Manfred faces long list of issues as new baseball commish

NEW YORK (AP) Rob Manfred's desk on the 31st floor of baseball's Park Avenue offices was tidy on Monday, the first business day after he succeeded Bud Selig and started a five-year term as commissioner. Having worked for MLB since 1998 as an executive vice president and then as chief operating officer, he didn't have to move into a new office. The issues are piled up: Oakland and...
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Highs And Lows: Bud Selig’s Legacy

With the ascent of Rob Manfred, Major League Baseball will have only its tenth commissioner since 1921. In that time, the United States has had 16 presidents occupy the Oval Office. The 10th commissioner, Allan “Bud” Selig, has left behind a legacy as perhaps the most impactful and important commissioner in the history of the sport. Beginning in 1970, when he purchased the bankrupt...
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Chad Ford, Tribe Fest and adidas Ultra Boost: While We’re Waiting…

Happy Monday, you guys. Cavs have won six in a row, the Indians start Spring Training soon, the Ohio State Buckeyes just filled The Shoe for the final time until this fall, and the Cleveland Browns…Well, yeah—we’ll have more on this later today. But While We’re Waiting… If you’re one of those Radio Silent types on the weekend, you may have missed the investigation of...
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MLB's Torch Passes

When the clock struck twelve on midnight, the reign of MLB's Commissioner, Bud Selig, came to an end. After 22.5 years, the man who owned the Brewers for over 20 years before taking this job, was done in baseball. I personally was never a fan. I think he employed a...
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We have a new Commissioner in MLB!

Today is January 25, and as such, the long (and mostly successful) reign of former Commissioner Bud Selig is over.  He is succeeded by Rob Manfred, who released this statement, which include these excerpts: My top priority is to bring more people into our game — at all levels and from all communities.   Another priority for me is to continue to modernize the game without interfering...
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New MLB Commissioner Wants to End Defensive Shifts

When Rob Manfred was named commissioner, it was said that he was mostly a continuation of Bud Selig, with similar approaches to the game. Under Selig, the game was constantly in favor of big market teams, and it seemed like every time a small market team found an advantage, it was taken away. It looks like the more things change, the more they stay the same, as Manfred is following...
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Recapping Cardinals Awards from Writers’ Dinner

The annual St. Louis Baseball Writers’ Association Dinner was held last Sunday evening. Among the honorees were the 1985 St. Louis Cardinals and retiring MLB Commissioner Bud Selig. As a part of the event, a number of awards were given out to Cardinals players for their 2014 accomplishments plus one special honoree. They include: Adam Wainwright received the St. Louis Baseball...
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Selig thinks MLB could expand internationally

NEW YORK -- Bud Selig began his 8,173rd and final day in charge of baseball by waking up in a Manhattan hotel, having breakfast and working out. After nearly 22 1/2 years that began with unprecedented labor unrest, unfolded with rapid innovation and ended with unparalleled prosperity, he predicted a future filled with more transformation, perhaps with expansion to other countries...
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Do We Need a Pitch Clock in Baseball?

If you are even a casual fan of baseball, you have probably noticed that the games are getting longer. Rule 8.04 requires that, if the bases are empty, the pitcher has 12 seconds to throw a pitch. This rule is not typically enforced in a game, however. In 2014, the average game lasted three hours and two minutes, 27 minutes longer than 1984. Outgoing Commissioner Bud Selig believed...
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AP Interview: Selig says MLB could expand internationally

NEW YORK (AP) On his final day as baseball commissioner, Bud Selig predicts a future that could include expansion to other countries. In an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday, Selig says he leaves with no regrets after nearly 22 1/2 years in charge of the sport. Selig says ''my dream is for this sport to really have an international flavor. Does it need teams in other...
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Bud Selig Timeline

Timeline of Bud Selig's tenure in charge of Major League Baseball: Sept. 9, 1992 - Selig is appointed to the newly created role of chairman of the executive council, two days after Commissioner Fay Vincent resigned following a no-confidence vote. Feb. 3, 1993 - Selig suspends Cincinnati owner Marge Schott for one year starting March 1 for using ''racially and ethnically insensitive...
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Bud Selig’s Last Day as MLB Commissioner, Game in Better Shape Now

Today is the last day in the reign of the Commissioner of Baseball.  Like all leaders there are those that love him and those that hate him.  Believe me in the beginning of his tenure the easiest day in sports talk radio was to open the mike and say Bud Selig’s name then sit back and take hour after hour of calls from angry baseball fans screaming their hatred of the man who...
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That time Bud Selig yelled at me

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Bud Selig leaving Rob Manfred with manageable to-do list

