry. Ultimately, it would be a little less controversial to not promote a team to replace Japan than to just play out the original proposed qualifiers. Just my two cents. Let's hope the Japanese players accept the latest WBC offer.

nebo86
03-19-2012, 09:23 AM
The first group of WBC Qualifiers has been announced!
Regensburg, Germany
September 20-24, 2012


Germany
Czech Republic
Great Britain
Canada

yankeebiscuitfan
03-19-2012, 01:04 PM
The first group of WBC Qualifiers has been announced!
Regensburg, Germany
September 20-24, 2012


Germany
Czech Republic
Great Britain
Canada


This is what Mister-baseball.com wrote on the issue.


The Deutsche Baseball & Softball Verband e.V. has been selected to host a Qualifier for the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The Regensburg Qualifier will include Canada, the Czech Republic, Germany and Great Britain. The winner of the Qualifier will advance to compete in the opening round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The Qualifier will take place in Regensburg, Germany at Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena from September 20-24th.

Initial opening round match-ups and a tentative schedule is below. More details including ticket information will be announced at a later date by the host venue.

The Qualifier will feature a six-game modified double-elimination format. The composition of the pools were determined after venues were selected and are based on geographical location, competitive balance and regional rivalries. “I am very excited about the World Baseball Classic Qualifier taking place in Regensburg and I would like to thank World Baseball Classic Inc. for awarding this event to a German site,” said Michael Hartmann, President of the German Baseball and Softball Federation and Member of the German Parliament. “The ‘Buchbinder Legionaere’ club in Regensburg has demonstrated their professionalism and ability to organize a top level event by hosting the Baseball World Cup in 2009. I wish the German National Team the best of luck and hope that they will be able to use the home-field advantage and reach the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Armin Zimmermann, CEO Legionare Baseball AG, said: “We are very proud to be a part of the premier baseball tournament in the world. The World Baseball Classic will enable us to create enthusiasm for the sport of baseball in Europe. We will do everything it takes to create the best possible conditions for the World Baseball Classic in Europe, to host a tournament unlike everything else before.

The Qualifiers will expand the competitive field from 16 to 28 countries. The teams invited to participate in the Qualifying Pools will include the four World Baseball Classic teams from 2009 that did not win a game. The 2013 World Baseball Classic will mark the third edition of the tournament. The inaugural event was held in 2006, and the second World Baseball Classic was held in 2009.

nebo86
03-19-2012, 03:20 PM
According to the attached article...Rivera says that he will participate in the WBC Qualifier against Colombia, Nicaragua and Brazil. The official announcement of Panama hosting will be made today. Rod Carew Stadium will be the only venue.

Source: http://www.elsiglo.com/mensual/2012/03/19/contenido/489322.asp

nebo86
03-21-2012, 10:25 AM
Clive Russell of Major League Baseball International interview

I know you don’t want to give the other three sites away where the qualifying tournaments will take place. But can you give us a time frame on when that will happen?
I would guess in the next seven days. But the reason we’re not announcing them today is because we would like each of them to have their thunder.

http://www.heinnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/CliveRussell.jpg

Read full article @ One-on-One with Clive Russell of Major League Baseball International (http://www.heinnews.com/baseball/mlb/one-on-one-with-clive-russell-of-major-league-baseball-international/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-on-one-with-clive-russell-of-major-league-baseball-international)

yankeebiscuitfan
03-22-2012, 03:26 PM
MLB International announced all four qualifiers and the hosting cities.

QUALIFIER 1
Sept. 20th-24th in Regensburg, Germany
CANADA
CZECH REPUBLIC
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN

QUALIFIER 2
Nov. Dates TBD in Jupiter, Florida, USA
FRANCE
ISRAEL
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN

QUALIFIER 3
Nov. Dates TBD in Taipei, Taiwan
CHINESE TAIPEI
NEW ZEALAND
PHILIPPINES
THAILAND

QUALIFIER 4
Nov. 14th-18th in Panama City, Panama
BRAZIL
COLOMBIA
NICARAGUA
PANAMA

nebo86
03-22-2012, 05:48 PM
MLB International announced all four qualifiers and the hosting cities.

QUALIFIER 1
Sept. 20th-24th in Regensburg, Germany
CANADA
CZECH REPUBLIC
GERMANY
GREAT BRITAIN

QUALIFIER 2
Nov. Dates TBD in Jupiter, Florida, USA
FRANCE
ISRAEL
SOUTH AFRICA
SPAIN

QUALIFIER 3
Nov. Dates TBD in Taipei, Taiwan
CHINESE TAIPEI
NEW ZEALAND
PHILIPPINES
THAILAND

QUALIFIER 4
Nov. 14th-18th in Panama City, Panama
BRAZIL
COLOMBIA
NICARAGUA
PANAMA

It's about time this announcement was made, hopefully the WBC groups, venues and dates won't take as long.

nebo86
03-22-2012, 05:49 PM
I'm guessing that Mexico, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the U.S will host the WBC if Japan doesn't participate.

yankeebiscuitfan
03-23-2012, 12:30 AM
This schedule tells me that it is easy to predict that two countries will advance anyway: Canada and Chinese Taipei. In the other groups it is hard to tell.

nebo86
03-23-2012, 08:08 PM
duplicate removed

nebo86
03-23-2012, 08:42 PM
This schedule tells me that it is easy to predict that two countries will advance anyway: Canada and Chinese Taipei. In the other groups it is hard to tell.

Yes, those groups aren't as interesting to me. The Panama group is the most intriguing, the Florida group will depend heavily on how Israel loads up on North American talent. I am also curious about New Zealand and how their softball skills help them against more experienced teams in hardball.

nebo86
04-03-2012, 10:42 PM
President of the Panamanian Baseball Federation, Wigberto Quintero has begun reaching out to Roberto Kelly to be the Manager.

Read in Spanish @ http://fedebeis.com.pa/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=269:%C2%A1rob erto-kelly-primera-opci%C3%B3n&Itemid=226

nebo86
04-05-2012, 11:45 PM
Great Britain: Team GB announces Tryouts for London and Toronto (http://www.mister-baseball.com/team-gb-announces-tryouts-london-toronto/)
http://cdn2.ngin.com/attachments/text_block/1530/9094/GB_lion_small.png

yankeebiscuitfan
04-06-2012, 09:12 AM
Great Britain: Team GB announces Tryouts for London and Toronto (http://www.mister-baseball.com/team-gb-announces-tryouts-london-toronto/)
http://cdn2.ngin.com/attachments/text_block/1530/9094/GB_lion_small.png

Yeah. There aren't many real British players on the GB squad.

nebo86
04-10-2012, 07:31 PM
It appear that the Korean Player's Union is using their WBC participation as a bargaining chip to ensure that the KBO expands to ten teams sooner than later.
Read @ http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news...36_108604.html

nebo86
06-13-2012, 02:42 PM
Moanaroa, who was let go by the Red Sox in December, was originally expected to play with the Tigers only until he could arrange a return to professional baseball in the US.


‘‘He’s just relaxing at home and enjoying the winter for a change,’’ Joe Moanaroa said.

But Moko is being anything but idle. He is working in the family business and is passing on tips to Newcastle’s junior representative teams and the Hunter Academy of Sport’s baseball squad.

He is also preparing to represent New Zealand in a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament in Taiwan in October.

Despite being born and bred in the Hunter, Moko and younger brother Boss have declared their allegiance to New Zealand, the homeland of their parents.

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Moko Moanaroa, right, with brother Boss.

Read whole article @ http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/sport/baseball/moanaroa-to-stick-with-tigers/2590183.aspx

Mr. Baseball
06-13-2012, 03:40 PM
What are the rules for qualifying for your countries national team? Do you need to actually be born in the country you played for or is it based on heritage?

By the way, that's an awesome logo for Great Britain! :cool:

nebo86
06-13-2012, 04:36 PM
What are the rules for qualifying for your countries national team? Do you need to actually be born in the country you played for or is it based on heritage?

Either, but here are the official rules...


PLAYER ELIGIBILITY

Each player on a Team's approved Provisional Roster must be eligible to participate for that Team. A player will be so eligible only if:
The player was born in the nation or territory the Team represents, as evidenced by a birth certificate or its equivalent or in player records maintained by Major League Baseball, Nippon Professional Baseball or the Korean Baseball Organization; or
The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the Team represents, as evidenced by a passport or other documentation satisfactory to WBCI and the IBAF; or
The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the Team represents, as evidenced by a birth certificate or its equivalent.
If a player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a Team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport, then the player may be made eligible by WBCI upon petition by the player or Team. Such petition must include documentary evidence showing to the satisfaction of WBCI that the player would be granted citizenship or a passport in due course under the laws of the nation represented by that Team, had the player applied for such citizenship or passport.

Each Team shall submit to WBCI on or before the time it submits its proposed Provisional Roster the evidence supporting the eligibility of each of the players on its proposed Provisional Roster, unless WBCI grants an extension in regard to a player. If such an extension is granted, evidence supporting the eligibility of such player shall be submitted to WBCI as soon as practicable after January 16, 2009, but in no event later than a date to be set by WBCI with respect to such player.

In the event a player is eligible to play on more than one Team, the Player may select the Team for which he wishes to play, provided that nothing shall prohibit such a player from declaring his willingness to play for any Team for which he is eligible to play.

If a player on a Team's approved Provisional Roster or approved Tournament Roster is subsequently determined, in the sole discretion of WBCI, not to have been eligible to participate for that Team, the player shall be removed from the Tournament Roster and shall not be eligible to play in the remainder of the Tournament. Such ineligible player may not be replaced on the Team's Tournament Roster. WBCI may, in its discretion, impose sanctions upon any Team that WBCI determines has used one or more ineligible players.

Source @ http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/about/rules.jsp#player_eligibility

nebo86
06-14-2012, 09:35 AM
The French Federation of Baseball has launched a website for the WBC Qualifiers...
Equipe de France | World Baseball Classic (http://www.baseballfrance.com/en)

Here are some players that could represent les Bleus this September:
Andy Paz, Joris Bert, Frederic Hanvi, Eloi Secleppe, Luc Piquet, Pierrick Lemestre, Mathieu Brelle-Andrade and Jamal Boutagra.

Mr. Baseball
06-14-2012, 03:51 PM
Those eligibility rules are pretty lenient. What's the point of competing against other countries if the players aren't even from the county they represent? Alex Rodriguez for instance, insisted on playing for the Dominican Republic, despite growing up in the United States.

nebo86
06-14-2012, 07:57 PM
In a nutshell, marketing. The WBCI (MLB) is more interested in how much they can sell baseball, they don't care if some nations have better infrastructure and/or developed youth leagues (Sweden and Russia) than other with nations with larger populations that can use North Americans to back fill their rosters (Great Britain and Israel). I understand their rational, but I don't agree with it.

yankeebiscuitfan
06-15-2012, 03:18 AM
I also think those rules are lame. There are plenty of players in the US whose name can be related to Dutch ancestors. But we prefer to play with real Dutch players. The Italians on the other hand..... Well they always did it that way. They have been using Italo-Americans for decades. :angryfire::rant::zx11pissed:

nebo86
06-17-2012, 11:24 AM
Florida group moved from November to September....

No stars forTeam Israel?

Ryan Braun and Ian Kinsler might never have to decide whether to play for Team USA or Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic.

The concept of a Jewish major league star or two playing for the Jewish homeland could spur baseball's popularity in Israel. Yet Israel could be out of the tournament before Braun or Kinsler could get in.

Israel will play in a qualifying round in September, according to two people familiar with the WBC schedule but not authorized to discuss it. The four-team qualifier — Israel, France, Spain and South Africa — had been set for November but had to be moved up because of stadium logistics, one of the people said.

The winner of the qualifying round advances to the 16-team championship field that plays next March. If Israel wins, the major leaguers would be invited to join.

However, with the major leagues still in season in September, the Israeli qualifying roster would be limited to Jewish minor leaguers, retired players such as Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler and a handful of Israelis.

The WBC is baseball's best global sales pitch. Without the chance for a Braun or a Kinsler to play for Israel, it's a wild pitch.


Read whole article @ http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-0617-down-the-line-20120617,0,2275237.story

nebo86
06-17-2012, 11:13 PM
Jerry Hairston Jr. will represent Mexico in 2013 (Spanish)
http://www.ligadelpacifico.com.mx/noticias/3222-hairston-jugara-con-mexico-en-el-clasico.html

nebo86
06-19-2012, 07:17 AM
More trouble brewing for the upcoming WBC.


The Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) concluded Tuesday that it will not allow a 10th team in the league at this time, disappointing fans in the areas vying for the new outfit.

The Korean baseball players’ union is also unhappy with the decision and announced that its players will boycott the World Baseball Classic in 2013 and the All-Star Game in July.

Read whole article @ KBO says no to 10th team (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/sports/2012/06/136_113374.html)

nebo86
06-20-2012, 07:56 PM
Edwin Rodriguez named Manager for Puerto Rico (Spanish) (http://www.baseballdecuba.com/newsite/newsContainer.asp?id=2869)
http://espndeportes-assets.espn.go.com/2003/photos2010/0628/g_edwin_rodriguez_300x400.jpg

yankeebiscuitfan
06-21-2012, 06:01 AM
More trouble brewing for the upcoming WBC.



Read whole article @ KBO says no to 10th team (http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/sports/2012/06/136_113374.html)

Too bad that the fans are victimized here.

nebo86
06-21-2012, 08:40 PM
There could be some resolution on Japan's participation at the end of next month.


the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association could reach a final decision on the WBC during a meeting on July 20.

Sources:
SANSPO.COM (Japanese) (http://www.sanspo.com/baseball/news/20120620/npb12062005060001-n1.html)
Sanspo: Hiromitsu Ochiai could be leading candidate to manage Team Japan at WBC - Yakyu Baka (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/06/20/sanspo-hiromitsu-ochiai-could-be-leading-candidate-to-manage-team-japan-at-wbc/)

nebo86
06-29-2012, 11:56 AM
Sadaharu Oh thinks Hiromitsu Ochiai is a good candidate for WBC manager (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/06/21/sadaharu-oh-thinks-hiromitsu-ochiai-is-a-good-candidate-for-wbc-manager/)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/images/photos2011/sb20110115j1a.jpg Hiromitsu Ochiai

nebo86
07-02-2012, 11:19 PM
Top players of Baseball Philippine will test the national baseball squad when they clash on Sunday in the Filipino-American Friendship Game at the Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.

The PH batters, who are prepping up for November’s World Baseball Classic qualifier, are set to make an impression against the Baseball Philippines selection in their 11:30 a.m. tussle.

It will be an interesting clash since almost all members of the PH squad didn't suit up for their respective clubs in the ongoing Baseball Philippines Series 9 to concentrate on their preparation for the WBC qualifier.

