World Cup of Baseball, now playing

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by SoccerScout, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. SoccerScout

    SoccerScout Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Internacional Porto Alegre
  2. NEKSoccer

    NEKSoccer Member

    Jul 21, 2000
    Long Island, NY
    I see where Japan beat the U.S. in that tournament. Only press that baseball gets here is major and minor leagues, not to mention the Olympics. To a lot of people here, that's the only baseball that exists, or at least that matters to them.
  3. kwik1980

    kwik1980 New Member

    May 27, 2003
    Norwich, NY
    Of course, it probably doesn't help the whole "publicity" thing when the tournament is played during the playoffs and World Series.
  4. amerifolklegend

    amerifolklegend New Member

    Jul 21, 1999
    Oakley, America
    Re: Re: World Cup of Baseball, now playing

    That's because MLB is the only league that matters. That Japanese league they have going on over there is cute and all, and they're kinda good sometimes too, but outside of that and Major League Baseball there aren't any leagues that at all matter on this earth.
  5. Ludahai

    Ludahai New Member

    Jun 22, 2001
    Taichung, Taiwan
    After surviving elimation games with South Korea and Italy, Taiwan was upset by the Russians. Granted, many of Taiwan's top players weren't there because the Taiwan Series had just concluded. However, this is an embarassing upset for Taiwanese baseball.
  6. JG

    JG Member+

    Jun 27, 1999
    Almost an amazing upset as Brazil took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the 9th in today's quarterfinal against Cuba...but Cuba hit a two-run homer to win 4-3.

    The US lost 2-1 to Taiwan in their quarterfinal.

    The US starts qualifying for the 2004 Olympics next Friday...they are sending a team of minor leaguers similar to the one that played in Sydney.
  7. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    MLB has no idea how to grow the game of baseball worldwide..... :rolleyes:

    MLB could double their profits if they had a true World Cup of Baseball that the US actually took seriously....

    Enough with the nice exhibition games...... play some competitive international baseball already!

    Humiliate the US on the baseball diamond!

    Go Team Go !
  8. SoccerScout

    SoccerScout Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Internacional Porto Alegre
    After the "World" Series, there should be a 2 week tournament somewhere warm where the WS champs take on maybe 3 other champs from around the world for a true World Championship.

    Dont gimme the "players" are tired crap. If they played 180 games, another 5 isnt going to kill them, especially when you make 8 figures a year!

    Until then the term WORLD CHAMPIONS that is used in Baseball is a JOKE and clear evidence of the ignorance that reigns in the US.
  9. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    The MLB World Series = The Champions of USA and Canada

    that is all.....
  10. dfb547490

    dfb547490 New Member

    Feb 9, 2000
    The Heights
    Suggesting that any foreign team could beat the Yankees or Marlins or Red Sox over a series is the joke...

    However, I wouldn't mind seeing a 12-team international tournament...maybe the top 3 US teams (both World Series teams and the top regular-season team who wasn't in the Series), 2 from Japan, 1 each from Korea, Taiwan, Cuba, Australia, Mexico, Venezuela, a European team (probably from Italy) and a "wild card" team, either from Africa or another Asian or Latin American team.
  11. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    Baseball needs 2 international tournaments....

    The Baseball World Cup

    The Baseball World Club Championship
  12. slipknotter

    slipknotter New Member

    May 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    And so is calling the NHL and the NBA champs WORLD CHAMPIONS is likewise a joke. The NBA COULD be world champs, but lately that point can be argued. The NFL...ok, but it's easy to be world champ of something that you're virtually the only people in the world playing the sport. Kinda like if the Australians called their Aussie Rules Football champion "world" champs.
  13. SoccerScout

    SoccerScout Member

    Jan 3, 2001
    New Jersey, USA
    Internacional Porto Alegre
    NY Metros, I agree. MLB is stupid by not getting at least one of the 2 cups you mention done.

    A World Cup would be interesting as almost 50% of MLB players are foreigners and a WCC would allow us to get a Club that REALLY is World Champs. But actually the World Cup ALREADY exists, IT WAS JUST PLAYED! But not taken serious by many countries.

    I dont see why its not done. The dont play most of the Fall and Winter, Im sure they can go somewhere tropical for 2 weeks and duke it out.

    Amazingly as I watch my daily Brazilian Sports show on TV GLOBO, Baseball has been mentioned about 3 times in the last 2 weeks but mostly because of the World Cup played this past week and Brazil did well.
  14. zizkov do toho

    zizkov do toho New Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    And a Baseball Confederations Cup
  15. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    Glad someone agrees with me. :) I just hope one day MLB gets its head out of the sand and figuresout that FIFA makes so much $$ because of the international tournaments..... not just the domestic ones.....

    The best thing that could ever happen is for the US to lose the Baseball World Cup (if ever taken seriously)..... hopefully this would light a fire under their collective a$ses....
  16. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    Now that's just plain perverse.....
  17. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    It's the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP. By far the best league in the world with players from around the globe.
  18. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    absolutely, no argument there....

    however..... this is the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP of baseball....
  19. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    The one people care about started in 1903.
  20. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
    The National Baseball Championship of America was indeed started in 1903..... However how many other professional leagues and teams in other countries were there at that time?
  21. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    The WORLD SERIES predated the world cup by 27 years.
  22. BenReilly

    BenReilly New Member

    Apr 8, 2002
    Why would you want this? It's either structured in a way which ignores the fundamentals of baseball (i.e. a one-game knock out) or the "American" teams of international stars win every series. One MLB World Series is enough for me. I don't see the need for two. I don't want to mess with 100 years of tradition. Only on a soccer message board would this stuff come up. Nevermind that we still don't have a real club World Cup in soccer.

    The ideal situation is create franchises in more countries. Transportation constraints make it difficult to do in Asia (unfortunately), but we could see a team in Mexico in the future. Maybe Cuba as well.

    Baseball needs a meaningful country World Cup. That could be interesting and very competitive. It appears that Bud Selig is working on this for 2005 or 2006. We'll see.
  23. nyrmetros

    nyrmetros Member

    Feb 7, 2004
  24. Slim Pickins

    Slim Pickins Member

    Jun 24, 2000
    Portland, Oregon

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