The World Baseball Classic (WBC) is upon us for a third time. I can’t help but be fascinated by the players, fans, and vibrant colors of this international tournament. Although I’ve enjoyed having an excuse watch even more MLB Network, I can’t help but wonder what would make the WBC an even better event. Over the past few weeks, I’ve taken part in discussion with teammates, coaches, and TV analysts on how the WBC could be improved. Yes, I talk to the TV.
The main concern with the current WBC format is its timing. Many big-name players choose to sit out of the WBC, and rightfully so. If you had an organization paying you millions of dollars based on your health and performance, wouldn’t you do everything possible to be healthy and performance-ready for that organization?
Anyways, here are a few ideas I’ve heard to get the absolute most out of the WBC:
1. Play it in early January
2. Play it soon after the MLB postseason
3. Every fourth MLB season replace the all-star game with smaller, 10-day version of the current WBC
Provide your own pros and cons to list above. While I find the third suggestion the most intriguing, let me offer one more:
Every fourth year, the winner of the MLB World Series would play the winner of an international tournament. There wouldn’t be a USA team, just whichever team takes it all in early November. For example, last year’s San Francisco Giants would take on Japan, or Dominican Republic, or Nick Punto & the Italians, and so on. Then, we would have a true world baseball champion.
So what would be of the non-American players on the World Series champion team? To this question I ask – would it really matter? Don’t we all just want it to be proven that the MLB is the best league in the world? I know I do.
I realized this idea is far-fetched, somewhat impractical, and selfish, but it’s fun to think about. Anybody else have an idea?