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I'm already kinda excited.

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/wbc/index.jsp

March 3-20, 2006: looks like logistics (specifically concerning Cuba) are being worked out, but pool play should be as follows:

Pool A (Tokyo Dome, Tokyo):
Japan
Korea
China
Chinese Taipei

Pool B (Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix):
USA
Canada
Mexico
South Africa

Pool C (Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan):
Puerto Rico
Panama
Cuba
Netherlands

Pool D ("Florida"):
Dominican Republic
Venezuela
Italy
Australia

Second round games will be played in San Juan and either Phoenix or Anaheim; semifinals and finals are going to be held March 18-20 in San Diego.

Thoughts? The most intriguing issue for me right away concerns the parks themselves; assuming Florida means Miami, you've got strong pitcher's parks in Arizona, San Diego, Anaheim, and Miami, and two totally batshit hitter's parks in the Tokyo Dome and Bithorn (which approximated Arena Football-like run totals during some Expos games in 2004). It may be a moot point until rosters are announced, but will this potentially put teams from those pools at an automatic disadvantage in later rounds?

d4niel coh3n (dayan), Friday, 14 October 2005 14:23 (fourteen years ago) link

When will they start announcing the rosters?

I'm optimistic about Canada's team. The pitching will solid, that's for sure (will Gagne be ready in time?).

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Friday, 14 October 2005 15:39 (fourteen years ago) link

Oh wow DR and Venezuela in the same bracket. That should be fun.

I am really excited about this.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 14 October 2005 15:48 (fourteen years ago) link

Rosters are due to be announced no later than January 17. Baseball America ran a series of articles projecting the rosters and previewing pool play a few months ago:

http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/050511worldcuprosters1.html
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/050511worldcuprosters2.html
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/050511worldcuprosters3.html
http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/news/050511worldcuprosters4.html

The Dominican team looks terrifyingly good.

d4niel coh3n (dayan), Friday, 14 October 2005 15:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Venezuela
1B—Edgardo Alfonzo (Giants)

BWAH HAH HAH

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:03 (fourteen years ago) link

C—Miguel Olivo (Mariners)
1B—Albert Pujols (Cardinals)
2B—Alfonso Soriano (Rangers)
3B—Aramis Ramirez (Cubs)
SS— Miguel Tejada (Orioles)
LF—Manny Ramirez (Red Sox)
CF—Jose Guillen (Nationals)
RF—Vladimir Guerrero (Angels)
DH—David Ortiz (Red Sox)
SP—Pedro Martinez (Mets)
SP—Bartolo Colon (Angels)
SP—Odalis Perez (Dodgers)
SP—Daniel Cabrera (Orioles)
RP—Francisco Cordero (Rangers)
Manager: Felipe Alou (Giants)

CRIMINY WHAT A BATTING LINEUP!!!

Earl Nash (earlnash), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Ooooh these lineups look great. I like the fact that Magglio Ordonez and Ozzie Guillen will be reunited.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:18 (fourteen years ago) link

Laugh at Venezuela's 1B choice all you want but seriously:

SP—Johan Santana (Twins)
SP—Carlos Zambrano (Cubs)
SP—Freddy Garcia (White Sox)
SP—Kelvim Escobar (Angels)
RP—Francisco Rodriguez (Angels)

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:22 (fourteen years ago) link

!!!!!!!!!

Translation: Yeah, that's OK.

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:23 (fourteen years ago) link

Venezuela's outfield is scary, but otherwise their lineup is no great shakes. That staff though. Scary. The only thing though is that I'll bet middle relievers are going to be a lot more important in this game than closers and almost as important as starters, esp. since the managers won't want to push the pitch counts of guys.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:27 (fourteen years ago) link

Rosters are due to be announced no later than January 17. Baseball America ran a series of articles projecting the rosters and previewing pool play a few months ago:

Don't forget that ARod said he wants to play for the Dominican, which would push ARam to the bench!

polyphonic (polyphonic), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:37 (fourteen years ago) link

I can't get over how terrifying that DR lineup looks. Pujols, Ortiz, Ramirez, Guerrero, Rodriguez. . . Jesus I wouldn't want to have to pitch to that.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:40 (fourteen years ago) link

http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/wbc/faq.jsp

Interesting note: after the first pool round, the remaining eight teams will be split into two pools for another round, rather than play single-elimination quarterfinals. Therefore:

Teams eliminated in Round 1 will have played: 3 Games
Teams eliminated in Round 2 will have played: 6 Games
Teams eliminated in the Semi-Finals will have played: 7 Games
Teams in the Final will have played: 8 Games

"Each team will comprise a roster of up to 30 players (with a minimum of 13 pitchers)." I'm interested in seeing how managers will handle pitching staffs, since at most they're looking at eight games over two and a half weeks. Pitch count limitations may be part of tournament rules, according to the FAQ (and to the great relief of MLB managers, I'm sure).

d4niel coh3n (dayan), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:40 (fourteen years ago) link

The US lineup seems really old and weak by comparison to that.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 14 October 2005 16:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Part of the fun of this is speculating, but there are a ton of American players absent from that BA list who can compete with the DR team.

