Hanley Ramirez Is The Latest Star To Get Injured In The WBC

The Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0 last night, to become the first non-Japanese team to win the World Baseball Classic. That's great for them (these fans sure were pleased), but the regular season is 11 days away, and yet another MLB star could find himself on the shelf come the games that matter. » 3/20/13 11:37am 3/20/13 11:37am

Italy's WBC Run Ends In Tears And Errors

Italy's unlikely run at the World Baseball Classic is over. As against the Dominican Republic, Italy jumped out to an early lead on the Puerto Rico. And, as against the Dominican Republic, they gave it all back late. And though baseball is a team game, it's hard not to pin the blame on two shortstops, career minor… » 3/14/13 9:13am 3/14/13 9:13am

Here's A Japanese Announcer Calling The Netherlands' Upset Over Cuba,…

I will admit to having been a WBC Doubting Thomas. Even as the first two editions produced their share of exciting moments, there was no lasting image, or huge shake-up of the baseball hierarchy. This year, though? I take back every use of the word "exhibition." Between the U.S.'s two stirring comeback wins, the… » 3/11/13 3:48pm 3/11/13 3:48pm

"Is It Me Or Has ESPN Been Taken Over By Wetbacks?" Viewers React To…

MLB Network has exclusive U.S. rights to broadcast the World Baseball Classic, but those rights begin and end with the English language. Lacking compelling content for a slow Sunday night, ESPN elected to use its loophole in owning Spanish-language rights to simulcast its ESPN Deportes feed of tonight's Dominican… » 3/10/13 8:46pm 3/10/13 8:46pm

Google Translating WBC Coverage: The Medieval War's Pitchers Can Not…

Cuba demolished Chinese Taipei on Saturday, eliminating Taiwan from the World Baseball Classic, by a score of 14-0. three Cuban pitchers held Chinese Taipei to just three hits. The game ended under the mercy rule in the seventh, following an eight-run sixth inning for Cuba. According to Google Translate, The China… » 3/10/13 2:19pm 3/10/13 2:19pm

WBC Brawl Caused By Written Rule That Flies In The Face of Baseball's…

Baseball, am I right? The cause of yesterday's brawl between Mexico and Canada is being laid at the feet of the tournament's tie-breaking procedure, specifically run differential. Because of the rules, as Canada manager Ernie Whitt said, the game is always played as though it's 0-0. So when Canada was bunting with a… » 3/10/13 11:05am 3/10/13 11:05am

Massive Bench-Clearing Brawl Erupts At Mexico-Canada WBC Game

So far, the World Baseball Classic has been everything the quadrennial tournament is expected to be: irrelevant, uninteresting, and disruptive to MLB teams' Spring Training plans. » 3/09/13 6:24pm 3/09/13 6:24pm

Google Translating World Baseball Classic Coverage: "The Shortstop,…

Last night, the U.S. played its first game in this year's World Baseball Classic, and we learned a number of things: 1. America's official language is English, 2. The best the U.S. can do for an ace in an international competition is a kuckle-balling 38-year old, and 3. "With people on the pads, Luis Cruz drove the… » 3/09/13 12:15pm 3/09/13 12:15pm

The United States Does Not Have An Official Language, No Matter What…

The establishment of an official language has long been a political flashpoint. Though it was once a favored cause for Presidents of generally good repute, it's now mostly a topic invoked to effortlessly rile up nativists and a touchstone for people hell-bent on alienating furr-uh-nurrs. Ordinances have been passed… » 3/09/13 10:05am 3/09/13 10:05am

Google Translating WBC Coverage: Jason Grilli Is The Author Of Our…

The World Baseball Classic is well underway, which means that the eyes of the international media are fixated upon the games. It also means that we have the opportunity to run game recaps from foreign media outlets through Google Translate for the sake of our own amusement. » 3/08/13 6:20pm 3/08/13 6:20pm

Fernando Rodney's Cap Alignment Status Shows He's Already In Regular…

The World Baseball Classic is underway, and while the quadrennial exhibition tournament of pre-authorized or discarded players has featured a few upsets (Italy beats Mexico! Holland beats Cuba!) there are, fortunately, a few things you can rely upon. » 3/08/13 9:06am 3/08/13 9:06am

Spring Training Long And Boring, Baseball Players Report

Baseball! It's the perfect sport for a laid-back afternoon, but it can drag. After what seems like an eternity of game after game, inning after inning, baking under the hot sun and trying not to get injured, you finally power through the dog days and arrive at the games that really matter: opening day. » 3/05/13 5:50pm 3/05/13 5:50pm

Russell Martin Leaves Canada's WBC Team Because They Won't Let Him Play…

Pirates backstop Russell Martin doesn't want to be a catcher. It's boring. You have to crouch all game. You never get to run around. You rarely get to throw the ball beyond returning it to the pitcher. Rather than getting to enjoy a sunny afternoon on the diamond, you have to spend every moment going I think we should… » 2/27/13 3:05pm 2/27/13 3:05pm

South Korean Pro Team Cancels WBC Exhibition Against Cuba Because The…

Mildly scandalous behavior continues to plague the run-up to the World Baseball Classic. Yesterday, we had Taiwanese scouts disguising themselves as umpires and infiltrating a South Korean exhibition, and today we have a South Korean pro team refusing to play against the Cuban national team because the Cubans were… » 2/21/13 11:55am 2/21/13 11:55am

Ahead Of The WBC, Taiwan Sends Scouts Posing As Umpires To Spy On South…

You might not realize it from the USA's roster, but many countries think the World Baseball Classic is important. One of those is Taiwan, which is expecting big things. After failing to get out of a group of death in the 2009 tournament, they enter this year's WBC ranked fifth in the world—just a spot behind 2009… » 2/20/13 3:25pm 2/20/13 3:25pm

Bruce Chen Is Switching Teams For The World Baseball Classic

When you think of Bruce Chen, you think: trailblazer. The journeyman starter may have to fight to crack the Royals' rotation in spring training, but he's going to make some baseball history in March. Chen will become the first major leaguer to play for China when he pitches in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Perhaps… » 1/14/13 4:30pm 1/14/13 4:30pm

Someone Needs A Refund

Sir Sidney Ponson, in the midst of leading the Dutch Honkball team to the quarterfinals of the WBC, tested positive for Phentermine, a stimulant and appetite suppressant. He's also the reason we invented Deadspin widescreen. [AP] » 6/28/09 10:30am 6/28/09 10:30am

Congratulations To Our Japanese Baseball Overlords

Ichiro Suzuki drives in the game-winning RBI as Japan wins the WBC again. Why do we call it the "World Series" when Japan is the only country that's good at this game? [MLB] » 3/24/09 10:00am 3/24/09 10:00am

It's Chipper Jones Vs. The City Of Toronto. Let's Watch The Fun

If you play for the Braves and you're going to be at war with a city, it might as well be a Canadian one. On the whole, Chipper Jones would rather be in Atlanta. » 3/18/09 5:40pm 3/18/09 5:40pm

U.S. Rallies In Bottom Of Ninth To Defeat Tiny Island

David Wright's two-run single fuels three-run rally as U.S. beats Puerto Rico 6-5 to advance to semifinals. Any other self-governing unincorporated territories want to mess with us? [NBC Sports] » 3/18/09 9:15am 3/18/09 9:15am