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Bud Selig Says He Is In Favor Of Divisional Realignment In MLB

Selig Not Specific About What
Direction Realignment Should Go

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Saturday said that he is "in favor of some realignment of baseball's divisions, but wasn't specific about what direction it should go," according to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com. Selig: "I've always believed in realignment. ... It's a subject that's been in my mind for a long time, but is there anything really to report? No." Kaegel noted a recent report "suggested that Selig's 14-member Special Committee for On-Field Matters" is discussing the concept of "floating realignment." Under this concept, clubs reportedly "would not be assigned to a fixed division, but could shift divisions year to year" (MLB.com, 3/20). Red Sox Owner John Henry in an e-mail said realignment is "worth studying." Red Sox President & CEO Larry Lucchino: "I think it's a pertinent subject that should be revisited from time to time." When asked about the notion that the Red Sox and Yankees should be in separate divisions, Henry said, "That would never happen" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/21).

ALL-STAR GAZING: In K.C., Bob Dutton reported "all signs point to Kauffman Stadium getting" the '12 MLB All-Star Game. The game is the "next one available," and an announcement "could come as soon as next month." Selig on Saturday "declined to confirm Kansas City will get the 2012 game but indicated a decision is imminent." Selig: "I'm very hopeful and believe the Royals are on the right track. We'll make the announcement at the appropriate time" (K.C. STAR, 3/21).

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