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It's like comparing the World Cup and the Champions League. One is for the best national team the other is for the best club team.

It would probably never happen in baseball because of pitchers arms but it would be very cool to have a series between the World Series Champion and the Japanese Champion

Once again why does the NPB get it and not the KBO?

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Sounds like an interesting idea, but doubtful the Giants would want even one more inning on Madison Baumgardner's arm either.

Yet apparently Salvador Perez is going to pass the 162 mark in games started at catcher by playing in this series, which no one has ever done before.

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TV money?

They weren't good enough. I've seen no analysis that puts the KBO on par with the NPB. Although I suppose there is a link between the revenues and quality even for a semi-pro college league. The KBO could get some Chinese quasi-governmental megacorporation to pay $5B for KBO TV rights and suddenly the SK Wyverns start looking like a nice destination for Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller.

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Yet apparently Salvador Perez is going to pass the 162 mark in games started at catcher by playing in this series, which no one has ever done before.

I would be stunned if there weren't guys who played enough winter ball and spring games to catch 200+ in a calendar year. Heck, the old PCL used to have a regular schedule over 200 games. Somebody almost had to have caught 162+.

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Quality of competition and of play. Sorry, there is a difference. And I am not for the event anyway.

I'd be good with a setup where we eliminate one round of MLB playoffs and add a best-of-seven World Championship. Or maybe shorten the schedule to 154, start the playoffs a week early, and add on the new series. And if Can_of-corn really wants KBO participation I'm ok with some kind of play-in involving them, the Taiwan League, and NPB to get to play the MLB champ. Eventually that might help bring the quality of those other leagues up from AA-ish to something higher. And I could see revenues from the World Championship outpacing that of the World Series, at least worldwide.

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I'd be good with a setup where we eliminate one round of MLB playoffs and add a best-of-seven World Championship. Or maybe shorten the schedule to 154, start the playoffs a week early, and add on the new series. And if Can_of-corn really wants KBO participation I'm ok with some kind of play-in involving them, the Taiwan League, and NPB to get to play the MLB champ. Eventually that might help bring the quality of those other leagues up from AA-ish to something higher. And I could see revenues from the World Championship outpacing that of the World Series, at least worldwide.

I agree the quality of play is lower but I don't think they should get dismissed out of hand.

I also bet the KBO would be mighty peeved if some sort of MLB vs NPB championship did happen.

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