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The last I heard, Alex Rodriguez has decided to play for the Dominican team, despite being born in New York City and growing up here. That's some great loyalty, Alex.

I'm looking forward to downloading this as it progresses, and once they announce a final list of stadiums, I may work on getting those up in the game. If nothing else, i'd love to have Koshien in MVP.

edit:

Apparently, the Japanese games will take place at the Tokyo Dome, while the South American ones will take place at Hiram Birthorn, so we will probably have every stadium but the Japanese one.

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For the team Mexico:

Definitly Barajas and Adrian Gonzalez are nopt being considered for the team.

Right now the Mexican League had announced that manager Francisco "Paquin" Estrada is the favorite for being the manager for Mexico.

Francisco Campos has been selected as Mexican League Pitcher of the year and I'm pretty sure he's going to be on the team. He has over 1000 strikeouts in his career. Here are his stats for the last season

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/mil...id=milb&cid=523

Javier Robles is th Mexican League Player of the Year. Hes a veteran SS, last season he hity for .392 avg. His stats:

http://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/mil...id=milb&cid=569

In the same page are the statics of Guillermo Velazquez (he only plays at 1B now) and Matias Carrillo, a veteran RF and fan favorite that is very probable that hes going to the tournament.

karim Garcia played last year in Japan, so you can fin his stats on the japanese league page

Rigo Beltran has been struggling for the last years, I dont think hes going to be on the team.

Victor Alvarez is mexican and hes on the UR 3.14 on the FA, same as Benji Gil and Juan Acevedo.

Oscar Villareal (arizona) is a good young pitcher and may be on the team.

I also found this article (in spanish), its an interview with Jose Contreras and he says he wants to play for the Cuban team (if they decide to go)

http://espndeportes.espn.go.com/story?id=377019

Roberto Kelly is the Manager for the Panama team. Tony Peña is the manager for the Dominican team, he already has a face in MVP. Luis Sojo is going to be in charge of the Venezuela team.

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I found this about Taiwan team:

60 man roster announced!!!

In preparation for the World Classic, Team Taiwan's preliminary roster was announced today. The list consists of 25 pitchers, 8 catchers, 17 infielders, and 10 outfielders.

Pitchers:

1)Chien-Ming Wang 3/31/80 NY Yankees

2)Hong-Chih Kuo 7/23/81 LA Dodgers

3)Chien-Ming Chiang 5/27/85 Yomiuri Giants

4)Wei-Yin Chen 7/21/85 Chunichi Dragons

5)Yao-Hsun Yang 1/22/83 Fukuoka Daiei Hawks

6)Chin-Hui Tsao 6/2/81 Colorado Rockies

7)Ching-Lung Lo 8/20/85 Colorado Rockies

8)Po-Hsuan keng 10/15/84 Toronto Blue Jays

9)Chi-Hung Cheng 6/20/85 Toronto Blue Jays

10)Chia-An Huang 11/11/85 Seattle Mariners

11)Chih-Chia Chang 5/6/80 Seibu Lions

12)Ming-Chieh Hsu 12/1/76 Seibu Lions

13)En-Yu Lin 3/25/81 Macoto Cobras

14)Ying-Chieh Lin 5/1/81 Macoto Cobras

15)Chu-Jien Hsu 1/25/81 Macoto Cobras

16)Wen-Hsiung Hsu 12/5/78 LA New Bears

17)Wei-Lun Pan 3/5/82 President Lions

18)Bao-Hsien Wu 2/6/80 Brother Elephants

19)Chien-Fu Yang 4/22/79 Sinon Bulls

20)Wei-Ming Chu 8/2/81 Chinatrust Whales

21)Ying-Feng Tsai 5/26/83 Amateur

22)Min-Ching Kao 7/12/84 Amateur

23)Sung-Wei Tseng 12/28/84 Amateur

24)Yi-Che Huang 2/14/83 Amateur

25)Chun-Chung Huang 4/25/82 No Affiliation - former Boston Red Sox

Catchers:

26)Chih-Kang Kao 2/7/81 President Lions

27)Chun-Chang Yeh 10/25/72 Sinon Bulls

28)Feng-Min Chen 10/29/77 LA New Bears

29)Chin-Shou Shi 9/26/74 Chinatrust Whales

30)Chih-Hong Chen 12/11/78 Amateur

31)Yi-Wei Lee 8/18/83 Amateur

32)Cheng-Hua Kao 7/1/77 President Lions

33)Kuan-Yi Yang 2/17/85 Amateur

Infielders:

