I am going out on a limb and making a few assumptions here. Bud Selig and friends know the WBC is a joke. Marquee players are dropping out at an astonishing rate, many of them citing inadequate time to get into championship caliber form.
Bud and his buddies list probably knew this would happen, especially since so many owners and agents have publicly if not privately expressed their reluctance to have their clients risk themselves for little if any gain.
Maybe what the lords of baseball really want is prepare us for a year-round sport.
We already have some semblance of year-round baseball if one takes into account the Winter Leagues, Fall Leagues, Spring Training and, of course, the regular season. But these leagues vary significantly in their product. Perhaps the model MLB is ultimately eyeing is professional football, with its European and Arena leagues complimenting the NFL regular season while going global.
Would that be a good thing, all baseball, all the time? The blurring of seasonal distinctions? No more looking forward to “pitchers and catchers reporting”. No Fall Classic if there is also a Spring time version. In essence, the equivalence of fresh raspberries in northern supermarkets in mid-February.
Is that what the WBC is, the first stab at expanding the professional season by going global?
Overbuilding and over-expanding.
Baseball wouldn’t be the first institution to do that, now would it?