Originally Posted by redsmetz
I think this is an inherent weakness in the WBC scheduling. One commentator suggested they hold future ones a few weeks after the regular season, perhaps pitting the U.S. World Series against the others. I think it does put some folks at a disadvantage missing their regular spring training and I understand some bowing out because they needed to train or rehabilitate for the regular season.
The timing really is poor, but I don't see pitting the US against all others for a "true" world series is the answer. Teams play all season for a chance at the golden ring, The World Series; it's the Super Bowl of baseball. Otherwise, what is the reward at the end of the season?
Yes, winning your division and your league is a huge reward, just not huge enough if you never go to the World Series with the team that got you in that position.
The WBC is a different event and doesn't occur on an annual basis. Unfortunately, there's no good time... unless maybe it's February. Participants would just have to start training in January, so they'd better be very dedicated to baseball because that doesn't leave much time off for players that already devote EVERY SINGLE DAY to their careers from mid-Feb to early October (and if successful, add on another month).