34)Chin-Lung Hu 2/2/84 LA Dodgers

35)Yung-Chi Chen 7/13/83 Seattle Mariners

36)Chung-Shou Yang 1/17/87 Nippon Ham Fighters

37)Chia-Hsien Hsieh 4/8/76 Macoto Cobras

38)Chao-Kuan Wu 5/25/84 Seattle Mariners

39)Chih-Sheng Lin 1/1/82 LA New Bears

40)Sen Yang 3/25/81 President Lions

41)Kuo-Ching Kao 10/6/78 President Lions

42)Chang-Ming Cheng 1/28/78 Chinatrust Whales

43)Chia-Hung Chen 10/3/80 Chinatrust Whales

44)Tai-Shan Chang 10/31/76 Sinon Bulls

45)Chia-Hao Chang 10/31/76 Sinon Bulls

46)Shih-Yang Deng 7/24/79 Macoto Cobras

47) Yi-Chuan Lin 11/11/85 Amateur

48)Sheng-Wei Wang 4/1/84 Amateur

49)Chiang-Ho Chen 1/15/82 Amateur

50)Tsung-Han Yu 8/24/85 Amateur

Outfielders:

51)Chin-Feng Chen 10/28/77 LA Dodgers

52)Wei-Tsu Lin 1/22/79 Hanshin Tigers

53)Kuo-Hui Lo 9/26/85 Seattle Mariners

54)Cheng-Min Peng 8/6/78 Brother Elephants

55)Chih-Yuan Chen 10/27/76 Brother Elephants

56)Long-Yi Huang 2/20/79 LA New Bears

57)Ying-Chieh Liao 9/17/84 Amateur

58)Ying-Chieh Chung 1/31/85 Amateur

59)Chih-Yao Chan 1/2/83 Amateur

60)Chun-Yu Kuo 4/20/84 Amateur

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The Australian team is going to look something like this, half of these guys aren't in the major league system.

Pitchers:

SP - Chris Oxspring, Craig Anderson, Travis Blackley, Damian Moss, John Stephens

RP - Ryan Rowland-Smith, PJ Bevis, Phil Stockman, Adrian Burnside (SU), Grant Balfour (CP)

C - Justin Huber, 1B - Brendan Kingman, 2B - Trent Durrington, SS - Rodney van Buizen, 3B - Glenn Williams, LF - Chris Snelling, CF - Trent Oeltjen, RF - Brett Roneberg

C/1B - Ben Risinger, SS/Util - Andrew Utting, 2B/SS - Gavin Fingelson, LF/OF - Thomas Brice, 3B - Adam Morrissey, C - Trent D’Antonio, 2B - Luke Hughes

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seriously... if this mod ever goona get done, its going to be one of the best!

will EA ever release a WBC baseball game????

HA.. Who needs the Olympic when ya got WBC! go ahead IOC and play your so called global sport "soccer", that's if you consider that as a sport..

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Just a quick update ...

Will be continuing some more testing over the next few days with created players. Mexico and Australia logos are completed. Will work on a few portraits as well. Cabrera, Garcia and Campos all have audio IDs so the portraits will be assigned accordingly.

OK, here's what I'm looking at so far for Venezuela, Mexico and Australia in the beta 2 release.

Venezuela

SP: Santana, C. Zambrano, F. Garcia, C. Silva, Felix Hernandez

RP: V. Zambrano, G. Chacin, Juan Rincon, Kelvim Escobar, J. Julio, U. Urbina, K-Rod

C: V. Martinez, Ramon Hernandez

IF: Alex Cabrera, E. Alfonzo, Melvin Mora, Vizquel, C. Izturis, C. Guillen

OF: Abreu, Ordonez, Miguel Cabrera, Juan Rivera, R. Hidalgo

On the bubble: Alex Ramirez, Miguel Cairo, Tomas Perez

Mexico

SP: Perez, Loaiza, Dessens, Campos, R. Lopez

RP: Valdez, de la Rosa, D. Reyes, Villarreal, R. Rincon, L. Ayala

C: Ojeda, Cota

IF: Guillermo Velasquez, Durazo, Cantu, Castilla, O. Robles, Javier Robles, Amezaga, Juan Castro

OF: Mario Valenzuela, Luis Garcia, Karim Garcia, Matias Carrillo

Bubble: Geronimo Gil, Edgar Gonzalez, Antonio Osuna, Rigo Beltran

Australia

Thanks wedss for the good list. All have either high minor league experience or better or have played on the olympic or world cup teams. 17 are in UR and I found Oeltjen and Roneberg in a few 2004 files on a backup disc.

Players to create: Anderson, Kingman, Van Buizen, Utting, Fingelson, D'Antonio

Need opinions on the status of a few other player possibilities.

Will veterans like Dave Nilsson ©, Jeff Williams (P), Luke Prokopec (P), or Brad Thomas (P) be available in March?

Also, found 2004 Olympian Richard Thompson (P) and 05 World Cup player Andrew Graham © in Class A ball though neither are in UR. Scott Mitchinson (Clearwater in UR) is also Australian.

Graham and Mitchinson don't have audio ingame, rest do.

