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LoganSox
05-10-2005, 11:19 PM
Observing the changes that have been going in both the NBA and MLB over the past several years, plus the rather nonchalant success of Iguchi and what that may mean for the future of Asian ball players in the US, I started projecting a bit, Nostrodamus-like:

2008: Fidel Castro dies; the Cuban leagues are open to draft, causing scouting department and computer programming budgets to triple, and in exchange for their openness Cuba is awarded the Havana Devil Rays.

2011: The Havanah Devil Rays defeat the NY Yankees in the World Series, George Steinbrenner dies of a heart attack, and his managing stake is put up for auction on eBay. P Diddy wins. Baseball reaches new levels of popularity.

2018: The Western Hemisphere Free Trade Agreement is passed, opening the way for intercontinental expansion, as Caribbean and S. American leagues begin to rival the MLB in quality of play, because more players decide they'd rather live in the equatorial climates than Toronto and Minnesota.

2020-2040: One by one, the cricket playing nations of India, Pakistan and those in Africa switch to playing baseball. Small Arab towns start producing monster power hitters.

2045: The answer to the trivia question "where was baseball invented?" is about as generally well known as the answer to the question "where was soccer invented?" by the average American sports fan today.

2050: The World Series is redefined as the 7 game series played by the winner of the Western Hemisphere Championship and the Eastern Hemisphere Championship. There are 4 major divisions in each Hemisphere, the winners of each compete for the Hemispheric Championship. But it's not like the Olympics, Asian players play for Caracas, Pakistani's are on the Dodgers and midwestern US kids are in Seoul...players go where the contracts are best in locations they chose to live.

2051: Cubs still suck.

Sox of White
05-10-2005, 11:36 PM
Observing the changes that have been going in both the NBA and MLB over the past several years, plus the rather nonchalant success of Iguchi and what that may mean for the future of Asian ball players in the US, I started projecting a bit, Nostrodamus-like:

2008: Fidel Castro dies; the Cuban leagues are open to draft, causing scouting department and computer programming budgets to triple, and in exchange for their openness Cuba is awarded the Havana Devil Rays.

2011: The Havanah Devil Rays defeat the NY Yankees in the World Series, George Steinbrenner dies of a heart attack, and his managing stake is put up for auction on eBay. P Diddy wins. Baseball reaches new levels of popularity.

2018: The Western Hemisphere Free Trade Agreement is passed, opening the way for intercontinental expansion, as Caribbean and S. American leagues begin to rival the MLB in quality of play, because more players decide they'd rather live in the equatorial climates than Toronto and Minnesota.

2020-2040: One by one, the cricket playing nations of India, Pakistan and those in Africa switch to playing baseball. Small Arab towns start producing monster power hitters.

2045: The answer to the trivia question "where was baseball invented?" is about as generally well known as the answer to the question "where was soccer invented?" by the average American sports fan today.

2050: The World Series is redefined as the 7 game series played by the winner of the Western Hemisphere Championship and the Eastern Hemisphere Championship. There are 4 major divisions in each Hemisphere, the winners of each compete for the Hemispheric Championship. But it's not like the Olympics, Asian players play for Caracas, Pakistani's are on the Dodgers and midwestern US kids are in Seoul...players go where the contracts are best in locations they chose to live.

2051: Cubs still suck.

Awesome. I'll be disappointed if it goes otherwise. ...except no mention of a White Sox championship...

JohnBasedowYoda
05-11-2005, 12:09 AM
hope u live to see it

soxfan26
05-11-2005, 07:44 AM
2051: Cubs still suck.

Ticket to see the Sox play in Game 7 of the 2050 Western Hemisphere Championship: $8,000

Knowing the Cubs still suck.... priceless.

SSN721
05-11-2005, 08:34 AM
that sounds like a very nice future for the game. It would be awesome for that level of globalization.

LoganSox
05-11-2005, 08:54 AM
Missing entry:

2019: September 18, 3-time Cy Young Award winner Mark Buehrle caps a brilliant career on Chicago's South Side with his 300th win, pitching 7 strong innings to defeat the Mexico City Twins 6-2. Manager Ventura cites the 40yr old's conditioning regimen and great attitude, adding "after two World Series rings and the Cy Youngs this was really all that was left."

nasox
05-11-2005, 09:07 AM
2006 Bud Selig pisses on the league, and the league shuts down forever.


Gee...that almost happened in 1994.

