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Baseball 2017 Discussion Thread

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the new Baseball season is officially underway...:d:bounce:

 

the World Baseball Classic 2017 has just started in Seoul (KOR), with the Home team opposed to Israel (basically a US team with Jewish players)...

 

will the US finally find the way to make the podium? or will the Dominican Republic be able to complete their back-to-back? will the Asian get back on top? or will it be the time for some new faces lifting the trophy?

I just can't wait to watch the best games of this tournament...

 

all infos on this event (schedule, results, news etc.) here:

 

https://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/

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I wanted to attend, but the stupid local organizers only offered tickets for the whole series, not individual games... cheapest tickets for the series are at 177 USD and the priciest at 1560 USD

 

Still crossing my fingers, that not all tickets are sold to try and catch one of the games or the pool final.

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USrael beat South Korea yesterday, now it's Dutch time to kick some Korean butt in an hour or so :d 

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Wow, maybe Israel could beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands and become the best European team. :mumble:

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Does this have any significance for the Olympics btw? :p 

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Homerun and 2-0 for the Netherlands :woohoo:

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1 hour ago, heywoodu said:

Does this have any significance for the Olympics btw? :p 

 

only indirectly...

I mean, this tournament gives (many) points for the World Ranking, which is the only things that matters for the participation to the 2019 Premier 12 tournament (which is the only qualifying event for Tokyo 2020, at least for what we know until now...the final qualification path is still to be officially confirmed, however)

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by the way, in any case this is the most qualified and exciting International tournament in Baseball...

 

for what concerns the Olympics, a few days ago the MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred made a press conference and expressed many doubts that the MLB players will be available for Tokyo...

at the moment, all the owners are totally against the Olympic break (and they will never release their players if the season is not stopped in those days)...

so, I guess we're going to have another soap opera like the Hockey one for Pyeongchang from now to 2020...:facepalm:

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1 hour ago, dcro said:

Wow, maybe Israel could beat the Kingdom of the Netherlands and become the best European team. :mumble:

 

I don't think they can beat NED (if NED play at their best), but for sure they're not joking...today they also destroyed Chinese Taipei, which is another big surprise...

 

and if NED can do the same (beat the Asians, I mean), both "European" teams will go through to the next round (and their match ups will be just useless tests)...

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Damn, these would have been great chances to bet on Israel if it was more known that these players were actually very good, since the bookmakers underestimated them strongly :p 

 

Too late now. 

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4 hours ago, heywoodu said:

Damn, these would have been great chances to bet on Israel if it was more known that these players were actually very good, since the bookmakers underestimated them strongly :p 

 

Too late now. 

Israelian? :p Only two players have israelian passaport... and it's the same for Italian team when only 8 italian was born in Italy

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3 minutes ago, Gianlu33 said:

Israelian? :p Only two players have israelian passaport... and it's the same for Italian team when only 8 italian was born in Italy

How do you know only two have an Israeli passport? :p 

 

Being born outside Israel of course doesn't mean they don't have an Israeli passport...I doubt it's even possible to play for Israel without having a passport. 

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Posted (edited)

1 minute ago, heywoodu said:

How do you know only two have an Israeli passport? :p 

 

Being born outside Israel of course doesn't mean they don't have an Israeli passport...I doubt it's even possible to play for Israel without having a passport. 

I readed it only an important italian sport site, if i'll find again the article i'll post it ;)  They was "imported" like a lot of turkish in athletics :p 

Edited by Gianlu33
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Most of Israel's team is jewish players from the USA

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