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2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Mar 05, 2009 11:36 pm

2009 WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC [PDF SCHEDULE]

March 5, 2009
Image JAPAN 4
Image CHINA 0

[WBC LINK - with boxscore, stories, and video links] ~ [SPORTSNET STORY]

Spring has arrived!

Yes, baseball season is now upon us. Team Canada has an awesome line-up. However, our top 5 pitchers are not available. This means that somehow a lot of AA pitchers are going to try to hold down billionaire sluggers from other countries.

The format has changed this year. There are still 4 pools of 4 teams. But instead of a round-robin they play a double knockout, quasi page system format. I would have thought it better to have 2 pools of 8, each playing a full round-robin of 7 games. But there you go.

Anyhow, the tournament started in Tokyo. This was a surprisingly close score. There is some controversy about China having been invited this time around, when countries like Nicaragua and Colombia might well be stronger. However, the defending champs advance whilst China will be facing elimination in their next game.

EXHIBITION GAMES:
  • March 3, 2009

    TEAM CANADA 6
    TORONTO BLUE JAYS 4

    [MLB LINK]

    TEAM U.S.A. 6
    NEW YORK YANKEES 5

    [MLB LINK]

    March 4, 2009

    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 9
    TEAM CANADA 2

    [MLB LINK]

    TORONTO BLUE JAYS 6
    TEAM U.S.A. 5

    [SPORTSNET STORY]

    March 5, 2009

    TEAM CANADA 6
    NEW YORK YANKEES 0

    [SPORTSNET STORY]

    TEAM U.S.A. 9
    PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES 6

    [MLB LINK]

    For a complete list of exhibition scores, with links to box scores and stories, [CLICK HERE].
POOLS:
  • Pool A: March 6, 2009
    Image Image Korea v. Chinese Taipei
    (winner plays Japan, loser plays China)

    Pool B: March 8, 2009
    Image Image South Africa v. Cuba
    Image Image Australia v. Mexico

    Pool C: March 7, 2009
    Image Image Canada v United States
    Image Image Italy v. Venezuela

    Pool D: March 7, 2009
    Image Image Netherlands v Dominican Republic
    Image Image Panama v Puerto Rico
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hymie » Fri Mar 06, 2009 6:05 pm

In all honest, my view of the World Baseball Classic:
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by shayman » Sat Mar 07, 2009 8:04 pm

My kids and I went to the Canada/USA game at Skydome today. Normally I find baseball pretty dull - the Blue Jays record in the past few years certainly doesn't help - but this was actually pretty exciting. 42,000 fans, a close game, lots of cheering, everybody on their feet yelling in the top of the 9th. People have a more emotional interest in Team Canada that they don't have in the Blue Jays, I suspect.

It was a shame our best pitchers are all either injured or uninterested. All the Team Canada pitchers this year are minor-league guys. A couple of major league arms might have made the difference.

Still - in two WBC games against the USA, Canada leads the total-run competition 13-12.
I helped pay for it, I'm calling it "Skydome."

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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Sat Mar 07, 2009 11:37 pm

CANADA, U.S.A. PUT 'CLASSIC' IN WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

March 7, 2009

Image CANADA 5
Image U.S.A. 6


[WBC LINK - with boxscore, stories, and video links] ~ [SPORTSNET STORY] ~ [BOX] ~ [SLAM STORY]
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What a game to start the baseball season!

With TC unable to use 5 top pitchers there were fears as to what would happen when the staff had to face some of MLB's best hitters. Not to fear! With former Northern Leaguers like Chris Begg and Mike Johnson around who needs Cy Young award winners?

Thank goodness TC had the benefit of our best position players. They were magnificent. Especially catcher Russ Martin and DH Joey Votto, each of whom had a HR. Read the links for some good inights into the game.

Anyhow, since a double knock-out formula is in effect TC must come back on Monday night. Two wins will get a team a berth into the next round.

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Joe Votto after a HR

Image CHINESE TAIPEI 1
Image CHINA 4


[WBC LINK - with boxscore, stories, and video links]

Both teams lost their opener so this was the tournament's first elimination game. What happened to all those Little Leaguers from Taiwan who kicked everybody's ***? After losing to their bitter rivals as well in the Olympics, this loss must sting with Taipei. They have generally been competitive with the strongest of baseball nations in most international tournaments. The Chinese were led by US-born Ray Chang.

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Ray Chang.

Image JAPAN 14
Image KOREA 2


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I guess the Koreans can officially consider their butts to be thoroughly kicked at this juncture. The win makes Japan to be the first team to guarantee themselves a berth in the final 8. The Koreans must be disappointed. They won Olympic gold and defeated Japan twice in the 2006 WBC.

Korea and China will now play to determine which team will advance from the pool. I like Korea's chances.

