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Thursday, 15 March 2007 16:26

Donald FehrDonald Fehr, the executive director of the MLB Players Association said today that he feels the World Baseball Classic in 2009 should probably stay in March. Fehr was reached for comment today before speaking with the Yankees, part of Fehr's annual tour of all the teams during Spring Training. As reported by the AP:

"The problem is, that when you attempt to coordinate the schedules, you back into March," Fehr said Thursday. "On balance you look it and go, `Well, whatever its benefits would be in terms of some calendar association, it really doesn't work.' ... It's impossible, I think, to do it any other time next time than in March."

"I have yet to have a player tell me it's a bad idea, don't do it again," he said. "I've had lots of suggestions about how to improve it. But everybody seems to have been excited by the event and even more excited by its potential."

He added that international growth of the game is a good thing for MLB:

"My own view is that we ought to do everything we can to expand internationally," Fehr said. "Simply in terms of numbers of people you want to try and reach, China and then India are far and away the biggest markets. We have no reason to believe that we couldn't do well if we approach it right. It's a good thing to do."



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