Continuum Global News (April 5, 2013)

Results and news from leagues around the world yesterday:

NPB (Japan) scores from April 5:

Hanshin Tigers 7, Hiroshima Carp 6 (in 12)

Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles 17, Chiba Lotte Marines 5

Yokohama Bay Stars 2, Tokyo Yakult Swallows 1

Orix Buffaloes 4, Seibu Lions 1

Fukuoka Softbank Hawks 6, Nippon Ham Fighters 1

Yomiuri Giants 7, Chunichi Dragons 2

KBO (Korea) scores from April 4 (via MyKBO):

Kia 12, Hanwha 4

Nexen 4, LG 3

Lotte 5, NC 1

SK 7, Doosan 5

Other bits of news:

Manny Ramirez mania is sweeping Taiwan, with attendance skyrocketing in games where he’s playing. The large amounts of interest, both because of Ramirez and Taiwan’s performance in the WBC, has led to speculation that the CPBL will be expanding.

Jeff Passan writes of the differences between America and Japanese views on pitch counts.

This is only tangentially related, but former big leaguer Luke Hughes has signed on to play with the Subiaco Lions of the Western Australian Football League, presumably bringing his baseball career to an end.

Quick Impressions of the other 15 WBC rosters (and a link to the US)

More rosters were revealed at 4 PM, go below the jump for my quick run-down of them. It will be updated as the rosters are revealed on television. Also, note that the rosters (which I will link to when I find a good link) are NOT FINAL and could change.

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Late World Baseball Classic news for January 16, 2013 (Part 1 of ?)

Okay, some more WBC news to go over as you ponder the bizarre tale of Manti Te’o

More WBC news if it comes out. Also, don’t forget that all 16 rosters come out tomorrow. The Continuum will have lots of coverage, so don’t forget to come here. Also, if you are a fan of international baseball, you may be interested in the guide from Joe Connor.

Late World Baseball Classic news for January 14, 2013 (Part 1 of ?)

News on the World Baseball Classic front since my post this morning:

  • Anthony Rizzo IS going to be playing for Italy.
  • According to Troy Renck, The question of Troy Tulowitzki, much like that of Joey Votto, is based on that of insurance. However, Tulowitzki is probably less likely than Votto. Also, Wilin Rosario, also of the Rockies, is also passing on the WBC, where he would have been a catcher for the Dominican Republic. Although his Twitter feed also has a post from him saying there is still a chance.
  • Enrique Rojas writes that the two catchers for the Dominican as of now are Carlos Santana and Miguel Olivo, but that there is a chance there will be a third emergency catcher (it’s possible that Rosario is that, and that he will play if Santana or Olivo become injured).
  • Evan Grant writes that Matt Harrison of the Rangers received an invite for Team USA but declined. It’s probable that had he signed up, Andy Pettitte might not have been approached, since they both are lefties.
  • One last Rockies/WBC note: Nolan Arenado is on the Puerto Rican preliminary roster but is unlikely to take part due to the fact he is fighting for the starting 3B spot in Colorado.

 

More WBC news throughout the day…

Headlines from around the Continuum: November 30, 2012

Headlines from around the world, courtesy of the Newseum’s website.

Story: Denard Span traded to Nationals for prospect Alex Meyer

Star Tribune (Minneapolis): SPAN DEALT TO NATS (Subhead: “Twins get pitching prospect Meyer in trade”)

Washington Times (Washington Post didn’t have any big headlines about it): Nationals fill need, acquire center fielder Denard Span.

Denard Span himself:

 

Sadly, my original plan to include reactions to David Wright’s new deal was foiled by the fact it happened after press time for most papers. Perhaps tomorrow.