Read whole article @ National Batters Get Serious Test (http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/364340/nat-l-batters-get-serius-test)

nebo86
07-04-2012, 07:29 PM
Jupiter, Florida WBC Qualifier officially in September (http://www.mister-baseball.com/jupiter-wbc-qualifier-officially-september/)


The dates for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Jupiter, Florida now officially were confirmed for September 19 to 23, 2012. Originally set for November, the tournament was moved ahead apparently due to a scheduling conflict at the venue. The double elimination round with France, Israel, South Africa and Spain will be played at Roger Dean Stadium. France and Spain will participate in the European Championship, which ends on the weekend before the WBCQ.

nebo86
07-10-2012, 04:10 PM
MLB Executives give us some more information on the 2013 WBC...

Town Hall Meeting at the 2012 All-Star Game (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120709&content_id=34771266&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)


Selig said that next year's third edition of the World Baseball Classic should be bigger and better than ever. A new qualifying round is scheduled for later this year and determining a venue for the finals and semifinals is in the final stage. One thing is certain: They won't be in San Diego or Los Angeles, where the first two Classics were held.

When asked what the expectations are for the upcoming tournament, Selig responded:

"Big. Huge. This sport has a chance to do things internationally that five or 10 years from now will stun you. The whole point of it is the World Baseball Classic, it's grown. We're up to 28 countries, everybody wanting in. I want to go to different parts of the world that we haven't gone to. So my expectation is it's going to be huge and really meaningful.

"Joe Torre is going to manage the USA team. We're going to put a lot of emphasis on it. It's a point of genesis for a huge revenue-sharing program."

State of the game address: Michael Weiner (http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2012-07-10/mlb-all-star-game-2012-bud-selig-michael-weiner-replay-dh-interleague)


Weiner said that Japan has committed to participating, though there have been some tenuous negotiations between Japan Professional Baseball and WBC organizers. Weiner said that he does not expect Team USA to have any problem attracting top-level talent to participate and that he believes the 2013 event will be the best yet.

nebo86
07-16-2012, 08:12 PM
KBO(korean baseball organization) has agreed to increase the number of teams from 9 to 10 as early as 2015. Team Korea will most likely participate in the 2013 WBC!

Read article (in Korean) @ http://www.chosunonline.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/07/14/2012071400338.html

nebo86
07-19-2012, 07:44 PM
World Baseball Classic: two rounds could take place in Japan (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/07/19/world-baseball-classic-two-rounds-to-take-place-in-japan/)


A couple of World Baseball Classic notes from the last couple of days:

The first and second rounds could take place in Japan. This means Japan will play as many as seven games in Japan and two games in the US (semifinals and finals).
There is a good chance that Cuba and China will be in the same group as Japan. One other team will make up the group.
The final schedule/grouping will be released soon.
The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association is scheduled to meet on July 20 and could issue an update on their participation plans.

nebo86
07-20-2012, 09:20 AM
The plot thickens...


The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association held a player meeting in Osaka today and voted against participating at the next World Baseball Classic. All twenty-four player reps (two from each team) voted against playing at the WBC.

Said JPBPA chairman Takahiro Arai, "We approached the event organizers last year in July. The ball was in their court and they never responded. This was a very difficult decision."

read whole article @ JPBPA votes against participating at next World Baseball Classic - Yakyu Baka (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/07/20/jpbpa-votes-against-participating-at-next-world-baseball-classic/)

Switch Pitcher Coach
07-21-2012, 02:23 AM
Before the Japanese All-star game the the Players Union unanimously voted to turn down the 60% Plus MLB -13% NPB split sighting the fact that revenue comes in 50 - 50 with Japanese companies paying over half the revenue earned. The MLB has not responded to the Players Union request to see the expenses, as to where the funds go exactly, so that the MLB claims of supporting other countries programs can be verified. Instead the MLB chose to hide exactly how much money goes to such expenses and how much goes to MLB players and of course "how much is pocketed by the MLB."-Source NHK News 6:00 news July 20th

nebo86
07-21-2012, 02:08 PM
Asahi interviewed Paul Archey, MLB's senior vice president of international business operations last fall: (http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201110120330.html)


Japan is the two-time defending champion of the World Baseball Classic, but the nation's participation in the third edition of the tournament, set for 2013, is currently in doubt.

At dispute is the way revenues have been split from the MLB-run event, with Nippon Professional Baseball and its players' association claiming they haven't been given a fair slice of the pie.

As the clock keeps ticking and negotiations remain at a standstill, The Asahi Shimbun recently interviewed Paul Archey, the senior vice president of international business operations for Major League Baseball. Here are some excerpts from the interview.

***

The Asahi Shimbun: It seems like MLB and the Japanese players' association are still far from reaching an agreement. What are the problems?

Paul Archey: Well, I don't know if we're far away. It's mainly just discussing the structure, the financial structure of the WBCI (World Baseball Classic Inc.), answering some questions they had, expanding on some information. They're on the steering committee, both the NPB and the (Japanese) players. They had some thoughts on a proposal, if you will, that they wanted us to consider, and which we did consider, and we're just having some dialogue on that.

AS: The Japanese side said they are demanding more revenue sharing, that from the last tournament they only got 13 percent of the revenue. Is that the major sticking point between you and NPB?

PA: Well, that's part of it, that's part of the discussion. But the 13 percent you mentioned is kind of a misleading number. The 13 percent doesn't account for all the expenses that Major League Baseball puts into the tournament and doesn't charge the tournament for. So if you include all those expenses and then take a look at the economics, the sharing arrangement is more like 44-21 percent. So that's a misleading number on the tournament itself, on the finances. It's an accurate number, but misleading because there are many expenses that Major League Baseball takes on, that we don't charge to the tournament.

AS: I read a website where the NPB player's association explained the negotiations and they insisted that they needed more of the sponsorship money and licensing fees.

PA: It is structured differently than other tournaments. World tournaments are structured differently across different sports. The World Baseball Classic, as you know, is a tournament that was created by Major League Baseball. It was funded by Major League Baseball. It's a very different model. It was created for the purpose of (achieving) a few objectives. First of all, the No. 1 purpose was to give baseball a platform in which the best players in the world could play for their country for the promotion of baseball worldwide, to give it more profile.

Second, to grow the game, not just to benefit the strong countries but to help generate revenue and generate excitement in developing countries as well. We've now expanded from 16 countries to 28 countries. Participation in the World Baseball Classic helps those countries, the developing countries, to grow. So the model that we set up goes back to a model that focused on, and remains focused on, growing the game worldwide, not to just generate money for the strong countries but to generate money that will benefit all.

The model we set up was to have all revenues go into the WBC and pay expenses and then share, if there was anything left to share. But it's important to understand it was to create a tournament in which countries could play without any cost. There was no tournament in which they'd been able to do that.

Every tournament, baseball tournament, that federations or these countries were going to play, it cost them money. So when we were setting up the World Baseball Classic, the financial structure (was set up) in a way that it was not going to cost anyone money to participate--no one would lose money participating, we would pay all expenses and if there's anything left then everyone would share in that.

AS: Regarding revenue sharing, the Japanese Players' Association insists most of the sponsorship and TV money comes from Japan, but they still only get 13 percent of the profits, which they don't feel is fair. That's why they're talking about a need to compromise.

PA: Well, without going into great detail, which I'm not going into, as I told you, the 13 percent you're talking about is a very misleading number ... (but) that's what discussions are for. We very much value Japan's participation in the tournament. They contribute to the success of the tournament both as a market and on the field. Obviously, by winning two of them ... we value their participation both on and off the field. But we've only had two tournaments, and our job is to make sure that the World Baseball Classic continues to grow and is successful. We're on the right track.

We hope the World Baseball Classic is a tournament that is here to stay for a long time. But we're very young. We've had two and we want to continue growing it. Now that we have 28 countries, we're very excited about that and about the expansion of the tournament and being able to have a great impact on the global development of the game.

AS: I believe MLB said Sept. 30 was the deadline by which the Japanese team must decide on participation. So, with nothing yet decided, what's the situation now?

PA: Well, I don't like to use the term "deadline," but we did talk about needing a decision because the World Baseball Classic will be played in 2013, with or without Japan, and there are just certain specifics that we have to move forward with, operationally with the tournament, and we're already behind because of the delay. The qualifiers start a year from now, in 2012.

AS: In the autumn 2012?

PA: In the fall of 2012 we'll play the qualifiers. So we don't have the luxury of waiting because we need to, in order to go out and market the event, sell television, sell sponsorship, to sell eventually to advertisers, to sell tickets. We need to know who's playing, but more importantly right now, we need to sign up stadiums and get television deals in place. We lose money, the tournament loses money, every day that we don't have our agreements (in place). So the date ... as I said I don't necessarily like to use the term "deadline" ... but it's just a matter of we need a decision soon because we're already way behind.

In the first WBC steering committee meeting following the 2009 tournament, we talked about the importance of having a decision, of having agreements from teams participating early, because in 2006 and 2009 we were late getting the agreements. That's fine when you're in the initial stages--when you're creating something you're going to have obstacles and that's fine. But now we have four years between 2009 and 2013, and we just need to have some certainty so we can go out and market the event. That's the reason for wanting or needing to get decisions by the end of September, because we have a lot of work to do if we're going to maximize revenue for the event that benefits all countries (involved). We need to move forward.

AS: The Japanese players have stated strongly that if you don't change the revenue-sharing policy they won't play.

PA: Look, that's disappointing, it will be very disappointing if they don't play. As I mentioned, we very much want to have them play. We feel that both the players and the NPB are very fairly compensated for their participation and we very much hope that they'll play. We know the tournament will be better with them--they're the two-time defending champion. But, as I said, the World Baseball Classic is bigger than just one country, and it's for the benefit of the global growth of the game. We are going to continue (the tournament) and we hope that through continued discussions they (Japan) will play.

AS: If Japan doesn't participate, do you think you can still hold an international tournament?

PA: Oh sure, without a doubt. Like I said, we want them to play and we've gone to great lengths in discussing their participation with them, but we are having the tournament in 2013 and expect we will have a very successful tournament in 2013.

AS: Is there still room for the Japanese team in the WBC at this point?

PA: Absolutely.

AS: Are the two sides going to meet again?

PA: We'll continue to talk and have discussions. Remember that we now have 28 teams in the tournament. In 2009 and 2006, we had 16. Remember also that Japan only represents one team and 27 players. Over half the players in the tournament are under contract with Major League Baseball teams.

AS: Do you want the WBC to be a true world championship? What do you want it to represent in the future?

PA: (Our aim is) to have the best players in the world play for their country of origin. And, quite frankly, no one is positioned to do that better than Major League Baseball. Our owners and Commissioner (Bud) Selig are very supportive of the tournament, in which the vast majority, or at least half the players, are under (MLB) contract. The New York Mets in 2009 had something like 17 players from their organization play. It's very different, Japan and NPB, and Major League Baseball and the United States. Major League Baseball ... provides players to 12 countries, but about eight of those countries, they're all MLB players, they're all players under contract.

So, to answer your question, we are uniquely positioned to be able to organize such a tournament in many ways. We're a truly international game. Thirty percent of our players at the major-league level are foreign-born. When you look at the major leagues and minor leagues, our players come from 43 countries. So our owners sacrifice a lot, not only in providing players for those countries but we also finance the tournament, we use our relationships and, as I mentioned earlier, we take on costs and expenses that we don't even charge to the tournament.

So we think we have created ... we hope the World Baseball Classic is viewed, and I think it is viewed, as the world championship. The best players in the world, playing for their countries in a baseball championship.

Close to $15 million (from the tournament) goes to federations for investment into game development. We've seen new stadiums being built, baseball stadiums being built (all over) the world.

AS: Getting back to the sponsorship issue, are you saying that you won't change the policy on sponsorship and licensing fees in the future?


PA: We look at, after every tournament, as this tournament grows, we will look at the model on a continuous basis to try to make sure we have the model that is the right model to meet the objectives we set up. So we'll continue to look at, the steering committee and WBC will look at the model.

For example, from 2006 to 2009 we made some changes. In 2006, after the first tournament, one of the major changes we made is we doubled the prize money and we made the prize money a cost of the event as opposed to a percentage of revenue. In 2006, prize money was based on net revenue of the event, so if we made money and there was enough for prize money then we would have it (prize money). If we didn't make money, then there would be no prize money.

So we made a change in 2009. The WBC decided we would make prize money guaranteed for teams, countries and players and we doubled it, so we made it part of the event and made it guaranteed. So that was a change in the financial model and we took a risk on making it a guarantee when we didn't know if we could make that up on the revenue side. So my point is that was a change in the structure at that time. We will look at the tournament at the conclusion of each tournament and decide if we need to make changes to meet the objectives that we've set forth.


AS: So what's the risk for WBCI? It seems like WBCI gets all the sponsorship money but doesn't take any risk.


PA: Well, first of all, in setting up this tournament the first time we had no idea what the response was going to be from the public. It's a very expensive tournament to run, a very expensive tournament. So the risk is great. And then when you move forward, when you try to make a better tournament, the expenses only go up. Going to 28 teams, increased prize money, the expenses of making it a better tournament, the marketing expenses, only increase dramatically.

And when I tell you it's expensive, it's very expensive. Just think about flying teams from around the world and the WBCI pays all those costs, those aren't local costs. We wanted countries to be able to participate at no cost to them. We didn't want anybody saying they couldn't come because it was going to cost them money, they couldn't afford it, or that they lost money. So we pay for all travel, we pay for training camps, we provide them equipment and uniforms.


AS: For all the teams?


PA: All the teams. We pay all their expenses, including Japan's. We set up the initial tournament taking on all the expenses so there's great risk. There's no guarantee the tournament is going to make money and anything can happen ... if the tournament's not played because of natural disasters ... there's great risk in putting it on. So I can only emphasize that it's an extremely expensive tournament to put on.


AS: Is there any difference in the revenue sharing for each country? Is there any difference, for example, between Japan and South Korea and Taiwan and China?


PA: Yes.


AS: So is Japan one of the highest?


PA: They're the second-highest stakeholder.


AS: Oh really? The highest is the United States?


PA: Yes.


AS: So that means they don't lose any money.


PA: No, if the WBC makes money then they get a percentage. And then the prize money is totally different.

It's important to note that before prize money--don't even include prize money--without prize money a Japanese professional player receives 45 percent more than a Major League Baseball player.


AS: I was covering the WBC in 2009 and I talked to some players and their main goal was to win the World Series, not the WBC. I was wondering why they were playing in the tournament if they were not totally focused on winning the WBC.


PA: I'm not sure I fully understand the question but I'm sure it's not that different in the NPB, where every player's goal when they start the season is to win the (Japan Series) championship. In Major League Baseball, it's the World Series. The players go to spring training to get ready for that. But the United States put together a quality All-Star team (for the WBC), that was a good team. Derek Jeter played shortstop, David Wright played third, we had Curtis Granderson in the outfield, we had All-Star players. Everyone's goal when they come to spring training is to play in the World Series but the World Baseball Classic is becoming more and more important to them.


AS: Now it seems more clear, but I found it kind of misleading regarding the WBC and the Japanese team asking for a larger share of the revenue and you guys refusing. I found the situation a bit misleading but it's clearer now.


