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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

JS Online: Andrew Zimbalist puts Selig at No. 1 among commissioners

According to the Iron Economist…“Selig, number one. Landis, number two. Eckert…ptooey!”

Bud loves baseball as much as anyone I’ve ever met. . . . Bud is also tenacious. Without his tenacity, Milwaukee would never have gotten back a major league team. And without his tenacity, the owners may have self-destructed in the early 1990s as they bitterly fought over revenue sharing. At the time, and still today, Bud spends many of his waking hours talking to the owners about how they need to cooperate with each other and behave as partners. He has the uncanny ability to make just about everyone he talks to believe that he is on their side. Baseball’s ownership always has been plagued by fractiousness. Bud has used his superlative social skills, intelligence and energy to hold baseball’s barons together. The owners recognize that Bud has performed this vital function, and even though some may resent occasionally his methods or the outcome, they are afraid of what would happen without him.

Repoz Posted: February 28, 2006 at 01:29 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark

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   1. CraigK Posted: February 28, 2006 at 01:40 PM (#1877900)

   2. Artie Ziff Posted: February 28, 2006 at 01:51 PM (#1877905)
While Selig has done a fantastic job, I do not see how he can be rated higher than Landis.
   3. Styles P. Deadball Posted: February 28, 2006 at 02:12 PM (#1877923)
Oh, please, Oh, please let this thread degenerate into another argument over the proper role of the commissioner.
   4. OnWI Posted: February 28, 2006 at 02:52 PM (#1877967)
Anyone else read "Master of the Senate"? It's the third in a string of books on Lyndon Johnson by Robert Caro.

Selig sounds just like Johnson. Johnson was able to convince the South he hated blacks while convincing Northern Senators he wanted to change the South. That and about a million other whoppers.


   5. fra paolo Posted: February 28, 2006 at 02:54 PM (#1877969)
Why? Even if you think the Bewigged Satan's revolution has been a disaster, like I do, it would be more interesting now to argue about the future of MLB in the post-Selig era.

Will the DH rule ever become universal?

Do we need more realignment?

Will there be another expansion in the next 20 years?

Can MLB organize an equivalent to NFL Europe (not necessarily in Europe)? Ought it to?
   6. penguinmobile Posted: February 28, 2006 at 03:21 PM (#1877997)
his superlative social skills

"Let me tell ya, I don't normally make these sort of allowances, but since you seem like a real stand up kind of guy, heck, I'd go so far as to say that even though I don't really know you, you're a great guy, someone I could see being friends with, both you and your charming wife, because I really genuinely like you, I can write you up a really good deal, something that will really knock your socks off and have you smiling on your way out the door, I can write it up and take it back and tell the manager that I'll personally vouche for you, that he really should give it the okay because you're genuinely the salt of the earth, nobody better, so just let me take this back to the manager... Just kidding! I AM the manager! You, my friend are 100% approved! Just sign here on the dotted line..."
   7. bob gee Posted: February 28, 2006 at 04:02 PM (#1878053)
to paraphrase colbert...

selig: great, or the GREATEST commissioner?

the intent behind the question gives you my feelings on selig as commissioner.
   8. AADeuce Posted: February 28, 2006 at 04:02 PM (#1878055)
Well, I'll always remember that epic 1994 season.
   9. Joey B. is counting the days to Trea Turner Posted: February 28, 2006 at 04:08 PM (#1878064)
This is going to be great. Let the Primate frothing at the mouth commence.
   10. Fred Garvin is dead to Mug Posted: February 28, 2006 at 04:47 PM (#1878135)
I have to say that I read the interview expecting to have a lot more disagreement than I do. For 90% of the interview, I agree with everything that Zimbalist says.

It's the 10% that may draw all the heat here -- is Selig the best commissioner? Even here, though, I understand Zimbalist's point; I believe he was speaking in terms of how well Selig served MLB, not whether he was the best commissioner from the fans standpoint.
   11. Brian Norton Posted: February 28, 2006 at 05:48 PM (#1878267)
The best commissioner? Selig isn't even *a* commissioner. He's the head owner, or the owner's representative.

   12. Maury Brown Posted: February 28, 2006 at 05:59 PM (#1878280)
I have an advance copy of the new book by Andy Z. and will be doing a review of it shortly...

On "ranking" the commissioners...

I can find faults in all of them. In the case of Selig, however, I find more pluses than minuses.

Let's not confuse the fact that the commissioner's position is to serve the owners, and in that sense, there is self-interest involved in the decision making process that can run counter to what the fans may want. All that said, I find Selig an interesting subject. No one has been able to corral the owners together in the way that Selig has. While he may come across flat in the media, he's extremely adept at communication amongst the ownership ranks and building consensus.

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