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  • WBC Announces Pitch Limits,Mercy Rules

    Classic announces pitch limits, mercy rules
    Associated Press
    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/worldc...ory?id=2307629

    NEW YORK -- The World Baseball Classic set its pitch limits and mercy rules Thursday, designed to protect pitchers in the early stages of spring training and cut short one-sided games.

    Pitchers in the first round of games, scheduled from March 3-10, will be limited to 65 pitches. The amount rises to 80 pitches for the second round, set for March 12-16, and 95 for the semifinals on March 18 and the championship March 20.

    A 30-pitch outing must be followed by one day off, and a 50-pitch outing must be followed by four days off. No one will be allowed to pitch on three consecutive days.

    Pitchers who reach the limit will be allowed to complete the current plate appearance. The usual rule that a starting pitcher must throw at least five innings to get credit for a win will be waived.

    All games will use designated hitters. Games will be stopped after five innings when a team is ahead by 15 or more runs and after seven innings when a team is ahead by at least 10 runs. A game can be stopped in the middle of an inning if a team reaches the threshold.

    Limits were also set on players in the tournament from any major-league team: 14 from an organization and 10 from its active 25-man roster or disabled list last Aug. 31. A major-league team is allowed to waive the limit for its players. The tournament organizers -- the commissioner's office and the players' association -- may also block "players whose participation would otherwise impose an undue hardship" on their major-league team. The rules gave the examples of "too many starting pitchers, too many catchers."

    The 16 teams in the WBC must submit final 30-man rosters five days before their openers. Teams can replace disabled players from names on their preliminary 60-man rosters, but only for following rounds.

    The tiebreakers in the standings used for advancement will be head-to-head record, followed by fewest runs allowed per inning, fewest earned runs allowed per inning, highest batting average in head-to-head games and a drawing of lots. The tiebreakers are based on International Baseball Federation rules.

    The WBC also stated its previously discussed rules on eligibility. A player can represent a country if he is a citizen, qualifies for citizenship, holds a passport or is qualified to hold a passport, is a legal resident, was born in the country, has a parent who is or was a citizen and has a parent who was born there.

  • #2
    A mercy rule is usually a pretty good indication that some teams don't belong in the tournament.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by runningshoes53
      A mercy rule is usually a pretty good indication that some teams don't belong in the tournament.
      So that will be three times for Peoples Republic of China, and out through the revolving door.

      I still think that the Philippines are way better than China.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by runningshoes53
        A mercy rule is usually a pretty good indication that some teams don't belong in the tournament.
        What if one of the favoured teams falls behind and the mercy rule applies? It can happen! There are a few games in the MLB (including playoffs) where the mercy rule could have applied. From what I have seen the mercy rule applies in most (if not all) international competition, so this tournament is no different. The pitching limit is reasonable given the way the MLB don't want their players to do too much - we don't want any nasty injuries do we!
        "A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz." ~Humphrey Bogart

        No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference. ~Tommy Lasorda

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        • #5
          Is this professional baseball or Little League? Give me a break.
          "Too many pitchers, that's all, there are just too many pitchers Ten or twelve on a team. Don't see how any of them get enough work. Four starting pitchers and one relief man ought to be enough. Pitch 'em every three days and you'd find they'd get control and good, strong arms."

          -Cy Young

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          • #6
            Which first round matchups have a good chance of having to use the mercy rule. the schedule is posted here: http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/wbc/schedule.jsp

            some possibilities:

            Japan v. China
            Canada v. S. Africa
            Mexico v. S. Africa
            USA v. S. Africa
            PR v. Netherlands
            DR v. Australia

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Sean Casey
              Is this professional baseball or Little League? Give me a break.
              In an tournament situation, when playing several games at the same location, a run seperation rule (I detest the term "mercy rule") is appropriate.
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              • #8
                I would like to see a mercy rule applied to bad baseball broadcasters.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sean Casey
                  Is this professional baseball or Little League? Give me a break.
                  Since no one is getting paid to play in the WBC, I guess it's closer to Little League. Certainly not professional, by definition, if no cash is exchanged.
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