Monday, January 12, 2009

Newest pre-season schedule

Here is the newest schedule updates for the pre-season WBC games:

The 2009 Spring Training schedule will feature exhibition games between Major League Clubs and the national teams preparing for the World Baseball Classic. Thirty-two such games are scheduled between Tuesday, March 3rd and Friday, March 6th.

Tuesday, March 3

Dominican Republic vs. Florida @ Jupiter

Italy vs. Washington @ Viera

Panama vs. Atlanta @ Disney

Venezuela vs. Detroit @ Lakeland

USA vs. New York Yankees @ Tampa

Canada vs. Toronto @ Dunedin

Netherlands vs. Pittsburgh @ Bradenton

Puerto Rico vs. Minnesota @ Lee County

Wednesday, March 4

Dominican Republic vs. Baltimore @ Ft. Lauderdale

Italy vs. Florida @ Jupiter

Venezuela vs. Houston @ Kissimmee

Panama vs. Detroit @ Lakeland

Canada vs. Philadelphia @ Clearwater

USA vs. Toronto @ Dunedin

Netherlands vs. Cincinnati @ Sarasota (6:05 p.m.)

Puerto Rico vs. Tampa Bay @ Port Charlotte

Mexico vs. Arizona @ Tucson (5:05 p.m.)

South Africa vs. LA Angels @ Tempe

Australia vs. Seattle @ Peoria (n)

Thursday, March 5

Dominican Republic vs. St. Louis @ Jupiter (2:05 p.m.)

Italy vs. New York Mets @ Port St. Lucie

Panama vs. Houston @ Kissimmee

Venezuela vs. Atlanta @ Disney (2:05 p.m.)

Canada vs. New York Yankees @ Tampa

USA vs. Philadelphia @ Clearwater (12:05 p.m.)

Puerto Rico vs. Boston @ Ft. Myers (12:05 p.m.)

Netherlands vs. Minnesota @ Lee County (2:05 p.m.)

Mexico vs. Colorado @ Tucson

South Africa vs. Oakland (ss) @ Phoenix

Australia vs. Milwaukee @ Maryvale

I think it's a great idea for the national teams to be playing the Major League teams in exhibition games. It's good for the major league teams, its good for the national teams, and its good for baseball. Everyone wins. And a good chance to scout some of the players from the different countries.

Of course, I'm sure a lot of these games will probably be televised on the new MLB television network. No coincidence there, I'm sure.

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