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Postby daullaz » Tue Nov 04, 2008 4:02 pm

Managers are worried (rightfully so) that their pitchers will get hurt during this meaningless exhibition. How awesome would it be to see retiring pitchers in there for their last games? Greg Maddux and Mike Mussina are two SPs with fantastic careers that could go out on top, albeit not the very top a la the World Series. If it goes well, I can see older SPs coming out of retirement to pitch in the Classic, maybe the Unit and Pedro the next time around if they retire after 09 or 10.

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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby MasterX1918 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:36 pm

That's a great idea. Maybe Tom Seaver and Nolan Ryan could come out of retirement and pitch for the United States this year.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby jfg » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:40 pm

That is a good idea. But, for already retired pitchers, wouldn't that be a lot of work to build up strength to face world class hitters?
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby kab21 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 5:45 pm

daullaz wrote:Managers are worried (rightfully so) that their pitchers will get hurt during this meaningless exhibition. How awesome would it be to see retiring pitchers in there for their last games? Greg Maddux and Mike Mussina are two SPs with fantastic careers that could go out on top, albeit not the very top a la the World Series. If it goes well, I can see older SPs coming out of retirement to pitch in the Classic, maybe the Unit and Pedro the next time around if they retire after 09 or 10.

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I remember the same concerns in '06, were there many injuries to pitchers then? I don't remember any, but maybe I've forgotten.

Personally I think it's a terrible idea for someone that hasn't pitched in 1-2 yrs to try and pitch against the Dominican All-Star team (or whichever team has the best hitters at the time). We're not talking about the 2nd tier players that get sent to the olympics, but the best hitters in the MLB.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby mweir145 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:21 pm

I'm excited for it, and I don't consider it a meaningless exhibition. It was an incredibly intense tournament last time, especially in the elimination stages.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby jfg » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:23 pm

kab21 wrote:
I remember the same concerns in '06, were there many injuries to pitchers then? I don't remember any, but maybe I've forgotten.
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A bunch of pitchers involved started very poorly.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby daullaz » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:41 pm

jfg wrote:That is a good idea. But, for already retired pitchers, wouldn't that be a lot of work to build up strength to face world class hitters?


Well, I'm not talking about the Seavers and Ryans. I'm talking about the recently retired, who would conceivably go through their normal routine to get ready for the tournament. Gives the Schilling/Clemens/Mussina/Maddux types one more shot at glory.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby kab21 » Tue Nov 04, 2008 6:58 pm

jfg wrote:
kab21 wrote:
I remember the same concerns in '06, were there many injuries to pitchers then? I don't remember any, but maybe I've forgotten.
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A bunch of pitchers involved started very poorly.


Alot of pitchers start poorly every year. This is a quite vague scapegoat. The concern was injuries and i don't remember any that were blamed on the WBC (there had to have to have been a couple though).

And yes I think it's great event.
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:48 pm

oh no, the WBC will be blamed for a lot of bad seasons in 09.

don't worry about US players, they won't make it out of first round. last year they lost to korea and mexico and beat japan on a blown call by the ump (tagging up at 3rd base)
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Re: 2009 World Baseball Classic

Postby J35J » Tue Nov 04, 2008 7:50 pm

This is something I will take seriously when all the players take it seriously....
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