For better, for worse
It's a shame that the World Baseball Classic is not getting the exposure in the U.S. it deserves. I think most media outlets are missing the boat, spending as much time on spring training coverage as they do on the WBC. The competition is compelling. Take Tuesday for example, when the United States staged a 3-run ninth-inning rally to beat Puerto Rico in an elimination game.
Not everyone is a fan of the WBC, however. Major league managers don't like having their best players separate from the rest of the team for spring training. They also worry about the risk of injury from players pressing before they are in "game-shape." This last concern is something that fantasy owners have to ponder.
There were a rash of rib/abdominal/oblique injuries on the U.S. team. Let's examine those players as well as anyone whose fortunes were affected by the WBC. If their long-term prospects are intact or improved, they are for better.