Everyone knows why Major League Baseball is so high on the World Baseball Classic, and just about everyone working in the industry knows the important talking points about the social and economic benefits of globalizing the sport.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter obviously knows them and starts just about every conversation about the upcoming tournament with the same preamble.
"People smarter than me are trying to grow the game globally," Showalter said again on Monday. "It's a reminder that we're not in this alone. When we say these are the best players in the world, it is the world."
That's true, of course, and there is certainly a lot to be said...