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Chipper upset with WBC format

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05:44 AM ET 03.17 | Chipper Jones said his strained oblique muscle will be fine, but the World Baseball Classic needs changes. The third baseman left Team USA and returned to Braves camp after aggravating the strained muscle in his right side during batting practice before Sunday's game against the Netherlands in Miami. "There's some serious problems with the WBC setup," said Jones, who will skip the rest of the tournament. "I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. But I wouldn't do it again under the current format. There's way too many days off. This tournament could be over by now." ones, who also played in the inaugural WBC in 2006, said he won't play again if the format isn't changed. "Just way too many days off," he said. "We stayed in Toronto for a week and played three games. I don't know if you ever stayed in Toronto, but it's not exactly Las Vegas. To say that we were plucking our eyebrows out one at a time would be an understatement. You're not getting the work in that you should. You're getting reps, but you're not getting the at-bats that you need. Getting to share a clubhouse with the guys and getting to know people on a different level is the cool part about it. But when you're talking about a three-week tournament, and you could literally play eight games in three weeks, it's just too much down time for spring training."

Atlanta Journal Constitution

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