Arguments for moving the MLB trade deadline

Rob Manfred has been busy in his short tenure as Major League Baseball’s commissioner, trying to speed up the game (and the Home Run Derby) and making wild suggestions such as eliminating shifts (crazy) and starting an international draft (not so crazy). He continued that trend yesterday when he mentioned that he would be open to moving back the trade deadline. The primary motivation...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB expansion could be in the future

With Bud Selig out of office, and Rob Manfred in, the Office of the Commissioner has started to make big moves to better Major League Baseball. The latest news on this front is the speculation that the league could see an expansion in the the near future. The last time the MLB expanded, 1998, when the league added the Arizona Diamondbacks to the National League, and the Tampa Bay...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Double-A All-Star Game Does Home Run Derby ‘Shootout’ To Break Tie (Video)

Just two days after a historic MLB Home Run Derby in Cincinnati, the Double-A All-Star game followed up with one of the coolest endings to a baseball game you’ll ever see. The Eastern and Western divisions were tied 4-4 after nine innings in the Eastern League All-Star game at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine, home of the Portland Sea Dogs. But rather than go all Bud Selig on everyone...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB All-Star Game TV Ratings Hold Steady

Television ratings for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, like most sporting events and television shows generally, have seen a viewership decline over the last few decades. This decline is not new. After an embarrassing All-Star Game in 2002 that saw Bud Selig call the game a tie, the powers that be wanted to help […]
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Robotic Umps Wreak Havoc On 2015 Futures Game

It's the Futures Game! USA vs. the World, and this time it counts! That's right, at the Futures Game the youth of this fine country will take on the youth of the world in a game of based ball, with the winner claiming the rights to a new "spice" cache recently discovered on the planet Arrakis. MLB is hoping that this year's event will have fewer robotic umpires going rogue and maiming...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Little Roller Up Along First… Behind the Bag! It Gets Through…Hernandez?

October 25, 1986: Boston: It took 68 years for the Red Sox to end the ‘Curse of the Bambino’ and they did it in historic fashion in front of a sold-out Fenway Park. The heavily favored Mets, winners of 108 regular season games, turned to Bob Ojeda in hopes of forcing a game 7. Trailing by a run heading to the home half of the eighth, Boston tied the game at 3. The Mets seemed...
Via Mets Merized Online
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Alex Rodriguez: interim Yankee Captain

February 2004: then MLB commissioner, Bud Selig signs off on the Yankees’ “mega-merger” of acquiring the then-reigning American League MVP, Alex Rodriguez in exchange for Alfonso Soriano and a young, hopeful Joaquin Arias. To Yankee fans, the messiah had finally arrived. Facing an ironclad roster consisting of A-Rod, Derek Jeter, Jason Giambi, Hideki Matsui and Gary Sheffield...
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June 28, 2015  |  Discuss

When the Chicago White Sox were Milwaukee’s team – Part 2

In part one of this two part series, I outlined how Bud Selig lured the Chicago White Sox to Milwaukee County Stadium in the late ’60s (post-Milwaukee Braves) for occasional games in an effort to show MLB that Milwaukee could still draw a passionate fan base, and should be considered for an expansion team. Bud Selig continued to work with then-Sox President Arthur Allyn, and together...
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June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

When the Chicago White Sox were Milwaukee’s team – Part 1

Following the Chicago White Sox as a kid in The Windy City, I remember when the Sox played a few games up in the then-baseball-bereft city of Milwaukee. This would have been in the latter ‘60’s, just a couple of years after new owners pulled the plug on both the much-loved Milwaukee Braves and Milwaukee County Stadium, setting the team up in Atlanta. I went to college in Wisconsin...
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June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Staggering toward July, and chasing another Wild Card, the Yankees face their annual Cashman culling of the herd

It's easy to over-exaggerate the importance of a Yankee defeat, especially when your psychic existence orbits around the health of - say - Carl Pavano's buttocks. And last night's shutout was as predictable as a sugar hangover on November 1. Watching the Evils coast through the 7th and 8th innings - flailing at first pitches like they had one of A-Rod's private girlie shows to catch...
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Is Ken ‘Hawk’ Harrelson the worst broadcaster in the MLB?

Whenever I watch a Chicago White Sox broadcast on television, I put it on mute. Why? Because I absolutely HATE listening to their longtime play-by-play broadcaster Ken Harrelson. I know for a fact that there are plenty of other fans who feel the same way I do, as there is an entire website, along with a Facebook and a Twitter account, devoted to removing Harrelson from the broadcast...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Selig Experience Message: Seeking Corporate Welfare is Heroic

The multimedia Selig Experience opened at Miller Park on Friday, the latest and most attention-demanding measure to perpetually honor the former Brewers team owner and MLB commissioner.  Putting a statue and a plaque outside the stadium were hardly enough – only a permanent shrine with state-of-the-art 3D hologram technology is a fitting tribute to Selig.  After all, without...
Via Brewers Bar
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

"Selig also became rich, stupendously rich, as commissioner. Not only did he end up selling the Brewers for more than $200 million thanks to a new stadium and revenue sharing, but he turned the commissioner’s job into a princely position. In 2001, he got

