Why not Johan?
It occurs to me that Venezuela is probably one team that really benefits from the tournament returning to a round robin format in the opening pools. Even though they've been placed in a true pool of death, they can plan ahead and set their pitching according to their scheduled opponents. And so that means they can afford to bring on a minor league prospect to handle Spain on the last day of the opening round (March 10). (No offense against Spain. But it's a talented team--of minor league players.) Then Felix, who'll be well-rested after playing the first game against the DR on March 7), can pitch in the first game of the second round on March 12. If Venezuela wins its first two games of that modified double-elimination round, they'll only need to carry three pitchers.
Does anyone know if the dates listed on the official schedule are local or Eastern? For instance, does Game 2 of the Taichung pool start at 12:30 PM on March 2 local (March 1 at 11:30 PM EST) or 11:30 PM EST on March 2 (12:30 PM on March 3 local)?
And why does Game 3 of Taichung come after game 4 (and possibly Game 1 after Game 2, depending on whether the dates are local or Eastern)? Could it have something to do with the host also being a qualifier?
Edit: Fixed the Eastern time
official schedule lists both the local time (that is, the time the game starts in the plae it's playes) and the Eastern time. I'm not sure why the dates for Games 3 and 4 are switched on the Taiching schedule. Good catch. Maybe an error?
So with the trade of Shin Shoo Choo to the Reds, will he now play for Korea? One thing that might change his plans is the Reds want to move him to centerfield, where he hasn't played since 2009 (that only a few games) - he and the Reds may want him in camp working on a new position rather than playing in the WBC.
If evolution is outlawed, only outlaws will evolve!
Choo announced last month that he won't play in the Classic.
What I am worried about is the other teams, to get the classic as a mainstay the big names from MLB have to participate. The big names from KBO or NPB are a good inclusion but the average MLB fan wont know who they are.
I met a Dominican baseball fan and he claims he heard on a Dominican radio that Pujols might play for the DR in the WBC. Just passing it on.
Edwin Rodríguez -- Manager
José “Tony” Valentín -- Bench Coach
Carlos Delgado -- Hitting Coach
Ricky Bones -- Pitching Coach
José ‘Cheo’ Rosado -- Bullpen Coach
Carlos Baerga -- First Base Coach
Josué Espada -- Third Base Coach
News from Venezuela
Venezuelan coaching staff:
Bench Coach Luis Dorante
First base coach Carlos Garcia
Third base coach Omar Malave
Hitting coach Andres Galaragga
Pitching coach Wilson Alavarez
Bullpen coach Marco Davavillo
Manger Luis Sojo
This is old news but just confirming it. Also got a update on some player news
Here are the tabulated results for the November 2012 WBC Qualifiers Contest. Congratulations to Rally Monkey for winning, and to New England Amazins for finishing in second place 66 points ahead of the third place contestant (which would be me).
To review, each contestant received ten points for having the correct winning team for each game, ten points for having the correct losing team for each game, a penalty for the differential between the actual winning team's runs and their guess for each game, and a penalty for the differential between the actual winning team's runs and their guess for each game.
For example, here is the calculation for Rally Monkey's prediction on the First Game in Panama City. He predicted Panama 16 Brazil 1. The actual final score was Brazil 3 Panama 2. So he got zero points for predicting the winning team; zero points for predicting the losing team; 16 minus 3 = 13 penalty points for the differential between the actual winning team's runs and his guess for the winning team's runs; and 2 minus 1 = 1 penalty point for the differential between the actual losing team's runs and his guess for the losing team's runs. So adding it all up, he received 0 + 0 - 13 - 1 = -14 poings for this game.
Here are the results:
Rally Monkey --- for Panama City 6; for New Taipei City 90; Overall 96 points.
New England Amazins --- for Panama City 9; for New Taipei City 62; Overall 71 points.
PLowry --- for Panama City -24; for New Taipei City 29; Overall 5 points.
Hope you will participate in the March 2013 WBC Contest.
Paragraph 2 above got garbled, stating winning where it should have stated losing. Here is the corrected second paragraph for the above post:
To review, each contestant received ten points for having the correct winning team for each game, ten points for having the correct losing team for each game, a penalty for the differential between the actual winning team's runs and their guess for each game, and a penalty for the differential between the actual losing team's runs and their guess for each game.
So I just got an invite to a Facebook event entitled "Coming Together to Protest the WBC." At first, I wondered why people were organizing a mass protest against the World Baseball Classic. Then I realized it was the other WBC, the one we don't like, the one who is coming to Connecticut to protest at children's funerals.
What does it say about me that the first WBC I think of, even in times like this, is the World Baseball Classic?
Another great issue of Baseball America gives good coverage to the WBC.
Page 11 and page 30 in the Dec 11 - Jan 1 issue are devoted to the November Qualifiers.
Both are written by John Manuel.
The focal points are Brazil's unexpected success in Panama City, and Johnny Damon's participation with Team Thailand in New Taipei City.