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I think Major League Baseball has gone mad. London is one of the front-runners. LONDON! LONDON! England doesn't know a thing about baseball.

They should instead play in Italy or the Netherlands, since those are the only European countries that have even a hint of a Baseball following.

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That's the point - to being the game to areas that aren't exactly hotbeds. London's an inspired choice.

And saying England doesn't know anything about baseball, especially in the age of the Internet, is a very ignorant comment. MLB games are broadcast over there on a regular basis. ESPN does have an international network, you know. I'm sure they don't broadcast soccer 24/7.

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Not to mention, London is hosting Olympic Games without baseball in 2012. The MLB leadership is trying to sow seeds in London in advance of the Olympics, hoing to get back into the Games (at least with non-major leaguers).

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That's the point - to being the game to areas that aren't exactly hotbeds. London's an inspired choice.

And saying England doesn't know anything about baseball, especially in the age of the Internet, is a very ignorant comment. MLB games are broadcast over there on a regular basis. ESPN does have an international network, you know. I'm sure they don't broadcast soccer 24/7.

You are right. In Switzerland and Argentina I watched baseball in ESPN International without any trouble.

Right here in Argentina, I can watch ESPN baseball games Wednesday and Sunday nights. Argentina is a soccer lover country with its share of rugby, basket and car racing fans and Switzerland has ski and (ice) hockey fans but there everyone can watch baseball.

Ah... don't forget that in Europa if you want to watch some games in live... you must stay up all night late because it's from 4 to 6 hours later of NYC / Boston.

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Not to mention, London is hosting Olympic Games without baseball in 2012. The MLB leadership is trying to sow seeds in London in advance of the Olympics, hoing to get back into the Games (at least with non-major leaguers).

Well, they can't get the games back for the 2012 olympics so that can't be a reason London is a favorite. Baseball could come back in 2016 as it looks like an American City will host. Baseball is obviously popular here.

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I think Major League Baseball has gone mad. London is one of the front-runners. LONDON! LONDON! England doesn't know a thing about baseball.

Accually, thats not true. My best friend's older brother played baseball in Europe. First for a team in Germany than for a team in the United Kingdom. He says that although baseball isnt HUGE there like it is in America of course, it is growing and growing very fast. He said that many times there were more fans at the games in the UK than there were at the games in Germany

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Okay, I'll admit, my first impressions were pretty rushed to conclusion.

But I'm wondering how how they'd be able to find any stadiums. The Oval, for example, would have a roughly 400 feet to left field, 390 to Right and a ridiculously far away, 460 to dead center. They could erect temporary fences to fix center field, but.....

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Okay, I'll admit, my first impressions were pretty rushed to conclusion.

But I'm wondering how how they'd be able to find any stadiums. The Oval, for example, would have a roughly 400 feet to left field, 390 to Right and a ridiculously far away, 460 to dead center.

Now would that be such a bad thing?

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Okay, I'll admit, my first impressions were pretty rushed to conclusion.

But I'm wondering how how they'd be able to find any stadiums. The Oval, for example, would have a roughly 400 feet to left field, 390 to Right and a ridiculously far away, 460 to dead center.

Now would that be such a bad thing?

It would depend on where they placed the temporary fencing.

I think they should go to the Netherlands instead. The Dutch seem to be supporting the IBF's World Cup (not to be confused with the World Baseball Classic) pretty well. The stadium in Rotterdam seats 6,000 (at least for the World Cup), but could probably be raised to 16,000 by Major League Baseball's engineers and grounds crew. They could send the Twins (who have invested in some Holland prospects) and the Atlanta Braves (who have Andruw Jones, who, being from Curacao, is sorta, kinda, Dutch) during Interleague play. Have Bert Blyevyn (born in Holland) throw out the first pitch.

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Okay, I'll admit, my first impressions were pretty rushed to conclusion.

But I'm wondering how how they'd be able to find any stadiums. The Oval, for example, would have a roughly 400 feet to left field, 390 to Right and a ridiculously far away, 460 to dead center.

Now would that be such a bad thing?

