Commissioner Bud Selig was part of the owners meetings that wrapped up Thursday and spoke about the looming labor negotiations to take place.
Baseball's Collective Bargaining Agreement is set to expire Dec. 11, but unlike all the other sports, there has been no whispers of a potential work stoppage. And that's how Bud likes it.
"Look, the thing that I've said all along is that there's a constructive relationship now," Selig told the media, according to MLB.com. "Negotiations are always tough. [The players' association has] their players to represent, and I understand that. Rob and his people will do the same thing.
Negotiations are expected to take place in a few weeks, and this time it will be with the input of general managers, who have offered their opinions on various things such as instant replay, the postseason and the draft.
"It was a benefit, I think, especially at the front end of these meetings," said Yankees GM Brian Cashman of the inclusion of the GMs. "It gave the Commissioner a good chance to find out just what the general managers think. It's been great, healthy."
Where the NBA, NFL and NHL are tinged with rancor over labor agreements, all is smelling roses in baseball land -- and Selig believes things will only get better.
"There's no question that nobody could've believed -- starting with me -- that we'd have 16 years of labor peace in a sport that had eight work stoppages," he said. "That's really remarkable. ... The last six years are the best six years we've ever had and I think this will move up a little. That's how good I feel about it."
-- Evan Brunell