Matt Galante manages Italy

The Baseball Federation of Italy announced that Matt Galante will be their manager for the inaugural World Baseball Classic next spring The coaching staff of Italian team will include all-time left-hander saves record keeper John Franco as pitching coach, 2004 Athens Olympics skipper Giampiero Faraone as assistant manager, former big-league shortstop Gary DiSarcina; European scout… Continue Reading Matt Galante manages Italy

Cuba offers to donate tournament money

According to Reuters, Cuba said it would donate any money received from World Baseball Classic to Hurricane Katrina victims if the U.S. Government reverses a controversial decision to deny Cuba’s participation. Fidel Castro had given the go-ahead permission for Cuba to participate the inaugural World Baseball Classic. But Cuba would have needed a special license… Continue Reading Cuba offers to donate tournament money

Matsuzaka is MVP

Japanese starter Daisuke Matsuzaka, who gained the victory by giving up only one run in four innings while striking out five, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He finished 3-0, 1.38 in three WBC starts–getting three of Japan’s five total WBC wins–by also defeating Chinese Taipei and Mexico in earlier rounds. “It was my… Continue Reading Matsuzaka is MVP

Korea’s Choo eye on WBC

One of the biggest names of Korea Baseball, Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-soo Choo has returned to Korea and expressed his desire to play for Korea in the World Baseball Classic. “I’m really eager to play in the WBC for Korea,” Choo said. “I hope that my team will give me a chance to play.” However,… Continue Reading Korea’s Choo eye on WBC

Hara to manage Japan Team

Finally, Team Japan has named manager. After long time research, Yomiuri Giants manager Tatsunori Hara formally agree to be the manager of the Japan national team for World Baseball Classic next March. “I’ll do my best to help Japan form a strong squad to defend the title,” “I will do my level best and become… Continue Reading Hara to manage Japan Team

Several Mariners to play in WBC

No matter which position they are, Seattle Mariners has lots of players who want to join the World Baseball Classic next March. Include Starter Felix Hernandez, who was asked not to participate for Venezuela in 2006, is likely to want to pitch for his country. So does third baseman Adrian Beltre is likely to be… Continue Reading Several Mariners to play in WBC

Dodger Stadium to host WBC finals

Once the host of 1984 Olympic Baseball Games, Dodger Stadium will be host of semifinal and final of 2009 World Baseball Classic. With an official announcement, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt confirmed that his home ballpark will host the semifinals on March 21-22, with the championship game set for March 23. “We are excited and honored… Continue Reading Dodger Stadium to host WBC finals