Selig now opposed to minor league rehab stints for ‘roiders

Bud Selig: “Very well, if that is the way the winds are blowing, let no one say I don’t also blow!”

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig wants to keep players on drug suspensions from going to the minor leagues before they return.

Manny Ramirez drew sellout crowds last month in the minors when he played two games at Triple-A Albuquerque and three at Class-A Inland Empire on his rehabilitation assignment before his return to the Dodgers on July 3. The Dodgers’ slugger was suspended 50 games for violating baseball’s drug policy.

“I think that’s something we really need to change in the next labor negotiation,” Selig said Tuesday.

Amazing that Bud didn’t consider this a problem when the CBA was negotiated. Hey Bud: if you’re going to let the Bill Plaschkes and Tracy Ringolsbys of the world dictate your opinions about such things, why don’t you send them to the bargaining table next time? In other news:

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig denies that teams conspired against free agents after the 2008 season . . . “That’s fine. They’re entitled to their opinion,” Selig said Wednesday at a meeting of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. “This is one sport where I can’t even fathom that anybody could think that.”

Yeah, I have no idea in the world why anyone would possibly think that.

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  1. Greg Simons said...

    “This is one sport where I can’t even fathom that anybody could think that.”

    I certainly appreciate you pointing out three majors reasons why Selig’s statement is so amazingly idiotic.  Still, Bud’s foolishness necessitates much piling on in the comments.  The man was an owner during all three of these instances.  For him to make such a disingenuous comment is absolutely mind-boggling.  I wonder, did any reporter follow up his statement by challenging him with the facts?  Probably not, fearing their credentials might get pulled.  Too bad Rany wasn’t there.

  2. Marshall said...

    Baseball commissioner Bud Selig denies that teams conspired against free agents after the 2008 season

    Seriously – what did you think he would say?

  3. Bob Timmermann said...

    Minor league rehab stints for suspended players weren’t a big deal when J.C. Romero had one. They are only bad if the player is widely known.

  4. Millsy said...

    As long as the minor league clubs are affiliated with the major league clubs, I think I agree with that not being allowed.  Or, at least, have to wait the full 50 games played by the MLB club before the player can play in the minors again.

    As for the second statement by Selig regarding collusion…baahaha.  I don’t think there’s any direct collusion going on…but possibly unspoken.  If referring to Bonds, I don’t understand why no one would sign him. 

    However, I don’t see a reason why it would actually hurt baseball or any reason owners would collude to keep him out.  He draws fans.  Even if owners had an unspoken agreement about signing him, I think it would have been PLENTY profitable for a team to say, “Oops…I forgot” and sign him to the minimum and have a virtually FREE DH with an OBP of .450.  They can’t keep the owner out of the revenue sharing loop without getting slammed (though, your legal opinion, Craig, would be much more interesting to hear on that).  Given that…maybe all the owners really are just not interested in Bonds?  I’m not convinced (not even close), but I don’t see too much incentive keeping at least ONE owner from not signing him.  Which leads us back to direct colluding.  Too bad it’s really hard to prove in this situation.

  5. kranky kritter said...

    It has been allowed because it wasn’t specifically addressed. We all ought to be familiar with such things. It happens. Oh well.

    But I have yet to see a good argument for why a suspended player should be allowed to play while suspended. It does not make sense to me that a player would be allowed to play for any team affiliated with a major league club while suspended.

    While it’s interesting to note that in the past it has not “been a big deal,” this doesn’t seem relevant to me. In my eyes. suspended from major league baseball should mean that you can’t play for MLB or for affiliated teams. Period.

  6. Craig Calcaterra said...

    That’s wrong, Kranky.  It has been specifically adressed. This is the exact language from the basic agreement:

    “During the term of his suspension, a Player may consent to an assignment to a Minor League affiliate of his Club under the terms of Article XIX(C)(1) and (3), except as modified above with respect to salary and except that such assignment shall not exceed five (5) days (eight (8) days for pitchers) for a Player suspended for a period of 25 games or less, and shall not exceed ten (10) days (16 days for pitchers) for a Player suspended for a period of between 26 and 50 games.”

    If everyone wants to change the rules now—as Bud seems to want to—fine, go ahead and either reponed the agreement or renegotiate it in 2011 when it’s up for renewal.  In the meantime, the effort on the part of writers, some fans, and now the Commissioner to turn it into a moral issue worthy of outrage is ridiculous.  If you want to change the rules, fine, make your case, but as of now, it’s specifically provided for in the rules.

  7. JE said...

    The state of the economy might be a reason why free agents did not fare as well this past offseason.

    At a time a storied publication such as BusinessWeek might fetch $1—yes, $1—in a proposed sale (, why is it unfathomable that most baseball players have been overvalued for some time now?

    To be sure, I am not alleging that collusion DID NOT take place, but simply suggest that external factors not be ruled out.

  8. The Rabbit said...

    The reason no one made a big deal about J. C. Romero was that he was not suspended for “steroid use”….The suspension was for “negligence”. There were many at the time who didn’t think he should have been suspended. Here’s a link to Peter Gammons opinion and background on Romero’s supension.

  9. Jack Marshall said...

    One thing salient about Bud: what a terrible chess player! Every fiasco of his tenure was avoidable and predictable; every crisis could have been mitigated with just a little advance thought. The All-Star Game tie: I had been screaming at the screen for years that the way managers wasted players just guaranteed the scenario we got: why couldn’t Bud see it coming? The PR disaster from the strike; Bonds breaking the home-run record while under a steroid cloud; the loooong games; the 2 AM World Series problem;the decline in African American players; the steroid leaks; Mitchell being criticized for doing his report while being on the Red Sox board…the list goes on and on and on. Since he’s obviously incapable of recognizing future problems as they approach, I’m not surprised that he can’t recall past disasters that he participated in once they’ve receded, like collusion. The man makes Bowie Kuhn look like a genius; he makes Spike Eckert look like a leader; he makes Happy Chandler seem like the epitome of competence. I would rather see Bonds, McGwire, Clemens, Palmeiro, Sosa, Jose Canseco, Hal Chase and Vlad the Impaler admitted to the Hall of Fame with a parade down my street than see Bud enshrined there. I’m just praying he gets caught having sex with a dead sea otter or something, so I don’t have to burn the place down.

  10. The Rabbit said...

    Re: That dead sea otter romance
    I’m originally from Jersey.  There may be some people there that could arrange pictures of that if it wouldn’t create an ethical dilemma

  11. Bill said...

    Such silly inferences regarding Mr. Selig.  Why, if he wasn’t the bestest commissioner ever, he wouldn’t be inducted into the Hall of Fame in the next year or two.  After all, Bowie Kuhn needs the company.

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