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    If Israel is going to placed in the Florida group, then the Germany group may include France, Czech Republic and South Africa. Germany may have better attendance with bordering nations of France and Czech Republic than with Spain in their group.


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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
    If Israel is going to placed in the Florida group, then the Germany group may include France, Czech Republic and South Africa. Germany may have better attendance with bordering nations of France and Czech Republic than with Spain in their group.
    Good point. And with the number of Cuban and Venezuelan ex-pats that are likely to be on the Spanish team, it makes sense to put them in Florida, where they can be closer to family, friends, and supporters.

    At any rate, I was thinking it would be fun to have France play in a pool with Canada and Great Britain to play up France's natural rivalry with Great Britain--and to maybe pique the interest of Francophone Canadians. But it probably doesn't make much of a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post
    I mean, that's right. Why would we think there'd be 20,000 fans in the seats to see, say, a Canada versus Great Britain game? Especially if, as expected, no big leaguers play? Heck, the Canada-Italy game only attracted 12,000 fans in Toronto back in '09. And that roster included Joey Votto, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, and Matt Stairs!

    Sure, promotion helps. And if the organizers did a better job, it could've been higher. But, come on. A qualifying event? 10,000 is optimistic.
    I'm of the opinion the double-elimination format was bad for attendance and ticket buyers. Someone here did the homework comparing attendance numbers for games after the first 2 in a pool. They were terrible due to people not knowing what teams would be in what games after the first known one. You want better attendance, then go back to the round robin pools.

    Also, not trying to make excuses, but this would not be fair to Canada to have play a scraped together Israel squad of MLBers when our program has existed for decades and promoted our own growth ourselves. I know in the past I complained about Italy using Italian-Americans to fill out portions of the roster, but the Israel team will be more ridiculous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cutchemist42 View Post
    I'm of the opinion the double-elimination format was bad for attendance and ticket buyers. Someone here did the homework comparing attendance numbers for games after the first 2 in a pool. They were terrible due to people not knowing what teams would be in what games after the first known one. You want better attendance, then go back to the round robin pools.

    Also, not trying to make excuses, but this would not be fair to Canada to have play a scraped together Israel squad of MLBers when our program has existed for decades and promoted our own growth ourselves. I know in the past I complained about Italy using Italian-Americans to fill out portions of the roster, but the Israel team will be more ridiculous.
    If Canada can use Votto, Jason Bay and their other Major Leaguers, they should win that pool. You have to remember you're still going up a team of baseball players representing Israel. They have made steps, but are still no where near the talent pool Canada has to work with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by USA101 View Post
    If Canada can use Votto, Jason Bay and their other Major Leaguers, they should win that pool. You have to remember you're still going up a team of baseball players representing Israel. They have made steps, but are still no where near the talent pool Canada has to work with.
    But every Jewish American baseball player qualifies for the team because of the stupid eligibility rules and some of those players are MLB talent. Not only that, but we've already determined anyone from a Commonwealth country can represent Great Britain too which is dumb if it happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutchemist42 View Post
    But every Jewish American baseball player qualifies for the team because of the stupid eligibility rules and some of those players are MLB talent. Not only that, but we've already determined anyone from a Commonwealth country can represent Great Britain too which is dumb if it happens.
    If iwas a player, I could qualify for *five * national sqauds.

    I was born in Boston; I can play for the USA.
    My father was from The Netherlands; I do have dual citizenship. I could play for The Orange.
    My grandfather (mother's side) was from The Ukraine; I could represent them
    His wife (my mother's mother) was from Russia; I could play for them.
    I'm Jewish; I could play for Israel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SDL View Post
    If iwas a player, I could qualify for *five * national sqauds.
    I donīt know if you are talented or not but I would choose USA or NL ;-)

    but without no doubt and no matter what you would have good chances to make the team in Ukraine, Russia and Israel (not WBC)

    And this is the point I do agree with the others here Israel playing the Qualifier and may kicking other teams out of the WBC is rediculous as they are not able to beat a Great Britain team made of "true" british players to advance out of the B-Pool at the european level
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    Listing teams you could play for under WBC shows how it's so dumb.

    -I'm Canadian so could play for Canada
    -I am Canadian so qualify for Great Britain automatically because of Commonwealth status
    -My Grandmother was English anyway so I double qualify.
    -My mom is Croatian so I qualify for them.

    And players can choose their countries without any prior history of representing that country or being developed by that federation. If Canada with a decades-long history of producing talent loses to an Israel team because a couple of Jewish-Americans decided on a whim,"Why the hell not?", I will rage.

