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

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  • I would assume David Wright's walk-off hit was the best moment for the United States. Certainly the best their B-C team has to offer. :P
    46 wins to match last year's total

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    • With the exception of the US, I always root for the underdog to help baseball grow, but with Israel I find it hard to root for them. Yes, I understand Israeli citizenship laws but at least Italy had some players from Italy who played in there leagues.

      That brings me to my next point, how did Israel get invited to the qualifiers? As far as I can read their domestic league is dead and they were ranked number 41. Was it MLB marketing ploy to get Jews in New York to get to the qualifier? How does any of the qualifiers get picked. The BBC makes it sound UK baseball is dead.http://http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-23425907

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      • Then don't root for Israel, no one's making you do it. Root for Colombia instead. Heck, I'd say you can call the US a form of an underdog because it's always their C-D team that appears and they've never even appeared in the finals, much less won a championship.
        46 wins to match last year's total

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        • With respect to Israel, I don't know how that worked, although I gather there are a couple of players who do actually live in Israel.

          However, with regard to British Baseball, linking to a 2013 article is probably not the best indicator. It looks to me that the British Baseball Federation is set to start with 7 teams in their top division. And there are numerous other teams in the lower divisions. Baseball may be ailing in the UK but it is not dead.
          "You can hate a man for many reasons. Color is not one one of them."--Pee Wee Reese

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          • Really disappointed to see Korea fall to U.S's B team I mean Israel. Hopefully they will rebound and make it out of pool play the truth is that their hitting was not up to par and Israel was a little better. This Korean teams seems to be a little better than the 2013 team but no way near the teams of '06 and '09.

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            • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
              Really disappointed to see Korea fall to U.S's B team I mean Israel. Hopefully they will rebound and make it out of pool play the truth is that their hitting was not up to par and Israel was a little better. This Korean teams seems to be a little better than the 2013 team but no way near the teams of '06 and '09.
              I'd say it's the US's D-E team. No one would mistake Jason Marquis, Sam Fuld, or Josh Zeid as anyone in the upper echelons. Heck, I'd consider the current US squad a B or C team at BEST.
              46 wins to match last year's total

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              • just so you know, if you missed this morning's game, all WBC games are streamed on MLB.TV and you MUST have a subscription to watch them online.
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                • South Korea's offense has been rendered toothless; no Shin Soo Choo, Byung Ho Park, Hyun Soo Kim & Jung Ho Kang. Any way Manfred was interviewed last night and he mentioned a WBC Qualifier expansion:

                  "We also think [the World Baseball Classic is] important from a growth perspective because the funding that the federations in these countries receive from the WBC, they can use that funding for developing their countries and improving the quality of play in their countries," Manfred added.
                  Manfred said that to continue that growth in the future, he would like to see further expansion in the qualifying rounds for the tournament, with more countries becoming interested in playing in the Classic.
                  Source: http://www.mediterraneantimes.com/in.../sid/252234451

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                  • Originally posted by SouthwestAmAZins View Post
                    South Korea's offense has been rendered toothless; no Shin Soo Choo, Byung Ho Park, Hyun Soo Kim & Jung Ho Kang. Any way Manfred was interviewed last night and he mentioned a WBC Qualifier expansion:



                    Source: http://www.mediterraneantimes.com/in.../sid/252234451
                    Do you know why any of these players chose not to play?
                    I hate to say it 'cause Korea is one of my favorite teams but based on today's performance I don' think they are among the top five favorites to win.

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                    • Originally posted by wbcno1fan View Post
                      Do you know why any of these players chose not to play?
                      I hate to say it 'cause Korea is one of my favorite teams but based on today's performance I don' think they are among the top five favorites to win.
                      I agree, they don't look like a top 5 team. I believe the Rangers blocked Choo's participation, Kim backed out in January, Park was cut due to legal troubles in Korea and it is not clear as to why Park was not invited.

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                      • Originally posted by SouthwestAmAZins View Post
                        South Korea's offense has been rendered toothless; no Shin Soo Choo, Byung Ho Park, Hyun Soo Kim & Jung Ho Kang. Any way Manfred was interviewed last night and he mentioned a WBC Qualifier expansion:



                        Source: http://www.mediterraneantimes.com/in.../sid/252234451
                        This doesnt sound like a league about to cancel the WBC?

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                        • Korea is almost out Israel is almost in who would've thunk it. I am disappointed.

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                          • WEll, we've touched on way Korea put up two stinkers; they need their main players to be competitive. Now they need to beat Taiwan and hope that the Netherlands loses their next two games.
                            46 wins to match last year's total

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                            • Originally posted by SamtheBravesFan View Post
                              WEll, we've touched on way Korea put up two stinkers; they need their main players to be competitive. Now they need to beat Taiwan and hope that the Netherlands loses their next two games.
                              ...And that's just to have the possibility of playing in the tie-breaker game.

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                              • Anything is possible but their backs are against the wall to say the least.
                                Japan looked pretty good against the almost star depleted team of Cuba.Looking forward to see the evolution of China four years later.

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