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Question: World Series?

Why is baseball called the World Series if it is only played in the US?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    In spite of its name, the World Series remains solely the championship of the major-league baseball teams in the United States and Canada, although MLB, its players, and the media sometimes informally refer to World Series winners as "world champions" of baseball.[1] The United States, Canada and Mexico were the only professional baseball countries until a few decades into the 20th century. The first Japanese professional baseball efforts began in 1920. The current Japanese leagues date from the late 1940s (after World War II). Various Latin American leagues also formed around that time.

    By the 1990s, baseball was played at a highly-skilled level in many countries, giving a strong international flavor to the Series. Many of the best players from Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Rim, and elsewhere now play on Major League rosters. The notable exceptions are Cuban citizens, because of the political tensions between the USA and Cuba since 1959 (however, a number of Cuba's finest ballplayers have still managed to defect to the United States over the past half-century to play in the American professional leagues). Players from the Japanese Leagues also have a more difficult time coming to the Major Leagues because they must first play 10 years in Japan before becoming free agents, although they may be posted by their Japanese teams for bids from MLB teams before 10 years of service. Reaching the high-income Major Leagues tends to be the goal of many of the best players around the world.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because when the world series first began in 1903, baseball was really only played in the U.S. Even as the sport as spread around the world, the name as stuck just because it's a tradition to call it that.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because MLB is the best baseball league in the world. If you don't believe me look how many players it has from other countries. And it represents the whole world

  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    Because when the World Series was created, no one knew there was more land out there besides the United States. They believed that there was only an America, therefore crowning the name "world".

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  • 1 decade ago

    Because players from all over the world play in major league baseball.

  • 1 decade ago

    Because the World Series was created in 1903, ALCS and NLCS were created in 1969, and ALDS and NLDS were created in 1981.

  • Nathan
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    1 decade ago

    Most of the best players come to the US to play because those are where all the big bucks are.

  • 1 decade ago

    baseball is known all over the world i guess

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's just traditional.

    In the future, there will be global representation in MLB, probably during this decade.

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