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Selig: baseball will be better off if Albert Pujols stays in St. Louis

Apr 22, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT


Bud Selig spoke about a lot of stuff during his news conference yesterday. Here’s one that seemed to fall through the cracks, but which is being reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

“I was talking once with Robin Yount and George Brett and said they were getting to be the exceptions (players who stayed in one place). But they were such big parts of their communities. Their communities were better off that they stayed. And the players said they were better off, too. So, yes, baseball would be better with Albert in St. Louis.”

I don’t know that I disagree, but it is rather strange to hear the Commissioner opine on such things.

This, by the way, is why baseball needs more heel-turns. If I was Tom Ricketts, I’d hold a press conference tomorrow talking about how I was going to ruin baseball next winter. I’d keep it vague so as not to be seen as tampering with another team’s players, but I’d definitely own the evil.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Apr 22, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    I know what GeorgeIII would do.

  2. joshfrancis50 - Apr 22, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Is this a passive aggressive jab to the players union to lay off Albert if he begins to lean towards staying in St. Louis for less? Right or wrong, somebody from MLB needs to tackle Bud when he begins to rant.

  3. frankvzappa - Apr 22, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    breaking news! MLB to take over the Cardinals organization!

  4. Chris Fiorentino - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    While Scott Bor-ass disgusts me, this quote from Bud disgusts me even more. Look, it is one thing to be a guy like Prince Fielder and turn down a $100 million extension because you are a greedy bastard who wants a $120 million extension. It is quite another to be one of the three greatest players of all time getting ready to sign your final contract, and being offered something that pays you less than 10+ other players in the game.

    Now that the Cardinals have dragged their feet this far, Pujols should take it through this year and then sign for the biggest contract in the history of baseball with the Yankers, Red Sox, Angels, or whoever. It wouldn’t hurt baseball even a little bit. And Bud is an utter a-hole for saying that baseball would be better with Pujols in St. Louis.

    • Chris Fiorentino - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:15 PM

      Do you people really think that baseball will not be as good with Pujols playing somewhere else? Because by saying “baseball will be better with Pujols in St. Louis”, that’s what Selig is saying. That’s just insane. Baseball is bigger than one player.

      • paperlions - Apr 22, 2011 at 4:19 PM

        Nothing said intimates that baseball isn’t bigger than one player. Did anyone say “baseball will fold if Pujols isn’t is StL?” No. Did anyone say that baseball will be devastated if Pujols isn’t in StL? No. You must be in the straw man constrution business with all of them that you erect in your posts.
        It was said that baseball will be better with Pujols in StL….and I agree. Baseball is better with Jeter in NY, it is better with Mauer in MN, it is better with Utley in Philly, baseball is always better when signature players stay with their team.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Apr 22, 2011 at 8:03 PM

        WRONG!!! If you say something like “baseball will be better with Pujols in saint louis” then you are EXACTLY SAYING that “baseball will NOT be as good if Pujols is NOT in saint louis”. Period. Anybody who doesnt see that doesn’t understand common sense.

        Baseball is bigger than Pujols and it will be EXACTLY as good whether Pujols signs with the Cardinals or the Royals. I disagree with you, but I won’t make broad personal statements about everything you write. I’ll just say that I disagree with you sir.

      • paperlions - Apr 22, 2011 at 11:32 PM

        Your statements aren’t logical. If Halladay has TJ surgery next month, baseball won’t be as good as it would be if he didn’t have it. That doesn’t mean that the sport isn’t bigger than one player. The fact that it is bigger than one player, or all of the players is exactly why baseball will be better if Pujols plays his entire career as a Cardinal, because of the relationship of Pujols with StL fans and the community that is the larger part of what baseball means to a town/community. If he leaves, that will cease to exist (at least at its currently level) and no such relationship will be developed with the fans of which ever other team he would sign.
        Baseball is better because Jeter and Rivera will spend their entire careers in NY, it gives structure to eras, and historical richness to franchises. That value is certainly greater than one player, but those values are established one player at a time.

      • Chris Fiorentino - Apr 23, 2011 at 8:40 PM

        This borders on insanity. Baseball is not better because Jeter stayed with the Yankers his whole career. The Yankers franchise may be better but “baseball” isn’t better. If halladay gets hurt then the Phillies franchise is hurt but “baseball” will be the same whether halladay pitches or a Phillies farmhand pitches.

        An example of things that affect baseball, good or bad, are rule changes. When they added a Wild Card team THAT AFFECTED BASEBALL!!! Pujols staying with the Cardinals won’t have the effect of an ants fart on the “game of baseball”.

  5. JB (the original) - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    I’ll take “Tampering” for $1000 Alex…….

  6. jasonc2300 - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    Well, that seals it, Pujols is clearly not staying with St. Louis.

  7. bigdicktater - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Bud being Bud.
    No doubt it was better for George, Robin and their communities that they stayed.
    How that translates into being “better for baseball” I dunno.

  8. Utley's Hair - Apr 22, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Baseball might be better off if Pujols stays in St. Louis, but it most certainly would be better off if Bud Selig didn’t stay in the commissioner’s office.

  9. Detroit Michael - Apr 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    The Cardinals and Albert Pujols will be better off if Pujols starts hitting like he’s the best player in baseball. (Yes, he has picked it up recently, but he’ll want to do better in a contract year.)

    • Lukehart80 - Apr 22, 2011 at 11:10 PM

      He’s got 4 HR with an OPS over 1.000 over the last week, if that’s what you mean by “picked it up recently.” The man had a bad first week and has been his usual, fantastic self since then.

      • grizz2202 - Apr 27, 2011 at 5:06 PM

        I’m a huge Cards fan, but he’s leading the league in GIDP’s. Unless I’ve been watching a different “Albert Pujols” these last 10 years, or Webster changed the meaning of the word “fantastic”, your assessment is incorrect.

        I’m not saying he’s playing bad, but he’s not yet up to “Standard Albert Levels” of making baseballs scream in pain.

  10. goforthanddie - Apr 22, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Ever wonder if Selig gets tired of making an ass of himself?

    • bigbbfan - Apr 23, 2011 at 2:02 PM

      That assumes he is smart enough to know he is making an ass of himself.

      Baseball has not had a real commissioner since this dufus took over.

  11. gmsingh - Apr 22, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Why doesn’t Selig take over baseball operations of the Cardinals just to be sure?

    • frankvzappa - Apr 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM

      day late and a dollar short

      • gmsingh - Apr 24, 2011 at 6:01 PM

        Great minds think alike–I guess that leaves you in the lurch.

  12. spudchukar - Apr 22, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    As a Cards fan, of course I want Albert to stay in St. Louis. But this isn’t a place for the Commissioner to be uttering opinions. To be sure Milwaukee would be better off, financially that is, if Albert stays in St. Louis. Maybe even make Fielder think twice about moving on.

  13. mikeinthevine - Apr 22, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Yeah, and David Stern wanted LeQuit James to stay in Cleveland. BFD…

  14. jwbiii - Apr 22, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    Bud Selig isn’t the Commissioner of Baseball in the traditional sense. He is effectively the Chairman of the Ownership Committee. Bud Selig doesn’t speak for baseball and he never has. He speaks for baseball owners. When he says “Baseball would be better off if something something something,” you should hear, “Baseball owners would be better off if something something something.”

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