World Baseball Classic with pay for Hanley Ramirez and Mark Teixeira injury time

Every cloud has a silver lining, even if it's just a couple dollars saved

3/25/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5235 respect

Feb 24, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez (13) takes a batting stance in the dugout during the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY SportsIf you asked the Yankees and Dodgers what they would prefer, they'd probably tell you that they would much rather have Hanley Ramirez and Mark Teixeira completely healthy.

Unfortunately for both teams, their stars are going to miss substantial time due to injuries suffered at the World Baseball Classic.

The good news is that the World Baseball Classic will be paying their salaries during the time that they're on the disabled list.

The WBC is funded mostly by Major League Baseball anyway, so now all 30 teams will basically be paying for the salaries of a couple injured players on the Dodgers and Yankees, easily the two richest teams in baseball.

This will continue to further the debate of whether or not teams should send their best players to represent their respective country in the WBC.

Should teams send their players to risk injury while playing for a different team? Of course players can get injured anytime, but why add risk when the players aren't really even doing anything to benefit their MLB team? What do you think?
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3/26/13   |   Dream_Machine   |   13460 respect

Depends all on who's paying the contract. If the certain player gets hurt during exhibition, at least he gets hurts doing what we expected him to do and be where we expected him to be at. It's not so an argument if he wasn't supposed to be there to begin with. If I was a MLB executive going forward, I'd put an "WBC Clause" in every contract to let these high priced athletes what they are being paid for. If they want to take a risk, get paid what it's worth while on that risk.

3/25/13   |   ML31   |   3675 respect

So very very tired of the idiotic "what if they get injured" argument.  What if Teixeira got hurt swinging fungos at Yankee camp?  In fact, he probably would have.  Players can get hurt playing exhibition games just as much as playing in a WBC game.  Personally, I feel if a player from my favorite team were going to get hurt I'd way rather it be in a game that means something like the WBC rather than in some worthless meaningless exhibition game.

Can we please put that idiotic injury argument to bed now?

3/25/13   |   mcleodglen   |   32 respect