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Memo For MLB

Alan Schwarz -

Lost in the hoopla, forgotten in the waning skepticism and mounting excitement of each of its 39 games, was the fact that the inaugural World Baseball Classic was just that—the first attempt at what will surely be an even better event in 2009 and beyond. It was a dry run, a hastily planned experiment that as much as anything became a learning experience for all. Here are the Top 10 things everyone involved — the players, the organizers, the press and the fans — learned from the first World Baseball Classic.

International | #2006#International Affairs#World Baseball Classic

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