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The Japanese players’ association agrees to participate in the World Baseball Classic

Sep 4, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT


Japanese players have been threatening to boycott next year’s World Baseball Classic in a dispute over marketing revenues. There has been some back and forth on this, but the players have finally agreed to participate:

The Japanese players’ association has agreed to take part in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, backing off from a threat to boycott the event over the way tournament revenue is shared.

Compromise was reached on the marketing thing and now the best players from the defending champion will play. Which is sort of important for the legitimacy of the WBC.

  1. bigleagues - Sep 4, 2012 at 10:26 AM

    The timing of this next WBC kind of sucks for free-agent to be, Daisuke Matsuzaka. If, that is, he’s looking to sign on with another MLB team.

    You’ll remember that Dice-K was 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and a 160 ERA+ in 2008.

    He then won his 2nd consecutive WBC MVP award going 3-0 in the tournament in 2009 . . . and proceeded to go 4-6, 5.76 ERA and a .83 ERA+ in just 12 Starts. He’s never been the same.

    And it was eventually revealed in 2010 that Dice-K had suffered a leg injury during the tournament that he failed to disclose to the Red Sox.

    And yeah, he’s stated pretty emphatically that he’d like to defend Japan’s title.

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