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Baseball honors retiring managers; Bud Selig messes his facts up again

Dec 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

Selig Torre Gaston Piniella

As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.*  It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen — hold forth on their careers and their legacies.

And then there’s Bud.  When introducing Piniella, he said that the Pilots traded Pinella “two days after we came in an bought the Pilots to move them to Milwaukee.”  Only problem: he was a year off.  As anyone who read “Ball Four” know, Pinella was traded at the beginning of the 1969 season.  Selig’s group bought the Pilots just before the 1970 season. Other than that, aces.

In other news, Abner Doubleday continues to not have invented baseball.

*Cox had a family emergency and had to leave

  1. Old Gator - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM

    That was Bud Light just being Bud Light…or was that Professor Bud Light?

    Dear Buddha, that man is a walking punchline still seeking a joke that’s worthy of him.

  2. dondbaseball - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:42 AM

    Come on Craig, you know the old addage “never let the facts get in the way of a good story”. As I am seeing all these wonderful “hotstove” posts (33 degrees in Ct today), I can’t help but chuckle how the Derek Jeter discussions became the “stop-gap” for you and the crew until these winter meetings got started. How many posts did you guys do on him and how many comments did he generate? You should help subsidize poor Derek based on the number of hits this website generated…

    • Charles Gates - Dec 7, 2010 at 12:48 PM

      Also, never let thinking get in the way of a post, apparently.

  3. Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    Is he blowing his nose? Or shocked after someone flipped him the finger? I dunno Torre and Pinella should be egged for quitting on their teams. Would it have killed them to wait until the end of the season?

    • Old Gator - Dec 7, 2010 at 12:08 PM

      Probably just has a nosebleed from sitting atop Olympus with those guys.

      • Jonny 5 - Dec 7, 2010 at 12:23 PM


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