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  • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
    Also just noticed but the pciture from MLB says round robins for the 2nd round again.
    Yeah, I overlooked that for some reason, too. Significantly, it looks like BOTH the first and second rounds will be round robin. No double elimination. I think that's too bad--I like the high stakes games--but round robin is certainly easier to plan for organizers and traveling fans.

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    • 2017 will guarantee at least eleven never before seen WBC match-ups such as:

      01. Australia v China
      02. Australia v Japan
      03. Brooklyn Qualifier v South Korea
      04. Brooklyn Qualifier v Netherlands
      05. Brooklyn Qualifier v Taiwan
      06. Colombia v Dominican Republic
      07. Colombia v United States
      08. Colombia v Canada
      09. Canada v Dominican Republic
      10. Mexico v Venezuela
      11. Mexico v Puerto Rico

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      • Originally posted by Rally Monkey View Post
        Yeah, I overlooked that for some reason, too. Significantly, it looks like BOTH the first and second rounds will be round robin. No double elimination. I think that's too bad--I like the high stakes games--but round robin is certainly easier to plan for organizers and traveling fans.
        Makes me wonder if they still thought double elimination in the 2nd round still produced bad attendance. I also still disliked how it produced a useless seeding game. So while I think SD sucked bad as a 2nd round host, maybe it does better with round robin games.

        Still hope someday we get a proper bronze medal game.

        Wonder what this means for future qualifiers seeing how they were not true double-eliminations anyway.

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        • This time around there will be a play-off game to decide who advances to the second round and semifinals in case of potential triple ties. Tournament organizers will apply the tie brake formula, the best positioned team will advance while the other two would play the play-off game. I realized this when I registered to buy early tickets in Miami. If you read the instructions, it explains it very well. Regards!

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          • Originally posted by dviera78 View Post
            This time around there will be a play-off game to decide who advances to the second round and semifinals in case of potential triple ties. Tournament organizers will apply the tie brake formula, the best positioned team will advance while the other two would play the play-off game. I realized this when I registered to buy early tickets in Miami. If you read the instructions, it explains it very well. Regards!
            So in this case, 2013 WBC with Netherlands/SK/Taiwan tied at 2-1.....Taiwan won the tiebreaker amongst the three and then Netherlands/SK would play again? I like that a lot. This also would have came into play in 06 when Mexico won the pool and CaN/USA were also 2-1. SO decent chance it happens at least once per 1st round.

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            • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
              So in this case, 2013 WBC with Netherlands/SK/Taiwan tied at 2-1.....Taiwan won the tiebreaker amongst the three and then Netherlands/SK would play again? I like that a lot. This also would have came into play in 06 when Mexico won the pool and CaN/USA were also 2-1. SO decent chance it happens at least once per 1st round.
              That's correct. It's fairer, too, and it eliminates those tedious seeding games that didn't matter much after both teams were already qualified. In case of a tie between two teams only, the dual meet winner between them advances in first place. Regards!

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              • In light of the recent WBSC Rankings update, I have updated our Baseball-Fever WBC Expansion choices:

                TOTAL
                SouthwestAmAZins X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                PLowry X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                Nutt X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                island slugger X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                cutchemist42 X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                Rally Monkey X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                Percentage 100% 100% 100% 83.3% 83.3% 83.3% 83.3% 83.3% 66.7% 66.7% 50% 50% 33.3% 33.3% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7% 16.7%
                Our collective top 12 have the red X's. Only three teams have been chosen unanimously and four chosen teams are unranked; Uganda, Bahamas, El Salvador and Nigeria. I have replaced Honduras with Ecuador after reviewing Ecuador's performances in the last few South American Championships; as well as Honduras not participating in any events in recent years & dropping from 27th in the world down to 70th.

                I also chose:
                • Thailand due to their participation in the 2012 WBCQs.
                • Russia, Sweden, Belgium, Croatia and Greece due to their participation in the last three European Championships.
                • Indonesia, Sri Lanka due to their participation in Southeast Asian competitions.
                • Uganda due to their rapid growth of the game at the youth level; as well as MLB's involvment there.
                • Argentina due to its success at the South American Championships and it is one the highest ranked nations without WBC participation.
                • Ireland strictly based on their diaspora in North America; approximately 30 million. Potential passport players aside, they are building fields and increasing their youth leagues.


                Once again feel free to make any changes to your choices and if you haven't picked yet, you are more than welcomed to chose your 12 teams at any time.
                Last edited by SouthwestAmAZins; 08-29-2016, 03:50 PM.

