Americans love to play baseball but there is just something about other countries that bring out the worst in American baseball players. So we turn to our professionals in the 2006 World Baseball Classic that was newly created to bring the game of baseball to more countries and allow other countries that do not normally make it very far in international baseball competition to compete. Surely our Major Leaguers could play this newly created tournament that had the championships scheduled to be played on American soil. Among a field that included teams many had never seen before from countries such as South Africa and the Netherlands the United States was sure to stand as a giant among men. The United States finished in 8th place in the World Baseball Classic and failed to even qualify for the semifinal round as their overall record of 3-3 dropped them down in their pool standings with only Mexico standing between the United States and dead last place.
It is strange for an American to watch our boys of summer get bested by teams from countries like Japan, Cuba, and Korea. After all the Americans taught those countries how to play so how did the student become better than the teacher? Here is something else to consider, when these top players from other parts of the world come to play in American Major League Baseball why do so many of them fail? The really strange thing is that many of these international teams that are beating up on American international baseball are made up of the players that were rejected by American Major League Baseball.
You could make a case that American college baseball, where the players for the Olympic teams come from, is not as advanced as American major league baseball. If you make that case then how do you explain the 2006 World Baseball Classic? Most of the top teams in that tournament were made up of MLB players or rejected MLB players and all of the top teams had just as much preparation time as the other teams did. This was not a case of the Japanese team practicing together for years because many of the Japanese players are fro m American MLB teams and they only had a month or two to practice as a Japanese national team. It is a problem that will haunt Americans until superiority is finally established by American International baseball. Until then Americans can only wait and watch.