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  • One thing that would help with the WBC would be for MLB to allow
    the WBSC an important role in sponsoring it. As it is now, the WBSC
    has an important role in sponsoring the Olympics Baseball event in
    2020, but no role whatsoever in sponsoring the WBC Baseball event.


    • First round in Miami. I would guess that the USA would be the favorite,
      Dominicana would be the second place winner, Canada would be the
      third place winner, and Colombia would be the fourth place winner.

      The closest competition I would guess would be between Dominicana
      and Canada for second place.


      • Originally posted by PLowry View Post
        First round in Miami. I would guess that the USA would be the favorite,
        Dominicana would be the second place winner, Canada would be the
        third place winner, and Colombia would be the fourth place winner.

        The closest competition I would guess would be between Dominicana
        and Canada for second place.
        Based on talent pools alone, the gap between Canada and DR/USA is very very huge.
        World Champions: 1919, 1940, 1975, 1976, 1990
        NL Champions: 1919, 1939, 1940, 1961, 1970, 1972, 1975, 1976, 1990
        NL Western Division Champions: 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, *1981, 1990
        NL Central Division Champions: *1994, 1995, 2010, 2012


        • Agreed. But Canada has played the USA nearly even in its three tries
          during past WBC's.

          2006 - Canada 8 USA 6

          2009 - USA 6 Canada 5

          2013 - USA 9 Canada 4


          • In addition to its relatively even playing with USA in the three WBC's,
            Canada has also defeated USA 7-6 in the Championship Game of the
            2015 Pan Am Games.

            Canada was trailing 6-4 in the bottom of the 9th with the bases loaded.

            Then the unbelievable happened. I was sitting behind Home Plate for this
            game. The USA pitcher attempted a Pick-Off at 1st Base. It was wild. Error
            # 1. Then the right fielder made a wild throw back towards 3rd Base.
            It was wild. Error # 2. Then the runner, who was initially on 1st Base,
            ran through his 3rd Base Coach's Stop Sign, and scored when the
            Shortstop made a wild throw from Short Left Field to Home Plate and
            this throw was also wild, up the 1st Base Line. The USA Catcher made
            an amazing play, moving up the Base Line to catch the ball, then
            stopping and turning on a dime, dove to Home Plate to tag out the
            baserunner. The play seemed equal. It seemed that the Baserunner
            and the Catcher's Mitt arrived exactly at the same time.

            The Umpire ruled "Safe" and the game was over. Three runners scored
            and the Batter never moved from Home Plate. Three Wild Throw Errors
            and three runs scored on an Attempted Pick-Off Throw. Amazing !

            So Canada and USA are both 2 Wins 2 Losses in the WBC and the Pan
            Am Games from 2006 through 2015.


            • 2006 WBC - Canada 8 USA 6
              2006 Olympic Qualifier - USA 9 Canada 3
              2008 Olympic - USA 5 Canada 4
              2009 WBC - USA 6 Canada 5
              2009 BWC - USA 8 Canada 0
              2010 Pan Am Qualifier - USA 4 Canada 0
              2011 BWC - Canada 6 USA 1
              2011 Pan Am - Canada 2 USA 1 (Final)
              2013 WBC - USA 9 Canada 4
              2015 Pan Am - USA 4 Canada 1
              2015 Pan Am - Canada 7 USA 6 (Final)


              • chendd,

                thanks for the additional game scores between USA and Canada.

                When your additional game scores are added in, the record is USA 7 Wins and
                4 Losses, Canada 4 Wins and 7 Losses.


                • Does anyone know the stadium and city and country where the Sep 1-3, 2009
                  Germany vs. England World Cup Warm-Up Series, the May 30-31, 2009 Belgium
                  vs. England World Cup Warm-Up Series, and the unknown date 2009 Germany vs. Belgium vs. England World Cup Warm-Up Series World Cup Warm-Up Series,
                  were played ?


                  • 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
                    Lime X X X X X X X X X X X X 12
                    Percentage 100% 100% 100% 85.7% 85.7% 85.7% 85.7% 85.7% 71.4% 57.1% 57.1% 42.9% 42.9% 28.6% 28.6% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3% 14.3%
                    WBSC unveils End-of-Year Baseball World Rankings 2016: No. 1 to 70. Does this change anybody's choice? Please feel free to submit any changes to your choices and if you haven't participated yet; it is not too late.



                    • Sad to hear Votto declines, I REALLY hope we get Freeman now.


                      • My predictions:

                        First Round
                        Pool A in Seoul
                        1. South Korea
                        2. Taiwan
                        3. Netherlands
                        4. Israel

                        Pool B in Tokyo
                        1. Japan
                        2. Cuba
                        3. Australia
                        4. China

                        Pool C in Miami
                        1. USA
                        2. Dominicana
                        3. Canada
                        4. Colombia

                        Pool D in Zapopan
                        1. Puerto Rico
                        2. Mexico
                        3. Venezuela
                        4. Italy

                        Second Round
                        Pool E in Tokyo

                        Pool F in San Diego

                        Semi-Finals and Finals in Los Angeles - instead of drawing in the low 40,000's for the Semi-Finals,and 54,000 in the Final Game back in 2006, I predict the low 50,000's for the Semi-Finals, and a complete sell-out of 56,000 for the Final Game.


                        • My predictions for the Second and Final Rounds.

                          Pool E

                          1. South Korea
                          2. Japan
                          3. Cuba
                          4. Taiwan

                          Pool F

                          1. USA
                          2. Dominicana
                          3. Puerto Rico
                          4. Mexico

                          Semi-Finals and Final Game

                          Dominicana beats South Korea
                          Japan beats USA

                          Dominicana beats Japan


                          • 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.
                            I appreciate that they are promoting the event on the MLB network, but that is like preaching to the choir! I guess they believe if enough choir members get interested other casual church goers might tag along too! It's a shame that the tournament is less than two months from starting but no mention of it on ESPN or other national networks, however, we do get, without fail, at least all the ticker tape results (and sometimes video highlights) of all those insignificant Central American qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.


                            • For those of us who are WBC fanatics, it would be a good idea to meet up
                              and talk WBC Baseball at one or more WBC games we are attending.

                              I am attending Games Two through Six in Miami, and Games One through
                              Three in Los Angeles.

                              We could meet up at the Refreshment Stand on the First Level Concourse
                              nearest Home Plate, or nearest the halfway point between First Base and
                              Third Base.


                              • Why was the NPB Japan vs. MLB USA biennial series not staged this year
                                in Tokyo ? The last time it was played was 2014, there was no conflicat
                                such as World Classic. So why not ?


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