"I missed six of these meetings because of the Congressional hearings and this would have caused me to miss a bunch more," he said. "I didn't want to miss any more. This is a basic, gut-level politics, or however you want to put it."Without being specific, he said players from clubs he has visited in Florida and Arizona have inquired about the Mitchell Report and how the drug testing program works. There also have been queries about how well the industry is doing and the next World Baseball Classic, scheduled to be played next spring. "I'm not saying they are bubbling over and want to talk about it every minute," he said, "but I think it's pretty widely understood it will be played a year from now and there will be a ramp up between now and then. "When we went into the one in '06, you didn't know if people wanted to participate, how disruptive it would be for Spring Training, and there were about 10 to 12 other concerns. We don't have that now. I think everybody who participated in it, although it wasn't perfect, seemed to think it was a great experience, and I haven't had anybody come up and tell me they don't want to play in the next one." On a lighter side, when asked about his busy Spring Training schedule, going from team to team the way he has for more than 20 years, Fehr said, "I'm older, tired and hurt more. As my mother reminds me, I'll be 60 in July. "Which reminds me that my kids called me a little while ago and said, 'Wikipedia says you were born in '46, but you weren't born until '48, right?' I went to Wikipedia and tried to change it, but it wouldn't let me. It says I am two years older than I am."
Jim Street is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.