    Deep down, I wonder what is more important to MLB and WBC organizers? Canadian television numbers or potential Jewish-American tv numbers with future potential. The Canadian media already blasted the tourney last time for what Italy was. It could be 10x worse depending on what Israel looks like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutchemist42 View Post
    And players can choose their countries without any prior history of representing that country or being developed by that federation. If Canada with a decades-long history of producing talent loses to an Israel team because a couple of Jewish-Americans decided on a whim,"Why the hell not?", I will rage.
    Did you rage when Mark Teahan, who is (or was) an American citizen, decided to play for Team Canada? Will you rage if a Great Britain team that consists mostly of Canadians, Aussies, and Americans beats Canada? Or a French team consisting of Quebecois?

    Why single out Israel?

    Here's the bottom line: Team Germany's organizers are free to pick only native-born Germans for their roster if they want to. They're also free to have their butts humiliated in the tournament. Italy, to their credit, wanted to win some games. And so they included Italian Americans on the team. Would I prefer to have more Alex Liddi-caliber players living in Italy? Sure. But that's not the way it is. If the WBC used strict citizenship rules, there'd be only a handful of teams who'd have a shot of winning it all. (The Dominican Republic, with the American Albert Pujols barred from playing first base, probably wouldn't be one of them.)

    Oh, and and a citizens-only rule would be unique, too, among international sport tournaments. Who was the best player on Japan's Rugby World Cup team last year? A New Zealander, who qualified to play for the Brave Blossoms because he plays his club rugby in Japan. Even the FIFA World Cup--which, to be sure, requires that players be naturalized citizens of the countries they represent--still lets players play for countries that aren't their home or birth country so long as they have "clear connection" to the country. (That wasn't always the case. Before 2004, it wasn't uncommon for players to play on several different teams in international play over their careers. Countries would simply naturalize them in order to get them on the team. A lot more corrupt and nonsensical than what the WBC does now.)

    So don't pick on Israel. Team New Zealand will no doubt field Americans and Aussies who've never stepped foot in New Zealand. The Phillipines will probably have Filipino-American players. I wouldn't be surprised if a Thai-American or two play for their parents' or grandparents' country. Obviously, this isn't ideal. But until baseball enjoys the kind of deep international popularity that soccer has, it's not really realistic for the WBC to do it any other way. Unless we just want to see five or six teams compete.

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    Mike Nickeas of the Mets...Canadian born, he grw up in Southern California. He's played for the USA and for Great Britain in the 2007 Euros.. His father was a soccer player from England who came over here to play in the old NASL for Vancouver. Surprised he hasn't played for Canada.
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    Timing of the WBC

    David Ortiz says that the timing of the "Classic needs to be changed". Paraphrasing Ortiz "Cubans and Asians beat us because they play year round, those guys sleep with their uniforms on". He proposes that Spring Training should be completed and that the Classic be played in April. Cleveland Indians manager, Manny Acta agrees with Ortiz, but says that an April WBC is not going to happen. Acta says that the "Solution is to play in the Winter" or a November time table. Acta says that players would be in better position to play in Winter League to prepare for a Fall/Winter WBC and it would be better than running the risk of injury right before the regular MLB season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post
    Did you rage when Mark Teahan, who is (or was) an American citizen, decided to play for Team Canada? Will you rage if a Great Britain team that consists mostly of Canadians, Aussies, and Americans beats Canada? Or a French team consisting of Quebecois?

    Why single out Israel?

    Here's the bottom line: Team Germany's organizers are free to pick only native-born Germans for their roster if they want to. They're also free to have their butts humiliated in the tournament. Italy, to their credit, wanted to win some games. And so they included Italian Americans on the team. Would I prefer to have more Alex Liddi-caliber players living in Italy? Sure. But that's not the way it is. If the WBC used strict citizenship rules, there'd be only a handful of teams who'd have a shot of winning it all. (The Dominican Republic, with the American Albert Pujols barred from playing first base, probably wouldn't be one of them.)

    Oh, and and a citizens-only rule would be unique, too, among international sport tournaments. Who was the best player on Japan's Rugby World Cup team last year? A New Zealander, who qualified to play for the Brave Blossoms because he plays his club rugby in Japan. Even the FIFA World Cup--which, to be sure, requires that players be naturalized citizens of the countries they represent--still lets players play for countries that aren't their home or birth country so long as they have "clear connection" to the country. (That wasn't always the case. Before 2004, it wasn't uncommon for players to play on several different teams in international play over their careers. Countries would simply naturalize them in order to get them on the team. A lot more corrupt and nonsensical than what the WBC does now.)

