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Would you rather see Hamels hoist the WBC trophy or another World Series trophy?
But if you were a little boy in England would you rather win the Premier League or the Cup?
Weren't the Asian sites having trouble drawing crowds when there wasn't a local team playing? Talking about the qualifying and prelim rounds.
I read this headline at first as "Touched by Dominicans, Cole Hamels..." and all I could think was "Well, that seems fair."
Yeah. They've always had trouble drawing crowds when the locals aren't playing. Perhaps it'd be different if it was USA vs. Dominican instead of China-Brazil, but...
Wouldn't Skydome be the perfect place to test the feasibility of an international final round? Domed stadium so no weather issues...relatively speaking, just as close to get to for most of the non-US players as the current set up, and rated for MLB-level of play/crowds. If it was a success, the next round could be at one of the Japanese facilities...and by that time (6 year head start or nine if they mix in a US location) one of the other nations could create/adapt a venue suitable to host somewhere in the 6-12 year time frame.
When Toronto last hosted the WBC, Canada vs USA drew 40,000+ fans and all the other games (including Canada's only other game) had 12,000 fans. Presumably a final round would sell more than the opening round, but that's not a great track record.
Also, Skydome is a relatively old stadium.
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