Suggestions? Additions? Adjustments?

Haven't forgotten about the rest of the nations. Doing a few at a time so I don't end up with 10 half completed teams that aren't playable.

Thanks for the posts about Taiwan. Any ideas on who might be in the final roster of 30?

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Australia

Players to create: Anderson, Kingman, Van Buizen, Utting, Fingelson, D'Antonio

Need opinions on the status of a few other player possibilities.

Will veterans like Dave Nilsson ©, Jeff Williams (P), Luke Prokopec (P), or Brad Thomas (P) be available in March?

Nilsson retired, but you can never count him out. Williams is currently playing for the Hanshin Tigers, so you can put him in for Bevis. Either he or Balforu will be the closer the other will be the set-up man. Williams was the close during the olympics, but Balfour was playing for the Twins at the time. You can get a profile pic off the website, http://www.hanshintigers.jp/team/profile/54.html Prokopec would be on the extended rosters, but since you can only have 25 he makes way for the younger RP's and Thomas proabably won't be with the team becasue of the better class of starters.

Anderson, van Buizen and Utting are playing in Japan industrial leagues. I might be able to help you out with their attributes.

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Thanks for the posts about Taiwan. Any ideas on who might be in the final roster of 30?

it's still too early to tell, i suspect the official 30 men roaster won't come out untill couple weeks, after the CPBL champion team came back from the Konami Cup Asian Series.

The following players i think got a fairly good chance made it to the 30 men roaster: (i'll update the stats later)

OF Chin-Feng Chen 10/28/77 LA Dodgers Stats

OF Cheng-Min Peng 8/6/78 Brother Elephants Stats

OF Chih-Yuan Chen 10/27/76 Brother Elephants Stats

OF Kuo-Hui Lo 9/26/85 Seattle Mariners

P Chien-Ming Wang 3/31/80 NY Yankees Stats

P Hong-Chih Kuo 7/23/81 LA Dodgers stats

P Chien-Ming Chiang 5/27/85 Yomiuri Giants

P Chin-Hui Tsao 6/2/81 Colorado Rockies Stats

P Chia-An Huang 11/11/85 Seattle Mariners

P Chih-Chia Chang 5/6/80 Seibu Lions

P Ying-Chieh Lin 5/1/81 Macoto Cobras Stats

P Chun-Chung Huang 4/25/82 No Affiliation - former Boston Red Sox

P Chien-Fu Yang 4/22/79 Sinon Bulls Stats

IF Ching-Lung Lo 8/20/85 Colorado Rockies

IF Chia-Hsien Hsieh 4/8/76 Macoto Cobras Stats

IF Chin-Lung Hu 2/2/84 LA Dodgers

IF Tai-Shan Chang 10/31/76 Sinon Bulls Stats

IF Yung-Chi Chen 7/13/83 Seattle Mariners

IF Chung-Shou Yang 1/17/87 Nippon Ham Fighters

C Chun-Chang Yeh 10/25/72 Sinon Bulls Stats

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Mexico

Javier Robles, Amezaga, Luis Garcia

They play in my hometown team Yaquis de Obregon. Im gonna look for their portraits (exept Amezaga because he already has 1 in the game)

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Here are the portraits (the olny ones that I find):

Luis Carlos Garcia

Position: LF

Second Position: CF

Bats: S

Throws: R

Number:59

garcia7qg.jpg

Javier Robles Acuna

Possition:1B

Second Possition: None

Bats:R

Throws:R

Number:19

robles4rq.jpg

There is a better player than Mario Valenzuela called Luis Arredondo only if you want to put him in because he runs very fast

Luis Arredondo

Possition: CF

Second Possition: OF

Bats: L

Throws: L

Number: 2

arredondo0vs.jpg

And if every country will have a home stadium I can help with Mexico stadiums pictures

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First off, here's a preview of the Mexico and Australia logos ...

8screen4dd.th.jpg

Testing is proceding well. Mexico is just about ready. I found a decent scouting report on Campos and I've been pretty happy with the ratings of players based on the Mexican league stats compared with the MLB players on the team.

HFLR, sonickim, or any other fans of Mexican baseball - are you happy with the roster as posted above? Do I need to make any other adjustments? I looked at Arredondo. I like his speed and the fact that he's an outfielder and can cover some ground in CF. He'd be good as a pinch runner or defensive replacement, though his .300 Mexican League average doesn't quite get him to the numbers of Carrillo, Valenzuela, or Luis Garcia. So I think it comes down to: is he as a 5th OF / pinch runner more valuable than one of the utility infielders (Amezaga, Oscar Robles, Juan Castro) or perhaps Dennys Reyes in the pen ?

Been testing Craig Anderson and Jeff Williams. I found a 2004 Mariners report on Anderson and some older articles on Williams. Kept Bevis on the roster for now as an 11th pitcher since there's room as only 10 position players are in place so far. Any help with ratings on Kingman, Van Buizen, Utting, Fingelson, or D'Antonio would be great.

