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MLB: Should MLB Champ and Japan's NPB Champ Face Off In True "World Series"?

Benny LeoContributor IDecember 18, 2010

Holding a "True World Series" may give Americans a chance to see the next Hideki Matsui.
Holding a "True World Series" may give Americans a chance to see the next Hideki Matsui.Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The MLB wants to pit their champion against Japan's NPB Champion to have a "True World Series." According to Jim Small, MLB’s vice president for Asia, says that representatives of both leagues will meet in January for discussions.

The series would give Americans a chance to see Japanese players who may play in America in the future, as well as give the leagues familiarity with each other.  However, as Small says, “When you really get into the details of it, it’s a difficult thing to see happening, but we continue to do it.  Not all those things are insurmountable, but they do create some issues.”

One problem is the weather in late November, when the Series would likely take place.  Prince Fielder, who is currently on a goodwill tour of Asia, had one word to say about playing baseball in below freezing temperatures: "No!"

Another problem is TV coverage.  The Series would be held in football, hockey, and basketball season.  Networks such as ESPN would have to turn down national games to broadcast the Series.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle, however, is fatigue.  A player who plays over 170 games in seven short months is already worn, and up to seven more might cause injury.  The other problem is that the tired players may not play at their best.

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Should there be a "True World Series?" Does it determine a true champion?  Or is it just unnecessary baseball?  Leave your thoughts in the comments.

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