Major League baseball is planning to organise a World Cup in 2005.
Baseball's chief operating officer, Bob DuPuy, said he expected to be able to confirm the idea within 60 days.
"We're very optimistic that we can get it all accomplished and start a World Cup in the spring of 2005 - that's our current goal," said DuPuy.
The tournament would include between eight and 16 national teams and be played during March 2005 in between four and eight US stadiums.
Talks between Dupuy and players' union boss Donald Fehr have already begun.
"That's a goal we share, and with a reasonable amount of luck, I think we will get there," Fehr said.
Management and the union envisage the World Cup teams being comprised of top stars
So, who will win the final ? USA or Japan
Should I be giving more credit to Cuba?