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  • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
    Can you guys tell us about it,i m also having trouble with that link;thank you.
    I'd slow down....this is a short confusing blurb taking from a Taipei Baseball Fan Group site. There is nothing official about this announcement. It is still speculation, and really only speculating on what we thought all along, a November qualifier in Taiwan with those four countries. I don't think this means anything.

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    • Originally posted by Unit312J View Post
      I'd slow down....this is a short confusing blurb taking from a Taipei Baseball Fan Group site. There is nothing official about this announcement. It is still speculation, and really only speculating on what we thought all along, a November qualifier in Taiwan with those four countries. I don't think this means anything.
      I spoke with my New Zealand people and they have heard nothing. He's not surprised with the location or grouping but said he was told at the Winter Meetings it would September and was surprised to see the November dates. As I said be skeptical of the info in that article.

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      • Did you even check what the article says? It's because there's a possibility that Taiwan wants those playing the US in November. That round is set up for Taiwan to win.

        You should realize by now that English speaking people are the last people you'd expect to hear any news about international baseball from.

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        • Here's some Portuguese.
          http://www.extratime.com.br/index.ph...o-duro-no-wbc/

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          • There are still some things that need to be discussed between WBC and host Germany but here is an article by a local newspaper from Regensburg/Germany. The main quote is interesting

            Originally posted by Mittelbayrische
            From September 20th to 24th one of four Qualificationtournaments of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) will be held in Regensburg with host Germany and three still yet to be determined teams
            The last letter of acceptance by WBC for the Germany pool is still open

            full article
            http://www.mittelbayerische.de/sport...ses_baseb.html
            The only thing you know is you never know and that you know for sure!

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            • I like Regensburg as a choice, they seemed to do very well with the last event they hosted! The weather is still good for baseball at that time?

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              • Felix Fermin is Primary Candidate to Manage Dominican NT
                Source in Spanish: http://www.hoy.com.do/deportes/2012/...anager-Clasico

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                • http://www.nownews.com/2012/02/16/341-2786038.htm

                  The teams will play in round-robin competition in Round 1.

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                  • No news is...

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                    • Roughly less than 380 days for the next CLASSIC,and still no announcement,quite disappointing.

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                      • Originally posted by chendd View Post
                        http://www.nownews.com/2012/02/16/341-2786038.htm

                        The teams will play in round-robin competition in Round 1.
                        Good, I didn't care for the other format. BTW, the Dominican National Team may have a new General Manager. Stan Javier is rumored to be taking over the Cibao Eagles job; so the top replacement candidates are Omar Minaya and Moises Alou.
                        Last edited by SouthwestAmAZins; 02-21-2012, 09:28 AM.

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                        • I find it very odd that they would announce the Asia Series for the very same weekend that these recent articles say the WBC qualifier will be in Tawain. I still say that article is not to be believed completely especially with other info I've heard that some participants were already told September

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                          • Originally posted by Unit312J View Post
                            I find it very odd that they would announce the Asia Series for the very same weekend that these recent articles say the WBC qualifier will be in Tawain.
                            It's a moot point because none of those games will draw a lot of people in participating countries except maybe the WBC qualifier final in Taiwan.

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                            • check out the wbc qualifier 2012 host venue bid webpage of Regensburg http://www.worldbaseballclassic.de/
                              the vid shows you some impressions of the WC 2009 at Regensburg with China, Venezuela, USA and Germany
                              The only thing you know is you never know and that you know for sure!

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                              • Originally posted by Paula59 View Post
                                check out the wbc qualifier 2012 host venue bid webpage of Regensburg http://www.worldbaseballclassic.de/
                                the vid shows you some impressions of the WC 2009 at Regensburg with China, Venezuela, USA and Germany
                                Cool video. Is this website new?
                                Last edited by Rally Monkey; 02-27-2012, 12:16 AM.

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