Baseball people should stop whining and embrace the WBC
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WBC FULL OF MISCONCEPTIONS
By Steve Phillips, ESPNManagers and others have been complaining that the World Baseball Classic just makes spring training, which is already too long, unnecessarily longer. Some complain that it makes the season as a whole too long and say players are getting fatigued earlier. I don't accept that.
BEST OF THE BLOGSEach day ESPN.com's contributors offer a wide array of thoughts and analysis in their blogs. Today, we offer a peek at Jayson Stark's Three Strikes blog: STRIKE ONE -- STUCK IN A MOMENT DEPT.: When you're mixed up in a major free-agent negotiation with Scott Boras, you know it's going to take a really really really long time. So you know you're going to need patience, patience, more patience and also, well, patience. But on this Manny Ramirez front, Boras has outdone himself, even by his own slow-mo standards. Think about this. On Wednesday, it will be exactly four months since the Dodgers offered Manny a two-year, $45 million contract. And now, FOUR MONTHS LATER, what are these two sides still talking about? A two-year, $45 million contract. Is this the theater of the absurd, or what? How many weeks ago, how many months ago, would an agent who was a deal-maker have gotten this done? But not this agent. He's so obsessed with squeezing every last non-deferred penny out of this contract that he has somehow allowed the offseason, for this player, to extend into March. Ridiculous. For the rest of this entry from Jayson Stark's blog, click here.
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|• The Mets can, for the moment, take a breath. Ace left-hander Johan Santana threw 31 pitches during a bullpen session Sunday and said afterward, "this is the first time in the last four days that I've thrown, but I feel fine and don't think there should be any problems."||WORST|
|• The never-ending Manny Ramirez saga took another turn Sunday. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reported that, after all this time, the negotiations between the Dodgers and Ramirez are going to "start from scratch," according to team owner Frank McCourt.|
|• The Texas Rangers got a scare Sunday when outfielder Josh Hamilton left a game against Seattle with an Achilles tendon injury. Hamilton suffered what is being called a strained left Achilles, and told reporters it was "no big deal."|
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Johan Santana has experienced elbow discomfort in spring training, but reported no pain after playing long toss and having a short bullpen session Sunday morning. His status for Opening Day is still in doubt. It's no secret the Mets need him. Here's how Santana stacks up with the Mets' other top starters (Oliver Perez, Mike Pelfrey and John Maine):
|Hitters vs. Mets pitchers (2008)|
|Santana||Perez, Pelfrey, Maine|
|BB pct. of PAs||6.5||10.2|
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