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Round 2 of World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park

Here's a list of all the basics for you to know: 

> What, where: Round 2, Pool 2 of World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park. Team workouts Monday. Games begin Tuesday and run through Saturday. Top two teams advance to San Francisco for the semifinal and final round.

> Teams: Italy (2-1), USA (2-1) or Canada (2-1), Puerto Rico (3-0/2-1), Dominican Republic (3-0/2-1).

> Tickets: $20-$300. Tickets remain for all games of the World Baseball Classic Round 2 in Miami. Box office hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday and 9 a.m. to one hour following the completion of the games as of Tuesday. Tickets are also available online at worldbaseballclassic.com. All fans who have tickets or purchase tickets to Round 2 of the World Baseball Classic at Marlins Park are invited to attend the workouts Monday free of charge. Game tickets for any game must be presented for entry to the workouts.

> TV: MLB Network, ESPN Deportes.

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.: Pool D Runner-Up Workout
1:15-2:45 p.m.: Pool D Winner Workout
3:30–5 p.m.: Pool C Winner Workout
5:15–6:45 p.m.: Pool C Runner-Up Workout

Game 1 - Pool D Runner-Up (Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic) vs. Pool C Winner (Italy or USA/Canada), 1 p.m.
Game 2 - Pool C Runner-Up (Italy or USA/Canada) vs. Pool D Winner (Puerto Rico/Dominican Republic), 8 p.m.

Game 3 - Game 1 loser vs. Game 2 loser, 7 p.m. (Elimination Game)

Game 4 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 7 p.m. (Winner clinches spot in semifinals)

Game 5 - Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 loser, 7 p.m. (Elimination Game)

Game 6 - Game 5 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 1 p.m. (Semifinalists play for seeding)

> The World Baseball Classic, which is officially sanctioned by the International Baseball Federation (IBAF), will for the first time in 2013 be recognized as the official national team World Championship, with the winner being crowned the 2013 World Baseball Classic Champion and the IBAF World Champion.


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Stan M

I would love to get other opinions. I could care less about all this World Baseball crap. In fact, I don't like the fact that it interferes with Spring Trining. How do you folks fee about it?

Stan M

Yelich is doing extremely well. So is Coghlan, Brantley ad Solarno. And several pitchers are pitching as well as can be expected. It's great to watch these kids even if the team is going nowhere this year. We could finish ahead of the Mets, and those Phillies are awfully old. Watch for their injuries as the season progresses.


GO MARLINS! F the haters..

Flav C.

I love the WBC. I've been following it since day 1. It is a nice break from some of those crappy Spring Training games. I'll try to attend at least one of the games here in Miami this week.


Im following it...Cishek is the mvp for usa, so far imo.

Camera Mike

So far I'm enjoying the WBC. Today's US-Canada game was a great one to watch. Seeing the desire and energy the US team is playing with makes me think it's what Bud Selig was hoping for when he made the all star game count.

Though I do agree with Stan on the classic being in the middle of spring training. I'd rather see it played in mid to late January. The cities they're playing in would still be warm enough then and that way it wouldn't interfere with any team preparing for the season. Plus if there were any injuries, and hopefully they aren't, it would give the player more time to recover before the MLB season.

Stan M

How about right after the WS, but in warm weather areas?

Camera Mike

That would be better then before spring training as the players would still be in shape.

Stan M


Camera Mike

Good idea Stan.

Stan M

Yelich is still going crazy. Hitting coach says he's ready...now! If he keeps this up, it's going to be hard to send him down. Unless, of course, money is a consideration. Nah, not with the Marlins. I can't even watch the games yet, yet I'm excited to see how well these kids are doing. Can't understand why Cox was sent down so soon. Only guy who has to get going is Ruggiano. What worries me is that Gorkys has no options left and I'm scared they'll keep him over Coghlan who still has one, I believe. Was looking at Tampa Bay's lineup, and they're no better than the Marlins once Stanton returns. Pitching, however, is another matter.


no one cares

Flav C.


Cox (like Yelich, Fernandez, Ozuna) won't be called up until after mid-season, so the Marlins avoid the "super two rule". This is what happened with Gaby Sanchez and they had to get rid of him quickly enough. And because of the "super-two rule", they sent Coghlan down to AAA early last season to not be called up again.
Luckily for the Marlins, both players were under-performing so they could use that as an excuse to trade/demote them.

Therefore we'll see a lot of 30+ yrs old guys playing third base (Ed Lucas, Kouzmanoff, and Polanco).

Gorkys is probably still confused. He thought he was going to face some "high-level pitching" of the same caliber he faced during the Venezuelan League. And Petersen should try to do anything else in his life, but play baseball.

Marlin Fan

I enjoy the WBC . It us a nice alternative to Spring Training . I think that if they revamped the eligiblity rules , the classic wouldn't exist . Some teams in the qualifying rounds ( South Africa , Isreal, Czec Rep,etc) could really field a team if not for foreign players who grandparents were from the country ??? Even some teams like Spain and Brazil ? Anyway , I do enjoy it . Will probably get to a game in Miami .

Stan, Unfortunately Flav C is probably right . I too would like to see those guys up sooner .

Stan M

I kmow, Flav. But it's fun to dream a little. If Yelich stayed up and hit.240, he would outperform most of those AAAA players from last year. There is no doubt that Cox needs more seasoning. But why not give him some of the ABs that guys like Lucas are getting this Spring? Pererson's swing is too long, as is Gorkys' and they shouldn't need a fan to tell them that. I think Kouzmanoff is worth a Spring looksee and that rule 5 signing was a good one, providing they can hide him on the DL for a while. I see where others are also saying that Eovaldi has more upside than Turner. With a much improved infield defense and a catcher who won't wear the CFer out with his throws on steal attempts, these pitchers should be much better with a man on first. That was Nolasco's major problem last year. Well, one of them.

Ugo Colombo

It's good to see World Baseball Classic games going on at Marlins Park. Thank you for posting.

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