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Selig still set to retire after 2012 unless there's "an emergency"

Jul 13, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

Bud Selig just got done with his annual All-Star Game news conference. I don’t have a transcript yet, but enough reporters there on the scene are tweeting about it to give us a few gems:

  • Selig said that it is still his plan is to retire after the 2012
    season.  Which he has to reiterate, because he has already blown through a multiple putative retirement dates in the past, only to stay on longer.  He says this one is legit, however, unless there is “an emergency.”  Query: if baseball finds itself in an emergency in 2012, won’t it be because Bud steered the ship in that direction? If things are terrible then, it’s an even bigger reason for Bud to go.

  • Selig wants to tighten up the schedule. He said “I live in fear of November.” I’m assuming he means the weather. I know it will cost some money, but schedule a handful of doubleheaders during the season and cut out postseason days off and we’re in October every year.

  • Selig predicts that baseball’s revenue will be up around $7 billion for 2010, up from $6.5 billion in 2009.  Silly bald bloggers can make all the cracks we, er, I mean they want to at Selig’s expense, but the man has delivered in the one job he is truly tasked with doing: making money for the owners and keeping the game on a sound financial footing.
  • He dodged a question about the 2011 All-Star Game in Arizona. I’m not sure this is really an issue for anyone anymore. Suit has been filed over the immigration law, and an injunction will likely follow. It was a different story before then because people were concerned about the law being active, but now Selig should just say as much, defer to the legal and political process and be done with it.

Overall not much to report from the Commissioner, I guess. Which in the business of baseball is a pretty good thing.

  1. scatterbrian - Jul 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM

    Craig, I love that you always use this image of Selig. It looks like he’s in the midst of one of his typical convoluted explanations. Gets me every time.

  2. Cantankerous - Jul 13, 2010 at 6:10 PM

    If they want to avoid November baseball, they don’t need to schedule doubleheaders or reduce the regular season schedule or even start the season any earlier. All they have to do is eliminate the days off in the middle of each postseason series. Yeah, it’s nice to have a day of travel and teams will occasionally have to travel cross country, but it’s not like they have to play day games after night games and both teams are traveling so neither has any particular advantage. And playing every day is much truer to the regular season anyway.

  3. bigtrav425 - Jul 13, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    This guy needs to go already..every time i hear him talk its like listening to someone scratch nails down a chalkboard. thats how painful it is to listen to this guy

  4. Old Gator - Jul 13, 2010 at 9:54 PM

    In the town of Talkeetna, just east and a little north of Anchorage, there’s an annual moose turd festival, when polyurethaned or otherwise glazed over moose turds may be bought as tie tacks, cufflinks, pendants and necklaces.
    That’s as close a comparison as I can think of to describing something Bud Light says as a “gem.”

  5. Bill@TDS - Jul 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM

    He’ll give up his Powers unless there’s an Emergency, eh? The Hitler comparison is becoming a bit too on-the-nose.

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