Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Netherlands at the World Baseball Classic

Dutch Baseball Team Celebrating World Cup in 2011
After the Dutch baseball team won the Baseball World Cup in 2011, they are among the last four teams competing in the World Baseball Classic finals. Now that the Baseball World Cup is discontinued in favor of the World Baseball Classic, the latter is the main international baseball tournament. The other three finalists are Japan, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, the latter two responsible for eliminating the U.S. team competing with MLB players such as R.A. Dickey, David Wright,  Jimmy Rollins and Joe Torre as manager.  The New York Times highlights the Dutch as "the surprise entry to the final four of this tournament." in this interesting article, Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Epitome of the Classic .....................Just coming in, the Dutch lost in the semi-finals against the Dominican Republic (1-4), which will be competing later today against Puerto Rico for the World Championship.

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