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Bud Selig considering levying a fine on Randy Levine for winter comment about Mike Trout

Apr 12, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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Over the winter, Yankees president Randy Levine made a comment about Angels outfielder Mike Trout to explain why the Yankees didn’t offer second baseman Robinson Cano — now a Mariner — a ten-year deal. Levine said, “If Mike Trout was here, I would recommend a 10-year contract. But for people over 30, I don’t believe it makes sense. I don’t think Hal [Steinbrenner] thinks it makes sense. We were very clear about that.”

Trout, at the time, was still negotiating a contract extension with the Angels. He would agree to a six-year, $144.5 million extension with the Angels at the end of March. In the meantime, Major League Baseball investigated Levine for his comment, as it could be considered tampering. Club officials aren’t allowed to discuss players under contract for other teams as they could influence, positively or negatively, that player’s marketability.

Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that commissioner Bud Selig is considering fining Levine for his comment. The amount of the potential fine has not been disclosed.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Just do it Bud. Show that the Yankees do not run MLB.

  2. clownsfan - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Isn’t that asshole retired yet?

  3. uknownothingatall - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    yea, when is that asshole Levine going to retire?

  4. disgracedfury - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM


    Yeah it’s Bud Selig who is boss breaking laws and making money for his owner friends.Bud should be fined for helping John Henry steal the Red Sox from Joe O’Donnell

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      You have a point there. You might also want to include Loria in that comment.

  5. andreweac - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Something smells fishy in the Bronx … And it ain’t Mike Trout.

  6. nymets4ever - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:54 PM

    Pointless petty overreaction

  7. tigers182 - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    If they were going to fine them they would have done it by now. Them issuing that they’re considering it is them acting as if they would ever penalize a Yankee. If this were any other team, they’d be fined by now and probably loss of a draft pick. Selig is scared to upset the Yankees.

    Btw, did anyone else know Derek Jeter is retiring? This does not get shoved down our throats enough.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

      You’re adorable.

      • tigers182 - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:50 PM

        You’re going to receive a great gift basket tomorrow morning.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 13, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        The adorable part was you thinking Bud kowtows to the Yankees. But since you clearly have such a stick up your ass about Jeter, did you whine this much through the Bobby Cox and Chipper Jones retirement tours?

  8. chris3141084 - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    I can understand MLB and the Angels position, but I dislike the idea that you can’t use analogies like that, but then again, where do you start to draw the line on tampering.

    • largebill - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Agree. I believe tampering has to be more than just using another player to show how circumstances (age, talent, etc) can be much different.

  9. mikhelb - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    This would be the third time an executive has been fined by Selig, the first time it was George Steinbrenner when he said he was tired of sharing revenues with “pooe teams” and their owners lining their pockets with that money instead of investing it in MLB players; the second time was Henry (bosox owner) when he said in a radio interview he agreed with George.

    Curiously, Selig only threatened Loria with a fine if he didn’t invest the money, but various years later after George’s commentary and ultimately wasn’t fined.

  10. braven4evr - Apr 12, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    He has taken a long time thinking about this fine. Selig= BS…

  11. skerney - Apr 12, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Because Bud Selig has never been involved in anything collusive.

  12. Kevin Gillman - Apr 12, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    Bud has done quite a bit for baseball, good and bad. But the memory I have is at the 2002 All Star Game in Milwaukee, they ran out of players and had to leave the game tied, and Bud is there with his hands up in the air.

  13. brandonmauk - Apr 13, 2014 at 12:32 AM

    What a joke. As if the fine is already a joke, for what reason has it taken four months to make this decision?

  14. bostonfrogs - Apr 13, 2014 at 8:55 AM

    Huh. I could have sworn that the key in Bud Selig’s back wound down years ago and that he was just collecting dust in a corner somewhere. I guess you learn something everyday.

  15. earpaniac - Apr 13, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I’m not a fan of either team, and this is just stupid. This isn’t even close to the definition of tampering.

  16. zdravit - Apr 13, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    He just wants to remind us that he’s still in charge. Leak some empty threats, clown.

  17. anxovies - Apr 13, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    As certain that I am that Jerry Dipoto and Mike Sciosia hang on to every word that Mr. Levine utters and tend to make their decisions based solely upon opinions that he expresses to the press, I do not think that this was one of those cases. Six years at $144.5 mil contract extension does not look much like a 10 year contract, no matter how much MLB has “investigated” the matter. Selig appears to be determined to carry his reign of double dealing and silliness on to the bitter end of his days as commissioner.

  18. rdav29 - Apr 13, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    He just said what’s common knowledge. Doesn’t violate the spirit of the rule.

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