PA: Well, it's not misleading in the sense that they ... let me clear that up. They gave us a proposal that we rejected. They gave us a proposal to change the financial model and we rejected that. And this is really kind of a summary of it. They gave us a proposal, we rejected it, we've had some dialogue about that proposal, we shared ideas. We'll continue to talk to them, not just about their proposal but about ways to improve the tournament going forward. They do have a seat on the steering committee, and we very much hope they will play, but unfortunately we don't have a lot of time here to continue to discuss it.


AS: So you don't plan to change any proposal made to Japan?


PA: Look, we'll still have some discussions with them (to see) if there are ways to change the tournament, which we think will better the tournament and meet the objectives of the tournament. Then (in that case), absolutely we're open to them. But we're not going to compromise what we think is the long-term viability of the tournament to meet the objectives that we've set forth, which is to grow the game worldwide, to give baseball a platform in which to promote the game globally, and to create an event which is sustainable over the long term.

We didn't do this for the sole benefit of Major League Baseball, the sole benefit of Japan, we did it to benefit baseball globally. Baseball has never had a tournament like this, ever. Baseball has never had the platform and the attention on a global basis that the WBC gives it.

Check the Olympic television ratings, check the (baseball) World Cup, check the Intercontinental Cup. You can look at the success the tournament's had in just two events and see that it's meeting those objectives, to grow the game and give it a profile around the world.

We don't care about the United States--we have a small league here called Major League Baseball that plays very successfully. This is about lifting the profile of the game worldwide, not just here.

nebo86
07-22-2012, 11:06 PM
The latest on the WBC...

News and notes from July 21:

Jim Small (MLB Managing Director & Vice President, Asia) told reporters he felt the JPBPA was missing important information and that there was a misunderstanding. Paul Archey (MLB Senior Vice President, International Business Operations) added that the there were a lot of costs the MLB had to consider, like insurance for MLB players. Archey also said that if they went along with JPBPA demands, only four or so countries would participate.


The NPB is working on a "Samurai Japan" program that will allow them new marketing opportunities. NPB Commissioner is quoted as saying, "Let us assume that there are fifty-two weeks in a year and the WBC takes two to three weeks. The rest, the forty-nine to fifty weeks, Japan can use that as it pleases, including the uniforms and the marketing. We have received approval for that." In other words, the NPB is working on securing rights for all other times other than when the WBC is actually held.


If the JPBPA does not participate in the WBC, then the NPB can not move forward with their Samurai Japan program.


Daily Sports reports that the NPB is scheduled to meet with the JPBPA on August 1.


Japanese players in the US have refrained from saying much to the press since they do not know all the details.
Daisuke Matsuzaka - I heard they decided not to participate, but I do not know all the details for why, so I can not really say anything about it.
Norichika Aoki - I do not know the details, so I do not really want comment.


Daily Sports conducted an online survey of its readers on Friday. Fifty-four percent of the 342 respondents said they supported the JPBPA's decision, forty percent said they did not support the decision, and six percent said they were undecided.


Nikkan Sports also conducted an online survey (1,770 replies): 68.3% supported the decision, 31.7% did not support the decision.


Sponichi notes that if the JPBPA does not participate, the NPB may approach the amateur associations and put together a team made up of amateur and MLB players.


Nikkan Sports wonders if the MLB will shift the venue to Taiwan if Japan does not participate (something they were already thinking about doing late last year).


Sponichi also conducted a survey of their own and found: 46% of respondents were against the decision, 45% for the decision, and 9% uncertain.



Read whole article @ WBC News and Notes: July 21, 2012 - Yakyu Baka (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/07/21/wbc-news-and-notes-july-21-2012/)

nebo86
07-23-2012, 10:27 AM
Moisés Alou named General Manager of the 2013 Dominican national team (Spanish) (http://www.almomento.net/articulo/114303/Moises-Alou-sera-el-gerente-equipo-RD-en-Clasico-Beisbol-2013)

1964

nebo86
07-25-2012, 02:42 PM
Team met with the organizers of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier



The executive process of the World Baseball Classic Qualifier got started on Tuesday July 24 in New York City. The team representatives met at the MLB Headquarters in Park Avenue to discuss various operational matters with the World Baseball Classic (WBC) organizers.
Included in the agenda are schedules, roster selection process, logistic arrangements as well as various administrative requirements and team representatives had a chance to address their questions to the organizers in person, while receving specific requirements to ensure all operations be in line with the regulations of the WBC events.

Read whole article @ http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/07/25/team-met-with-the-organizers-of-the-world-baseball/ed9ad89f-807c-46a9-9a65-869637f36623


Giants to host semis & final of World Baseball Classic, Arizona, Miami join San Francisco as venue sites for 2013 event

Read article @ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120725&content_id=35537502&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

nebo86
07-26-2012, 08:50 PM
Jerry Reinsdorf, Theo Epstein join for Israeli baseball fundraiser (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120726&content_id=35589214&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

nebo86
07-29-2012, 08:25 PM
Canada reveals provisional squad for WBC (http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/2012/07/29/canada_baseball_world_baseball_classic_qualificati on_roster/?utm_source=Home%20lineup%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20% 20%20RSS-Images&utm_medium=feed&utm_content=Canada%20reveals%20provisional%20squad %20for%20WBC)

nebo86
08-01-2012, 09:20 PM
Japanese Baseball union doesn't budge on WBC stance (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120802j1.html)


Members of Japan's pro baseball players union met with officials of Nippon Professional Baseball's 12 teams on Monday over the union's participation in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but no progress was made.

The union stuck to its stance that it will not take part under the current system in which all sponsorship and broadcast revenues are pooled together to be shared by all participating organizations.

NPB has already agreed to take part in the tournament that is organized by WBC Inc. Japan won the first WBC in 2006 and the second edition in 2009.

At Wednesday's meeting, NPB's side explained once more in detail about the plan to create a permanent body called the "Samurai Japan Project" that will guarantee revenue. The union, however, stuck to its resolution of July 20 that it will not participate as long as WBC Inc. denies the rights of Japan to its own sponsorship revenues.

"We explained that the players' stance is firm," said Toru Matsubara, the secretary general of the Nippon Professional Baseball Players Association.

Hiroshima Carp executive Kiyoaki Suzuki, who chairs the committee on players relations, said, "The players union is unyielding. If things continue as they are, we won't take part. We need to discuss how we can take action."

On Friday, the representatives of the 12 teams will discuss strategies to bring the players on board and has indicated its determination to continue negotiating with WBC Inc.

nebo86
08-03-2012, 10:07 PM
NPB seeks to resume negotiations on WBC revenues (http://www.japanball.com/news.phtml?id=22798)

nebo86
08-08-2012, 12:25 PM
Jim Stoeckel to manage Team France at WBC Qualifier (http://www.mister-baseball.com/jim-stoeckel-manage-team-france-wbc-qualifier/)

nebo86
08-17-2012, 09:33 PM
Vazquez to play for Philippines (http://www.mycentraljersey.com/article/20120816/NJSPORTS04/308160052/Vazquez-play-Philippines?odyssey=nav%7Chead&nclick_check=1)

http://cmsimg.mycentraljersey.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=CN&Date=20120816&Category=NJSPORTS04&ArtNo=308160052&Ref=AR&MaxW=640&Border=0&Vazquez-play-Philippines
Andres Vazquez, a 2010 J.F. Kennedy High School graduate who is currently an infielder on the Rutgers University baseball team, will be playing for the Philippines in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

nebo86
08-20-2012, 06:40 PM
NPB draws positives from WBC talks (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120817o1.html)

nebo86
08-21-2012, 09:01 AM
NPB may have solution to WBC problem (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120821o1.html)

Excerpt:

Neither side is going to come out looking very good should a resolution not be reached.

A WBC without Japan is a flawed entity. Japan brings a cache from outside of the Americas that no team can match —- South Korea is as much of a threat to win, but lacks the overall star power.

Similarly, not delivering a team would be a blow to the NPB's reputation and the players, by essentially taking their ball and staying home, missing out on the chance to showcase themselves and run the risk of being seen as sacrificing the greater good for their own benefit.

Let's say, for argument's sake, the union doesn't come around. That would seemingly leave NPB with two options. Either Japan could simply not send a team, or cobble together a squad of MLB players and amateurs under the Samurai Japan banner.

The idea of the WBC was to the help spread the game globally, and having the world's second most important baseball power drop out or send a less than full strength squad doesn't seem conducive to that goal.

The NPB's latest revelation should offer some hope to fans wanting to see a full-strength Japan try and defend its title. Now, the ball is back in the players' court.

yankeebiscuitfan
08-21-2012, 10:23 AM
I really hope that Japan will send the strongest possible mix of MLB and NPB players. I really don't understand this problem. There are thousands of players in Japan that want to represent their country and who want to fill in the shoes of the NPB players.

nebo86
08-21-2012, 11:04 AM
I really hope that Japan will send the strongest possible mix of MLB and NPB players. I really don't understand this problem. There are thousands of players in Japan that want to represent their country and who want to fill in the shoes of the NPB players.

I do too, I believe that MLB has been transparent in their plans to use the WBC to promote baseball internationally. The JPBPA have been holding out for more, but are they willing to risk losing it all? The WBC is the biggest International baseball event ever and the NPB players absence threatens the event's survival. Something is better than nothing, considering that the NPB has no financial risk. Japanese players in MLB have avoided taking sides on the matter, couple this with MLB and NPB brass being in agreement; the NPB players union should be prepared for some backlash if their holdout backfires.

yankeebiscuitfan
08-26-2012, 03:36 AM
I wonder what kind of team Canada will send to Germany for the WBC Qualifier.

No way that they can take Joey Votto with them. I think that the team will be built out of minor leaguers and amateurs. With the opponents they are facing (Great Britain, Czech Republic and Germany) it should be enough to advance, but you'll never know.

yankeebiscuitfan
08-26-2012, 05:08 AM
Former Major League reliever Eric Gagné, who set a record with 84 straight successful converted save opportunities with the Los Angeles Dodgers, will join the coaching staff of Team France for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier in September in Jupiter, Florida. He had an ERA of 3.47 in Major League Baseball. He joins Manager Jim Stoeckel, bench coach Arnaud Fau, first base coach Jeff Stoeckel, third base coach Jamal Boutagra and bullpen coach Sammy Serano. France is going to play against South Africa, Spain and Israel from September 19 to 23 at Roger Dean Stadium.

yankeebiscuitfan
08-26-2012, 05:13 AM
Here are the prices for the Qualifier games. Ridiculous IMO.

2122

nebo86
08-26-2012, 02:05 PM
Here are the prices for the Qualifier games. Ridiculous IMO.

What do you think attendance will be like in Germany?

yankeebiscuitfan
08-26-2012, 02:09 PM
What do you think attendance will be like in Germany?

Regensburg is so baseball crazed, I think it will be a full house, despite the prices.

nebo86
08-26-2012, 02:14 PM
Regensburg is so baseball crazed, I think it will be a full house, despite the prices.

Yes, that doesn't help the case for price reduction for the WBCQ tickets. How far is Regensburg from you?

yankeebiscuitfan
08-26-2012, 03:00 PM
About 450 miles. A bit too far for a weekend drive.

nebo86
08-26-2012, 05:17 PM
Former Major Leaguer Eric Gagné Pitching Coach for France at WBC Qualifier (http://www.mister-baseball.com/major-leaguer-eric-gagn-pitching-coach-france-wbc-qualifier/)

http://www.thecompletepitcher.com/images/grips/Example_Grip_CircleChange_EricGagne_003.jpg

nebo86
08-28-2012, 10:00 PM
Everth Cabrera hopes to play in World Baseball Classic Qualifier (http://blog.foxdeportes.com/post/30424326997/cabrera-hopes-to-play-in-world-baseball-classic)

http://o.static.foxsports.com/content/fse/img/2012/08/28/AP629673533708_20120828211817561_550_350.JPG

nebo86
08-28-2012, 10:23 PM
Baseball-Japan commissioner warns against WBC boycott (http://en-maktoob.news.yahoo.com/baseball-japan-commissioner-warns-against-wbc-boycott-130500816--mlb.html)



TOKYO, Aug 28 (Reuters) - Japan must play at next year's World Baseball Classic (WBC) as the threat of a boycott by the holders continues to loom, the country's professional baseball chief said on Tuesday. Nippon Professional Baseball commissioner (NPB) Ryozo Kato insisted defending champions Japan were duty-bound to take part despite a blazing row over sponsorship rights. "We should compete," he told reporters, warning that a boycott would be frowned on in Japan after last year's deadly tsunami and nuclear crisis. "Apart from helping with re-energise the country after the disaster, I believe people want to see us play." NPB officials are set to hold talks with a reluctant players' union on Wednesday in a bid to reach a breakthrough. "I think this is the final phase," said Kato. "We will make a sincere effort and give it our best shot." The players voted last month to snub the tournament, disgruntled with their share of revenue from the competition Japan won in 2006 and again in 2009. They have demanded that sponsorship revenues for the Japanese team be shared by the NPB and players' union instead of being pooled with other revenues and divided later. The Japanese have previous form regarding the issue of sponsorship rights, threatening to organise an Asian boycott of the inaugural 2006 tournament. Major League Baseball and its players reportedly received 33 percent of the total revenue from the 2009 WBC, while Japan got just 13 percent.

nebo86
08-29-2012, 04:12 PM
Forcasting the World Baseball Classic Qualifiers for the European Teams (http://www.mister-baseball.com/forcasting-world-baseball-classic-qualifiers-european-teams/)

http://www.mister-baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/WBC13_PRIMARY_Qualifier_v_.jpg

nebo86
08-31-2012, 11:28 AM
MLB planning to release WBC schedule on September 5 (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/08/30/mlb-planning-to-release-wbc-schedule-on-september-5/)


According to Sponichi, the MLB is currently planning to release the WBC schedule on September 5.
There are reportedly two versions of the schedule: one that includes Japan and has Japan as a venue; and another does not include Japan and has Anaheim as a venue.
The September 5 "deadline" may not be entirely set in stone, depending on Japan's status -- the MLB may be willing to delay the announcement or consider changes after the fact.

NPB, JPBPA will likely meet again on September 4 to continue WBC talks (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/08/31/npb-jpbpa-will-likely-meet-again-on-september-4-to-continue-wbc-talks/)


According to Sports Hochi, the NPB and JPBPA will most likely meet again on September 4 to continue their discussions on the WBC. There is a good chance a final decision will be reached during this meeting.

