You could look at the standings, sure. But if you really want the skinny about how September and October will shake out, you need to look at offbasestandings.com.
Italy looks like a contender after its double-walk-off, mercy-rule victory over Canada moved the Italians one step closer to the second round.
Just an exhibition series here. A steppingstone there. A matter of national pride elsewhere. The World Baseball Classic means different things to different teams.
With the next World Baseball Classic on the horizon, the popularity of baseball in Europe continues to spread.
Baseball fiction faces stiff challenge of superseding reality.
Off Base pounds a pint of baseball and soccer in London.
Major League Baseball faces a tough assignment in trying to spread the words "play ball" in China -- but the payoff could be huge.
Jim Caple is happy to get back to baseball now that the World Cup is coming to an end.
Maybe teams should earn their major league privileges. Baseball could follow soccer's lead and relegate the losers to Triple-A.