MLB already started to market World Baseball Classic before 2005 season end, although doubts still exist.
Last week at Kauffman Stadium, ushers sent fan a small booklet which read PASSPORT, the logo for the World Baseball Classic and the trademarked slogan, “Baseball spoken here.” Inside of the document were colorful graphics talking about the number of games to be played and the number of players to participate.
MLB attempt to internationalize baseball through the 16-team tournament next March, although Cuba still did not say yes, and there are players expressing serious doubts about spring training might be influenced.
“It’s going to be tough,” Padres closer Trevor Hoffman said. “It’s going to shorten the off-season. I don’t know if there’s a good way to do that.”
However, due to the Olympics cancel baseball in 2012, MLB wanted to use WBC as a force to explore the world. And there is no time to wait.
Good news is, it did not bother some star players, St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols said “I’m pretty excited, and I think the whole thing is going to be great.”