Originally written November 23, 2012 on Burning River Baseball:
The World Baseball Classic is returning for the third time in 2013 and this time it will be a little different. They have opened up the field and allowed 12 teams that had never been in the tournament a chance play in the Classic. These teams played the four worst teams from the last Classic for the right of entrance in the 2013 tournament. A few Indians (minor league) players played for their home country in the qualifiers for six separate teams. The first round took place in Florida with South Africa trying to keep their spot against France, Israel and Spain. The best Indian in this round, Eric Berger, won the first game against South Africa for Israel. He won the game against another Indian, 2012 draft pick Kieran Lovegrove, who allowed three runs for his home country. Lovegrove played for the Arizona League Indians last season and is the first South African to play for an American professional baseball team. Kieran also faired poorly in his second game, taking the loss i...
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