Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Pittsburgh Sports > Pittsburgh Pirates


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Bills Bills
August 16th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-07-2007, 04:05 PM   #1
SteelCityMan786
SF's Youngest Legend
 

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hollidaysburg PA
Posts: 19,587
Gender: Male
Member Number: 541
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Pirates 'interested' in trip to China

http://post-gazette.com/pg/07158/792222-63.stm

Pirates 'interested' in trip to China
McClatchy: Team will explore 2008 exhibitions there


Thursday, June 07, 2007
By Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

WASHINGTON -- The Pirates are interested in having part of their 2008 spring training in China, CEO Kevin McClatchy said yesterday, shortly after returning from a tour of that nation with three other Major League Baseball executives.

"Yeah, I think there's a chance," McClatchy said by phone from New York, where he will meet the Pirates for their weekend series at Yankee Stadium. "We haven't talked about any specific teams, but it's something we would be interested in. I think it's something we should take a look at."

Several teams have expressed interest with MLB in going to China, but only McClatchy, San Diego Padres CEO Sandy Alderson and Boston Red Sox president Larry Lucchino -- all members of MLB's international committee -- accompanied Bob DuPuy, MLB's CEO, on the trip last week.

DuPuy has said that MLB is determined to have some teams play exhibition games in China next spring in advance of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, partly to call attention to its attempt to gain reinstatement to the Olympics, partly to showcase the sport in a nation that knows little about it. It is possible that whichever teams go to China will open their regular season with a series in Japan, though that is far from firm.

McClatchy said he would confer with general manager Dave Littlefield on the matter, but he made clear his initial feeling of being in favor.

"If this happens, I think it would be a great experience for a lot of folks in our organization and that it would help expose our team to that part of the world," McClatchy said. "But it's something we'd all need to discuss. I'd need a lot of input from people on the baseball side."

The Pirates played exhibitions in Mexico in 2001 and Cuba in 1967, but they never have been to the Far East.

McClatchy said his trip was "fascinating, educational in a lot of ways," and he is optimistic that baseball can experience a boom there similar to what basketball has enjoyed since Yao Ming joined the NBA's Houston Rockets.

"We've seen the results of opening up our game to other countries," McClatchy said. "Look at Japan. Once you see their players in the majors, you find more players, and you open up all kinds of revenue possibilities, from television to merchandise to marketing. There is a fairly substantial revenue stream there and, if we're successful one day in getting Chinese players in the majors, it will have a significant impact."

Finding those players, he added, likely will not happen soon.

"It's going to take time. But you've got 400 million people under the age of 20, which means, potentially, there are a lot of baseball players there. And we have to help in promoting the game and getting more people to play it."

McClatchy and the other officials also toured Beijing's baseball facilities being built for the next Olympics. Those Games will be the last for baseball and softball, as the International Olympic Committee ruled out each sport for 2012 largely in frustration that major-league players would not participate in baseball.

MLB officials, including the ones on the trip, are pushing for reinstatement, though it is unclear how the IOC's wish might be satisfied.

"There is discussion, an ongoing effort to get baseball reinstated, and I think it's something that can be done," McClatchy said. "It is tough for us to close our sport down for two weeks to go off and do the Olympics, and I think the World Baseball Classic was a great success in filling that void for us while playing the games during spring training. But we're still going to work toward getting back into the Olympics."
__________________

786 Ways To Score Touchdowns
SteelCityMan786 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-07-2007, 05:47 PM   #2
83-Steelers-43
Living Legend
 
83-Steelers-43's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 12,993
Gender: Male
Member Number: 1009
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Pirates 'interested' in trip to China

This decision could be the breaking point with our relations with China. In all right they could consider the MLB sending the Pirates to China and exposing their people to such pathetic baseball an act of aggression on our part.

Anyway possible McClatchy could end up in a Chinese prison for a one or two or fifty years? Please.
__________________
83-Steelers-43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:35 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts