Originally Posted by Mr. Jinx
I've been a big fan too, but they really need to do something about the rules for playing for a country. The "Italian" team is a joke as half that roster is American anyway.
I also wondered why the Netherlands gets to use players from their territories but there are separate US and Puerto Rican teams? I don't really care on that point, just find it odd.
I think they needed to "jump start" some of the countries with a very low level of development of their baseball programs (primarily Europe)- I think right now a player can go back as far as 3 generations to choose USA vs. another country- I would think over time- that would start to change and probably look more like the approach the Olympics take.