Tag:Bud Selig
Posted on: September 23, 2010 6:08 pm

Baseball moves up offseason schedule

Bud Selig In Jayson Stark's latest "Rumblings and Grumblings " column, he writes that baseball and its player union has agreed to move up the deadlines for filing for free agency as well as arbitration and tender dates after the offseason about to take place.


By moving up the dates, it is thought that teams will have more time to negotiate with players and perhaps speed up the process so that multiple free agents aren't still looking for new zip codes into February.

Color me skeptical.

Teams are more patient than ever these days, and simply being allowing to talk to players days earlier won't get  players signed any faster. It may get the marquee free agents in the fold faster, certainly, but that isn't the issue. The issue is how long it takes the players with average talent or exorbitant salary demands to find a home.

In addition, teams last that long for a reason -- spring training is around the corner. For players to have a shot at making a team, they've got to get a contract signed for spring training so they can fight for their job. That constitutes the vast majority of players left unsigned into February, with only the players with high salary demands left as a factor. And as the last few years have shown, they'll either come down off their price or spend the summer lying by the pool.

Will moving up deadlines by a few days change that? Doubtful.

In the same column, Stark speaks to commissioner Bud Selig about instant replay and the possibility of adding wild cards.

Selig says that he's open to expanded replay but hasn't found any galvanization for it in baseball.

"People say to me, 'Bud, does anybody call you about this -- owners, general managers, managers?' And that answer, frankly, is no. I really don't get calls on this," Selig insisted. "Frankly, outside of ESPN, I really don't hear much about it."

Selig also said that there is growing discussion both among executives, owners and fans for a possible second wild card, but unless the schedule is shortened -- which isn't happening -- it will be difficult to fit in a best-of-three wild card showdown. (You see, no one wants a one-game playoff.)

-- Evan Brunell

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Tags: Bud Selig
Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:02 pm

Aaron: 'Bud Selig is my hero'

Bud Selig is hardly a popular man among baseball fans, but he had plenty of his own fans on hand Tuesday for the unveiling of his statue in front of Miller Park.

Bud Selig The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a list of some of the attendees for the ceremony:
Sen. Herb Kohl
Political columnist George Will
Wisconsin AD Barry Alvarez
Joe and Frank Torre
Hall of Famers Al Kaline, Frank Robinson, Ernie Banks
Representatives of too many clubs to name, including Yankees president Randy Levine and wife Mindy, a Milwaukee native
Rachel Robinson, widow of Jackie Robinson
Dick Ebersol, President of NBC Sports and Entertainment
Former Packers president Bob Harlan and GM Ron Wolf
Dozens of former and current Brewers employees
Many former and current Brewers, including Robin Yount and Hank Aaron, who also have statues outside of Miller Park as well as Gorman Thomas, Sal Bando, Cecil Cooper, Ben Oglivie, Audrey Kuenn, widow of former manager Harvey Kuenn, Don Money, Don August, Bill Schroeder, Jerry Augustine, Ken Sanders, Larry Hisle, Teddy Higuera, Dale Sveum, Ted Simmons, Pete Vuckovich, Rollie Fingers, Trevor Hoffman, Craig Counsell, Jim Gantner and Paul Molitor.
Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and wife Debbie, who donated the statue.
All of Selig's family, including wife Sue and daughters Wendy and Sari
There were at least two more current Brewers at the event than current Yankees attended George Steinbrenner's funeral (although it was at the ballpark on a game day, so it was a little easier to make.)

In addition to the roll call, Selig was lavished with praise. Here's a sampling:
"Bud Selig is my hero." -- Hank Aaron (from MLB.com ) "I honestly believe the first statue that should have gone up outside this stadium is Bud Selig's. I'm not sure we have any of this without him." -- Robin Yount (from MLB.com ) "This man right here was stronger than any other thing involved in staying here. If not for this man, I might have left." -- Yount, who stayed with the Brewers as a free agent in 1990 instead of going to the Angels. (from the Journal Sentinel ) Selig is often a punchline -- and with some very valid reasons -- but he's also the biggest reason baseball not only returned to Milwaukee, but also that it remained in Wisconsin.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 3:08 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:00 pm

Fans protest at Nationals Park

Several people ran onto the field in the bottom of the fifth inning of the Nationals-Diamondbacks game at Nationals Park to protest Arizona's immigration law and the 2011 All-Star Game behind held at Chase Field in Phoenix.

At least four people rushed the field and a banner was unfurled in center field saying "Bud Selig Move The All-Star Game / No SB 1070."

The protestors were detained by security and escorted off the field.

There were protests held at the park before the game, as well.

UPDATE: Here's how the Associated Press described the action :

A man emerged from the left-field stands in the fifth inning and ran into short right field after Washington pitcher Stephen Strasburg grounded to short for the first out. As security guards were about to subdue the man, a woman ran onto the field from the right-field seats.

The two ran around the field, meeting in deep right-center, before they were caught by security. As they were being escorted from the field, a man and a woman holding a banner protesting the All-Star Game in Arizona ran into right field.

Before they could display the banner, a security guard ripped it from their hands, tackling one of them. As they were taken into custody, a bedsheet banner reading "Bud Selig Move All Star Game No SB 1070" was unfurled from the facade over the batter's eye in center field.

While the banner-toting protesters were taken off the field, security removed the sign in center field. The game was delayed about two minutes. 

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 11, 2010 6:26 pm
Edited on: June 11, 2010 6:32 pm

Kansas City to get 2012 All-Star Game

The Kansas City Star says Bud Selig will be in Kansas City to officially name Kauffman Stadium the host of the 2012 All-Star Game.

Major League Baseball promised Kansas City an All-Star Game if it approved major renovations to the 38-year old stadium. Renovations were completed in time for the 2009 season and Selig will make it official on his visit.

The Royals start a three-game homestand against the Astros on Tuesday.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: June 7, 2010 7:11 pm

Officially official: Harper to the Nats

In the least shocking draft pick since, well, Stephen Strasburg went first overall a year ago, the Washington Nationals have finally selected Bryce Harper with the first overall pick in the MLB Draft.

Strasburg debuts for the National on Tuesday, while Harper and agent Scott Boras will begin their drawn-out negotiations.

Now things get interesting, with Pittsburgh and Baltimore decide between Texas prep pitcher Jameson Taillon and Miami high school shortstop Manny Machado.

Unlike Strasburg, Harper isn't a finished product. He's been a catcher in high school and junior college, but his future may lie elsewhere. The Nationals announced him as an outfielder when Bud Selig made the announcement. One thing's for certain, though, with Boras as his agent, he's not going to get a paycheck from the Nationals until Aug. 16, the deadline for draft picks to sign.

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