You know I was wondering why can't they do the WBC in november. I went to three rounds of this year the WBC, tokyo, miami and LA and i was asking fans and tried to talk to some WBC officials about the timing. I had more luck with fans then official yet i spoke to a couple people. First of all the idea of doing it in all star game will not work, so matter what jason stark says, most people gave me 4 reasons.
1: If your a club team owner and you have a choice of either having your player get hurt in march or july in games that the club thinks are meaningless you rather in march. If Arod got hurt in july instead of march people would be freaking out.
2: You have to split the rounds play the first rounds in march, then do the later rounds in july. That breaks up team chemistry especially for teams like korea, Japan, netherlands and italy who do not play in the MLB. They have to fly back to their home country not see their teammates for a while then come back and expect to bond immediately.
3: Injuries, more then likely someone will get injured during that time and change the roster. People got mad that USA changed it's roster or adding on player imagine your are completely changing your roster.
Reason number only came from japanese fans and it was that if they do it in ALL STAR weekend japan might not get to see it team because it will probably be done in the USA. Because USA fans will not like to see all star weekend in japan.
Now about november, i first started asking fans and i will split by nationality
Japanese fans: The 2008 japan series was done in november from the 1st to the 9th. The climax series was done just a week before. Problem you are stopping the japanese league during playoffs. That momentum will be gone, you cannot stop for a month then finish the playoffs. Also the japanese season is already short and they do not want to see it shorten.
American fans: there was less concern about it being played in november some thought it was a good idea. A couple people said that people in the world series players should not be eligible and if the red sox are in the world series dice k, pedoria ortiz will not go. I can tell you most of the countries fans will be very angry. Japan is missing a national hero, pedoria probably the best 2nd baseman, ortiz national icon.
Latin american fans: sorry i grouped them in one group but i spoke to a lot of different people. This was split 50/50 pretty much. The concern was winter leagues though most people did not mind their winter leagues being interrupted they felt that many players would not go back to winter leagues and for some fans that is the only chance to see the players up close. Other felt players would be injured by the end of november and want to rest. Again there wasnt a resentment or a major favorable approvable.
Korean fans: the korean series began oct. 26 and ended the 31st again you would be interrupted the playoffs and also players in the series might not be eligible. And will not have practiced with the team. The most surprising note was the Konami Asia series comment one fan told me. He felt that it wasn't fair to suspend or greatly postpone the konami cup. He also felt that some korean players would have played the season, then go to the WBC, and if their teams wins the korean series then they have to play the asia series. Three major tournaments in a 2 month period for korea, and japan. This fan also felt if kbo has it change it's season so should MLB and NPB.
WBC officials: first none of these officials i believe have any real saying power in the WBC but just people who helped organize the tournament in the sense of getting the stadiums ready. Some said they think it might work others said march in the best time. The reason they liked march was because there is no major baseball in march, the weather works so that you can play in north american and japan. It is a great introduction for the pro seasons. Also players do not have to play after a trying season. they also said it was hard to schedule with all major leagues and most owners did like march.
All this information is not official but just questions i asked various people during my WBC trip. I dont know if november is better but after talking and thinking about it a lot march does seem like the only time.