Fact: The Melbourne Cricket Ground has hosted a baseball game. So a baseball game at a cricket pitch isn't anything new. I'm sure there will be temporary fencing and all. However, having a bat and ball sport other than cricket at a legendary sporting venue such as "The Oval" (although not as famous as Lord's) is what makes this interesting

http://www.mcc.org.au/default.asp?pg=joinm...y&articleid=536

http://content.cricinfo.com/england/conten...ound/57127.html

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Official UK Baseball website: www.baseballsoftballuk.com

Official German baseball website: www.baseball-softball.de

Official Swiss baseball website: www.swiss-baseball.ch

You'll see, baseball is too played in the Old World.

Write "baseball" + European country in Google and you'll find some well designed websites with alots of info.

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The Netherlands and Italy have been invited to the World Baseball Classic, after all.

Well, that can be put into question. The Netherlands players are coming from some Caribbean island that is basically a colony of the Netherlands and the Italian team appears like it will be made up of Americans of Italian descent that couldn't make the US team.

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The Netherlands and Italy have been invited to the World Baseball Classic, after all.

Well, that can be put into question. The Netherlands players are coming from some Caribbean island that is basically a colony of the Netherlands and the Italian team appears like it will be made up of Americans of Italian descent that couldn't make the US team.

Curacao and Aruba are probably the Netherlands islands you're talking about. Although there are some actual people from the Netherlands who have played in the Minors, some of which still do.

Italy, however, will likely be made up of a mixture of guys from the Italian league (I remember reading in a Baseball desk reference book that there is a actual pro league in Italy, and that they play the equivalent of High-A ball) and some Italian Americans (although I doubt Piazza and Biggio would take part.).

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I think Major League Baseball has gone mad. London is one of the front-runners. LONDON! LONDON! England doesn't know a thing about baseball.

Accually, thats not true. My best friend's older brother played baseball in Europe. First for a team in Germany than for a team in the United Kingdom. He says that although baseball isnt HUGE there like it is in America of course, it is growing and growing very fast. He said that many times there were more fans at the games in the UK than there were at the games in Germany

I wouldn't overestimate the awareness of Baseball in the UK. However if it does come to the UK if it is marketed tright it could get some pretty good crowds. I would reckon the Oval is a good bet for a venue in London and a mini tour around cricket venues in England would be worth watching. (maybe a series between 2 reasonable big teams in the regular season??) I think the grounds could be adapted to fit a well sized baseball field into it.

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Sure, it's viable to play in Europe, but just because you can do it doesn't mean you should. I hated that the season opened up this year in Japan. :cursing: Does the Japanese league open their season by playing in New York or Toronto?

"Opening Day" should be "Opening Day" not "the first day of games in the US and Canada after we have actually opened the season in another part of the world not represented in our league in an obvious ploy to make more money for our league."

Just my $.02...

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Sure, it's viable to play in Europe, but just because you can do it doesn't mean you should. I hated that the season opened up this year in Japan. :cursing: Does the Japanese league open their season by playing in New York or Toronto?

"Opening Day" should be "Opening Day" not "the first day of games in the US and Canada after we have actually opened the season in another part of the world not represented in our league in an obvious ploy to make more money for our league."

Just my $.02...

You know, I have to agree with you. I liked how they were playing in Japan (Spread Baseball round the world!), but I didn't like how this (and Primetime TV viewer habits), have pushed the Cincy Reds from their traditional "First Game of the Season" role. I say that if they ever want to do Japan (or another Pacific Ocean country), they should do it on everybody else's opening day.

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You know, I have to agree with you. I liked how they were playing in Japan (Spread Baseball round the world!), but I didn't like how this (and Primetime TV viewer habits), have pushed the Cincy Reds from their traditional "First Game of the Season" role. I say that if they ever want to do Japan (or another Pacific Ocean country), they should do it on everybody else's opening day.

I don't think MLB has given the Reds their traditional place for a few years now. I remember a Sunday night games in '03 or '04 (maybe both?) that was not from Cincinnati. Anything to sell a Yankee hat in Tokyo... <_<

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