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08:10 AM ET 07.12 | Bud Selig gave his annual address of sorts, meeting with fans at the All-Star Game. Selig didn't stray from positions he's already made public, noting that several things are still in "discussions." He said that he's discovered there is not a "great appetite for increasing instant replay" but that there can still be adjustments made to the current replay system. ... Selig also spoke about MLB's labor situation and said he doesn't anticipate a lockout situation, like the NBA and NFL, when the current labor agreement expires in December. He patted himself and the MLB Players' Association on the back for the current run of labor peace. "We've had 16 years of labor peace. That's unprecedented in baseball history," Selig said. "It's something nobody thought was possible, including me."

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July 12, 2011  08:26 AM ET

Way to jinx it, Bud. Now it's all going to come tumbling down like a house of card.

July 12, 2011  08:45 AM ET

.... and then Selig walked away and you could see that he shat his pants

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July 12, 2011  09:53 AM ET

"We've had 16 years of labor peace. That's unprecedented in baseball history,"

That's because the players have won everything there is to win in the labor wars. Unless the owners are willing to go to the mattresses over free agency and a salary cap, then yes, I'm sure the players are just fine with the status quo.

July 12, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Too funny. This is the same guy who was surprised when 103 players tested positive for steroids and PEDS.
Not exactly a great guy to have on Point.

July 12, 2011  10:32 AM ET

I think Selig gets an unfair bad rap. Sure, he's made some mistakes, but he's also done a lot of good.

July 12, 2011  10:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

I think Selig gets an unfair bad rap. Sure, he's made some mistakes, but he's also done a lot of good.

I suppose that when you throw stuff against a wall some stuff sticks. He is not really a Commissioner at all. Never was. The owners picked one of the owners to fill the spot until one was decided upon and they stopped looking.
MLB owners do not want an independent, strong Commissioner, ever again. They want someone they can control. History has shown us that.

July 12, 2011  10:42 AM ET

Selig: Modern-day servant; A person who performs tasks for another, usually degrading in status, i.e. b*t*h

July 12, 2011  10:46 AM ET

As in "Bud Selig, he be da owners b*t*h!"

July 12, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I suppose that when you throw stuff against a wall some stuff sticks.

I guess that's one way to look at it. He ushered in MLBPA, and ensured that all revenues from it would be equally split amongst teams. That's pretty huge. Personally, I think blaming him for the steroids in anyway is patently ridiculous.

July 12, 2011  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Selig: Modern-day servant; A person who performs tasks for another, usually degrading in status, i.e. b*t*h

You may be a construction worker working on a home
You may be living in a mansion or you might live in a dome
You might own guns and you might even own tanks
You might be somebody's landlord you might even own banks.

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
You're gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody.

July 12, 2011  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

As in "Bud Selig, he be da owners b*t*h!"

As is everyone to their boss(es).

July 12, 2011  11:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

MLB owners do not want an independent, strong Commissioner, ever again. They want someone they can control. History has shown us that.

Exactly. He's got a job to do, and from where I'm sitting, he's done it pretty well.

Prior to the recession, MLB enjoyed four straight years of record attendance, so it could be argued that baseball is more popular than it ever has been. Combine that with the MLBPA profits and the clubs are making money hand over fist.

July 12, 2011  11:40 AM ET

The owners brought in a strong-willed, independent man almost a century ago in Kenesaw Mountain Landis, and he was a thorn in their side for decades. The Black Sox scandal hit baseball so hard that they had to do something drastic to restore some semblance of credibility, but they soon felt that they went too far. Landis even fought hard to prevent the minor leagues from existing only to serve the majors, which was a noble battle in some ways but probably doomed to fail once the TV age hit. I'm sure the owners will never make a mistake like that again...I don't see Selig as a servant to anybody, he's just helping out his peers.

July 12, 2011  11:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

I guess that's one way to look at it. He ushered in MLBPA, and ensured that all revenues from it would be equally split amongst teams. That's pretty huge. Personally, I think blaming him for the steroids in anyway is patently ridiculous.

OK, but tell that all those fans of teams who were just pocketing the shared revenue, turning a profit without ever having to improve their product. Ever ( aka Pirates for one ).
He ( at the owners bequest ) turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the steroid era. It was good for business, Sosa and the rest of them bopping home runs. They knew, he knew and it was outside forces not under their control that forced them to do the hand slap. Fact.

July 12, 2011  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

OK, but tell that all those fans of teams who were just pocketing the shared revenue, turning a profit without ever having to improve their product. Ever ( aka Pirates for one ). He ( at the owners bequest ) turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the steroid era. It was good for business, Sosa and the rest of them bopping home runs. They knew, he knew and it was outside forces not under their control that forced them to do the hand slap. Fact.

The players union was much more negligent in their duties regarding the steroids than the owners or commissioner was.

July 12, 2011  11:52 AM ET
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The players union was much more negligent in their duties regarding the steroids than the owners or commissioner was.

Fact.

July 12, 2011  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

OK, but tell that all those fans of teams who were just pocketing the shared revenue, turning a profit without ever having to improve their product. Ever ( aka Pirates for one ).

Still goes on and always will. Happens in other sports too.

July 12, 2011  11:54 AM ET
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He turned a blind eye and a deaf ear to the steroid era.

As did most players, doctors, coaches, managers, owners, and fans.

 
July 12, 2011  11:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I don't see Selig as a servant to anybody, he's just helping out his peers.

4. tool: someone who is a complete idiot/ one who is used by other people, and usually dosen't even realize it/ someone who can't think for themselves/ an ****.

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