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World Baseball Classic: Let The Games Begin

Matt Meyers -

When plans for the World Baseball Classic were announced last summer, it was hard to find a baseball fan who wasn't drooling over the prospect of seeing an international competition of the highest order. But as details of the event gradually got hammered out, many attitudes in the press toward the event evolved from intrigue to insult. While the focus for many has been on the foibles of the event, for those paying attention many participants and fans have shown a lot of enthusiasm.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

WBC Set To Open With Asia Round In Tokyo

Wayne Graczyk -

The 2006 World Baseball Classic begins Friday, March 3, as the Asia Round gets underway at Tokyo Dome. Host country Japan will be joined in the WBC Pool A by China, Taiwan and Korea, and the top two teams following three days of round-robin play will advance to Round Two of the WBC beginning March 12 in Anaheim. Japan and Korea are favored to move on to California.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

Guerrero, Sabathia And Wagner Back Out Of WBC

Matt Meyers -

In a February conference call, Billy Wagner said he would throw inside to new teammate Carlos Delgado in the World Baseball Classic if he had to. He no longer has to worry about it. Saying he is not physically ready to compete, Wagner has removed himself from Team USA for the Classic along with Indians lefthander C.C. Sabathia, who was slated to be one of the team's four starters.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

Italy Announces Roster; Pedro Bows Out

Matt Meyers -

As the World Baseball Classic nears, the last-minute changes and announcements keep coming. Most notably, Mets righthander Pedro Martinez officially announced he will not be playing in the Classic for his native Dominican Republic. Originally, Martinez said he would not be available for the first round games but has now said he is out for the entire tournament.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

USA Sends Underwhelming Team To World Cup

John Manuel -

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