November 3, 2011 |
On the day after he won the war and gave the Dodgers back to Los Angeles, Bud Selig took on an entirely new persona. Toast of the town. During his nearly 20 years as commissioner of baseball, he has been called many things, but hardly anything that complimentary. To many in this generation of sports critics who have a pair of pajamas, a laptop and a basement to type from, he is known as "Bud Lite," or "Bad-Hair Bud. " He is an easy target because he is 77 years old, doesn't look or speak like a movie star, hails from a burg called Milwaukee and is most effective out of sight of cameras and TMZ. We live in an age of Kardashian shallowness, and Selig's roots are deep in the soil of hard work and slow-moving compromise.
October 21, 1992 |
Two days after their flag was displayed upside-down at Game 2 of the World Series between the Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays, thousands of Canadians loudly responded Tuesday night before Game 3. They stood and sang the U.S. national anthem. They sang it louder than it was sung in Atlanta last weekend, and when Jon Secada sang "land of the free," they erupted in cheers.
September 4, 1990 |
Baseball was dragged into the federal courts again Tuesday when a New York Yankees executive sued Fay Vincent and accused the commissioner of trying to run him and George Steinbrenner out of the game. Leonard L. Kleinman, executive vice president and chief operating executive of the Yankees, made the allegation in a $22-million lawsuit against Vincent and John M. Dowd, the commissioner's special counsel who directed an investigation of Steinbrenner's dealings with gambler Howard Spira.
February 21, 1993 |
A little known group called the Professional Baseball Executive Council voted 9-5 this week to block the proposed move of the New York Yankees' Albany-Colonie farm team in the Eastern League to Long Island. The chaos in the commissioner's office prevented even the Yankees from getting the official word until 24 hours later. Mets general manager Al Harazin said he had heard second-hand that the move was rejected, but didn't know for sure.
October 13, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - The Fall Classic can wait. For baseball, this is the classic fall. In a good way. The regular season delivered meaning down to the final day, sparked by teams' jockeying to avoid the new one-game wild-card playoff and crowned by the first triple crown winner in 45 years. The division series featured three walk-offs within 24 hours and - for the first time - all four series extended to the full five games. Commissioner Bud Selig stayed awake past midnight here Wednesday, watching Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and stun the Baltimore Orioles, then watching the Oakland Athletics jolt Jose Valverde and force a decisive fifth game with the Detroit Tigers.
February 7, 1993 |
Along with the northern spotted owl, the southeastern beach mouse, the sperm whale and the big-eared bat, there is now another endangered species. It is the Office of the Commissioner of Baseball, and already it may be too late, with no survivors of the breed sighted since the club owners liquidated Fay Vincent with one discharge of their blunderbuss by an 18-9 vote 4 1/2 months ago.
March 2, 2013 |
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig called for tougher penalties for major leaguers who violate the sport's drug agreement, a move the players' union is willing to consider but not for the 2013 season. Speaking at a news conference Saturday at the Arizona Diamondbacks' spring training ballpark in Scottsdale, Ariz., Selig said last year's positive drug test for All-Star game most valuable player Melky Cabrera and allegations players received banned substances from a now-closed Florida anti-aging clinic helped lead him to seek stiffer penalties as quickly as possible.
April 20, 2011 |
The statement from Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on the Dodgers: "Pursuant to my authority as Commissioner, I informed Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt today that I will appoint a representative to oversee all aspects of the business and the day-to-day operations of the Club. I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball.
November 1, 1989 |
Stephen Greenberg, son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg, was appointed deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball, Commissioner Fay Vincent announced today. Greenberg is an attorney and former managing partner of the Los Angeles law firm, Manhatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Phillips. He will take office on Jan. 1.
June 12, 1988 |
You don't miss your water 'til the well runs dry. And baseball's owners, and perhaps even its fans, will not miss Peter Ueberroth until he is no longer the commissioner of baseball. Even the game's union and its press, which never fell in love with the former Olympic czar, may respect him more in absentia. Ueberroth's legacy is that he has been the first commissioner who had no power base, no true constituency and tried to please no one but himself.