My sources have informed me that this is indeed the last World Cup. The World Baseball Classic will be the World Championship event, and in the off years, so in 2015 and 2019 they will hold the Premier 12 Tournament. The Premier 12 Tournament will consist of the top 12 teams from the prior World Baseball Classic. It is believed that the Premier Tournament will be run under similar rules as the World Cup, meaning no 40 man roster players and such..
I didnt know 12 year olds could be on 40 man rosters .
Wazzup with the USA? They look awfull losing to Dutch and canada unacaptable.
USA is playing terrible unless we can get on a roll were not sniffing the medal games. Also, Australia has been on a tear offensively, I personally would like to see them or the Dutch take the gold.
Australia is on a roll but they still need to lift a little in the next phase of the contest. Cuba is usually the team to beat because they take this competition very seriously and don't have to rely on MLB players for their strength. Is this being televised anywhere in USA?
"A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart
No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda
ok here is an inside view from BWC
Panama is doing a really good job for the teams and the organization was much better then in Taiwan. Although you have to handle a bit with the latin stressfree style ;-)
We should have beaten Nicaragua and probably Korea. I donīt want to be "if this, or that, because" etc but you have to know we had some problems in our flight program so it took us 2,5 days to get to Panama and we arrived just a few hours before gametime.
Against Korea we where on the rise and I am pretty sure we would have won the game if it would have continiued regulary.
You also have to have a look at the schedule to see that Australia was lucky the played teams that allready qualified for the next round so their opponents took it easy. We did not have this luck and maybe we would have won a game with another schedule.
But no excuses you have to win games to advance no matter what.
Holland and Panama surprised in positive way a bit and I hope Halland goes for the Final as they are playing really strong. USA and Japan are a bit upset for me, also Chinese Taipei.
The only thing you know is you never know and that you know for sure!
And another win for us Dutchies. 2-1 against the strong Aussies (well, excluding their first 3 games) Even when loosing to the Cubans ...what ofcourse won't happen ... the final is really close now. That's an increble accomplishment !