The World Baseball Classic is an international baseball tournament that was created by Major League Baseball. Unlike the Olympics, the WBC features professional players. The first tournament was held in 2006, the second in 2009, and the third in 2013. From this point forward, the WBC will be held every four years, with the next one slated for 2017.
The World Baseball Classic has been traditionally held in March, right in the heart of MLB's spring training. This has created a conflict for many teams and players, debating if it is worthwhile to play in such a tournamnet rather than particpating in spring training.
Injuries, of course, are always a concern. In 2013, David Wright, Mets' third basemen, injured his back while training for the WBC. The Mets staff asked the USA team to stop playing him. Also in 2013, Hanley Rameriz, recently aquired Dodgers third basemen, hurt his thumb making a diving play in the WBC championship game. The injury could keep him out up two months.