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08:45 AM ET 01.20 | Will the third time be the charm for the World Baseball Classic? Not if the underwhelming U.S. roster is any indication. While many of Commissioner Bud Selig's innovations have enjoyed immediate success - especially expanded playoffs and interleague play - baseball's attempt to create its own World Cup is limping along as a second-tier novelty, in large part because major league executives and players aren't embracing it.

Chicago Tribune

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January 20, 2013  09:53 AM ET

RIP Stan The Man!!! RIP Earl Weaver!!! The sorest loser and The Tallest Winner!!!

January 20, 2013  10:39 AM ET

I wouldn't want my ace pitchers in this thing...

January 20, 2013  11:06 AM ET

We should send our Top College and minor league players!

January 20, 2013  11:20 AM ET
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RIP Stan The Man!!! RIP Earl Weaver!!! The sorest loser and The Tallest Winner!!!

Where are the threads for Musial and Weaver?

January 20, 2013  11:40 AM ET

Bud Selig is the worst thing to happen to baseball.

January 20, 2013  11:50 AM ET
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I mean I can understand some of the asian countries and latin ones that want to strut their stuff....but here in the US- the fans could care less and because the athletes are now so regimented with schedules and routines- ramping up for a meaningless tournament is not good as the risk of injury is higher

the WBC would be perfect played only IF the games were played after the worldseries,,, but trying to play those games right before the regular season starts,,,, means trouble for any team,,,,

January 20, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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I wouldn't want my ace pitchers in this thing...

sending any top player to play in the WBC tournament means to throw a coing in the air and expected to win the toss, except that the players involved in this meaningless games could ended injuried or develop a injuried after the tournament is over!!!

January 20, 2013  12:04 PM ET
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sending any top player to play in the WBC tournament means to throw a coing in the air and expected to win the toss, except that the players involved in this meaningless games could ended injuried or develop a injuried after the tournament is over!!!

It's freaken baseball people, everybody's acting like we are sending these players to Afghanistan.

January 20, 2013  12:05 PM ET
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Bud Selig is the worst thing to happen to baseball.

Butt Sellout.

January 20, 2013  01:05 PM ET

Leery used in to headers by FN on the same day. Hmmmm? I too am a little leery..of FN.

January 20, 2013  02:00 PM ET
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Leery used in two headers by FN on the same day. Hmmmm? I too am a little leery..of FN.

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.

January 20, 2013  02:23 PM ET
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Turn on, Tune in, Drop out.

Perfect! LMAO.

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January 21, 2013  04:45 AM ET

I fully support any MLB player's choice not to play in the WBC. I love baseball but I don't care one iota about the WBC.

January 21, 2013  07:43 AM ET

The WBC is an awesome idea that suffers from lack of support among baseball front offices. It also suffers because it is a young tournament that lacks history.

If baseball stays the course, the WBC has the potential to become a major event. However, baseball itself needs to stop treating it like it isn't important, as they do when they keep the best players out, or when they schedule it during spring training.

 
January 26, 2013  07:36 PM ET

wiseup: this is another of Butt Seligs dumb ideas, I'm waiting for a top notch player or pitcher to get seriously injured and out for season over Selig,s idea to make a few bucks trying to sell a few tickets to these games.

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