While Korea's national team has made huge strides, its domestic game is suffering. And it probably will get worse.
The nation of Japan would be devastated if Daisuke Matsuzaka failed to reach an agreement with the Red Sox.
Japan proved it didn't need a host of major leaguers to win the first World Baseball Classic.
In Sunday's Pool A finale of the World Baseball Classic, Japan felt the Korean boom.
A procession of major-league pitchers helped Korea hold off bitter Asian rival Chinese Taipei 2-0 in the WBC opener on Friday.