With the Phils’ hot-stove season supposedly winding down, a couple of writers, like the Inquirer’s Jim Salisbury, have turned their attention to the World Baseball Classic, as squads begin to prepare their rosters.
Three years ago on Beerleaguer, the vast majority of posters expressed their contempt over the international tourney, arguing that it cuts into the spring training schedule and wraps up too close to the start of the regular season, making for a rather exhausting schedule for those who participate and even worse for those who make it deep into the competition. I was one of those critics, but truth be told, I kind of enjoyed it once it got started. I appreciated the passion expressed by the international fans. I enjoyed watching Carlos Ruiz and Panama play Cuba at an odd time of day. It's what DVR was made for. Ruiz, by the way, is leaning toward skipping the Classic, according to an earlier report filed on MLB.com. In addition to Jimmy Rollins, representing the States, a few Phillies could be competing when the first pitch is thrown March 5: J.C. Romero for Puerto Rico, Matt Stairs for Canada, Carlos Carrasco for Venezuela and a couple of Aussie prospects. Plus, there could be some ex-Phils of intrigue, like R.J. Swindle for Canada.
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