Felix Hernandez to skip the World Baseball Classic

  • David Whitlock

Credit: AP/Alan Diaz

According to his representatives, Felix Hernandez is going to pass on the World Baseball Classic because of his impending contract deal (5 year extension worth $135.5M by most reports).  At first glance, you might think it was part of the agreement for him to not pitch.  But in reality, there are still details of the deal to be worked out, and the Hernandez camp does not want to risk the agreed-to money by participating in the tournament.

The former Cy Young Award winner is coming off another All Star campaign in which he tossed a Perfect Game.  Certainly one of the more impressive stats for Felix is that he is still only 26 and has thrown four straight seasons of 33 starts and 230 innings or more.  But you would hate to have some WBC stress lead to anything bad for his potential Hall of Fame career.

This blog may have to reshuffle initial projects that had Venezuela bringing home the hardware.  Which was, indeed, based upon Hernandez ability to win the big games with Venezuela stacking their rotation accordingly.

Unfortunately, it’s another “ding” in an imperfect system for this tournament.  There’s no good time of year to have it, too many stars skip out (it just hasn’t reached soccer or rugby world cup status yet in terms of glory for country).

I hope that one day, all the best players come out and represent their country and we can get a true measure of world baseball talent as well as a darn entertaining show!

-Dave (@lhd_on_sports)

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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