The WBC and New Baseball Rules -- from the Washington Football Team vs. Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. October 4, 2020 (All-Pro Reels Photography)
BLEAV Sports with Fred and The Fantastics
BLEAV Sports with Fred and The Fantastics
The WBC and New Baseball Rules

The World Baseball Classic has concluded with an unheard-of, record-setting 75 million viewers watching baseball in March. In the final matchup between Japan and the United States, Japan, undefeated in the tournament, clinched a third Championship trophy by beating the US team 3-2. Shohei Ohtani pitched for his home country, scoring the final out against his Angels teammate Mike Trout. Several athletes were injured during the elimination games leading up to the finals, meaning they will miss out on the beginning of the season. Since players have only had a few weeks of warm-up in Spring Training, should the tournament be moved to after the World Series instead of being played right before Opening Day and chancing season-disrupting injuries?

Will the three new rules in baseball – pitch clock, shift ban, and larger bases, in addition to the continuation of the ghost runner in extra innings – create more exciting games, or is the MLB messing with some of the integral parts of baseball?

The Lamar Jackson agent kerfuffle continues. Has he done himself a disservice in acting as his own representation instead of relying on an agent who would be more well-versed in advantageous ways to deal with management? To muddy the waters even further, was there also a fake/uncertified agent involved at some point? And Is the NFL trying to keep guaranteed contracts out of player negotiations?

The UCLA Bruins put up a fight against Mark Few’s Gonzaga Bulldogs in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16, ultimately losing the battle after a rally in the final minutes. Are the Zags positioned to win it all, or will the Elite Eight game be the end of the road?

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