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  • Originally posted by Cincy Fan View Post
    Play-in games are nice for tiebreakers. Only thing is in 4-team round robins it's 3 teams at 2-1 or 3 teams at 1-2, so you're still having one team advance/eliminated, and then playing the game between the other 2.
    I have suggested this several times before.

    http://www.baseball-fever.com/showth...65#post1146065
    Last edited by SouthwestAmAZins; 11-16-2016, 05:30 PM.

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    • Even though the WBSC "announced the WBC schedule for March 2017, in fact
      they announced the start times for only 5 of the 8 First Round games.

      No start times listed for Taiwan vs. Netherlands in Seoul; China vs. Australia
      in Tokyo; and Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico in Guadalajara.

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      • You guys like the designated pitcher pool idea?

        http://www.mister-baseball.com/colum...eball-classic/

        Together with the Player’s Association, MLB introduced the concept of the designated pool: 10 pitchers on the preliminary 50 men roster (announced on December 1) who could play only a single phase of the tournament: “We want to give a chance to the best pitchers. The Dodgers wouldn’t be happy to see Kershaw leave for 3 weeks, but they may be ok to release him for one start”.

        Crystal clear. A maximum of 2 (but could be no one) of the designated pool will be on the final 28 men roster (announced on February 6). Pitchers will also maintain pitch limitations and mandatory rest days through the duration of the competition.

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        • Originally posted by cutchemist42 View Post
          You guys like the designated pitcher pool idea?

          http://www.mister-baseball.com/colum...eball-classic/
          I am not crazy about the idea but I guess at least it will give a chance to the very best pitchers to play in the tournament. Their participation will give WBC more prestige and maybe as years go by more superstar pitchers will play in more games. The way we have it now most of the top pitchers don't play so I guess is a win win situation.

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          • This World Baseball Classic could reportedly be the last one

            The 2017 WBC might be special for reasons other than the obvious
            R.J. Anderson mugshot
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            I just read this article few minutes ago in google.com. I pray that this is not true because devastating the for the growth of baseball around the world


            We're just a few months away from the onset of the fourth World Baseball Classic -- the once-every-four-years global tournament that began play in 2006.

            Turns out, we could be just a few months away from the end of the World Baseball Classic in multiple senses. That's because the 2017 tournament could be the final edition of the WBC unless there's a significant uptick in revenue, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN:


            This is sadly predictable. While the pretense of the WBC is twofold -- to spread the game of baseball and hand out bragging rights through a spirited tournament -- the bottom line is, well, the bottom line. Major League Baseball might be making insane profits, but it's not going to spend money just to spend money.

            As such, fans of the WBC should savor the 2017 tournament as much as they can -- it just might be the last time we see a global baseball tournament for a while. Or, until the 2020 Olympics, anyway

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            • I'll be saddened if it happens....a few thoughts:

              -Is it that the WBC doesnt make zero profit, or it just doesnt make a big enough profit for the effort.
              -This tourney has never had full support by the elague and players. Could it not be said that you cant expect big profits if you're not putting out the best product you could be?

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              • I don't that there is anything to worry about if one member of the media
                states, without proof, that the 2017 WBC will be the last WBC. The former
                Commissioner, Bud Selig, and the current Commissioner, Rob Manfred, are
                both solidly in the pro-WBC ranks, as are the five MLB teams who hosted
                or will host part of the 2016-2017 WBC: the Dodgers, the Marlins, the Padres, the Mets and Yankees (in Brooklyn).

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                • Maybe if they would promote the tournament it would do better! Don't watch too much TV, but when I do, I have never seen any advertisement for the WBC. The only advertisement I've seen was during the World Series. I'm I completely wrong?

                  I know its about making a profit, but I think you have to have a little faith in the product you are selling! Baseball will not thrive without MLB support which equates to having the WBC!
                  Last edited by Beisbol41; 11-30-2016, 07:51 AM.

