The Yankees are World Series champions, to be sure, but could they also be champions of the world?
A report in a Japanese newspaper today says that Bud Selig is interested in having the champions of MLB play the Japanese league champions in a sort of Global Championship Series. The story says that Selig and Japanese commissioner Ryozo Kato discussed the concept during meetings in Milwaukee, and that Selig has told Kato that he would like to see the “Global World Series” (step 1: find a better name) before the end of his term in 2012.
To me, this sounds like a great idea, albeit with a few sizable questions that need answering:
1. When is the series played? If it’s in November, or right after the season ends, then great; if it’s another one of these spring training situations (a la the WBC), then why bother?
2. Where would the games be held? Jet-lag is, obviously, an issue, but holding it in a neutral country would just deny the fan bases in both countries. I’d think it would have to be an alternating set-up, with the series in Japan one year and then here the next.
3. Most importantly, would people watch? Would you?
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