To read whole articles click on titles

nebo86
08-31-2012, 02:07 PM
Greg Frady gets MLB Support on Coaching Staff (http://www.mister-baseball.com/greg-frady-mlb-support-coaching-staff/)

Germany and Manager Greg Frady will receive support from Major League Baseball on the coaching staff during the upcoming World Baseball Classic Qualifier in Regensburg, Germany. Former New York Yankees minor leaguer Justin Pope (defense), Terry Abbott (pitching coach) from the Miami Marlins and Gene Roof (outfield, base running) of the Detroit Tigers will be his assistant coaches. Current assistant’s Dirk Fries and Troy Williams will be used for scouting during the WBC Qualifier.

nebo86
09-02-2012, 08:25 PM
South African Baseball Union (SABU) just released their WBCQ Roster:

Players
Alessio Angelucci
Paul Bell
Kyle Botha
Kieran Cree
Dylan de Meyer
Michael Dempsey
Shannon Ekermans
Jared Elario
Kyle Ettisch
Ryan Groves
Richard Holgate
Wesley Hoskins
Gavin Jefferies
Robert Lewis-Walker
Kieran Lovegrove
Wade Mackey
Carl Michaels
Faizel Moosa
Gift Ngoepe
Anthony Phillips
Jonathan Phillips
Allan Randall
Hein Robb
Tayler Scott
Dylan Unsworth
Darren Wedel
Karl Weitz
Brett Willemburg

Bullpen Catcher
Brandon Bouillion

Manager
Rick Magnante

Coaching Staff
Craig Lefferts
Brian McArn
Mike Randall
Alan Phillips
Neil Adonis

Read whole article @ WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC QUALIFIER - TEAM (http://www.bawp.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1060:world-baseball-classic-qualifier&catid=4:information)

nebo86
09-03-2012, 04:25 PM
COMMENTARY/ Kinya Nishimura: Japanese Players should consider fan opinion regarding WBC walkout.


The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association remains in a stalemate over whether to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Founded in 2005, Japan won the inaugural tournament and repeated as champions in 2009. The third edition is scheduled to get under way next spring, with the final to played at AT&T Park in San Francisco.

The root of the players association's problem is the inability of Nippon Professional Baseball, the organization governing Japanese baseball, to negotiate with WBC organizers.

From Japan’s perspective, the first two editions of the WBC have been held under unequal conditions.

Despite more than half of the sponsorship revenue coming from Japanese companies, Japan only gets 13 percent of revenues, while U.S. organizer Major League Baseball gets 66 percent of the profits. For the third edition, WBC organizers will allow the free use of the Samurai Japan logo, but most other conditions have remained unchanged.

During his time as NPB commissioner, Ryozo Kato had bragged about how close he was to his MLB counterpart, Bud Selig. For this reason, insiders had expected a lot from Kato, who had long served as the Japanese ambassador to the United States. But Kato never fulfilled his responsibility to negotiate properly with MLB about the WBC, repeatedly insisting that it wasn’t the right time for him to bring up the topic. That’s why the players’ association had to directly negotiate with the WBC despite not being in an official position to do so.

I can understand the players’ claims that there could be future troubles if the WBC continues to be held under these conditions. The association’s decision to skip the WBC is not a threat, but a very serious decision.

The Japan Professional Baseball Players Association has always acted on decisions mirroring fan perspectives. Its decision to strike during the 2004 industry realignment was supported by baseball fans. Last year, fans across the nation also supported the group’s insistence on delaying Opening Day after the March 11 earthquake, due to energy concerns.

Some fans also support the players’ decision to skip the WBC. But there are also many fans who want to see Japan try and win a third WBC title. There should be a way to participate in the event and promote further reform. I suggest that the players association listens to the fans calmly and reconsider its decision.


Kinya Nishimura is a senior staff writer of The Asahi Shimbun.

Read Whole article @ COMMENTARY/ Kinya Nishimura: Players should consider fan opinion regarding WBC walkout - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun (http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sports/AJ201209030006)

nebo86
09-04-2012, 08:02 AM
Finally!! Japan set to go for 2013 WBC


Two-time defending champion Japan will make a title defense next March in the 2013 edition of the World Baseball Classic, Players Association Chairman Takahiro Arai announced on Tuesday.

Arai said the Japan Professional Baseball Players Association agreed the same day to participate in the event after a prolonged standoff over the way the tournament handles sponsorship and licensing revenues, withdrawing its earlier decision not to take part.

"We are sorry that a lot of people have been troubled by this. We've done an about-face and we will take part," said Arai.

read @ Baseball: Japan set to go for 2013 WBC | Kyodo News (http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/09/180321.html)

yankeebiscuitfan
09-04-2012, 11:50 AM
Very good news. I thought honour and pride were a big thing in Japan. It looks to me now that this was only about money....

Anyhow, I am glad that they took the only right decision.

nebo86
09-04-2012, 03:44 PM
It would have been a lesser tournament without Japan. Apparently, NPB executives were the key to this whole thing. The players wanted guarantees and when MLB didn't budge, the NPB stepped in to find out what the scope of their sponsorship rights are and made the players an agreeable offer based on their findings.

nebo86
09-05-2012, 05:22 PM
Bahamians To Play For Great Britain (http://www.tribune242.com/news/2012/sep/05/Bahamians_to/?news)

http://thetribune.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/photos/2012/09/05/albert_cartwright_t670.jpg?b3f6a5d7692ccc373d56e40 cf708e3fa67d9af9d
Albert Cartwright in action.

nebo86
09-05-2012, 05:23 PM
20 of the 28 WBC Hats are now available through MLB Shop...
Germany, Canada and Czech Republic. No Great Britain yet
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Colombia, Nicaragua and Panama. No Brazil yet
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Chinese Taipei, New Zealand and the Philippines. No Thailand yet
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Israel, South Africa and Spain. No France yet
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View the rest of the WBC hats here- Authentic - MLB.com Shop (http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2186354&doVSearch=no&cp=2180646&page=1&pageBucket=0&doVSearch=no)

Peaceb0t
09-09-2012, 01:34 AM
Moises Alou is still very decisive in trying to get Tony Pena as manager... That's why he is going to announce the manager after the World Series...:surprised:

nebo86
09-09-2012, 12:14 PM
Moises Alou is still very decisive in trying to get Tony Pena as manager... That's why he is going to announce the manager after the World Series...:surprised:

First of all, Welcome to Baseball Nation. Thanks for that update, the D.R. not announcing their manager is not too surprising since some MLB teams will not allow their players to practice more than a week before Spring Training.

Peaceb0t
09-09-2012, 04:52 PM
First of all, Welcome to Baseball Nation. Thanks for that update, the D.R. not announcing their manager is not too surprising since some MLB teams will not allow their players to practice more than a week before Spring Training.

Thanks!.. The GM and the LIDOM are doing a great job this year though...It looks like they don't want to suffer the embarassment of not qualifying not even to the second round...

nebo86
09-09-2012, 05:49 PM
Here are my guesses for the Hosts and Groups for the WBC:

Round 1
Tokyo: Japan, Cuba, China & Taiwan Qualifier Winner
Anaheim: South Korea, Mexico, Australia & Florida Qualifier Winner
Santo Domingo: Venezuela, Netherlands, Dominican Republic & Panama Qualifier Winner
Phoenix: USA, Puerto Rico, Italy & German Qualifier Winner

Round 2
Anaheim: Top two from Tokyo & Anaheim
Miami: Top two from Santo Domingo & Phoenix

I don't want to try guessing the WBC Qualifiers until more roster information is released.

Peaceb0t
09-09-2012, 09:53 PM
Here are my guesses for the Hosts and Groups for the WBC:

Round 1
Tokyo: Japan, Cuba, China & Taiwan Qualifier Winner
Anaheim: South Korea, Mexico, Australia & Florida Qualifier Winner
Santo Domingo: Venezuela, Netherlands, Dominican Republic & Panama Qualifier Winner
Phoenix: USA, Puerto Rico, Italy & German Qualifier Winner

Round 2
Anaheim: Top two from Tokyo & Anaheim
Miami: Top two from Santo Domingo & Phoenix

I don't want to try guessing the WBC Qualifiers until more roster information is released.

Would be interesting seeing Cuba in Asia and South Korea in Anaheim... I really hope Santo Domingo can Host that round... Estadio Quisqueya!!

nebo86
09-10-2012, 07:34 PM
More news on the Classic...

Third Bahamian added to the mix for WBC (http://freeport.nassauguardian.net/sports/303775516656645.php)


Canada to Train for World Baseball Classic in St. Pete (http://oldnortheast.patch.com/articles/canada-to-train-for-world-baseball-classic-in-st-pete)

nebo86
09-10-2012, 07:38 PM
More WBC Qualifier hats are now available:

http://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pMLB2-13037512nm.jpghttp://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pMLB2-13037632nm.jpghttp://mlb.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pMLB2-13037800nm.jpg

Peaceb0t
09-10-2012, 09:20 PM
Wow!! Brazil's cap is original... Looks cool!

nebo86
09-10-2012, 11:11 PM
Team Japan related news...

NPB manager to suggest players for WBC squad (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20120911o1.html)


Darvish, others have decisions to make ahead of next WBC (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20120911jc.html)

nebo86
09-10-2012, 11:12 PM
It looks good, I don't think Great Britain and Thailand care that their caps look very similar.

Peaceb0t
09-10-2012, 11:55 PM
It looks good, I don't think Great Britain and Thailand care that their caps look very similar.

I was thinking the same thing... Hehe..:lol: Good idea!! Asking the NPB managers for help in selecting players.

nebo86
09-11-2012, 03:43 PM
Baseball Canada announces World Baseball Classic Qualifier roster (http://www.baseball.ca/files/2012%20WBCQ%20Provisional%20Roster%20%28Bilingual% 29.pdf)


Canada’s roster features 14 players (Albers, Armstrong, Bowman, Hardy, Hill, Jay Johnson, Mike Johnson, Kissock, Kjeldgaard, Malo, Robinson, Smith, Stromsmoe, and Van Ostrand) that won a gold medal at the 2011 Pan Am American Games in Lagos de Moreno, Mexico.

nebo86
09-11-2012, 03:44 PM
Field of Zionist dreams (http://www.timesofisrael.com/field-of-zionist-dreams/)
http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2012/05/IMG_0819.jpg
Former Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus in Israel as part of his new post as coach of the Israeli team for the World Baseball Classic tournament.

Peaceb0t
09-11-2012, 11:43 PM
Just waiting the schedule and/or the other hosts to be already announced by the MLB... When they'll release it?

yankeebiscuitfan
09-12-2012, 09:04 AM
Well, it is clear to me that France and the UK do not deserve a spot in the Qualifier rounds of the WBC.

At the current European Championship, they are both playing in the losers round. At them moment France is trailing Greece by four runs to seven. The UK is leading Russia 6-2.

Just my two cents.

nebo86
09-12-2012, 08:18 PM
Qualifier 1 - Jupiter, Florida

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Qualifier 2- Regensburg, Germany

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Qualifier 3 - Panama City, Panama

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Qualifier 4 - New Taipei City, Taiwan

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nebo86
09-13-2012, 08:25 PM
Germany and France release their WBCQ rosters:


http://www.mister-baseball.com/germany-announces-roster-world-baseball-classic-qualifier/


http://www.mister-baseball.com/france-unveils-roster-world-baseball-classic-qualifier-jupiter-florida/

Peaceb0t
09-13-2012, 10:19 PM
Have the Jupiter Qualifier teams already announced their rooster? Its only 6 days away!!! O.O

nebo86
09-13-2012, 10:48 PM
I don't know what they're thinking by waiting so long. Rosters, Broadcasts, Schedules, Uniforms, Groups, Venues, etc... All of the info should have been out already. What hasn't been settled in the last 3 and a half years that needs settling this last week? It's above me.

Peaceb0t
09-14-2012, 03:07 PM
I don't know what they're thinking by waiting so long. Rosters, Broadcasts, Schedules, Uniforms, Groups, Venues, etc... All of the info should have been out already. What hasn't been settled in the last 3 and a half years that needs settling this last week? It's above me.

Thats What I was thinking... Pretty late their actions.. I dont know if you have already posted but I leave you with this news (spanish):

Hensley Muelens, from Curacao has been selected as manager for Netherland... Surprisingly, one of his parents is dominican... He was batting coach last year for Netherland... Great news!!

2200

http://ligadom.com/noticias/1-portada/7085-muelens-seria-manager-de-holanda-

yankeebiscuitfan
09-14-2012, 03:30 PM
Thats What I was thinking... Pretty late their actions.. I dont know if you have already posted but I leave you with this news (spanish):

Hensley Muelens, from Curacao has been selected as manager for Netherland... Surprisingly, one of his parents is dominican... He was batting coach last year for Netherland... Great news!!

2200

http://ligadom.com/noticias/1-portada/7085-muelens-seria-manager-de-holanda-

This is all new to me.
I can not imagine that the Dutch baseball federation prefers Meulens over Brian Farley, the manager that lead the Dutch to the World Championship in 2011.

When I put this article into Google Translation, it says that he may be the manager for team Netherlands.

Peaceb0t
09-14-2012, 03:42 PM
Yeah!! Sorry... It did say he may be the manager for the Netherland team you are right... Hehe.. Really looks like a not so good decision knowing that Farley was the one that managed the team to the 2011 World Championship.. Netherland manager is still pending... >.<

nebo86
09-14-2012, 10:05 PM
Senior Vice President, International Business Operations for Major League Baseball, Paul Archey interviewed...
Passionate fan base makes South Korea big contributor to World Baseball Classic (http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/culturesports/2012/09/13/74/0702000000AEN20120913009800315F.HTML)

Excerpt-

Yang Hae-young, KBO's secretary general, said South Korea would like to host WBC matches in 2017, provided the country will have its first domed stadium by then. Archey also said he would like to see a WBC round played here, though there would have to be a domed stadium that can hold big crowds for WBC games in March.

Archey said going from 16 to 28 "is the biggest change by far" for the 2013 edition. He said adding extra qualification games will also add costs for MLB, but it will be for the worthy cause of "having an impact on more countries."

Archey said another change will be a tightened schedule for next year. The 2009 event went from March 5 to 23, and Archey said organizers are looking to "take three or four days out of it."

The official said some scheduling tweaks would also mean fewer games between South Korea and Japan than in 2009. By quirks of scheduling then, the regional rivals faced each other five times, including the championship match.

"It's unlikely they will play each other as many times as they did (in 2009)," said Archey, who declined to elaborate further because the WBCI is slated to make official scheduling announcements at the end of this month.

Archey said that the recent revenue-sharing row involving Japanese players will have no impact on the WBC, stressing that the WBCI's agreement with Japan is "consistent with agreements we have with 27 others (in the tournament)."

Archey said the issue in Japan was the one between the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB), which runs the professional league, and the players' association.

"We invite federations and leagues representing national teams to play in the tournament, and it's up to them to reach an agreement with whatever players they have," he said. "We don't get involved in who they pick for their team. We're happy that (the two sides in Japan) reached an agreement, which would allow their best players to play."

nebo86
09-14-2012, 10:17 PM
A whole new ballgame: South African national team enjoying its training time at the Vero Beach Sports Village (http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2012/sep/14/south-african-national-baseball-training-vbsv/)

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South Africa third baseman Brandon Bouillon

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South Africa pitcher Dylan Unsworth (center) laughs as he shares a light moment with teammates

Peaceb0t
09-15-2012, 12:23 AM
This may mean that the announcement of the other hosts is near...:biggthumpup:

nebo86
09-16-2012, 07:56 PM
Humble beginnings for French club in Classic (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120916&content_id=38515398&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)


For Team France, this week's World Baseball Classic qualifier in Jupiter, Fla., takes the sport to a new level of proficiency for a country where baseball is just starting to build popularity. The French are in the Classic for the first time and will play their opening game against Spain on Thursday at Roger Dean Stadium.

