World Baseball Classic

Puerto Rico came in with a spotless 7-0 record, but the Americans (6-2) were not to be denied.
There’s something about baseball in March, about spring training in Florida and Arizona. Yes, it’s a sign the new season
The regular baseball season now extends over six full months: The first regular season game is scheduled for April 5, and the last for October 4. For those of us for whom there is no such thing as too much baseball, this is a fine arrangement, but seven months of baseball is a lot and does not come without a cost.
Figuring out a way to replace that revenue and continue to adjust to the new media world, rather than determining ways to make the game more exciting or figure out the best post-season formula, will be the criteria by which the next commissioner will be judged.
Expanding the size of the All-Star Game roster, using a designated hitter and tinkering with how the roster is selected are all ways Major League Baseball has tried to ensure that the All-Star Game remains interesting for fans. These innovations have not achieved that goal.
Cano has evolved into one of the best second baseman in Yankee history. It is hard for Yankee fans to imagine the Yankees without Cano, but it is all too easy to imagine the Yankees in 2018-2021 or so with an overpriced Cano splitting his time between first base and DH.
It is hard to imagine baseball over the last half century without the contributions of people like Marichal, the Alou brothers, Tony Fernandez, Joaquin Andujar, Jose Reyes, Robinson Cano and so many others.
Call it what you may, but Major League Baseball is working to create a stronger world infrastructure for its game and the vehicle is the World Baseball Classic, a tournament born in 2006 to combat the IOC banishment of Baseball from the Olympic Games.
Miami beat Boston 105-103 for their 23rd straight win. Only the '71-'72 Lakers had a longer streak, 33.
The Dominican Republic beat the U.S. 3-1 to reach the final round of the World Baseball Classic. The U.S. plays Puerto Rico tonight in an elimination game.
If you can't beat 'em, trade for 'em. San Francisco has acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from Baltimore for a sixth-round draft pick. Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens' 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.
The Miami Heat, on the strength of their 18-game winning streak, already clinched a playoff spot.
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The WBC is far from perfect, but it is also a lot of fun for many people and an opportunity to highlight one of baseball's biggest accomplishments in recent years.
Baseball has been experiencing an interesting power shift over the last few years. Just as complaints about east coast bias in baseball coverage became widespread, east coast baseball began to get a lot less interesting.
The U.S. team hasn't been assembled yet, and won't be until just before the 2013 MLB spring training season. But Yankees