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SaberSphere 3/18: Teixeira, Hamels, and the WBC

There has been quite bit happening around the baseball landscape this past week and part of it involves teams naming Opening Day starters, another part of it included the New York Yankees continuing to be humbled by the Baseball Gods, and then of course we have some surprised from the World Baseball Classic.

Thearon W. Henderson

Raise your hand if you thought that Puerto Rico would make it as far as they have in the World Baseball Classic. Okay, now raise your hand if you thought that Puerto Rico would knock off the defending champ (Team Japan) to reach the WBC title game. If you raised your hand I can't say I believe you, but good for you if you really did believe in them. This will hopefully do great things for the support of the baseball league in Puerto Rico.

Previously on Beyond the Box Score

Around the Sabersphere

  • Puerto Rico humble Japan to reach WBC title game by Larry Fine - NBC Sports
    I don't think anyone saw this coming; the ultimate David versus the ultimate Goliath for the chance to compete for the WBC title. Good for Puerto Rico as they could really benefit from the additional exposure this tournament will bring to their baseball league back home. Plus I'm also excited that we'll see something different this time around (meaning Japan won't have a chance to win their third WBC in a row).

  • Defending the World Baseball Classic by Dan Lependorf | The Hardball Times
    I really like where Dan goes with his case for the WBC because far too often (just peruse Twitter for a while) many seem to think the WBC is meaningless if the United States team isn't dominating it.

  • Stat of the Week | ACTA Sports
    This is pretty cool. John Dewan takes a look at the best defensive players of the decade and in this piece (Part III) he looks at outfielders.

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Outside the Sabersphere

  • 42 Official Trailer #2 (2013) - YouTube
    I would love to find just one fan of baseball that is not absolutely excited to see this movie. My only question, as it pertains to any move that is "Based on a True Story", is just how accurate are they going to depict the story of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier?