Baseball: A REAL World Series

A real world-series baseball tournament has been completed for another year. This world-series tournament gave over 30 teams from 5 continents opportunity to compete. The 2017 champion team is from Japan.

Yes, I am talking about the Little League World Series.

That other so-called “World Series” played by adults in the USA (and theoretically Canada) has a falsehood for a name, because only baseball teams from the USA (and theoretically Canada) have any opportunity to be in it.

So, it is a falsehood to claim that the winners of that tournament are world champions. Instead, they are the adult English-speaking North-American champions.

Yeah, I know. The label “adult English-speaking North-American” is a mouth-full, but at least it is honest, unlike the label currently being used.

So, if you want to watch an actual world baseball tournament featuring adult participants, then you will have to wait for the 2020 Summer Olympics. In an article dated August 24th, 2016, Sports Illustrated reports the following:

“Baseball’s history as an Olympic sport is a fractured one. Intermittently included as a demonstration sport starting in 1904, baseball didn’t became a medal sport until the Barcelona games in 1992, then was dropped from the Olympic program entirely after South Korea won the gold in Beijing in 2008. Earlier this month, it was announced that baseball and softball would return as medal sports in Tokyo in 2020.”

Thus, a real world-series baseball tournament featuring adult players won’t take place again until Year 2020, and it will take place in Japan.

If adult baseball players in the USA want to honestly call themselves world baseball champions, then they will have to compete against players from around the world, not just from the English-speaking region of North America.

By the way, the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team reminds me of Luigi of the original Mario Bros. video game.

Luigi was created just so that there could be a Player #2 for that game. The Toronto team appears (to me at least) to exist just so that the so-called “World Series” baseball tournament can be called a “world” tournament.

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  • Retired military

    The World Series is racist because noone offered Collin Kapernick a contract plus they play in stadiums built by cities to pay off rich white men who made tons of money unfairly and most likely due to slavery.

    Liberals – changing the names of things to suit their poltical preferences since the 1800s

  • You sound as if you are offended…

  • Sky__Captain

    I wonder if Mr. Robertson, currently the white-guilt poster boy of Wizbang, is aware of the existence of Nippon Professional Baseball.
    Most likely not, as he is currently blinded by his anti-American streak. Just like the progressive idiot who used to occupy the White House. David continues to prove that he is not a moderate, but a full-blown progressive.
    Of course, baseball is a uniquely American sport, which explains David’s disdain.

    For the record, the Toronto Blue Jays current uniforms look nothing like Luigi:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_Blue_Jays
    Not a hint of green in the uniform.

  • Vagabond661

    Major League Baseball includes players that have been recruited from all over the world.

    So, yes. World Series. At least the Europeans have a PGA tour and compete against us. And when we play a Ryder Cup, it’s the world against the US.

    Your posts remind me of Sam Malone (Cheers) when he tried to fill in as a sportcaster.

    https://youtu.be/QxaQ9cKYQXo

    • WHO’S THE BUSTER

      I have to agree, while there is the World Baseball Classic, the U.S. does not field its best players and it takes place weeks before spring training. In fact, this year is the first time anyone noticed the event and that is only because the U.S. made it farther than previous years.

      However, the best players in the world play in the major leagues. There is not a large group of players that have been ignored. Could Japan win a game, or even two, in a seven game series? Perhaps, but I doubt even those that play in Japan would predict a victory if the best of Japan played the best players from the major leagues. The main reason? Physical size. Watch Giancarlo Stanton racing towards the 60 home run mark. He will be only the third player to pass that mark without an asterisk. Japan does not have 6’6″ players that can make a ballpark seem small. Where are the best Japanese players? Playing in the major leagues.

      • Retired military

        Look at what happened with the Olympic Dream Team.

      • jim_m

        Agreed. Even the best Japanese players have only had middling success here. It’s a different game here vs Japan. They play it differently and that results in different skills being focused on. THe only players that are consistently successful are pitchers. Position players rarely can make the cross over, while retired MLB players are almost always successful in Japan.

        • Scalia

          Spot on, with Ichiro Suzuki being one notable exception.

          • Brett Buck

            A far more interesting topic than David’s- Ichiro’s HOF chances.

            As far as I am concerned, he’s first ballot, no-brainer. But I know a lot of other people who would still argue. I think he has a better argument than Jeter, and you know Jeter is going to make it. Ichiro’s problem is more that he played in Seattle than it he that he played in Japan.

          • Scalia

            I think Ichiro is a shoo-in for first ballot. In his heyday, he was top-notch. He could hit, had a great arm, was very fast, and was an excellent fielder.

            The 2000 & 2001 Mariners were great teams, and Ichiro was a great addition in 2001 when the Mariners won some 116 games. Seattle fans lament that they had lost Randy Johnson and Ken Griffey, Jr. before that run. Had they kept those key players, it isn’t a stretch to think they could have made it to the WS.

            In any event, Ichiro had a banner year in his first season with Seattle and continued to be a stellar performer thereafter.

            Me? I’ve been partial to the Yankees since my youth, and I’ve never lived in New York.

          • Vagabond661

            I’ve hated the Damn Yankees ever since they beat my Braves in the World Series.

          • Scalia

            The ’96 Series must have been a heartache for you. Being a Lions fan, I know too well “the agony of defeat.” The Braves won the first two games in convincing fashion, and then dropped four straight. Of course, Paul would have called the series for the Braves because they scored more runs than the Yankees.

