Originally Posted by Dwarftree
The thing is: Would an allstar filled US roster really play their hearts out for that tourney? Would every American baseball superstar buy into that? Take the US baskeball team at the olympics or the world championships for example. On paper Team USA had by far the best roster every time. Did they win everything? Nope. So i think it really would be interesting to see how an Allstar US Team would do against Cuba, Japan or Korea from which you know that to their players the WBC means A LOT if not everything.
Baseball is just different than basketball. Every play is on an individual. You hit with yourself in mind. You field with yourself in mind. You pitch with yourself in mind. A SS/2B combo isn't not going to try and turn the DP because they want to score for themselves like you could see in basketball. There is no pick and roll move where you switch who you are defending in baseball. Simply put, you don't actually need teamwork in baseball to be successful like you do in other team sports. You aren't really relying on their cooperation to get your job done.