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Frugal Mets Fit Bud’s Brand of Baseball

I was watching the Mets-Marlins game last week when retiring commissioner Bud Selig stopped by the Mets’ broadcast booth to chat about the state of the game and, briefly, the state of the Mets. Bud basically repeated his standard spiel about how the game has thrived under his stewardship, how competitive balance is bringing hope to more fans than ever before, and how he has total confidence in his buddies the Wilpons. I’d heard it all before, but in this new context, hearing it while watching the small-budget Mets pitch and hit, it finally dawned on me: Bud is right. By not acting in the best interests of their own fans, the Mets ARE acting in the best interests of Baseball.

It is the Mets and Cubs who allow fans of small market teams to have hope. Not everyone can just buy their way to a title. The Yankees and now the Dodgers get to be the loathed over-spending juggernauts that make even other big spenders look out-classed, and Rays fans won’t grumble about the payroll advantage of the Orioles and Blue Jays.

If ALL the big market teams bought themselves all-star lineups, fans in Miami and Milwaukee might not buy their owners’ promises of contention. Look how attendance declined in Baltimore when Ripken retired and the Yankees and Red Sox were leading the game in payroll dollars and wins every year. But in 2012 the O’s did a few smart things, caught a ton of breaks, were incredibly clutch, and all the fans came back to watch them make the playoffs. All without the team breaking the budget.

This is Selig’s plan for the Wilpons:


Why Won’t Bud Selig Stop Jeffrey Loria?

The blockbuster deal in which three-quarters of the Miami Marlins are to be sent to Toronto in return for a bag of balls has yet to be officially approved by MLB. At the moment, commissioner Bud Selig is reviewing the details of the trade. Publicly, he’s saying that he’s considering the “anger” of Marlins fans (both of them!) and what’s best for baseball; his direct comment is, “I am very protective of this sport.”

But is that really what’s weighing on his mind? Or is there something else hanging over his head that bothers him much more about this deal?


You’re Doing Great, Now Get off the Field

NOTE: this is a post by Corey Gorey. Please direct your comments to him.

How many days in a row will I wake up, check out the blogosphere, scan the standings, and wish this 162 game baseball season would end? Sure, it’s only July, but Bud Selig is not the boss of me. If I followed my own advice and remembered to forget about the legitimate end date to the 2011 schedule, I would be much happier right now. At many points during the past few months lying to myself would have been a viable alternative to—what do they call it? Reality? Considering how many pundits were certain the Mets would find themselves in the NL East basement from the get-go, I’m nearly satisfied with mediocre. If the season ended today we wouldn’t have won anything—no multi-pronged trophies to encase, flags to hoist, or ostentatious rings to flaunt—but I sure as hell wouldn’t feel like I was squandering any more time or emotion, either. And when it comes right down to it, isn’t the MLB all about me, the fan?

In order to preserve my sanity and the club’s dignity, here are some proposed dates for when this season should have ended:


MLB Union Not Protesting All Star Game

With over a quarter of major league baseball being Hispanic, it was thought that some players would sit out the 2011 All Star game due to Arizona’s controversial Immigration Laws.

According to Fox Sports, the head of the MLB players union, Michael Weiner, issued a definitive no-protest statement yesterday:

“Our nation continues to wrestle with serious issues regarding immigration, prejudice and the protection of individual liberties. Those matters will not be resolved at Chase Field, nor on any baseball diamond; instead they will be addressed in Congress and in statehouses and in courts by those charged to find the right balance among the competing and sincerely held positions brought to the debate.”

Many grassroots organizations will be mounting protests outside of Chase Field during the three-day events. One organization said that they were disappointed that the MLB players weren’t taking a stand.

“America’s pastime plays such a significant role, especially in the Latino community. But still there has been deafening silence from Commissioner Selig on the issue,” says Clarissa Martinez, director of the National Council of La Raza.

It is clear that a protest is a line that some players are uncomfortable and unwilling to cross. Only a few outspoken players such as Adrian Gonzalez — who told AOL a year ago that he would forgo the All Star game — are even willing to speak on the issue.

Should baseball get involved in Arizona’s Immigration law issue? Or say “Here’s some money for charity — but take a stand on a real issue? No thank you.”


Bud Selig Speaks On Mets Finances

Remember this quote — it is Bud Selig speaking on ESPN Radio:

“I feel very comfortable that we are going to have a very reasoned economic solution. … We carefully watch [the Mets’] situation, talk to people every day. They are approaching it the way I would approach it, quite frankly. They are looking to add equity and I absolutely have not a scintilla of doubt that that’s going to work out well and we can move on.”

Additionally, Selig insisted that there “isn’t anything” that would cause him to take over the Mets in the same way MLB recently took over the Dodgers’ operations.


Bud Selig’s Double Standard

What is Bud Selig’s definition of “the best interest of baseball” ?

We know the clause is subjective and can be loosely interpreted depending on the commissioner’s end goal (be it Bud Selig, Bowie Kuhn, Ford Frick, or any other MLB commissioner.). So if we had to guess, what does the term mean today, in Bud Selig’s mind?

I ask because there appears to be some inconsistency with the way Selig is handling the situation in Los Angeles compared to how he is handling a similar case in Flushing. In fact, there seems always to be inconsistency, if you look at what happened in the past in Montreal, Texas, Miami, and Washington DC; there have been books written about that, so I won’t reinvent the wheel here — see the one to the left or anything written by Andrew Zimbalist.

The Dodgers are in a financial mess, as are the Mets. Why is it in baseball’s “best interests” to take over the Dodgers but not the Mets?