Saturday, March 18, 2017

World Baseball Snooze

Why don't I (and most US baseball fans, I suspect) care about the World Baseball Classic? Because the US isn't really fielding a proper national team. We get the best baseball in the world from April to October and so sending the best US players to the WBC wouldn't really make a lot of sense because why would that be more important than the World Series?

A lot of folks in the US who hate sports and folks from other countries mock the idea of the MLB championship being called the "World Series". After all, it's not like we invite other countries. Moreover, the US doesn't win the WBC. But that's because if you're one of the best baseball players, you play in the MLB. The players who stay behind in Venezuela, Puerto Rico (why do they have a national team anyway?), Japan, etc. aren't nearly as good as the ones who come to play in the US. There may be exceptions; I suspect more than a few Japanese players could make in the MLB, but find the culture shift and potential for a reduced role in the US sufficiently unpleasant that they prefer to stay in Japan. On the whole, however, the World Series is the true world championship. Join me after the jump for a few stats and facts.