As we all know, the WBSC is supposed to act in the interest of baseball. We also know, that the world baseball governing body doesn do that. Two days ago, the WBSC added another chapter to not acting in the best interest of our beloved sport.
A few years ago, WBSC chairman Fraccarri allowed national teams to hire foreign players, as long as there was some kind of root towards the mother country. As a result, a team like Greece played with no, I repeat NO Greek born player on its roster during the 2021 European Championship. Many other countries also lured players from abroad to play for their national team. With this policy, Riccardo Fraccari claims to make the sport of baseball more poplular. But tell me, how this makes the game more popular when local players, who would have a shot at the national team without these imports, quit playing the game?
The next chapter in screwing our beautiful game was the cutting of the number of innings during international tournaments. So far, it hasn’t been implemented, but the intention was to start without after the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. Cutting the number of innings would make baseball more interesting for the International Olympic Committee to accept it as an Olympic sport again. Baseball as an Olympic sport, Is this all what Fraccari cares about? As long as the best players in the world (read MLB players) will not participate, Olympic baseball will be stillborn.
And then the final chapter…
The other day, GameTime Sport announced a deal with the WBSC regarding a new streaming platform that would offer baseball fans all over the world the best quality of baseball.
“Baseball and softball are played around the world all year round, and new and loyal fans of our sport want to watch our game year-round as well,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “That’s why the WBSC is launching a newly upgraded and powerful OTT platform, which will showcase the WBSC World Cup’s live and on-demand content, starting with the upcoming U-12 Baseball World Cup that opens at the end of the month. With this powerful platform, it will always be GameTime for baseball and softball fans around the world.”
But the “best” is yet to come…