I have a lot of respect for the enthusiasm and fundamentals that Japanese baseball brings to the game but, please, should they really be considered the best at any kind of tournament involving baseball internationally?
This reminds me so much of what Olympic basketball used to be like before the United States began sending professionals. The US sent college players to keep it competitive. Once the US started sending so-called "Dream Teams," the Olympic sport became a mockery.
The other issue I have with the World Baseball Classic is that the current major leagues is already international. The best in the world come to play here in the US. Many of our has-beens go and play in places like Japan.
Hideki Matsui, an icon of Ruthian proportions in Japan, was just a good player in the US, but nothing more. The US once famously sent the very average-at-best Walter "No Neck" Williams to Japan in the seventies and he suddenly became a star.
So really, let's just have the World Series and call it a day when crowning a baseball champion. The WBC is nothing more than an exhibition and yet another way that merchandisers can make a buck.