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Report: Buck Showalter's A-Rod comments upset Bud Selig

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10:18 AM ET 08.31 | Baltimore Manager Buck Showalter's comments about how the Yankees could enjoy a windfall from Alex Rodriguez's pending suspension struck a nerve with Major League Baseball earlier this month. According to three people with knowledge of the matter, the comments resulted in a back-and-forth between M.L.B. and the Orioles, with Showalter eventually talking directly with Commissioner Bud Selig. In the days leading to the suspensions of Rodriguez and a dozen other players for violations of drug policy, Showalter was quoted in USA Today as saying: "If Bud lets them get away with that, they're under the luxury tax. If they can reset, they can spend again, and I guarantee you in two years, Matt Wieters is in New York."

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August 31, 2013  10:35 AM ET

Buck is still mad that after the Yankees dumped him they won a bunch of world series. Same thing happened in Arizona. Or else he is saying what? " his owner is too cheap to keep his best ball players?"

August 31, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Buck certainly didn't mind when the Yankee's were paying A-Rod's salary and NOT
not having him in the lineup !

August 31, 2013  10:47 AM ET

I think Buck sometimes forgets that if it were not for the Yankees giving him a chance and making him the manager of the Oneonta Yankees in single A ball after seven years in their minor league system as a player that he would now be vice president of a bank back in Florida.

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August 31, 2013  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think the bigger issue is buck confusing that selig is working WITH ny to get rid of arod.bud wants arod gone so he can add that to his resumegranted the yankees want the same end result - arod gonebut the 2 are truly not related.

well done. and that is a wrap folks. that point where two disparate lines intersect.

August 31, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Buck enjoys making inflammatory public comments!

August 31, 2013  11:59 AM ET

Bud needs to have a big cup of Shut The Bleep Up and go fishing.

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August 31, 2013  12:30 PM ET
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I think the bigger issue is buck confusing that selig is working WITH ny to get rid of arod.

Buck knows that. Too much hate for Buck here. He speaks the truth.

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August 31, 2013  02:10 PM ET

I don't think anyone is saying MLB and the Yanks are working together to get the Yanks under the luxury tax. Fact is the Yanks made the horrible decision to pay ARod $25M a year. They shouldn't get amnesty on that decision just because ARod gets suspended. Buck is not off-base.

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August 31, 2013  03:31 PM ET
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.are you saying that MLB and bud imposed a ridiculous penalty on arod because they want NY to be under the threshold? lol

your pinstripes are showing. NYY and MLB would shed no tears if ARod didn't have to be paid. MLB wants big markets in the post season..good for ratings. And to the extent that the liability to pay ARod is extinguished, it enables the Yankees to more freely spend in the upcoming offseason free agent markets, it works to the advantage of both MLB and NYY.

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August 31, 2013  06:36 PM ET

I'm probably wrong here, but I think Showalter's comments were about the Yankees getting out from under the entirety of A-Rod's contract, not just duration of his suspension. And if that is indeed true, he is correct in his criticism.

August 31, 2013  06:41 PM ET
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your pinstripes are showing. NYY and MLB would shed no tears if ARod didn't have to be paid. MLB wants big markets in the post season..good for ratings. And to the extent that the liability to pay ARod is extinguished, it enables the Yankees to more freely spend in the upcoming offseason free agent markets, it works to the advantage of both MLB and NYY.

The fact that mlb and the Yanks might be united in interest does not imply that there is collusion.

August 31, 2013  06:42 PM ET
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I'm probably wrong here, but I think Showalter's comments were about the Yankees getting out from under the entirety of A-Rod's contract, not just duration of his suspension. And if that is indeed true, he is correct in his criticism.

You are.

August 31, 2013  06:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

your pinstripes are showing.

your tinfoil hat is showing.

 
August 31, 2013  07:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I'm probably wrong here, but I think Showalter's comments were about the Yankees getting out from under the entirety of A-Rod's contract, not just duration of his suspension. And if that is indeed true, he is correct in his criticism.

exactly.

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