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Shuichi Murata - had a 3 run HR.

Image NETHERLANDS 3
Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 2


[WBC LINK - with boxscore, stories, and video links]

The DR are the vast under-achievers on the international stage. They are co-favourites (along with the Yanks) to take this thing. And since the major leagues have loads of their players they rarely are able to enter an international tournament with anything resembling a representative side.

So against this back-drop the DR must be disappointed with a loss to a team stocked with players from the Dutch colonies in the Netherlands Antilles. This is the biggest upset in the WBC to date. The Dutch were treated to 3 runs in the 1st inning without hitting the ball to the outfield. They scored on dribblers, bunts, and Dominican errors.

Image
Party time in Holland!

Image PANAMA 0
Image PUERTO RICO 7


[WBC LINK - with boxscore, stories, and video links]

The host Puerto Ricans won in a party atmosphere. I did not see much of this one since I was off to see Bison hockey. I cannot see Puerto Rico losing to the Netherlands on their home field.

Image
Pudge slammed a HR.

Image ITALY 0
Image VENEZUELA 7


[WBC LINK - with boxscore, stories, and video links]

The Skydome seemed to have a large contingent of Venezuelans. I only saw the ending after getting back from my hockey game. I guess Toronto Italians only show up for soccer rallies. Canada is Italy's next opponent whilst Venezuela meets the USA.

Image
Frank Catalanotto, former Blue Jay, returns to Dome.

NEXT UP

March 8, 2009
Pool A: 4:30 am China v Korea (loser out)
Pool B: 1:00 pm Cuba v South Africa (opening game)
Pool B: 8:00 pm Australia v Mexico (opening game)
Pool C: 7:00 pm USA v Venezuela (A final)
Pool D: 3:30 pm Dominican Republic v Panama (loser out)

March 9, 2009
Pool A: 4:30 am Japan v winner Chi/Kor (pool final)
Pool B: 9:00 pm loser Cuba/SA v loser Aus/Mex (loser out)
Pool C: 5:30 pm Canada v Italy (loser out)
Pool D: 5:30 pm Netherlands v Puerto Rico (A final)

March 10, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm winner Cuba/SA v winner Aus/Mex (A final)
Pool C: 4:00 pm winner Can/Ita v loser USA/Ven (loser out)
Pool D: 5:30 pm winner DR/Pan v loser Neth/PR (loser out)
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by shayman » Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:45 am

You know what's cool about this tournament - it's going on simultaneously around the world, with preliminary events happening simultaneously Canada, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Is there any other tournament that operates this way?
I helped pay for it, I'm calling it "Skydome."

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Post by Hollywood2 » Sun Mar 08, 2009 7:43 pm

shayman wrote:You know what's cool about this tournament - it's going on simultaneously around the world, with preliminary events happening simultaneously Canada, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Is there any other tournament that operates this way?
The World Cup of Hockey had one pool in Europe and one pool in North America.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Mon Mar 09, 2009 12:14 pm

THE CREAM IS RISING TO THE TOP ON A DAY OF SEVERE BEATINGS

March 8, 2009

Image CHINA 0
Image KOREA 14


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By winning once I believe China achieved everything they could have hoped for in this tournament. They were badly out-classed. Of note, Korean BUM HO LEE hit a home run. What a name!

Image
Sun Guoqiang held China in there for a while.

Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 9
Image PANAMA 0


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I thought that the DR would be dangerous after their opening loss, and that they were. Panama was destroyed in this one and are now eliminated. I pity the Netherlands when the DR gets their re-match.

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A play at the plate.

Image CUBA 8
Image SOUTH AFRICA 1


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I have not yet seen this game. For SA, this is a "happy to be there" type of tournament.

Image
No red pants for the Cubans!

Image U.S.A. 15
Image VENEZUELA 6


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This was actually a very enjoyable game for the most part. Venezuela had a 3-2 lead. But their bullpen could not hold the USA. If Canada beats Italy, then they will be facing Venezuela for a spot in the next round.

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The look of defeat.

Image AUSTRALIA 17
Image MEXICO 7


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The Mexicans had a big lead, were playing at home, and then fell apart. I suspect they'll be getting a re-match with a second round playoff berth on the line.

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Chris Snelling had 2 HRs for the Aussies.

March 9, 2009

Image JAPAN 0
Image KOREA 1


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This game was played at 4:30 CDT so I saw the ending before my shower. The Koreans win Pool A with this victory, aveging the trouncing delivered by the host Japanese earlier in the tournament. However, I don't see why they play this game. Japan was unbeaten and Korea had one loss, so why play to decide who gets seeded 1st and who gets seeded 2nd in the next round?

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Jung Keun Bong when 5 1/3 for Korea.

