Prince Fielder in Communist China with MLB effort to promote baseball overseas, MLB eyes adding even more dates and travel to schedule-Bloomberg
Officials of both leagues will meet in January for a fourth round of discussions, Jim Small, MLB’s vice president for Asia, said at a media conference in Tokyo yesterday. Complicating any title series schedule
- would be cold weather, free-agency for MLB players and competition from other sports for airtime, he said.
“When you really get into the details of it, it’s a difficult thing to see happening, but we continue to do it,” Small said. “Not all those things are insurmountable but they do create some issues.” An NPB spokesman in Tokyo, who didn’t want to be identified, declined to comment on the talks.
A matchup this year would have pitted teams from the relatively milder climates of San Francisco and Chiba, east of Tokyo. Playing late-November games outdoors in cities such as Boston, Minneapolis or Sendai -- 200 miles (300 kilometers)
- north of Japan’s capital -- might be a tough sell to players.
“No!,” replied Prince Fielder when Small asked the two- time All-Star if he’d like to play a series in 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius).
- Fielder, who was at the media conference yesterday,
- is visiting China and Japan as part of
- MLB’s efforts to promote baseball overseas.
A competition with last year’s World Series winners the New York Yankees or 2008 champions Philadelphia Phillies would have meant playing in colder temperatures.
“We’ve literally gone back to look at 10 years of weather in New York and Philadelphia and other cold weather cities
- to see the first snowfall,” Small said."...
- (So Selig wasn't concerned about players having to play in cold weather after all....ed.)
- to Nov. 7, its earliest start, Small said.
Uribe signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Huff took a two-year, $22 million contract with the Giants
- on Nov. 23.
- might have been without shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
The 2010 Japan batting champion was offered to Major League teams under NPB’s so-called posting system at the end of the season and is in negotiations with the Minnesota Twins.
- The largest challenge is convincing the broadcasters, Small said.
- The next staging will be in March 2013. Japan won the competition in 2006 and 2009.
- 12/16/10, "MLB Seeks `Real World Series' With Japan's Baseball Champions," Bloomberg, Stuart Biggs