“As I’ve said before, we made that suggestion for the owners for 2013. They decided not to accept it and that’s fine. I expect we’ll have further discussions. But at this point we’ll get a consensus among the players and it will be 2014 before there is any modification.”
On players not being excited about playing in the World Baseball Classic, Weiner said, “I’ve also been around long enough to know that sometimes the player doesn’t want to play and the club winds up taking the fall for that.
“But I also understand that there are a whole lot of situations this year where the player really wanted to play and the club put pressure on him not to play, whether that was a US player, and that’s unfortunate. It’s still going to be a great tournament. When you look at quality of players involved, there’s some great players — MVPs, Cy Youngs — but there’s room for improvement of participation.”