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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Selig Joins The Demagoguery On Drug Suspensions, Lambastes Collusion Talk

Players on steroid suspensions should be kept out of the minors, even, says Bud Selig. We've been over this plenty, but the whole point is that doing so prevents the player from getting ready for the majors, thus effectively extending his suspension.

Related: Selig pooh-poohs talk of collusion in this past offseason.

"I think the clubs uniformly felt they were taking the momentum of a national event -- that being the economy -- and suggesting that that was going to have an impact on their revenues," agent Scott Boras said. "I think they were attempting to leverage that into a belief structure that the value of players has gone down because there's a perception that baseball will suffer because of the economy. After experiencing the biggest blow of the economy in the fall of 2008, we know that baseball has stood its ground and still has an extraordinary revenue base."

Still, the average salary was $3.2 million at the start of this season.

"Some of us, let me be as blunt as I can be, have to live in the real world, not in some make believe little scenario that doesn't exist. And I mean that very, very sincerely," Selig said. "They can say whatever they want to say. I wouldn't even waste my time reacting to that."

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