16-team event closer to reality

There are plenty of details that need to be ironed out, but expect to see a World Cup of Baseball in 2005.

Originally Published: April 27, 2004
By Jayson Stark | ESPN.com

So now that that pesky drug-testing issue is out of the way, we can all start lining up for tickets to that long-awaited first World Cup of Baseball next spring, right?

Uh, not so fast. In case no one had noticed, there are still one or two loose ends that have to be ironed out. Oh, nothing major. Just a few minor details like ...

Where they'll play. And when they'll play. And who will televise it. And which countries will be in -- or out. And what the format will be. And who would ...

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