Kuzman
05-11-2005, 09:13 AM
Observing the changes that have been going in both the NBA and MLB over the past several years, plus the rather nonchalant success of Iguchi and what that may mean for the future of Asian ball players in the US, I started projecting a bit, Nostrodamus-like:

2008: Fidel Castro dies; the Cuban leagues are open to draft, causing scouting department and computer programming budgets to triple, and in exchange for their openness Cuba is awarded the Havana Devil Rays.

2011: The Havanah Devil Rays defeat the NY Yankees in the World Series, George Steinbrenner dies of a heart attack, and his managing stake is put up for auction on eBay. P Diddy wins. Baseball reaches new levels of popularity.

2018: The Western Hemisphere Free Trade Agreement is passed, opening the way for intercontinental expansion, as Caribbean and S. American leagues begin to rival the MLB in quality of play, because more players decide they'd rather live in the equatorial climates than Toronto and Minnesota.

2020-2040: One by one, the cricket playing nations of India, Pakistan and those in Africa switch to playing baseball. Small Arab towns start producing monster power hitters.

2045: The answer to the trivia question "where was baseball invented?" is about as generally well known as the answer to the question "where was soccer invented?" by the average American sports fan today.

2050: The World Series is redefined as the 7 game series played by the winner of the Western Hemisphere Championship and the Eastern Hemisphere Championship. There are 4 major divisions in each Hemisphere, the winners of each compete for the Hemispheric Championship. But it's not like the Olympics, Asian players play for Caracas, Pakistani's are on the Dodgers and midwestern US kids are in Seoul...players go where the contracts are best in locations they chose to live.

2051: Cubs still suck.
:tealpolice:

mikehuff
05-11-2005, 09:24 AM
2020 - Kerry Wood is still looked at as Cubs "Ace"

Flight #24
05-11-2005, 09:40 AM
2020 - Kerry Wood is still looked at as Cubs "Ace"

Despite having won 14 games total since 2005....

Palehose13
05-11-2005, 10:12 AM
Missing entry:

2019: September 18, 3-time Cy Young Award winner Mark Buehrle caps a brilliant career on Chicago's South Side with his 300th win, pitching 7 strong innings to defeat the Mexico City Twins 6-2. Manager Ventura cites the 40yr old's conditioning regimen and great attitude, adding "after two World Series rings and the Cy Youngs this was really all that was left."

Sweet.

I want Mags back
05-11-2005, 11:18 AM
2008: Fidel Castro dies; the Cuban leagues are open to draft, causing scouting department and computer programming budgets to triple, and in exchange for their openness Cuba is awarded the Havana Devil Rays.

2011: The Havanah Devil Rays defeat the NY Yankees in the World Series, George Steinbrenner dies of a heart attack, and his managing stake is put up for auction on eBay. P Diddy wins. Baseball reaches new levels of popularity.



THE D-RAYS WOULDNT SWITCH LEAGUES. THEY CANT BEAT THE YANKS IN THE SERIES

LoganSox
05-11-2005, 11:29 AM
Busted!

I was so happy to move the D Rays to Havana I neglected to mention their switch to the NL to promote a rivalry with the Marlins.

BRDSR
05-11-2005, 12:40 PM
Missing entry:

2019: September 18, 3-time Cy Young Award winner Mark Buehrle caps a brilliant career on Chicago's South Side with his 300th win, pitching 7 strong innings to defeat the Mexico City Twins 6-2. Manager Ventura cites the 40yr old's conditioning regimen and great attitude, adding "after two World Series rings and the Cy Youngs this was really all that was left."

That will be my 34th birthday! What a great present! Thanks Mark!

Tekijawa
05-11-2005, 12:57 PM
Another entry:

2049: Ted Williams head is attached to Barry Bonds Cryogenically frozen body and Rickey Henderson's Frozen right Leg (Knee). Barry Henderson-Williams goes on lead the league in steals, Batting Average, RBI's and Home runs all while spending 2 months on the DL with slight Decay problems. Sammy Sosa comes in second in each category that year enjoying a long career due to his strict work out regimen and healthy non-medicated living!

I want Mags back
05-11-2005, 03:54 PM
Busted!

I was so happy to move the D Rays to Havana I neglected to mention their switch to the NL to promote a rivalry with the Marlins.

ohh. now it makes sense. Thats funny a rivally between the Cubas and the Cubans who Swam over