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Team Clark
11-30-2006, 09:07 PM
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NEW YORK -- Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig says he will be stepping down in three years when his contract ends, content that the sport is in good health.

"I plan to retire," Selig, the former Milwaukee Brewers owner, said Thursday.

"Other than Kenesaw Mountain Landis I think I would be the longest serving commissioner," added Selig, who became "interim commissioner" in 1992 and took the job permanently six years later.

"My contract runs for the next three-plus years. I'll be 75 years of age and & I want to teach and write a book and do some other things," he said.

Selig said he was proud of "changing the economic landscape" of the major leagues through revenue sharing and a luxury tax on big-spending clubs and was gratified by revenue growth from $1.2 billion in 1992 to last year's $5.2 billion.

He also called the labor deal announced at the World Series "amazing," guaranteeing peace with players through 2011 after decades of rancor between the sides.

Despite calling this "the golden age of baseball," Selig admitted there were still issues to grapple with, saying he had "a sleepless night last night worrying about a lot of things."

They include the depth of suspected steroid abuse in the sport which has yet to be determined, and baseball being bounced from the Olympics. This season's World Series between the St Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers also had the lowest TV ratings ever while MLB drew record attendances and produced record revenues.

Selig said there was no timetable for findings from the independent probe he ordered into use of performance-enhancing drugs which is headed by former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell.

The cloud of suspicion over possible steroids use by seven-time MVP Barry Bonds would not keep baseball from celebrating should he overtake Hank Aaron's career record of 755 homers, Selig said.

Bonds, 42, who is a free agent, ended last season with 734 career homers, 22 shy of the record.

"If and when he breaks Hank Aaron's record we will commemorate it in the way we would do any record of that size," Selig said.

"Hank understands the position we find ourselves in, and if Barry Bonds breaks the record it will be so commemorated."

Selig said international development was a "fixation" of his, yet he was surprised by how much the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees paid Japanese clubs for the rights to negotiate with two Japanese pitchers.

Boston bid $51.1 million to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka, and New York agreed to pay $25 million to enter into contract talks with Kei Igawa.

"I think we need to review [the process]," Selig said.

Selig said MLB would love baseball to be in the Olympics beyond the 2008 Beijing Games but does not see how the big league season could be altered to allow players to compete.

"We can't stop our season," he said. "Of course we'd like to be in the Olympics given my fixation on international. But you can't stop the season for two weeks in the middle of the season."

Selig said he was buoyed by the success of this year's inaugural World Baseball Classic, won by Japan.

"The World Baseball Classic served as a very poignant illustration of how good international [baseball] can be if we do it right. I hope the classic in 2009 is much bigger. I know it will be bigger."

The commissioner did not foresee the American League giving up the designated hitter and ruled out expansion in the near future.

"I'm very happy with where we are. Expansion would be the worst for us at this point," he said.

Selig said he would prefer cutting back the schedule from 162 games to the old calendar of 154 games so that the playoff season does not threaten to spill over into November, but he conceded none of the owners agrees with him.

"I'm a fan of 154 games. I grew up with it," Selig said. "I don't want to play any games in November."


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westofyou
11-30-2006, 09:09 PM
Seriously why does it matter, the commissioner has always been a tool of the owners.

MrCinatit
11-30-2006, 09:13 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, your new Baseball Commissioner: Carl Linder.

George Foster
12-01-2006, 01:04 AM
Seriously why does it matter, the commissioner has always been a tool of the owners.

That in a nut shell is what's wrong with Baseball. The World Series ratings goes down every year almost, and no one watches the All-Star game, while the NFL grows and grows. Until we break this union and have real salary caps, the dominance of the NFL will continue.

TOBTTReds
12-01-2006, 01:31 AM
That in a nut shell is what's wrong with Baseball. The World Series ratings goes down every year almost, and no one watches the All-Star game, while the NFL grows and grows. Until we break this union and have real salary caps, the dominance of the NFL will continue.

Salary cap or not, football wins. I love baseball, it is my life, and my passion. But I still love Sundays in the fall, because the NFL is a 16 game round robin playoff to get to, well the playoffs. The NFL grows because of its importance of every game, the TV coverage, fantasy football, and betting. I take fantasy football over baseball any day of the week, and considering fantasy football is probably the most popular sports activity in America, that helps the NFL grow. Anyway....

I don't think Bud has done such a bad job, considering the big picture. Signing the new CBA this year early wins a lot of spots in people's hearts. Baseball has grown, despite WS ratings going down. WS ratings don't show the success of a league, just the interest in two teams playing. Attendance, merchandise, and world wide interest is very very high right now. I think continuing the CBA's without surrendering is one of the most important things a commish can do.

George Foster
12-01-2006, 01:48 AM
Salary cap or not, football wins. I love baseball, it is my life, and my passion. But I still love Sundays in the fall, because the NFL is a 16 game round robin playoff to get to, well the playoffs. The NFL grows because of its importance of every game, the TV coverage, fantasy football, and betting. I take fantasy football over baseball any day of the week, and considering fantasy football is probably the most popular sports activity in America, that helps the NFL grow. Anyway....

I don't think Bud has done such a bad job, considering the big picture. Signing the new CBA this year early wins a lot of spots in people's hearts. Baseball has grown, despite WS ratings going down. WS ratings don't show the success of a league, just the interest in two teams playing. Attendance, merchandise, and world wide interest is very very high right now. I think continuing the CBA's without surrendering is one of the most important things a commish can do.

You have some great points, but the Super Bowl is only between 2 teams as well and it is the most watched TV event every year. A game seven of the world series does not have a 10th of the ratings as the Super Bowl...why?

