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Chris Russo made back page headlines in yesterday’s paper when he called out his former partner, Mike Francesa, for going easy on Alex Rodriguez. Chris Russo admits himself that he’s “buddy buddy” with MLB commissioner Bud Selig, and spoke about how everyone in the business has their own “favorites.” Alex joined Mike in studio along with his lawyer, Jim McCarroll, fielding questions from The Sports Pope.

Alex said he “lost his mind” and “banged a table and kicked a briefcase” out of frustration when he realized that Bud Selig wasn’t coming in from Milwaukee to face him in person. He explained that it shows a lack of courage on the Selig’s behalf for handing out a 211-game suspension for something he didn’t do. Rodriguez said, “I shouldn’t serve one inning.” When asked if he used performance enhancing drugs, A-Rod simply stated, “no.”

What do you guys think? Was Mike giving A-Rod a “soft landing”?

Francesa/Alex Rodriguez Interview: Part 1 & Part 2

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Anyone who watched any of this week’s Yankees games are probably wondering the same thing: who stole the major league umpires and replaced them with these clowns?

In every single game, the umpires blew at least one call. By my count, they cost Derek Jeter, Mark Teixeira
and Jorge Posada base hits. They also cost the Royals a run last night. They cost Brett Gardner an at-bat for reasons unknown (although Colin Curtis turned that into his first ML home run). They tossed Joe Girardi from a game and nobody has yet to tell him why.

I wish I could rail against some sort of vast umpiring conspiracy against the Yankees. I wish that Joe West’s comments at the beginning of the season pointed to a bias against the Yankees. Sadly, I cannot. This season, umpires have cost Armando Gallaraga a perfect game (and no-hitter) with two outs in the 9th inning. Turn on SportsCenter and nightly, some umpire somewhere is blowing a call that directly affects the outcome of a game. What we are watching is the one thing that will kill baseball as a top-tier sport in this country faster than PED’s or Tim McCarver. Bad umpiring used to be a rare occurrence – rare enough that a bad call led every sportscast in America. Now, bad umpiring has become the norm. Fans can be excused if they wait with baited breath for the next horrible call.

Fortunately, I don’t think this problem is unsolvable. Here are five pretty simple things that Commissioner Bud Selig can do to restore some sense of normalcy to the grand game:

  1. Revert back to having AL & NL umpires. With that system, the umpires got to know the teams, players and managers much better than with the current system of rotating crews around the majors.
  2. I understand that MLB grades the umpires every year. Why not make those grades public? Fans have more stats available than Roosevelt has dimes to know how a player performs; it seems only fair that we know which umpires have fair strike zones, which ones blow calls most often and so forth. Besides, knowing that their performance will be publicly available sounds like a great incentive to get the umpires to concentrate a bit harder on the field.
  3. Suspend umpires during the season for some of the ridiculous calls they make. If a player or manager can be suspended for conduct unbecoming, no reason an umpire cannot.
  4. Demand the umpires get in shape. Baseball is the only major sport that allows its game officials to be so…corpulent. This isn’t a case of “fat discrimination” but one of simply asking the umpires to be mobile enough to keep up with the speed of the game.
  5. Have more intense spring training for the umpires. I cringe every time I see an umpire in the absolutely wrong position to make a call. Just as the players work on getting themselves in correct position for cut-off throws and pitchers run PFP drills during spring training, I think having a spring complex where umpires work on getting on in position for throws to every base from every angle is appropriate.

The really neat thing is, the commissioner’s “best interests of baseball” authority means he can do all of this outside of the CBA. (Maybe not #5; but certainly the rest). What do you think? Is it time for MLB to do something about the umpiring?

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Ever get asked ‘Why is it called the World Series if the whole world doesn’t partake in it?’ I know I do and I really don’t have much of an answer for such question. If you do, I’ll gladly listen to it. However, recently Bud Selig and Ryozo Kata, Commissioner of Nippon Professional Baseball,  in a meeting discussed the possibility of the champions from their leagues of facing each other in a ‘Global’ World Series. Kata had this to say:

“I was surprised, Mr. Selig said he wants to realize the plan before his tenure ends.”

Selig is set to retire in 2012. This would be an interesting venture between the two countries as it would open new avenues of revenue for both leagues and countries. However, there are a lot of logistics for this to become a reality. For example, how many games are played and where? It is unlikely they’ll play 3 in Japan, then fly to the U.S. They’d have to work out a rotating system where one country gets it one year, the other the next, etc. Another issue is scheduling. This would obviously have to be done quickly after the MLB World Series and it would obviously impact the offseason and free agency.

