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Saturday, August 09, 2014

Bud Selig issues statement on reported tiff with Jerry Reinsdorf

“I want to send the message that I’m not sending any messages!”

In light of reports that there was a bit of a tiff between commissioner Bud Selig and his longtime compadre, White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, regarding the succession committee naming a new commissioner, Selig issued the following statement Friday:

Since discussions began in January about formulating an orderly process for selecting the next Commissioner, I have stated both privately and publicly that my desire was to conduct a thorough, thoughtful and discreet search that includes the input of all 30 Major League Clubs. The seven-member Succession Committee, which was named on May 15th and has been chaired with distinction by Bill DeWitt, has accomplished this goal while working independently to get to the point we are today. While Bill has kept me well-informed, the results of this process are a reflection of the Committee’s work alone, and I have not promoted individual candidates.

As we approach next week’s vote, I will continue to encourage Clubs to voice their opinions within the confines of this process. Reports of personal animosity between Jerry Reinsdorf and me—or any other alleged disputes between owners regarding the process or the candidates—are unfounded and unproductive. I respect the ownership of our 30 franchises and have complete faith that the process will produce an individual that all in Baseball will be eager to support.

The District Attorney Posted: August 09, 2014 at 04:46 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bud selig, business, commissioner, jerry reinsdorf, rob manfred

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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 09, 2014 at 10:00 PM (#4767873)
So the Commissioner vote comes at a meeting in Baltimore at the same time the Orioles - Nationals TV rights dispute hits the fan. Not sure if the MASN mess is on the formal agenda, but it's bound to be a big deal when 5 owners are involved if you include the arbitration panel. I wonder if it might affect the Commissioner vote?
   2. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 10, 2014 at 02:40 AM (#4767920)
I find this humorous on several levels. So Jerry wants to be commissioner? He's 78 years old, does the league want to do this all over again when Jerry finally kicks it from a heart attack in three years after an Italian beef sandwich?

Secondly, its funny where baseball decides to conduct business. When I interviewed for a baseball job I had to go all over the place, the NY office, the Chicago office, the Milwaukee office, the Philly office, and now they are apparently doing business in Baltimore. The Milwaukee office is totally bullshit because Bud doesn't like NYC or Chicago. Honestly, Bud hates leaving Milwaukee and will be the first one to share it. That this is going down in Baltimore is very humorous to me. I wonder where Bud is getting his daily milkshake and hotdog.
   3. SY Ruined School Lunches! Posted: August 10, 2014 at 02:48 AM (#4767921)
Reinsdorf isn't trying to get himself elected. He is backing Tom Werner.
   4. Bunny Vincennes Posted: August 10, 2014 at 02:58 AM (#4767922)

I actually knew this, I forgot the Tom Werner thing which I read about this afternoon... Dinosaur brain got too much sun.
   5. BDC Posted: August 10, 2014 at 10:12 AM (#4767963)
Aren't reports of personal animosity between Jerry Reinsdorf and Insert Name Here likely to be well-founded?
   6. Joe Bivens Recognizes the Kenyan Precedent Posted: August 10, 2014 at 02:27 PM (#4768049)
What say Judith?
   7. CWS Keith plans to [omitted] at [omitted] Posted: August 10, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4768098)
Aren't reports of personal animosity between Jerry Reinsdorf and Insert Name Here likely to be well-founded?

Where does this sentiment come from? Reinsdorf seems to have great relationships with just about everyone who works for him. I can't recall an instance of animosity between he and a player, coach or front-office employee.
   8. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 10, 2014 at 04:02 PM (#4768106)
agree with keith.

   9. GregD Posted: August 10, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4768175)
Reinsdorf seems like a great boss and a bad enemy to have
   10. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 10, 2014 at 05:19 PM (#4768176)

correct. if reinsdorf wants you out of the way he gets it done.
   11. Dan The Mediocre is one of "the rest" Posted: August 10, 2014 at 07:10 PM (#4768214)
Does he get you out of the way by having you stand in the corner?

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