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International Tournaments Need Tweaking

International Tournaments Need TweakingThere are some international baseball tournaments that need tweaking. Before I get into the post, let me start by saying that I love the World Port Tournament. I feel it is a great event that aids in the effort to help grow the game of baseball through Europe and other places as teams come from all over the world. It is near the top of my list of tournaments to see, but I feel this edition shows that it needs some tweaking.

If you have followed along with our posts on the tournament or just the tournament itself, you saw how Curacao struggled to win in the round robin. They went 0-4 in the round robin and would go on to win only 1 game in the tournament. Yet they finished 3rd.

There is no way a team that went 0-4 in round robin and 1-5 overall in a tournament should finish 3rd ahead of two teams that won a combined 5 games just in the round robin.

When I initially saw the structure I was wondering why the no. 1 and no. 2 seeds played each other right away while the no. 5 seed didn’t play in the first round of the playoffs.

I feel that they need to go to a standard double elimination bracket where the no. 1 seed has a bye in the first round. This way you have something to play for with that no. 1 seed. Everyone as it sits has a chance to make the finals with 2 straight wins. But why should that be the case for both a winless no.5 seed and a possibly undefeated no. 1 seed?

Perhaps there is something I do not know about scheduling that makes this a necessity, but one little tweak could make this tournament so much better.

This isn’t the only international tournament structure that seems to be a little off. The Caribbean Series is another that could use a little tweaking. We saw a team that finished 1-3 in the round robin make the championship and win this past winter.

There needs to be more emphasis put on the round robin games, but that is just my 2 cents. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments.

About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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