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Selig on expansion, instant replay, home field advantage, and the DH

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jul 18, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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Before the All-Star Game, commissioner Bud Selig held a Town Hall chat through MLB.com. The total transcript of that conversation is nearly 5,000 words, and a lot of it simply isn’t particularly interesting, but here are a few highlights.

What are the prospects for a U.S./Japan World Series and if it happens, what would be the format?
SELIG: Well, that’s my ultimate goal. It will happen long after (my) time is gone but my ultimate goal is to have a real World Series. Imagine the drama in late October of a USA versus Japan or whomever was in the World Series at that time.
Obviously we have not determined format yet but I have talked to the Japanese commissioner, and I know that he thinks it’s a great idea. So I feel good about that. That is the ultimate goal, but many details to be worked out.

Has expansion been considered by Major League Baseball? And if so, when is the earliest that a new team could begin play?
SELIG: So the answer is, I think at 30 teams, I’m very satisfied. We have had two expansions the last couple of decades, and frankly that’s just more than enough right now. So I feel very good at where we are.

Should there be more parity in teams’ payrolls to allow smaller market teams to compete with larger market teams and require teams to spend a minimum amount on payroll?
SELIG: Well, that’s a fair question, ten, 15, 20 years ago. We have more competitive balance than ever before; parity, call it whatever you want.
So, let’s look at this. Oakland is leading the American League West. In the American League East, we have Tampa, two and a half games out today. Remarkable.
And the American League Central, obviously very competitive. In the National League, you’ve got Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, St.Louis fighting. You have Atlanta, a smaller market than New York or Philadelphia, leading the National League East; in the West, Arizona leading.
We have never ever had this kind of competitive balance. This is the most competition we’ve had at every division in the history of our sport.

When will the designated hitter rule either be abolished or extend to all of Major League Baseball?
SELIG: Well, what I would say to you about that, the National League clubs, of course, don’t like it. American League clubs love it.
What I believe is that it’s now 41 years old. I was there, voted for it in 1972. A little controversy between the leagues is really not all bad. My friend, Bill Giles, who is the Chairman of the Philadelphia Phillies, always says that to me, ‘Oh, controversy is bad.’
The only thing that may change it some day is if we have a lot more geographical realignment, which is not on the horizon now. And if you have that, that could be an event that forces the DH either to come in totally or to go out, but at the moment, we are not going to change it.

Are there any steps being taken to bring more instant replay into baseball, if so, when and how will it be used?
SELIG: Yeah, what I have, I have a little committee: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and John Schuerholz, the president of the Atlanta Braves and one of the great baseball executives over the last 35, 40 years. They are studying it and they are going to make recommendations to me shortly.
They have spent an enormous amount of time on this project, and so I feel very good about where that is and we’ll have some form of instant replay recommendations and hopefully for the 2014 season.

Will the All Star Game continue to determine home field advantage for the World Series?
SELIG: Yes. The answer is well, I’ll tell you why, and I spoke to the writers about it today. Look, before that, we didn’t have a great plan. One year, you got it, the next year I got it, the next year you got it; it wasn’t as though we had some brilliant idea.
What this has done is put a lot of verve back into it. Each league determines its own fate by the way it plays in this game tonight, by who pitches well and who hits and who does everything else, and it has brought real excitement back to the All Star Game. And there really is no other way we can do that. So, yeah, I feel good about it. I do.

Other than a specific ban by the Commissioner, what steps can be taken to ensure that players who were caught using performance enhancing drugs will not be enshrined in the Hall of Fame?
SELIG: Well, you know, the Commissioner doesn’t vote on that. That’s the Baseball Writers Association of America. I don’t have a vote. All I can do is deal with these problems as I am while they are ongoing, and the writers will then be left to make their own judgment.

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160 Responses to “Selig on expansion, instant replay, home field advantage, and the DH”

  1. Barry July 18th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    When this dullard goes we should all have drink to celebrate and hope that the incoming Commissioner is the reincarnation of Bart Giamati.

  2. Nick in SF July 18th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    The real news here is that Bud Selig stayed awake through that whole Q & A. If that’s been confirmed.

  3. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Caption for the above picture:

    So Mo….. what do you have on Arod?

