this interview, I was right about Russell Martin: He'll do anything to play. Even reporting to the Pirates in January!
News from Venezuela:
According to Luis Sojo these two players have confirmed for sure. Miguel Cabrera and Felix Hernandez.
It seems that Sojo stated that Johan Santana wont participate in the classic.
The prelim roster is still not out but Sojo stated he can guarantee miguel cabrera and felix hernandez. He also stated that Venezuelan superstars in the MLB will guaranteed spots. I imagine he means the Pablo Sandovals of MLB will have their starting spot for sure if they decide to play.
Sojo also mentioned that he is keen on getting 20 key players to show a full commitment. And that he is disappointed that he cannot get more time to train his team according to MLB. Though he will ask certain players to start separate team workouts and individual workout outs.
On paper, Venezuela's the team to beat. The lack of practice time will no doubt hurt, but I'm wondering if competing in the San Juan pool of death will help sharpen them up for the finals.
With today's signing of Jason Bay, I think we can pretty much scratch him from Team Canada's roster. The Mariners gave him a one year, $500,000 deal, with another $500,000 if he makes the team out of training camp. No way he can afford now to skip spring training.
So who starts at shortstop for Venezuela? Can anyone give me.a starting line up for VenezuelaHow about starting lineups for the DR, PR abd Cuba? Cuban defectors alone would be formidable.
UPDATE: Omar Vizquel and Luis Aparicio are obvious picks too. But I think they're still retired.
By the way, Andrus is playing in the Venezuelan winter league to help prepare for the WBC.
Last edited by Rally Monkey; 12-08-2012 at 10:22 PM.
How bout relievers for Venezuela, having quality reliever is CRUCIAL in winning the WBC. I can only think of Rafael Betancourt on top of my head.
And, thy've got ONLY King Felix for starting pitcher- Venezuela's hitting's gonna rake, but I doubt that they can win without any quality pitchers(felix is an exception!).
Probably Andrus but Escobar and Cabrera are excellent also. Has Cargo made a commitment yet? Venezuela's infield is tremendous. Cabrera at first, Panda at third, Andrus at short, Altuve at second or another shortstop and Montero or the catcher from KC catching. Not bad. By the way, does anyone think Pujols will play for the DR?
But none of the major venezuelan players have been left out. Assuming Venezuela gets everybody they want here is what I think it will look like:
SP: Felix Hernandez, Armando Galaragga, Anibal Sanchez
Catcher: Ramon Hernandez, Wilson Ramos(though I hear he might not be so keen), Henry Blanco,
1st base: Miguel Cabrera for sure or maybe has DH,
DH: Victor Martinez or Miguel Cabrera
2nd/SS Asdurbal Cabrera, Marco Scutaro, Jose Lopez, Omar Infante
SS: Elvius Andrus(for sure if he goes)
3rd base: Pablo Sandoval
Outfield: Gregor Blanco, Carlos Gonzalez, Gerado Parra, Martin Pardo, Bobby Abreu
Relief pitchers is the big question but guys like Felix Doubront can be there. Yet this is just a random list i put together other then the big names the team can look very different.
I would love though if they added Omar Vizquel as a coach.
Last edited by quinnystar27; 12-09-2012 at 05:55 AM.
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