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Mixed Emotions on WBC

Posted on: March 5, 2009 2:30 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2009 11:37 pm
 

So, it's here.  The World Baseball Classic.  The 16-team international baseball tournament -- a product of the many great minds at MLB coming together for the greater good of international baseball. 

I have no problems with international competition, but shouldn't that be left to something like the Olympics?  Of course I'm aware that baseball (along with softball) has been officially voted out of Olympic play.  So, where does that leave international baseball competition?  One decision had nothing to do with the other, the Classic was planned way before baseball was axed from the Olympics.  But, if baseball can't drum up enough support for the Olympics, how will the World Baseball Classic make it?

It almost seems like a nuisance, this international competition in several different locations around the world, held during spring training when teams are supposed to be gearing up for regular season play.  How do players benefit?  MLB? International baseball?  I hear so many different things through the grapevine.  I think it's a love / hate relationship really.  There's pros and theirs cons, as always, but which weighs more?  

Sure, players love the camaraderie, but shouldn't many of them be back with their teams, getting ready to play 162 games and building team camaraderie? 

What about injuries?  Sure players run the risk by playing in the tournament, but they're just barely ready to play - let alone travel and compete in an international tournament.  What about fatigue that could hit earlier because they wore themselves out too early, too soon?

And, what about the state of the economy?  Surely that has to effect ticket sales. What kind of crowds will there be at each location?  Will there be too little ticket sales to warrent discontinuing this? 

I'm curious to see the aftermath of the 2009 Classic . . . I think it comes down to $$ and in this day and age, nobody seems to have any to spare. 

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Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:49 pm
 

Mixed Emotions on WBC

 

the Classic was planned way before baseball was axed from the Olympics

The IOC was planning on axing baseball from the Olympics long before the first WBC was held in 2006, though. I don't know if anyone knows for sure which PLANNING stage started first, but I believe that by the time the 2006 WBC was held, one of the primary motivating factors was ensuring a surviving international baseball competition in light of the death of Olympic baseball past 2008 in China.

I think I first heard that 2008's baseball competion would be it for Olympic baseball way back around the time that Beijing got the games. Which is what, 7 years in advance? So like 2001 or something?

 



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