    Hehe…. I’ll never tell.

  4. Nick in SF July 18th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    New LoHud rule proposal:

    When Pineda does well, as he’s done so far tonight, we consider that to be evidence that he’s going to be a stud pitcher again a la 2011 1H.

    When he gets shelled, as in his previous start, he’s just building up arm strength.

    Thank you for your cooperation.

  5. Pat M. July 18th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Nick in SF……Estella Warren has come by the Pilates class twice this week as she’s shooting a movie on Manson around the beach. She’s very good at Pilates !!!! Hughes to the Giants ???

  6. Nick in SF July 18th, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Manson? Marylin or Charles?

    Hey, if Arod homers tonight, can we vote to bring him uo immed– oops, too late, he’s already done it.

  7. Yankee Trader July 18th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Just a quick update
    ARod just homered and Pineda with 5 strikeouts in 3 shutout innings both for SWB.

  8. Hankflorida July 18th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Until Alex, I can’t think of another RH hitting Yankee infielder except for Gordon to hit 30 home runs.

    Hans, you are right as it wasn’t easy for a right handed hitter to hit home runs especially before they pulled the fences in. That was why DiMaggio was considered one of the greatest hitters because you had to factor in the park that he played in. If that trade had taken place of DiMag for Ted Williams and without the war years, there is no telling what kind of records the two of them would have set. Moose Skowron had power numbers as a right handed hitter and infielder, and if my memory serves me right, he had right center power.

  9. Yankee Trader July 18th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    Off to dinner.

  10. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    YT,

    Alex oppo field homer to follow Adams’ opp field double.

    Had hit one to RF earlier that nearly made it out, according to the play-by-play guy (didn’t see that one). I think the homer was off a 1-2 count.

    Pineda looks good, just rang up his sixth victim, mostly getting whiffs on a pretty dirty slider.

  11. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Does anyone think Bart Giamati or Peter Ueberroth would have allied themselves with the likes of Tony Bosch? What a nightmare. The commissioner of baseball is one of the slime bucket owners.

  12. Pat M. July 18th, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Helter Skelter…..

  13. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Nick in SF, I had asked for your interpretation of two different Elvis lyrics a couple of days ago – did you see the comment? I believe it was July 15th.

  14. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Pineda hit 94, don’t know if that’s his topping speed tonight. Just gave up a double down the line after I think 4 straight Ks.

  15. Nick in SF July 18th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Mr. Prufrock, I’m on the steeets of San Francisco at the moment and about to get into my car, but I’ll check it out later and let you know.

  16. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Does the alliance between Selig and Bosch remind anyone of Steinbrenner and the Bronx gambler Spira?

  17. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Nick in SF July 18th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Mr. Prufrock, I’m on the steeets of San Francisco at the moment and about to get into my car, but I’ll check it out later and let you know.
    ///

    Thanks.

  18. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    “Does the alliance between Selig and Bosch remind anyone of Steinbrenner and the Bronx gambler Spira?”

    I’m not sure “alliance” is the correct term. It’s more like blackmailing him.

    Give us what we want or we are going to continue to sue the crap out of you.

  19. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Nick:

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....n-win-win/

    J. Alfred Prufrock July 15th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  20. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:08 pm
    “Does the alliance between Selig and Bosch remind anyone of Steinbrenner and the Bronx gambler Spira?”

    I’m not sure “alliance” is the correct term. It’s more like blackmailing him.

    Give us what we want or we are going to continue to sue the crap out of you.

    And GS had planned to blackmail Dave Winfield with whatever info Spira could get. My point would be that baseball team owners have primarily been low lifes.

  21. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    “I’m on the steeets of San Francisco at the moment and about to get into my car,”

    Is Karl Malden with you?

  22. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    “And GS had planned to blackmail Dave Winfield with whatever info Spira could get. My point would be that baseball team owners have primarily been low lifes.”

    Well that certainly wasn’t a smart thing to do, but I wouldn’t call GS a “low life” either.

  23. SoS July 18th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Hola amigos!!
    Our next closer should enter the game with let the bodies hit the floor song. Persue to do a randy j to kruk and throw behind the player on the first pitch. We will go from good mo to bad n ugly with neck hairs picher being facial hair still is prohibited.

