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Joey Votto still hasn’t decided if he’s playing in the World Baseball Classic

Feb 28, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

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World Baseball Classic games begin this weekend, yet Joey Votto still hasn’t made a decision about whether he’ll play for Team Canada.

Votto’s status for the tournament is in question because of the pair of knee surgeries he had last season, but he’s healthy enough to have played in five spring training games for the Reds already.

Votto explained the delayed decision to Barry Bloom of MLB.com:

I don’t think it would be fair to anybody to make a commitment like that and then back out right beforehand. I just want to make sure I’m healthy.

Which is fine, except if his health is truly still in question just days before the start of the tournament it would seem like a no-brainer to skip the WBC. And the Reds would probably prefer that too.

Team Canada workouts begin Monday and they have an exhibition game Wednesday … against the Reds. However, even if Votto decides to play for Canada he’s unlikely to see any WBC action until the games actually count.

  1. dillymac - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    World baseball classic is about as exciting as the WNBA or Olympic basketball. Nobody cares, get rid of it because it costs more to have it then the profit they make from it. And nobody watches it!

    • stlouis1baseball - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      “Nobody cares, get rid of it because it costs more to have it then the profit they make from it. And nobody watches it!”

      Ummm…you do realize this is a baseball site right? I mean…you are most likely going to find yourself in the minority. Perhaps you should copy and paste your post on PFT. You might find more like minded individuals in which you can then more accurately speak for everyone else.

    • joshfrancis50 - Feb 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      That’s a really short-sided point of view. Go to the Dominican Republic and ask if nobody cares. Or Taiwan. Or Venezuela.

      I don’t personally care for the WBC, but that doesn’t mean others don’t and that it doesn’t matter to a great many people. It doesn’t matter to many Americans because we have MLB, which is far and away the best league in the world for baseball; we get to see the stars every day. Much of the world doesn’t, let alone to see their country play on a big stage.

      There is a lot of national pride on the line and I’m not sure why so many Americans don’t have the same feel. I am admittedly among that class, but I’m not sure if it’s American arrogance that we have the best product out there (which is debatable) or if it’s that we are so wrapped up in the rooting interests of our own teams to be excited about a potential injury as a result of the tourney.

    • orelmiraculous - Feb 28, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      About half the population of Japan was tuned into the 2009 final. That’s about 60 million people, which is way more than watched the World Series. You may not care about it, but you are narrow minded and provincial.

    • stoutfiles - Feb 28, 2013 at 5:49 PM

      I agree with you. I think people like the idea of it, but if any of their team’s players went down in what is a glorified exhibition, they would be upset.

  2. thomas844 - Feb 28, 2013 at 11:56 AM

    If Votto hurts himself playing in the WBC the Reds know what to do…..Blame Canada!

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