Jan 25, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT
From Jim Bowden, another call for people to rally to the World Baseball Classic:
MLB Commissioner’s Office and the Major League Players Association need to address the major problem of players declining invitations to WBC
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) January 25, 2013
Bowden’s ESPN colleague Buster Olney, however, passes along an anecdote which shows that, for baseball players and their teams, this is not a “major problem” at all:
Recently, a player went to a team employee and asked for some advice on whether to participate.
“I can’t say anything,” the official responded. “I do have one question for you: How do you pay the bills?”
Major League Baseball is about Major League Baseball. The WBC is an initiative that is important to the league office, but simply doesn’t compare in importance to the regular season in the minds of the teams and the players.
Yet we keep hearing stuff like this from Bowden and, last week, from Morosi. They insist that the WBC is important and that non-participation in the WBC is a “major problem.” But why? And to whom?
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