Qualifier Notebook

Complete Coverage of the Americas Olympic Qualifier

By John Manuel

November 1, 2003

• According to Panamanian news reports, attempts to contact the Bahamas’ team remain fruitless, and Team Bahamas has yet to show for the qualifying tournament. It was not a threat to make the medal round anyway, but Team Bahamas’ delinquency probably means Canada, Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico will all advance to the medal round. Their pool play games now will affect only seeding in the medal round. Cuba was supposed to play the Bahamas on Saturday, and it is not clear what will happen with that game.

• Other than Team USA’s big victory, rain was the story of the day. Cuba’s game against Mexico was suspended by rain with Cuba leading 2-0, having scored twice against Diamondbacks prospect Edgar Gonzalez. The game could be picked up on one of the two off-days built into the schedule, Nov. 3 or Nov. 6.

• Rain also postponed yesterday’s games Brazil and Panama. Weather could become a major factor during the tournament, as at least a chance of rain is in the Panama forecast for the next seven days.

• According to MLB.com, Friday’s sparsely attended game featured garbage left over from Thursday night’s game being swept still on the field and in the stands, no public address announcer until midway through the game, and a last-minute find for a batboy, as a member of the grounds crew put on a baggy USA uniform. “This is the most disorganized thing I’ve ever seen,” manager Frank Robinson told MLB.com.

Also Contributing: Kevin Goldstein