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HBT Daily: Bud Selig’s legacy cemented with Rob Manfred’s election

Aug 15, 2014, 1:11 PM EDT

  1. Mark Armour - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    I agree that this is good for Selig’s legacy and good for baseball, ultimately. But I wonder if too much fuss was made about this process. You have a multi-billion dollar business that is trying to elect a new CEO for the first time in 22 years. They elected a CEO in about six hours.

    If this had happened 20 years ago, I would have read the paper yesterday telling me that baseball was meeting to elect a commissioner and that Manfred was the favorite. Then I would have read the paper today, or I guess watched SportsCenter last night, and heard that Manfred was the new commissioner. But since we have 25 baseball writers tweeting “BREAKING: Manfred one vote shy!” it is treated like a long drawn-out circus. I would suggest this is how businesses work.

    Baseball has had long multi-month bloodbaths to get commissioners elected in the past. But yesterday? It was closer to the arguments we have decided who gets to deal first in poker.

    The consensus seems to be that Reinsdorf is an ass. OK, fine. But just because he is an ass does not mean he is stupid. I suspect that the Werner faction (who held up the parade for *six hours* got something out of this.

  2. infieldhit - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    “Get the smug Bud stock photo ready! If it’s still deadlocked, put up the consternated Bud photo!”

    • jfk69 - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      They are one in the same.

      • infieldhit - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        It’s that one where he’s leaning back, has his hands over his mouth, and is in deep thought.

  3. strictlythedanks - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Bud Selig was an awful commish

    • Bob Loblaw - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

      But you see, no he wasn’t. Baseball thrived under him and he changed so much during his term that all that negative stuff should be forgotten. All star game counts? Eh, so what. PEDs? He cracked down on them so all the ignorance of them for years and years should be forgotten. And of course, he got his man in as new commish, so he clearly is the greatest commish ever.

  4. El Bravo - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Smug Bud. Love it. Miss it already.

  5. mikeevergreen - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:18 PM

    Thank God Werner didn’t get in. He comes form the Jerry Reinsdorf school, “let’s go back to the Days of Charlie Comiskey.” He’d have caused a strike, and sent even more kids down the road to soccer instead of baseball.

  6. saintssince8 - Aug 16, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    The first thing I would do is take out the fact the all star game winner wins home field for the playoffs. If you are wondering, yes, I am a National League fan andI hate the fact that the Astros went to the American League. I love baseball, just think the Designated Hitter needs to be retired. To me it is not true baseball. I am not a purist, but I like the National League game better. It makes the managers strategize more..

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