    Sharknado should make a name change to pelicans or shanknado.

  24. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Well that certainly wasn’t a smart thing to do, but I wouldn’t call GS a “low life” either.

    Of course he isn’t. All fine upstanding businessmen make illegal contributions to political campaigns to purchase ambassadorships for friends. Then they attempt to coerce employees to lie to the FBI. That’s the tip of the ice berg.

  25. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    The way Selig hugged Mariano was creepy, re that pic above.

    Good thing Mariano is heaven kissed and incorruptible.

  26. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Detroit from the previous thread since this one is utterly useless.

    I mean why ask this moron Selig anything, he’s the auto dealer who believes in revenue sharing but wouldn’t lend a dime to another auto dealer in distress!

    Detroit, remember the city is part of wayne county which has a very affluent suburban tax base.

    As with many areas today Oakland being another it is symptomatic of the larger issue of job losses especially at the higher wages,increased immigration and the outsourcing of the higher paying working class jobs.

    There is a reason the disparity of both income and wealth is the greatest since the depression.

    Historically these conditions awaited only the charismatic leader to set the match to the tinderbox of anger, frustration and ultimately despair of the populace.

    Every great empire has fallen and mainly because of conditions at home and foreign entanglements.

  27. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Murphy doing a nice job with Pineda’s diving slider.

  28. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    The way Selig hugged Mariano was creepy, re that pic above.

    Good thing Mariano is heaven kissed and incorruptible.

    Was that prior to the game? That means Mo had to shower before and after.

  29. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Pineda eighth K this on fastball at the letters.

  30. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Hans, lol. After.

  31. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Hank, had the two drunks Yawkey and Topping made that deal it would have been the greatest bonanza for the Yankees since the Ruth heist!

    People forget that Joe retired after a dismal 51 campaign with the memorable comment when asked why he was retiring, “people come to see Dimaggio and I can no longer perform like him”!

    Meanwhile Teddy Ballgame played until 1960 and closed out his career with 29hr’s with the final one coming on his last AB!

    The greatest hitter I’ve ever seen who if not for the two wars and the loss of almost 5 years I believe might have broken Babe’s record!

  32. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Alex rounded the bases on his oppo homer to a standing ovation. Don’t those people in Pennsylvania understand that he’s evil?! :twisted:

  33. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    So those who think Alex is a complex figure can’t root for him when he gets back?

  34. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Pineda just BB’d somebody. Looks like they’re coming to get him. He was beginning to tire. Alex gave him a high five. Cotham coming in.

  35. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Pineda is coming back, someone has to go…

  36. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    “Of course he isn’t. All fine upstanding businessmen make illegal contributions to political campaigns to purchase ambassadorships for friends. Then they attempt to coerce employees to lie to the FBI. That’s the tip of the ice berg.”

    oooh wow… he just sounds sounds awful.

    Actually what it really sounds like to me is he is someone I’d want as my friend, which is not exactly my definition of a low life. And all that campaign contribution stuff is par for the course and nothing I’m going to get too worked up over.

    And finally….. I wasn’t a big Winfield fan anyway. So I’ll save my moral outrage for something better.

  37. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    Alex rounded the bases on his oppo homer to a standing ovation. Don’t those people in Pennsylvania understand that he’s evil?! :twisted:

    Just shows you had Bud Selig is perceived. They need to get a commissioner in there who is not associated with the ownership of a baseball team. They’re all corrupted in one way or another. Look at Angelos.

  38. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Send Warren down for a month till Sept callups. Phelps back to long man.

  39. UnKnown July 18th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Alexander Emmanuel “Alex” Rodriguez!!!!!!!!!! WOOT WOOT

  40. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    I wasn’t a big Winfield fan anyway.
    =========
    Why not Tar?

  41. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Mick, going ,going, gone, Gonzales! ;)

  42. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Actually what it really sounds like to me is he is someone I’d want as my friend, which is not exactly my definition of a low life. And all that campaign contribution stuff is par for the course and nothing I’m going to get too worked up over.

    You have your moral compass I have mine. I would imagine adultery is on your list of things that are “par for the course.” Just doing business right?

