Morning News – World Baseball Classic Fever
The Baseball World had an early start Tuesday with the Netherlands facing off against Korea in the World Baseball Classic. The Netherlands thoroughly beat Korea 5 to 0 and Korea is now in a 0-2 hole and facing elimination. The Netherlands is an exciting team and features a strong roster that includes Andrelton Simmons, Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop and Jurickson Profar in the Infield and Wladimir Balentien in the outfield who is a superstar in Japan. Their pitching staff also features the tallest professional baseball player in 7′ 1” pitcher Loek Van Mil. It’s a pretty fun team to watch so you should keep your eye on them.
Another early morning game occurred out in Tokyo as Japan faced off against Cuba. Japan pounded Cuba 11 to 6 and proved they will yet again be a contender for the WBC Title. Team Japan is loaded with strong talent, some of which may make it to the MLB at some point so they are certainly a team any baseball fan should keep their eye on.
Cubs vs Italy
The Cubs got into the World Baseball Classic action Tuesday as they faced off against Team Italy and lost. This was one of many exhibition games between MLB teams and WBC teams.
Notable Cubs Articles
Jesse Rogers wrote an interesting article regarding the new MLB Hazing Policy and talks to Cubs players about there thoughts on it. It’s a good read and worth a look.
What to Look for Today
The Cubs are off but there is plenty of International Baseball to take in. The Netherlands are facing off against Chinese Taipei in another early game at 4:30 AM. Then at 5 AM Japan looks improve to 2-0 in pool play as they take on Australia. The nightcap for the World Baseball Classic looks to be a good one as Israel faces off against The Netherlands at 10 pm. There are also a number of MLB teams playing exhibitions against the world teams throughout the day so there is plenty of baseball to consume today.