U.S. Stars Wearing Stars and Stripes

U.S. Stars Wearing Stars and Stripes

Jon Paul Morosi is not happy. Specifically, he is not happy about baseball.

Even more specifically, the FOXSports.com baseball writer is not happy about certain American-born players declining to participate in this spring’s World Baseball Classic, the third of its kind. He has a decent enough cause for complaint: both previous instances of the Classic, a sort of “baseball World Cup” that pits national teams against each other in a tournament format every three years (now four) were won by Team Japan, which is notable in that Japan is not the home to the largest, most lucrative and most talented professional baseball league on the planet.

Japan is instead home to the second largest, most lucrative and most talented professional baseball league on the planet, and they take winning the World Baseball Classic very seriously indeed. Team Japan sends its best players each year and has been rewarded with the highest prize both of the first two Cup tournaments; Morosi, quite reasonably, wants to know why the Americans are unable not only to win an international competition in a sport their country created, popularized and mastered, but why they’ve never even placed in a medal round.

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