World Baseball Classic… I Don’t Care

 

I’ve lost any sort of interest in the WBC. I would actually rather watch spring training games than an elite American team. Reason being, it lacks energy. It feels like a glorified exhibition game. And I love MLB, not the WBC. The storylines of this upcoming season overshadow the WBC. Can the Bluejays take over the AL east? Will the Dodgers massive payroll equate to a deep playoff run? Do the Padres truly believe this roster they have can win? This is where my interests lie.

 

Furthermore, just because we invented this great game doesn’t mean we should win the WBC. In basketball, yes: in baseball, no. Look over a major league roster, the rest of the world is damn good at this game. Watch the talent of Cuba. It’s remarkable! Same with the Dominican Republic, it’s littered with MLB All Stars. Expected dominance is no longer a reason to turn in.

 

In 2005, the WBC had my full attention. Fast forward to 2013, sorry WBC, you’ve lost me.

NAME

ORGANIZATION

POS.

Jeremy Affeldt

San Francisco Giants

LHP

J.P. Arencibia

Toronto Blue Jays

C

Heath Bell

Arizona Diamondbacks

RHP

Willie Bloomquist

Arizona Diamondbacks

UTL

Mitchell Boggs

St. Louis Cardinals

RHP

Ryan Braun

Milwaukee Brewers

OF

Steve Cishek

Miami Marlins

RHP

Tim Collins

Kansas City Royals

LHP

Ross Detwiler

Washington Nationals

LHP

R.A. Dickey

Toronto Blue Jays

RHP

Gio Gonzalez

Washington Nationals

LHP

Luke Gregerson

San Diego Padres

RHP

Derek Holland

Texas Rangers

LHP

Adam Jones

Baltimore Orioles

OF

Craig Kimbrel

Atlanta Braves

RHP

Jonathan Lucroy

Milwaukee Brewers

C

Joe Mauer

Minnesota Twins

C

Chris Perez

Cleveland Indians

RHP

Glen Perkins

Minnesota Twins

LHP

Vinnie Pestano

Cleveland Indians

RHP

Brandon Phillips

Cincinnati Reds

IF

Jimmy Rollins

Philadelphia Phillies

IF

Giancarlo Stanton

Miami Marlins

OF

Mark Teixeira

New York Yankees

IF

Shane Victorino

Boston Red Sox

OF

Ryan Vogelsong

San Francisco Giants

RHP

David Wright

New York Mets

IF

Ben Zobrist

Tampa Bay Rays

UT