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WBC: The Best of the Best

The best of the World Baseball Classic. A list of some of the best talent playing in the WBC.

China

  • Sun Lingfeng, OF

Japan

  • Daisuke Matsuzaka, RHP

South Korea

  • Seung-Yeop Lee, 1B

Taiwan

  • Ching-Lung Hu, SS

Canada

  • Erik Bedard, LHP

Mexico

  • Karim Garcia, OF

South Africa

  • Carl Michaels, RHP

United States

  • Roger Clemens, RHP

Cuba

  • Yulieski Gourriel, 3B

Netherlands

  • Andruw Jones, OF

Panama

  • Carlos Lee, OF

Puerto Rico

  • Carlos Beltran, OF

Australia

  • Justin Huber 1B

Dominican Republic

  • Albert Pujols, 1B

Italy

  • Mike Piazza, C

Venezuela

  • Johan Santana, LHP

There are many more good players, but this is just a brief description as reported by most of the media covering the WBC.

WBC: Pool A Teams Ready

Goodbye Torino, hello Tokyo.

For all the baseball fans out there, this is it. The World Baseball Classic will begin this Friday at the Tokyo Dome. All-Star Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners, will head the Japanese team.

Here’s the lineups for Pool A teams:

CHINA

Sun Lingfeng, CF., Liu Guangbiao, 2B., Yang Guogang, DH., Zhang Yufeng, SS., Zhang Hongbo, RF., Chen Zhe, 1B., Yang Shuo, LF., Feng Yi, C., and Pen Wenbin, 3B.,

Pitchers: Li Chenhoa, Chen Kun and Nan Wan.

CHINESE TAIPEI

Chun-Chang Yeh, C., Tai-Shan Chang, DH., Chia-Hsien Hsieh, 1B., Chin-Feng Chen, LF., Cheng-Ming Peng, CF., Lung-Yi Huang, RF., Ching-Lung Hu, SS., Yung-Chi Chen, 3B., and Sen Yang, 2B.

Pitchers: Ying-Chieh Lin, Wei-Lun Pan and En-Yu Lin.

JAPAN

Ichiro Suzuki, RF., Munenori Kawasaki, SS., Norichika Aoki, CF., Nobuhiko Matsunaka, DH., Takahiro Arai, 1B., Akinori Iwamura, 3B., Kazuhiro Wada, LF., Ryoji Aikawa, C., and Tsuyoshi Nishioka, 2B.

Pitchers: Koji Uehara, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Shunsuke Watanabe.

KOREA

Yong-Taik Park, CF., Jong-Kook Kim, 2B., Byung-Kyu Lee, RF., Seung-Yeop Lee, 1B., Hee-Seop Choi, DH., Dong-Joo Kim, 3B., Shin-Soo Choo, LF., Kab-Yong Jin, C., and Jin-Man Park, SS.

Pitchers: Jae-Weong Seo, Chan-Ho Park and Sun-Woo Kim.

Throughout the WBC, I’ll continue to write all the latest news and updates. So stayed tuned, because baseball is here.

WBC: Round 2 & Finals

Here’s the WBC Round 2 schedule.

Round 2

Pool 1: Anaheim, California

  • Sun., March 12., Pool A Runner-up vs. Pool B Runner-up Angel Stadium
  • Sun., March 12., Pool B Winner vs., Pool A Winner Angel Stadium
  • Mon., March 13., Pool B Winner vs. Pool A Winner Angel Stadium
  • Tues., March 14., Pool A Runner-up vs. Pool B Winner Angel Stadium
  • Wed., March 15., Pool A Winner vs. Pool A Runner-up Angel Stadium
  • Thurs., March 16., Pool B Runner-up vs. Pool B Winner Angel Stadium

Pool 2: San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Sun., March 12., Pool C Runner-up vs. Pool D Runner-up Hiram Bithorn
  • Sun., March 12., Pool C Winner vs. Pool D Winner Hiram Bithorn
  • Mon., March 13., Pool D Winner vs. Pool C Runner-up Hiram Bithorn
  • Mon., March 13., Pool D Runner-up vs. Pool C Winner Hiram Bithorn
  • Tues., March 14., Pool D Runner-up vs. Pool D Winner Hiram Bithorn
  • Wed., March 15., Pool C Runner-up vs. Pool C Winner Hiram Bithorn

Finals

San Diego, California

  • Sat., March 18., Pool 2 Runner-up vs. Pool 2 Winner PETCO Park
  • Sat., March 18., Pool 1 Runner-up vs. Pool 1 Winner PETCO Park
  • Mon., March 20., SF 1 Winner vs. SF 2 Winner PETCO Park

After the WBC Finals will be Opening Day!

