While the growing international flavor of rosters in Major League Baseball lends some credence to the notion that each October's champion is truly the best team in the world, the game's rich history is sorely lacking in unequivocal international bragging rights. Enter the proposed World Baseball Classic. A World Cup-style tournament for 16 nations, the event would allow the world's best players to play for pride and country.
So will it work? Will players not used to playing for free be motivated to put it all on the line in the spring? And if so, who is the favorite? Will American depth win out, or will one of the star-studded lineups of Latin America emerge supreme?