Imagine the inauguration of a new president, with the United States enjoying a wildly prosperous economy, record-low unemployment and no foreign conflicts — circumstances attributed to an outgoing leader almost universally described as the best ever to do the job. In the context of our national pastime, so begins Rob Manfred’s tenure this weekend as the 10th Major League Baseball...
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Reds owner makes intriguing comment regarding Pete Rose and 2015 All-Star game

Despite a lifetime “ban” from baseball, it appears Major League Baseball’s all time hits king will be on the field for one of the league’s showcase games in 2015.  The All-Star game this year will be held in Cincinnati, and according to Reds majority owner Bob Castellini, their home town hero will be a part of the festivities (via Mark Sheldon on twitter, Reds beat writer...
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Bud Selig portrait commissioned by Padres is creepily macabre (photo)

A portrait of outgoing MLB commissioner Bud Selig now hangs in the lobby of the San Diego Padres’ offices at Petco Park. And to be kind, the portrait of Selig is, well, kinda creepy. The Padres last year renamed a plaza outside Petco Park “Selig Hall of Fame Plaza.” The suspicion then was that it...Read More The post Bud Selig portrait commissioned by Padres is creepily macabre...
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Retiring commissioner Bud Selig's greatest gift to baseball is labor peace

Let’s hear some different perspectives on outgoing commissioner Bud Selig – perspectives from men who sparred with him in labor negotiations, men who were not predisposed to view his legacy kindly. Those men, former players union officers Donald Fehr and Gene Orza, did not gush over Selig’s long list of accomplishments as he prepares to leave a job this weekend that he has...
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St. Louis Offically The Best Baseball Town In America

At least as official as it can be, right? Bud Selig St Louis Baseball Writers' Dinner "Best Baseball Town in America" https://t.co/3ljcdJqBgC — St. Louis BBWAA (@StLouisBBWAA) January 19, 2015 I mean, let’s talk turkey here for a second.. 1) Yes, Bud is retiring and he’s done as the Commissioner of MLB – BUT – it’s not like every single person at MLB is going with...
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Bud Selig: 'St. Louis is best baseball city'

Even though he isn't Major League Baseball's commissioner anymore, Bud Selig is still doing bizarre things. On Sunday night, Selig was at an event held by the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. When Selig got up to speak, he told the fans in attendance that St. Louis was the best baseball city. We're not sure what formula or measurement Selig used to...
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Bud Selig to St. Louis: 'You are the best baseball city'

Even though his reign as Major League Baseball's commissioner is coming to an end, Bud Selig is still doing bizarre things. On Sunday night, Selig was at an event held by the St. Louis chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America. When Selig got up to speak, he told the fans in attendance that St. Louis was the best baseball city. We're not sure what formula or measurement...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals to host 2018 All Star Game

The Washington Nationals have been told by Major League Baseball that they will host the 2018 All Star Game, according to a report in the Washington Post. The announcement is expected before MLB Commissioner Bud Selig retires at the end of January 2015. Washington has hosted the All Star game four times, most recently in 1969 at RFK Stadium. The Montreal Expos hosted the game in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Selig Rewards Wilpon For Not Spending

This blog gets many comments imploring Major League Baseball to force the Wilpons to sell the Mets. I said it will never happen, and the recent move by MLB to name Fred Wilpon to chair the Finance Committee underscores that position. We should remember while Bud Selig is commissioner, he is first and foremost a former owner. His roots are in ownership and that’s where his sentiment...
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Fred Wilpon Named Chairman of MLB Finance Committee

If any of you were hanging onto a slim hope that new MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would somehow be the antithesis to Bud Selig who turned a blind eye as Mets owner Fred Wilpon skirted the rules and nearly bankrupted a big market franchise, think again. Bill Madden of the Daily News reports there was a lot more happening at last week’s owners meeting in Arizona than just a farewell...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Expansion of Franchises and Post Season Play

As we gear up for the start of the 2015 MLB season a familiar thought keeps running through my head.  When will Major League Baseball expand again?  Bud Selig will be stepping down this year as MLB Commissioner.  Starting January 25, 2015 Rob Manfred will be taking over as Commissioner.  So it will be up to Manfred and his staff to make the next expansion.  But what cities will...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bud Selig gets emotional in final owners' meeting as commissioner

  Bud Selig concluded his final baseball owners meeting as commissioner after two days of basking in praise for the job he's done during more than 22 years in charge of the game. Thursday's meeting followed a gala in Selig's honor the previous night in a tent on the property of a desert resort hotel. "A remarkable collection of speakers," Selig said. "There was a lot of emotion...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss
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