Marlin Maniac RTD 2/14: Marlins Spring Training, WBC
Do You Care About The World Baseball Classic?
Sean Millerick: Yes, but not because I’m remotely excited about it. This is a lot of baseball, and a lot of deviation from the regular routine. While the Marlins are already a pretty tight-knit group, I’m not thrilled seven players expected to make the roster will be in and out of camp. And while you can make an argument that the competitiveness of the Classic will tighten up the focus of participants, you can also make the argument it increases risk of injury. Let the nonprofessional ranks, or even the recently drafted, play in this. Leave the big leaguers out.
David Marcillo: I want to care about it, and I think I kind of do, but it’s still a lot like baseball in the Olympics: until the actual best players from around the world are playing, it will never be as interesting as it could be.
Seth Moed: I’m actually looking forward to the World Baseball Classic this year. In general, I like seeing professional players in any sport represent their countries despite not being the biggest Olympics fan. Also, watching this past fall’s World Hockey Classic have success gives me hope for the baseball version.
Kyle Rowley: Honestly, not really. I love that the sport has grown across the world and enjoy the competition, but it is nothing on the MLB. I’d prefer to scout young players in a spring training game than watch the World Baseball Classic.