A new book on the great Bud Selig doesn't look as highly upon the great Bud Selig, as the great Bud Selig would have everyone think.Buy it here.
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers go high-tech in latest tribute to Bud Selig

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers are giving retired baseball commissioner and former team owner Bud Selig a high-tech tribute. The team unveiled its ''Selig Experience'' attraction at Miller Park to Selig, current Brewers owner Mark Attanasio and other dignitaries at a private function on Thursday night. Hall of Famer slugger Hank Aaron was among those in attendance. The highlight...
Via AP on Fox
May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Brewers honor past, celebrate future with Selig exhibit

MILWAUKEE (AP) A new attraction opening this week at the home of the Milwaukee Brewers pays homage to former team owner and retired baseball commissioner Bud Selig. ''The Selig Experience'' at Miller Park is also just as much a celebration of the franchise's history and a symbol of baseball's rock-solid future in Milwaukee. Selig is now MLB commissioner emeritus after a more than...
Via AP on Fox
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Has A-Rod finally met the Babadook?

Let the record show that Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez outlasted Bud Selig, George Steinbrenner, Curt Schilling, Willie Mays and even Derek Jeter. He's still out there - hands down, the greatest ballplayer of his generation - bating third for all to see. And someday - maybe decades from now, after the indignation and anger has settled down - A-Rod will be defined, if not appreciated...
May 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pete Rose joining Fox brings reinstatement one step closer

This weekend, Fox Sports blew the mind of baseball fans across the country when they hired banned MLB hit king Pete Rose as a studio analyst. While there was some negative feedback for Fox following the hire, many baseball fans were enthused and overjoyed about Fox bringing Rose closer to the game, regardless of how good or bad he’ll end up as an on-air analyst. But Fox...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Former baseball commissioner Bud Selig honored by US Army

NEW YORK (AP) Bud Selig is being given the Outstanding Civilian Service Award from the U.S. Army, the third highest honor the military branch can bestow upon a private citizen. The former baseball commissioner will receive the distinction on Tuesday at Whipple Field, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Virginia. The Army is recognizing Selig for baseball's long tradition of support...
Via AP on Fox
April 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Former commissioner Selig back at ballpark for opening day

MILWAUKEE (AP) After all those years as commissioner, Bud Selig was back at the ballpark on opening day. The 80-year-old Selig threw out the ceremonial first ball Monday at Miller Park before the Milwaukee Brewers hosted the Colorado Rockies. Selig headed Major League Baseball from 1998 until his retirement in January, when Rob Manfred took over. Selig is now commissioner emeritus...
Via AP on Fox
April 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Bud Selig Could Help Pay Miller Park Stadium Tax

(Illustration: Jess Lemont (@BrewCrewJess)) A couple weeks ago my colleague Enrique Bakemeyer wrote about the seemingly never-ending conundrum of publicly financed sports facilities and more specifically, the sales tax for the five-county metro area that was initiated to finance and construct Miller Park. According to Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel, once the principal and interest...
Via Brewers Bar
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

How the 2015 Yankees win the Big MLB Butter Sculpture

I'm thinking we win the 9-inning Bud Selig Wild Card, followed by a victory binge worthy of Brian Williams-level hallucinogens. But hell, once you make the post-season, anything can happen - even Kansas City! So... the question is... how do we get to Oct. 5? Here's how.1. Pineda/Tanaka = Koufax/Drysdale. Or, at least, Whitey Ford/Ralph Terry. Hey, they're both 26, prime of life...
March 25, 2015  |  Discuss

If the exhibition season ended today, we'd make the Bud Selig One-Game Wild Card

Read it and weep, Redsock Nation. You'd be done, thinking about Moncada next spring. We'd head to Oakland, with Tanaka pitching the Big Game.
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The perfect machine: Improving the pace of play in baseball. Part I

When Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred took over for the retiring Bud Selig this past off season, one aspect of the game he wanted to improve was the pace of play. In a February press conference, he stated: “The issue of attracting a younger audience and a pace of game is related… I have a passing familiarity with that generation and one thing I can say for sure...
Via Burning River Baseball
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Brewers are giving away a Bud Selig bobblehead

I know Bud Selig is the man that brought the Brewers to Milwaukee, but I think the level of honor the Brewers are giving him after his retirement as MLB Commissioner is a little bit ridiculous. On May 31st, they’re giving away this 1970s era Selig bobblehead. Here's a sneak peek at the 1970s Selig Bobblehead. Tix go on sale this weekend: http://t.co/51m3K5srBQ pic.twitter.com...
Via The Outside Corner
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Brewers are giving away a Bud Selig bobblehead

I know Bud Selig is the man that brought the Brewers to Milwaukee, but I think the level of honor the Brewers are giving him after his retirement as MLB Commissioner is a little bit ridiculous. On May 31st, they’re giving away this 1970s era Selig bobblehead. Here's a sneak peek at the 1970s Selig Bobblehead. Tix go on sale this weekend: http://t.co/51m3K5srBQ pic.twitter.com...
Via Bloguin Best
February 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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