The French team has no current Minor Leaguers and is gathering this week for practice under the eye of manager Jim Stoeckel and pitching coach Eric Gagne, the former Dodgers closer who has the club's only real Major League pedigree.

"This is very, very new for them," Stoeckel told MLB.com this past weekend in a phone interview. "This is on a baseball scale that the French have never seen."

nebo86
09-17-2012, 04:23 PM
A last look on the European Teams before the start of the WBC Qualifier (http://www.mister-baseball.com/european-teams-start-wbc-qualifier/)

nebo86
09-18-2012, 06:25 PM
NEWS: Fans worldwide can watch every Qualifier game online at http://WorldBaseballClassic.com (https://twitter.com/WBCBaseball) . MLB Network will air final game of each pool.

Peaceb0t
09-18-2012, 09:10 PM
Heard about it..Very good news!
A look at all the WBC2013 caps... (http://shop.mlb.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2186354&cp=2180646&view=all)

nebo86
09-18-2012, 10:40 PM
Barry Larkin to manage Brazil (https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=CA57D02C511179CF&id=CA57D02C511179CF%21295)

nebo86
09-18-2012, 10:57 PM
Israel headlines Classic qualifiers at Roger Dean (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38627694&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)


Team Israel bears watching in Classic qualifiers (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38621590&vkey=news_t840&c_id=t840)


For Team Canada, Walker will drop everything (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120916&content_id=38552480&vkey=news_t784&c_id=t784)


Reds' Lutz hoping to lead Germany to Classic (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38609980&vkey=news_t819&c_id=t819)


Ngoepe aims to spark South Africa in Classic (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120918&content_id=38600858&vkey=news_t918&c_id=t918)


Czechs plan to make most of Classic opportunity (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120917&content_id=38584506&vkey=news_t800&c_id=t800)

Peaceb0t
09-19-2012, 04:08 PM
Rick Renteria will be Mexico's Manager and Adrian Gonzalez will be the team's captain. (http://ligadom.com/noticias/1-portada/7103-rick-renteria-sera-manager-de-mexico-adrian-gonzalez-capitan-del-equipo)

2264 (http://ligadom.com/noticias/1-portada/7103-rick-renteria-sera-manager-de-mexico-adrian-gonzalez-capitan-del-equipo)

nebo86
09-19-2012, 06:51 PM
Click on link to watch Israel vs South Africa
World Baseball Classic: World Baseball Classic Full Games (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/video/play.jsp?topic_id=38613768&content_id=24850473&query=game_pk%3D342966)

nebo86
09-19-2012, 10:19 PM
Israel beats South Africa 7-3 (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/scoreboard/index.jsp)

http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/8/8/0/38679880/cuts/AP_Israel_Nate_Freiman_595_y4x9451q_fis21tku.jpg
Nate Freiman after his First Inning homer

yankeebiscuitfan
09-20-2012, 06:09 AM
Name Born in
Ben Guez Houston TX
Joc Pederson Palo Alto CA
Nate Freiman Wellesley MA
Cody Decker Santa Monica CA
Adam Greenberg New Haven CT
Shawn Green Des Plaines IL
Josh Satin Hidden Hills CA
Jack Marder Calabasas CA
Jake Lemmerman Corona de Mar CA


This is last night's lineup of Israel.

This is why I am opposing to the participation of Israel. The country has no baseball tradition at all. All players on the team are US born (and probably never have been in Israel). Even Sweden has a bigger baseball tradition.

nebo86
09-20-2012, 09:19 PM
Canada routs Britian behind Hill, late surge (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_20_gbrint_canint_1&mode=recap&c_id=t784)

http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/3/1/2/38732312/cuts/van_ostrand_tdg88ak5_ozhkg8ys.jpg
Shawn Hill sparkled, while Canada scored eight runs in the seventh for an 11-1 victory by mercy rule over Great Britain to open play in the Regensburg qualifiers.

nebo86
09-20-2012, 09:28 PM
Andy Skeels announced as New Zealand's Manager (https://twitter.com/BaseballNZ/status/248927800013225984/photo/1)
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A3Reg-bCAAEs392.jpg

nebo86
09-21-2012, 08:07 PM
Freiman's second two-HR day lifts Israel into finals (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120921&content_id=38776906)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/2/3/2/38782232/cuts/freiman_h19g0dlp_jjfz5w3i.jpg Nate Freiman swatted two homers for the second consecutive game, while Justin Schumer and the 'pen held Spain to a run as Israel advanced to the final.


Germany piles it on late against Czechs (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120921&content_id=38778164)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/1/1/6/38780116/cuts/germany_grab_n0xrcwc5_h1dwa5nq.jpg Bracket host Germany had a powerful Classic debut, posting an eight-run fifth before walking off with five more in the sixth to beat Czech Republic by mercy rule.


France, South Africa face off looking to stay alive (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_21_fraint_rsaint_1&mode=preview&c_id=mlb)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/6/7/2/38775672/cuts/france_SA_52ww5e34_qrh8mp1j.jpg Fredric Hanvi and Kyle Botha

yankeebiscuitfan
09-21-2012, 08:40 PM
The article on the German victory writes about the German pitcher Mike Bolsenbroek. In fact he is no German. He is Dutch. Before trying his luck in the US, he studied in Regensburg and played for the local team the Buchbinder Legionäre. After his return from the States, he went to Regensburg again. Since he never appeared in any Dutch National team he is allowed to play for Germany.

nebo86
09-23-2012, 12:58 PM
Sadaharu Oh: Still hoping to select Samurai Japan manager before end of September (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/09/23/sadaharu-oh-still-hoping-to-select-samurai-japan-manager-before-end-of-september/)

nebo86
09-23-2012, 01:01 PM
WBCQs in Florida and Germany are just down to their Finals:

Sun Sep. 23 - Spain vs. Israel - 5:00 PM (ET)
Mon Sep. 24 - Germany vs. Canada - 1:00 PM (ET)

nebo86
09-23-2012, 09:13 PM
Germans pound British to move to final (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120923&content_id=38886934)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/3/4/4/38920344/cuts/germany_480_zm75fqf8_ocw4u7dg.jpg


Spain outlasts Israel in Extra Innings to Advance to the 2013 WBC (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_23_espint_isrint_1&mode=box)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/5/1/6/38932516/cuts/final595_gspuq8lf_59n9zac4.jpg

yankeebiscuitfan
09-24-2012, 12:19 AM
Germans pound British to move to final (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120923&content_id=38886934)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/3/4/4/38920344/cuts/germany_480_zm75fqf8_ocw4u7dg.jpg


Spain outlasts Israel in Extra Innings to Advance to the 2013 WBC (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_23_espint_isrint_1&mode=box)
http://www.mlb.com/assets/images/0/7/0/38930070/cuts/spain595_pdazlk03_7xw12mfn.jpg


Yessssss!!!! Spain advances. You don't know how happy I am with that. Sure, there are many players on the Spanish squad that only have some blood ties with Spain as well, but at least a couple of those players play in the Spanish competition.

Peaceb0t
09-24-2012, 10:53 AM
I knew Spain was going to win... My predictions for today finals is Canada is going to qualify for the WBC...

nebo86
09-24-2012, 11:10 AM
I picked Israel to win, to be on the safe side, but found myself rooting against them over the tournament. Spain and Israel were definitely in the same weight class, but the lesser of the two evils won. Like YBF mentioned at least Spain's players have lived and played in Spain, unlike the majority of Israel's players which have never even stepped in "their" country. I like Spain's passion and wish them luck, there is already talk of the National Team being a haven for Cuban defectors.

nebo86
09-25-2012, 11:25 AM
President Fraccari will attend the World Baseball Classic presentation

IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari will be attending the World Baseball Classic press conference, scheduled at 1.30 pm local time (10.30 pm CET) in San Francisco's AT&T Park. Fraccari will confirm the IBAF sanctioning of the event, that will award the winners as the World Champions starting the 2013 edition.

The press conference is hosted by President and CEO of the San Francisco Giants Larry Baer and by Edwin Lee, the Mayor of San Francisco.

Paul Archey (the Senior VP, International Business Operations of MLB and the President of the World Baseball Classic Inc) will disclose international venues, pool composition and schedule of the tournament.

Tim Slavin (Director, Business Affairs & Licensing MLB Players Association) and Felipe Alou (Former Giants and Team Dominican Republic manager) will also attend the press conference.


Read @ IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari at the World Baseball Classic presentation in San Francisco - IBAF (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/09/25/president-fraccari-will-attend-the-world-baseball-/be6ca2ea-d68e-46a2-8379-469eeb35a08a)

nebo86
09-25-2012, 04:39 PM
International venues set for 2013 Classic (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120925&content_id=38996910&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)


World Baseball Classic, Inc., announced the international venues, pools, format and dates for the 2013 World Baseball Classic, which will begin play on March 2.

Japan, which has hosted a first-round pool at the Tokyo Dome in each of the previous two World Baseball Classics, will be home to first- and second-round pools in 2013. Opening round contests in Pool A will be held in Fukuoka at the Fukuoka Yahoo! Japan Dome from March 2-6, featuring host Japan, China, Cuba (pending license approval) and a qualifier winner to be determined.

Taichung, Taiwan, will make its debut as a host city for World Baseball Classic games, holding contests in Pool B at Intercontinental Stadium from March 2-5. The venue will feature Australia, Korea, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and a qualifier winner to be determined.

San Juan, Puerto Rico, will host World Baseball Classic games for the third consecutive time at Hiram Bithorn Stadium after hosting a first- and second-round pool in 2006, and a first-round pool in 2009. Games in Pool C, being played from March 7-10, include host Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and a qualifier winner to be determined.

Chase Field and Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Arizona, which were previously announced as first-round venues, will host the teams in Pool D from March 7-10. Teams competing in the pool include host United States, Italy, Mexico and a qualifier winner to be determined.

Second-round games will return to the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo from March 8-12, and will feature the winners and runners-up from Pool A and Pool B, while Marlins Park in Miami will host the winners and runners-up from Pool C and Pool D from March 12-16.

San Francisco's A&T Park will host the semifinals and final of the 2013 World Baseball Classic from March 17-19 in its debut as a host city for the event, succeeding San Diego's PETCO Park (2006) and Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles (2009) as the host of the semifinals and final. AT&T Park, which is currently in its 13th season as the home of the Giants, has hosted Major League Baseball's 2007 All-Star Game and the World Series in 2002 and 2010.

The first round of the 2013 World Baseball Classic will once again feature a round-robin format with each team playing each of the other teams in their pool once, totaling six games played at each venue. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the second round, which features a modified double-elimination format, also totaling six games at each venue. The winners and runners-up from each second-round venue will advance to the single-elimination championship round at AT&T Park, which will consist of semifinal contests on Sunday, March 17 and Monday, March 18, and the final on Tuesday, March 19.

Read whole article @ World Baseball Classic: International venues set for 2013 Classic (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120925&content_id=38996910&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

yankeebiscuitfan
09-25-2012, 04:47 PM
It will be the first time that the Netherlands will not play in Puerto Rico. Australia and Korea are tough opponents.

nebo86
09-26-2012, 08:06 PM
Chinese Taipei announce 28-man roster for WBC Qualifier (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/09/26/chinese-taipei-announce-28-man-roster-for-wbc-qual/0b104467-da65-4321-8305-91857ccc28e4)


Chinese Taipei 28-man roster for WBC Qualifer:

Pitchers (14) - Wang Chin-Ming, Fu Yu-Kang (Uni-President Lions); Lin Chia-Wei (Lamigo Monkeys). Kuan Ta-Yuan, Lin Yu-Ching, Tseng Song-Wei (Brother Elephants); Lin Yen-Feng (Sinon Bulls) ; Wang Yao-Ling (Chicago Cubs farm system), Wang Yi-Chen (NPB Yokohama Baystars), Lin Yi-Hao (NPB Yomiuri Giants), Yang Yao-Hsun (NPB Softbank Hawks), Cheng Kai-Wen (NPB Hanshin Tigers), Kuo Chun-Ling (Fubon amateur club), Chen Hong-Wen (national reserve squad)

Catchers (3) - Cheng Ta-Hong (Sinon Bulls); Lin Hong-Yu (Lamigo Monkeys); Kao Chih-Kang (Uni-President Lions)

Infielders (6) - Lin Yi-Chuan (Sinon Bulls); Lin Chih-Sheng, Kuo Yen-Wen (Lamigo Monkeys); Peng Cheng-Min, Chen Chiang-Ho (Brother Elephants); Chen Yung-Chih (Uni-President Lions)

Outfielders (5) - Yang Tai-Kang (NPB Nippon Ham Fighters); Chang Chien-Ming (Sinon Bulls); Pan Wu-Hsiung (Uni-President Lions); Chou Hsi-Chih, Chang Chen-Wei (Brother Elephants)

nebo86
10-04-2012, 08:23 PM
Yamamoto set to manage Japan at World Baseball Classic (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20121004o1.html)

nebo86
10-08-2012, 10:12 AM
Victor Mesa named Manager for Cuba and 41 man preliminary roster announced (Spanish) (http://www.baseballdecuba.com/newsite/newsContainer.asp?id=2934)
http://www.baseballdecuba.com/newsite/51SNImages/cepeda-and-victor-mesa-2012-07-14.jpg Victor Mesa greets Fredrich Cepeda



John McLaren to manage China at 2013 World Baseball Classic (http://www.mister-baseball.com/john-mclaren-manage-china-2013-world-baseball-classic/)
http://0.tqn.com/d/dc/1/7/e/V/1/John-McLaren.jpg

nebo86
10-08-2012, 10:29 AM
Australia opens 2013 WBC Preparations with Series in Sydney (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/10/08/australia-opens-2013-wbc-preparations-with-series-/9eab8283-0704-4e76-ac95-00d1466db03e)
http://www.ibaf.org/photo-show.aspx?id=2692&size=

nebo86
10-08-2012, 04:14 PM
Fil-Ams fuel baseball drive (http://www.philstar.com/thedeanscorner/articlescontent.aspx?articleid=857519&publicationsubcategoryid=69)
http://imageshack.us/a/img442/6657/spo7hires.jpg Geno Espineli

nebo86
10-08-2012, 09:12 PM
PABA wooes star pitcher Lincecum (http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/sports/top-sports-news/32799-paba-wooes-star-pitcher-lincecum)
http://www.manilatimes.net/images/news/sports/year_2012/oct_2012/baseball20121009.jpg

nebo86
10-09-2012, 12:10 PM
Diamondblacks scheduled to play the ABL's Canberra Cavalry on November 9th & 10th, a few days before the WBC Qualifiers in Taiwan (http://web.theabl.com.au/schedule/index.jsp?sid=l595&ymd=20121108)

nebo86
10-10-2012, 10:11 AM
Meulens will manage in WBC (http://www.sfgate.com/giants/article/Meulens-will-manage-in-WBC-3934141.php)
http://ww1.hdnux.com/photos/15/47/25/3568976/3/628x471.jpg
Giants batting coach Hensley Meulens will lead players from his native Curacao, Aruba and others with Dutch heritage.