  43. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    They need to get a commissioner in there who is not associated with the ownership of a baseball team.
    ==========
    I’m afraid that’s what they are looking for.
    Altho I think Torre wants the job.

  44. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    “I wasn’t a big Winfield fan anyway.
    =========
    Why not Tar?”

    I’m a bird lover.

  45. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Winfield got a lot of the same grief that Alex gets.

  46. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I believe Juan Gonzalez plays for the LI Ducks.

  47. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    “You have your moral compass I have mine. I would imagine adultery is on your list of things that are “par for the course.” Just doing business right?”

    Where the hell did that come from?

    And actually it probably is in some Acient Asian cultures.

  48. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I’m afraid that’s what they are looking for.
    Altho I think Torre wants the job.

    They need someone from outside of baseball.

  49. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:48 pm

    Bob Costas for Commish.

  50. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    We went from buying Ambassadorships, to buying Ho*kers in a heartbeat.

    Mick I like that choice.

  51. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    Hans,

    MLB underestimates the intelligence of its fanbase (kind of like Hal does) :)

    Unknown, he looks pretty crisp at the plate to my eyes. What’s more he’s got his oppo swing on automatic :D

  52. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    They need someone from outside of baseball.
    ====================
    Why would the owners go for that?

  53. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    “I wasn’t a big Winfield fan anyway.
    =========
    Why not Tar?”

    I’m a bird lover.

    :D

  54. tom tresh 15 July 18th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Pat M , The pool girls doing their job ?

  55. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Where the hell did that come from?

    Just another of GS’s redeeming qualities. I’m certainly not morally outraged by George Steinbrenner. I just take him as one of the easily corruptible owners that gravitate towards baseball. Their values change from day to day according to how the wind is blowing. I’m completely unimpressed by all of these guys.
    You know who this bunch wanted for the Nationals owner? They championed Fred Malek until the stories of Malek barbequing a dog came to light.

  56. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Hal will try the same patch job next year just with hopefully less or no injuries.

  57. UnKnown July 18th, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Alex is going to get this offense going. Pitching has been awesome and will continue to be awesome. That is definitely not a problem. Offense shows a pulse and this team will make the playoffs. The pitching is 3rd best in the A.L. To expect more from our pitching seems unfair.

  58. UnKnown July 18th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Yes Sir Mr. Pruf. Yes Sir

    I’m jacked!!!

  59. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Hans,

    MLB underestimates the intelligence of its fanbase (kind of like Hal does)

    Indeed they should.

  60. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    “They championed Fred Malek until the stories of Malek barbequing a dog came to light.”

    Now that is something I can get outraged about. That is just bizarre.

    Honestly I don’t know enough about MLB owners as a whole to comment on them as a group.

  61. mick July 18th, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Ruiz and Young would help this year and next and fit Hal’s low salary 1 year demands.
    JR Murphy and maybe Cervelli, if not suspended could back up Ruiz.

  62. UnKnown July 18th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    well I gotta get some more boating in before the Sun Goes Down. you know the whole ten thousand lakes and all. Mid nineties fun fun

  63. Mordot11 July 18th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    Why do none of his answers make any sense at all?

  64. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Mick – Ruiz and Young would almost certainly help this year… but next? Dicey… Ruiz is a catcher in his mid 30′s and Young’s tank seems to be nearing empty

  65. Hans Davenport July 18th, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Now that is something I can get outraged about

    Were just not on the same page okay. I don’t need to be “outraged” to consider someone unlikeable.

  66. J. Alfred Prufrock July 18th, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    UnKnown July 18th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Yes Sir Mr. Pruf. Yes Sir

    I’m jacked!!!
    ///

    :D

    Unknown, I have the feeling you greet the morning in that humor! Some little girl just held up a sign for ARod – in her parents’ presence, no less! I ask you, what are we coming to??!!

  67. mick July 18th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    chicken-they are both FA’s next year and I would think they would help too but Philly might want more than they deserve.
    if we can’t get anything more for joba and hughes i would make that deal but maybe thats why im not the gm.

  68. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    “Were just not on the same page okay. I don’t need to be “outraged” to consider someone unlikeable.”

    OK were not on the same page.

    Unlikeable to you, I get that.

