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  • World Baseball Classic: Who's going to win?

    So, who do you think will win the 1st World Baseball Classic, with games starting this week, we'll soon see.
    56
    China
    0.00%
    0
    Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
    0.00%
    0
    Japan
    1.79%
    1
    Korea
    1.79%
    1
    Canada
    7.14%
    4
    Mexico
    1.79%
    1
    South Africa
    3.57%
    2
    United States
    30.36%
    17
    Cuba
    10.71%
    6
    Netherlands
    0.00%
    0
    Panama
    0.00%
    0
    Puerto Rico
    0.00%
    0
    Australia
    0.00%
    0
    Dominican Republic
    30.36%
    17
    Italy
    0.00%
    0
    Venezuela
    12.50%
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  • #2
    Viva Cuba!

    The Cuban National Team is my favorite to win this series of exhibitions. They are the winningest club in international baseball, and have played together for years. I think this gives them a huge advantage over the cobbled together squads of MLB superstars and true countrymen. Plus, as I mentioned in a previous thread, many other teams are having players drop out like seventeen year old high school freshmen.
    Baseball is a ballet without music. Drama without words ~Ernie Harwell

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    • #3
      South Africa.
      CLEVELAND INDIANS Central Division Champions

      1920 1948 1954 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2001 2007

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      • #4
        Im Dominican through and through and when the tournament was first announced I picked DR to win it all with relative ease. But, when A-rod backed out I said ok we still have enough to win it all. As Cano backed out I didn't care. But when I found out Pedro wasn't going to pitch in the first round and F. Cordero backed out I thought we'd have to fight to win it all. The final straw was when Both Ramirez's dropped out. DR has still a potent offense but only 1 pitcher in Colon and really no bullpen. On ESPN I saw the potential Venezuela roster and was impressed. I f thats Venezuela's actual roster then they'll be in the mix. My predictions are

        1. USA
        2. Venezuela
        3. Dominican Republic

        Lets go DR
        "I was pitching one day when my glasses clouded up on me. I took them off to polish them. When I looked up to the plate, I saw Jimmie Foxx. The sight of him terrified me so much that I haven't been able to wear glasses since." - Left Gomez

        "(Lou) Gehrig never learned that a ballplayer couldn't be good every day." - Hank Gowdy

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        • #5
          Originally posted by BoofBonser26
          South Africa.
          Dude, Barry Armitage isn't that good a prospect.....

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          • #6
            I went with Venezuela.... if they had everyone playing that originally were marked in they would almost be a lock (Johan Santana and King Felix in same rotation...)

            Great Ace (Santana), Great Closer (K-Rod), Great Lineup

            I hope the US wins, but my money is on Venezuela


            On another note: I dont see Cuba getting past Puerto Rico, all of the so call great Cuban defectors havent really lived up to the hype and I'm not sure if they can beat a team of actual major leaguers

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            • #7
              I'm saying Dominican Republic but i'd like to see a euro team like holland to cause an upset
              Don't blame us if we ever doubt you,
              You know we couldn't live without you
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Gamingboy
                Dude, Barry Armitage isn't that good a prospect.....
                Says you!

                (I'm embarrased to look at the box score of any game they'll play in. Mercy rule, anyone?)
                CLEVELAND INDIANS Central Division Champions

                1920 1948 1954 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2001 2007

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                • #9
                  Gotta go with Dominican Republic. Very good looking team.

                  -B429R
                  Don't let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you teach, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity
                  1 Timothy 4:12 New Living Testament

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                  • #10
                    If there hadn't been any pitching restraints, I would have gone with the US. I went with Venezuela, with the US a close second, only because there might be a chance that the US won't be able to use any pitcher they desire, in any given time.
                    "I know One Thing, That I Know Nothing" - - - Socrates

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                    • #11
                      Dominican Republic.
                      Using a stolen chant from Boston Celtics fans whenever an L.A. team is playing up there just reeks of inferiority complex.

                      If hitting a baseball is the toughest thing to do in sports, then pitching must be the easiest thing to do in sports.

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                      • #12
                        I'm going with Venezuala. Their pitching is absolutely stacked with Santana, Zambrano, and Freddy Garcia. They also have guys like Carlos Silva, Juan Rincon, Fransisco Rodriguez, and Gustavo Chacin.

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                        • #13
                          I'll have to go with the Dominican team, then USA then maybe Venezuela.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by trosmok
                            many other teams are having players drop out like seventeen year old high school freshmen.

                            you'd have to be the stupidest kid on earth to be 17 in your freshmen year of high school

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                            • #15
                              Looking over the rosters, I like USA or Venezuela. The Venezuelans seem to be taking this more seriously than other countries, so I guess they're my pick.

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