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  • SouthwestAmAZins
    started a topic 2017 World Baseball Classic

    2017 World Baseball Classic

    I understand that the 2013 WBC hasn't started yet, but there are some of us that cannot wait to start discussing the 2017 WBC and its 2016 Qualifiers. Let's try keeping the 2013 WBC thread clear of any 2017 WBC talk, and discuss them on this thread instead. Obviously, at this moment this thread will be speculative, and over time it will evolve into something like the 2013 WBC thread.

  • Mischa
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    Originally posted by NattyBaller View Post
    Anyone who is Jewish is eligible for Israeli citizenship, but my understanding is that those not born Israeli have to perform Aliyah in order to collect an actual passport and become a registered Israeli citizen. If the WBC rule is changed to require players actually having Israeli citizenship then interested players would have to go through the motions of getting it to play for Israel.
    And it's not an easy process always. Friends of ours are trying to move to Israel and there have been several roadblocks due to conversion documents, etc. It's been a months-long process for them.

    From what Corey Baker said about pitching for Team Israel, he only had to find a picture from his bar mitzvah and that was enough evidence. A far different standard to play for the Israeli team in the WBC compared to applying for Israeli citizenship.

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  • cutchemist42
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    http://deadspin.com/the-wbc-is-over-...snt-1793600279

    Anyhow, does Trout get a Long term deal between now and the next one?

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  • SouthwestAmAZins
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    It seems like this latest version of the WBC had a little more buzz domestically. I found more people talking about it than ever; of course it could just be my perception and not reality. The U.S. winning is good, the fans at the Stadium were into it and support grew as the U.S. advanced through the tournament. The U.S. did pretty good without Trout, Kershaw, Harper & Bryant. Trout did mention trying to be available for 2021, but Harper said the same thing after the 2013 WBC; so I will believe it when he reports to team USA's camp in Spring of 2021.

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  • NattyBaller
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    Originally posted by Nutt View Post
    Anyone who is Jewish has Israeli citizenship.
    Anyone who is Jewish is eligible for Israeli citizenship, but my understanding is that those not born Israeli have to perform Aliyah in order to collect an actual passport and become a registered Israeli citizen. If the WBC rule is changed to require players actually having Israeli citizenship then interested players would have to go through the motions of getting it to play for Israel.

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  • Nutt
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    Originally posted by PatNYM View Post
    I like the idea, but until a few things change, I can't really take it seriously.

    1) The best players for each country need to play. I know, I know, some want to stay in spring training which is fine. But, so long as that continues, I can't take the tourney seriously. I don't mean the occasional player who sits out because they are coming off an injury or just finishing up rehab. For example, if Matt Harvey was considered one of the best American pitchers, but elected to skip it because he is still working his way back after surgery it is a different story. That will happen. But for the most part, their best players.

    2) Players need to be eligible to play only for the country of which they are a citizen. If they hold dual-citizenship, then for whomever issued them their passport. This idea of Italian-Americans playing for Italy and any Jewish player playing for Israel is silly to me. I get it, a true Italian National Team would get their butts kicked, but so be it. National teams in the World Cup of Soccer get their butts kicked, doesn't stop them from trying to qualify. National teams in the Olympics get their butts kicked, doesn't stop them from trying.
    Anyone who is Jewish has Israeli citizenship.

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  • SamtheBravesFan
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    Originally posted by Cincy Fan View Post
    Shocking thing was how wide the game was. No nerves necessary there at the end.
    Stroman really showed up and the Puerto Rican hitters didn't. It's baseball, you know?

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  • PatNYM
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    I like the idea, but until a few things change, I can't really take it seriously.

    1) The best players for each country need to play. I know, I know, some want to stay in spring training which is fine. But, so long as that continues, I can't take the tourney seriously. I don't mean the occasional player who sits out because they are coming off an injury or just finishing up rehab. For example, if Matt Harvey was considered one of the best American pitchers, but elected to skip it because he is still working his way back after surgery it is a different story. That will happen. But for the most part, their best players.

    2) Players need to be eligible to play only for the country of which they are a citizen. If they hold dual-citizenship, then for whomever issued them their passport. This idea of Italian-Americans playing for Italy and any Jewish player playing for Israel is silly to me. I get it, a true Italian National Team would get their butts kicked, but so be it. National teams in the World Cup of Soccer get their butts kicked, doesn't stop them from trying to qualify. National teams in the Olympics get their butts kicked, doesn't stop them from trying.
    Last edited by PatNYM; 03-23-2017, 08:28 AM.

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  • Cincy Fan
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    Originally posted by gianc006 View Post
    So the US final one and created some buzz for the WBC hopefully that carries to 2021.
    Shocking thing was how wide the game was. No nerves necessary there at the end.

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  • gianc006
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    So the US finally won a WBC and created some buzz for the WBC hopefully that carries to 2021.
    Last edited by gianc006; 03-23-2017, 04:55 AM.

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  • Cincy Fan
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    Originally posted by Mischa View Post
    Wonderful to see close, dramatic semifinal games. Hope the final is as good. Too bad it's so late it doesn't make it into East Coast newspapers. My local paper had great coverage for the early rounds in Japan and South Korea, but recently it's been "too late to report" then maybe a brief summary the next day.
    Sucky thing about weekday games and California. At 11:30 it's the 6th or 7th, and sorry, I have to go to bed for work the next day.

    Should be a good game tonight. Puerto Rico are firing on all cylinders. Hope the U.S. can take them down.

    As far as matchups and fan interest, I think the right teams have been winning. For baseball fan name value, you'd probably prefer the Koreans or Cubans to make it out of Asia over the Dutch (and tons of expat Koreans in SoCal to buy tickets) but that's not a major game-changer. Puerto Rico aren't the Dominican Republic but they have a lot of stars, the U.S. defeated Venezuela and the Dominican Republic to make the semis, then defeated Japan. If the U.S. do win, it'll be seen as a legitimate victory in my opinion as opposed to "they got lucky with the draw" and they would've avenged all their losses. And Puerto Rico if they win will finish undefeated at 8-0 and be seen as deserving winners.

    If the U.S. does win, I think Adam Jones has to be tournament MVP.
    Last edited by Cincy Fan; 03-22-2017, 08:33 AM.

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  • Mischa
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    Wonderful to see close, dramatic semifinal games. Hope the final is as good. Too bad it's so late it doesn't make it into East Coast newspapers. My local paper had great coverage for the early rounds in Japan and South Korea, but recently it's been "too late to report" then maybe a brief summary the next day.

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  • gianc006
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    Well team USA is advancing to the finals. I'd like to see tv ratings for the game in America as well as the championship game. My biggest gripe is the game starting at 9pm ET but a 6pm start in LA is early as you can start. If you moved the finals to a weekend you could start at 7 on the east coast and 4 in the west coast but if it is on a weekend than you are competing with March Maddness. And I wonder if the game was on a different channel vice MLB network if viewership would be higher.

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  • cutchemist42
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    PR vs USA, tight game tonight.

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  • SouthwestAmAZins
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    It may just be a different approach, but I am almost certain that Yadier Molina would have had a mound conference or two if his pitcher would have allowed six straight hits. Stroman was not doing well and no one talked to him?

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