WBC: Pool C & D Games

Here’s the Pool C & D schedules for all you baseball aficionados out there.

Pool C: San Juan, Puerto Rico

  • Tues., March 7., Panama vs. Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn
  • Wed., March 8., Cuba vs. Panama Hiram Bithorn
  • Wed., March 8., Puerto Rico vs. Netherlands Hiram Bithorn
  • Thurs., March 9., Cuba vs. Netherlands Hiram Bithorn
  • Fri., March 10., Netherlands vs. Panama Hiram Bithorn
  • Fri., March 10., Puerto Rico vs. Cuba Hiram Bithorn

Pool D: Orlando, Florida

  • Tues., March 7., Dominican Republic vs. Venezuela Disney’s Wide World
  • Tues., March 7., Australia vs. Italy Disney’s Wide World
  • Wed., March 8., Italy vs. Venezuela Disney’s Wide World
  • Thurs., March 9., Italy vs. Dominican Republic Disney’s Wide World
  • Thurs., March 9., Venezuela vs. Australia Disney’s Wide World
  • Fri., March 10., Australia vs. Dominican Republic Disney’s Wide World

By the weekend, I’ll have Round 2 and finals info. Until then, "Play Ball."

WBC: Team USA

On March 3, 2006 the World Baseball Classic will begin. The teams are set, the ballparks are ready, as are the fans.

Team USA, despite some star players sitting out to prepare for the regular season, has put together quite a team. Below, by position, is Team USA.

Team USA Roster:

Starting Pitchers

  • Roger Clemens, still not signed
  • Dontrelle Willis, Marlins
  • Jake Peavy, Padres
  • C.C. Sabathia, Indians

Relief Pitchers

  • Chad Cordero, Nationals
  • Brian Fuentes, Rockies
  • Todd Jones, Tigers
  • Brad Lidge, Astros
  • Joe Nathan, Twins
  • Scott Schields, Angels
  • Huston Street, A’s
  • Mike Timlin, Red Sox
  • Billy Wagner, Mets
  • Dan Wheeler, Astros

Catchers

  • Mike Barrett, Cubs
  • Brian Schneider, Nationals
  • Jason Varitek, Red Sox

First Base

  • Derek Lee, Cubs
  • Mark Teixeira, Rangers

Second Base

  • Mike Young, Rangers
  • Chase Utley, Phillies

Shortstop

  • Derek Jeter, Yankees

Third Base

  • Chipper Jones, Braves
  • Alex Rodriguez, Yankees

Rightfield

  • Jeff Francoeur, Braves
  • Randy Winn, Giants

Centerfield

  • Ken Griffey, Jr., Reds
  • Vernon Wells, Blue Jays

Leftfield

  • Johnny Damon, Yankees
  • Matt Holliday, Rockies

Manager

  • Buck Martinez

Not a bad team, but I still predict Dominican Republic to win.

A Familiar Face in Torino

As the 2006 Winter Olympics continue in Torino, Italy, there’s one familiar face known to Major League Baseball — Peter Ueberroth.

From 1984 to 1989, Ueberroth served as Baseball Commissioner succeeding Bowie Kuhn. He’s famously known for reinstating Hall of Famers Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle because of their associations within gambling casinos.

Now, we just seen him again make the announcement as Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee that Michelle Kwan was forced to leave the Olympic Skating Team due to a pulled groin muscle and Emily Hughes, sister to 2002 Gold Medalist Sarah Hughes, will be skating in her place.

Well known throughout sports, Ueberroth will be remembered as Baseball Commissioner first and Chairman of the United States Olympic Committee second.

Let The Games Begin

Busy, busy, busy.

Baseball fans this is it, the time has come to get ready for the 2006 season. The next couple of weeks will be sports busy. First, we’ll have the 2006 Winter Olympics from Torino, Italy. Then, we will segue right into Spring Training and then the World Baseball Classic. By the time that the "Rat Race" is over, Opening Day will be here. The fresh cut of the grass, painting of the white lines and the yelling of "Play Ball."

As we sit and wait for the season to begin, we’ll be teased with the Winter Olympics, but it will be a good tease because the same values the Olympics has, so too will the World Baseball Classic. So, it seemed like years ago that the Chisox won the World Series, but this is the way of life. The way the Baseball God wants it.

See ya at the game.

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