Friday, March 03, 2006

COPA MUNDIAL BEISBOL

Today the World Baseball Classic started with Greater China getting skunked. Chinese Taipei lost to Korea and China got whipped by Japan. I know that there are real problems with the World Baseball Classic, but the idea is great.

Maybe China, Australia, South Africa, and Italy have no business having teams. The Dutch are roundly mocked for having a team, but their Caribbean territories mean that Andruw Jones and Sidney Ponson are both in the Classic. That's good stuff. Otherwise, the opportunity to have national all-star teams from powerhouses like the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the United States, Japan, et al. is fantastic. Now, in the next go-around we should try to figure out how to have the players at midseason form. Tough to do, but how amazing would that be? Frankly, the international ball players are so deeply ingrained in major league baseball that I don't know that people would only root for the U.S.

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