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  • Canada

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  • China

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  • Chinese Taipei

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  • Cuba

    7 12.96%
  • Dominican Republic

    19 35.19%
  • Italy

    2 3.70%
  • Japan

    11 20.37%
  • Korea

    1 1.85%
  • Mexico

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  • Netherlands

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  • Panama

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  • Puerto Rico

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  • South Africa

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  • USA

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Thread: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

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    Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    I'm picking the Dominican Republic. Even though some of their top players aren't playing (Pujols, Manny, Ervin Santana, Vlad Guerrero), they are still stacked.

    I'll be rooting for the USA but I think the Dominican team will win it all.

    Hopefully all the Reds players stay healthy and have strong showings.
    Last edited by OnBaseMachine; 03-01-2009 at 06:39 PM.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    ... the team with the best Pyt

    ... the team that wins the most games?

    ... the team that has the best RS/RA difference?

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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    I'm going with the "it means the most to them" angle and picking Cuba. I couldn't name a single player on their roster so take it fwiw.

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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Where's the 'I don't care' choice? :

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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc D View Post
    I'm going with the "it means the most to them" angle and picking Cuba. I couldn't name a single player on their roster so take it fwiw.
    Watch for Yulieski Gourriel of Cuba. He's one of the most talented players in the tournament. Scouts think he could be a star if he ever makes it to the US.
    I miss Adam Dunn.

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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Anyone but the DR.
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Chip R View Post
    Anyone but the DR.
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    The Dominican roster is impressive:
    PITCHERS
    Arredondo, Jose
    Cruz, Juan
    Cueto, Johnny
    Jimenez, Ubaldo
    Manon, Julio
    Marte, Damaso
    Martinez, Pedro
    Pena, Tony
    Perez, Odalis
    Perez, Rafael
    Ramirez, Edwar
    Veras, Jose
    Volquez, Edinson

    CATCHERS
    Castillo, Alberto
    Olivo, Miguel

    INFIELDERS
    Aybar, Willy
    Beltre, Adrian
    Cano, Robinson
    Ortiz, David
    Ramirez, Hanley
    Reyes, Jose
    Rodriguez, Alex
    Tejada, Miguel

    OUTFIELDERS
    Alou, Moises
    Bautista, Jose
    Cruz, Nelson
    Guillen, Jose
    Taveras, Willy

    Team USA isn't too bad
    PITCHERS
    Broxton, Jonathan
    Fuentes, Brian
    Guthrie, Jeremy
    Howell, J.P.
    Lilly, Ted
    Lindstrom, Matt
    Nathan, Joe
    Oswalt, Roy
    Peavy, Jake
    Putz, J.J.
    Ryan, B.J.
    Shields, Scot
    Thornton, Matt
    Ziegler, Brad

    CATCHERS
    Iannetta, Chris
    McCann, Brian

    INFIELDERS
    DeRosa, Mark
    Jeter, Derek
    Jones, Chipper
    Pedroia, Dustin
    Rollins, Jimmy
    Wright, David
    Youkilis, Kevin

    OUTFIELDERS
    Braun, Ryan
    Granderson, Curtis
    Hawpe, Brad
    Victorino, Shane
    Dunn, Adam
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Quote Originally Posted by mbgrayson View Post
    The Dominican roster is impressive:
    PITCHERS
    Arredondo, Jose
    Cruz, Juan
    Cueto, Johnny
    Jimenez, Ubaldo
    Manon, Julio
    Marte, Damaso
    Martinez, Pedro
    Pena, Tony
    Perez, Odalis
    Perez, Rafael
    Ramirez, Edwar
    Veras, Jose
    Volquez, Edinson

    CATCHERS
    Castillo, Alberto
    Olivo, Miguel

    INFIELDERS
    Aybar, Willy
    Beltre, Adrian
    Cano, Robinson
    Ortiz, David
    Ramirez, Hanley
    Reyes, Jose
    Rodriguez, Alex
    Tejada, Miguel

    OUTFIELDERS
    Alou, Moises
    Bautista, Jose
    Cruz, Nelson
    Guillen, Jose
    Taveras, Willy

    Team USA isn't too bad
    PITCHERS
    Broxton, Jonathan
    Fuentes, Brian
    Guthrie, Jeremy
    Howell, J.P.
    Lilly, Ted
    Lindstrom, Matt
    Nathan, Joe
    Oswalt, Roy
    Peavy, Jake
    Putz, J.J.
    Ryan, B.J.
    Shields, Scot
    Thornton, Matt
    Ziegler, Brad

    CATCHERS
    Iannetta, Chris
    McCann, Brian

    INFIELDERS
    DeRosa, Mark
    Jeter, Derek
    Jones, Chipper
    Pedroia, Dustin
    Rollins, Jimmy
    Wright, David
    Youkilis, Kevin

    OUTFIELDERS
    Braun, Ryan
    Granderson, Curtis
    Hawpe, Brad
    Victorino, Shane
    Dunn, Adam
    Arms = Advantage DR

    Catchers = Advantage USA

    Infielders = Advantage DR (almost a push)

    Outfielders = big Advantage USA (mainly b/c of age and overall lack of talent for the DR... T-Virus, he's infecting teams worldwide!!!, and Mr. Pees on His Hands...)

    So, even though Team USA has a much better OF and Backstops, and arguably an equal IF, the DR arms just trump Team USA overall, IMO.

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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    I'd have to go with Japan for the repeat. I would like to see the USA win this time, but their pitching staff isn't the greatest. Also, it appears that Edinson in the staff ace for the DR. I would not count out Korea either.
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    I'm picking a dark horse, just for the fun of it. Canada, with Joey Votto leading the charge. The team will "do-right" and take it all.
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Highlifeman21 View Post
    ... the team with the best Pyt
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    A team that doesn't have Reds players on them.

    I want them back in camp focusing on the baseball that really matters.



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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matt700wlw View Post
    A team that doesn't have Reds players on them.

    I want them back in camp focusing on the baseball that really matters.

    I picked the DR for the poll but I like your answer much better, LOL
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    Re: Who will win the 2009 World Baseball Classic?

    I picked Japan, but I hadn't seen the entire USA roster until today.

    Our boys pack some serious thunder, a much more well rounded roster than last time.

    Don't forget Davey Johnson will be at the helm this time around.

    It's gonna be fun to watch, and anyone that loves Baseball can't deny that.
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