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.
* 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.