The World Baseball Classic rosters have been anounced. All the big names will be part of it for the most part. Jeter, A-Rod, yadda yadda yadda. The Cincinnati Reds will send Francisco Cordero, Joey Votto, Jerry Hairston Jr. and Edison Volquez among others.
But one might wonder why the WBC doesn’t get much run or coverage on this blog. It’s because its stupid. We don’t like it. We could care less.
In fact we think it’s an overall terrible idea that will flop in the end. We don’t want our expensive arms, or your team’s expensive arms throwing extra pitches and accumulating extra mileage and wear and tear on the arm. We think that those pitches could come in handy in late September when they’re out of gas.
Any activity for pitchers at the WBC could have an effect on the MLB regular season. And anything that effects the MLB regular season should take place within that season.
This whole thing sprung out of nowhere because of people’s initial push to get baseball as an Olympic sport. We never wanted that either. We don’t know why. But unless the guys are doing anything but playing for that World Series trophy, or accumulating official stats that will go into the history books; we just don’t enjoy it. Sure, it does a nice job of promoting the game on an International platform but so does the regular season. People stay up all night in Japan to watch MLB games live. So you may gain a few fans around the world, it’s not worth risking the injury to your most important assets.
It would be perfect if the WBC was comprised of minor leaguers and college players. But leave Major Leaguers alone. We’d venture to guess that the policy will either be changed, or a great debate will one day rare its ugly head to do so because of an injury to a star in a meaningless exhibition.