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    Why not? Well, first of all, it probably can't be done with a 162-game schedule. And the travel would be a bitch.

    But if we could cut out some of those Saturday nights in Cincinnati, go to a 154-game season, and have a competition afterwards with Japan, that would be tremendous.

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    OSAKA, Japan -- Bobby Valentine wants to see a series between the best team from Japan and Major League Baseball.

    Bobby Valentine
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    Lotte Marines manager Bobby Valentine is walking on air Wednesday after his team wins the Japan Series.

    The former New York Mets manager, whose Chiba Lotte Marines completed a four-game sweep of the Japan Series on Wednesday, says Japanese professional baseball has closed the gap on the majors.

    "Watching our guys all season and the World Series on TV, I can tell you the level of play is equal," Valentine said after becoming the first foreigner to manage a Japan Series champion. "Such a competition would be great, and it's time to do battle."

    Valentine, who managed the Mets in their World Series loss five years ago to the Yankees, is in the second year of a three-year contract with the Marines. He's the only foreigner to manage in the Japan Series and only the fifth to head a team in the 70-year history of the league.

    "It's as good a team as I've ever managed," he said. "I'd put them up against the winner of the World Series, and I know we'd win at least a couple of games."

    Valentine, the only man to manage in both the World Series and the Japan Series, brushed aside the World Baseball Classic, a 16-nation World Cup-style tournament to be held in March featuring professional players from the major leagues and Japan.

    "I'm not talking about all-star exhibition games," Valentine said. "I'm talking about two battle-proven teams who have played a season together and know how to play baseball.

    "If the people making all the big decisions in baseball don't know the difference between all-star exhibition games and a competition between true champions, they shouldn't be in the decision-making process to begin with."

    Valentine says he'll keep pushing the idea but knows it would be hard to get by the players unions of both leagues.

    "But they'd make a fortune from the TV," Valentine said. "It would be the biggest contract ever."

    Major League Baseball has never been keen on the idea, and Valentine suggested a more direct approach to staging such an event.

    "Maybe it's just time for our owner to make the challenge to the owner of the team that wins the World Series," Valentine said.

    South Korean Lee Seung-yeop drove in all three runs as the Marines beat the Hanshin Tigers 3-2 to win their first Japan Series title in 31 years.

    "We started in spring training with a dream to be here for the last game," Valentine said. "We wanted to win the last game and we did."

    Since Japanese baseball went to a two-league system in 1950, only six teams have swept the Japan Series.

    Valentine is in his second stint with the Marines. He guided the team to a second-place finish in 1995.

    Lee hit a two-run homer in the second inning at Koshien Stadium to give the Marines a 2-0 lead, then had a run-scoring double in the third. [/b][/quote]
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    South Korean Lee Seung-yeop drove in all three runs as the Marines beat the Hanshin Tigers 3-2 to win their first Japan Series title in 31 years.[/b][/quote]

    Is that 007's guy from yesterday?

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    • #3
      good luck getting the PA to agree to this.
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      • #4
        Ladies and gents, the next manager of the LA Dodgers of Southern Californa located near Anaheim, but doesn't want anything to do w/ them, Bobby Valentine...

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        • #5
          It will never happen.
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          • #6
            If the gap had really closed as he suggests, wouldn't there be more then a handful of players playing in MLB?

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            • #7
              QUOTE(Jonas @ Oct 26 2005, 12:06 PM) Quoted post

              If the gap had really closed as he suggests, wouldn't there be more then a handful of players playing in MLB?
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              I am dubious of the validity of any league in which Tuffy Rhodes and Orestes Destrada are superstars...

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              • #8
                QUOTE(*007* @ Oct 26 2005, 11:48 AM) Quoted post

                Ladies and gents, the next manager of the LA Dodgers of Southern Californa located near Anaheim, but doesn't want anything to do w/ them, Bobby Valentine...
                [/b][/quote]


                I agree, although he does have 1 more year. I believe he will try to defend the title.

                Meanwhile, the Dodgers will go with a guy in the org. for 1 year. Look for Bobby V. in '07.

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                • #9
                  Oh great....

                  ANOTHER round of playoffs

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                  • #10
                    What does baseball have to lose by doing this?

                    I mean, let's do it this year!

                    How fun would that be?
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                    • #11
                      QUOTE(Ohio Blues @ Oct 26 2005, 09:45 PM) Quoted post

                      What does baseball have to lose by doing this?

                      I mean, let's do it this year!

                      How fun would that be?
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                      If the Japanese won...the excuses would be a fucking riot

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