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May 18, 1997

How could Bill Plaschke say Bud Selig loves baseball ("A League of His Own," April 13)? Anyone favoring the designated hitter and interleague play can't possibly love baseball.

Selig has sold out to the television networks, which instruct baseball as to what time games should be started and control what goes on during a game even more so than the umpires and players.

J. Werner



I had always considered Selig not only out of touch with reality but also, at best, a faux commissioner with an inherent conflict of interest, but Plaschke's article was a real eye-opener.

Say what you will about Selig's business acumen; the man's undying love for the game, and for humanity, puts him a step above his contemporaries.

Herbert M. Schoenberg



One has to commend Plaschke for his attempt to put a more positive spin on Selig, a person with a total lack of charisma.

Selig is a man who did not stand with Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Argyros against the replacement-player scheme. He instead allowed the introduction of such players, permitting tensions to heighten.

Selig is a man who has lacked the courage to stand up to owners like Jerry Reinsdorf of the White Sox and the Yankees' George Steinbrenner when they blatantly overspend on players' salaries.

And here's a simple solution to the salary crisis in baseball: Cap player salaries at $3 million a year for top echelon stars, and the laws of economics will take care of the rest. That takes the team cap off the board and will force the players to explain to a public tired of spoiled and overpaid jocks why they deserve more money in a year than a police officer will see in 60 years.

No, Selig is not a grown-up kid making his dreams come true but rather a myopic philistine.

G. Garland

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