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MLB’s Bud-induced hangover

Major League Baseball may need to replace its commissioner when Bud Selig’s current term expires in 17 months. Or, it may not. Over the past decade or so, the 78-year-old has suggested retirement more often than most aging boxers, only to keep plugging ahead each time.

ESPN’s Jayson Stark wrote an in-depth article to evaluate names that might come up – in a search process that apparently has not begun.

One thing appears sure. A person from outside of baseball’s inner circle would seem to have almost no chance of succeeding Selig.

The 30 owners are not going to select anyone they cannot control. This is not a ceremonial job, though. It is the CEO of a huge, highly-profitable, complex, though somewhat dysfunctional corporation of $8 billion in size.

For example, those excited about the potential of a Bob Costas getting the job should heed Stark’s characterization of such an outsider’s chances as “you might as well be a Martian.”

Many of the names popular with fans have no experience running a company and for that reason would be a bad choice. Experienced baseball men such as Joe Torre and Tony La Russa would seem to lack the business acumen needed for the role. Further, I believe there is a significant difference between being an employee, albeit a high-profile one, and an actual stakeholder.

Just as Selig rose to the top over two decades ago after leading a club, the Milwaukee Brewers, my bet is on his successor coming from the current ranks of owners and club presidents. Stark mentions a number of such names, but sees no clear leader among them.

Say what you want about Selig, but he has kept the money train rolling for his employers.  I have often been among his critics for prioritizing revenue generation ahead of the fans, but he knows what his bosses want and for the most part, has delivered through some very challenging times.

For that reason, Selig will be extremely difficult to replace. 24 of the 30 owners would need to approve his successor, which means it would not be surprising for this Bud to once again stay on past his self-imposed shelf life expiration date.

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10 Responses to “MLB’s Bud-induced hangover”

  1. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    “Motte had Tommy John surgery performed in St. Louis by the Cardinals team physician Dr. George Paletta at Mercy Hospital. The surgery went as expected, according to a team official.”

    ” Motte was diagnosed with a slight tear of the ligament.”

    “A team official said the surgery went as expected. Once the doctor saw the condition of the torn ligament it was clear surgery was required, Matheny said.” ………. an incidental line of hearsay that I’m sure wasn’t suppose to get out……….like Paletta suggesting AP get the surgery after doing a cleanup procedure………..prompting AP to go to Andrews the next year for an “impartial” opinion……………..

    It is a complex business………….. How many here think Motte will make any 8 million dollar pitches in 2014?
    The only reason he was successful was the development of his secondary pitch….. a “spinner” which did this to his arm. They will have established a new closer by then, or will need to have traded for another. Motte is history. Their timing is impeccable as always

    • blingboy says:

      I would guess that pronounced short arm delivery had as much to do with blowing out the elbow as a new pitch, but whichever, his elbow should be better than new.

      I predict he will show up in St. Louis in August next year. What he will do I Don’t know.

  2. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    One week before the winter meetings in 2011……….. Miami ownership is notified of a “possible” Congressional investigation into their activities ……………… Mysterious Ped’s involvement press leaks…………… one trying to set up A-Rod before all these other shenanigans, the next 8 months later aimed at David Ortiz after a new “president” (justice department) takes over…………. the Dodgers Fox bid appears to be handled one way………. the winning bid gets another interpretation all together … that one still in “negotiations”………… If Lohse continues to get no run support………..Brewers are going to trade that nice contract to one of the other “not interested” Fox supported teams ……….. Fox representatives are now the “untraceable” mouth pieces for collusion against the Union interests……but they are greased with so much cash…….whatever you do, don’t throw me into that briar patch……….. is their motto……..

    Budd is about parity and ownership leverage………. he is deep into the interests of the 1%……….. but there is a dark side……..and its a very ugly side to boot……….

    • blingboy says:

      Couldn’t make anything out of all that, Westy. Would you mind trying again?

      • crdswmn says:

        Owners taking payoffs from Fox to move players around.

        • WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

          TV contracts………..and most importantly…….the way and the how they are paid out are payoffs……….. The Angels agreement was still “wide open” until AP signed ……………… DeWitt is way deep into the “Fox Politic” ……… his share comes off shore, as part of the collective ……. The commissioner had to agree to the finance issues surrounding the Mets………………. 42 separate accounts in Bernie Madoff’s pyramid ………..means that you are one of the Pharaohs…… Miami is an independent, using baseball’s special anti-trust status to do their work……. they did offer Pujols 274……….. but the denial of no-trade made it a laugh-er …………. I believe they were given some options by Buddy …….that deal was a long time in the making……… that sobered them up..
          couldn’t help but notice the investigations into stadium financing in NY went away……..

          None of this suggest that I even give a damn ………… whats done is done………..

          “Owners taking payoffs from Fox to move players around.”
          This statement doesn’t work………… Fox is grooming MLB by helping teams out…parity is where the profit is ….. they are bidding on NESN………they were working with the Dodgers at the same time………AP is 17 months older than acknowledged…DeWitt wanted him and TLR out of here……..MLB took over the problem of utilizing some of its icons…………Fox is MLB…………… the WS just obscured the inevitable outcome of all the preparations …………. but hey….. the team is in 1st place…. AP is gone …… DeWitt is using his “stash” to win……….. who cares about the rest?

  3. CariocaCardinal says:

    Fairy tale night at the CardinalNation blog.

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