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So, S. Korea beat Taiwan in the first game of the World Baseball Classic. Big whoop.

These games, at least those with teams primarily made up of US major leaguers, will really amount to glorified spring training games. The players aren't in top form yet. Certainly it isn't worth getting hurt over.

I think the best format would be to hold it mid season. In WBC years, scrap the All Star game, which has become an utter fiasco, and instead of a 3 day break, make it about 10 games. Cut the regular season back to 156 games in those years, have teams schedule a DH or 2 and it will fit in nicely, and have players in their top form playing.

But it'll never happen.

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Armin

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OOps. Thought this was about boxing. ::w00t::

"During the contest trial, the Coleman team presented evidence of a further 6500 absentees that it felt deserved to be included under the process that had produced the prior 933 [submitted by Franken, rk]. The three judges finally defined what constituted a 'legal' absentee ballot. Countable ballots, for instance, had to contain the signature of the voter, complete registration information, and proper witness credentials.

But the panel only applied the standards going forward, severely reducing the universe of additional basentees the Coleman team could hope to have included. In the end, the three judges allowed about 350 additional absentees to be counted. The panel also did nothing about the hundreds, possibly thousands, of absentees that have already been legally included, yet are now 'illegal' according to the panel's own ex-post definition."

The Wall Street Journal editorial, April 18, 2009 concerning the Franken Coleman decision in the Minnesota U.S. Senate race of 2008.

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Bosox fans are probably also happy with Tek's slam that got US back into the game vs. Canada, but it wasn't enough.

I understand the reason for pitch count and day off rules for pitchers, but it is so little league.

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