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This announcement describes the policies pertaining to the operation of Baseball Fever.

Baseball Fever is a moderated baseball message board which encourages and facilitates research and information exchange among fans of our national pastime. The intent of the Baseball Fever Policy is to ensure that Baseball Fever remains an extremely high quality, extremely low "noise" environment.

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This document was based on a similar policy used by SABR.

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Participants at Baseball Fever are required to adhere to these principles, which are outlined in this section.
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c. Move the thread. If a member makes a post about the Marlins in the Yankees forum it will be moved to the appropriate forum. This is the case 3% of the time.

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  • Ya, ESPN treats everything in baseball that isn't called Yankees Red sox, or Phillies Mets, like it is second tier.

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    • Originally posted by USA101 View Post
      Ya, ESPN treats everything in baseball that isn't called Yankees Red sox, or Phillies Mets, like it is second tier.
      I agree with the comments about the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies. I don't know if the Mets are overly hyped. One could include the Cubs with the first 3 teams mentioned. I think ESPN does an amazing job of covering baseball. They do a great job with MLB and the College World Series, and they are the only major American TV station to give the WBC any mention. In regards to treating the rest of the baseball universe after the super clubs as second tier, it kind of is. Even though the Rays were a better team than the Red Sox last year, they aren't going to get more coverage, nor is most other teams. They lack the national support and superstars to attract season long attention.

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      • Couldn't disagree with you more about lacking the stars that attract the rest of the country. The reason those guys are stars are cause they are on all the freaking time! You telling me Ichiro is not a star, Pujols is not a star, Vladimir Guerrero is not a star (or used to be), Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, and on and on and on. They all match up with anybody on the Yankees and Red Sox. There is clearly an east coast bias in baseball which gets old, but yes ESPN still does a lot for baseball.

        It's hard to get behind the MLB network sometimes when they say they are the baseball network, but do not send broadcasters to the Serie Del Caribe but call it from New Jersey. They miss so much by not being there. They don't show the World Cups or Pan-American games or such during times when there isn't baseball anywhere else. But it is not called the Baseball Network it is called the MLB network so maybe they are doing as advertised.

        Yeah, would be nice to be able to see if I could make a qualifier or where the first rounds of the WBC will be see so I can set up my schedule in case I'm not working them, but day after day there is no news. Amazing...

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        • Originally posted by Unit312J View Post
          Couldn't disagree with you more about lacking the stars that attract the rest of the country. The reason those guys are stars are cause they are on all the freaking time! You telling me Ichiro is not a star, Pujols is not a star, Vladimir Guerrero is not a star (or used to be), Matt Kemp, Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, and on and on and on. They all match up with anybody on the Yankees and Red Sox. There is clearly an east coast bias in baseball which gets old, but yes ESPN still does a lot for baseball.

          It's hard to get behind the MLB network sometimes when they say they are the baseball network, but do not send broadcasters to the Serie Del Caribe but call it from New Jersey. They miss so much by not being there. They don't show the World Cups or Pan-American games or such during times when there isn't baseball anywhere else. But it is not called the Baseball Network it is called the MLB network so maybe they are doing as advertised.

          Yeah, would be nice to be able to see if I could make a qualifier or where the first rounds of the WBC will be see so I can set up my schedule in case I'm not working them, but day after day there is no news. Amazing...
          I agree that all of those players are stars. However, the Yanks, Sox and Phils have so many superstars that they become the focal point of the league. Much like the Heat and Lakers in the NBA. I love watching Ichiro, but most people are bored by the M's because they only have one great player. Unfortunately, most teams are lucky to have one superstar. Those three east coast teams are loaded with them. More people will watch those guys than a team with one or two great players. The Tigers and Rangers might be close to joining the top ranks of MLB coverage. Sorry to derail the thread. I'll leave the last word to you Unit.

          I agree with you about frustrations with MLB Network. I love watching Intentional Talk, but I'd like to see some better international programing. Perhaps NPB and/or Dominican Winter League games? I don't know how much the rights cost, and it might be a lose for the Network. Regardless, I'd love to be able to DVR some early morning Japanese games.

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          • Team Israel lands Florida sponsor

            Here is something new...
            Maccabi Haifa's basketball owner is going to bat for Israel's national baseball team ahead of its World Baseball Classic appearance.

            Triangle Financial Services, a sports and entertainment firm based in Aventura, Florida which owns the Maccabi Haifa basketball team, announced on Thursday that its financial support for the Israel Association of Baseball to assist Team Israel with preparations leading up to the Classic's qualifying round.

            "We hope in the near future, we'll be able to leverage Team Israel's participation in the World Baseball Classic to build the first 'Minor League'-style ballpark in Israel."
            Read the whole article @ http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo...onsor-1.409431

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            • Originally posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
              Here is something new...


              Read the whole article @ http://www.haaretz.com/weekend/anglo...onsor-1.409431
              This is interesting and exciting. It would be great to see infrastructure built as a direct result of the WBC.

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              • The only way we'll hear anything these days is if the WBCI bought some Superbowl commercial time. If not, then I think it's safe to assume that no WBC announcements will be made until after the Superbowl.

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                • This is incredible today is feb-1st,and still no announcement,back in December MBL and IBAF said that in January an announcement would be made for the qualifiers. I want to see Japan defend its title,but they have to make to make up their minds sooner than later.

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                  • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
                    This is incredible today is feb-1st,and still no announcement,back in December MBL and IBAF said that in January an announcement would be made for the qualifiers. I want to see Japan defend its title,but they have to make to make up their minds sooner than later.
                    Shows how much MLB wants and needs Japan. No other team would get this treatment.

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                    • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
                      Shows how much MLB wants and needs Japan. No other team would get this treatment.
                      Yes. Pakistan, Indonesia, or whichever substitute National Federation would have been waiting for the contracts, pen in hand. It is apparent that the WBCI wants Japan to participate, so if they're not negotiating, then what is the hold up?

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                      • It is maybe not new and it is definitly not officiall and it does not confirm anything of WBC etc but a record of the member meeting of the german club in Regensburg says "currently we debate with MLB/WBC Inc and are awaiting the acceptance of our bid. The Qualifier should be played in September right after the European Championship (7th - 16th September Rotterdam/NL)"
                        The only thing you know is you never know and that you know for sure!

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                        • One qualifying round announced.
                          http://www.nownews.com/2012/02/07/732-2782776.htm

                          They are also hearing that Asian teams will be in different 1st round groups.

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                          • Originally posted by desslok View Post
                            They are also hearing that Asian teams will be in different 1st round groups.
                            This is interesting news. The WBC's own Official announcement shouldn't be too far away.

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                            • Sorry, my comp is not working with the link and for some reason, Google Translate is not working. What does it say?

                              edit-NVM, got it working!
                              Last edited by cutchemist42; 02-09-2012, 11:00 AM.

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                              • Originally posted by NewEnglandAmazins View Post
                                This is interesting news. The WBC's own Official announcement shouldn't be too far away.
                                Can you guys tell us about it,i m also having trouble with that link;thank you.

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