Switch Pitcher Coach
10-12-2012, 07:08 PM
I'm sure glad they could work out Japan's participation, as to make the WBC work it must be above board in all ways.

nebo86
10-12-2012, 10:13 PM
Brazilians Currently Playing In Japan


This has been a long overdue blog post, but not for a lack of interest. There are a number of Brazilians currently playing in the professional and semi-professional Japanese baseball leagues. In fact, Patrick Newman from NPB Tracker did a nice blog post on the subject last year. Part of the challenge in researching these players is finding current information in English (or Portuguese, though the Brazilian-Japanese baseball fans definitely keep good track of these guys). Nevertheless, with the help of Patrick and Eiki Yonemura (twitter @eikiyonemura), I have attempted to compile an updated list of Brazilians playing pro ball in Japan. These are players the Brazilian national team’s manager, Barry Larkin, might want to consider when he puts together his WBC roster, provided they are still eligible to play for Brazil:...

Read whole article @ http://baseballlatinamerica.com/?p=1189

nebo86
10-14-2012, 10:14 AM
Nashida to join Japan's WBC coaching staff (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20121009o1.html)

Mr. Baseball
10-14-2012, 10:33 AM
PABA wooes star pitcher Lincecum (http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/sports/top-sports-news/32799-paba-wooes-star-pitcher-lincecum)
http://www.manilatimes.net/images/news/sports/year_2012/oct_2012/baseball20121009.jpg

It's really unfortunate how lenient the WBC Organization is with allowing players to play for certain countries. It takes a lot of the fun away (for me anyway) when you have guys born in Nebraska playing for South Africa.

nebo86
10-14-2012, 01:52 PM
Unfortunately, it is probably seen as a necessary evil or else there would only be about 10-12 competitive teams. The problem is, that without the Olympics funding is limited for baseball. That only leaves the WBC as a biggest contributor to international baseball. Since MLB created the WBC and has a lot of resources, they will run things the way they see fit. They appear to value potentially large undeveloped markets over smaller more established ones. They don't need to look any further than in their own league to see that the abundance of resources doesn't necessarily guarantee success (Red Sox, Mets & Cubs), a sound plan with good execution can accomplish a lot too (Athletics & Orioles), but the best of both worlds can be enough to sustain success for a long time (Braves & Yankees).

nebo86
10-16-2012, 03:36 AM
Venezuela's coaching staff announced (Spanish) (http://www.lvbp.com/noticias.asp?codnotc=1760)

Joining Manager, Luis Sojo are: Andrés Galarraga (hitting coach), Wilson Álvarez (pitching), Luis Dorante (bench), Marcos Davalillo (bullpen), Omar Malavé (third base) & Carlos García (first base)
http://www.lvbp.com/scripts/work_spaces/noticias/image/ClasicoMundialVzla.jpg

nebo86
10-17-2012, 10:51 AM
Wally Joyner to serve as Hitting Coach for China at 2013 WBC (http://www.mister-baseball.com/wally-joyner-serve-hitting-coach-china-2013-wbc/)

nebo86
10-19-2012, 12:33 PM
NZL WBC Provisional Roster Announced (http://baseballnewzealand.com/index.php/component/content/article/41/247)
http://baseballnewzealand.com/images/stories/basebalnzlogosml.jpg

Pitchers
Adelman, Landon
Bishop, Sam
Boyce, Joe
Bremner, Wayde
Dawson, Nick
Holdzkom, John
Holdzkom, Lincoln
Marck, Andrew
Paewai, Riki
Wilson, Jamie
Wise, Christian

Catchers
Bishop, Te Wera
Campbell, Aaron
Skeels, David

Infielders
Campbell, Scott
Devonshire, Daniel
Hoet, Regan
Lamb-Hunt, Daniel
Moanaroa, Boss
Schoenberger, Alan

Outfielders
Auty, Tim
Bradley, Daniel
Brown , Max
Lezaic, Marko
Moanaroa, Moko

nebo86
10-21-2012, 04:38 PM
Cuba announces Preliminary Roster for World Baseball Classic (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/10/17/cuba-announces-preliminary-roster-for-world-baseba/5c6765f0-f42b-4556-a16d-1de1dab7a4fa)

nebo86
10-21-2012, 11:29 PM
Updates on Samurai Japan: (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/10/20/samurai-japan-news-and-notes-october-20-2012/)


Samurai Japan has already submitted formal invitations to Japanese MLB player like Ichiro, Norichika Aoki, Munenori Kawasaki, Yu Darvish, Hiroki Kuroda, and Hisashi Iwakuma.


Daily Sports mentions five Japanese MLB player names: Ichiro, Kuroda, Darvish, Aoki, and Iwakuma. No mention of Kawasaki. It seems Samurai Japan has also given up on Hideki Matsui, since his status for 2013 is still unknown. Sadaharu Oh could step in and attempt to persuade Ichiro to play.


Koji Yamamoto would like to make Koji Uehara the closer for Samurai Japan. Uehara has refrained from stating whether or not he will play.

yankeebiscuitfan
10-22-2012, 05:47 AM
Updates on Samurai Japan: (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/10/20/samurai-japan-news-and-notes-october-20-2012/)


It seems Samurai Japan has also given up on Hideki Matsui, since his status for 2013 is still unknown.





How much I like Matsui, I have to be honest. I think they can get better players. He is way over the top.

nebo86
10-22-2012, 12:01 PM
I agree Matsui is way past his prime, but he was very popular in Japan, unlike Ichiro who became popular when he started playing in MLB. It wouldn't be too much of a surprise if he got an invitation, hopefully Japan assembles a very mature team and experiences what the Italians did in South Africa 2010. :D

nebo86
10-23-2012, 08:49 AM
KNBSB confirms Hensley Meulens as Manager of Netherlands at World Baseball Classic (http://www.mister-baseball.com/knbsb-confirms-hensley-meulens-manager-netherlands-world-baseball-classic/)

nebo86
10-23-2012, 11:06 AM
Colombia releases their WBCQ preliminary roster (http://www.eluniversal.com.co/cartagena/deportes/colombia-define-preseleccion-para-eliminatoria-del-clasico-mundial-de-beisbol-956)

http://www.eluniversal.com.co/sites/default/files/201201/imagen/quintana_5.jpg
José Quintana

yankeebiscuitfan
10-23-2012, 12:31 PM
I agree Matsui is way past his prime, but he was very popular in Japan, unlike Ichiro who became popular when he started playing in MLB. It wouldn't be too much of a surprise if he got an invitation, hopefully Japan assembles a very mature team and experiences what the Italians did in South Africa 2010. :D

Please don't mention the Italians.... :angryfire:

nebo86
10-23-2012, 03:41 PM
Please don't mention the Italians.... :angryfire:

How so? Italy finished in last place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup after winning a championship in 2006, I wish the same for Japan.

nebo86
10-23-2012, 04:24 PM
2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classic to be telecast exclusively on MLB Network in the United States (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121023&content_id=40001950&vkey=pr_mlb&c_id=mlb)
http://www.mediabistro.com/tvnewser/files/2010/11/mlb-network.jpg

yankeebiscuitfan
10-23-2012, 04:52 PM
How so? Italy finished in last place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup after winning a championship in 2006, I wish the same for Japan.

I was merely talking about the Italian baseball team. Our arch rivals.

nebo86
10-23-2012, 04:57 PM
I was merely talking about the Italian baseball team. Our arch rivals.

Ok, I guess if the Mariners were to trade Alex Liddi to the Red Sox he would become your least favorite player in the world. :smile:

yankeebiscuitfan
10-23-2012, 11:00 PM
Ok, I guess if the Mariners were to trade Alex Liddi to the Red Sox he would become your least favorite player in the world. :smile:

Not really. Even though he is Italian, I root for every European in US baseball to succeed. It is only good for European baseball if they succeed.

nebo86
10-24-2012, 02:15 PM
King Felix wants to pitch in the Classic (Spanish) (http://www.endeportes.net/baseball-el-rey-quiere-lanzar-en-el-clasico-mundial/#more-13697)
http://www.endeportes.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/FelixHernandez-300x237.jpg

yankeebiscuitfan
10-27-2012, 05:26 PM
Johnny Damon will play for Thailand in next month's World Baseball Classic Qualifier. Damon, whose mother is from Thailand, will add some star power to the Thailand lineup.

yankeebiscuitfan
10-28-2012, 07:19 AM
Wladimir Balentien, playing for the Yakult Swallows, has made clear that he would love to play for team Netherlands.

Balentien won the homerun title of the NPB by smacking 31 dingers.

yankeebiscuitfan
10-28-2012, 07:21 AM
Bert Blyleven will return as team Netherlands' pitching coach.

Hensley Meulens will act as the Dutch manager. Current manager, Brian Farley, will serve as bench coach during the WBC.

nebo86
10-28-2012, 08:53 AM
New Zealand plays WBC Warm-Ups against Sydney Blue Sox (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/10/25/new-zealand-plays-wbc-warm-ups-against-sydney-blue/47f54716-3bcd-4dc5-80a4-00f255c0cdf9)

nebo86
10-29-2012, 02:56 PM
Fledgling baseball nation edges towards first base (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10843767)
http://media.nzherald.co.nz/webcontent/image/jpg/201244/SCCZEN_26102012NZHNSBASEBALL6_460x230.jpg

nebo86
10-30-2012, 02:23 PM
Panama announces their Preliminary 2013 WBC roster (http://www.juegapanama.net/2012/10/r...adores-de.html)

nebo86
11-05-2012, 09:50 PM
David Ortiz might not participate in the 2013 World Baseball Classic (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121105&content_id=40179604&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

nebo86
11-05-2012, 09:51 PM
Bats explode for Sydney Blue Sox in rout of Diamondblacks (http://web.theabl.com.au/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121105&content_id=40171426&vkey=news_t4069&fext=.jsp&sid=t4069)

http://web.theabl.com.au/images/2012/11/05/WMw2k9If.jpg
Alessio Angelucci cranked a grand slam for the Sox on Monday.

nebo86
11-06-2012, 12:15 PM
“El Caballo” Carlos Lee returns to Panama to corral a victory for his country in World Baseball Classic (http://mlbforlife.com/2012/11/06/el-caballo-carlos-lee-returns-to-panama-to-corral-a-victory-for-his-country-in-world-baseball-classic/)

http://mlbblogger.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/berkman-lee2.jpg?w=555
Ex-Houston Astros MLB All-Star Lance Berkman laughs as Panama’s
Carlos Lee grabs him during a March 2009 exhibition spring training
baseball game in Kissimmee, Florida.

nebo86
11-06-2012, 07:24 PM
Yu Darvish out of WBC (http://espn.go.com/dallas/mlb/story/_/id/8601330/yu-darvish-texas-rangers-compete-2013-world-baseball-classic)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/80/Yu_Darvish_on_March_13%2C_2012_%281%29.jpg/260px-Yu_Darvish_on_March_13%2C_2012_%281%29.jpg

Old Sweater
11-06-2012, 08:10 PM
I think it is a wise choice for him to sit this one out.

yankeebiscuitfan
11-07-2012, 01:06 PM
Well, bigger chance for the Dutch to survive the group with Japan. :silly:

nebo86
11-07-2012, 03:15 PM
Panama released their official WBCQ roster (http://fedebeis.com.pa/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=363:roster-oficial-de-panam%C3%A1-wbcq)

https://twimg0-a.akamaihd.net/profile_images/1851620257/logofedebeistw_reasonably_small.jpg

nebo86
11-08-2012, 09:19 PM
D'blacks Ride Canberra Cavalry to 8-5 Win (http://baseballnewzealand.com/index.php/component/content/article/41-international/255-dblacks-ride-cavalry-to-8-5-win)
http://baseballnewzealand.com/images/stories/StoryImages/jamienzpitchsml.jpg

nebo86
11-08-2012, 09:45 PM
Major League Baseball star Tim Lincecum would not be playing for the Philippines in the World Baseball Classic (WBC) qualifiers scheduled on November 15 to 18 at the Xinzhuang Stadium in New
Taipei City, Taiwan according to Hector Thomas Navasero, secretary general of the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association (PABA).

“The San Francisco Giants has approved Tim to play for our country but he can’t join us next week because of a personal reason,” Navasero told The Manila Times.

The PABA earlier sent a request to the 28-year-old Lincecum whose maternal grandparents are from Cebu province to reinforce the Philippine contingent to the WBC qualifier. The ace pitcher was a four-time National League All-Star (2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011). Lincecum was also a member of the 2010 World Series champion team, a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner (2008 and 2009) and a three-time National League Strikeout champion (2008, 2009 and 2010).

Filipino-American pitcher Clay Rapada of the New York Yankees also declined to play for Philippines in the WBC meet because various commitments.

However, Navasero said that the Philippine squad would be reinforced by imports Geno Espineli, a former San Francisco Giants pitcher, Ryuya Ogawa, Chad Nacapoy, Leighton Pangilinan, and Ryan Pineda. The homegrown members of the team are Jon Jon Robles, Charlie Labrador, Darwin dela Calzada, Vladymir Eguia, Romeo Jasmin, Joseph Orillana, Jonash Ponce, Rommel Roja, Ramil Empacis, Ruben Angeles and Ernesto Binarao.

Despite the absence of Lincecum, Navasero remains optimistic that the Philippine squad would fare well in the tournament against host Taiwan, Thailand and New Zealand.

and here is a video too...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hzuu3Ar420k

Read more @ Lincecum begs off playing for Philippines in WBC meet (http://www.manilatimes.net/index.php/sports/top-sports-news/34963-lincecum-begs-off-playing-for-philippines-in-wbc-meet)

nebo86
11-09-2012, 08:06 PM
WBC Qualifier for Brazil released: (http://extratime.uol.com.br/exclusivo-brasil-define-elenco-para-eliminatorias-do-wbc/)



ARREMESSADORES
André Rienzo (D), Chicago White Sox/EUA (nível AAA)
Carlos Yoshimura (D), Yamaha/JAP (liga industrial)
Daniel Missaki, Nippon Blue Jays
Ernesto Chacon (D), Atibaia
Gabriel Asakura (D), Cal State Golden Eagles/EUA (NCAA)
Hugo Kanabushi (C), Tokyo Yakult Swallows/JAP (liga menor)
Jean Antônio Tomé (D), Atibaia
Kesley Kondo (D), Utah Utes/EUA (NCAA)
Murilo Gouveia (D), Houston Astros/EUA (nível A)
Oscar Nakaoshi (C), Hakuoh University/JAP (universitário)
Rafael Fernandes (D), Tokyo Yakult Swallows/JAP (NPB)
Rafael Moreno (D), Baltimore Orioles/EUA (nível rookie)
Thyago Vieira (D), Seattle Mariners/EUA (Liga de Verăo da Venezuela)

CATCHERS
Bruno Hirata, Toshiba/JAP (liga industrial)
Yan Gomes, Cleveland Indians/EUA (MLB)

DEFENSORES INTERNOS
Allan Fanhoni, NTT East/JAP (liga industrial)
Daniel Matsumoto, Tokyo Yakult Swallows/JAP (liga menor)
Felipe Burin, Seattle Mariners/EUA (nível rookie)
Iago Januário, Tampa Bay Rays/EUA (nível rookie)
Leonardo Reginatto, Tampa Bay Rays/EUA (nível A)
Lucas Rojo, Philadelphia Phillies/EUA (Liga de Verăo da Venezuela)
Márcio Tanaka, JR Kyushu/JAP (liga industrial)
Pedro Ivo Okuda, Seattle Mariners/EUA (nível rookie)
Reinaldo Sato, Yamaha/JAP (liga industrial)

DEFENSORES EXTERNOS
Juan Carlos Muniz Armenteros, Marília
Mike Magario, Tokyo Yakult Swallows/JAP (liga menor)
Paulo Orlando, Kansas City Royals/EUA (nível AA)
Tiago Magalhăes, Yamaha/JAP (liga industrial)

Peaceb0t
11-09-2012, 08:50 PM
Yan Gomes is playing in the dominican league right now to practice for the wbc...

astrosfanatic
11-09-2012, 09:35 PM
When do games start? is it February?

nebo86
11-09-2012, 10:38 PM
When do games start? is it February?

