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SBD/January 13, 2012/Franchises
Selig Says Issues Holding Up Padres Sale Should Be Resolved "Expeditiously"
Published January 13, 2012
BEHIND THE SCENES: Selig indicated that "significant snags began surfacing as early as Friday in the form of questions raised" by MLB Exec VP/Finance Jonathan Mariner. In San Diego, Tim Sullivan reports those questions "were echoed by baseball’s ownership committee and its executive council during their meetings Wednesday, and the Padres’ 11th-hour salvage operations proved insufficient." This led to a "lengthy and animated discussion Thursday morning." For "roughly 20 minutes, Moores and Moorad conferred with a changing cast of executives that included" MLB Exec VP/Labor Relations & HR Rob Manfred, White Sox Chair Jerry Reinsdorf and, "intermittently, Selig." The scene "unfolded in full view of reporters breakfasting in an adjacent building, and closer observers later confirmed Moores’ apparent anger was indeed palpable." Moorad's body language "was comparatively stoic, and his subsequent reflections characteristically subdued." Meanwhile, sources said that Moores "was the only owner who failed to approve Selig’s new two-year contract extension, though it was not immediately clear whether he had abstained or was simply absent" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 1/13).