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Selig Talks November Baseball, Umps In Wide-Ranging Interview
Published November 11, 2009
|Selig Discusses Issues Currently Facing
MLB In "Studio 42" Interview
BOSS TALK: Despite numerous missed calls by umpires during the MLB Playoffs this year, Selig said he is "very proud of the umpires" and he wants to be "very protective of them." Meanwhile, he noted in the next CBA, the sport "needs a worldwide Draft" and a "slotting system for our players." Selig: "There's no question we're going to do that. ... When they went to the Draft in 1965, the objective was for competitive balance, and we have more competitive balance than ever before but the Draft has become a problem on that score." Selig said MLB wanted a salary floor when negotiating the current CBA, but the MLBPA was "against it." Selig: "I'll be able to get more into the economics as time goes on. I have a lot of ideas." Selig also said former MLBPA Exec Dir Marvin Miller "belongs in the Hall of Fame." Selig: "If the criteria is that the impact that you've had on the sport, whatever one wants to value that impact, yes Marvin Miller should be in the Hall of Fame ... and I stand probably alone on my side" ("Studio 42," MLB Network, 11/10).