919191
12-01-2006, 02:06 AM
The Super Bowl has become a national holiday with who knows how many millions watching who don't even care about the sport- it is holiday-like and a fun party. a 4 to 7 game event covering up to 9 days doesn't have a chance to equal that, and I don't think I really want it to. If someone, say at work, asks me about the Series, I can reasonably assume he is a baseball fan, but the same question about the Super Bowl doesn't make me jump to the same conclusions.

macro
12-01-2006, 02:09 AM
Selig said he would prefer cutting back the schedule from 162 games to the old calendar of 154 games so that the playoff season does not threaten to spill over into November, but he conceded none of the owners agrees with him.

That's one of the very few times that I have agreed with Selig.

George Foster
12-01-2006, 02:14 AM
The Super Bowl has become a national holiday with who knows how many millions watching who don't even care about the sport- it is holiday-like and a fun party. a 4 to 7 game event covering up to 9 days doesn't have a chance to equal that, and I don't think I really want it to. If someone, say at work, asks me about the Series, I can reasonably assume he is a baseball fan, but the same question about the Super Bowl doesn't make me jump to the same conclusions.

You just made my point, on why the NFL is so healthy and growing in popularity. A lot of bad decisions over the years by MLB and a lot of good decisions over the years by the NFL. It is not a coincidence why the super bowl is on at about 6pm. So everybody including kids can watch.
The World Series starts at about 8:20pm. MLB does not want to compete with the NFL on Sundays during the playoff because they know they will be killed in the ratings...why? It's the NFL regular season and the MLB playoffs?

Yachtzee
12-01-2006, 02:18 AM
I think Baseball needs a Commish who is more like a CEO of baseball rather than a cat wrangler. I think Bud spends too much time trying to build a consensus among the owners and not enough time focusing on the direction of the game as a whole.

StillFunkyB
12-01-2006, 07:36 AM
That's one of the very few times that I have agreed with Selig.

Agree. Playoffs should start the last week of Sept. Especially with an extra round now since moving to the "wildcard" format.

redsfan4445
12-01-2006, 07:54 AM
That's one of the very few times that I have agreed with Selig.

Its easy.. cut back the darn spring training to only 20 games.,. then baseball can start a week early at best with the weather situation.. or play a few double headers!!

redsfan4445
12-01-2006, 07:55 AM
I wonder if Pete is smiling with this news..lol

redsmetz
12-01-2006, 09:18 AM
That in a nut shell is what's wrong with Baseball. The World Series ratings goes down every year almost, and no one watches the All-Star game, while the NFL grows and grows. Until we break this union and have real salary caps, the dominance of the NFL will continue.

Ah, yes, let's blame the union. Not that they shouldn't perhaps share in the blame, but there is plenty of blame to go around. The owners have always been stupid when dealing with labor and salary issues. I know others here have given the sordid history of the rise of the union and the owner's foolish failure to recognize a new day had dawned.

Perhaps there should be salary caps, but I doubt that ML owners are willing to enter into the socialist vision of the NFL. The NFL may have weakened and broken their union, but they had the good sense to put a system in place to see that the money was spread all over between themselves and the players.

So let's not just lay the blame solely at the feet of the players union. They don't have a gun to the head of any of these owners many of whom are making some significant change despite all their crying to the contrary.

Chip R
12-01-2006, 09:33 AM
Seriously why does it matter, the commissioner has always been a tool of the owners.


And who's a bigger tool than Bud?

terminator
12-01-2006, 09:55 AM
That in a nut shell is what's wrong with Baseball. The World Series ratings goes down every year almost, and no one watches the All-Star game, while the NFL grows and grows. Until we break this union and have real salary caps, the dominance of the NFL will continue.
I agree about the salary cap, but I'd also argue that the dominance of the NFL can be attributed to the fact that: (1) busy people can follow their team's entire season by watching for 48 hours (16 games x 3 hours) rather than 486 hours (162 games x 3 hours), (2) the games are almost always on a day of the week when people are off work and have time to watch, and (3) the games are usually played during the daytime of that weekend day so you don't have to stay out until 10 or 11 like you do for an evening Reds game.

I'm surprised Selig's arm didn't fall off from all of that back patting. Financially, baseball has more money coming in and I'm very happy to see the labor agreement reached so we don't have another stoppage, but the payroll disparity keeps this from being a Golden Age IMHO. Too many of the same teams keep going to the playoffs year after year and that will keep happening so long as the Yankees and Red Sox spend $200MM and mid-market teams spend $60MM.

Chip R
12-01-2006, 10:00 AM
The World Series starts at about 8:20pm. MLB does not want to compete with the NFL on Sundays during the playoff because they know they will be killed in the ratings...why? It's the NFL regular season and the MLB playoffs?

George, the World Series has always started on or about 8:20 ever since they started playing night games.

westofyou
12-01-2006, 10:50 AM
That in a nut shell is what's wrong with Baseball.

What's wrong with football?

I sure don't pay attention to it.

westofyou
12-01-2006, 10:52 AM
George, the World Series has always started on or about 8:20 ever since they started playing night games.
And the Reds started their night games at 8:15 in 1957... yet we're still here watching baseball... crazy eh?

Joseph
12-01-2006, 11:14 AM
And who's a bigger tool than Bud?

Line of the year?

TOBTTReds
12-01-2006, 11:18 AM
What's wrong with football?

I sure don't pay attention to it.

You are part of a few and proud then.

George Foster
12-01-2006, 11:37 PM
George, the World Series has always started on or about 8:20 ever since they started playing night games.

That's my point...why not start them earlier? Regular season games start at 7pm. Your 9 or 10 year old cannot stay up until midnight watching the World Series, and the ratings say that most adults are not staying up either.

BoydsOfSummer
12-02-2006, 12:19 AM
And who's a bigger tool than Bud?

Bud happens to be the tooliest.