Every sports commissioner wants to grow his game beyond the United States, and Major League Baseball's Bud Selig is no different.
"That's my great goal is to take the game international," Selig said Tuesday in New York.
Of course. Those in charge of America's pastime see opportunities outside the North America and Caribbean countries where the sport is already widely played. Each league wants to market to the billion-person nations of China and India as well as burgeoning economies like Brazil and Turkey.
When it comes to international sports, no two events garner more eyeballs, more devotion than the World Cup and the Olympic Games. Baseball is not in either one, and unless it makes some drastic foot-based rule changes, only the Olympics are a possibility for worldwide attention.
So how about it, Bud? How about letting Major League players participate in future Olympics to help baseball return to the Games?
"It just isn't possible. I wish it was," Selig said.
James covers the Pirates beat for Pirates Prospects. He is a Broadcast Journalism student at USC and has written for such outlets as NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. James previously covered the Pirates for Pittsburgh Sports Report. He also broadcasts play-by-play for the USC Trojans baseball team and was awarded the 2013 Chick Hearn Memorial Scholarship and Allan Malamud Scholarship. James dispenses puns at his Twitter account (@JamesSantelli) where he promises to write in first-person.