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Help La Russa help Selig improve the game

An errant tweet pre-announced a new MLB initiative. You can get in on the ground floor.

On Monday afternoon, the official St. Louis Cardinals twitter account posted the following:

“La Russa has been selected by commish Bud Selig to serve on a panel to discuss ways to improve game”

My immediate retort: “Is a new commish out of scope?”

Bud Selig and Tony La Russa, October 2005 (AP/Tom Gannam)Putting the humor aside, something appeared to be amiss when the tweet was removed by the Cardinals shortly after its posting. But by then, it had been re-tweeted by others, including MLB, and viewed by who knows how many.

Later in the afternoon, Maury Brown of asked if anyone knew the reason for a noon Eastern time Tuesday conference call to be hosted by Selig. Brown said Selig “will make an announcement regarding on-field matters.” The MLB release goes on to say that other participants will be announced prior to Tuesday’s conference call.

I put two and two together, suggesting to Brown and the Twitterverse that the errant tweet and the announcement may be related.

The Post-Dispatch’s Joe Strauss subsequently confirmed my suspicions. The official announcement of the new initiative will be on Tuesday.

Who knows Selig’s motives for selecting the Cardinals long-time manager? Perhaps he is helping La Russa ease into his post-managing desire to somehow be involved “upstairs”. How about starting a campaign to have La Russa named to replace Bob Watson as MLB’s chief disciplinarian (officially vice president of rules and on-field operations) post-retirement? Think of the possibilities.

We don’t have to wait for Tuesday’s announcement. Let’s get started with a list we can forward on to La Russa with the things we would most like to see implemented to improve the game.

The only ground rules are that we need to stick to matters that have to do with the game as played between the lines. As a result, some of my pet peeves like the television blackouts and international draft are off limits, but others like instant reply and the designated hitter would seem to be ok.

So, Cardinal Nation, what do you think?

In other news:

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal believes the Boston Red Sox and free agent outfielder Mike Cameron are in serious discussions regarding a two-year contract.

Rosenthal states he is unsure whether Cameron would play in left field or center. Given Jacoby Ellsbury seems set in center and J.D. Drew is in right (when not dealing with owies), it seems this could be a ploy to either get Jason Bay back in house or to move on with a new left fielder. The Sox also recently picked up outfielder Jeremy Hermida from Florida and David Ortiz is locked in as the designated hitter.

Where would that leave Scott Boras and Matt Holliday?

Other Monday rumors have the Cardinals among teams interested in three non-tenders, starting pitcher Chien-Ming Wang (Yankees), reliever Matt Capps (Pirates) and second baseman Kelly Johnson (Braves).

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Brian Walton runs The Cardinal Nation and The Cardinal Nation Blog, covering the St. Louis Cardinals and minor league system.
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