"Should the top sumo wrestler in Japan not be considered the world champion, despite there being sumo in other countries?” asks Nathan Schwartzman. “National teams like those which compete in the Olympics or WBC [World Baseball Classic] are really just assemblages of talent tossed together for brief periods of time. Comparing national teams and professional teams is really apples and oranges.”
“Major League Baseball teams are ‘North American,’ but their players represent many countries. Close to 30 percent of players are not from the United States,” J writes. “Do the people in Korea who complain about American ‘arrogance’ know that so many players are not from North America? Korean and Japanese baseball leagues place limits on the number of foreign players that can play on a single team. The ‘arrogant’ American teams do not have such xenophobic policies. The MLB and its fans are more focused on the skill of players.”
put it best.