March 2nd in Asia
Schedule: http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/schedule_and_tickets/

nebo86
11-11-2012, 08:48 AM
Diamondblacks strike out in final warm-up... (http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/7934415/Diamondblacks-strike-out-in-final-warm-up)

nebo86
11-11-2012, 08:51 AM
Johnny Damon sharing baseball knowledge in Thailand (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121110&content_id=40234756&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)
http://www.baseball-fever.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=116398&d=1352323179

nebo86
11-11-2012, 08:53 AM
Chinese Taipei heavy Favourites to reach 2013 World Baseball Classic (http://www.mister-baseball.com/chinese-taipei-heavy-favourites-reach-2013-world-baseball-classic/)

nebo86
11-12-2012, 09:34 AM
Iwakuma opts out of World Baseball Classic (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121111&content_id=40242370&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)
http://s1.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20121103&t=2&i=670343776&w=460&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=CBRE8A20LSA00

nebo86
11-12-2012, 08:44 PM
Wei-Yin Chen defends decision not to play in World Baseball Classic (http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSPT&ID=201211120033)

http://img1.cna.com.tw/Eng/WebEngPhotos/CEP/20121112/2012111200331.jpg

nebo86
11-12-2012, 08:46 PM
Edgar Renteria hopes to make Colombia proud in the World Baseball Classic (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121109&content_id=40226002&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

nebo86
11-13-2012, 11:16 AM
Shin-Soo Choo & Hyun-Jin Ryu to skip WBC (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/shin-soo-choo-south-korea-to-miss-world-baseball-classic-111212)
http://freepicks.picksandparlays.net/assets/Uploads/shin-soo-choo.jpg Shin-Soo Choo
http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2012/11/10/px4eTruA.jpg Hyun-Jin Ryu

nebo86
11-13-2012, 04:47 PM
New faces should have opportunity to shine for Japan in WBC (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sp20121113jc.html)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/images/photos2012/sp20121113jca.jpg
New kids on the block: Japan manager Koji Yamamoto will likely have to put his faith in young players like Yomiuri shortstop Hayato Sakamoto during the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

nebo86
11-13-2012, 04:53 PM
Geno Espineli sees promise for baseball in Philippines (http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121108&content_id=40218620&vkey=news_t894&c_id=t894)

http://contents.spin.ph/image/Geno-Espineli-AP-MLB.jpg

Cathy
11-13-2012, 05:56 PM
Wei-Yin Chen defends decision not to play in World Baseball Classic (http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSPT&ID=201211120033)

http://img1.cna.com.tw/Eng/WebEngPhotos/CEP/20121112/2012111200331.jpg


Iwakuma opts out of World Baseball Classic (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121111&content_id=40242370&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)
http://s1.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20121103&t=2&i=670343776&w=460&fh=&fw=&ll=&pl=&r=CBRE8A20LSA00


Shin-Soo Choo & Hyun-Jin Ryu to skip WBC (http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/shin-soo-choo-south-korea-to-miss-world-baseball-classic-111212)
http://freepicks.picksandparlays.net/assets/Uploads/shin-soo-choo.jpg Shin-Soo Choo
http://mlb.mlb.com/images/2012/11/10/px4eTruA.jpg Hyun-Jin Ryu


I am glad that those players opted out. Their focus should be for their MLB teams, and not for a joke of an exhibition (that, IMHO really doesn't mean much).

nebo86
11-13-2012, 06:23 PM
I am glad that those players opted out. Their focus should be for their MLB teams, and not for a joke of an exhibition (that, IMHO really doesn't mean much).

That is your opinion, which is not shared by many. Players opt out for a variety of reasons, but fans can be selfish when it comes to players from their teams participating, there are still many players want to represent their nations. It is not a joke exhibition, because there are players that do play hard. Teams that don't take it seriously, lose badly. I was born in the U.S and chose to like the Mets, meaning that I will support the U.S team even at the expense of the New York Mets.

Old Sweater
11-13-2012, 07:21 PM
Same here Nebo, I think international competition rocks!

Mr. Baseball
11-13-2012, 09:46 PM
I've been an avid supporter of the World Baseball Classic since 2006. Now that baseball has been removed from the Olympic Games, the WBC is essentially all we have left in terms of global international competition. I enjoy it very much, and really appreciate all the updates (as I've said many times before) that nebo has provided. He is literally my entire source for international news - I don't look anywhere else.

His interested has spiked my own.

GO USA! :D

nebo86
11-14-2012, 11:39 AM
Same here Nebo, I think international competition rocks!


I've been an avid supporter of the World Baseball Classic since 2006. Now that baseball has been removed from the Olympic Games, the WBC is essentially all we have left in terms of global international competition. I enjoy it very much, and really appreciate all the updates (as I've said many times before) that nebo has provided. He is literally my entire source for international news - I don't look anywhere else.

His interested has spiked my own.

GO USA! :D

I am glad you guys appreciate baseball's potential to be bigger. I know there are legitimate concerns about overexertion during Spring Training; but ultimately the players own their well being and should be doing everything possible to be ready to play by March, not start getting ready days before the WBC.

nebo86
11-14-2012, 05:26 PM
Catch Thailand v. Philippines tonight at 10:30 streaming here (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/scoreboard/index.jsp), enjoy.

nebo86
11-15-2012, 11:43 PM
Philippines jumps on sloppy Thailand in qualifier (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121115&content_id=40294188)
http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/11/14/images/mlbf_25487287_th_13.jpg


Big fifth lifts Chinese Taipei past New Zealand (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121115&content_id=40296020)
http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/11/15/images/mlbf_25487405_th_13.jpg

Old Sweater
11-16-2012, 03:00 AM
Catch Thailand v. Philippines tonight at 10:30 streaming here (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/scoreboard/index.jsp), enjoy.

Dang it! Day late and a dollar short again! I'll have to keep my eye open more on this thread.

nebo86
11-16-2012, 08:42 AM
Brazil upsets host Panama in Classic qualifier (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121116&content_id=40311418)
http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/11/15/images/mlbf_25488565_th_13.jpg


New Zealand bounces Thailand with qualifier upset (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121116&content_id=40312520)
http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/11/15/images/mlbf_25488675_th_13.jpg


Chinese Taipei crushes Philippines 16-0 (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_11_16_tpeint_phiint_1&mode=box)

nebo86
11-17-2012, 08:05 AM
Edgar Renteria helps Colombia rout Nicaragua in a World Baseball Classic qualifier matchup (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121116&content_id=40333614)
http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/11/16/images/mlbf_25490057_th_13.jpg


New Zealand moves past the Philippines to get to the Finals (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_11_17_nzlint_phiint_1&mode=box)


Panama, Nicaragua to face off in do-or-die matchup (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121117&content_id=40336326)


Colombia set for tough test against Brazil in qualifier (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_11_17_colint_braint_1&mode=preview&c_id=mlb)

Old Sweater
11-17-2012, 08:30 AM
With the victory, Colombia is set for a 2 p.m. ET matchup with Brazil on Saturday with a trip to the qualifier final on the line. Nicaragua will play Panama at 8 p.m. in the qualifier's first elimination match. Both games can be seen live for free on MLB.com.

PANAMA CITY, Panama -- Someone's tournament is going to end on Saturday night at Rod Carew National Stadium. Whether it will be Panama or Nicaragua will be decided at 8 p.m. ET, and you can watch live for free on worldbaseballclassic.com.



This is great!

Mr. Baseball
11-17-2012, 11:11 AM
When will the other twelve teams officially announce their roster for 2013?

nebo86
11-17-2012, 01:51 PM
When will the other twelve teams officially announce their roster for 2013?

Unfortunately, teams wait until a few weeks before the competition, there is no set time.

nebo86
11-19-2012, 12:58 PM
Japan's Ichiro Suzuki, Hiroki Kuroda will sit out 2013 Classic (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121119&content_id=40357916&vkey=news_t843&c_id=t843)

http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/05/31/images/mlbf_3987933_th_13.jpg

Old Sweater
11-19-2012, 03:37 PM
Panama & Brazil at 6pm ET........yea!

catman
11-19-2012, 09:57 PM
Great game tonight. Congrats to Brazil on a well-played 1-0 win. Barry Larkin has the team playing very well. We'll see them again in March.

catman
11-19-2012, 09:58 PM
According to the guys on the broadcast of the game tonight, rosters will be finalized around March 1.

Old Sweater
11-19-2012, 10:01 PM
That was great! Now back to the dormant mode..............boo!

nebo86
11-19-2012, 10:27 PM
Brazil upsets Panama and advances to the WBC (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_11_19_panint_braint_1&mode=box)

nebo86
11-19-2012, 10:28 PM
That was great! Now back to the dormant mode..............boo!

I'll see what else I can find for you, may have to brush up on your Spanish.

Old Sweater
11-19-2012, 11:16 PM
I'll see what else I can find for you, may have to brush up on your Spanish.

Man, I just went thru a little of that. I was replying on a WBC thread at Facebook while the game was going on and the next thing I knew, my navigation for Facebook was in Spanish, or I think it was Spanish. That was a chore resetting to English with the navigation being in Spanish.:) Pretty sure I was hacked, which would be a first for me at Facebook.

With Larkin managing the Brazil team I looked for some kind of common link and only came up with this.............


http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8397367/barry-larkin-hired-brazil-manager-world-baseball-classic

Larkin's daughter, a singer who performs as CymcoLe, recently recorded a single in Brazil. Called "Bring On The Nite," the song is one of the themes of the country's top soap opera.

Guess you don't need a common link to get a HOF'er to manage your countries team.

nebo86
11-21-2012, 10:38 PM
Here is how I would rank all of the WBC Qualifier teams, according to placement, statistical performance and group strength:


Canada
Taiwan
Brazil
Spain
Panama
Israel
Colombia
Germany
Nicaragua
New Zealand
South Africa
France
Great Britain
Philippines
Czech Republic
Thailand

nebo86
11-22-2012, 09:48 PM
Blue Jays upset with WBC organizers (http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/2012/11/22/davidi_jays_world_baseball_canada_tradition/)

Peaceb0t
11-23-2012, 12:52 PM
2560
Tony Peńa is going to be announced as DR manager(spanish). (http://ligadom.com/noticias/1-portada/7684-tony-pena-manager-dominicano-en-el-clasico?device=desktop)

yankeebiscuitfan
11-23-2012, 01:50 PM
Here is how I would rank all of the WBC Qualifier teams, according to placement, statistical performance and group strength:


Canada
Taiwan
Brazil
Spain
Panama
Israel
Colombia
Germany
Nicaragua
New Zealand
South Africa
France
Great Britain
Philippines
Czech Republic
Thailand


I would place the Czech Republic between Nicaragua and New Zealand.

nebo86
11-23-2012, 08:13 PM
I would place the Czech Republic between Nicaragua and New Zealand.

I only considered these teams' performances in the qualifier and no other events.

nebo86
11-23-2012, 08:24 PM
South Korea suffer Classic blow with Jeun-keun Bong gone (http://www.chicagotribune.com/sns-rt-baseball-classickoreal4n0921nj-20121122,0,4503527.story)
http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/2009/writers/cliff_corcoran/03/23/korea.japan/jung-keun-bong.jpg

nebo86
11-25-2012, 04:20 PM
Robinson Cano Still Plans to Play for Dominican Republic in WBC (http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1419468-robinson-cano-now-a-true-yankee-still-plans-to-play-for-dominican-in-wbc)

http://img.bleacherreport.net/img/images/photos/002/004/123/hi-res-85378990_crop_exact.jpg?w=650&h=440&q=75

Old Sweater
11-26-2012, 01:19 PM
Cano’s decision may annoy some folks in the U.S., but don’t mistake loyalty to the Dominican Republic as a rejection of his adopted home country.

Not many IMO.

nebo86
11-26-2012, 02:53 PM
Relive the WBC Qualifiers with these highlight videos...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0n52zLltbk September

nebo86
11-26-2012, 02:53 PM
Relive the WBC Qualifiers with these highlight videos...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9-qX63Qz8Q November

Peaceb0t
11-26-2012, 05:11 PM
Cano is really respected here in DR.... He was here for a few days to see his team in the dominican league, the oriental stars..

nebo86
11-26-2012, 07:15 PM
USA Baseball has announced its coaching staff for the 2013 World Baseball Classic under the leadership of manager Joe Torre.

Torre's staff will include Larry Bowa (bench coach), Marcel Lachemann (bullpen/pitching coach), Greg Maddux (pitching coach), Dale Murphy (first-base coach), Gerald Perry (hitting coach) and Willie Randolph (third-base coach). Lachemann and Maddux will oversee Team USA's pitching staff.

"We are pleased to announce Team USA's coaching staff, which will join manager Joe Torre for the 2013 World Baseball Classic," said Paul Seiler, USA Baseball executive director/CEO. "Larry Bowa, Marcel Lachemann, Greg Maddux, Dale Murphy, Gerald Perry and Willie Randolph bring unprecedented credentials to the team, and we look forward to March when they represent our country in the game's premier international competition."

Read whole article @ http://web.usabaseball.com/article.jsp?ymd=20121126&content_id=40422464&vkey=news_usab&gid=

nebo86
11-28-2012, 12:08 PM
Whitt to Manage Canada at World Baseball Classic (http://www.tsn.ca/mlb/story/?id=410440)

http://media.thespec.com/images/e3/59/117cdafa40df92ca310465c3d707.jpg

nebo86
11-29-2012, 07:36 PM
http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/shared/wbc/2013/images/dest_PuertoRico.gif
Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic & Spain

First Round, Pool C
March 7-10, 2013
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Hiram Bithorn Stadium

Start: 12/1 at 10:00 am AST / 9:00 am ET
End: 12/2 at 11:59 pm AST / 10:59 pm ET


http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/shared/wbc/2013/images/dest_Phoenix.gif
United States, Mexico, Italy & Canada

First Round, Pool D
March 7-10, 2013
Phoenix, Arizona
Chase Field

Start: 12/1 at 9:00 am MST / 11:00 am ET
End: 12/2 at 11:59 pm MST / 1:59 am ET

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick

Start: 12/1 at 9:00 am MST / 11:00 am ET
End: 12/2 at 11:59 pm MST / 1:59 am ET


http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/shared/wbc/2013/images/dest_Miami.gif

Second Round, Pool 2
March 12-16, 2013
Miami, Florida
Marlins Park

Start: 12/1 at 10:00 am ET
End: 12/2 at 11:59 pm ET


http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/shared/wbc/2013/images/dest_SanFran.gif

Championship Round
March 17-19, 2013
San Francisco, California
AT&T Park

Start: 12/1, 10:00 am PT/ 1:00 pm ET
End: 12/2, 11:59 pm PT / 2:59 am ET

Read @ http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/schedule_and_tickets/presale/?partnerId=ed-6593819-65400221

Cathy
11-29-2012, 09:33 PM
Has the US announced their roster yet???

nebo86
11-30-2012, 09:52 PM
Has the US announced their roster yet???

