BaseBall World Cup announcement made

This sounds very interesting.

[quote]NEW YORK – Baseball’s long wait for a World Cup-style international tournament, with the game’s best players representing their countries, is over.

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced Wednesday that the “World Baseball Classic,” a 16-nation tournament featuring the world’s best players competing for their home countries, will be played in March 2006.

“This gathering of baseball’s brightest stars will be an outstanding platform to grow the game internationally,” commissioner Bud Selig said. “As baseball continues to grow globally, more and more fans around the world have the opportunity to appreciate the grace and excitement of our great game. The first World Baseball Classic will bring a unique blend of enthusiasm to old and new fans alike.”

The tournament will be staged across three weeks next March and will be the first full-scale event involving major-league players representing their home countries. Olympic tournaments included only amateur players from 1984-96, after which professionals have been eligible. Because of scheduling conflicts, however, international competition has generally involved minor-leaguers.b[/b]
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Could be a true World Series.