Feb 19, 2013; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Mitchell Boggs (41) poses for a picture during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium. Image Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

World Baseball Classic should be held in the summer


With the United States losing to Puerto Rico on Friday, Mitchell Boggs returned to the Cardinals spring training camp. Yadier Molina and Carlos Beltran remain with the Puerto Rico team as they are in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic.


But it brings to point a great question. When is the right time to hold the World Baseball Classic? Pitchers are trying to build up their arm strength in the early weeks of spring training. Plus, with college basketball tournaments going on, baseball does not have the month to itself.

By holding the games in March, baseball has to compete with ESPN and the other sports networks for the ratings on television.

Look at this afternoon. St. Louis University is on CBS playing for the Atlantic 10 conference championship while the St. Louis Cardinals are playing in a spring training exhibition game on the MLB Network and Fox Sports Midwest. I would expect that CBS gets the higher ratings in the St. Louis market but then again, one never truly knows.

In all honesty, it would really be better for baseball to hold the World Baseball Classic in July after the All-Star break. It would take a two or two and a half week period to hold the games but instead of pushing the schedule into mid-October, all teams would have to do is hold several double headers during the season. In the month of July, there is no real competition on television with baseball like there is in March.

It would be better for the Cardinals if Yadier Molina was behind the plate this spring. Molina’s catching would be very instrumental for the development of pitchers such as Joe Kelly and Shelby Miller.

In minor league action yesterday, Carson Kelly is the Redbird Rants Minor League Player of the Day. Kelly went 1-for-2 at the plate yesterday with a 3-run home run for the Palm Beach Cardinals.

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  • john weitzman

    That has to be one of the more ridiculous ideas I have head to hold the Classic in July. Over a two week period your talking abut 12 games minimum missed. They can barley play a DH as it is in the season. Now your asking for 12 more. Not six for the 12 games BUT 12 because you have the regular season games as well. The season already ends to late as it is with all of these wild cards.
    If they where to change it, late Oct just after the World Series seems more logical. Not to mention that teams do not need a 2 week break in July.

    • http://twitter.com/DolphRudager Dolph Rudager

      John, would you want your season-fatigued hitters – especially pitching staff being stretched into November? I sure wouldn’t. Not for a Bud Selig creation designed to make money & my team’s players sprinkled all over the WBC.

  • http://twitter.com/DolphRudager Dolph Rudager

    While I like the idea of scheduled doubleheaders as a fan, but as a fan of pitchers first & hitters second, I think it stinks. Why? In a doubleheader, you have to basically burn through your entire bullpen plus 2 starters with one less day of rest. Worst case scenario – you have to use a reliever twice in a single day & you better hope for as little relief pitching as possible the next day.
    Playing this pointless exhibition WBC in March is the best case scenario, but a better one would be not to play it at all. This isn’t the NHL where they can shutdown the season for the Olympics; baseball is played out in the elements but even if it wasn’t, a 2-week shut down in the middle of the season could have disastrous results for hitters. If anything, MLB season needs to be shortened to a 154-game season again.