Bud Selig is making his rounds around MLB ballparks throughout the course of this year, essentially getting his a** kissed for holding down what was reduced to a figurehead position for a majority of his tenure for a really long time, as he approaches his January retirement.
Today, during his stop in Philadelphia, he was asked about a New York Times report that suggested that Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. could be a longshot candidate to be the next MLB commissioner.
Instead of actually addressing the question, much like he did on the performance-enhancing drug issue in the MLB for nearly 10 years, Selig danced around the question.
“The one thing I have not done with anybody, anywhere, is comment on individual candidates,” Selig began. “What I’ve said — and let me try to go back, I was the chairman of the commissioner search committee in 1982- and into . And if you think the politics are bad now, well you should have been … Bowie [Kuhn] was leaving and there were all kinds of splinter groups. It was a great education for me. And so, the one thing I learned is, if you’re going to discuss names publicly — and I’ve told this story to a lot of baseball people, all the owners, the committee — we had a great candidate that we lost because the name appeared in the paper. And it’s tough. It’s somebody who … so we’re just not going to comment.
“I don’t know where names come from. But I told the committee and I told myself again that, if you want to have a good, sensitive, where you really get the best candidates, you’d better do it quietly, sensitively, and thoughtfully. Otherwise, candidates will just start disappearing. So it’s just not appropriate to comment.”
So what we learned from Bud Selig’s long ramble is that if we want a backup plan to push Ruben Amaro out of the city, in case the unfortunate circumstance that he isn’t fired sometime in the next six months occurs, then we better stay quiet about our hopes.
Before I go into hiatus about talking about Amaro’s candidacy to be the next commish, I’d like to remind anyone who it concerns, that I will pledge my college funds to see Amaro become commissioner, should he not be fired.