    So don't pick on Israel. Team New Zealand will no doubt field Americans and Aussies who've never stepped foot in New Zealand. The Phillipines will probably have Filipino-American players. I wouldn't be surprised if a Thai-American or two play for their parents' or grandparents' country. Obviously, this isn't ideal. But until baseball enjoys the kind of deep international popularity that soccer has, it's not really realistic for the WBC to do it any other way. Unless we just want to see five or six teams compete.

    Ummm, I've been pretty consistent in saying I hate the WBC rules for eligiblity no matter what team it is. Go back through my posts if you truly want to. Your also using sports that I agree have lax eligibility rules still. I know it won't happen but I like the IIHF rules.

    Gotta play in that country for 2 years before even being allowed to play and then you still gotta prove your connection. A Canadian hockey player cannot represent Great Britain while being allowed to get citizenship until he plays 2 years in the British Hockey League to show how serious he is taking it. The two year limit really stops the IIHF from suffering from this problem even if it means a lot of countries don't have a chance.

    I mean, when Italy held the Winter Olympics they were really afraid of their hockey team looking bad so thjey tried hard to recruit in Southern Ontario for Italian-Canadians to play for them. They were not successful though because its two years of your life. I mean, in hockey, you could easily put together awesome Australian/British/French/Dutch hockey teams with Canadians if the rules were that easy in hockey.

    Sure, the IIHF has maybe 3-4 countries that can ever compete for a Gold Medal but atleast I know each team truly represents the efforts of their national hockey federations to grow the sport.

    Just wondering if you like the WBC rules personally?
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    That's fair, cutchemist. Personally, I like the IIHF model as you described it. Assuming that real leagues can gain traction in Europe and across Asia, I think it's one the WBC can adopt down the road. But only, I think, once it's clear that it won't undermine the competitiveness of the tournament. In the meantime, some variation of the current liberal eligibility rules will have to be used--unless, again, we're happy with seeing the same five teams dominate the WBC year after year.


    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
    David Ortiz says that the timing of the "Classic needs to be changed". Paraphrasing Ortiz "Cubans and Asians beat us because they play year round, those guys sleep with their uniforms on". He proposes that Spring Training should be completed and that the Classic be played in April. Cleveland Indians manager, Manny Acta agrees with Ortiz, but says that an April WBC is not going to happen. Acta says that the "Solution is to play in the Winter" or a November time table. Acta says that players would be in better position to play in Winter League to prepare for a Fall/Winter WBC and it would be better than running the risk of injury right before the regular MLB season.

    I actually agree with this. As long as MLB runs the WBC in spring training, it'll seem like exhibition games. And, as Ortiz says, countries whose players play and train through the winter will dominate. I don't think the solution is to move it to April. (MLB won't sacrifice regular season games for this.) Or to November. (It's hard for me to think of American audiences tuning in much to fall baseball after the World Series--and when football season is hitting its stride.)

    No, the answer, I think is to play the tournament during the All-Star Break. An opening round in March or November makes sense: A field of 32 teams playing in 8 pools spread around the globe. Sort of like now. But then after that initial qualifying round, the top 8 or 16 teams can then cool their jets for a few months, and then play the remaining games in a single-elimination, NCAA basketball-style tournament held over four or five days the second week of July. The All-Star game would be canceled for that year, of course (or played with players who aren't in the WBC), but most of the top players we look forward to seeing that time of year will be playing for their countries instead. It'd take moving up the season to accomodate the extra day or two of the break. But the excitement of single-elimination--to say nothing of the fact that players are in peak form this time of year--would make it worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post
    That's fair, cutchemist. Personally, I like the IIHF model as you described it. Assuming that real leagues can gain traction in Europe and across Asia, I think it's one the WBC can adopt down the road. But only, I think, once it's clear that it won't undermine the competitiveness of the tournament. In the meantime, some variation of the current liberal eligibility rules will have to be used--unless, again, we're happy with seeing the same five teams dominate the WBC year after year.





    I actually agree with this. As long as MLB runs the WBC in spring training, it'll seem like exhibition games. And, as Ortiz says, countries whose players play and train through the winter will dominate. I don't think the solution is to move it to April. (MLB won't sacrifice regular season games for this.) Or to November. (It's hard for me to think of American audiences tuning in much to fall baseball after the World Series--and when football season is hitting its stride.)