Mike Young? Adam Dunn? Travis Hafner? Mark Teixeira? You could put a pretty good pitching staff together out of Halladay, Peavy, Willis, Hudson, Carpenter, Oswalt, Lidge, Cordero, Ryan...

d4niel coh3n (dayan), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:02 (fourteen years ago) link

(or just take Oakland's starters?)

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:11 (fourteen years ago) link

Haha well without Harden they're aren't quite as attractive.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:23 (fourteen years ago) link

(haha: Harden will get hurt, no worries!)

gygax! (gygax!), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Mindinrewind-

I read an article about Gagne gearing up to reutrn to play for Team Canada, much to the chagrin of the Dodgers.

Stuh-du-du-du-du-du-du-denka (jingleberries), Friday, 14 October 2005 17:50 (fourteen years ago) link

I wouldn't want to have to pitch to that.

Assuming that you're not a MLB pitcher, that's smart thinking.

Leeeeeeeeee (Leee), Friday, 14 October 2005 18:27 (fourteen years ago) link

one month passes...
From Kit Krieger (who runs the Cuban baseball tour I took) on the SABR list:

Less than 12 hours after getting a message from Cuba that the Cubans would decline the invitation to play in the World Cup, the Cubans announced that they would participate. The announcement was accompanied by Fidel Castro launching a stinging criticism of Cuban players who have defected in pursuit of money. Fidel added that the defections had not diminished the quality of baseball on the island and asserted that for every player who left, ten more take their places.

We will await word on who the Cubans send to the World Cup. It is not
certain that he will send the best players in the 16-team Cuban league. According to my Cuban friends, the National Series will not be interrupted by the World Cup. In fact, the tournament takes place over the final days of the regular season in Cuba, which is slated to end on March 12th.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 December 2005 22:15 (fourteen years ago) link

Team USA will be playing the Giants during spring training. WHAT WILL BARRY DO??

Obsessing over the unobtainable and nonexistent. (Leee), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:32 (fourteen years ago) link

DH on both teams.

gygax! (gygax!), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:38 (fourteen years ago) link

Would he wear a half Giants/half USA cap, like those awesome Bay Bridge series caps?

Obsessing over the unobtainable and nonexistent. (Leee), Wednesday, 14 December 2005 00:49 (fourteen years ago) link

I bought tickets for the Semifinals at Petco. Can't wait.

tylero (tylero), Thursday, 15 December 2005 03:50 (fourteen years ago) link

THEY BANNED CUBA WTF

j blount (papa la bas), Thursday, 15 December 2005 03:59 (fourteen years ago) link

total lamesville, dude.

it's not really a true competition w/o cuba. btw...the netherlands? is it safe to presume that there are pretty much no dudes from the continent on the team and it's all guys from the antilles and surinam?

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Thursday, 15 December 2005 14:50 (fourteen years ago) link

not so fast, Sir Ponson (pending any hard time) will be representing the Dutch contigent via Aruba.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 15 December 2005 16:40 (fourteen years ago) link

When I read this the first thing I thought was that maybe Bush fears the Cuban team will feature some Iraqi/Afghan POWs from Guatanamo Bay who naturalized into Cuba... how long have some of those folks been held there?

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 15 December 2005 16:43 (fourteen years ago) link

Stupid bullshit, but I'm guessing that something is worked out and Cuba plays.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 15 December 2005 16:49 (fourteen years ago) link

is it safe to presume that there are pretty much no dudes from the continent on the team and it's all guys from the antilles and surinam?

i can only hope that win remmerswaal re-surfaces. he was a reliever with the bosox in the early 80's who had a lot of success at pawtucket then one year he never showed up for spring training. sox couldn't find him, his agent couldn't find him, everyone assumed he just went back to the netherlands. he had this scrunched up face with a fruity little mustache that made him look like clayton from the robert guillome vehicle Benson.

kt... (kt...), Thursday, 15 December 2005 17:09 (fourteen years ago) link

clayton endicott?

i thought aruba WAS part of the netherlands antilles? if not, i meant dutch holdings in the carribean.

oh, well. all bet that italian team is SWEET! can i get a lou merloni, please?