NEXT UP

March 9, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm South Africa v Mexico (loser out)
Pool C: 5:30 pm Canada v Italy (loser out)
Pool D: 5:30 pm Netherlands v Puerto Rico (A final)

March 10, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm Cuba v Australia (A final)
Pool C: 4:00 pm winner Can/Ita v Venezuela (loser out)
Pool D: 5:30 pm Dominican Republic v loser Neth/PR (loser out)

March 11, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm winner SA/Mex v loser Cuba/Aus (loser out)
Pool C: 5:30 pm winner Can/Ita/Ven v U.S.A. (pool final)
Pool D: 4:00 pm winner DR/Neth/PR v winner Neth/PR (pool final)

March 12, 2009
Pool B: 8:00 pm winner Cuba/Aus/SA/Mex v winner Cuba/Aus (pool final)
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Post by Ravi Ramkissoonsingh » Mon Mar 09, 2009 9:41 pm

Well, Canada's tournament is over after a disappointing 6-2 loss to Italy before only 12k fans at Rogers Centre on Monday night.
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Post by Hollywood2 » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:09 pm

CANADA SHOCKED

March 9, 2009

Image ITALY 6
Image CANADA 2


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The 1st batter dribbled one to the mound and pitcher Vince Perkins fumbled it. Bad omen. The Italians were able to use walks and timely hits and sacrifices to eke out a run at a time. In return TC was able to get runners aboard but never delivered timely hits, or even fly balls.

The announcers second guessed not starting Scott Richmond. I don't. When a team trails a world series 3-2, do they rest the scheduled starter for game 7? YES! TC needed to win both. Richmond was the logical guy to throw at Venezuela. Can you imagine what Venezuela would have done to Perkins?

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The look of a dejected host side.

Image NETHERLANDS 1
Image PUERTO RICO 3


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This win gives the host PR side a berth in the 2nd round. Good deal. Beat Panama and Netherlands and they are in! The Dutch now face the DR in a rematch. Ouch.

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The look of a happy host side.

Image SOUTH AFRICA 3
Image MEXICO 14


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I bet Canada wishes that South Africa had stayed in their pool this year. They were severely outclassed. Unlike other countries, they don't have MLB affiliated players from which to draw. Mexico now plays either Cuba or Australia for a berth in the 2nd round.

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Adrian Gonzalez had 2 HRs for Mexico.

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March 10, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm Cuba v Australia (A final)
Pool C: 4:00 pm Italy v Venezuela (loser out)
Pool D: 5:30 pm Dominican Republic v Netherlands (loser out)

March 11, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm Mexico v loser Cuba/Aus (loser out)
Pool C: 5:30 pm winner Ita/Ven v U.S.A. (pool final)
Pool D: 4:00 pm winner DR/Neth v winner Puerto Rico (pool final)

March 12, 2009
Pool B: 8:00 pm winner Cuba/Aus/Mex v winner Cuba/Aus (pool final)
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:37 pm

MORE TREATS FOR THE DUTCH

March 10, 2009

Image ITALY 1
Image VENEZUELA 10


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The Italians clearly used all their weapons against TC. They had some good pitchers but they were all used up the night before. Ther Venezuelans would much rather have faced that depleted staff than Scott Richmond.

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Disappointed team.

Image DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 1
Image NETHERLANDS 2


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The biggest surprise in this tournament was repeated as the DR, co-favourites for gold, are gonzo. This game was 0-0 after 9 and then the DR finally scored in the 11th. However, the Dutch scored two of their own in the bootom half of the inning to claim victory and a 2nd round berth.

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Another dejected bench.

Image CUBA 5
Image AUSTRALIA 4


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The Aussies held the lead in a see-saw game only to lose it on a 2-run HR buy one big Cuban named Yosbany Peraza. The Aussies now have a re-match against Mexico whilst Cuba advances.

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The winning HR.

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March 11, 2009
Pool B: 9:00 pm Mexico v Australia (loser out)
Pool C: 5:30 pm Venezuela v U.S.A. (pool final)
Pool D: 4:00 pm Netherlands v Puerto Rico (pool final)

March 12, 2009
Pool B: 8:00 pm winner Aus/Mex v Cuba (pool final)
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Post by argolio » Wed Mar 11, 2009 7:16 pm

Hollywood2 wrote:[The announcers second guessed not starting Scott Richmond. I don't. When a team trails a world series 3-2, do they rest the scheduled starter for game 7? YES! TC needed to win both. Richmond was the logical guy to throw at Venezuela. Can you imagine what Venezuela would have done to Perkins?
Not a fair comparison since it's lot harder to readjust your rotation in a series where 5 games have already been played. Here, there was only one previous game.

