Hello international baseball fans! Great to see this forum online. Been lurking for some time. Living in New Zealand and have many friends in their growing baseball program here. It's the fastest moving sport in the nation, and my friends believe they have a strong chance to get into the WBC qualifiers. They believe their 40-person roster they've put together will be a very strong team that has a chance to surprise quite a few people and teams. They have a number of college/high school and professional and ex-professional players on their roster...which few people know. If they are grouped in Asia, they believe they/we are behind Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and China--and not very far behind China at that! I've been following closely since they brought out Curtis Granderson from the Yankees. Baseball really spiked ever since, and everyone here loves baseball and everyone has played softball. The transition for the high-level, fast-pitch softball players is not a difficult one, and the country's last two national teams at younger age levels has been a combination of baseball and softball players, and they've played quite well against Australia and Australian top teams. I've even started playing, and I love it. Exciting times here, so they hope--and I hope--New Zealand is invited in. Baseball will skyrocket here, and it will firm up Oceania as being a high-growth area for the game. In the past, it's been only Australia--with a few Guam players who made it. New Zealand can move quickly in this game, take my word. Look forward to going back and forth with everyone here until and after the big announcements are made. This invite could make or break the next five years of the game here in our country. Thanks for the great forum!!!