WBC: MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred Wants More Star Pitchers In 2026 World Baseball Classic

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred wants more star pitchers in the 2026 World Baseball Classic as Angels star Shohei Ohtani inspires Japan to victory over Team USA.

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Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred was pleased with the excitement created by this year’s World Baseball Classic and has stated that he hopes the next contest three years from now will see a greater participation from some of the pitchers. game star.

‘It’s great guys we have,’ Manfred told a small scrum of reporters, ‘but I would like to see pitching staffs that are of the same quality as our position players.

‘It’s not lobbying. It’s having the facts behind it, that pitching in high-leverage situations like these is what really helps players develop.’

Due to the volatile health of many pitchers and the timing of the tournament, it has long been difficult for national teams to field some of the game’s best stars on the mound, yet Manfred and other league officials hope that MLB teams will soon become more open. to the idea

“We’ve talked about the time until you get a headache,” Manfred said. It’s just not the perfect time. We can’t really do it during the playoffs because a lot of players would be out.’

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred urged more star MLB pitchers to participate in the WBC

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred urged more star MLB pitchers to participate in the WBC

MLB's biggest star pitcher, Shohei Ohtani, participated in and won the WBC with Japan this year.

MLB's biggest star pitcher, Shohei Ohtani, participated in and won the WBC with Japan this year.

MLB’s biggest star pitcher, Shohei Ohtani, participated in and won the WBC with Japan this year.

We have talked about something in the middle of the season. I think overall, while it’s not perfect, this is probably the right place for it.

One of the reasons why MLB teams care about star players, especially pitchers who participate in the WBC, was seen recently when New York Mets star closer Edwin Diaz suffered an injury that likely ended the season while celebrating Puerto Rico’s victory over the Dominican Republic.

Diaz and the Mets had already been exercising caution by not allowing him to pitch on back-to-back days, however that apparently didn’t make a difference as he still suffered a torn patella tendon.

This year’s WBC was won by Japan in a close 3-2 game that concluded what most have called an outstanding tournament.

Coincidentally, Japan’s roster featured arguably the biggest star pitcher in all of baseball in Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani.

The Mets' Edwin Diaz became a perfect example of why many pitchers avoid the WBC as he celebrated Puerto Rico beating the Dominican Republic when he suffered a torn kneecap.

The Mets' Edwin Diaz became a perfect example of why many pitchers avoid the WBC as he celebrated Puerto Rico beating the Dominican Republic when he suffered a torn kneecap.

The Mets’ Edwin Diaz became a perfect example of why many pitchers avoid the WBC as he celebrated Puerto Rico beating the Dominican Republic when he suffered a torn kneecap.

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