    No, the answer, I think is to play the tournament during the All-Star Break. An opening round in March or November makes sense: A field of 32 teams playing in 8 pools spread around the globe. Sort of like now. But then after that initial qualifying round, the top 8 or 16 teams can then cool their jets for a few months, and then play the remaining games in a single-elimination, NCAA basketball-style tournament held over four or five days the second week of July. The All-Star game would be canceled for that year, of course (or played with players who aren't in the WBC), but most of the top players we look forward to seeing that time of year will be playing for their countries instead. It'd take moving up the season to accomodate the extra day or two of the break. But the excitement of single-elimination--to say nothing of the fact that players are in peak form this time of year--would make it worth it.
    Concerning eligibility, I understand the competitiveness is important but its just too lax for me. I could compromise for the moment if you allowed the current WBC rules but limited them to only 50% of your hitters and 50% of your pitchers and made the rest have to be native players, something along those lines.

    My biggest fear is a WBC team having only 10% of the team represent a country's true baseball strength. To be fair, I should save my comments for when rosters are actually announced and then I can criticize the make-up of any WBC team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post
    Why single out Israel?
    My point is a WBC (Qualifier) team should be competitive at their continental level and should only invited if the do have a strong domestic league and a running (youth and growth) programm. As I donīt know how this is with Thailand, NZ, etc I only point out to Israel. They do not really run a league - well there was twice the project but it failed. The national team plays at a low level and all of sudden they can be a fear to other countries (Canada, etc) who deserve it more to represent the country at the highest level of international Baseball.
    If we just go by european teams Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Great Britain (all EC A Pool team) can fall and miss the WBC founding because Israel (never made it out of EC B Pool) fields a team made of players with no relationship (just because of their religion heritage) to the country.

    I hope Germany will use the eligibilty rule as much as possible although I donīt like it but what I more like is to get the WBC money to keep the programm running for years. Doing this will cut longtime national team players who helped the team to be here where we are right now and believe me they hardly derserve to play at the WBC level. One player quoted at a WC: "I am an old player! You young players may get the chance to reach the MLB or even the World Series but this is my kind of World Series, I will never play at any higher stage like this. So letīs do as good as we can!"
    I do know a lot of eligible players allready asked to play for Germany and trying to set everthing up to be eligible.

    All teams are bolstering to stay/get in the money which is ok but the romantic part on international Baseball is lost.

    Quote Originally Posted by cutchemist42
    I could compromise for the moment if you allowed the current WBC rules but limited them to only 50% of your hitters and 50% of your pitchers and made the rest have to be native players, something along those lines.
    I like that idea!
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    Hey Guys,

    As a Brit I'd like to mention that if you live in a commonwealth country that does not qualify you for a British passport. Granted a lot of people who live in commonwealth or ex commonwealth will have British ancestors and therefore qualify for a passport, but just being born in Canada doesn't make you eligible for the GB team.

    I'm with Paula and hope we also take the strongest team possible, not just because of the money but because of the exposure that the sports needs in this country, especially after baseball was taken out of the Olympics. In my eyes he WBC at the moment is all about spreading the sport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FDot25 View Post
    Hey Guys,

    As a Brit I'd like to mention that if you live in a commonwealth country that does not qualify you for a British passport. Granted a lot of people who live in commonwealth or ex commonwealth will have British ancestors and therefore qualify for a passport, but just being born in Canada doesn't make you eligible for the GB team.

    I'm with Paula and hope we also take the strongest team possible, not just because of the money but because of the exposure that the sports needs in this country, especially after baseball was taken out of the Olympics. In my eyes he WBC at the moment is all about spreading the sport.
    Yeah it appears thats true then. You do get some good rights still like right to vote and hold office!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
    Not a lot of new news there, unfortunately. I know it's pretty obvious by now, but it needs to be said: The 2013 World Baseball Classic starts in just 12 months, people. To say the least, it's pretty concerning that MLB hasn't announced the venues yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
    I spoke with a member of the Great Britain team over the weekend, and he said they do not know anything. The one thing he did say is that they received an email asking who might be available from September 4th through the 30th, so as to cover the Euro's, and potentially a WBC qualifier. That leads credence to the September theories, but who is to say. He said that is a lot to ask guys who have jobs and families; to go away for a month. So, we continue to wait...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post

    Not a lot of new news there, unfortunately. I know it's pretty obvious by now, but it needs to be said: The 2013 World Baseball Classic starts in just 12 months, people. To say the least, it's pretty concerning that MLB hasn't announced the venues yet.
    Yes, it's slim pick'ens for WBC related news.

