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Francoeur Added To U.S. WBC Roster

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I popped open my email this morning to find that the Atlanta-Journal Constitution is reporting that Jeff Francoeur has been added to team USA's 60 man WBC provisional roster. I admit I haven't paid much attention to the WBC rosters, but I don't think there are many Major League rookies taking part in the tournament. I guess I could do a little more research, but...

If you haven't noticed by now, I'm really not all that excited about the World Baseball Classic. I don't know. Call me a traditionalist, but I'd much rather see REAL baseball teams gearing up for the regular season by taking part in a normal spring training. I just don't see this little tournament making baseball so much more popular than it already is. In fact, I really think baseball only stands to lose if guys start going down with injuries or players burn out later in the season from an extended spring training.

Looking around the league, you can already tell that the WBC is going to cause some problems. The Brewers have lodged a complaint with the commissioner's office to try to prevent Ben Sheets from joining Team USA. Big Ben is coming back from injury rehabilitation and risks further problems should he compete. I see our buddy Jeff over at Brew Crew Ball agrees with me.

Then there's Seattle...There's a buzz around Mariners camp that Felix Hernandez should not be allowed to pitch in the highly publicized March event. According to, Seattle assistant general manager Lee Pelekoudas stated that a 19-year-old shouldn't be put in a position to have to pitch in the Classic.

It seems to me that the closer we get to the event, the more conflicts we're going to see. On the surface, the WBC tournament may seem like a good idea, but the long term effects could be disastrous.