MLB vs Nippon? A True World Series?.

Well, Bud Selig’s tenure as the Commish will end in 2012 and, of course, he feels he has to leave a legacy…I thought he had already accomplished that.

This will have to be ratified by the players union as well so I don’t really see it happening by the year 2012 but I think it will eventually happen and, more importantly, its fun to talk about.

A few problems that I see tho’:

1. As Tom Hanks said, “There’s no crying in baseball.” …well, apparently the Japanese do allow crying in baseball and they also allow tie games. The only people over here who agree with tie games are Joe Torre and Bud Selig and that’s only in the event of an All-Star game that has been mismanaged and, in which case, the rulebook would need to be re-written the following off-season.

2. Japan: As well as using smaller players, they also apparently use harder smaller tighter wound balls, play in smaller dimensions, pitch to a smaller oblong strike zone, and only play a 144 game season as compared to MLB’s 162 game season.

3. Japan also will only allow 4 foreign players per team to participate. That could get really messy. I guess its Japans answer to a salary cap.

4. Contract stipulations: Everyone knows Japan is a 2-x defending WBC champion…and we have sent some really good guys over to compete in the WBC. But our guys are usually older, haven’t had the benefit of going through spring training (as opposed to their players who are generally upon completion of their season and in top form), …and are of course, off of their game a bit and subject to injury.

A lot of clubs frown upon their players choosing to participate in the WBC. Why allow your franchise player to travel abroad when he isn’t in playing shape yet to compete in a world-wide tournament that could ultimately leave him injured and leave you and your team holding the bag when it comes to explaining to fans why you wont win this year, even though the year hasn’t started yet, …but yet, they should come out to the park anyway?? (pretty long question, I know, but still pertinent.)

Now granted, I don’t think Selig will get this passed by the year 2012, with all this garbage we have to contend with, rules, finances, players union, etc…it may not get passed by 3012…but I do think it will eventually happen and I really want it to happen. Once the first domino falls then Venezuela, Cuba, Korea, other countries could follow suit.

The WBC has tried, and I like it…but it is not and never will be the proper format to be considered a true World Series.

I would love to have a true World Series.

Would you?

* Minor footnote to this post:

SEC wins yet another NCAA championship. Way to go Tide, first time I have ever rooted for you in my life and hopefully the last.

Go Vols!

20 comments to MLB vs Nippon? A True World Series?.

  • YodaJediGeneral

    1st. Selig’s tenor could not end soon enough! It’s time to move on. We need someone who will recognize the real problems and deal with them.
    2nd. I am really not a big fan of MLB Champs vs Nippon Champs. I dont think it would be a contest! Pujols or Tex or whoever would be hitting balls out onto okinawa. It would be unfair. They dont want our players but yet we are willing to take theirs, imagine what a primier slugger about 2 years out of his prime in the MLB could do in Japan. They wont allow us to come dominate their league!
    3rd. This wont get passed in the near future, who would actually watch it? Ratings are down and I dont think this would be the draw they are looking for!
    4th. I wish MLB would follow what the NFL and NCAAF do. They need to reach the younger market better and increase ratings!
    5th. Bama probably had the best ratings for TV in a long time last night, that game had it all! The SEC is 6 and 12 in BCS Championship games! You can not compete with the SEC, I hate bama but damn they are good, Saban is the man and is worth every dime they pay him.

  • jadarm

    Yeah, I agree, Saban is da shiznit!

    …I will definitely stay on the Lane Train for a few more years tho’

  • YodaJediGeneral

    I dont think the SEC has ever lost a BCS Championship game!

    What about Big Mac coming back as a coach and now we are hearing about him being activated as a DH late in the season! He needs to come out and tackle the roids issue head on and regain his good name and maybe he will have a shot at the Hall.

  • jadarm

    LaRussa is only hyping his protege in advance. He knows Mark is eventually going to have to be forthcoming about his use of steroids as he was Canseco’s teammate for a long time and his name was plastered all over Canseco’s book.

    LaRussa also stated previously, before the steroid allegations ever took place, that he could “see” and “feel” the baseball and felt that it was “wound tighter” than previous baseballs and that was the reason for the prolific offensive explosions of the 90′s….of course! That’s it! It was MLB’s way of boosting the offensive numbers in order to get the fan base back on track after the strike!

    Actually, we might could thank McGwire and Sosa for this, …but more importantly we could thank Cal Ripken.

    I don’t agree with everything Cal did. If you are hurt, and refusing to let the team doctors examine you, …well then my good friend, record or no record, you are hurting the team.

    Still, Cal changed the game.

    Only time will tell how the PED era will change our reflections on the HOF and how purists actually view the holy grail of all sports….MLB stats!

  • I was proud to see Alabama win but I swear when the score got to 24-21 I was about half hoping that Texas would pull it off due to the way Alabama had started just trying to run the clock out after McCoy went down. I have never seen such a half assed offensive effort in my life. McElroy looked like it was the first time he had ever played quarterback and the offensive line looked like they were bored to tears.

    I told my brother two weeks ago that McCoy would never finish the game but it never occurred to me that he would go down as early as he did.

  • jadarm

    Yeah, I understand. I think that Saban was just trying to run the clock out though and put pressure on the rookie QB.

    He had the slippery thing in his hand and didn’t want to take any chances with it.

    Saban is awesome…so is the Tide.

    …according to Rivals UT has the 7th ranked recruiting class of 2010…and from what I hear, …Kiffin has been going on a tear here recently trying to recruit 5-star players that have already committed to other programs.

    Good luck Lane, …and

    Go Vols!

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