Chris Berset: International Baseball All Star

Submitted by formerlyanonymous on September 10th, 2009 at 6:37 PM

The World Baseball Cup (WBC), the baseball alternative to the World Cup, only smaller, with less professionals, and without an Olympic counterpart began today with the initial pool play. One Michigan player made the roster of the 16 teams, catcher Chris Berset.

Berset is the starting catcher for the Great Britain national team, although I have yet to peg his connection to the isles. In day one against Japan, the team favored to win Group D, Berset went 2 for 4 with 2 runs, a walk, and a strikeout. Berset actually reached base in four of his five plate appearances, as one was a fielder's choice. Chris also was thrown out at one point trying to score.

The final score was Japan 9, Great Britain 7. This being the first game of pool play, GB will need to win one of their next two games to stay alive.

The Brits will take on Nicaragua next, tomorrow in Zagreb, Croatia at a listed time of 10:30 local (Central European Time), or around 4:30am ET (if my math is correct). There are stat tracking services mentioned at the schedule page for the WBC, but according to BaseballGB, a blog covering the Great Britain baseball team, they are absolutely unreliable.They play host Croatia the following day at 16:30 local, 10:30am ET (again, if math is correct).

A final note, all the names Chris has been listed under during the WBC:

All of this has made for fun times trying to track Chris with google precision. I'll try to keep up with him as the WBC goes on. I've been waiting on the minor league seasons to wrap up to get a solid update on the alumni as well. Look for that next weekend.

UPDATE: I also found the GB Baseball blog, which had some interesting pictures of the field/scoreboard. 

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gpsimms not to…

September 10th, 2009 at 10:21 PM ^

Unrelated to this post, sorry. It just definitely is not a topic for the board, and I figured you'd read it here...

I was playing around with all the new buttons on the side, and under mgopoints it said that I got two -1's for "delete" a couple days ago? I don't remember writing anything distasteful...you know what it was, so I don't do it anymore?

formerlyanonymous

September 10th, 2009 at 10:26 PM ^

I'm not sure, but I did "edit down" the Basic HTML thread to leave the informative posts only. It was getting up to 70 posts of people testing things out, leaving the good info hard to find. It's either that or you posted a double thread and someone might have deleted it. I try not to delete comments specifically, rather leave a mod edit saying what someone did wrong so it can be negbanged accordingly. Same thing with threads. I'd rather freeze them as read only than delete the "dissenting opinions."

But yeah, my guess is the HTML thread.

formerlyanonymous

September 11th, 2009 at 1:40 PM ^

He went 0/2 in a 10-0 loss to Nicaragua this morning. Also had a passed ball. They'll have to beat Croatia on their home field in order to have any chance of advancing. Doesn't look good for the Brits.