Another Best on Best world event is being put to the test.
Two of Canada’s baseball stars, Russell Martin and Michael Saunders, will not play for Canada at the upcoming World Baseball Classic in Miami next month.
Insurance complications will prevent Martin from playing, while Saunders just signed a $9-million contract with the Phillies.
At that price, the Phils want Saunders’ priority to be his major league team.
That’s understandable. But when stars like this aren’t participating, you don’t have Best on Best.
Hockey’s version of Best on Best is in jeopardy at the Olympics, because of the almighty dollar as well.
Best on Best is no match for big money. Players may not like this, but employers should have the final say.
Players get paid well in every pro sport – they are assets.
Owners can’t be faulted for protecting those assets by limiting their involvement in international competition, no matter the sport.