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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.
    In case you don't know this is a site for WBC fans,and not for haters. So maybe you should go with your hate somewhere else.

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    • Yeah, I thought the WBC is the only time to enjoy competitive games for Mariner players a la Ichiro.

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      • Originally posted by desslok View Post
        Yeah, I thought the WBC is the only time to enjoy competitive games for Mariner players a la Ichiro.
        Funny. And true!

        But you never know. The Hall of Fame triple threat of Justin Smoak, Dustin Ackley, and Brendan Ryan might lead this M's team to a World Series. Who can blame Felix for turning down a chance to play with second rate talents like Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Gomez, and Pablo Sandoval when Michael Morse is back with Seattle. Sodo mojo!

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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.
          You've just made an awesome decision of posting an ignorant comment on WBC forum! I've never thought that Mariners fans were that smart!

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          • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
            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.
            But how many of the best baseball players in the world do they play on a routinely basis. And I am not just talking about MLB players, but minors and NPB and KBO. Cuba's has struggled by their standards lately. Lost olympics, world cup baseball and the last classic.

            Cuba is still a top 5 team but with the loss of key players and retirement of others it might not be easy. still I guarantee cuba gets to the 2nd round. Their only real challenge is korea and Japan. Who have not lost to any team but each other except for the one US bad call in 06.

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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.
              As a baseball fan I am upset felix hernandez is out. And As a Venezuelan I am crushed felix is out. Pitching was my biggest worry for venezuela and to lose our top pitcher and one of the best pitchers in the last classic and the arguably the best pitcher in the world I dont know how Venezuela can make the finals. Feliz is key in beating the big lineups that Venezuela will face Puerto Rico and DR in the first round.

              Not to mention the 2nd round and if we make the semifinals.

              Real baseball fans love the classic. By the way do you really think the mariners will make it far just because of felix hernandez. They need a lot more then the best pitcher in baseball.

              Though I can't fault the guy for not playing after a 175m contract. Though I would never give a pitcher that kind of money. still felix is young and i know he will be in at least one more classic.

              For now this puts a lot of pressure on Sojo and other pitchers to pitch perfect against two teams that have the talent to make the finals. Hitting for Venezuela is now more important we have to run the score to give our pitchers as much help as possible.

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              • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
                In case you don't know this is a site for WBC fans,and not for haters. So maybe you should go with your hate somewhere else.
                This thread may be dominated by WBC fans--but it isn't only for them. I won't protect someone like Phantom Dreamer from a little heat back for expressing less positive views of the WBC, but he is fully entitled to post such opinions here.

                Truthfully, what he expresses is one of the real problems for the WBC--how do you get pitchers to perform all out, without exposing them to injury, in this competition? Hitter injuries aren't as common nor, absent a beaning, likely to be as serious as pitcher arm trouble. I love the idea of the WBC, but I would be leery of putting my hometown team pitchers (Lee, Papelbon, Hamels, Halliday) out on the mound in the WBC, too. I have no such reservations about position players.
                Last edited by jalbright; 02-09-2013, 10:06 AM.
                Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
                Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
                A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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                • I agree with most of that. But I didn't mind Peavy or Heath Bell pitching for Team USA back in '09. And I'm a big Padres fan.

                  By the way, breaking news: Gio Gonzalez has been added to the USA's roster.

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                  • I'm assuming he's replacing Medlen. And I hope that means Verlander is still an option.

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                    • Originally posted by jalbright View Post
                      This thread may be dominated by WBC fans--but it isn't only for them. I won't protect someone like Phantom Dreamer from a little heat back for expressing less positive views of the WBC, but he is fully entitled to post such opinions here.

                      Truthfully, what he expresses is one of the real problems for the WBC--how do you get pitchers to perform all out, without exposing them to injury, in this competition? Hitter injuries aren't as common nor, absent a beaning, likely to be as serious as pitcher arm trouble. I love the idea of the WBC, but I would be leery of putting my hometown team pitchers (Lee, Papelbon, Hamels, Halliday) out on the mound in the WBC, too. I have no such reservations about position players.
                      Well, I just don't understand.
                      If you are worried about injury, how can you play the ballgame in the first place?

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                      • Originally posted by Tetsuwan View Post
                        Well, I just don't understand.
                        If you are worried about injury, how can you play the ballgame in the first place?
                        For the ball clubs, the upside to letting a pitcher pitch in the WBC is small at best, at least right now. There's always a risk in pitchers pitching, as can readily be seen by the parade of guys who seem to be world beaters for a while, hurt their arms, and are never near that level again. When there's little upside, why would the clubs want to run that risk with a star pitcher. There just aren't as many hitters who suffer injuries that have that kind of effect on their play.
                        Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
                        Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
                        A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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                        • There are many baseball fans that are very possessive of their team's players; maybe it's because professionalism has been a part of baseball since its inception in the United States. It obvious that most people have a nationality from birth and later in life they choose a team to follow, but many people behave like it's the other way around. Anyway, what can the WBCI do to attract more of the top Pitchers to participate?

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                          • Ironically, it's looking more and more like Felix's decision to skip the WBC is actually horrible news for the Mariners...because the rumor is that he failed a physical that was part of that long-term contract extension and might have a damaged elbow. And so it goes.

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                            • Originally posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
                              There are many baseball fans that are very possessive of their team's players; maybe it's because professionalism has been a part of baseball since its inception in the United States. It obvious that most people have a nationality from birth and later in life they choose a team to follow, but many people behave like it's the other way around. Anyway, what can the WBCI do to attract more of the top Pitchers to participate?
                              Some reasons why nationality doesn't trump my local team in this case is that the WBC is a relatively new entity, lasts only a short time, and only comes around every four years (now). My local team is here every year from April to sometime in October, and it's been here all my life. It's pretty clear which one provides me more baseball to follow.
                              Seen on a bumper sticker: If only closed minds came with closed mouths.
                              Some minds are like concrete--thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.
                              A Lincoln: I don't think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.

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                              • Originally posted by jalbright View Post
                                Some reasons why nationality doesn't trump my local team in this case is that the WBC is a relatively new entity, lasts only a short time, and only comes around every four years (now). My local team is here every year from April to sometime in October, and it's been here all my life. It's pretty clear which one provides me more baseball to follow.
                                I think the thing is for a average MLB fan is that baseball best players always play in the US. Football as various league that feature superstars, brazil, england, italy, france, argentina etc.

                                Baseball's best play in Major League Baseball. Some of course play in NPB but primarily they are all Japanese players. So for a american to watch baseball they just need to watch MLB. The US never cared much about international competition because it always said we already have high quality baseball.

                                But for a international baseball fan the classic is the best event to watch. Mainly because it features the best players from their home countries. As a Venezuelan I always wondered what would happen if a all Venezuelan Team made up of the best Venezuelans could beat the best of the US or DR.

                                The classic gave me that answer. Baseball players never really had a international venue were they could represent their country. Olympics didnt really count. But now we finally have it.

                                And it will grow this is the best baseball event in the world. For me MLB season doesn't get interesting until september too many games. But for the classic every game is a do or die situation and you have to be the best team everyday.

                                When I lived in japan I saw the koshien tournament and to me that tournament's style and effort to win by the players impressed me more then any playoff I have seen.

                                The classic brings that same pressure everyday. Though the players dont try as hard they need to be on top form every game they play. 2 losses are a exist.

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