thedude wrote:BJSFAN123 wrote:silverZ wrote:It's glorified spring training. Enjoy it for what it is. If managers didn't agree to get everyone at bats and have pitchers on strict pitch counts there would be even less talent coming from MLB.
That's the other thing, the tournament is at an awful time..you have hitters still getting their timing down and pitchers just getting back in the groove of things. You're seeing the best players when they aren't at their best.
No one treats this like spring training. There are pitch counts, but the batters usually play an entire game. You see substitutions occasionally, but not the mass exodus like in ST games. Pitchers concentrate on trying to get hitters out instead of just throwing fastballs or trying out new pitches. Players actually play to win the games.
Hence the "glorified" spring training. Sure, the players care and nationalism is a powerful motivator, but the MLB/NPB casts a shadow over every decision made by team USA. If no country is putting it's full force behind winning you can never expect it to be taken seriously as the World Cup or the Olympics.