Bud Selig, A-rod, Mlbpa, Michael Weiner Newsbeat
Friday, March 03, 2017
.About 15 minutes before class, the professor sits down in an office a few doors from Room 550 at Arizona State University’s law school, where he will commence a two-hour lecture titled, “The Power of the Commissioner.”
The twin slivers of clear wire curl a hearing aid into each of his ears. They’re a reminder that despite his eagerness to address the volumes of questions from the class, Bud Selig—who sold Joe Torre his first car in the late 1950s, tried to lure the White Sox to Milwaukee in the 1960s and bought the Seattle Pilots and moved them to Milwaukee to become the Brewers—is 82 years old. He was born into the Great Depression, six months after Henry Aaron in 1934…......
He’s got a statue of himself in front of Milwaukee’s Miller Park, and this summer, he will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, the mention of which allows him to be magnanimous.
“A lot of people think it’s an unpopular opinion, but I think Marvin Miller belongs in the Hall of Fame too. There were so many battles ... but if you make a significant contribution, you belong, and no matter how you felt about him, you cannot say Marvin Miller did not make a contribution,” Selig says of the longtime union executive.
What is clear, however, on this day—and on so many of the days when our paths have crossed over the years—is that Selig seems to crave most what will always elude him: total victory. He wants it all, but for all the stadiums and revenues, labor peace, wild cards and interleague play, he cannot win on steroids, he never will, and he seems convinced that if he repeats his side just enough, one day history will tilt in his favor. It is a Sisyphean exercise.
Posted: March 03, 2017 at 10:22 AM | 5 comment(s)
Friday, January 06, 2017
Last year’s phenomenal Game Seven ratings might mask some deeper truths about the game’s long-term prospects.
“Selig’s annual statements about the health of the game were not pulled out of the air but reflected in the financial data and products being offered to fans. His successor, Rob Manfred, will almost certainly continue to report on the financial health of baseball. While these reports may be factual, they do not quite represent the entire truth.”
Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Allan “Bud” Selig, HOF class of 2017. His impact on the game was monumental; his legacy is mixed. Did he ultimately leave the game better than he found it? Part One of a detailed post-mortem of the Selig era.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Buying wins at the free agent price isn’t the optimal use of resources. It’s not just about greed; it’s about smart business.
If this sounds easier than it is, well, yeah. Baseball is a remarkably trying game. A swing can disappear. The yips can attack. Guarantees vanish overnight. Elbows can blow (which makes pre-free agency pitching extensions a bit more tolerable). And yet part of the strength of the MLB Players Association is its members’ willingness to shutter those fears and chase something that benefits everyone. Low-ball deals do not. Contracts that buy out free agent years rarely do. Teams are using every last morsel of leverage to keep a player from going to free agency, because the less spent there, the more ownership gets to keep.
Passan highlighted the following passage on his Twitter account.
Closer Kenley Jansen is in the catbird’s seat, with a five-year deal worth at least $80 million on the table from the Miami Marlins, according to sources. Never mind the absolute folly of this, the notion that the Marlins can bullpen their way into contention with a starting staff as flimsy as theirs. It’s a losing strategy to begin with. So, too, is giving a relief pitcher five years, no matter Jansen’s six-year run of dominance. Most egregious of all, perhaps, is offering Jansen nearly the same deal they did Aroldis Chapman despite the draft pick they would forfeit for his 65 or so innings a year. It is the 13th overall pick in the June amateur draft, and teams around baseball value it at somewhere between $12 million and $15 million, according to sources. So, really, their offer for Jansen far exceeds what they proposed to Chapman, whom they preferred in the first place, which they shouldn’t even have done because mediocre teams don’t need $17 million-a-year closers. And this is why one executive said earlier this week: “I wish I could make money betting against the Marlins.”
Sunday, December 04, 2016
Most in the baseball media have declared management as the winner in the sport’s latest round of labor negotiations. Over the last two days, I’ve portrayed the outcome as a split decision by illustrating how the new CBA will do little to change the prevailing trends in the game. But, that begs the question: is the status quo good for the players?
Friday, December 02, 2016
Monday, November 28, 2016
Once Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, there was a small window where it was somewhat easier for Latin players to make the transition to las Grandes Ligas. But that all changed when Castro overthrew the Batista regime and took control of Cuba in 1959.
Luis Tiant, the star pitcher for the Indians and Red Sox and who pitched for the Yankees as well, never returned to his native Cuba after the 1961 failed Bay of Pigs invasion. Tiant, now 76, was playing in Mexico at the time of the botched, CIA-backed military operation designed to topple Castro. Tiant fled to the U.S. in ’61 and carved out a stellar major league career, including his star turn in the 1975 World Series between his Red Sox and the Reds.
Earlier that season, South Dakota Sen. George McGovern brokered a deal with Castro that allowed Tiant’s parents to travel from Cuba to the U.S. to see their son pitch for the Sox. Luis Sr., Tiant’s father, was a pitching star in the Negro Leagues, and he threw out the first pitch before his son took the mound at Fenway against the A’s in an Aug. 30, 1975 game.
“My father got beat around pretty good,” Tiant’s son, also named Luis, told The News Saturday, referring to his father giving up six runs in 2.2 innings of a Red Sox loss. “My grandfather was not too happy about it.” Tiant’s parents remained in the U.S. after their arrival in ’75, but both died the following year several days apart. Luis Tiant, the former major leaguer, returned to Cuba in 2007, an emotional trip that was documented in the 2009 film, “The Lost Son of Havana.”
Thursday, October 06, 2016
Selig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. McGwire deserves to share the stage with him on induction day.
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