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Thursday, 15 December 2005 17:34 (fourteen years ago) link

And South Bay product Jason Simontacchi!

As for the Nederlanders: don't forget Rikkert Faneyte!

Obsessing over the unobtainable and nonexistent. (Leee), Thursday, 15 December 2005 19:09 (fourteen years ago) link

I'm hoping that Alex is right. Fuck a baseball tournament that can't find a way to include Cuba.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 15 December 2005 19:51 (fourteen years ago) link

I mean what happened in '96 when the Olympics wuz here? Cuba showed up then, right?

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 15 December 2005 20:48 (fourteen years ago) link

more nederlanders:

hensley "bam bam" meulens!

jonathan quayle higgins (j.q. higgins), Thursday, 15 December 2005 21:36 (fourteen years ago) link

Bert Blijleven could come out of retirement!

ojitarian (ojitarian), Friday, 16 December 2005 00:34 (fourteen years ago) link

"I think our policy regarding Cuba is pretty well known," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "We want people in Cuba to participate in freedom."

COCKPUNCH

maura (maura), Friday, 16 December 2005 02:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Can anyone in this fucking administration open their mouth and not sound like a fucking dong?

David R. (popshots75`), Friday, 16 December 2005 02:52 (fourteen years ago) link

dave, don't you want to PARTICPATE IN THE FREEDOM of sounding like an mba dropout who had one too many 'late night strategy sessions'

maura (maura), Friday, 16 December 2005 02:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Alex Rodriguez told The Post yesterday he has decided not to participate in the inaugural WBC this March because he didn't want to dishonor his native America or the Dominican Republic, where his parents are from.

http://www.nypost.com/sports/yankees/58869.htm

maura (maura), Friday, 16 December 2005 21:41 (fourteen years ago) link

Why doesn't he play for both teams?

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Friday, 16 December 2005 21:52 (fourteen years ago) link

Cuba banned by Bush

Dave B (daveb), Wednesday, 21 December 2005 15:48 (fourteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Have you guys seen the unis yet?

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 7 January 2006 17:17 (fourteen years ago) link

Whoops:

http://shop.mlb.com/category/index.jsp?categoryId=2164444

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 7 January 2006 17:17 (fourteen years ago) link

A lot of these designs are sub-minor league quality but here are some uni/cap designs I like:
China
Mexico
South Africa

gygax! (gygax!), Saturday, 7 January 2006 17:21 (fourteen years ago) link

I like the "Dominicana" jersey okay, and the green Mexico cap isn't bad. But the interlocking Netherlands, South Africa, and DR logos? Ugh. Somehow the USA logo is even worse.

I'm assuming that since these are all BP jerseys, the official ones will be a little more tasteful, but the caps mostly look like they ripped off the team logos from Baseball Stars or something.

d4niel coh3n (dayan), Saturday, 7 January 2006 18:05 (fourteen years ago) link

Canada and the Dominican Republic look almost exactly the same. Maybe we can poach some of their players in the confusion.

NoTimeBeforeTime (Barry Bruner), Saturday, 7 January 2006 18:32 (fourteen years ago) link

That chinese cap is mad thuggish

Jimmy Mod (I myself am lethal at 100 -110dB) (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Saturday, 7 January 2006 18:55 (fourteen years ago) link

"Jeter... HIGH AND WIDE, SAFE AT FIRST AND A RUN SCORES"

Andy K, Monday, 23 March 2009 07:51 (eleven years ago) link

FORGOT HOW TO WIN

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 March 2009 11:19 (eleven years ago) link

this is so fucking awesome to me - japan-korea is my dream matchup basically i love watching these furious hateful asians try to murder each other with baseball

GROLIOUS NIPPON ;_; (cankles), Monday, 23 March 2009 12:28 (eleven years ago) link

Hey Team USA manager: sending in the replacement to pinch-hit and attempt to hit a home run into the wind with one out and a runner on third (with two left-handed options, one of whom was, uh, due up) was really intelligent.

Andy K, Monday, 23 March 2009 13:04 (eleven years ago) link

so said Steve Phillips, even

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Monday, 23 March 2009 13:50 (eleven years ago) link

ILB: We hate Davey Johnson for making Steve Phillips right

Runners in scoring position, 2008

Longoria: .241/.309/.474
Granderson: .299/.373/.536
Victorino: .271/.331/.424

Andy K, Monday, 23 March 2009 14:19 (eleven years ago) link

Available hitters who had played competitive baseball during the last several months:

Granderson
Victorino

Andy K, Monday, 23 March 2009 14:20 (eleven years ago) link

i sorta hate japanese baseball so much - their cleanup hitter is bunting, in the third inning

GROLIOUS NIPPON ;_; (cankles), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 02:29 (eleven years ago) link

i think i hate Bud Selig a lot more.

