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  • Originally posted by SDL View Post
    One thing I will say...Contreras would be an asset right now..he knows MLBers and you can bet that if he meets the Cuban team, they WILL be picking his brain.
    I dont think that contreras will have secret information. I mean MLB games are available to the public all you need a MLB.TV account. If there was important injury news the american media will probably cover it.

    I think Cuba needs to worry more about Japan and Korea they wont be easy to beat.

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    • Originally posted by quinnystar27 View Post
      I dont think that contreras will have secret information. I mean MLB games are available to the public all you need a MLB.TV account. If there was important injury news the american media will probably cover it.

      I think Cuba needs to worry more about Japan and Korea they wont be easy to beat.
      I think SDL might have been referring to the American's pitching mechanics not about the games itself,and by the way i don't think the average Cuban citizen has access to MLB games.

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      • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
        I think SDL might have been referring to the American's pitching mechanics not about the games itself,and by the way i don't think the average Cuban citizen has access to MLB games.

        I still dont think Jose can offer that much help.

        Though it is hard for cuban citizen to have access to games. Many papers still print the information. And the ministry of sports has the information I am sure it.

        Still cuba's biggest worry is Korea and Japan. I doubt they will play the US until the semifinals.

        I am very interested in this cuban team, they lost quite a few stars and after the last classic they are going to be in predator mode. Cuba has struggled by their standards in a few international competition. One of my favorite teams I am very interested in what will happen soon.

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        • Originally posted by quinnystar27 View Post
          I still dont think Jose can offer that much help.

          Though it is hard for cuban citizen to have access to games. Many papers still print the information. And the ministry of sports has the information I am sure it.

          Still cuba's biggest worry is Korea and Japan. I doubt they will play the US until the semifinals.

          I am very interested in this cuban team, they lost quite a few stars and after the last classic they are going to be in predator mode. Cuba has struggled by their standards in a few international competition. One of my favorite teams I am very interested in what will happen soon.
          Cuba has a true national team,they routinely tour the world,which the same cannot be said about most of the other nations,at any given day they can upset rather beat any country in the world.

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          • and in short tournament like the WBC,the team that plays the best as team will win, not the team with the best players .....japan ,korea and cuba who have no major league players ,but major league talent ,can compete with the usa ,venezuela and domicans .....

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            • Bad news for Team Netherlands (and WBC fans): Jurickson Profar is out.

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              • Post edited below...
                Last edited by dviera78; 02-05-2013, 05:18 PM.

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                • There is no way Cuban "defectors" will be called upon to strenghten the Cuban National Team. Not yet. Contrera's visit to the island was not covered by the "national media" and sport news writers and radio commentators were banned from talking about Contreras publicly. Also, the Cuban government controls the internet usage so the average Cuban has no access to it. Cuba bans all type og MLB related news, especially those concerning Cubans in MLB. They see MLB riches as their worst enemies for the hearts and minds of their ball players.
                  The Cuban National Team will always be competitive, but this Classic's team will not be as good as the 09 team, in my opinion better still than the 06 team. This time around Cuba will not only have Aroldis Chapman, Leonys Martin, and Yoenis Cespedes, but missing from team will be seasoned veteran pitchers like Norge L. Vera and Pedro L. Lazo, both of whom have retired since 2009, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez who recently defected to Costa Rica, Yadier Pedroso - thought by many to be Cuba's best pitcher today - and Dalier Hinojosa, both injured, two-time WBC participant lefty Yuliesky Gonzalez, recently separated from the preselection team under shady circunstances (rumored to be planning to defect) and all star second baseman Hector Olivera, sidelined since last year by a blood disorder illness. They will also be missing long time national team catcher Ariel Pestano, 38, due to a decline level of play this year and strong differences with Cuba's current manager Victor Mesa.
                  The only position where Cuba will be better off than the 09 team will on first base where newcomer Jose D. Abreu brings legitimate MLB power contrary to 06 where a contingency of players shared it without much success.

                  In my opinion Cuba's line up should look like this:

                  1) Rusney Castillo/Guillermo Heredia CF
                  2) Jose M. Fernandez (L) 2B
                  3) Frederich Cepeda (S) DH
                  4) Alfredo Despaigne LF
                  5) Jose D. Abreu 1B
                  6) Yuliesky Gourriel 3B
                  7) Alexei Bell RF
                  8) Elier Sanchez C
                  9) Erisbel Arruebaruena SS

                  * Another possibility is to play both, Castillo and Heredia as they both can play RF and CF, but I like Castillo more in CF.

                  The pitching staff will be anchored by Ismel Jimenez, Freddy Asiel Alvarez, and Vladimir Garcia. One young kid to keep am eye on will be 22-year-old Raicel Iglesias who usually sits around 96-97 MPH. My prediction is that despite Cuba's weaknesses, they should make it to San Francisco. Korea and Japan will also be lacking key players and this should play in Cuba's favor. Regards!
                  Last edited by dviera78; 02-05-2013, 05:19 PM.

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                  • I wonder why Profar, is he competing for an MLB job with the Rangers? Darvish also isn't playing, are the Rangers hard about the WBC?

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                    • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
                      I wonder why Profar, is he competing for an MLB job with the Rangers? Darvish also isn't playing, are the Rangers hard about the WBC?
                      Reports are that Profar has a real chance to make the 25-man roster, and was told that he'd be more likely to start in Triple A if he misses camp.

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                      • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
                        I wonder why Profar, is he competing for an MLB job with the Rangers? Darvish also isn't playing, are the Rangers hard about the WBC?
                        I doesn't appear that the Rangers are undermining the tournament, they have seven other players committed to play. Most notably, Derek Holland (USA), Elvis Andrus (VEN) and Adrian Beltre (DOM).

                        Source: http://rangers.scout.com/2/1258817.html

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                        • Bad news for Team Canada: Scott Richmond is out.
                          http://www.mister-baseball.com/nick-...as-wbc-roster/

                          Potential good news, though, for the Netherlands: Profar may be back in.
                          http://rangersblog.dallasnews.com/20...-classic.html/
                          Last edited by Rally Monkey; 02-07-2013, 02:59 PM.

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                          • Terrible news for the WBC: Felix Hernandez is apparently out.
                            http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/ey...eball/21670591

                            Here's hoping he stays on the roster to at least make an appearance in the semis or finals.

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                            • Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
                              Terrible news for the WBC: Felix Hernandez is apparently out.
                              http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/blog/ey...eball/21670591

                              Here's hoping he stays on the roster to at least make an appearance in the semis or finals.
                              That's great news. As a Mariner fan, I couldn't care less about the WBC. The last thing the Mariners need is their lone attraction blowing his shoulder out in a meaningless game against Panama.
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                              • Originally posted by Phantom Dreamer View Post
                                That's great news. As a Mariner fan, I couldn't care less about the WBC. The last thing the Mariners need is their lone attraction blowing his shoulder out in a meaningless game against Panama.
                                Fair enough. But that sentiment isn't likely to win you many friends on this board.

                                Oh, and with or without Felix, the Ms aren't winning more than 85 games this year. Not that anyone outside of the Pacific Northwest will notice. Or care.

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