    Quote Originally Posted by Unit312J View Post
    I spoke with a member of the Great Britain team over the weekend, and he said they do not know anything. The one thing he did say is that they received an email asking who might be available from September 4th through the 30th, so as to cover the Euro's, and potentially a WBC qualifier. That leads credence to the September theories, but who is to say. He said that is a lot to ask guys who have jobs and families; to go away for a month. So, we continue to wait...
    Any idea what's the reason for the hold up; are they still trying to get Japan to participate or proceeding without Japan has proven to be more challenging to organize?

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    Canadian news on the WBC and Canadian NT on sportnset.ca. (They are the bigger of Canada's two sports networks for baseball since they own the Blue Jays)

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/201...seball_canada/

    So organizers wanted Vancouver to host a quali tourney but it did not make financial sense and no other cities work real well. September is mentioned again here so I think that's definite. I still think Winnipeg or Edmonton could have worked in September. So that means no major leaguers on quali teams, right.

    Other then that, it sounds like Toronto is waiting on Canada's success in the quali before committing to bidding for actual WBC hosting and Canada is worried about other countries pushing to naturalize players before quali rosters have to be set.

    Lastly, Germany is mentioned again as a host event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cutchemist42 View Post
    Canadian news on the WBC and Canadian NT on sportnset.ca. (They are the bigger of Canada's two sports networks for baseball since they own the Blue Jays)

    http://www.sportsnet.ca/baseball/201...seball_canada/

    So organizers wanted Vancouver to host a quali tourney but it did not make financial sense and no other cities work real well. September is mentioned again here so I think that's definite. I still think Winnipeg or Edmonton could have worked in September. So that means no major leaguers on quali teams, right.

    Other then that, it sounds like Toronto is waiting on Canada's success in the quali before committing to bidding for actual WBC hosting and Canada is worried about other countries pushing to naturalize players before quali rosters have to be set.

    Lastly, Germany is mentioned again as a host event.
    I think you can look in Germany in September and Taiwan in November as hosts. After that I think September will be the time as wel, and that helps some teams and hurts others...Especially if certain players are in the playoffs for minors. My contact in New Zealand was hoping for a September qualifer because he wanted his players more game ready. The November qualifier requires a slightly longer training camp to get them game ready and all that pre-WBC stuff comes out of the federations own pocket. For countries like New Zealand, where they have to fly EVERYBODY in it gets costly. The wait is agonzing, and inexplicable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unit312J View Post
    I think you can look in Germany in September and Taiwan in November as hosts. After that I think September will be the time as wel, and that helps some teams and hurts others...Especially if certain players are in the playoffs for minors. My contact in New Zealand was hoping for a September qualifer because he wanted his players more game ready. The November qualifier requires a slightly longer training camp to get them game ready and all that pre-WBC stuff comes out of the federations own pocket. For countries like New Zealand, where they have to fly EVERYBODY in it gets costly. The wait is agonzing, and inexplicable.
    a lot of interesting stuff in that Sportsnet article. First, it's pretty obvious that the Japanese players' hold-out is the chief culprit here. It's also becoming clear how much that hold-out is playing havoc with Team Canada--to say nothing of New Zealand and other qualifiers who need certainty in order to recruit players, line up sponsors, and the rest. Awful.

    Also, I read the article to suggest that the Germany and a possible Florida pool could be pushed back to November. And, perhaps most interesting of all, no members of an MLB 40-man roster will be eligible for the qualifiers. And that means, it seems, that--irrespective of when the qualifiers take place--the teams won't have any major leaguers on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rally Monkey View Post
    a lot of interesting stuff in that Sportsnet article. First, it's pretty obvious that the Japanese players' hold-out is the chief culprit here. It's also becoming clear how much that hold-out is playing havoc with Team Canada--to say nothing of New Zealand and other qualifiers who need certainty in order to recruit players, line up sponsors, and the rest. Awful.

    Also, I read the article to suggest that the Germany and a possible Florida pool could be pushed back to November. And, perhaps most interesting of all, no members of an MLB 40-man roster will be eligible for the qualifiers. And that means, it seems, that--irrespective of when the qualifiers take place--the teams won't have any major leaguers on them.
    Yeah this quote from the sportsnet article seems to indicate no MLBers in the qualis.

    "That is the danger both for Canada, and World Baseball Classic organizers, who risk missing out on stars such as Joey Votto, Justin Morneau, Jason Bay, Russell Martin, John Axford and Brett Lawrie should an upset occur."

    I still wish the quali length was longer. I rarely get to watch international baseball and I want something more then 3 games!

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