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

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

Advancement rules change

Next time, no tiebreaking rules need to use for World Baseball Classic 2009. In an attempt to avoid the kind of convoluted tiebreaking procedures the World Baseball Classic rules committee instituted for the inaugural 2006 tournament, the round-robin format will be replaced in ’09 by double-elimination to move teams beyond the first two rounds. Also,… Continue Reading Advancement rules change