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Warning: World Baseball Classic is Here

Posted on: March 6, 2009 4:10 am
 

Well...The World Baseball Classic has finally started again and while the concept of the tourney is a great and all, I don't really think it's fair to the MLB teams involved. The tournament requires players to perform at a high level early on in the season and many aren't prepared. If your team has a pitcher pitching in this tournament, look out. Things haven't faired well for them during the 2006 year.

Notable Pitchers from 2006 World Baseball Classic and Their Performance in 2006:

  • COL - Brian Fuentes posts highest era he's had in past 4 seasons
  • DET - Todd Jones era doubles from the previous season
  • HOU - Brad Lidge posts 5.28 era, worst of his career
  • WAS - Gary Majewski injures arm, hasn't posted era under 6 since
  • SD - Jake Peavy has era above 4, the only time he's done so since 2003
  • FLA - Dontrelle Willis loses his control and becomes league leader in walks
  • BAL - Adam Loewen blows out his arm, now he can't pitch anymore and is converting to an OF
  • ATL - Chris Reitsma posts a career high era of 8.6, hasn't made it back to big leagues since
  • WAS - Luis Ayala injures arm in tourney, has to get Tommy John surgery and sit out 2006 season
  • OAK - Esteban Loaiza suffers injury shortened season. Has never recovered since.
  • BAL - Rodrigo Lopez suffers career worst era. Was last seen pitching in Single-A
  • STL - Ricardo Rincon suffers season ending surgery. Has never recovered.
  • SEA - Joel Pineiro has worst season of his career causing Seattle to let him walk
  • LAA - J.C. Romero posts a career worst 6.70 era with the Angels
  • LAA - Bartolo Colon suffers season ending surgery a year after winning the AL Cy Young award
  • MIN - Francisco Liriano suffers season ending surgery causing him to miss 2007 season
  • LAD - Odalis Perez has 6.20 era, highest of his career
  • BOS - Lenny DiNardo puts up era of 10 in minors and 9 in majors causing Sox to waive him
  • CHC - Carlos Zambrano walks 115 batters, the highest in his career
  • TOR - Gustavo Chacin suffers season ending injury, hasn't been the same since

Still want to see your pitcher in the tourney? As an A's fan, I was upset at the simple fact that Brad Ziegler threw more than an inning of relief the other day in an exhibition game against the Yankees.......So who are the victims gonna be this season? Ziegler? Putz? Oswalt? Peavy again?.....It could be anybody.

This tournament frustrates me beyond belief.

Brad Ziegler pitched 1.2 innings of shutout baseball in an exhibition game against the Yankees.

Comments

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2009 9:24 pm
 

Warning: World Baseball Classic is Here

Any examples of someone doing good or is there no hope for Felix?

I'm pretty sure Joe Nathan posted solid years in the 2006 season after playing, but there are far more pitchers that have done worse or gotten hurt. We won't see the effects of this years WBC until the actual baseball season starts.

 




Since: Nov 5, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2009 9:07 pm
 

Play it AFTER the World Series

There are plenty of places in the world that could host this tournament after the World Series has concluded. It's still plenty warm in Mexico, Venezuela, and other South American countries to begin play in mid-November.

To me, that's the only thing that makes any sense whatsoever if they are going to continue doing this.




Since: Apr 20, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2009 6:07 pm
 

Warning: World Baseball Classic is Here

Any examples of someone doing good or is there no hope for Felix?

 

 




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2009 5:53 pm
 

Warning: World Baseball Classic is Here

Catcher Carlos Ruiz will play for Panama. He had backed out, but changed his mind when the Panamanian president asked him to reconsider. Ruiz hit his head pretty bad on the first game, but apparently he was doing okay. Panama is 0-5 in the WBC and is now out of the tournament so you should be happy about that.

 

 

 




Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:25 pm
 

Warning: World Baseball Classic is Here

 

ugh im really dissapointed

Catcher Carlos Ruiz will play for Panama. He had backed out, but changed his mind when the Panamanian president asked him to reconsider.

J.C. Romero will pitch for Puerto Rico. Matt Stairs will play for Canada.

Phillies Minor Leaguers named to rosters include right-handers Drew Naylor (Australia), catcher Joel Naughton (Australia) and infielder Brad Harman (Australia).

wtf is up with all the aussies on the phillies lol




Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:19 pm
 

Warning: World Baseball Classic is Here

Im happy that cole hamels brad lidge and ryan howard stayed out. But im am deatly woried about jimmy rollins and shane victorino

 



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