Ok, it bothered me and it took me an hour. The kids are still awake, but hey its Friday night....
I have written my opinion for the WBC where it can get max exposure. It also will be played in the lower 48 states and not all over the world.
I think the whole WBC thing is a great idea - but I am afraid, due to the professional baseball season, that it will never work due to the schedule that has been chosen.
It might also be an idea to play it in November. It might lower the playing fields for the Winter Leagues though. Many of the Latin American countries really take to the Winter Leagues.
Here's my thought anyway:
First Round - 3 game series seeded
A West (Mon-Wed)
2 China vs 3 Chinese Taipei - SF
4 Korea v. 1 Japan - Seattle
B North (Tues-Thurs)
2 Canada v 3 Mexico Pilot Park - Buffalo
4South Africa vs 1 Puerto Rico Shea
C Southeast (Mon-Wed)
1Cuba v. 4 Netherlands - Miami
3 Panama v. 2 Dominican Republic - Atlanta
D Midwest (Tues-Thurs)
3 Australia v. 2 Venezuela Comiskey
4 Italy v. 1 USA Cincinnati
Second Round - Winners of Each Series (1 game) Fri & Sat
Pool A - Los Angeles - Fri
Pool B Yankee Stadium Sat
Pool C - Houston - Fri
Pool D Detroit Sat
Finals Monday St. Louis
Pool A vs. Pool B 4pm
Pool C vs. Pool D 8pm
Tues. Consolation 4pm
2006 WBC Held June 26-July 4 (everyone gets off day 5th)
Monday following Wednesday off day = loss of 10 days = with 2 off days = 7 games lost. (No games Sun Night on June 25th)
All games on the ESPN/Fox family of networks (also included for all MLBEI subscribers)
NO ALL STAR GAME World Series home determined by best record in the regular season. If CHW has 105 wins and ATL has 104 The AL would have the home field for the All-star game.
Discuss amongst yourselves.