I expect MLB Network to cover the WBCQs in November. However, the Germany WBCQ will be played when the MLB Playoff chases are heating up; scheduling may be an issue on MLB Network.
I have a feeling Sportsnet in Canada who owns the Jays will broadcast the German quali. They have done the WBC and have also broadcast the junior World Championships in Thunder Bay. Sportsnet also reports on Baseball Canada a lot and has provided this thread with good articles for info.
The Qualifier pools seem to give a huge edge to #18 Spain, and to #7 Taiwan; while making things almost level for Panama, and making things very difficult for #17 Germany.
QUALIFIER ONE - September 20-24 at Armin-Wolf-Arena, Regensburg, Germany - #17 Germany hosting #6 Canada, #20 Czech, #23 Britain
QUALIFIER TWO - November dates TBD at Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida - #18 Spain, #35 South Africa, #41 France, #48 Israel
QUALIFIER THREE - November dates TBD at Xinziang Stadium, New Taipei City, Taiwan - #7 Taiwan hosting #22 Thailand, #28 Philippines, Unranked/#78 New Zealand
QUALIFIER FOUR - November 14-18 at Estadio Rod Carew, Panama City, Panama - #15 Panama hosting #14 Nicaragua, # 26 Colombia, #33 Brazil
So Spain's strongest opponent is ranked 17 places lower, and Taiwan's strongest opponent is ranked 15 places lower.
This compares to Panama's strongest opponent which is ranked one place higher, and Germany's strongest opponent which is ranked 11 places higher.
Things may not be so bad for #17 Germany though. There seems to be a consensus that Canada is ranked way above where it should be ranked. Plus Germany will have home field advantage over Canada.
Remember...they broadcast the Caribbean Series AND the ABL FROM THE STUDIO IN NEW JERSEY.....NOT IN PERSON. IT IS AWFUL
Plowry u r analyzing this way to much. Spain is not going to win. IF Israel have major leaguers there done. The ibaf rankings is a joke. Pool 2 is a toss up if Israel have MLB players it's theirs to win.Pool 4 is the toughest it is el grupo de la muerte. I pick panama. Pool 3 it's Chinese Taipei to win especially having home field advantage. IMO it's the weakest pool out of all them. I never seen NZ ever play in international competition but I might be wrong. Philippines and Thailand always get slaughtered when they get invited in the world cup.
I forgot pool 1 it's between Germany and Canada to win.
Who else saw the article about the Korean players boycotting the WBC. That is their current status.... Not good.....
Wow, it's really interesting how the WBC has apparently given the Japanese players--and now Korean players--so much more leverage than they had before. I'm not sure how this will all settle out, but the players' ability to withhold their support for the national team has the potential to reshape player-owner relations across the Asian leagues. Stay tuned!
It's because the WBC is something they can risk, since they won't lose any of their salary by boycotting.
Some international baseball stories worth sharing coming out of the south pacific and middle east(via SF):
With the announcement in the New Zealand story above, we now know the dates for three of the four Qualifier Pools:
POOL ONE in Armin-Wolf-Arena, Regensburg, Germany --- Thu Sep 20 through Mon Sep 24
POOL TWO in Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida, USA --- dates in Nov are still unknown
POOL THREE in XinZhuang Stadium, Taipei, Taiwan --- Thu Sep 15 through Sun Nov 18
POOL FOUR in Estadio Rod Carew, Panama City, Panama --- Wed Nov 14 through Sun Nov 18
What do you think the attendance will be in these four pools ? Here is a guess-timate:
POOL ONE --- Regensburg, Germany --- capacity 10,500 --- 10,500 for games involving Germany; 4000 for games not involving Germany
POOL TWO --- Jupiter, Florida, USA --- capacity 6871 --- no host team --- 6871 for games involving Israel; 5000 for games not involving Israel
POOL THREE --- Taipei, Taiwan --- capacity 11,000 --- 11,000 for games involving Taiwan; 3000 for games not involving Taiwan
POOL FOUR --- Panama City, Panama --- capacity 27,000 --- 25,000 for games involving Panama; 6000 for games not involving Panama
What do you all think about these prospective attendance figures ?
Regensburg: Near sellout for Germany games, 2k average for others. As has been mentioned, Czech should represent well given the proximity to Prag and Brno, but GB and Canada probably won't. Has been talk that the stadium will sit 10k as during the BWC in '09, but Germany didnt sell out against China or Venezuela. Doubt it.
Jupiter: No sellouts, average of 2.5k. Given Spain and Israel as the regional supported favorites, they could draw more. Depends on the marketing.
Taipei: max 2k average for games not involving the hosts. Just no interest in the other countries, and the home fans know their team will advance, so they might stay away.
Panama: Would guess max 15k for the hosts games in the final, around 2k for the others. Again, I don't see anyone traveling to Panama City to watch a qualifier.
It would be great to see a push by MLBtv to get these covered, and in some way that is free for viewers. This will help grow the interest of the game in the countries that are participating. If your team is playing two thousand kilometers away from home, you won't fly to watch a game you have just moderate interest in, but partnerships to get it on TV in the home market of every team will raise the profile of the national team program and MLB; a win-win situation. Whether its live streaming online, or getting it on tape delay to the sports sender in the country, anything helps! Im sure the teams from the non-hosts especially would second this.
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The latest on the WBCQ...
Former major leaguers Brad Ausmus, Shawn Green and Gabe Kapler have expressed interest in playing or coaching for Israel, the IAB noted. Two pitchers with Bay Area roots — Scott Feldman of Burlingame (Texas Rangers) and Aaron Poreda of Moraga (Double-A in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization) — are other possibilities.Source: http://www.jweekly.com/article/full/...ether-for-wbc/Aaron Pribble of San Francisco, a standout high school pitcher in Marin in the mid-1990s, is among the players expected to receive an invitation to try out for the Israeli squad.
Pribble pitched in the short-lived Israel Baseball League in 2007 and wrote a book about the experience titled “Pitching in the Promised Land.”
Ticket prices for the WBCQ in Germany have been announced and will be on sale starting April 27th via www.worldbaseballclassic.de
Ticket Prices World Baseball Classic Qualifier Regensburg:
Single Ticket Single Ticket Week Pass
Category Sept. 20/21/23/24 Sept. 22 Sept. 20 to 24
Homeplate Premium 50 Euros 75 Euros 220 Euros
Homeplate 40 Euros 60 Euros 175 Euros
Infield 30 Euros 45 Euros 130 Euros
Baseline 20 Euros 30 Euros 85 Euros
Outfield 15 Euros 20 Euros 60 Euros
additionally it looks like the Asien Qualifier in Raiwan will be held from 15th to 18th November according to this article http://www.baseballnewzealand.com/in...journey-begins
Originally Posted by Baseball New Zealand
The only thing you know is you never know and that you know for sure!
Another interesting article here about Canada's rough road ahead in qualifying for the WBC:
Apparently, Russell Martin and Justin Morneau weren't aware that they're ineligible to play in the Septemer qualifier. Also, one of the premises of the article is that the teams playing in November will be able to use players who are on an MLB 40-man roster. It doesn't confirm that--but it's the clear implication. So now I guess I'm just confused.
Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/04/17/canada.world.baseball.classic/index.html#ixzz1sQjgeUSS"
The qualifiers are going to be ignored for the most part anyway. Why worry then about October? In October, Canada would have watched since we only have 1 MLB that more then likely won't be playing in October.