The World Series is aptly named

As the baseball playoffs rapidly approach, I’d like to take this time to issue a blanket warning. The next comedian, broadcaster, or dancing monkey who tries to wittily point out that the World Series should be renamed since only American teams play in it will be punched in the crotch. Repeatedly. By me.

11 Dominicans
6 Puerto Ricans
5 Venezuelans
3 Japanese
2 Mexicans
2 Canadians
1 Panamanian
1 German
1 Nicaraguan

That’s the combination of foreign born players on the World Series rosters last year for the Boston Red Sox and the Colorado Rockies. Neither of these teams have an especially large contingent of foreign players either. In fact, some teams in this year’s playoffs have significantly more.

In fact, MLB’s public relations department not only keeps tabs on all the foreign born players, but routinely lets us know how global the game has become. Case in point:

Of the 855 players on rosters at the start of the season, 239 were born outside the 50 states, the commissioner’s office said Tuesday. The percentage dropped to 28.0 from 29.0 last year, when it was just off the record of 29.2 set in 2005.

There were 3,356 of 7,021 minor leaguers born outside the 50 states, with the percentage rising to 47.8 percent, up from 46.2 last year and 45.1 in 2005.

Not only is it 30% for the pros, but almost every other player in the minors calls some other county home!

It’s called the World Series because the world’s best players usually end up playing here in America. Teams are scouting in Asia, Latin America, and the rest of the world almost as much as they are in Florida and Texas. For every Oklahoman farm boy and California surfer dude on a team’s roster, there’s a good chance the guy sitting next to them in the locker room speaks a first language other than English.

So if you’re uneducated about baseball and enjoy being punched in the crotch, please go ahead and keep repeating that same stupid line this autumn. Otherwise, please shut the hell up and go enjoy some baseball.

6 replies on “The World Series is aptly named”

  1. “For every Oklahoman farm boy and California surfer dude on a team’s roster, there’s a good chance the guy sitting next to them in the locker room speaks a first language other than English.”

    BTW, most Oklahoma farm boys second language is Swiss. 😉 Congrats on your passes… at least now you don’t have to be considered your moms domestic partner. I’m just sayin’…

  2. This has NOTHING to do about being uneducated about the facts and stats in baseball. Hell, most Americans love the game, it’s easy to play and easier to watch and figure out! The fact here is the name…WORLD SERIES… this is not the World Cup..THEY involve the entire world,the best of the best, from all over the world, entire countries, not just certain players who have decided they could make more money if they came or were enticed to come play here. Just because one has foreign players on the team (who most, by the way, send their earnings back to their families in their home countries instead of investing in America)does NOT constitute a world series. Baseball is a great American pastime, but calling the best American teams a “world series” is just arrogant and asinine.

  3. Incorrect. With the World Cup, each country is only allowed to have players from their own country on the team. Baseball has something similar, called the World Baseball Classic, which takes place next spring again. Thank you for failing on creating an analogy.

    The name “World” Series is apt because no matter what teams are playing in it, they are heavily populated by players from all over the world, not just America.

    The best of the best already play baseball here. There aren’t Dominican versions of Babe Ruth that no team has found. Baseball spends millions of dollars building fields all over the globes, hiring scouts in remote regions, and finding the best players no matter where they live. Why? Because they want to win and that’s clearly what it takes these days!

    It has nothing to do with money or fame. Some of these guys are making league minimum and if I posted their names here on Shyzer, most of you would have no clue who they were. It has to do with the fact that a team can’t win the World Series without having players on it’s roster who come from all across the world. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about that.

    Take it one step further. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series last year. Please name a team that was better than them last year. Oh, you can’t? There’s not a single team in the whole world that could beat them? Why not? Oh, I see, because all of the world’s best players already play here in America and were beaten by them during the regular season and the playoffs. How wonderful for me since it further drives home my point.

    Also, I don’t believe Juls typed that. Was it Clay or Mom? Don’t be a coward.

  4. Do I understand you point correctly? I thought the your “World Series” is played by the championship clubs of the American League and the National League. Both leagues are based in the USA and only non-US team is a lone Canadian club.

    Compare to the UEFA Champions League for football (aka soccer) where professional players from all over the world play for their clubs (not nations). Professional footballers have the greatest earning ability in Europe. While the Europeans could call it the “World Club Cup” they correctly identify who gets to compete – the most successful European clubs. The fact that the best players in the world are competing is irrelevant.

    Calling the American Champions Series a “World Series” when the rest of the world is NOT INVITED to compete is insular.

    I understand the history. The best US professional club will probably be the strongest club in the world for now. But what happens when the USA no longer dominates the game internationally? Hopefully that is the dream for those who love the game.

  5. “The fact that the best players in the world are competing is irrelevant.”

    Incorrect on so many levels that I’m walking away from this one. Thanks for the comment though 🙂

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