Adrian Gonzalez’s World Baseball Classic comments did not fall on deaf ears

first_imgMexico, Italy and Venezuela all finished 1-2 in pool play. Only two teams could advance to a do-or-die tiebreaker game. Because Mexico allowed the most runs per inning of the three teams, it was eliminated.Gonzalez said the general manager for Team Mexico tried seven times to get clarification from WBC officials about this rule prior to its final game, each time without success.“Those of you who work in stadiums know that sometimes, when you get close to game time, it’s not easy to get exactly the person you want at the time you want them,” Manfred said.Tony Clark, the head of the MLB Players’ Association, said he spoke with Gonzalez about his comments.“We understood the comments that Adrian made and did have dialogue with Adrian understanding where those comments came from and why they came in the fashion that they did,” Clark said, “and are confident that as the tournament moves forward and that as our game moves forward, that Adrian’s support and his place in the game are in a good place.” The WBC is a joint effort between the MLB, the MLBPA and other global administrative bodies for baseball.Excess blonde ambitionThe Associated Press reported that pharmacies and beauty stores across Puerto Rico are running out of hair dye.Players and coaches for Team Puerto Rico dyed their hair blonde at the outset of the WBC in an act of team bonding. Fans who attended Puerto Rico’s games in Mexico, San Diego and Los Angeles soon followed suit.The trend spiked on the island territory after Puerto Rico beat The Netherlands in 11 innings Monday at Dodger Stadium, according to the report.Quick hitsManfred said he could not offer “a really firm answer” as to whether another WBC will be played in 2021, one year after baseball returns to the Olympics in 2020. … Team USA manager Jim Leyland made his postgame plans early Wednesday. “I’ve got to get up at 4 o’clock in the morning to catch a flight to Lakeland, Florida (to be) with the Tigers,” he said. … Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> It’s too early to define the full legacy of the 2017 World Baseball Classic, but a tweak to the tournament’s tiebreaker procedures might be part of it.Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred, speaking prior to the WBC championship game at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday, wouldn’t rule out changing a confusing tiebreaker procedure that ultimately eliminated Team Mexico in the first round.“We’ll sit down and … talk about the event, talk about the way we broke ties, talk about the format, see if there’s something you can do with the format that avoids tiebreaker rules that are not often used in our game,” Manfred said, “and that will be a conversation that will take place over the next four years.”That ought to come as good news to Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. The star player for Team Mexico vowed never to take part in the WBC again, and compared the WBC to the Little League World Series, after tournament officials shifted blame to the media for failing to communicate the proper tie-breaking procedure.last_img

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