Russell Martin may not have played in this year’s World Baseball Classic, but that won’t stop him from talking about it.

Ridiculed by fans and players alike since removing himself from Team Canada’s roster two weeks ago — after insisting on playing shortstop — the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher may feel that now it’s his turn to criticize. And he had much to say about the tournament itself recently.

“People are really adamant about the WBC,” the 30-year-old said after a spring training game in Bradenton. “But I feel like it has so many details that aren’t true to baseball.”

For one thing, Martin doesn’t agree with the strict pitch limit to which the tournament adheres.

As the official rules of the WBC states, no pitcher can exceed 65 pitches within the first round of competition, 80 within the second round, and 95 in the championship final.

“I feel like, if a pitcher isn’t potentially going nine innings and he’s your best pitcher, that’s not what baseball’s about,” Martin said. “An ace like CC Sabathia, for example. He’s good because he goes deep into ball games. He goes eight or nine innings every time.

“With the WBC, he throws maybe four innings and it’s left for someone else. That’s not how baseball works.”

As a 23-year-old with the L.A. Dodgers in 2006, Martin missed the first WBC, but did compete for Canada in 2009 when the boys in red failed to get past the opening round.