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World Baseball Classic
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Anyone who keeps up with baseball has to be aware of the World Baseball Classic that started a few days ago in Japan. This is the first time (that I know of) that anything like this has happened for baseball and I think it is GREAT! It's 16 countries broken up into 4 pools. The 1st round will eliminate 2 teams from each pool and the games are played in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Japan. Round 2 will be each pool's winner & runner-up and they take place in the U.S. and Puerto Rico with the final four teams playing in San Diego.

I've already missed 4 games - Japan has shelled the 2 teams they've played outscoring them 31-5 - but I plan on trying to watch or record any of them that are left. Quite a few MLB players have broken up to play in the Classic but less than I original thought would, which I think will make it even better.

A player is eligible to participate on a World Baseball Classic team if:
  • The player is a citizen of the nation the team represents. (Additionally, if a player is qualified for citizenship or to hold a passport under the laws of a nation represented by a team, but has not been granted citizenship or been issued a passport, then the player may be made eligible by WBCI upon petition by the player or team.)

  • The player is a permanent legal resident of the nation or territory the team represents.

  • The player was born in the nation or territory the team represents.

  • The player has one parent who is, or if deceased was, a citizen of the nation the team represents.

  • The player has one parent who was born in the nation or territory the team represents.


The Yankees have Al Leiter, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon out of Spring Training to play for the U.S. and Bernie Williams playing for Puerto Rico. I'm a little worried about injuries here - as I think they'll see more playing time and put more effort into this opposed to a regular Spring Training game - but I think the risk is worth what this can do for baseball around the world and I hope this continues and only grows bigger in years to come.
posted by David Jones @ 6:41 PM  
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