La Velle Neal III: My take on Selig's take

  • Article by: BY LA VELLE E. NEAL III
  • Updated: July 17, 2011 - 10:01 AM

Commissioner Bud Selig touched on many hot topics during his state-of-the-game news conference last week.

hide

Bud Selig

Photo: Brian Peterson, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

One benefit of being at the All-Star Game is the chance to feel the pulse of Major League Baseball Commissioner Bug Selig on the state of the game.

Selig revealed his thoughts last week during a town hall-style chat with fans, then during an annual meeting with the Baseball Writers Association of America. Here are Selig's thoughts on a few issues, followed by my reaction.

• • •

On possible realignment: "Would I go to 15 and 15 [teams in each league]? I don't know. It would depend on how everything else broke out and what we were trying to do."

My take: A recent report has Arizona willing to consider moving to the AL if asked. I think the Diamondbacks play a little like an AL team, so they would be a good fit.

But anything that would force interleague play in September -- where AL teams would lose the DH if they are on the road -- is terrible in a pennant race situation. I hope that's why Selig isn't behind the movement.

• • •

On Derek Jeter skipping the All-Star Game to rest a sore calf: "I have no problem with Derek Jeter. I've known him for 15 years. He's already done the right thing. I completely understand the situation."

My take: Jeter has been a class act throughout his career, and it baffles me why Twins fans boo him when the Yankees come to town.

But Tigers ace Justin Verlander couldn't pitch and still appeared. Jeter was the people's choice at shortstop and should have shown up, even if he couldn't play. MLB can send the stretch limo to pick him up and drop him off on the tarmac. Is that rough travel?

Dick Allen, my favorite player growing up, made the All-Star team in 1973 but couldn't play because of an injury. He still showed up and was announced. I thought that was cool.

• • •

On Detroit manager Jim Leyland's contention that there's been more tension lately between managers and umpires: "Jim is right in some sense. We need to remove some of that tension."

My take: Unless MLB can come down hard on umpires as well as managers, I don't know if umpire-manager dust-ups will ever go away. Screw-ups will be made, and someone is going to get upset.

I haven't seen anything recently that compares to what Tommy Lasorda, Billy Martin, Earl Weaver and Lou Piniella did during their managing careers. Some managers and umpires never will get along. If you put Ron Gardenhire and Hunter Wendelstedt together on Kiss Cam, it's going to become Fist Cam.

• • •

On ballpark safety issues after the death of a Rangers fan last week: "I think everybody is reviewing parts of their ballparks where something like this could happen. Maybe there's some things that they can or can't do."

My take: I sure hope St. Louis does. The railings at Busch Stadium are so low it's frightening. A Twins fan there during interleague play in 2009 fell about 15 feet from one deck to a lower concourse -- during the national anthem.

  • related content

  • Sunday Insider: The 3-2 pitch

    Saturday July 16, 2011

    Three observations ...• Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas might be the poster boys for the Royals' revival, but Kansas City...

  • The Indians never fell apart

    Sunday July 17, 2011

    Their manager knew they could contend when they bounced back after a rough patch.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Bottom 2nd123456789RHE
Chicago WSox03       330
Minnesota20       250
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
HR: CWS- T.Flowers (11) MIN- K.Vargas (5)

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati 0 Delayed
Baltimore 0
Boston 7 Bottom 5th Inning
NY Yankees 1
Detroit 1 Bottom 5th Inning
Cleveland 2
NY Mets 7 Bottom 5th Inning
Miami 5
Philadelphia 2 Bottom 6th Inning
Atlanta 0
Toronto 5 Top 5th Inning
Tampa Bay 2
Milwaukee 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Chicago Cubs 4
LA Angels 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Houston 3
Chicago WSox 3 Bottom 2nd Inning
Minnesota 2
Texas 0 Bottom 3rd Inning
Kansas City 0
Pittsburgh 1 Bottom 2nd Inning
St. Louis 0
San Francisco 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Colorado 0
Seattle - J. Paxton 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Washington - D. Fister 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
NY Giants 9/8/14 6:10 PM
Detroit
San Diego 9/8/14 9:20 PM
Arizona
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
(25) Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(19) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(18) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(23) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Washington
(14) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(13) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(15) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(7) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(17) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(21) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(12) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(16) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(9) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(21) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(8) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(11) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close