Wednesday, December 07, 2005

HAVE YOU HEARD OF WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC

World Baseball Classic is an intercontinental baseball competition, featuring Major League players. For the first time in MLB history it’s going to take place in March 2006. The event is not going to be annual feature and will take place every four years. It is the first international baseball tournament to feature major-league players. MLB has named nearly 180 major league players, among them Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Vladimir Guerrero, Eric Gagne and Derek Jeter, have volunteered to play in the introductory World Baseball Classic in the 16-team international tournament to be held over 2 1/2 weeks. An awesome line-up will aso feature Albert Pujols at first, Alfonso Soriano at second, Miguel Tejada at short, Adrian Beltre at third, Manny Ramirez in left, David Ortiz at designated hitter. The starting pitcher would be Pedro Martinez, to be relieved by Bartolo Colon, or vice versa. The inaugural World Baseball Classic will take place at Petco Park. The semifinal and championship games will be played in downtown San Diego, following pool-play games as close as Anaheim and Phoenix and as far away as San Juan, P.R., and Tokyo.

It is a marvelous idea to keep major league talent on just two teams. Buck Martinez, who managed the Toronto Blue Jays in 2001 and for 53 games in 2002, will manage the U.S. team.

The Cuban National Team publicly announced that they will not allow the players who failed to make to the United States to play in Major League Baseball to play on their team. They have eliminated big names such as Orlando Hernández, José Contreras, Danys Baez, and Rafael Palmeiro, but MLB officials are self-assured that will get governmental clearance for Cuban involvement.

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