you guys mind helping me edited my rosters??
Eight rosters down eight to go. We just need:
NEA - China and Cuba's WBC roster is likely the same from 2006 beside maybe a player or two changes. China and Cuba's National Team practice throughout the years and hardly change who is on the team unless someone retired/defected/or a new stud teenager are too good to leave off the team.
Some names to consider for a Cuban roster. I see a lot of new faces here and there won't be any Cuban defectors joining this team again. In the land of Pancho Villa and the Mariachis bands, Mexico, we will display our brand of baseball. It is about time Japan, Puerto Rico and the USA do not host any rounds. No more free pass! The finals should be held in the Coloso del Cerro, Latinoamericano stadium, under the sounds of Conga Oriental.
Giorvis Duvergel CF
Yohenis Cespedez CF
Yuliesky Gourriel 3B
Michel Enriquez 3B
Alexei Bell RF
Yoandry Urgelles RF
Alexander Mayeta 1B
Jose Julio Ruiz 1B
Joan Carlos Pedroso 1B
Yosvany Peraza C
Osvaldo Arias C
Ariel Pestano C
Frederich Cepeda LF
Alfredo Despaigne LF
Hector Olivera 2B
Yoilan Cerce 2B
Eduardo Paret SS
Yadiel Mujica SS
Adonis Garcia super utility
Leonis Martin Super Utility
Pedro L. Lazo
Norge L. Vera
Aroldis "el Ciclon" Chapman
Vladimir "la Bala" Garcia
Jose A. Garcia
Reinier "la nueva pistola" Roibal
Last edited by Cubano100%; 04-23-2008 at 01:59 PM.
Back to the subject at hand: The 2006 World Baseball Classic teams only carried three legitimate starting pitchers. The rosters that folks have posted here have four starters. I don't see any reason for that. 2009 won't have any more games than 2006; in fact, with double-elimination, there will be fewer total games. So I'll go with three starters.
And, with that, here're my guesses for a few of the starting staffs for the 2009 squads:
USA: Smoltz, Peavy, B. Webb
(Note: There are so many awesome American pitchers, it's hard to choose! Maybe another veteran like Roy Halladay. And Cole Hamels or another young stud like that would be a great pick too. An embarassment of riches.)
Japan: Matsuzaka, Kuroda, Darvish
(Koji Uehara is an unrestricted free agent this year, so I'd bet that--like Wang and Matsui did last time--he'll stick with whatever major league club he signs with instead of playing for Team Japan.)
Venezuela: Santana, C. Zambrano, Felix Hernandez
(What can you say? Breathtaking.)
Dominican Republic: Loriano, F. Carmona, Johnny Cueta?
(Cueta is probably too young, but he's exciting to watch. I think Bartolo Colon is done. But maybe he should get a shot to represent his country one last time? Could do worse.)
Netherlands: VandenHurk, Martis, Jurrjens
(That one's easy.)
Canada: Bedard, Francis, Loewen
(This is easy too. There's no way, I think, that Rich Harden endangers his fragile arm in international play.)
I'm running out of steam here, so I'll think about Mexico and Puerto Rico later.
Many players from Chinese Taipei, Japan and Korea have competed several times for their national team.
Even with Wang presence, Chinese Taipei won't win. Where is the depth? Chinese Taipei have not been able to beat Japan, Korea, Cuba, etc in international tournaments. They may have won once or twice against these countries but I am not so sure.
Korea has been fighting Japan in all kind of tournaments. They have lost several games by one run. I still think even with Wang, Korea and Japan should advance.
can someone do mexico??
Taiwan is going to have hard time to beat Korea if they send their A team...the half dozen guys who had experiences in the MLB and the bats of Seung Yeop and Dae Ho Lee.
Here is my attempt at selecting the Mexican squad:
Total number of Catchers-3
Totals numbers of Infielders-7
Luis Alfonso García
Luis Carlos "Clipper" Garcia
Totals of Outfielders-6
Pick players form Outfielders and Infielders-
Totals Numbers of players-30
Taiwanese pitcher are not dominating...most of them's fastball tops out at 90 mph.
If Lin/Chang are so great then Lin would not be pitching in Japan's Minor League more than he has done on the Ichi-Team. Chang got released by Seibu and no MLB team showed interest even on a Minor League contract when he did workouts in Arizona. Taiwan also have absolute no HR threat other than Chin-Feng Chen, sluggers like Tai-Shang Chang, Chia-Hsien Hsieh looked silly when they face pitchers with 90 mph because most CPBL pitchers they faced's fastball is about 80-85 mph range.
With its abysmal showing at the Olympic qualifiers, is there someone out there who can put in a good word for Mexican baseball?
Last edited by Rally Monkey; 04-26-2008 at 05:39 PM.
Also Chang was arguably best pitcher in Final Qualifier of Olympic.
Actually no HR threat is the problem of Team Korea. In Final Qualifier of Olympic, Korea hit only two home runs, which is same as Germany.Taiwan also have absolute no HR threat other than Chin-Feng Chen, sluggers like Tai-Shang Chang, Chia-Hsien Hsieh looked silly when they face pitchers with 90 mph because most CPBL pitchers they faced's fastball is about 80-85 mph range.
I think the weak point of Taiwan is their defense. Some of their infielders are just horrible at glove.