The headline is, "Players, Owners to Hold WBC Again in 2009," by of course Ronald Blum of AP. But the story doesn't reflect that statement.
- From the article: "We think the Classic was a positive experience, and expect to be able to reach an appropriate agreement with the clubs," said Gene Orza, the chief operating officer of the players' association."
SO THE CLUBS/OWNERS HAVE NOT AGREED TO THE WBC.
- BUT GENE ORZA ONCE AGAIN, ACCOUNTABLE TO NO ONE, USES THE EVERYDAY SALES TECHNIQUE OF SAYING IT'S A DONE DEAL WHEN IT'S REALLY NOT.
As I documented on this blog during the time of the 2006 WBC, despite assertions to the contrary, US players were not uniformly subjected to WADA drug tests--in fact, officials from that organization, which is totally corrupt like all so-called "world" agencies, have said so, and had incomplete documentation from MLB to begin with.
- So, if WADA approval is a stipulation, there's absolutely no guarantee it'll be granted, as it did not approve this year's WBC.
Again, Orza doesn't come out and say he wants to make millions by robbing fans of their players at the beginning of the season, but that's what he's saying.