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How to fix the WBC

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 12, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Are you watching the WBC? I’ve only seen bits and pieces on television.

I think a worldwide tournament is a good way to promote the game and it’s needed. But there is not a good time for such a tournament, that’s the problem. So you have games like yesterday, when Davey Johnson used eight pitchers against Venezuela because the game didn’t really count.

How are we supposed to take that seriously?

Here’s an answer: Seed the 16 teams like an NCAA tournament regional. Play best-of-three in the first round and the single-game elimination after that until the final, which would be best-of-three. Every game matters, people follow the bracket, you have a compelling tournament.

Potential seeding for this year:

1. Japan
2. Dominican
3. USA
4. Cuba
5. Venezuela
6. Puerto Rico
7. Korea
8. Mexico
9. Canada
10. Australia
11. Netherlands
12. Italy
13. Panama
14. Taiwan
15. China
16. South Africa


Thanks to Nick, who suggested I go to Barbers Inc. on North Dale Mabry to get a haircut. Great place. Barbers Inc. is a cool place. There are skateboard decks on the walls, good music on the speakers and a tattoo shop in the back. So I owe you one, Nick




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