This reminds me of the Russian junior hockey team this year when Coach Sergei Nemchinov saved his two best players for the end of the shootout, and they were wasted because the shootout was over before they could even shoot. You can't "save" your best players anymore. Sports are too competitive these days for that.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Wed Mar 11, 2009 11:57 pm

ONE-SIDED GAMES THE ORDER OF THE DAY

March 11, 2009

Image NETHERLANDS 0
Image PUERTO RICO 5


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This was a pool final so all that was at stake was a second round seeding. So the Dutch likely aren't too upset with the loss. PR has yet to face any opposition of significance in this tournament.

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Lots of back-slapping from the hosts after Jesus Feliciano scored.

Image VENEZUELA 5
Image U.S.A. 3


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This was a pretty good game on a day of duds. The Venezuelans got it together and looked to be a real contender. Still, these pool finals don't mean much except for the selection of first round opponents. The USA will open against Puerto Rico whilst Venezuela will face Netherlands.

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K-Rod closed it out.

Image MEXICO 16
Image AUSTRALIA 1


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I was shocked at the scoreline. However, this shows us a couple of things. One, it is hard to beat a team twice in a row. Two, A or AA pitchers can really be touched up by big leaguers. So long, Oz. And welcome to the second round, Mexico.

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Adrian Gonzalez was part of the onslaught.

NEXT UP

March 12, 2009
Pool B: 8:00 pm Mexico v Cuba (pool final)

March 14, 2009
Pool 2: 12:00 pm Netherlands v Venezuela
Pool 2: 7:00 pm USA v Puerto Rico

March 15, 2009
Pool 1: 3:00 pm Japan v Pool B winner
Pool 1: 9:00 pm Pool B runner-up v Korea
Pool 2: 6:30 pm loser Neth/Ven v loser USA/PR (loser out)

March 16, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm loser Jap/B1 v loser B2/Kor (loser out)
Pool 2: 7:00 pm winner Neth/Ven v winner USA/PR (A final)
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Thu Mar 12, 2009 12:00 am

argolio wrote:
Hollywood2 wrote:[The announcers second guessed not starting Scott Richmond. I don't. When a team trails a world series 3-2, do they rest the scheduled starter for game 7? YES! TC needed to win both. Richmond was the logical guy to throw at Venezuela. Can you imagine what Venezuela would have done to Perkins?
Not a fair comparison since it's lot harder to readjust your rotation in a series where 5 games have already been played. Here, there was only one previous game.

This reminds me of the Russian junior hockey team this year when Coach Sergei Nemchinov saved his two best players for the end of the shootout, and they were wasted because the shootout was over before they could even shoot. You can't "save" your best players anymore. Sports are too competitive these days for that.
Team Canada was seeking to advance, and therefore needed 2 wins. They needed Richmond against Venezuela and had to save him. Had they used him against Italy, their 2 runs may still not have been enough. (Granted, they might have scored 1 or 2 more had they been in a tight game and were playing for one run.) However, Venezuela would have scored 10+ runs against the staff used against Italy.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by Hollywood2 » Fri Mar 13, 2009 3:39 pm

CUBA ENDS ROUND 1 WITH BIG WIN

March 12, 2009

Image MEXICO 4
Image CUBA 16


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This pool had more than its share of blow-outs. Mexico is looking wobbly. They beat South Africa and split with Australia before this one. So their pedigree is somewhat uncertain heading into the 2nd round. Now Cuba faces Japan in a rematch of the 2006 final.

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Fidel, too, must be happy!

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March 14, 2009
Pool 2: 12:00 pm Netherlands v Venezuela
Pool 2: 7:00 pm USA v Puerto Rico

March 15, 2009
Pool 1: 3:00 pm Japan v Cuba
Pool 1: 9:00 pm Mexico v Korea
Pool 2: 6:30 pm loser Neth/Ven v loser USA/PR (loser out)

March 16, 2009
Pool 1: 10:00 pm loser Jap/Cuba v loser Mex/Kor (loser out)
Pool 2: 7:00 pm winner Neth/Ven v winner USA/PR (A final)
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Post by argolio » Fri Mar 13, 2009 11:26 pm

Hollywood2 wrote:Team Canada was seeking to advance, and therefore needed 2 wins. They needed Richmond against Venezuela and had to save him. Had they used him against Italy, their 2 runs may still not have been enough. (Granted, they might have scored 1 or 2 more had they been in a tight game and were playing for one run.) However, Venezuela would have scored 10+ runs against the staff used against Italy.
Seeking to advance? How did that work out?

Needed two wins? How about one first? And why not pitch Richmond against the U.S.? They lost by only one run in a game they all but conceded. When you basically treat your opponents as if they're on a giant pedestal instead of going with your best, you get what you pay for -- going home with your tail between your legs.
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