I think a worldwide tournament is a good way to promote the game and it’s needed. But there is not a good time for such a tournament, that’s the problem. So you have games like yesterday, when Davey Johnson used eight pitchers against Venezuela because the game didn’t really count.
How are we supposed to take that seriously?
Here’s an answer: Seed the 16 teams like an NCAA tournament regional. Play best-of-three in the first round and the single-game elimination after that until the final, which would be best-of-three. Every game matters, people follow the bracket, you have a compelling tournament.
Potential seeding for this year:
6. Puerto Rico
16. South Africa
Thanks to Nick, who suggested I go to Barbers Inc. on North Dale Mabry to get a haircut. Great place. Barbers Inc. is a cool place. There are skateboard decks on the walls, good music on the speakers and a tattoo shop in the back. So I owe you one, Nick