Selig dreams of true World Series

By | March 16, 2013 11:47 pm | 0 Comments

 

MLB commissioner Bud Selig hopes to someday see a “true World Series.”

He envisions the champion of MLB taking on the champion of Japan or Europe, for example. Selig said as much during the early stages of this month’s World Baseball Classic:

The goal here is to internationalize the sport. This is what we’re trying to do. In my judgment if we do it right, you won’t recognize the sport in a decade.

We’ll look back on this in retrospect one day and we’ll see a sport that is legitimately a worldwide sport. Is this doing what we set out to do? You bet it is.

As fun as the WBC is to watch, it’s a tall order to think that the MLB Players’ Union would allow Selig to stretch the season further for the Series champ. Adding the extra international round would probably be a sticking point in contract discussions.

Also, Selig already has said baseball probably won’t re-enter the Olympics, which is another possible international avenue for the sport. The IOC likely would show interest in bringing baseball back if major leaguers would play. Selig has said that is not likely to happen.

–Tony Battaglia

 

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