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Portrait Update

A few people have asked about helping with portraits. I'd be grateful for any help. It'd be one less thing for me while I finish tweaking Mexico and adding Australians to the roster. Might want to keep people aware of what you decide to work on here in the thread so we don't end up with 6 portraits of the same player.

If any of these are in Total Portraits, please let me know and I'll take them off the list. I've included any audio numbers from Tony3's list to use as the portrait number if they exist. Also, anyone have any ideas where would be the best place to start numbering portraits for players not in the system already? I thought I saw some total portraits in the low 9000s. Would 9501 be a safe spot to start?

Venezuela

1016 Alex Cabrera

0722 Alex Ramirez

Mexico

1584 Campos

1681 Luis C. Garcia

2051 Mario Valenzuela

2425 Oscar Robles

Velasquez

J. Robles

Carrillo

Luis Arredondo

Australia

Craig Anderson

3161 Stockman

1014 Burnside

1548 Bevis

2888 Hughes

0954 Jeff Williams

3035 Oeltjen

6760 Glenn Williams

6305 Brice

2374 Morrissey

2427 Roneberg

8706 Risinger

0633 Dave Nilsson

Once Mexico and Australia are done, I'm looking at Japan next and some preliminary work on Korea and Taiwan. For Japan, we'll need to form a roster list and get info on what each pitcher throws, at what speed and how it moves. I'll mainly need defensive info and anything that isn't easy to figure based on just statistics for the hitters.

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why exactly is usa at #1? what is this a joke roster? there are at least 3 central/south american teams that are way better than america. come on, almost every quality player is dominican.

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PITCHING

SP1 Perez

SP2 Loaiza

SP3 R.Lopez

SP4 Valdez

SP5 Campos

LRP1 Dessens

LRP2 Villareal

MRP1 de la rosa

MRP2 Osuna

SU R.Rincon

CP L.Ayala

BATTING

Order

1 SS A.Amezaga

2 CF L.Arredondo

3 DH E.Durazo

4 3B V.Castilla

5 LF L.C.Garcia

6 2B J.Cantu

7 1B J.Robles

8 RF K.Garcia

9 C G.Gil

Bench

OF M.Carrillo

IF O.Robles

IF J.Castro

OF M.Valenzuela

C H.Cota

Bubble: R.Beltran, E.Gonzalez, M.Ojeda, D.Reyes, G.Velazquez

I dont know if you will like it but is a good roster same as yours

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Stockman, Bevis, Burnside, Hughes, Glenn Wiliiams, Morrissey, Brice and Risinger are in total portraits.

Here are profile pics of the others...

Anderson

Anderson.jpg

Jeff Williams

Williams.jpg

Oeltjen

Oeltjen.jpg

Roneberg

Roneberg.jpg

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why exactly is usa at #1? what is this a joke roster? there are at least 3 central/south american teams that are way better than america. come on, almost every quality player is dominican.

Well, first off, no that's not true. The team that will give the US the most competition is the Dominican Republic, but the American pitching staff utterly destroys the DR's. I mean, the US could field an excellent 39-and-over staff. When you have Dontrelle Willis, Roger Clemens, Chris Carpenter, Jake Peavy, Ben Sheets, Roy Halladay, Brad Lidge, AJ Burnett, Josh Beckett, John Smoltz, Tim Hudson, Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, etc etc there's a good reason to believe you'll have a good team. The DR's roster, of course, is ridiculously excellent, so it should be a fascinating series. I'm really looking forward to it.

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I dont know if you will like it but is a good roster same as yours

We obviously agree on the same 30 and I like the choices for the primary 25. The only player on the bubble I'd have any reservations leaving off would be Velasquez who I'd maybe keep over Osuna or Reyes, who have barely been used in the simulations so far with the deep Mexican starting rotation. Shouldn't be an issue anyway...

I will be looking this weekend at what I can do with the free agent slots. I'd like to make sure players 26-30 for any team are in the roster and could be swapped in based on personal preferences. That should take anywhere from 80-100 spaces once all the teams are in. With the rest I hope to put back in some of the Class A players I've been replacing, though it'd only be 5-6 per organization. I don't suppose there's any workaround the 255 player limit in the free agents?

Thanks for posting the portraits, HFLR and wedss.

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You can get a good idea of the players that will make up the rosters from the teams that played in the 2005 Serie del Caribe (Caribbean World Series) made up of Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. You can see some sights and sound here:

Serie del Caribe

For the uniform makers, I'll post photos with some of the team uniforms next.

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Serie del Caribe Web site:

Web Page Link

Click the "Statistics" Link to see stats & rosters for the different countries.

The "Roster" link doesn't seem to be working...

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