Bud Selig Newsbeat
Monday, November 25, 2013
Hundreds of mourners, including commissioner Bud Selig and embattled Yankee Alex Rodriguez, journeyed to Paramus, N.J., on a bitterly cold Sunday and packed Robert Schoem’s Menorah Chapel for the memorial service of Michael Weiner, the late executive director of baseball’s Players’ Association.
Weiner, who died Thursday at 51 from brain cancer — he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor in August 2012 — was eulogized by his wife, Diane Margolin, and Rabbi Mary Zamore in a 40-minute service that included proinent names from all corners of baseball. They included Hall of Famer Dave Winfield, super agent Scott Boras, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, former Mets GM Omar Minaya, Mets PR chief Jay Horwitz, MLB COO Rob Manfred and former players David Cone, Al Leiter, Bobby Bonilla and Frank Thomas. Don Fehr, Weiner’s predecessor (and now the NHL’s union chief) as well as Tony Clark, Weiner’s successor, also attended.
“I’ve been thinking about how to address you on this occasion since August of ’12, when an aggressive, cancerous tumor invaded Mike’s brain. I imagined this day to be far, far off, but I knew it was coming. And I knew when it would come, I knew you’d come, because you loved Mike, and because you know how much Mike would want us to be here together,” [his widow] Margolin said. “Our Mike, he lived an intentional, mindful, truthful and honest life, and I need all those words to say it, and I need to say it again. Our Mike, he lived an intentional, mindful, truthful and honest life. And this led to much happiness for him and all of us around him.”
Posted: November 25, 2013 at 10:37 AM | 4 comment(s)
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Ron Washington just got a new way to mess up games.
The biggest change from the expanded replay system that was originally unveiled at the last owners’ meetings in August at Cooperstown, N.Y., is that managers will get a maximum of two challenges that can be used at any point in the game. The original plans was to allow managers one challenge in the first six innings and two more from the seventh through the end of the game.
MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred said a final decisions of whether managers get one or two challenges has not been made and will be part of the negotiations with the players and umpires.
The rest of the plan remains basically unchanged, including a manager retaining the challenge if he wins his appeal.
That will likely end most manager/umpire arguments because if a manager disagrees with a reviewable call, his only recourse would be to use a challenge. Managers would not be able to argue a reviewable call in a bid to get it overturned without the use of replay.
About the only situation where a manager could still argue would in situations not open to review, such as defending a player or questioning an improper substitution.
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Bud Selig’s invisible hand.
For the last two decades, Selig has been less a dictatorial overlord than a steward whose job has been to guide the functioning, faux-competitive monopoly of Major League Baseball with an even, unobtrusive hand. When you look at his tenure this way, you begin to notice not just that it has been enormously successful for the people he serves—the owners of baseball teams—but that his great achievements have an air of passive inevitability. Like a manager with a steady grip on his team, Selig’s style has been to let the game grow without f*****g anything up too badly.
Posted: October 24, 2013 at 02:52 PM | 6 comment(s)
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he plans to retire in January 2015. The 79-year-old Selig has repeatedly said since 2003 that his retirement was imminent, but Thursday marked the first time he issued a formal statement.
Selig took over as acting commissioner on Sept. 9, 1992, in his role as chairman of the executive council. He repeatedly said he would not take the job full time but was formally elected commissioner July 9, 1998. He agreed to new contracts in 2001, 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Posted: September 26, 2013 at 02:57 PM | 58 comment(s)
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
This reminds me of a song that Scott Hatteberg once sang:
“I was in The Pit.
You were in The Pit.
We all were in The Pit.”
Bud Selig was on John Feinstein’s radio show. Unlike yesterday, today Feinstein left the opinion-offering to others. Good move! Selig was asked about a lot of things. Two of note. First the A’s stadium situation. Here’s what he said about the Colisuem
“It’s a pit,” Selig said. “It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”
When? Well, there’s a lawsuit and that committee’s agenda is about as barren as the Mojave, but he’ll solve it, by gum. I wish I thought the San Jose lawsuit had a better chance of succeeding and thus the antitrust exemption scuttled, but I’m highly skeptical. When it gets dismissed it’ll be back in Selig’s court and I suppose we’ll be waiting around forever again.
Friday, August 16, 2013
Question 1: So all-encompassing instant replay is officially coming to a done deal?
Well, Major League Baseball certainly is acting like it, but they still need to get approval by the Major League Baseball Players Association and the umpires’ union. The umpires union wants assurances that no jobs are phased out, and is asking for an extra umpiring crew to be at the command post each day. If everything is cleared, the owners will vote on it Nov. 13-14 at their next quarterly meetings.
I don’t know about you, but I was facebook stalking Furtado, waiting for an instant replay thread to occupy my day.
Posted: August 16, 2013 at 01:14 PM | 88 comment(s)
Monday, August 05, 2013
CBS NEWS/ August 5, 2013, 2:59 PM
Alex Rodriguez hit with drug suspension through 2014 as MLB drops hammer
Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees responds to a question from the media after a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer Park on August 3, 2013 in Trenton, New Jersey.
Alex Rodriguez #13 of the New York Yankees responds to a question from the media after a rehab game for the Trenton Thunder against the Reading Fightin Phils at Arm & Hammer Park on August 3, 2013 in Trenton, New Jersey. / PHOTO BY DREW HALLOWELL/GETTY IMAGES
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Three-time MVP Alex Rodriguez has been suspended through the 2014 season as part of Major League Baseball’s latest drug scandal investigation while all other 12 players targeted for drug suspensions have reportedly accepted 50-game penalties.
Earlier CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported that A-Rod planned to appeal and thus be eligible to play Monday night for the Yankees against the White Sox, according to people involved the case.
Rodriguez, 38, was one of 13 players suspended by the league Monday for their links to Biogenesis, a now-defunct clinic accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs to athletes across several professional sports.
Nelson Cruz of the Rangers, Jhonny Peralta of the Tigers and Everth Cabrera of the Padres - all 2013 All-Stars - accepted 50-game suspensions without appeal, a source told the Associated Press.
According to the AP, nine other players accepted suspensions without appeal: Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli and outfielder Fernando Martinez; Philadelphia pitcher Antonio Bastardo; Seattle catcher Jesus Montero; New York Mets infielder Jordany Valdespin and outfielder Cesar Puello; Houston pitcher Sergio Escalona; San Diego pitcher Fautino De Los Santos; and free agent pitcher Jordan Norberto….
As CBS News correspondent Don Dahler reported, an arbitrator would have 25 days to rule on A-Rod’s appeal, and the evidence against the player would be made public. If the suspension ultimately stands, he will lose around $34 million in salary.
The evidence is said to suggest Rodriguez bought or used steroids in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Heyman reported.
Say it ain’t so Centaur. Say it ain’t so.
Posted: August 05, 2013 at 02:06 PM | 161 comment(s)
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