If the World Baseball Classic wants to be taken as seriously as they want to, they need to change a thing or two.
The biggest thing is setting up a system of who will need to re-qualify for the next WBC. There is nothing written anywhere in the rules that states who has to go through re-qualification. Why not?
Perhaps they were waiting for a possible scenario. One that we may see come to fruition on Sunday after noon in Phoenix.
When the USA plays Canada, a lot is at stake. It was thought by many that the USA was one of the favorites to win the entire tournament. Already after two games, they are fighting for their lives. Not just in the 2013 WBC, but also for the 2017 Classic.
If the USA loses to Canada, it will finish last in Pool D. The general thought has been that the teams who finish fourth in the first round pools will have to re-qualify. So what happens if the USA has to re-qualify?
So far the tournament semifinals and finals have always been held here in the USA, along with one of the opening rounds. Could the USA having to re-qualify change things for 2017?
Major League Baseball puts a lot into the WBC and it depends on the support not only from the teams but from the fans here as well. This is an interesting development that could have ramifications that no one can see yet.
So, is the WBC waiting to see what happens before announcing who has to re-qualify? What other criteria could they use? Would they come up with some formula using runs scored and allowed to determine it similar to the tie breaker rule?
If they did that after the US is knocked out, it will diminish any efforts they have made to be taken seriously. You can’t go about making the rules after the fact to suit your wants is not the way to run a world event.
Which brings me to the next thing they need to change.
I understand that they want to guarantee each team three games, but is that more important than determining the best teams on the field rather than through some mathematical formula? Bring back the double-elimination style first round and do away with this Team Quality Balance stuff that dictates who moves on when there is a tie.
We watch the WBC because it brings together the best from each country. So let them play it out on the field and nor rely on math to determine who goes home and who doesn’t.
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