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World Baseball Classic 2017 -- the world cup of baseball!

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It's happening NOW!

 

I think perhaps less than one percent as major an event as the world cup, but hey, ratings aren't everything.

 

Pool A and Pool B has already started in Seoul and Tokyo. 

 

https://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/

 

https://www.worldbaseballclassic.com/bracket

 

I assume the strongest teams include those with the best baseball traditions -- USA, Canada, Dominican Republic, Cuba.

Europe is represented by Italy and Netherlands.

The underdog surprise team this year is Israel which has almost no baseball tradition.

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Israel dominates Pool A.

From underdog to team to watch. Cinderella story in the making? I kind of doubt it, but fun to watch.

 

Team Israel players celebrating with team mascot, Mensch on A Bench:

mensch.jpg

 

 

 
Pool A
Rank Team W L
1
 
ISR
3 0
2
 
NED
2 1
3
 
KOR
0 2
4
 
TPE
0 2
 
 
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Japan and Cuba win Pool B so they will take on Israel and the Netherlands in Pool E in Tokyo.

 

I had forgotten Japan was a baseball crazy nation. 

 

Rank Team W L
1
 
JPN
3 0
2
 
CUB
2 1
3
 
AUS
1 2
4
 
CHN
0 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in the Americas, pool C and pool D are getting started. 

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Not surprisingly, both Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republican are early dominant in Pools C and D.


In more advanced Pool E, more surprisingly, Israel won the first game against Cuba (4-1). Israel still undefeated in the tournament.

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In the America's section, progressing to Pool F are Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA, and one more team TBD that isn't Canada.

 

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Pool E tightens up.

Cinderella Israel not so Cinderella, losing to Netherlands. 12 - 2! Israel now needs to beat Japan (not likely) to advance. 

 

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20 hours ago, Jingthing said:

In the America's section, progressing to Pool F are Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, USA, and one more team TBD that isn't Canada.

 

TBD fourth team now determined. It's Venezuela. Canada gone, eh? 

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OK, now in Pool E it's a must win for Israel vs. Japan.

If Japan wins, then Japan and the Netherlands advance.

If Israel wins, then it's a 3 way 2-1 tie and I'm not sure how that's resolved, but only 2 teams will advance.

Only one game so far in Pool F -- Puerto Rico beat neighboring island Dominican Republic. 

 

Rank Team W L
1
 
JPN
2 0
2
 
NED
2 1
3
 
ISR
1 1
4
 
CUB
0 3
 
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Japan wins, so Netherlands and Japan advance to the SEMIFINALS against two teams from the Americas. 

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In Pool F competing to take on Netherlands and Japan, Venezuela lost their first two games so out of it. USA and Puerto Rico leading followed by Dominican Republican. 

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Wow. It's getting exciting if you can handle that.

USA and Puerto Rico (without a loss) made it through from Pool F and now the semifinals are set for Dodger's Stadium, LA. 

 

It will be:

Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico

and

USA vs. Japan

 

 

 

 

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Puerto Rico beats the Netherlands 4-3 to make it to the FINALS!

 

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Surprise. Surprise. (Not so much.)

USA beats Japan 2-1 to enter the FINALS against USA territory Puerto Rico.:post-4641-1156694572: 

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