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By cam (Sun Mar 19, 2006 at 05:01:49 PM EST) Baseball, World Cup Baseball, A spade is a spade Selig you wanker (all tags)
The MLB doesn't want to call it that, but that is what it is - a World Cup. What this cup has shown is that MLB style baseball is not internationally competitive.


So Japan plays an all-round game. When someone gets on base, they aggressively try to move them around to third base so they can score. Their top players bunt, steal, hit and run, whatever it takes. As soon as anyone gets on first their next player makes to bunt.

By comparison the North American (and Carribean other than Cuba) style is power hitting. If people get on bases it is because a ball was mis-hit and didn't go for a home run. Then the North American players sit on base waiting for the next power hitter to come in and hit a home run. Even the small players in North American baseball can hit the ball out of the park. It is a power game.

But instead we are seeing teams like South Korea, Japan and Cuba playing - well - traditional baseball. Those teams aren't statistics driven, ego driven, power driven or even star driven. Japan had Ichiro, and South Korea had a major league pitcher. Cuba remains cut off from the world, so they have no MLB players.

These three teams are highly agressive in converting base hits into runs. It is fast paced, exciting and fun to watch. Much more than waiting for some steroid pumped ogre to hit the ball four hundred yards and win the game.

The other advantage to this style of baseball is that it wins games. In the final four were South Korea, Cuba, Japan and the Dominican Republic. Only the latter played the North American style and were shut down by the Cuban pitching. Cuba has gone through to the finals and the last hope for the power game was bundled out.

This style of games gives these teams a great sense of team too. Because of the unselfish way they make things happen it means the individual's and team's success are one and the same.

So who will win on Monday night? I am hoping Japan. Sorry Cuba, you are still a bunch of commies. However, it promises to be a good game. Maybe Major League Baseball should get these Cuban, South Korean and Japanese coaches into America - at the least it will make North American baseball more exciting.

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A better style by duxup (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Mar 19, 2006 at 05:38:48 PM EST
These three teams are highly agressive in converting base hits into runs. It is fast paced, exciting and fun to watch. Much more than waiting for some steroid pumped ogre to hit the ball four hundred yards and win the game.

It's fun to watch that type of game, you know, baseball.   Last year I was watching a Twins game where with the bases loaded the batter signaled to the base runners to ignore the coaches signals  and to run regardless of the play.  With two outs the batter actually bunted . . . :o  It was such a shock that the pitcher, catcher and third baseman all seemed to actually freeze for a moment and that was enough to beat them (and it was a great bunt).  The crowd went nuts.

I miss real baseball watching the MLB.  It’s sad that you get teams like the White Sox praised for playing small ball . . . because they suddenly can play defense as if that’s all there is to it. :P

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+1FP (n/t) by Metatone (4.00 / 2) #2 Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 04:22:03 AM EST


Agreed by nebbish (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Mar 20, 2006 at 05:23:59 AM EST
Unlike the travesty that is American "football", I'd quite like to see more baseball over here and international games are the way to spread the word.

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