Tickets go on sale today for the World Baseball Classic, Major League Baseball's long-promised international tournament. It will field teams from 16 countries into four pools with the semifinal and championship games in San Diego in late March.
As I scanned the country list, I noticed Chinese Taipei as well as China. The real controversy, it turns out, is over the Cuban team, Meghan Clyne reports in the New York Sun. Cuban-Americans are upset that Castro will be staffing the team. My first inclination is to let him send his best players to Puerto Rico (Cuba's first two pool locations) and then to San Diego. That allows ample opportunity for defections.