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World Baseball Classic 2017: Schedule And Broadcasting Information



WBC World Baseball Classic  2017: Schedule And Broadcasting Information

The World Baseball Classic starts on Monday, the media in Boston and around the country generally has a pretty negative perception of the events. Personally I tend to be on the negative side of an event that forces players to play competitive ball earlier than they normally do, and this has caused players to sometimes to get worn down as the season progresses.

But no matter what my feelings might be on the event they are still going off as scheduled and are likely here to stay. For the Boston Red Sox they have  infielder Xander Bogaerts (Netherlands), starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (Venezula), relief pitcher Fernando Abad (Dominican Republic). Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez was going to participate on behalf of the DR but he was pulled this past week as he is dealing with a lingering shoulder injury that has caused him to only play DH in Spring Training.

On the minor-league side Boston has a couple of players going as well, pitcher Daniel McGrath (Australia), pitcher Ryan Oduber (Netherlands), and infielder Mike Meyers (Israel).

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A number of former Boston Red Sox players will be attending the event and those players are listed below:

Craig Breslow (Israel)

Ryan Lavarnway(Israel)

Cody Decker (Israel)

Nate Freiman (Israel)

Bruce Chen (China)

Andrew Miller (USA)

Alex Wilson (USA)

Ryan Dempster (Canada)

Eric Gagne (Canada)

William Cuevas (Colombia)

Dayan Diaz (Colombia)

Bartolo Colon (Dominican Republic)

Adrian Beltre (Dominican Republic)

Adrian Gonzalez (Mexico)

Tommy Layne (Italy)

Joel Pineiro (Puerto Rico)

J.C. Romero (Puerto Rico)

Mike Aviles (Puerto Rico)

Franklin Morales (Venezuela)

Victor Martinez (Venezuela)

MLB Network and ESPN Deportes have exclusive broadcasting rights and will televise every contest. For those in the U.S., you can also catch the games on

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Full Schedule Of Games:

Pool A: Seoul, South Korea

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/6 Israel vs. South Korea 4:30 AM
3/6 Israel vs. Chinese Taipei 10:00 PM
3/7 Netherlands vs. South Korea 4:30 AM
3/8 Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands 4:30 AM
3/8 Netherlands vs. Isreal 10:00 PM
3/9 South Korea vs. Chinese Taipei 4:30 AM
3/10 TBD vs. TBD* 4:00 AM

Pool B: Tokyo, Japan

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/7 Cuba vs. Japan 5:00 AM
3/7 Cuba vs. China 10:00 PM
3/8 Japan vs. Australia 5:00 AM
3/9 Australia vs. China 5:00 AM
3/9 Australia vs. Cuba 10:00 PM
3/10 China vs. Japan 5:00 AM
3/11 TBD vs. TBD* 5:00 AM

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Pool C: Miami, Florida

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/9 Canada vs. Dominican Republic 6:00 PM
3/10 Colombia vs. United States 6:00 PM
3/11 Colombia vs. Canada 12:00 PM
3/11 United States vs. Domiican Republic 6:30 PM
3/12 Dominican Republic vs. Colombia 12:30 PM
3/12 United States vs. Canada 7:00 PM
3/13 TBD vs. TBD*
Jul 11, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 11, 2015; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (52) pitches against the New York Yankees during the first inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Pool D: Jalisco, Mexico

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/9 Mexico vs. Italy 9:00 PM
3/10 Venezuela vs. Puerto Rico 9:00 PM
3/11 Venezuela vs. Italy 3:00 PM
3/11 Puerto Rico vs. Mexico 9:30 PM
3/12 Italy vs. Puerto Rico 3:30 PM
3/12 Mexico vs. Venezuela 10:00 PM
3/13 TBD vs. TBD* 9:00 PM

Pool E: Tokyo (2nd Round)

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/11 Pool B Runner-Up vs. Pool A Winner 10:00 PM
3/12 Pool B Winner vs. Pool A Runner-Up 6:00 AM
3/13 Pool A Runner-Up vs. Pool A Winner 6:00 AM
3/14 Pool B Runner-Up vs. Pool B Winner 6:00 AM
3/14 Pool A Runner-up vs. Pool B Runner-Up 11:00 PM
3/15 Pool A Winner vs. Pool B Winner 6:00 AM
3/16 TBD vs. TBD* 6:00 AM 728x90 Free Shipping

Pool F: San Diego (2nd Round)

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/14 Pool C Winner vs. Pool D Winner 9:00 PM
3/15 Pool D Runner-Up vs. Pool C Runner-Up 9:00 PM
3/16 Pool D Runner-Up vs. Pool C Winner 10:00 PM
3/17 Pool C Runner-Up vs. Pool D Winner 10:00 PM
3/18 Pool D Winner vs. Pool D Runner-Up 3:30 PM
3/18 Pool C Runner-Up vs. Pool C Winner 10:00 PM
3/19 TBD vs. TBD* 6:00 PM


Championship Bracket

Date Matchup Time (ET)
3/20 Pool F Winner vs. Pool E Runner-Up 9:00 PM
3/21 Pool F Runner-Up vs. Pool E Winner 9:00 PM
3/22 Semi 1 Winner vs. Semi 2 Winner 9:00 PM

*Denotes play-in games that will be played in the event of a tie in any pool.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton



Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox



Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror



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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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