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                • Originally posted by SouthwestAmAZins View Post
                  In light of the recent WBSC Rankings update, I have updated our Baseball-Fever WBC Expansion choices:

                  • Thailand due to their participation in the 2012 WBCQs.


                  Once again feel free to make any changes to your choices and if you haven't picked yet, you are more than welcomed to chose your 12 teams at any time.
                  Thailand has really vanished from the international baseball scene; was 2012 the last time they fielded a team anywhere? Is it due to the political chaos there?

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                  • Originally posted by Mischa View Post
                    Thailand has really vanished from the international baseball scene; was 2012 the last time they fielded a team anywhere? Is it due to the political chaos there?
                    They fielded a team in last year's East Asia Cup: http://www.baseballasia.org/BFA/incl...55524965409861

                    and are scheduled to play in this week's U18 Asian Championships : http://www.baseballasia.org/BFA/incl...357b16b19c0e39

                    political chaos has not seemed to affect their participation in other international events like the 2015 SEA Games; where they were at the top of the Medal Table:
                    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_S...es#Medal_table
                    Last edited by SouthwestAmAZins; 08-30-2016, 10:36 AM.

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                    • Someone recently stated that you can print off copies of each of the 2016
                      WBC Qualifier game boxscores. Where can you do that ? I have searched
                      all over the WBC website, and have not yet found a place to print off these
                      boxscores.

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                      • Pakistan will have steeper competition than Thailand did in 2012. Great Britain is deeper than the 2012 Philippines team and Brazil is much better than the 2012 New Zealand team. Team Israel with all of its ringers is on par with 2012's Taiwan team. Also, Thailand was spared from playing host nation Taiwan, or else their ERA would have been much higher. Thailand's 2012 team slash line was .180/.275/.197 with a productive Johnny Damon and had an ERA of 7.94 and WHIP of 2.12; if Pakistan matches these benchmarks with tougher competition, would it be considered a successful debut?
                        Last edited by SouthwestAmAZins; 08-31-2016, 07:59 PM.

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                        • Originally posted by PLowry View Post
                          Someone recently stated that you can print off copies of each of the 2016
                          WBC Qualifier game boxscores. Where can you do that ? I have searched
                          all over the WBC website, and have not yet found a place to print off these
                          boxscores.
                          Phil, they are all on the WBC website.

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                          • 2016 Great Britain WBCQ roster with 2016 Euro Championship roster players in bold:

                            Pitchers
                            Nolan Bond
                            Cody Chartrand
                            Daniel Cooper

                            Estevenson Encarnacion
                            Barry Enright
                            Jake Esch
                            Greg Hendrix
                            Paul Kirkpatrick
                            Ali Knowles
                            Spencer Kreisberg
                            Rei Martinez

                            Chris Reed
                            Michael Roth
                            Blake Taylor

                            Catchers
                            Chris Berset
                            Mitch Evans

                            Infielders
                            Maikel Azcuy
                            Albert Cartwright
                            Jasrado Chisholm
                            Richard Klijn
                            Jordan Serena
                            Kyle Simmons

                            Outfielders
                            Jordan Edmonds
                            Todd Isaacs
                            Reshard Munroe
                            Byron Murray
                            Antoan Richardson
                            Champ Stuart

                            For a total of nine players on both rosters.

                            2016 Euro Roster: http://www.mister-baseball.com/great...nship-ebc2016/

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                            • How did the Brooklyn group teams do in their respective 2012 WBC Qualifiers?

                              Israel Brazil Great Britain Thailand
                              Runs per Game 6.00 3.67 4.67 2.00
                              AVG .235 .316 .218 .180
                              OBP .381 .358 .284 .275
                              SLG .373 .388 .333 .197
                              ERA 3.86 0.67 10.88 7.94
                              WHIP 1.43 1.15 2.18 2.12
                              SPR Standard Deviation 18.21 13.14 25.69 20.93
                              Statistical Performance Rating Standard Deviation represents how competitive a group is; the lower the number, the more competitive the group played. As a point of reference, the 2012 MLB Season's Standard Deviation was 3.60.
                              Last edited by SouthwestAmAZins; 09-02-2016, 09:25 PM.

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                              • Nutt, your sarcasm is not needed.

                                Rally Monkey, exactly where on the WBC website is there a place where
                                you can print off the 2016 Quaifier box scores ?

                                Thank you.

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