Fans of international baseball are about to get a real treat with the 2017 edition of the World Baseball Classic. All other fans will likely be conflicted as they watch their favorite players try to give 100 percent effort in the middle of spring training.
The 2017 World Baseball Classic is a 17-day event that will match teams from five continents. The tournament will begin March 6, and it will conclude March 22 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. This is the fourth WBC, following events in 2006, 2009 and 2013. Japan won the first two tournaments; the Dominican Republic won in 2013.
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Orioles DH Trey Mancini didn’t do any hitting on an 0-for-4 day that included a trio of strikeouts. He also stranded six runners in Baltimore’s 6-2 loss to the Red Sox.
Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar robbed Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun of extra bases in the eighth inning of Toronto’s 6-2 victory.
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Petty and Hackenberg will keep getting a pass, and a cushion, because they’re young. Whatever the original plans for their development already have been scrapped and replaced with new ones. How long this plan will last remains to be seen.
How many more times anyone is willing to trust the Jets to make the right decision at quarterback? Also up for grabs.