All international sporting competitions are superb honors for the athletes involved, who represent their countries. Brining home Olympic gold is something that cannot be topped in the world of sports and baseball players have the same opportunity in their own version of the Games in the World Baseball Classic. However, these worldwide athletic competitions don’t do the athletes any favors regarding their respective professional athletic careers and that’s especially the case with Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
Team USA is blessed to have a player like Jones on its roster for the World Baseball Classic, but the Orioles have a different view on the matter. The problem with the World Baseball Classic is it takes place right in the middle of Spring Training and right before the start of the season. Players coming back from it need time to readjust to MLB play, but don’t get that, which results in lack of chemistry that would have been there otherwise and early burnout from the long MLB season due to the competition right before.
Jones had a spectacular 2012 MLB season, recording a career-high 32 home runs and 82 RBI, one short of his career high. The World Baseball Classic will undoubtedly hinder him from putting up those types of numbers in the 2013 MLB season, which is why the Orioles should push very hard for him to skip the international honor this time around.