20 Total Updates since July 20, 2012
2 months ago Article 35 comments
It was a fun ride. I think I like baseball now.
2 months ago Article 25 comments
Honkbal-mania is dead. Long live honkbal-mania.
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2 months ago Article 38 comments
Once again, Team USA isn't in the World Baseball Classic's final round. Is this a problem for the WBC?
2 months ago Article 36 comments
Does anyone like Angel Hernandez's umpiring? An investigation into the obvious.
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2 months ago Article 11 comments
The Netherlands' stunning win over Cuba is a great story, but it also robbed us of one the tournament's most fascinating players.
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4 months ago Article 29 comments
A lot of All-Stars are bowing out of the WBC before the tournament gets going in March. What gives?
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Joe Torre has put his coaching staff for the March tournament in place.
7 months ago Article 6 comments
Lots more baseball on television! This is always good news.
8 months ago Article 0 comments
The World Baseball Classic announced the dates and venues for the 2013 tournament.
9 months ago Update 0 comments
Japan, the country that won the first two World Baseball Classics in 2006 and 2009, had threatened non-participation in the 2013 version due to a dispute over sponsorship and licensing revenue.
It’s been reported by the Associated Press that this dispute has now been settled:
Following a meeting with tournament organizers in New York in August, officials from Nippon Professional Baseball said some sponsorship and licensing revenue would remain in Japan.
“I think everyone is happy that we can choose players of the highest quality,” NPB Commissioner Ryozo Kato said. “We need to put together a team that is intent on winning.”
The Asian round will be held in Tokyo in March, with Japan facing Cuba, China and the winner of November’s Asian qualifying round in Taiwan.
The last two rounds of the WBC, including the championship game, will be held at AT&T Park in San Francisco. As in 2009, some players will leave their MLB teams during spring training to participate.
10 months ago Update 1 comment
Last month, Japan’s baseball players’ union voted against participating in the World Baseball Classic; the issue was their desire for a bigger cut of tournament revenue.
Negotiations are continuing, but they are not going well, according to Nikkan Sports. If you click on that link, you will find it’s in Japanese. Patrick Newman sums it up succinctly:
Japan’s participation in the 2013 continues to look uncertain.JPN wants a bigger piece of the pie, WBC Inc won’t budge. nikkansports.com/baseball/news/…
— Patrick Newman (@npbtracker) August 13, 2012
While that sums it up, this gives me a chance to post a portion of the Google Translate version of the Japanese article:
Jim Small, vice president of MLB Asia is “going so far as to change the condition is not,” and made it clear that you do not participate in the review of conditions.
NPB side, we offer a review of conditions, such as participation, including the attribution of rights and other sponsors of the representative of the Japan players seek. Shimada representative said “does not change the fact that the severe. For detailed content can not say” and.
Well, you get the idea. There’s still quite a bit of time, but “won’t budge” doesn’t sound promising.
10 months ago Update 5 comments
The World Baseball Classic started as a cockamamie idea in Bud Selig's noggin, but it's turned out to be quite the sucess. The last two finals were held in San Diego and Los Angeles, respectively, and in 2013, the powers that be are sticking with California, awarding the semi-finals and final games to San Francisco and AT&T Park.
The World Baseball Classic used to be held every three years, before the International Baseball Foundation switched the format to every four years. The 2013 games will be the first since 2009, which were won by Japan for the second consecutive tournament. The finals were held at Dodger Stadium in front of over 54,000 people -- a near sell-out.
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