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  • Originally posted by quinnystar27 View Post
    After reading some articles I think it will be Andrus. Sojo has already stated that established MLB stars for Venezuela will have guaranteed spots. Also a prelim list of 50 players has been sent to MLB and clubs to ask how they feel about the players. Some unknown or Minor league venezuelan players were left out but it isn't 100% sure who just rumours.

    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.
    Victor Martinez is coming back from a season ending injury,the Tigers don't want to risk another injury in an intense tournament like The Classic. Francisco Rodriguez relieved in '09 for Venezuela,he might be willing to play next year.

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    • Why not Johan?

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      • Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
        Why not Johan?
        I heard Johan is not going to play. This is what some people closed to him have said. But who knows.

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        • Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
          Why not Johan?
          I have a feeling the Mets won't release him, because they pulled the plug on his 2012 season due to some back stiffness in which an MRI revealed some damage.

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          • 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.

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            • 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

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              • Originally posted by ddrapayo View Post
                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?
                The 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?

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                • New World Order: Fan Cave to get Classic feel

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                  • 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!

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                    • Choo announced last month that he won't play in the Classic.

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                      • Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
                        Choo announced last month that he won't play in the Classic.
                        I am not very worried about certain players from the asian teams not playing the classic. Japan and Korea have already proved that they have quality players that MLB fans never heard of that can win.


                        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.

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                        • 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.

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                          • Puerto Rican coaches announced

                            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

                            Source: http://www.beisbolmundial.com/926_an...e-beisbol.html

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                            • Originally posted by Richard View Post
                              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.
                              That is not a surprise, I expect him to play for Dominicana

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                              • 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

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