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Madvora
07-11-2005, 02:23 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2005/baseball/mlb/07/11/bc.bbo.worldbaseballcla.ap/index.html

Group A
Japan
South Korea
Taiwan
China

Group B
U.S.
Mexico
Canada
South Africa

Group C
Cuba
Puerto Rico
Panama
The Netherlands

Group D
Dominican Republic
Venezuela
Australia
Italy


- First Round - Each team plays three first-round games, with the top two teams in each group advancing to the second round

- Second Round - Each team plays three more games starting March 13.

- Four teams advance to the single-elimination semifinals on March 18

- The semifinal winners go on to a one-game championship on March 20

Madvora
07-11-2005, 02:25 PM
Multiple threads, sorry. Please combine.

samram
07-11-2005, 02:38 PM
US is in the same group as South Africa? Jon Rauch just secured himself a spot on the team!

cleanwsox
07-11-2005, 03:46 PM
Alright, who's the best player from Italy????

bigfoot
07-11-2005, 07:13 PM
Alright, who's the best player from Italy????

Rocco Baldelli?

Whitesox029
07-11-2005, 11:16 PM
I'd call the U.S.A. the favorite in Group B, (just edging out Mexico) but there are some tough customers in C and D (Puerto Rico, Dominican, Venezuela, etc.)

MIgrenade
07-11-2005, 11:44 PM
Who's coming from the Netherlands? And more importantly, if there are this many countries interested in baseball, why was it contracted from the Olympics?

doublem23
07-11-2005, 11:57 PM
Sorry Italy and Australia... You... might not even want to bother showing up.

P.S. This is so friggin' stupid.

SomebodyToldMe
07-12-2005, 12:06 AM
Let's go Puerto Rico!!:bandance:

Rocklive99
07-12-2005, 12:11 AM
Alright, who's the best player from Italy????

Probably Jason Simontacchi (actually I don't know if he's the best on the team, but he'd be the one who might be recognizable). He used to pitch for the Cardinals (he wasn't too bad a couple years ago) but I think he's in the minors right now

faneidde
07-12-2005, 07:39 AM
Favortites: US and Dominican Republic
Darkhorse: Japan
Super Longshot with a chance: Our buddies Mags and Johan Santana and Venezuala.

I don't really think I like this concept on a regular basis, but it could be something OK to do maybe every 4 years,

downstairs
07-12-2005, 08:49 AM
I don't know if I like the one-game elimination. Baseball is too random on one game.

Tampa Bay of '05 could beat the World Series champ of any year in MLB history *one game*.

At least a three game series is necessary in each round, IMHO....

Madvora
07-12-2005, 08:56 AM
I don't know if I like the one-game elimination. Baseball is too random on one game.

Tampa Bay of '05 could beat the World Series champ of any year in MLB history *one game*.

At least a three game series is necessary in each round, IMHO....
You're right, this really isn't a sport set up for this type of tournament.

downstairs
07-12-2005, 09:02 AM
You're right, this really isn't a sport set up for this type of tournament.

And thus, I have to believe that its a complete crapshoot among the top 4-5 teams.

So I guess your top pitcher can only go once or twice? And that may not even be the most important game(s).

I actually always liked the idea of a World Cup type thing. And its baseball... 6-20 extra games isn't that big of a deal...

A_ROW33
07-12-2005, 09:28 AM
Who's coming from the Netherlands? And more importantly, if there are this many countries interested in baseball, why was it contracted from the Olympics?

Andruw Jones

Madvora
07-14-2005, 09:57 AM
Cuba might be out because of the "capitalist" ideas of the games.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=2107228


"However, I can already tell you ... that if it's about capitalizing baseball to show off economic power, we are not in agreement," he said.

White Sox Josh
07-14-2005, 01:24 PM
JAPAN
C—Kenji Jojima
1B—Nobuhiko Matsunaka
2B—Tadahito Iguchi (White Sox)
3B—Michihiro Ogasawara
SS—Kazuo Matsui (Mets)
LF—Kosuke Fukudome
CF—Hideki Matsui (Yankees)
RF—Ichiro Suzuki (Mariners)
DH—Norihiro Nakamura (Ddogers)
SP—Daisuke Matsuzaka
SP—Kaz Ishi (Mets)
SP—Hideo Nomo (Devil Rays)
SP—Tomo Ohka (Brewers)
RP- Akinori Otsuka (Padres)
RP- Shigetoshi Hasegawa (Mariners)
CL—Shingo Takatsu (White Sox)
Manager: Sadaharu Oh

White Sox Josh
07-14-2005, 01:29 PM
United States
UNITED STATES

C—Jason Varitek (Red Sox)
1B—Todd Helton (Rockies)
2B—Jeff Kent (Dodgers)
3B—Scott Rolen (Cardinals)
SS—Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia)
LF—Lance Berkman (Astros)
CF—Jim Edmonds (Cardinals)
RF—Aubrey Huff (Devil Rays)
DH—Frank Thomas (White Sox)
SP—Roger Clemens (Astros)
SP—Mark Buehrle (White Sox)
SP—Ben Sheets (Brewers)
SP—Mark Mulder (Cardinals)
RP— Neal Cotts (White Sox)
RP—Joe Nathan (Minnesota)
RP—Billy Wagner (Phillies)
Manager: Bobby Cox (Braves)

samram
07-14-2005, 02:50 PM
United States
UNITED STATES

C—Jason Varitek (Red Sox)
1B—Todd Helton (Rockies)
2B—Jeff Kent (Dodgers)
3B—Scott Rolen (Cardinals)
SS—Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia)
LF—Lance Berkman (Astros)
CF—Jim Edmonds (Cardinals)
RF—Gary Sheffield (Yankees)
DH—Barry Bonds (Giants)
SP—Roger Clemens (Astros)
SP—Mark Buehrle (White Sox)
SP—Ben Sheets (Brewers)
SP—Mark Mulder (Cardinals)
RP— Neal Cotts (White Sox)
RP—Joe Nathan (Minnesota)
RP—Billy Wagner (Phillies)
Manager: Bobby Cox (Braves)

Not bad, but I can tell you right off that Sheff, Bonds and Clemens won't be there.

Blu2e3
07-14-2005, 08:13 PM
Forget about Cotts the US team should have Lidge. Also Lee or Texieria should make the team over Helton at first. AT second Kent or Roberts depending on what your lineup needs. AT short you got to go with Jeter. Add Prior, Peavy, Willis to the rotation possibly more for middle relief like Carpenter and Doc