Sunday, February 05, 2006

World Baseball Classic

With all the players backing out of the World Baseball Classic in March, and questions about how well people will pitch because they haven't warmed up, perhaps MLB should consider moving the classic to November, after the World Series. That way, if a player got a minor injury they could recover in the three months before spring training. The pitchers would also be in shape in general and have less risk of injury.

I think the World Baseball Classic might be a cool exhibition but the quality of play can't be that good, or at least not as good as it could be.

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Anonymous said...

Your suggestion fails to take into consideration that baseball season occurs in different months in different nations. Your suggestion would aid MLB players and the US team (one of the teams with the highest percentage of MLB players on the WBC team) while hurting teams such as those from Latin America (especially Cuba) (their season coincides with Winter Ball, I believe).

How would injury risk be reduced by having players in non playoff teams sit out a month for the playoffs?
I would think that the injury risk to players would be greater if the WBC came after the World Series because the players would have already suffered through 162+ games. Playing more games would only add on to the wear and tear without allowing for recuperation and rest.

Blogman said...

I didn't know that Cuba's season coincides with winter baseball, but I think winter ball is played in January?

True about the different seasons but also, remember that lots of the players playing for international teams are major league players.

I think the players would be more "game ready" at the end of the season than at the beginning. I suppose not that many injuries occurred in this past baseball classic so that concern was actually unfounded.

As for more injuries at the end of the season, do you think the injury rate of players increases at the end of the season? I don't think that's true.