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All The World's A Stage: Manfred Insists MLB's Commitment To WBC Is Strong

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 02 / 17 / 17

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday "dismissed speculation that the upcoming World Baseball Classic will be the final one," insisting that MLB's commitment to the event "remains strong," according to Shi Davidi of SPORTSNET.ca. Manfred reiterated that the 16-team tournament "still has...

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