          • Vagabond661

            it was brutal. i distinctly remember Jeeter the cheater faking like he got hit by a pitch when the replay clearly showed it missed him.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Growing up in Detroit I had no choice but to hate the Yankees. I remember the Tigers had a pitcher, Frank Lary, who wasn’t bad, but was one of the few pitchers that could regularly beat the Yankees in the sixties, hence his nickname, “The Yankee Killer.”

            Ichiro reached 3000 hits and didn’t get to the major leagues until after playing nine seasons in Japan. Unbelievable.

          • Scalia

            Yeah, I know. Lots of Yankee haters out there, but you like who you like. At least I’ve been a fan of some teams who were winners (Notre Dame, the Yankees & of course, the Red Wings).

          • Scalia

            By the way, what do you think of Stafford’s big contract?

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            They didn’t have a choice and I think he is a good quarterback. Quinn will have to be smarter than ever now because Stafford’s contract does eat up a lot of the salary cap.

            I remember watching Dan Marino for years as I lived in Miami for twenty years. I honestly think Don Shula held him back. They never had a running game and his receivers were overrated. Clayton and Duper were good because Marino rammed the ball into the numbers. I stood next to them and they were both shorter than me and I am only five ten. I think of him because he was overshadowed by Montana and Elway because they won Super Bowls, but I certainly don’t think Montana was better than Marino.

            Now is Stafford closer to Marino, or Jeff George?

          • Scalia

            I agree the Lions didn’t have a choice, and I think Stafford is an excellent QB. His touch isn’t as accurate as I’d like, and sometimes that made the difference between a big gain and a touchdown (e.g. last year’s game against the Giants. If he had led Tate more, they would have scored).

            The Lions’ running game can sneak up on an opponent, and so long as Abdullah is healthy, they’ll have an effective running/passing threat out of the backfield. It’s the defense that’ll sink them this year. That Patriots game was awful. Brady, et al, made mincemeat out of the first string.

          • jim_m
          • Scalia

            Four games up, and you’ve got some strong pitching. It’ll be interesting.

          • jim_m

            This year we have the pitching. Last year we had the hitting. Not sure we have the offense to go all the way.

          • Retired military

            Boston is sexist because it reminds me of the letter B which is the first letter in the word boys.

          • WHO’S THE BUSTER

            Slam dunk.

            Not only a great hitter, but a very good fielder and base runner.

  • Retired military

    Stay tuned for David’s next column

    The Super Bowl = Meaningless Football game played by teams owned by WASP owners who bid on black men in yearly reenactment of slave auctions.

  • Retired military

    David

    Why is it this quote remind me of your recent threads?

    Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. C. S. Lewis

  • Wild_Willie

    Well there goes Miss Universe Pageant. Only earth beings participate.

    • pennywit
      • Walter_Cronanty

        Didn’t she date Mike Tyson?

      • jim_m

        How dare you misgender that alien!

        • pennywit

          Interesting note: In that species, the mother carries a child for eight weeks, then dad takes over pregnancy.

          • I’m surprised they haven’t done a reboot of that. God knows they seem to be rebootin a lot from the ’80s and ’90s.

          • pennywit

            More revivals than reboots, honestly.

        • pennywit

          Also a true story: A few years back, I chatted with an Occupy protesters about TV and movies. I said I missed Alien Nation because the alien allegory allowed an exploration of themes related to immigration and prejudice. The Occupy guy agreed with me … then asked when I thought the real-world gov’t would come clean about its contact with aliens.

          I backed away …

          Slowly …

  • jim_m

    If adult baseball players in the USA want to honestly call themselves
    world baseball champions, then they will have to compete against players
    from around the world,

    Players by national origin:
    China 2
    Japan 8
    S Korea 9
    Taiwan 3
    Germany 3
    Lithuania 1
    Netherlands 1
    Aruba 1
    Canada 9
    Cuba 20
    Curacao 5
    Dominican Republic 10
    Mexico 13
    Nicaragua 6
    Panama 7
    Puerto Rico 24
    US Virgin Islands 2
    Australia 3
    Brazil 3
    Columbia 8
    Venezuela 71

    Too bad there are no international players in MLB.

    Shut up David.

    • Brett Buck

      Good to know we have found another subject about which David is willing to show his ignorance.

    • Retired military

      But but those don’t count.

  • jim_m

    There are so many ways that David proves he is an idiot here.

    1) The World Series is not a tournament. It is the championship of MLB. There are only two teams in the World Series and only ever have been two teams. The rest of the games are considered playoffs and are composed of the league championship series and the divisional series

    2) Little league only includes certain member clubs and is closed to organizations outside of that. In that sense it is not a true world series either.

    3) Little league has been rife with corruption for decades, the likes of which put the black sox scandal participants to shame as a bunch of amateurs. Champions(both US and foreign) have been crowned who played ineligible players and its titles have long been suspect on account of the cheating and corruption. Some “world series” that is, unless we are talking about a world series of cheating.

    4) MLB recruits globally (5 continents and 22 nations) and its teams represent the best players globally. Its teams truly are the world’s best, as such the MLB champion can rightly be considered the world champion.

    5) Toronto (est 1977) was never added to create an excuse for calling it the World Series. Nor would it have been necessary to do so being that there was already a Canadian team at that time called the Montreal Expos (established in 1969 and played in Montreal through 2004 when they moved and became the Washington Nationals). Only a complete ass would make the claim that David did. Only someone without any sense of shame would refuse (as David is) to correct himself for such a gaffe.

  • Retired military

    I guess they have to change the name of World Series of Poker as not everyone in the world plays in it.

    And are the golden globes really golden?

  • Vagabond661

    You are right. And, in retrospect, probably the same as drawing a charging foul in basketball.