    But first he was “low life”, than an “adulterer”, than wishy washy “easily corruptible” . Sounds more than just unlikeable to me. And all of that is something I can disagree with on a public Yankee Baseball forum, don’t you think?

  69. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Mick – I guess I missed earlier posts…if that’s the best we can get for those two, I think I’m onboard. I may be overly optomistic, though. I have a hunch That Hughes is more coveted than we are being led to believe… at least I hope that’s the case

  70. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    Good evening, Tar – do you currently reside in NC? If so, whereabouts (nothing specific… eastern, western, central, etc.)

  71. mick July 18th, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    chicken-You might be right on Hughes. I can see some teams coveting him.

  72. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    Hey Chicken :D

    Central.

  73. Pat M. July 18th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Tommy Tresh 15…..Every Thursday

  74. MTU July 18th, 2013 at 9:23 pm

    Pitching matchups in Boston :

    AP vs. Doubront

    Kuroda vs. Lackey

    CC vs. Lester

  75. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Tar – the reason I ask is – do you see UVA as a rival (I told you I was going to address on an off day. Lol)? I live in south central VA which is traditionally Hokie country but I’m a wahoo fan (sorry RayVT if you’re out there). I consider the heels our biggest rival behind the Hokies. Just wondering the view from the other side

  76. GregD July 18th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    JAP- I appreciate your reports from SWB

  77. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Hans, situational morality,It’s a generational thing and ours is fading fast.

    The thing people forget is they then have to live with what they’ve created, and while values are merely beliefs it is wise to learn from history as to which ones are enduring and are worth o passing on to succeeding generations.

  78. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 9:37 pm

    Mick, did you not ask who goes when Arod returns?

    Did I not answer you in my usual creative and clever manner? ;)

  79. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    CHicken

    Well I’ve heard it’s the souths oldest rivalry. And you did beat us last year, if I remember correctly.

    But the honest answer is… here it’s all about Dook and NC State. You live and work amongst the enemy. Of course there is a lot of respect for other teams in the ACC, without a doubt.

    But if you lose to Dook or NC state you are going to hear about one and over until you turn around and beat them. A loss to the Cav’s doesn’t have that same meaning.

    Blake would be a good one to ask as well. He’s a huge Heel fan and his wife is a Hokie fan. I guess that makes him doubly bad in your eyes! haha

  80. RS July 18th, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    “Pitching matchups in Boston :

    AP vs. Doubront

    Kuroda vs. Lackey

    CC vs. Lester”

    the pitching matchups look great, too bad the offenses are so lopsided

  81. MTU July 18th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    RS-

    Therein lies the rub.

    :(

  82. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Chicken

    One more thing, I think the Heels are a lot like the Yankees in the respect that, every opponent seems to really get up to play them. You are getting the absolute best shot from everybody you play. Everybody gets fired up to beat them.

    It makes it harder, but I really think some teams thrive on that difficulty.

  83. Triple Short of a Cycle July 18th, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    the pitching matchups look great, too bad the offenses are so lopsided

    ———————————–

    Not really. AP has been pretty bad. CC has not been great and he usually gets hit but the Sox. Kuroda is good but Lackey has been their best pitcher outside of Laptops

  84. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Seriously gents what owners are going to vote for someone who does not hold their interests as his highest priority? The idea is not simply to maintain assets but to enhance them. To the best of my knowledge every team is worth more than what the current owner paid!

    Voila Selig like the captain of the ship is deemed to have done a good job. He’s still a doofus who was in the right place at the right time, but given the fan interest and TV deals neither he nor anyone else has had to do anything extraordinary.

    Baseball is first and foremost a business which some here don’t quite comprehend with their spending ideas.

    The only thing that motivates business to change is loss of income. Therefore as long as baseball remains a thriving enterprise status quo is the order of the day.

  85. Triple Short of a Cycle July 18th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    The sad thing is the Rangers have acquired Lee,Dempster ans soon to be Garza and they still have a better farm system then us

  86. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Tar – I believe you’re right… teams do seem to target the heels. If you, I, and Blake are around during the off season we can commense to joust! :)

  87. comnsnse July 18th, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Triple, exactly! This is the question I ask over and over with no response.

