What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Am I the only one that is super excited and proud to see him play in the WBC?
Is he pitching for the Netherlands? Just kidding.
No telling how many people turned Torre down before he resorted to Derek haha
Well Harrison and Nathan already did...
Am I the only one worried about the added stress on his arm come September?
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Greg Maddux will be there to keep an eye on him.
I'm not particularly worried. He lost some time last year to a weird strength sapping virus and had erratic and inconsistent results. As he built up strength, we noticed some improvement. I, for one, aren't too worried over him getting some genuine competitive play in before this upcoming season.
Holland is the man, this is IMO good for Holland, acclimate before spring,.....Dominate get that ring....
"With Greg on the staff, Derek can continue working on the things he needs to do to get ready for the year,” Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. “It’s a great opportunity to team with and compete against the best. We just ask that he starts and stays on that schedule to be ready for the season.”
Innings pitched isn't great for those who play in WBC, but I think it could be good for him to pitch against some good hitters (maybe even our own!) and have Maddox there to watch and help him tweak before the real work starts. As long as he doesn't go crazy, which he won't. So, you know, what JD said. Go get 'em Dutch!
Some people really take the opportunity to represent their country seriously...even if it is only a game.
I like that Holland is playing and I wish more Rangers were playing because it's good to get the exposure of an international event. I enjoy watching these WBC games and it's always fun to see one of our guys competing on a big stage.
I saw a headline the other day saying "U.S. Going All In With Torre At The Helm." Ha! Does anyone even give a damn about the WBC? It's an exhibition, after all, which is why America stinks at the event. All the real ballers pass up the chance.
As far as Derek goes, I tend to agree with Txball. He missed a good chunk of time in 2012, especially when he came back and clearly wasn't the same pitcher. Nothing wrong with building up a little arm strength. It would be nice if Holland came out of the gates strongly, because he's one of about 3 X-Factors on the Rangers in 2013. A good season from him goes a long way in dethroning the preordained AL West champs from Anaheim.
People don't care about WBC yet, but hopefully they will. I for one think its great to see baseball take a more international focus, particularly with it having been out of the Olympics the last decade. It's good to see some MLB players set money aside and compete for Team USA, and I would love to see it become a tradition of global competition.
It would be nice if it had a party element like the World Cup does...maybe we hold it during Carnival in Rio from now on.
The World Cub and the WBC aren't comparable. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, and the progression of baseball's popularity is stagnant, at best, and probably declining. People like football more because of the violence and meaningfulness of each game, and they like basketball more due to the pace -- because people have short attention spans. (I love you too, YouTube.)
The World Cup is a 4-years-in-the-making event. It's the epicenter of the soccer universe. People live and die following those games, and even as not much of a soccer fan, I can get into it. It's special. The WBC is a string of exhibition games that means more to every other country in the U.S., and it's reflected by the American roster. Most of the best players decline the invitation, and even the second and third options do, too. It's basically like a string of international All Star games: People watch, but the results don't mean anything.
THAN the U.S.
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