- Carlos Beltran** – Puerto Rico
- Carlos Delgado* – Puerto Rico
- Pedro Feliciano – Puerto Rico
- Alex Cora* – Puerto Rico
- Oliver Perez* – Mexico
- Jose Reyes* – Dominican Republic
- Francisco Rodriguez** – Venezuela
- David Wright – USA
- J.J. Putz** – USA
*player currently on DL
**player suffering from injury of some degree
Above is a list of New York Mets that appeared in the World Baseball Classic. Notice a trend?
Obviously, Cora’s injury cannot be linked to the WBC. For the other players, though, something could be made of their injuries and their connection to the WBC.
The quick jump into competitive baseball after months off, to common logic, seems like a bad idea. There needs to be more time for the players to condition themselves and shake the rust off.
I like the WBC. It’s a good idea, just poorly implemented. I don’t have an answer or solution, but teams might want to take a better look at which players they allow to participate.
Hat tip to The Mets Police for bringing this to my attention.