Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Bud Selig Newsbeat

Friday, January 23, 2015

Neyer: That time Bud Selig yelled at me

I let the machine pick up, and was more than a little bemused to hear this: Rob, this is Commissioner Selig. I read your column on ESPN and wanted to talk to you about it. When you get a chance, please call me at …”

Selig clearly had a print-out of my ESPN.com column at hand, probably with the offending passages highlighted by a flunky. And he spent the next half-hour or so simply going through the passages, and telling me exactly how I’d gotten each one so horribly wrong. A few times, I tried to interject with my questions. He wasn’t having any of it, not even a little. I think it’s probably safe to say that Selig didn’t respond, or really react at all, to a single thing I said. He was the High Commissioner of Baseball, Lord of Lords, and I was nothing.

When finally he’d finished haranguing me, I believe he did sign off civilly. But it’s certainly the most frustrating conversation in my professional life, to this day. And I probably was less well-disposed toward Selig than I’d been before.

I probably became even less well-disposed a few weeks later, when the word came down from above: Lay off Commissioner Bud. Oh, I wasn’t told I couldn’t criticize him. Just that I couldn’t do it with such obvious relish.

Still, seemed petty at the time (and still does). I wasn’t the only one, either. I know other writers who’d gotten calls from Selig, and I know other writers who’d been told by their bosses to take it easy on the poor old Commissioner.

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: January 23, 2015 at 09:00 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: black hand, bud selig, commissioner

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bud Selig: The Greatest Commissioner in the History of Baseball | HardballTalk

Craig Calcaterra’s take on Bug Selig’s tenure as Commissioner.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 22, 2015 at 07:16 AM | 205 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, commissioner

Thursday, January 15, 2015

MLB’s Bud Selig is in position to give parting gift to scouts charity - LA Times

“The scouts are among the most underappreciated part of the game of baseball, so what Dennis has done with his foundation and dinner is just so right. That’s why I come,” Selig said. “What Dennis has done for them is remarkable.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2015 at 09:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig, scouts

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Pace of game on agenda at this week’s baseball owners’ meetings - Newsday

I hope nobody gets arrested at the party.

This week’s quarterly meetings for the 30 MLB owners will double as a retirement party for Bud Selig, whose 23-year tenure as commissioner officially ends Jan. 25.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 14, 2015 at 09:03 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball owners, bud selig, commissioner

Monday, December 22, 2014

The 3-D ‘Bud Selig Experience’: A Real Thing That Is Actually Happening

So it was announced that Miller Park would now contain something called “The Selig Experience,” and this is not something I am making up, either. Neither am I making this part up:

  The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. A multimedia show will include a 3-dimensional encounter with Selig inside a reproduction of his old Milwaukee County Stadium office.

The number of people who had a truly three-dimensional encounter with the actual Bud Selig can be counted on the extremities without removing both shoes. Now he is going to haunt his personal ballpark as a hologram for eternity? Some Brewers fan as yet unborn is going to amble into the wrong part of the stadium’s loge and be confronted with an ambulatory, spectral Bud Selig, wandering the Miller Park parapets like Hamlet’s father? Great Caesar’s ghost!

(Wait. Forget I said that.)

And what is the interactive attraction in walking into a facsimile of anybody’s office, especially Bud Selig’s? What do you get to do? Arrange for the World Series not to be held? Mastermind an All-Star Game that ends in a tie? Ignore the glistening tower of syringes, reaching almost all the way up to the ceiling over there in the corner? Duck baseballs thrown at you by the hologrammic Gary Sheffield? Trade Greg Vaughn for Bryce Florie, over and over again? That sounds like something Dante would have dreamed up. Alighieri, that is. Not Bichette, whose hologram likely will stalk the joint, too, looking for the head of Kevin Reimer.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 22, 2014 at 01:37 PM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: bud selig

Thursday, December 11, 2014

ESPN: Highest Ranking Hispanic Woman In MLB Files Discrimination Suit

Sylvia Lind’s lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, seeks unspecified damages for what she describes as a failure by the league to consider, interview, appoint and promote qualified Hispanic women to managerial and executive positions. Lind, 48, says the league has created a hostile work environment for her because of her age. Lind, the league’s director of baseball initiatives in its Office of the Commissioner, names as defendants the league, commissioner Bud Selig and Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, who supervised her. Messages to the league were not immediately returned Thursday.

