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D'Backs' Derrick Hall Not Interested In Replacing Bud Selig As MLB Commissioner
Published May 3, 2013
REVISIONIST HISTORY: In Columbus, Michael Arace wondered how history will "judge Selig” and noted it is “possible that, 50 years down the road, he will not be viewed in the stereotypical fashion.” He will “not be seen as the addled man in the stands in Milwaukee" during the '02 All-Star Game with his "pants pulled up too high and his tie hanging too low, throwing up his hands in a gesture of cluelessness.” Selig during his 20-year tenure has gotten the owners to “buy into the modern idea of revenue sharing, which has contributed to an era of labor peace.” Its impact on the bottom line has been "huge.” From a “financial point of view, baseball has never been stronger.” Forbes estimates that the “average value of a franchise has risen 23 percent, to $744 million, under Selig.” Although it “seems crazy to think this way, Selig is going to be difficult to replace.” The owners are a "fractious bunch of multimillionaires,” and finding a commissioner who “has their trust, gets them to do some things they have never considered (for the good of the game) and keeps the profits rolling -- all while being crucified by the general public -- well, it might be just nigh impossible” (COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 5/2).