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                  • We've started posting roster information at Baseball-Reference as it becomes known. See http://www.baseball-reference.com/bu...ssic_(Rosters)

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                    • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
                      This World Baseball Classic could reportedly be the last one

                      The 2017 WBC might be special for reasons other than the obvious
                      R.J. Anderson mugshot
                      by R.J. Anderson

                       @r_j_anderson

                      11m ago • 1 min read
























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                      I just read this article few minutes ago in google.com. I pray that this is not true because devastating the for the growth of baseball around the world


                      We're just a few months away from the onset of the fourth World Baseball Classic -- the once-every-four-years global tournament that began play in 2006.

                      Turns out, we could be just a few months away from the end of the World Baseball Classic in multiple senses. That's because the 2017 tournament could be the final edition of the WBC unless there's a significant uptick in revenue, according to Cristian Moreno of ESPN:


                      This is sadly predictable. While the pretense of the WBC is twofold -- to spread the game of baseball and hand out bragging rights through a spirited tournament -- the bottom line is, well, the bottom line. Major League Baseball might be making insane profits, but it's not going to spend money just to spend money.

                      As such, fans of the WBC should savor the 2017 tournament as much as they can -- it just might be the last time we see a global baseball tournament for a while. Or, until the 2020 Olympics, anyway
                      I read this as more a TV rights thing. The tournament was on MLB Network in 2013 and now in 2017 because ESPN wouldn't pay what they asked for. If TV rights fees don't increase come the next tournament, they'll probably punt it to the curb. Problem with TV rights is there's hardly a shortage of baseball on TV from April to October.

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                      • Originally posted by Cincy Fan View Post
                        I read this as more a TV rights thing. The tournament was on MLB Network in 2013 and now in 2017 because ESPN wouldn't pay what they asked for. If TV rights fees don't increase come the next tournament, they'll probably punt it to the curb. Problem with TV rights is there's hardly a shortage of baseball on TV from April to October.
                        Figured as much. Remembering mentioning that possibility a couple years ago a d that it'll be about the premier 12

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                        • The 2017 WBC will be the third edition to be featured on MLB Network. I have noticed that many of the shows are being sponsored by the WBC; as well as its commercial is shown regularly. Could the WBC finally make a breakthrough in the U.S. market? MLB Network is available in over 70 million homes; and the WBC is advertising much more aggressively than ever before. I believe this has to do with the change in leadership and organizational restructuring of MLB International. Either way, I still believe the tournament will return in 2021.

                          Star power: 30 players confirmed for Classic:
                          http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/...cle/210261334/

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                          • Great comment by SouthwestAmAZins.

                            As a group, myself included, we seem a bit sluggish. We need more comments and more replies.

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                            • Originally posted by SouthwestAmAZins View Post
                              The 2017 WBC will be the third edition to be featured on MLB Network. I have noticed that many of the shows are being sponsored by the WBC; as well as its commercial is shown regularly. Could the WBC finally make a breakthrough in the U.S. market? MLB Network is available in over 70 million homes; and the WBC is advertising much more aggressively than ever before. I believe this has to do with the change in leadership and organizational restructuring of MLB International. Either way, I still believe the tournament will return in 2021.

                              Star power: 30 players confirmed for Classic:
                              http://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/...cle/210261334/
                              Yes I see that too a lot of more promotion for the event many of the shows in the network are sponsored by "The 2017 WBC" maybe they are finally realizing that this event needs more aggressive promotion I also see a lot of more interest among star players than in years before. I always knew that a sporting event doesn't become a sensation overnight. I am sure that the first FIFA World Cup or Super Bowl were not what they are now in their first edition.

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                              • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
                                Yes I see that too a lot of more promotion for the event many of the shows in the network are sponsored by "The 2017 WBC" maybe they are finally realizing that this event needs more aggressive promotion I also see a lot of more interest among star players than in years before. I always knew that a sporting event doesn't become a sensation overnight. I am sure that the first FIFA World Cup or Super Bowl were not what they are now in their first edition.
                                England, the birthplace of soccer, sat out the first three FIFA World Cups and the next two were cancelled due to World War 2; England played in its first World Cup in 1950.

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