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Written by Maury Brown   
Wednesday, 10 December 2008 15:07

 WBC Press Conference

Harold Reynolds, Davey Johnson, Paul Archey, Tommy Lasorda, Derek Jeter, Donald Fehr,
Bob Dupuy, and other officials at today's World Baseball Classic press conference
on Day 3 of the winter meetings in Las Vegas.

All things World Baseball Classic dominated a lengthy press conference here on the third day of the MLB Winter Meetings in Las Vegas. MLB Network will be broadcasting 16 World Baseball Classic games this spring, along with a nightly show dedicated to the WBC.

World Baseball Classic Tonight, which will debut in February, will feature highlights, analysis, feature stories and special reports. MLB Net also announced today that they will are the World Baseball Classic Selection Show, a studio show reporting on the accouchement of the rosters.

In other WBC News…

MLB COO Bob DuPuy announced that Tommy Lasorda will serve as global ambassador for the WBC.

USA Baseball also officially announced that Davey Johnson will be the head coach for USA’s team in the WBC.

“It’s really an honor to represent your country. It’s really a thrill,” Johnson said.

Derek Jeter was officially introduced as the captain of team USA Baseball.

Jeter said, “I think that when the WBC started there was a lot of skepticism by the players. When we took the field, that all changed.”

“The players are pretty excited about this.”

Tickets for the Semi-Finals through the Finals will be released on December 8.

Early on in the WBC ticket sale process WBC could not provide definitive numbers sold to date, but they are confident that they will meet or exceed the total from last year.

On the question of injuries that may occur, Donald Fehr and Bob DuPuy downplayed any chance of MLB players winding up being injured as part of the WBC and that as many precautions as could be made would be done so.

Jeter responded that now, more than ever, players are preparing for the season earlier on, and that should help minimize chances for players being hurt.


Maury BrownMaury Brown is the Founder and President of the Business of Sports Network, which includes The Biz of Baseball, The Biz of Football, The Biz of Basketball and The Biz of Hockey. He is contributor to Baseball Prospectus, and is available as a freelance writer. Brown's full bio is here. He looks forward to your comments via email and can be contacted through the Business of Sports Network.

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