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Insurance issue to keep Troy Tulowitzki from playing in World Baseball Classic

Feb 8, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki made it clear that he wanted to play for the United States in the World Baseball Classic despite missing most of last season following groin surgery, but the decision has been taken out of his hands by an insurance company.

Tulowitzki has $140 million remaining on his long-term contract and the Rockies have the deal insured, which means the insurance company gets to decide if they want him playing in an exhibition tournament. And they don’t, predictably.

It’s the same issue that Albert Pujols faced in potentially playing for the Dominican Republic and Joey Votto may run into the same problem for Canada. Obviously the WBC would love all the biggest stars to play, but the bigger the contract the smaller the chance they’ll be cleared to participate.

  1. flosox - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I made the same comments weeks ago…the more these guys get paid, the chances are less and less that the WBC becomes relevant. Protect your investment at all costs.

  2. nolasoxfan2012 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    It’s absurd that Tulo even wanted to play in the tournament after missing most of last season. It annoys me that so few stars are willing to play. But, it annoys me even more when a guy who missed 115 games last year wants to risk his health in exhibition play. At a certain point, he owes it to his team and fans to make sure he’s available for the regular season.

  3. echech88 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    And Morosi goes on a crusade against those anti-American insured contracts in 3…2….1…..

    • banksatdixie - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:43 AM

      Beat me to it….I was going to say Morosi is pissed now.

  4. hojo20 - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    The WBC sucks.

    • thebadguyswon - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:35 PM

      Yes it does. I can’t wait until its gone.

  5. thebadguyswon - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Maybe Troy should attemp an MLB season of 550 at bats first. If he’s capable.

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