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Felix Hernandez will not pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic

Feb 8, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

Felix Hernandez was listed on Venezuela’s provisional roster when it was announced last month, but recent events have caused him to change his mind about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. You can probably guess what impacted his decision.

This shouldn’t come as surprising news, as the Mariners and Hernandez are reportedly close to finalizing a record $175 million extension. Coming off four straight seasons with at least 232 innings pitched, the M’s would clearly prefer that Hernandez have his usual routine in spring training rather than ramp things up early in a hyper-competitive situation and risk potential injury. Given what they are investing in him from now until 2019, you can’t blame them for that.

  1. unclemosesgreen - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    175 million reasons not to pitch in the WBC now.

    Does anyone really care about the WBC anyhow? My buddy got tickets for one of the Jupiter, FL games, said hardly any of them had sold at that point. I love baseball, and I hardly know a thing about it.

    • bronsonshore - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:05 AM

      No, you actually don’t love baseball.  You love thinking youre a Major League Baseball fan, but you’re not actually a fan of the game.

      • Old Gator - Feb 9, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Ah, yet another clown who claims the power to see into the hearts of others! Must be the weather driving all these nitwits indoors. Why don’t you take your universalized subjectivity and go back to ice fishing?

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        Ha! I missed this yesterday. Bronsonshore – I’d like to cordially invite you to go f*ck yourself. You love thinking that your love of the WBC makes you more of a baseball fan than anyone else, and also somewhat of a mindreader. It does neither.

        Now go back to deepthroating your splintery fungo bat.

      • bronsonshore - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:12 AM

        Its quite simple, really.  The WBC has the potential to be the highest level of baseball that has ever been played–bar none.  A truly competitive game between the 25 best American players and the 25 best Dominican players would have more HOFers playing against each other than any other game in history.  If you don’t want to see that, then, no, you don’t actually love the game as much as you think you do.

        You’re argument’s pretty solid too, though.  Quite a mind for reasoning you have there.

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 9, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        he got him OG, the guy claims to “love baseball”l and he doesn’t” know a thing about it.”
        and he lives in a area where the game is being played, smells like feesh OG.

      • unclemosesgreen - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:35 AM

        Nice, another mouth-breather. Fan of evil empire – I live in Hartford Connecticut. Where is the venue that’s near me? You too, sir, may now feel free to suck a bag of dicks. In excess of your normal bag.

    • cktai - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:28 AM

      I really like the WBC, but it is extremely frustrating to see players back out of the tournament all the time, despite the fact there is no evidence that it does increase injury risk.

      What I would like is for MLB to take the tournament more seriously as well. Holding it during spring training will keep out many pitchers because of a phantom fear of injuries, and it will keep out aspiring minor league players who are hoping to win a spot in the MLB roster, like Jair Jurrjens and Shairon Martis in 2009.

  2. historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    Booooooo!!!!!!!

  3. fearthehoody - Feb 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    I ordered my WBC tix in January, but I see those games as no different than spring training games. It is more about the vacation and just seeing baseball than actually getting crazy about it. See you in AZ in March!

  4. cackalackyank - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Well, I mean, its not like he needs the money, right?

  5. Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    And in other news, Tony Solaita has announced that he will not represent Samoa in the World Baseball Classic. He has opted for Thin Mint Cookie instead.

    • blacksables - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      I think the fact that Tony Solita died of a heart attack 23 years ago tomorrow would have more to do with it.

      • cosanostra71 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        Actually he was murdered.

      • blacksables - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Well, that’s even sadder.

  6. randygnyc - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Your headline is incomplete. It’s missing 2 last words, “ever again”.

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