(*゚ー゚)θ L(。・_・)   °~ヾ(・ε・ *) (Steve Shasta), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 02:30 (eleven years ago) link

haha yeah, when he walked into the booth my 'hmm i might have to mute this' impulse went from a kernel of an idea to scrambling-for-the-remote

GROLIOUS NIPPON ;_; (cankles), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 02:31 (eleven years ago) link

web gems, nothing but web gems

WmC, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 03:57 (eleven years ago) link

I'm enjoying the hell out of this.

Belisarius, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 04:17 (eleven years ago) link

Really good game, f the usa

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 04:32 (eleven years ago) link

otm
busted helmet!

bow-edison wa (jergins), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 04:34 (eleven years ago) link

ah joe "i have said it all night, ichiro knows how to drive the ball..."

bow-edison wa (jergins), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 04:36 (eleven years ago) link

O snap!

What a game!

Belisarius, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:04 (eleven years ago) link

i hope Selig doesnt declare this a tie.

im also glad i woke up 10 minutes ago.

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:12 (eleven years ago) link

This game alone has been better than the 2008 World Series.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:18 (eleven years ago) link

Ichiro is playing cricket out there.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:22 (eleven years ago) link

jeeeez Joe Morgan making sense!

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:25 (eleven years ago) link

Seriously!

Korea is falling apart.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:25 (eleven years ago) link

Yu Darvish looks great from the rear btw

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:38 (eleven years ago) link

He looks like a giant Japanese elf.

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:43 (eleven years ago) link

My friend calls him Regoras. :(

Your heartbeat soun like sasquatch feet (polyphonic), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:44 (eleven years ago) link

congrats Japanese overlords

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 05:50 (eleven years ago) link

Two outs, first base open, game on the line... why not walk Ichiro? (I had the volume down and could not hear the analysts.)

Andy K, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 13:44 (eleven years ago) link

They were asking the same thing.

WmC, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 14:21 (eleven years ago) link

Asked about allowing Suzuki to hit with two runners in scoring position instead of walking him intentionally, Kim replied: "I don't know why the pitcher tried to pitch directly to Ichiro. I did not understand. In the end, it did not work out for us. The pitcher and the catcher did not communicate well in terms of their signs. And in the end, that led to the hit by (Suzuki). Of course I have a regret as to what happened."

Suzuki said he wasn't surprised he wasn't walked.

"There was (Hiroyuki) Nakajima (on deck), and he is a batter you wanted to avoid," Suzuki said. "So there was a possibility for the bases to be loaded, and I knew they would want to fight against that, so I wasn't at all surprised."

Perhaps the translation is not perfect here, but maybe Kim should have told his pitcher to either walk Ichiro or give him nothing but pitches out of the zone (preferably high and tight).

Andy K, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 14:26 (eleven years ago) link

I've never, ever, been a fan of walking the bases loaded. Well done Korea!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 16:02 (eleven years ago) link

Fidel's column:

http://www.granma.cu/ingles/2009/march/vier20/13reflex1-i.html

Past a Diving Jeter (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 24 March 2009 20:08 (eleven years ago) link

That is one awesome John Hancock.

Andy K, Tuesday, 24 March 2009 20:10 (eleven years ago) link

six years pass...

mark yr calendars, NYC

@AdamRubinESPN
The Sept. 22-25, 2016 World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park in Brooklyn will include Brazil, Great Britain, Israel and Pakistan.

skateboards are the new combover (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 17 September 2015 17:04 (four years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Mets farmhands Champ Stuart and Blake Taylor will represent Great Britain and Ty Kelly, Tyler Herron and Josh Zeid will represent Israel in a World Baseball Classic qualifying tournament at Brooklyn's MCU Park Sept. 22-25. Ex-Mets Ike Davis and Josh Satin also will play for Israel. Brazil and Pakistan also are involved in the four-team tournament.

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Friday, 26 August 2016 19:46 (three years ago) link

three weeks pass...

pakistani team is . . . interesting

the entire bichette family is playing for brazil, which is managed by barry 'barinho' larkin and pitching coached by latroy hawkins

one of our number is actually at this game!

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:30 (three years ago) link

what's the Fri night or Sat matinee action?

