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2009-03-24 - 12:36:00 - by AlisonW - Topic: Personal: Baseball |

This morning I watched the final match of the World Baseball Classic between Korea and Japan. The second time this tournament has been played – the first being in 2006 – I'd argue that the quality of the matches throughout the three weeks between the 16 teams which started out really deserved the title of World Series more that the October match-up between the winners of the (US) American League and (US) National League.

The final – which went to ten innings with some extraordinary pitching and hitting by both sides in what was a very close game – was edge-of-the-seat stuff. Because of the structure of the competition the two teams had already met in the Classic four times, each winning twice and losing twice; the only losses either side had during the competition.

The tournament was also notable for having a 'maximum pitches' rule, limiting how long the starting pitcher could stay in the game, and also having a mercy rule for where a team is ten runs behind in the seventh innings (or by 15 in the fifth). Surprisingly, for some, this rule was actually used in a game between the USA and Puerto Rico – and it was the US team which was way behind.

So, a thrilling match down to the wire and a great change from the not-so-serious Spring Training matches I've watched this month. For more information about this year's tournament visit the World Baseball Classic website .



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