Friday, November 03, 2006

Play China?

Do they know enough about baseball in China to hate the Yankees?

Selig Sees a Billion Reasons to Open a Season in China
As Commissioner Bud Selig stood on the field at Japan’s Tokyo Dome in 2004, he spoke excitedly about the importance of continuing to expand Major League Baseball internationally. Selig was not specific, but geographically speaking, he was peeking even farther west.

Eventually, Selig hopes to announce that baseball will hold its season opener in China, perhaps as early as 2008. If baseball officials arrange that, they would be staging the first major league games there a few months before Beijing plays host to the 2008 Olympics.

Bob DuPuy, baseball’s president, said in an e-mail response that the time frame was contingent on a baseball facility in China being completed. The best outcome for baseball would be for the facility to be completed in time for the 2008 opener.


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