By Joe McDonald at 9 March, 2013, 3:27 am
While meeting with the media during Team USA’s World Baseball Classic opener against Mexico on Friday night, commissioner Bud Selig discussed his ultimate goals for the tournament and his long-term visions for the game as a whole.
Among them, he hopes and believes, will be a time when the game crowns a true world champion through a legitimate ‘World’ Series.
J.J. Cooper of Baseball America has the quotes:
"What is the final goal long after I'm gone? The thought of having a real world Series and the interest in the world I can't even imagine," Selig said. "Yes it has economic potential that is huge, but from a sociological standpoint that is greater."
As an example, Selig cited a series between the champions of Major League Baseball facing the champions of Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan.
"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. Is this doing what we set out to do? You bet it is."
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Selig's desire to take the game global really isn‘t a big secret, so while the comments here are certainly interesting, they aren't all that surprising. And as he acknowledges, we’re a long, long way from his final goal becoming realistic, but he obviously believes progress is being made.