I bet, if this was implemented, we could see an earlier start to the season, even if by a week or two. This all could be a pipe dream as the owners of 30 clubs will likely weigh in with their opinions. I think this could be possibly an exciting venture for both leagues, don’t you?

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Sources have indicated to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune that Bud Selig will step down after the 2012 season. If this is true, then the next labor agreement, due in 2011, will likely be his high profile impact on the game of baseball will be.

Selig, in 1992 after Fay Vincent resigned became the defacto commissioner until being ‘voted’ in as commissioner in 1998. During his time, Selig will be known for a laundry list of things, some good, some bad. How his legacy after 2012 portrays him, who knows as he still has 3 seasons left to change a few things.

During his tenure, before the 1994 season, Selig realigned the American and National league into three divisions each and instituted the Wild Card playoff berth for both leagues. However, in 1994, baseball for the first time since 1904 did not hold a World Series which was canceled due to the work stoppage. Before baseball would officially recover from the strike, Selig instituted interleague baseball during the summer of 1997, which still stands today with great success.

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     These threats from Bud Selig about punishing A-Rod is a bunch of bologna. I don’t think it will happen. A-Rod claims that he used steroids from 2001-2003 with the Texas Rangers. At that time..there were no punishments for players who tested positive for PED’s. The following year, penalties would be given out if they tested positive for banned substances.

This is what Bud had to say:

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am saddened by the revelations concerning Alex Rodriguez’s use of performance-enhancing substances. While Alex deserves credit for publicly confronting the issue, there is no valid excuse for using such substances and those who use them have shamed the game.

“What Alex did was wrong and he will have to live with the damage he has done to his name and reputation. His actions are also a reminder to everyone in baseball—under our current drug program, if you are caught using steroids and/or amphetamines, you will be punished. Since 2005, every player who has tested positive for steroids has been suspended for as much as 50 games. Eradicating performance-enhancing substances from the game of baseball has been my first priority over the past decade and it is important to remember that these recent revelations relate to pre-program activity.”

The other thing Selig said was that he was “not dismissing” re-instating his friend, Hank Aaron, as baseball’s all-time home run king, while admitting that “once you start tinkering you create more problems.”

My question is..why didn’t Bud punish Giambi & Pettitte…?

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an interesting report:

Johnny Damon: I turned down steroids:

“When I was 13, somebody tried to push it on me, but since I was 6-1 and 180 pounds, I knew I didn’t ever have to take it,” Damon told the radio station. “I’m a big boy by nature, I’ve been blessed with strength. … I made the right decision, but sometimes guys don’t make that right decision.”

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GIAMBI GLAD PLAYERS ARE TALKING / B.A.T. creates Bobby Murcer Award

Brian Cashman: Players who tested positive for steroids should come clean

Cashman can’t say whether Alex used performance-enhancing drugs w/Yanks

Hunter saddened by A-Rod’s admission / Welcome to Fun City

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     Looks like the Yankees will be going into Spring Training with both Brett Gardner and Melky Cabrera competing for the job. Which one deserves the job more? If I were to choose right now..I would go with Gardner, but things can change. Gardner has great speed, a good glove, and draws a lot of walks. If he can keep his average up and get on base, then he can be a real threat. Melky Cabrera showed last year that he only had a glove. His offensive numbers were horrendous. Gardner’s statistics in the minor leagues were pretty good. He had a .290+ career average down in the minors. I think you only saw a very small sample of Gardner, and he is really much better that.

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Jayson Stark’s Q&A with Bud Selig: The Yankees:

The Yankees

Stark: On the other hand, the Yankees have spent nearly half a billion dollars on three free agents. So the kind of talk you hear these days from owners is: “The Yankees are bad for baseball … we need a salary cap.” It sounds a lot like the talk you heard 10 years ago. Do you think the Yankees’ actions this winter represent a serious problem for the sport?

Selig: I’m not going to comment on individual clubs. I haven’t in the past, and I won’t now. Every club has to do what they have to do, and I’m very comfortable saying that. I’m proud of the system we have. I think we’ve had more competitive balance than we’ve ever had. And we have labor peace now through 2011. So I’ll continue to watch what happens in the system and make my judgments at the appropriate time.

Stark: Well, taking the Yankees out of it, are you concerned that some teams can’t afford to pay their star players or keep their players, to the point where you would need some sort of salary cap?

Selig: I’m not going to make that kind of judgment. The fact of the matter is, we’ve had, up till now, more competitive balance than we’ve ever had. So I want to continue to watch things. And I’ll make very strong judgments, but at the appropriate time. And now is not the appropriate time.

Yankees’ center stage lacks star  /  The House That Gardner Built?

Q&A with Joba Chamberlain 

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