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Despite stadium woes in Oakland, the commissioner has given people hope Some events from the past week may have pried open a very tiny crack in a very old and very stuck door, allowing a teeny tiny sliver of light to shine through as a glimmer of hope for fans of the Oakland Athletics. After 20 years of talking aimlessly about the team moving away or about getting a new stadium (one preferably NOT shared with a football team) there is finally a place to start that could potentially be in sight. It sounds far fetched doesn’t it? That fans […]

Oakland has reality-based hope for the future

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The Oakland A’s will NOT be moving to San Jose, thanks to the Supreme Court It’s a situation that has been talked about for the last 15 years, the idea that the Oakland Athletics will move to San Jose – or anywhere else for that matter. Moving the Oakland Athletics has been the subject of conversation since 2001. For some reason no one can seem to figure it out. Former MLB commissioner Bug Selig said he would have a plan in place by the time of his retirement in January 2015, and new commissioner Rob Manfred has said that he is […]

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According to Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, Pete Rose has submitted to him a formal request that his lifetime ban from baseball be lifted. Surprisingly Manfred, unlike his predecessors Fay Vincent and Bud Selig, has said he will consider it. Manfred is currently making his rounds, visiting each team at their spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona. Apparently, questions about Rose’s reinstatement have been a common theme among the questions he has been asked by current players. To read this post in its entirety you can head over to Baseball Hot Corner by using the link below: Pete […]

Pete Rose submits reinstatement request to Rob Manfred

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It’s well known, due to the creation of the Pace of Game Committee by former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, that the baseball executives want to encourage new and casual baseball fans to attend more ballgames.  It’s also well documented that current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is contemplating altering the strike zone in order to produce more offense in MLB games. More offense equals more attendance and more revenue as was witnessed, for example, during the 1998 home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. ESPN’s Buster Olney writes about the number of injured starting pitchers this season and how […]

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Update: February 23, 2015 7:00pm PT I know I’m an entire weekend late on updating this post but I figured better late than never. Plus it gives me a chance to add another poll to the growing group of BBST’s Current Polls. So last I reported on the subject only a few of MLB’s new rules for governing the pace of play had been revealed, they are highlighted in the orginial text of this post below by Fox Sports’ insider Ken Rosenthal. On Friday morning, the league in agreement with the MLB Players’ Association (MLBPA), announced the first set of rules […]

MLB announces Pace of Play rule changes

Part Two: Rob Manfred & the questions that remain “My dream is for this sport to really have an international flavor,”  Bud Selig said Saturday during his half-hour interview with the Associated Press. “Does it need teams in other countries? … If one uses a lot of vision it could.” Here’s my problem with him potentially leaving Rob Manfred with this idea or this incredible task. How could it work? We can’t have teams and players that have play 162 games a season going overseas to play teams in other countries. Having the season open in Japan, Australia and other […]

My thoughts on Bud Selig’s retirement: Part Two

Part One: It just feels bizzare Bud Selig is in his final hours of being the commissioner of Major League Baseball, something he’s been for 22 1/2 years. That’s quite a long time. It must feel bizzare to him but the strange thing is that it feels absolutely bizzare to me as well. He’s the only commission I’ve ever really known. I was 11 years old when he took over for Fay Vincent in 1992. I’ve been a baseball fan since I was three or four but between four and 11 you are learning more about the game than the […]

My thoughts on Bud Selig’s retirement: Part 1

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It appears that Major League Baseball’s commissioner-elect Rob Manfred, who will take over for incumbent Commissioner Bud Selig in January, will be around for awhile. For at least five years Manfred will hold the office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.    Thursday Selig announced that the owners of all 30 MLB teams voted unanimously to give Manfred a five-year term. The announcement came at the end of two days of meetings of baseball’s owners in Kansas City. Selig will preside over his final owners’ meeting in Arizona in January. The yearly GM meetings took place earlier in the month […]

Rob Manfred given a 5-year term

Since I have been on an awards kick this week (I know I still owe you the rest of the Sporting New’s awards!! I’ll get there! LOL), but today the winners of the 2014 Hank Aaron Award winners were announced:  For the American League (big surprise here): Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mike Trout led the league in runs scored for the third year in a row. He also lead the American League with 111 RBIs. He finished the season batting .287 with 36 home runs and posting a .939 OPS.  Trout was unable to attend the ceremony which […]

Trout, Stanton win 2014 Hank Aaron Award

  It’s official Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig is actually going to follow through and retire. It’s also official that Major League Baseball’s Chief Operating Officer Robert Manfred has been elected as Selig’s successor and the 10th Commissioner in MLB history. MLB Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred elected the 10th Commissioner in MLB history. pic.twitter.com/AB1TOdsEdy — MLB (@MLB) August 14, 2014 How does the election process work? Who votes in it? The owners from each MLB team are the voters. To be elected a candidate, which in this case was whittled down to three: Manfred, Boston Red Sox chairman/co-owner […]

The 10th Commissioner of Major League Baseball has been elected

  Alright, so our good old buddy Bud Selig is planning to attempt to eliminate chewing tobacco, not just in baseball but in general – but mainly in the only place he has power which would be in baseball! It’s a great and now even more important cause in light of the death of one of baseball’s greats and most beloved players Tony Gwynn to salivary gland cancer. Gwynn attributed the cancer to his years of using chewing tobacco. In fact a few players such as the Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg and Diamondbacks’ Addison Reed have announced their intent to quit […]

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