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WBC: November is Better

WBC Ratings

With the World Baseball Classic over and Japan the winners again for a second time, the viewer ratings came out. 1.3 average rating for the WBC on ESPN up to the semifinals. A 37.8 rating in Japan for their first-round games. Interesting.

November is Better

One thing that must be pointed, and as I said in the past, November is much better for the World Baseball Classic. I wrote about this back in January and again, with the platform of MLBLogs, reiterate that the timing of this was not good. My mind was put to rest when Chipper Jones told Long Island Newsday that the “Classic should be moved to the fall.” His main concern, as is mine, is that the players are in “game-shape” and “injuries will probably be minimal.

All I ask is that the Classic is kept alive and going, but just move it to November after the World Series.

It will be a homerun for everyone.

Until then, see ya at the park!

According to David Letterman…

Here’s the top 10 reasons to watch the World Baseball Classic.

  1. “What else are you going to watch, hockey?”
  2. “Australia’s secret weapon: a fastball-throwin’ kangaroo.”
  3. “Before each game, you get to sit through 30 different national anthems.”
  4. “Because of the metric system, the games will be 6.83 innings.”
  5. “You’ll be part of a cherished baseball tradition dating back to 2006.”
  6. “It’s fascinating seeing how players from other countries scratch themselves.”
  7. “The winning team plays Neptune in the Galactic Baseball Classic.”
  8. “Because it’s an international event, our rightfielder is Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
  9. “Japan has one of them crazy robot shortstops.”
  10. “Due to the economic crisis, we all have to share the same pair of pants.”

Until then, see ya at the World Baseball Classic!

WBC ’06 Leaders

The World Baseball Classic will make its second appearance showcasing the best international talent in baseball. It seems like yesterday that the 2006 World Baseball Classic was played. 2006 had many talented players who set the standard for the WBC.

Here’s a look at some statistics from the ’06 WBC.

Batting Average

  • Japan .311
  • USA .289
  • Puerto Rico. 286
  • Cuba .283

Earned Run Average

  • Korea 2.00
  • Puerto Rico 2.08
  • Japan 2.49
  • Dominican Republic 2.57

2009 Teams to Watch

  • United States
  • Japan
  • Cuba
  • Dominican Republic

You can also listen to my MLB Radio interview I did back on May 5, 2006 on the World Baseball Classic and about baseball in general at this link .

Until then, see ya at the World Baseball Classic.

WBC ’09 Venues

On March 5, the World Baseball Classic is back with much of the fanfare it had in 2006. International teams will be playing on the International level to be bestowed the best team in the World. The WBC will take our minds off of the negative news that has been surrounding the game within the last couple of weeks.

Here’s a look at the venues and bracket breakdowns:

Round 1 Venues

Pool A Tokyo Dome
Pool B Mexico City
Pool C Toronto
Pool D San Juan

Round 2 Venues

Pool 1: San Diego
Pool 2: Miami

Finals Venue

Los Angeles

WBC Games Schedule (March 5th & 6th)

March 5th

Game 1, 4:30 AM (EST)
CHN vs. JAPAN

March 6th

Game 2, 4:30 AM (EST)
TPE vs. KOR

Game 3, 10:30 PM (EST)
Losers of Game 1 & 2
Loser is eliminated.

I’ll have continued updates on the World Baseball Classic throughout the tournament. Until then, see ya at the World Baseball Classic.

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