Derek and A-Rod and Robi Cano have all been granted permission to take part in next year’s baseball world cup, the World Baseball Classic, but ESPN.com is reporting that the Yankees have put the kibbosh on Jorge Posada’s plans to suit up for Puerto Rico, citing concerns about extra wear-and-tear and the potential for injury to their prize backstop. Given the general career trajectory of catchers, Jorge’s declining production, and the fact that his backup is, um, Kelly Stinnett, this would seem to be a wise business decision by the pinstripe brass. But it’s still rather unfortunate. We’re big believers in international tournaments, and would love to see the broadest possible participation.
Speaking of international tournaments, we’ll go off topic here to bemoan the crappy seeding of Team USA in that other world cup, the one where guys chase a ball around for 90 minutes, often to no avail. (We kid!) The US is stuck in a bracket with 2 powers (the Czechs and Italians), though it is ranked 8 in the world by FIFA, and therefore, by my understanding, deserved some kind of easier road. Apparently Harold Pinter was on the seeding committee. Feh.