Business Week: MLB Discusses World Series Winner Playing Japanese Champion
Dec. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Major League Baseball will continue talks next month on a plan that would pit the World Series winner against Japan’s champion.
Jim Small, MLB’s vice president for Asia, said at a media conference in Tokyo yesterday that MLB officials will meet with counterparts from Nippon Professional Baseball in January for a fourth round of discussions.
Any title series schedule would be complicated by cold weather, MLB free agency and competition from other sports for air time, Small said.
“When you really get into the details of it, it’s a difficult thing to see happening, but we continue to do it,” he said. “Not all those things are insurmountable, but they do create some issues.”
A matchup this year immediately after the World Series would have pitted teams from the milder climates of San Francisco and Chiba, east of Tokyo. ...
Oh my! This is going to send the purists over the edge.