Speaking on a panel discussion about baseball in Israel, White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was asked by a fan about the possibility of international expansion. He said he’d rather see two teams contracted.
“I don’t see any baseball expansion right now,” he said. “If it were up to me, I would contract two teams. But I certainly don’t think expansion on the horizon.”
When fans yelled, “What two teams?” Reinsdorf clammed up.
“I have a habit of getting myself into trouble,” he said. “I just did yesterday. So I’m not going to (get in trouble).”
While the possibility seems unlikely today, these aren’t Reinsdorf’s first public comments about the possibility of eliminating teams. In early 2002, he spoke of the possibility of contracting the Minnesota Twins and the benefits it would have for then-owner Carl Pohlad, telling The New York Times: ‘We’re not doing Carl a favor. ‘If the Twins are one of the teams and Carl lets us contract him, he’d be doing us a favor.’‘
Reinsdorf also said to expect “an international draft, except for Japan, in the next couple of years.”
Posted: July 26, 2012 at 06:47 AM | 65 comment(s)
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