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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: THE LOCKOUT AFTERMATH : Milwaukee Owner Is Everyone's Bud : Negotiations: Considered an upstart 25 years ago, Selig is now one of baseball's most powerful men and had a key role in settling the lockout.

March 20, 1990|BOB WOLF | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

"Those five agonizing years were the low point of my life. Everywhere we went to present our case, we were treated like outcasts.

"We finally got the White Sox for 10 games a year, and it looked like that was going to be it. But now we've come all the way."

Asked when he felt he was gaining prestige among the owners, Selig said, "I'd say in the mid-'70s. I had a tremendous amount of help from John Fetzer, who owned the Tigers. He was my mentor. He guided me from 1970 on. He's a marvelous human being."

Besides ranking high in the eyes of other owners, Selig commands great respect from his players.

Selig's rapport with his players was put to its severest test during the recent lockout. Since Brewer third baseman Paul Molitor was the American League player representative, he and Selig were actively engaged on opposing sides.

The situation could have been touchy, but Molitor said before the agreement was reached, "Whatever happens won't affect my feelings toward Bud Selig. I'll always have the greatest respect for him."

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