The lawsuit says Lind works in an industry dominated by white men and has been passed over for promotions and underpaid since 1995. Lind said Hispanics are underrepresented in the management level while baseball has a high percentage of Hispanic players. She said of 52 people who are vice presidents or above only two are Hispanic and only 12 are women.

According to the lawsuit, Lind, who is of Cuban descent and lives in New Jersey, earned her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1995. It says she began working for Major League Baseball on Nov. 21, 1995, as supervisor in the legal department of MLB Properties Inc. at an annual salary of $43,000. She said she was the only Hispanic female lawyer in the legal department at the time and no Hispanic attorneys have been hired since.

Lind said her troubles with the league worsened after Robinson, who played for several teams between 1956 and 1976, became executive vice president of baseball development in June 2012 and criticized her writing and other skills. She said Robinson, who won rookie of the year and MVP honors with the Cincinnati Reds and MVP with the Baltimore Orioles, lacked the educational credentials, professional license and executive experience to qualify for the job, which paid him more than $1 million annually.

A farewell present for Bud Selig.


Monday, September 22, 2014

MLB creates pace of game committee

Next they’ll need a committee to examine the pace of committees designed to study the pace of the game.

Baseball games are too slow and take too long. They’re still enjoyable and we’re all going to watch them, but they could be sped up and improved. The fact that even Major League Baseball commissioner (for now) Bud Selig has recognized this is the greatest proof that we know. Selig, in what will likely be one of his last major acts as commissioner, has set up a committee to figure out ways to speed up MLB games as soon as 2015.

Some of the regular long-term players you expect are included in the committee, such as the Mets’ Sandy Alderson, Braves’ president John Schuerholz and MLB’s chief operating officer and the next commissioner, Rob Manfred. Tony Clark is there to represent the Player’s Union as well, while Tom Werner—who failed in his bid to leave the Red Sox to become commissioner—is also around, along with Joe Torre. It’s kind of a who’s who of those will still be in power after Selig officially abdicates the throne, which makes sense given they’re the ones who need to deal with the consequences of their actions.


 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Dock Ellis on Acid
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPictures of New Ballpark Food Items « Ben's Biz Blog
(26 - 12:34pm, Mar 06)
Last: dave h

NewsblogESPN: Cashman: Retire captaincy with Jeter
(29 - 12:32pm, Mar 06)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

NewsblogJoe Posnanski's Top 100 Players: No. 40: Eddie Collins
(69 - 12:30pm, Mar 06)
Last: Greg K

NewsblogMinor's absence opens opportunities for Stults | braves.com
(9 - 12:29pm, Mar 06)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(761 - 12:27pm, Mar 06)
Last: Joey B.

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-6-2015
(8 - 12:24pm, Mar 06)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogPatriots, Giants, Rays sign amicus brief in support of same-sex marriage
(6 - 12:10pm, Mar 06)
Last: Shibal

NewsblogVideo: Pedroia's grand slam | MLB.com
(5 - 11:59am, Mar 06)
Last: Rickey! is just here so he don't get fined

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(317 - 11:54am, Mar 06)
Last: Norcan

NewsblogArbitrator will decide whether Josh Hamilton should enter rehab - ESPN Los Angeles
(77 - 11:41am, Mar 06)
Last: Hank G.

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(46 - 11:18am, Mar 06)
Last: The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB)

NewsblogWhy Masahiro Tanaka isn't worried about the health of his elbow - Yahoo Sports
(2 - 10:58am, Mar 06)
Last: bbmck

NewsblogBryan Price wants Reds to run like Pete Rose
(45 - 10:53am, Mar 06)
Last: bbmck

Newsblog'Boring' Cardinals know how to win
(15 - 10:17am, Mar 06)
Last: RoyalsRetro (AG#1F)

NewsblogUPDATE: X-rays confirm fractured left forearm for Giants' Hunter Pence, out 6-8 weeks - Giants Extra
(9 - 10:15am, Mar 06)
Last: Charles S. has an IV drip in his arm

Page rendered in 0.9549 seconds
77 querie(s) executed