Not yet, the preliminary roster may be released as early as next week.

nebo86
12-01-2012, 08:58 PM
The 2013 World Baseball Classic is ready to go (http://www.ibaf.org/en/news/2012/12/02/the-2013-world-baseball-classic-is-ready-to-go/ff71001b-dc41-481c-974a-d7d80d6103b5)


The World Baseball Classic Inc disclosed during a meeting in Nashville (Tennessee-USA) the composition of the 4 pools of the tournament, that will be played according to the round robin format; the 4th team in order comes from the qualifiers:

POOL A (Fukuoka, Japan March 2 through 6) Japan, China, Cuba and Brazil
POOL B (Taichung, Chinese Taipei March 2 through 5) Australia, Korea, Kingdom of the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei
POOL C (San Juan, Puerto Rico March 7 through 10) Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Spain
POOL D (Phoenix, Arizona, USA March 7 through 10) Italy, Mexico, United States and Canada

The WBC Inc will disclose a full schedule on Monday, December 3.

WBC Inc vice president James Pearce led the meeting and went through the main rules, including pitch limitations on pitcher (65 in the first round, 80 in the second round, 95 in the championship round).
Teams are due to give their provisional 28 men roster within January 16 2013.

nebo86
12-03-2012, 07:17 PM
Cabrera, Wright, Cano among stars in Classic (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/2013/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121203&content_id=40505114&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

CONFIRMED FOR CLASSIC

Twelve Major League All-Stars are among the initial 32 players confirming early to represent their country in the World Baseball Classic in March.


FEDERATION PLAYER MLB ORG.
Australia Ryan Rowland-Smith FA
Australia Luke Hughes FA
Brazil Yan Gomes CLE
Brazil Andre Rienzo CWS
Canada Justin Morneau MIN
Canada Brett Lawrie TOR
Chinese Taipei Chien-Ming Wang FA
Chinese Taipei Hong-Chih Kuo FA
China Ray Chang FA
China Wei Wang SEA
Cuba Yuliesky Gourriel N/A
Cuba Freddy Asiel Alvarez N/A
Dominican Republic Robinson Cano NYY
Dominican Republic Jose Reyes TOR
Italy Alex Liddi SEA
Italy Jason Grilli FA
Japan Shinnosuke Abe N/A
Japan Masahiro Tanaka FA
Korea Seung Yuop Lee N/A
Korea Dae Ho Lee N/A
Mexico Adrian Gonzalez LAD
Mexico Jaime Garcia STL
Netherlands Andruw Jones FA
Netherlands Roger Bernadina WSH
Puerto Rico Carlos Beltran STL
Puerto Rico Yadier Molina STL
Spain Engel Beltre TEX
Spain Francisco Figueroa FA
USA David Wright NYM
USA Joe Mauer MIN
Venezuela Miguel Cabrera DET
Venezuela Pablo Sandoval SF

nebo86
12-03-2012, 10:04 PM
Samurai Japan News and Notes: December 3, 2012

Ryoji Aikawa (Yakult) received a phone call from Koji Yamamoto. He plans to begin his workouts in the new year in early January instead of mid-January. Source: Sanspo 12/3/2012
===
Aikawa's primary job will not be to play, but rather to help Shinnosuke Abe and to provide the team with whatever other support he can, like analyzing opponent hitters. He plans to leave Japan on January 8 for workouts in Saipan. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2012
===
The first player Yamamoto plans to visit during spring camp in early February is Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten). Source: Sanspo 12/3/2012
===
He will spend about a week visiting eight training camp locations in Okinawa before moving on to Miyazaki for the remaining four training camp locations. New candidates could pop-up during his visits. Source: Sponichi 12/3/2012
===
Masahiro Tanaka will most likely wear the number eleven. Yu Darvish wore the number eleven during the 2009 WBC. Source: Nikkan Sports 12/3/2012

Read @ Samurai Japan News and Notes: December 3, 2012 - Yakyu Baka (http://yakyubaka.com/2012/12/03/samurai-japan-news-and-notes-december-3-2012/)

Peaceb0t
12-04-2012, 11:36 PM
2586
Pool A
Game 1Sat, Mar 2Japan @ Brazil7:00 PM (Local), 5:00 AM (ET)
Game2Sun, Mar 3Cuba @ Brazil12:00 PM (Local), 10:00 PM (ET)
Game 3Sun, Mar 3China @ Japan7:00 PM (Local), 5:00 AM (ET)
Game 4Mon, Mar 4China @ Cuba5:30 PM (Local), 3:30 AM (ET)
Game 5Tue, Mar 5Brazil @ China5:30 PM (Local), 3:30 AM (ET)
Game 6Wed, Mar 6Japan @ Cuba7:00 PM (Local), 5:00 AM (ET)

2587
Pool B
Game 1Sat, Mar 2Korea @ Netherlands7:30 PM (Local), 6:30 AM (ET)*
Game 2Sat, Mar 2Australia @ Chinese Taipei12:30 PM (Local), 11:30 PM (ET)*
Game 3Mon, Mar 4Korea @ Australia6:30 PM (Local), 5:30 AM (ET)*
Game 4Sun, Mar 3Netherlands @ Chinese Taipei2:30 PM (Local), 1:30 AM (ET)*
Game 5Tue, Mar 5Australia @ Netherlands12:30 PM (Local), 11:30 PM (ET)*
Game 6Tue, Mar 5Chinese Taipei @ Korea7:30 PM (Local), 6:30 AM

2588
Pool C
Game 1Thu, Mar 7Venezuela @ Dominican Rep.7:30 PM (Local), 6:30 PM (ET)*
Game 2Fri, Mar 8Spain @ Puerto Rico6:30 PM (Local), 5:30 PM (ET)*
Game 3Sat, Mar 9Dominican Rep. @ Spain12:00 PM (Local), 11:00 AM (ET)*
Game 4Sat, Mar 9Puerto Rico @ Venezuela6:30 PM (Local), 5:30 PM (ET)*
Game 5Sun, Mar 10Spain @ Venezuela12:30 PM (Local), 12:30 PM (ET)*
Game 6Sun, Mar 10Dominican Rep. @ Puerto Rico7:30 PM (Local), 7:30 PM (ET)*

2589
Pool D
Game 1Thu, Mar 7Italy @ Mexico1:00 PM (Local), 3:00 PM (ET)*
Game 2Fri, Mar 8Canada @ Italy12:30 PM (Local), 2:30 PM (ET)*
Game 3Fri, Mar 8Mexico @ United States7:00 PM (Local), 9:00 PM (ET)*
Game 4Sat, Mar 9Canada @ Mexico12:30 PM (Local), 2:30 PM (ET)*
Game 5Sat, Mar 9United States @ Italy7:00 PM (Local), 9:00 PM (ET)*
Game 6Sun, Mar 10United States @ Canada1:00 PM (Local), 4:00 PM (ET)*

nebo86
12-05-2012, 08:51 AM
Samurai Japan unveils preliminary roster for 2013 WBC (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20121205o2.html)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/images/photos2012/sb20121205o2a.jpg
Samurai Japan manager Koji Yamamoto


Preliminary roster
Pitchers:- Toshiya Sugiuchi (Yomiuri Giants), Tetsuya Utsumi (Yomiuri Giants), Tetsuya Yamaguchi (Yomiuri Giants), Hirokazu Sawamura (Yomiuri Giants), Daisuke Yamai (Chunichi Dragons), Kazuki Yoshimi (Chunichi Dragons), Takuya Asao (Chunichi Dragons), Kenta Maeda (Hiroshima Carp), Takeru Imamura (Hiroshima Carp), Atsushi Nomi (Hanshin Tigers), Kazuhisa Makita (Seibu Lions), Hideaki Wakui (Seibu Lions), Tadashi Settsu (Softbank Hawks), Kenji Otonari (Softbank Hawks), Masahiko Morifuku (Softbank Hawks), Masahiro Tanaka (Rakuten Eagles)

Catchers: Shinnosuke Abe (Yomiuri Giants), Ryoji Aikawa (Yakult Swallows), Ginjiro Sumitani (Seibu Lions)

Infielders: Shuichi Murata (Yomiuri Giants), Hayato Sakamoto (Yomiuri Giants), Hirokazu Ibata (Chunichi Dragons), Takashi Toritani (Hanshin Tigers), Atsunori Inaba (Nippon Ham Fighters), Nobuhiro Matsuda (Softbank Hawks), Yuichi Honda (Softbank Hawks), Kazuo Matsui (Rakuten Eagles)

Outfielders: Hisayoshi Chono (Yomiuri Giants), Yohei Oshima (Chunichi Dragons), Yoshio Itoi (Nippon Ham Fighters), Sho Nakata (Nippon Ham Fighters), Seiichi Uchikawa (Softbank Hawks), Ryo Hijirisawa (Rakuten Eagles), Katsuya Kakunaka (Lotte Marines)

Click on the title to read the whole article

Cathy
12-05-2012, 08:13 PM
Samurai Japan unveils preliminary roster for 2013 WBC (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20121205o2.html)

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/images/photos2012/sb20121205o2a.jpg
Samurai Japan manager Koji Yamamoto



Click on the title to read the whole article

Am I the only one who noticed that Japan's roster contains 0 Major League Baseball players?

nebo86
12-05-2012, 08:59 PM
No, it has been the topic of previous articles (http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/sb20121125wg.html), It's no big deal, when they won in 2006 they only had two MLB players, Ichiro and Akinori Otsuka (then a Padres relief pitcher). Japan's strength comes from their preparation.

nebo86
12-10-2012, 11:50 AM
Jim Leyland Supports World Baseball Classic So He Doesn’t Anger Bud Selig


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — One of the many great things about Tigers manager Jim Leyland is you can always count on getting a good quote from him. Whether he’s angry, excited or just calmly offering up his honest take, an extended conversation with him is bound to unearth a beauty of a quote.


And he came through Wednesday with an at-least mildly amusing take on the World Baseball Classic and MLB commissioner Bud Selig.

“The commissioner gets mad at me all the time because I’m not a big — I’m not in big favor of [the WBC] particularly. But I support it because the commissioner said, ‘You better support it,’ and I listen to him, and I don’t want to get kicked off his committee.”

Read whole article @ http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/12/10/jim-leyland-supports-world-baseball-classic-so-he-doesnt-anger-bud-selig/

nebo86
12-10-2012, 05:45 PM
New World Order: Fan Cave to get Classic feel (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121209&content_id=40590562&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)
http://www.mister-baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/MLB-Fan-Cave-WBC-Edition.png


Major League Baseball announced on Monday that 16 fans, one representing each of the participating World Baseball Classic countries/territories next March, will cheer on their respective heritages from New York as part of the MLB Fan Cave: World Baseball Classic Edition.

Applications are now being accepted through Jan. 11 at MLBFanCave.com/WBC for those who want to live and breathe international baseball for 18 consecutive days during next Spring Training. Nail the essay and video submission and you could be a Cave Dweller and show your national pride inside the same 15,000-square-foot baseball playland at the corner of Fourth Street and Broadway in Greenwich Village, where fans have watched every game the past two years.

"The World Baseball Classic is a logical extension of the Fan Cave, which has been enormously successful in generating entertaining baseball content for social media," said Tim Brosnan, MLB executive vice president of business. "So much has changed in the media landscape since 2009, the last time we held a World Baseball Classic. The Fan Cave's ability to show a different side of baseball and the players to fans around the world instantaneously is perfectly suited for the World Baseball Classic in a rapidly changing media environment."

The goal for each of the 16 Cave Dwellers will be to watch every game of the World Baseball Classic live at all hours of the day and night. They will share their national pride, meet baseball personalities and chronicle their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media. Each time a team is eliminated from the tournament, the fan representing that country/territory will leave the Fan Cave.

Fans of the final four teams will travel to the championship round in San Francisco to watch their countries/territories compete for the World Baseball Classic title. Fans are eligible to represent any country/territory that they reside in or the country/territory of their heritage.

"The goal of the World Baseball Classic is to grow the popularity of baseball around the world," Brosnan said. "Bringing fans in the participating countries with the opportunity to win a trip to New York City to be a part of the Fan Cave gives us a fun and appealing new way to reach both avid and casual fans around the world. We are looking forward to the fan response."

Read whole article @ MLB unveils Fan Cave: World Baseball Classic Edition | MLB.com: News (http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121209&content_id=40590562&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb)

nebo86
12-12-2012, 03:53 PM
World Baseball Classic: Schedule and Tickets (http://web.worldbaseballclassic.com/wbc/2013/schedule_and_tickets/?affiliateId=29DL55N3D1-7)
http://mlb.mlb.com/assets/images/5/9/4/40624594/cuts/480x380_wbc_players_1w9igr76_dvh9ai85.jpg

nebo86
12-13-2012, 08:23 PM
Edwin Rodríguez -- Manager, José “Tony” Valentín -- Bench Coach, Carlos Delgado -- Hitting Coach, Ricky Bones -- Pitching Coach, José ‘Cheo’ Rosado -- Bullpen Coach, Carlos Baerga -- First Base Coach, Josué Espada -- Third Base Coach

Source: http://www.beisbolmundial.com/926_analisis/1858759_puerto-rico-un-paso-mas-al-clasico-mundial-de-beisbol.html

nebo86
12-13-2012, 09:05 PM
New “Classic” Preparations Undercut “Classic” Cuban League Season (http://www.baseballdecuba.com/newsite/newsContainer.asp?id=3055)

http://www.baseballdecuba.com/newsite/52SNImages/KMoralesCuba6.jpg
An opening WBC matchup with Brazil brings back memories of a dramatic Kendry Morales home run a full decade ago.

nebo86
12-22-2012, 11:29 AM
Here are my preliminary WBC predictions:

Group A
1. Japan
2. Cuba
3. Brazil
4. China

Group B
1. South Korea
2. Netherlands
3. Taiwan
4. Australia

Group C
1. Venezuela
2. Dominican Republic
3. Puerto Rico
4. Spain

Group D
1. United States
2. Canada
3. Mexico
4. Italy

nebo86
12-22-2012, 05:08 PM
Terrible news for Team Canada: Scott Diamond had elbow surgery to remove bone chip

Read @ http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/21/scott-diamond-had-elbow-surgery-to-remove-bone-chip/