Global Series being discussed between U.S., Japan

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This is pretty interesting:

The champions of U.S. Major League Baseball could face the champions
of Japanese professional baseball in a regular Global World Series
under a plan being discussed by the two countries.

In
meetings with Japanese commissioner Ryozo Kato in Milwaukee, MLB
commissioner Bud Selig proposed that the Japanese and U.S. champions
play each other, the Nikkansports newspaper reported Thursday.

According to the story, Selig would like to see this happen before his tenure ends, which will be 2012 unless he pulls another Favre.

Cool if they can pull this off, but I have a hard, hard time seeing this actually happening, however, mostly because of pitcher use issues.  Are the Yankees really going to want to see CC Sabathia pitch 200+ regular season innings, then 40 more innings in the playoffs, and then fly to Japan and pitch another 15-20 innings against Yomiuri? And if they’re not going to use the best of the best, what’s the point?

Carlos Gomez doesn’t see any need to apologize for walk-off homer celebration

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On Sunday, Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a walk-off home run against the Twins. He was very fired up about his accomplishment and celebrated:

The Twins have already gotten upset with a player for bunting while Jose Berrios worked on a one-hit shutout. No one on the Twins said anything about Gomez’s antics, but even if they had, Gomez wouldn’t have felt any need to apologize, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Gomez said, “It’s something I know a lot of people are talking good about this, that baseball needs more of that. And some people say it’s not good. If enjoying and having fun in baseball is bad, I’m guilty.”

He added, “I was not trying to disrespect anybody. I was not looking to the other side, not looking at the ball. I was looking at my guys.”

Gomez also said that baseball is “getting a little boring.” His advice? “Enjoy it. Have fun. It’s competition.”

Can’t argue with that.