2013 Reds / World Baseball Classic

World Baseball Classic notes

Of note to Cincinnati fans are these items:

Joey Votto will be on Canada’s roster for the WBC:

That does not mean he will definitely play.

“As far as playing, I’m going to have to wait until the day before to decide,” Votto said.

Stay tuned. I really, really hope Votto doesn’t play. After last year’s injury, I’d prefer Votto put as little stress as possible on his body.*

Johnny Cueto will not be playing in the World Baseball Classic:

Johnny Cueto’s agent, Bryce Dixon, tweeted this: “The Reds exercised right to disallow Cueto’s participation in WBC as he finished on DL. Despite his desire to play, he respects their decision.”

I respect that decision by the Reds as well, because it’s an outstanding decision.

–As far as I know, Brandon Phillips and Alfredo Simon are the only two Reds who are definitely participating in the WBC.

*Of course, keep in mind that I’m not a doctor. I only play one on TV the internet.

11 thoughts on “World Baseball Classic notes

  1. I have to respectfully disagree, I wish they all were playing in the WBC. Accidents and injuries can happen at any time as evidenced by Aaron Boone, Joba Chamberlain, and Carl Pavano. Votto’s injury occurred during a regular season game, Madson’s occurred during spring training. I guess I don’t see playing in the WBC as being any riskier than anything else.

  2. And to follow up, if Votto’s knee is too fragile to be playing baseball at this stage (5 weeks until opening day) then there is a something amiss.

  3. I feel the opposite about Joey’s participation. By all accounts his knee is 100% healthy.

    Last season he was forced to play gimpy. His approach – everything from the amount of weight he put on that leg to his first steps out of the batters box – changed.

    The idea of Joey playing live game action with some competitive pressure seems like just what the doctor ordered in terms of correcting some potential ‘bad habits’ he may have developed in protecting that knee last year.

    • I feel the opposite about Joey’s participation.By all accounts his knee is 100% healthy.

      Joey himself has steadfastly refused to say the knee is 100%. The only person who has said the knee is 100% was Marty during a Hot Stove broadcast this winter. Until he’s willing to say that then I am concerned about the knee and wish he wasn’t participating!

      • Seems like the WBC is the only way Joey Votto can prove to fans that he’s feeling alright before April.

        Joey himself has steadfastly refused to say the knee is 100%.The only person who has said the knee is 100% was Marty during a Hot Stove broadcast this winter.Until he’s willing to say that then I am concerned about the knee and wish he wasn’t participating!

        How are you feeling today? 100%? 92%? 75%? I’m probably around 80%, I’m a little tired. Putting a percentage score on your health is pretty silly though. Joey Votto has insisted he’s fine, as have the doctors.

        • How are you feeling today?100%?92%?75%?I’m probably around 80%, I’m a little tired.Putting a percentage score on your health is pretty silly though.Joey Votto has insisted he’s fine, as have the doctors.

          I had a minor surgical procedure earlier this winter. Doctors and nurses repeatedly asked me to rate my pain level from 1 to 10 which is essentially putting a percentage score on your health. Those doctors and nurses can be pretty silly though redsfanman. What do they really know compared to your expertise?

          For decades, athletes, trainers, and sports med doctors have used the percentage rating as a valuable measure of ability to come back to pre-injury performance levels. But, I guess they’re all just silly too.

          Where has Joey insisted that he’s fine? I read just a week ago that Joey says the knee is improving but when asked if it felt as good as last spring he said it didn’t according to John Fay. Is that “fine”? It’s not in my book, but it would probably be silly to expect him to be fully recovered 5+ months after a minor knee surgery. As recently as yesterday Dusty was saying he was still making calculated movements rather than natural movements. But, it’s probably silly to think that a fully healthy knee would allow for natural movement.

          By the way, I’m 100% today…..but maybe a little silly.

  4. I’d like to see Joey play, but I’m glad he is not. I love Brandon representing America. I am very, very happy that Johnny is not pitching. There is no need to add pitches to his yearly workload. I like the idea of the WBC a lot, but it seems like the timing/execution could be a lot better. To be fair, I don’t have many better ideas. Maybe play in warm climates in the winter?

  5. I should clarify what I said about Joey. I don’t think that he’ll play, which I’m not upset about, but I can see the upside to live pressure situations before the season begins, like someone else said.

  6. Why don’t they play this WBC in November after the World Series?? I hate that it disrupts spring training. It is a useless event.

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