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Bud Selig Says MLB Will Not Interrupt Schedule To Help Get Baseball Back Into Olympics

Selig says he wishes MLB could break for Olympic play, but it's not practical
MLB “won't change its schedule to boost the sport's chances of getting back into the Olympics,” according to Ronald Blum of the AP. MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on Thursday said, "Look, we can't stop our season in August. We just can't. You can't say to your fans: 'We'll see you in the next period of time. Your club loses some players but yours doesn't.'" He said of MLB taking a break for Olympic play, "Do I wish I could? Yes. But is it practical? No." Meanwhile, Selig “once again insisted he will not accept a new contract when his current term expires in December 2014.” MLB’s security officials also “met Thursday but Selig said no changes are expected in the rules on bags fans can bring to ballparks, generally limited to 16 inches by 16 inches by eight inches.” He said of the Boston Marathon bombings, "I wouldn't say that Boston has changed anything. Each club makes its own decision" (AP, 4/25). Selig said that he “expects to visit Chicago in May to get an update" on Cubs Chair Tom Ricketts’ plan to renovate Wrigley Field. In Chicago, Chris De Luca notes Selig is “particularly eager to see how Ricketts plans to install a giant video screen at the old ballpark.” Selig: “I have to see the final plans. They haven’t divulged them yet. I really don’t know what’s going up. I think a lot of people want to see those plans” (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 4/26).
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