John Manuel

USA Sends Underwhelming Team To World Cup

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Baseball has had a World Cup tournament since 1938. Apparently, that history matters most to the Mets and Davey Johnson. Johnson, the longtime big league manager, will skipper Team USA at the World Cup that begins Friday in the Netherlands. His roster of minor leaguers—mostly from affiliated ball but with two independent leaguers—has precious little premium talent, aside from a pair of Mets.

International | #2005#International Affairs#World Cup

Brewers Nab Top Dominican Talent

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The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known The Milwaukee Brewers aren't known for being a big player in the international marketplace for players. The organization wants that to change. In July, scouts in Latin America reported that righthander Rolando Pascual was the best unsigned talent in the Dominican Republic.

International | #2005#International Affairs

Baseball Eliminated From Olympics After 2008

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Jacques Rogge finally got what he wanted: baseball and softball out of the Olympics. The International Olympic Committee, following the lead of its president, had secret-ballot voting on all 28 sports on the Olympic program Thursday, and baseball and softball were the only two that failed to receive the majority of votes needed to stay in the Games. So the 2008 Beijing Olympics will likely be the last Games with baseball and softball for the foreseeable future.

International | #2005#International Affairs#Olympics