WBC 2017: Who are The Netherlands?

When the 2017 World Baseball Classic began, the team representing The Netherlands was certainly not considered to be among the tournament favorites.After all, we’re talking about The Netherlands. You know, the Dutch?Isn’t that Holland? When you think of them, wouldn’t you tend to think of windmills, dikes, tulips, and chocolates more than hardball?On the grander … Continue reading WBC 2017: Who are The Netherlands?

Do-or-die for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

To borrow a phrase from Yogi Berra, for Team USA it’s a case of “deja vu all over again” in the 2017 WBC.The disappointing performance of American teams over the history of the World Baseball Classic is well established. Team USA did not take home a medal from any of the previous incarnations of what has … Continue reading Do-or-die for Team USA in World Baseball Classic

Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor taps superstar potential

The box score for Game 7 of the 2016 World Series reveals that Francisco Lindor produced nothing in five plate appearances for the Cleveland Indians.The collar that was hung around the Tribe’s three-hole hitter in that decisive game of the Fall Classic by the Chicago Cubs pitching staff certainly stings.Lindor did reach on an error with two outs and nobody on … Continue reading Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor taps superstar potential

WBC 2017: Team USA may have their best chance yet

The WBC is now underway for the fourth time. What has become the premier international baseball competition has already included drama in opening pool play games of the 2017 World Baseball Classic.Team USA won their opening game on Friday night in dramatic fashion. The Americans downed Colombia by a 3-2 score on Adam Jones‘ walkoff RBI single … Continue reading WBC 2017: Team USA may have their best chance yet