Successful teams could play into late March

Updated: June 22, 2004, 1:26 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Players on teams that advance to the final stages of the first baseball World Cup would not be with their major league clubs for most of spring training next year.

Under the proposal being formulated by the commissioner's office, the 16-nation tournament would start March 4 in Asia and begin in the United States and Puerto Rico on March 9, several baseball officials told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

There would be four groups of four nations ...

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