Thursday, January 17, 2013

World Baseball Classic Rosters Announced Today

Today, the World Baseball Classic rosters get announced with the US Roster already being released.  I for one have really enjoyed this as a world tournament, and this year we have new comers Spain and Brazil who will be participating (they've knocked out South Africa and Panama who participated in the last classic).  The US and Dominican teams have traditionally been stacked, but neither of these teams have won the tournament.  Thus far we've seen Japan, Cuba, and South Korea make it to the final rounds of the tournament with Japan winning it in both years that the classic has been played.  The US and Dominican Republic have each landed in 4th place in the past. 

Whether you enjoy the tournament or not, it at least gives us competitive games to watch in March when we would otherwise be reading about 2 inning simulated starts against minor league players.

In other baseball news, Napoli finally signed with the Red Sox only now its a one year deal worth $5 million with incentives that can bring it up to $13 million.  Originally he had agreed to terms on a 3 year $39 million contract pending a physical.  He apparently failed the physical with concerns about his hip and the two sides had to go back to the negotiating table. 

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