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:37 (three years ago) link

https://twitter.com/richardgin/status/779010620406530048

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:40 (three years ago) link

looks like there are plenty o' seats for Britain vs whoever tomw night

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:42 (three years ago) link

pakistani outfielders are taking suboptimal routes

mookieproof, Thursday, 22 September 2016 17:48 (three years ago) link

Brazil 10, Pakistan 0

GB v Israel up next

The Hon. J. Piedmont Mumblethunder (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:52 (three years ago) link

aw man

illegal economic migration (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:52 (three years ago) link

i thought about staying for two but it was so f-ing hot

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 22 September 2016 21:17 (three years ago) link

but yeah PAK had some wretched baserunning mistakes, including wasting a first inning single by getting doubled off K-2U, 2-3 and getting thrown the fuck out at 3rd. PAK 2B and SS had p decent gloves but no one had any defensive arm to speak of. 3B at least one-hopped every throw. C had like a 3 second pop time the game could have been over after 5 if BRA had just run at every opportunity

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 22 September 2016 21:20 (three years ago) link

i was wondering if pakistan/non-traditional baseball teams could be very inventive or aggressive w/ defensive positioning because of a) skill level (no power...) and b) no entrenched culture of 'right way-ness'. I thought they could have gone w/ a 5 man IF for the 7th inning when things were falling apart. none of the IF were really rangy enough to make a drawn in infield work so u cld hedge by bringing ur LF in to cover over 2B

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Thursday, 22 September 2016 21:23 (three years ago) link

are there tix on the door for the 7pm game tomorrow?

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Friday, 23 September 2016 02:11 (three years ago) link

seems likely

on the televised feed today there was an extended shot of a (white american) pitching coach in the pakistan bullpen demonstrating to the relievers in great detail how, with runners on base, to come set and not balk. it's cool that they got to participate but it does make one wonder why they were chosen rather than the mongolians or carpathians or whomever

as with the current world cup of hockey (team europe! but not the czechs, russians or scandanavians), it's a ham-handed way of pretending that one's niche sport is globally relevant

mookieproof, Friday, 23 September 2016 02:25 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Tigers coach Omar Vizquel in limbo as Venezuela manager for WBC

http://www.freep.com/story/sports/mlb/tigers/2016/12/02/detroit-tigers-omar-vizquel-venezuela-world-baseball-classic/94832596/

Omar Vizquel is waiting for a phone call.

He is waiting to hear from former Detroit Tiger Carlos Guillen, general manager of the Venezuelan World Baseball Classic team, whom reportedly removed Vizquel from his managerial post earlier in the week.

Vizquel, the Tigers’ first base coach, has been in limbo since Tuesday night’s reports, which were only the first of a number of twists and turns. On Wednesday, the Venezuelan Baseball Federation said Vizquel remained manager. That same day, ESPN Deportes reported Braves coach Eddie Perez would replace Vizquel.

According to multiple Venezuelan media reports, the confusion has stemmed from a conflict between Vizquel and Guillen, who played eight seasons in Detroit. In the days since, a number of Venezuelan players have come to Vizquel’s defense, including Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez.

On the Los Crosnistas radio show, Martinez went as far as to say he would not participate in the WBC if Vizquel did not manage the team. Many other players have followed suit, including Mariners starting pitcher Felix Hernandez, Cubs reliever Hector Rondon and Rockies outfielder Gerardo Parra. Other Tigers slated to play for Venezuela in the WBC: First baseman Miguel Cabrera, starter Anibal Sanchez and relievers Francisco Rodriguez and Bruce Rondon.

Vizquel, 49, is entering his fourth season as the Tigers’ first base coach. He is considered one of the best fielding shortstops of all-time, winning 11 Gold Glove Awards. He is a native of Caracas, Venezuela.

Of note: The Tigers weren’t expected to non-tender any of their six arbitration-eligible players: Third baseman Nick Castellanos, shortstop Jose Iglesias, utilityman Andrew Romine, right-handed relievers Bruce Rondon and Alex Wilson, and lefty Justin Wilson. The deadline to non-tender such players is 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 2.

Andy K, Monday, 5 December 2016 22:06 (three years ago) link

@beckjason
Omar Vizquel and Carlos Guillen together at WBC media session. They said they’ve ironed out differences.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cy8arfTVQAATriL.jpg

Andy K, Monday, 5 December 2016 22:09 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

2021 semifinals and final will be in miami, march 21-23

earlier rounds in taiwan, tokyo and phoenix

mookieproof, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 16:37 (one month ago) link


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