Brewers GM Doug Melvin has 15 of his players playing in the WBC. (QMI Agency/photo)
Doug Melvin grew up in a much smaller world.
Maybe that’s why he’s out in front of his fellow general managers when it comes to player participation — his players — in the World Baseball Classic.
With 15 Brewers on provisional WBC rosters, Melvin’s Milwaukee Brewers had more than any other club.
“Without money generated from this tournament some smaller countries might have to shut down their baseball federations,” said the Chatham, Ont., born Melvin. “When our guys ask me I tell them what a good idea the tournament is, it helps spread the game.”
Not every GM, assistant GM, farm director, share Melvin’s opinion. The commissioner’s office has instructed every team to make its players eligible as long as they are healthy.
Yet there are plenty of “go if you want, but we’re giving your innings to someone else, you decide” or “nothing is guaranteed when you come back,” discouraging lines.