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Bud Selig: You won't recognize baseball in a decade

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09:03 AM ET 03.09 | Since it is one of the signature initiatives of his time as commissioner, it's not surprising that Bud Selig is very bullish on the World Baseball Classic. But in an impromptu press conference during Friday night's Mexico-U.S. game, Selig explained further what he hopes the WBC will bring to baseball. In his mind, it's a step towards an eventual "true World Series." To further explain, Selig elaborated. "Someday you get the United States vs. Japan as an example." He was talking MLB vs. Nippon Professional Baseball. The WBC is where you could still see the U.S. vs. Japan, and to Selig the World Baseball Classic is a big step towards that broader goal. As he sees it, the interest in Europe, South America and Asia is growing because of the World Baseball Classic. Whether it ever becomes a bigger deal in the U.S. seems incidental to Selig's goals. "The goal here is to internationalize the sport," Selig said. "This is what we're trying to do. In my judgement 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. If this doing what we set out to do? You bet it is."

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March 9, 2013  09:07 AM ET

Keep Dreaming, Bro.

March 9, 2013  09:20 AM ET

Great idea, the Rays could then relocate to Hong Kong and people might go to their games.

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March 9, 2013  09:33 AM ET

A baseball version of the UEFA Champions League, brilliance!

March 9, 2013  09:44 AM ET

Don't worry, Bud. We'll still recognize baseball without you looming over the game.

March 9, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Is he not smart enough to understand that the fan base of MLB doesn't want the game internationalized?

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March 9, 2013  10:31 AM ET
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Is he not smart enough to understand that the fan base of MLB doesn't want the game internationalized?

Exactly, 'internationalizing' baseball does not seem at all interesting. I like it the way it is.

March 9, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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Exactly, 'internationalizing' baseball does not seem at all interesting. I like it the way it is.

Further, if it failed in Canada, why would it work anywhere else?

March 9, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Exactly, 'internationalizing' baseball does not seem at all interesting. I like it the way it is.

It's a classic case of fixing what isn't broken.

March 9, 2013  10:59 AM ET

A decade? The rest of the World won't be the same in a decade

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March 9, 2013  11:19 AM ET
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Exactly, 'internationalizing' baseball does not seem at all interesting. I like it the way it is.

If you look at any MLB roster, you'll see baseball is already internationalized.

March 9, 2013  11:52 AM ET
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why won't we recognize it?will all the roided out guys shrink back form hulk size to normal humanoid shape?

one strictly point,,,its all about money,,somebody forgot about the game, been played as a sport and nothing else.....

March 9, 2013  11:55 AM ET
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plus- who the hell wants to or can watch a game at like 3-4 in the morning? I have enough trouble watching west coast games.

if a franchise from the majors,get to play in china or japan? all the fans from those country's likely be the lucky fans at the end,,plain and simple!!!

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