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    LET THEM PLAY!!! Enuff Said!

  • #2
    hAHAHA!! Me 3!!!


    That's the best way out...
    Licey campeón today and always!

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    • #3
      They already ARE allowed to play. They just can't receive any of the profits.

      The media has screwed up this story even worse than the coal miner's disaster last week.

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      • #4
        NEW YORK (AP) - Baseball's world governing body has threatened to withdraw its sanctioning of the World Baseball Classic unless the Bush administration allows Cuba to compete.

        Rich Levin, a spokesman for the commissioner's office, said Friday that a letter was faxed from International Baseball Federation president Aldo Notari, informing Major League Baseball of the IBAF's decision.
        It is unclear whether the 16-team tournament, scheduled for March 3-20, would go forward without the IBAF's sanction. The tournament is being jointly administered by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

        Notari's letter was first reported Thursday by the Toronto Sun.

        The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control in mid-December denied the request for a license to allow Cuba to participate. The license is necessary because of U.S. laws governing certain commercial transactions with the Fidel Castro-controlled nation.

        Baseball reapplied on Dec. 22 after Cuba said it would donate any money it earned from its participation to victims of Hurricane Katrina. The commissioner's office and the union said OFAC had not told them of its decision on the revised application.

        "We're hopeful that Cuba will be able to play," Levin said.

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        • #5
          This is exactly what is wrong with international baseball: (1) It's run by a guy from Italy and (2) they don't know what the hell they're talking about.

          Politics aside, MLB was free to invite anyone they wanted to participate. There are a lot more pro players from Nicaragua and Colombia than South Africa, but the IBAF didn't have a problem with the selections.

          The best thing for international baseball is for the IBAF to go out of business and start over. It's run by a bunch of clowns.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Agente Libre
            This is exactly what is wrong with international baseball: (1) It's run by a guy from Italy and (2) they don't know what the hell they're talking about.

            Politics aside, MLB was free to invite anyone they wanted to participate. There are a lot more pro players from Nicaragua and Colombia than South Africa, but the IBAF didn't have a problem with the selections.

            The best thing for international baseball is for the IBAF to go out of business and start over. It's run by a bunch of clowns.
            Clowns or not, the reality is that RIGHT NOW if the IBAF doesn't endorse a tournament a baseball, it can't be played by national teams, since the national olympic committees are afiliated with IBAF...
            Licey campeón today and always!

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            • #7
              We'll see about that. Unless IBAF granted CONDITIONAL approval based on Cuba's participation, Notari's tough-guy letter might be little more than wasted paper. Otherwise, MLB will have grounds for damages if IBAF bans its members from participating.

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              • #8
                Just for reference, Licey Fan (Post #2) is NOT having hallucinations. There was a mix-up that deleted the original post #2, in which I stated, "I second the motion," to the first post. Hence, Licey Fan exclaimed, "Me 3," and laughed because something else was said before that. So there you have it.
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                • #9
                  Lasorda expects Cuba in World Baseball Classic

                  http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/s...e=MLBHeadlines

                  Lasorda promotes World Baseball Classic
                  Associated Press


                  TOKYO -- Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda thinks Cuba will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic.


                  The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control in mid-December denied the request for a license to allow Cuba to participate. The license is necessary because of U.S. laws governing certain commercial transactions with the Fidel Castro-controlled nation.


                  Major League Baseball reapplied Dec. 22 after Cuba said it would donate any money it earned from its participation to victims of Hurricane Katrina.


                  Lasorda, who led the U.S. team to the 2000 Olympic gold medal at Sydney, was in Tokyo on Wednesday to promote the 16-nation, World Cup-style tournament set for March.


                  "I think they [the Treasury Department] are just trying to stop Cuba from making money because of sanctions," Lasorda said at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan. "Because they have offered to give their earnings to the victims of Katrina I think they will be allowed to play."


                  Lasorda also said he was disappointed that Japanese major league stars Hideki Matsui and Tadahito Iguchi won't play in the event.


                  "I know [Matsui] is a tremendous guy but I'm disappointed that he and Iguchi won't be representing their country," Lasorda said. "You've got to be patriotic for your country and I'd like to see Matsui play. He's a great player and the Japanese team needs him."
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                  • #10
                    Baseball officials visit Cuba

                    Posted: Thursday Jan 12, 2006 8:31 PM

                    NEW YORK (AP) - Still waiting for the Bush administration to decide whether Cuba will be allowed to play in the World Baseball Classic, officials of the commissioner's office and the players' association visited the island this week to go over logistics for the tournament.

                    Paul Archey, senior vice president of Major League Baseball International, went to the communist island nation along with union lawyer Doyle Pryor, according to Rich Levin, a spokesman for the commissioner's office.

                    The U.S. Treasury Department last month denied baseball's application for Cuba to play in the United States. A permit is necessary because of laws governing certain transactions with Cuba, which generally is not allowed to receive U.S. currency.

                    After Cuba promised to donate any money to victims of Hurricane Katrina, baseball reapplied for a permit. Baseball is awaiting a decision on its second application, Levin said Thursday.

                    The International Baseball Federation says it will withdraw its sanction of the tournament if Cuba isn't allowed to play.

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                    • #11


                      MLB optimistic Cuba will play in WBC

                      http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/news/a...=.jsp&c_id=mlb

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