    I’ve concluded that today’s writing fraternity simply does not and will not ask the questions that need asking.

    Confrontational interviews no longer exist. I’m sure everyone has ideas why but it seems that it is a rare occurrence when it happens.

    Only fans ask but then we have no dog in the fight except being fan…atics about our teams.

  88. Hankflorida July 18th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Some little girl just held up a sign for ARod – in her parents’ presence, no less! I ask you, what are we coming to??!!

    Alfred, shades of Lolita ready to take down the leader of the evil empire.

  89. Triple Short of a Cycle July 18th, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Confrontational interviews don’t exist anymore because they are scared that they won’t give them interviews anymore

  90. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    comnsnse/Triple – just my opinion but confrontational interviews walk a fine line. For example, the Jim Gray/Pete Rose ambush was a bit uncomfortable (at least for me) while, on the flip side, Ahmaad Rashad (sp?) Jordan interviews were nothing but hero worship. Interviewing is an art… I can’t think of anyone currently who is a master

  91. chicken_stanley July 18th, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    Sorry to post and run… early flight Friday. Goodnight all

  92. Tar July 18th, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    See Ya Chicken safe flight.

    BTW there is a new thread

  93. Terrekain July 19th, 2013 at 3:51 am

    At this point, Japan is nowhere near close to being fit to compete in the World Series.

    If Japan is allowed to compete despite an inferior and mismatched level of play, why not allow AAA National Champions to compete.

    And there’s the problem.

    The World Series is not simply a best of 7 series. It’s the CULMINATION of an entire season of 162 games and playoff brackets.

    Can the AAA Championship team or the Japanese Championship team beat the MLB World series team?

    Absolutely, in a best of seven series, anything can happen.

    Can the AAA Championship team or the Japanese Championship team MAKE it to the World Series if they played the MLB schedule?

    That would be a virtual impossibility.

    Add to the numerous “irregularities” in Japanese baseball, like rules which forbid non-Japanese players from taking more than 4 roster spots, and umpire strike zones which change depending on the race of the player, etc coupled with the fact that the Japanese baseball’s domestic viability hinges on the fiction that its competition is on equal-footing with MLB, and I see no reason why the Japanese would want to expose their players to MLB competition.

    For heaven’s sakes, all the NPB (Japan’s baseball league) rules and formulations are specifically DESIGNED to keep out foreign baseball because any exposure to World-Series type standards would crush Japanese pride and therefore much of baseball’s attraction to Japan.

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    On the MLB side: The only way that MLB teams should allow Japanese-based ballclubs to compete for a chance in the World Series is by absorbing teams into the AL and NL leagues.

    This will prevent Japan from rigging its own leagues to suit “Japanese-only” and “Yamato-damashaii”.

    There are three problems, of course.

    1) Economic. For the Japanese, this would give MLB the same open access opportunity to the US market that the Japanese have to the US. Japan has never wanted direct competition for audiences, interest, merchandise sales, cultural affiliation with fans, etc. This goes to the heart of business models and marketplaces. Again, the basic premise of the problem is that the Japanese cannot compete in an open market – and they know it. That’s the biggest reason why this won’t happen.

    2) Physical geography. Playing back and forth across the Pacific. Physically possible but the economics of trans-pacific SST and HST flight aren’t feasible – yet.

    3) Cultural. Putting American “fair-play” in ever-closer proximity with “Yamato-Damashaii” is often a recipe for disaster. Americans who have lived in Japan and especially can read Japanese know this all too well. That’s why Japanese players pretend they don’t speak English and always use a Japanese interpreter…so they can say one thing to an American audience while telling their Japanese audience something different.

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    Because Japanese people are extremely racist. Worse, their racial superiority complex (“uniqueness”) is unjustified and they know it. Their attitudes used to be considered anomolous by American ballplayers in the 1980s but by the 90s everyone in MLB knew what the Japanese were all about.

    Ichiro may have mellowed out with his tenure as a Yankee, but he was hated by the Mariners precisely for his racial animus and high-handedness towards non-Japanese “suketto”. Kei Igawa, Daisuke Matsuzaka and many others had this kind of racial chip on their shoulders that they advertised in the club-house to one degree or another.

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