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Short Relief: Spring Gimmickry, Intranational Exceptionalism, and Baseball's Hockey Player
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Trevor Strunk, Matthew Provenzano and Holly Wendt

03-13

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Rubbing Mud: The World Baseball Classic and the Zeal of the Convert
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Matthew Trueblood

03-21

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Skewed Left: The WBC and Dominican Demographics
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Zachary Levine

03-20

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Overthinking It: The Undefeated Dominicans
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Ben Lindbergh

03-19

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Punk Hits: Not Just Another Night at the Yard
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Ian Miller

03-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 161: Breaking Down the WBC
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-15

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BP Unfiltered: A Bad Framer, a Bad Call, and an Encouraging Stat About Umpires
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Ben Lindbergh

03-14

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Covert OPS: How to Make Winning the WBC Worthwhile
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Doug Thorburn

03-08

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Painting the Black: Where America's Imports Play
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R.J. Anderson

03-08

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The BP Wayback Machine: Passion
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Joe Sheehan

03-01

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The Asian Equation: A Guide to Asian Prospects in the World Baseball Classic
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Michael Street

01-17

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In A Pickle: The Disunited States of America
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Jason Wojciechowski

09-26

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Punk Hits: A Not Altogether Helpful Primer to the World Baseball Classic
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Ian Miller

03-20

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Korea Catches Baseball Fever
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Daniel Kim

10-27

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World Series Prospectus: Fall Classic Memories
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Baseball Prospectus

01-14

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Crossing the Pond
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Dan Wade

06-06

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Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50
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Kevin Goldstein

02-25

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Prospectus Today: The World Baseball Classic
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Joe Sheehan

11-06

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Prospectus Audio Q&A: Bob Costas
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Will Carroll

09-05

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The Big Picture: Raiding or Raising the East?
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David Pinto

03-09

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Prospectus Today: Passion
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Joe Sheehan

02-27

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Prospectus Today: The Classic
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Joe Sheehan

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Prospectus Today: Dallas, Day One
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Joe Sheehan

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In which Ian tries to answer a question that seems like it should be simple but is not: What is the World Baseball Classic?

Apparently there is a thing called the World Baseball Classic. This is not the same thing as the World Series, which determines the champion of Major League Baseball. The fact that the word “World” appears in the title of each event is confusing, but these are two separate competitions. This essay will attempt to explain the World Baseball Classic so you can speak about it intelligently if asked.

WHAT THE WBC IS
The World Baseball Classic is not even sure what it is. There’s an About page on its website, but that page is blank! How can we attempt to define an event that cannot—or will not—even define itself?


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The World Baseball Classic has brought unprecedented popularity and attendance figures to Korean baseball.

Believe it or not, most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Daniel Kim is a baseball columnist for Daum Media and a lifelong New York Mets fan. He has served in various roles for major-league organizations, including the Mets and Cincinnati Reds. He’s currently based in Seoul.
 


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With the Fall Classic now upon us, the staff at Baseball Prospectus shares their most memorable World Series moments.

Every baseball fan has a special World Series memory, whether it's Willie Mays' catch, Bill Mazeroski's home run, Brooks Robinson's defense, Kirk Gibson's limp around the bases, or Derek Jeter becoming the first-ever Mr. November. With the World Series opening tonight at AT&T Park in San Francisco with the Giants facing the Texas Rangers, many of our writers, editors, and interns share their favorite memories of the Fall Classic.

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January 14, 2010 12:48 pm

Crossing the Pond

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Dan Wade

Selig's idea of having the MLB champions facing the NPB champs has many intriguing features.

After vehemently opposing international competition, Commissioner Bud Selig seems primed to send the champions of Major League Baseball to Japan to face the champions of Nippon Professional Baseball, reviving the tradition started in the early 20th century.

The most famous American team to tour Japan arrived in Tokyo in November of 1934, loaded with talent beyond belief. Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, and Moe Berg(whose motives for joining the team may have been more political than athletic) led a team of All-Stars across the world as a way to further the growth of baseball. These barnstorming tours were far from new, however, as A.G. Spalding led a world tour as early as 1888 to bring baseball to the world beyond the Atlantic, and the New York Giants and Chicago Cubs trekked far and wide playing each other after the 1913 season in the so-called "Tour to End All Tours" to further that same mission.

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June 6, 2009 12:23 pm

Future Shock: Draft Class '09 Top 50

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Kevin Goldstein

Taking the teams out of the equation to answer who the best talents are in this year's draft.

To be clear, this is not a prediction of how the players will be selected, nor is it any kind of mock draft. Instead, this is a pure ranking of talent based on a combination of ultimate ceiling and the probability of reaching it after numerous conversations with scouts, cross-checkers, scouting directors, and front office officials.

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February 25, 2009 1:25 pm

Prospectus Today: The World Baseball Classic

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Joe Sheehan

A quick review of the pools and the likely outcomes, as well as the outstanding issues that attend the international event.

The first pitch of the World Baseball Classic is a week away. Rosters were announced Tuesday afternoon, making the whole thing a bit more real. We can now take a look at the players who will be on the field playing for their countries in March and get a sense of which teams are emerging as the favorites.

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A conversation with as diehard a baseball fan as they come, one who also happens to be one of America's great voices in sports. UPDATED 11/7 with a transcript.

If you've watched sports in the last 25 years, you know who Bob Costas is. Bob sits down with Will to talk about the place of baseball in the American psyche, from Jackie Robinson to Mickey Mantle to Barry Bonds. Costas has a unique perspective reaching from coming up with the classic Cardinals and Yankees to today's global era. Join us for a special BPR with one of the biggest names in sports, Bob Costas.

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September 5, 2007 12:00 am

The Big Picture: Raiding or Raising the East?

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David Pinto

Will MLB live down to its past when it comes to its relationship with Japan?

Professional Japanese baseball faces an uncertain future. With the success of Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, the World Baseball Classic win, and the hoopla surrounding Daisuke Matsuzaka, Major League Baseball sees Japan as a new pool of talent for North American teams. Through the posting system and soon through signing talent out of school, the one-way flow of stars from the Eastern to the Western Hemisphere could drain talent from the Far East. Unless talent--star talent--actually flows both ways across the Pacific, the Japanese major leagues may slide into outright dependence on Major League Baseball instead of becoming a major league equal.

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March 9, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Passion

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Joe Sheehan

A day of World Baseball Classic games was enough to convert one skeptic.

"Huh?"

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February 27, 2006 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: The Classic

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Joe Sheehan

The World Baseball Classic is half marketing event, half true competition, making a whole that's less than its parts.

Yes, it's in March instead of a far more logical time like mid-summer or post-World Series. Sure, how could I be surprised if one or so marquee pitchers blow out their arms either during the Classic, or later this season. So write one, maybe two, articles criticizing MLB and the international organizations for a couple poor choices made in WBC-planning. And now, get over it!

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December 6, 2005 12:00 am

Prospectus Today: Dallas, Day One

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Joe Sheehan

The World Baseball Classic is a terrific marketing device with some detail problems. But not as many as the A.J. Burnett deal.

I'm skeptical about a lot of the details of the Classic, but on Monday, it was hard to not be swept up in the enthusiasm for the concept. MLB put on a presentation featuring clips of the game's greatest stars, many of whom have committed to play in the Classic, talking about how great it would be to put on the uniform of their home country and compete for their nation's honor. Commissioner Bud Selig, the MLBPA's Gene Orza and representatives from USA Baseball, including Team USA manager Buck Martinez playing the Tommy Lasorda role, stepped to the microphone and talked about how exciting the event would be and how it would expand baseball's popularity like no event in the game's history.

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