A brief note to explain the avalanche of e-mails to subscribers about articles on the World Baseball Classic, the third edition of which is now underway in Japan and Taipei. Many of the story lines and narratives in the media are replicating those from 2006 and 2009, such as the “no show” of athletes like catcher Russell Martin of Team Canada, who in my opinion is being unfairly stigmatized in the sports media for “selfishness,” while the real issues are left in the shade. More about that later. I am posting a host of articles from our archives either written by myself or from other sources from 2006 and 2009, many of which also treat issues of national and amateur sport, fair play and ethics, and the globalization of sport. The best way to access these articles is to visit the monthly archives (table on the right) for March, 2009 and/or March, 2006, or use the tags (World Baseball Classic 2009 and World Baseball Classic 2006).
Later in the week I will be posting articles about the 2013 tournament. Will Japan be able to three-peat? Will Cuba continue to maintain top-flight form? Then there’s the latest edition of the U.S. Dream Team and Team Canada, who won gold at the Pan-Am Games in 2012. I hope you find them informative. If you have any suggestions, do not hesitate to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org