Tuesday, December 13, 2005
World Baseball Classic
Having been so focused on the Cardinals and their various roster issues, I confess to having paid little attention to all the news surrounding the World Baseball Classic. I like the concept, and it certainly seems like a good idea, even though it smacks a bit of Selig-esque marketing zaniness. The biggest question I have concerns the risk to players getting paid oodles of money by their respective MLB teams getting hurt in the tournament. It's probably nothing to worry about, but I doubt fans of team whose star gets injured and their season tanks will look back very fondly at the World Baseball Classic. It's also a pretty significant distraction to Spring Training. However, on the positive side, it's really important for lots of major league players who will have the first chance to represent their countries in a meaningful way. I'm sure for a lot of guys that outweighs the risk involved.