A Ray of Hope/Chang They Can Believe In

Of the 1.34 billion Chinese people, the one who's best at baseball had an OPS of .574 in AAA last year.

Of the 1.34 billion Chinese people, the one who’s best at baseball had an OPS of .574 in AAA last year.

Final Score: China 5, Brazil 2

World Baseball Conflict of the Game: Brazil’s frustration with Chinese trading practices in the 21st century

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Brazil and China, two of the world’s emergingest powers, do a whole lot of trading with each other. But China’s not always very nice about it. They like to inundate Brazilian markets with cheap Chinese goods while restricting Brazilian non-commodity imports to China.

Sounds like the 8th inning of this morning’s China-Brazil WBC game, am I right?

I’m totally right. Brazil was up 1-0 going to the bottom of the 8th, at which point the Chinese offense flooded the Brazilian relief corps with some cheap Chinese runs. Ray Chang drove singled in the decisive runs, both of which were probably originally manufactured by three-year-olds in a sweatshop somewhere.

But Chinese reliever Jiangang Lu wouldn’t return the favor. He refused to buy any of the overpriced Brazilian runs that their offense offered, and getting himself a win in the process.

In the end, China proved to be a net exporter of runs to Brazil.

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