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Selig Calls Singleton-Astros Deal "Different," Wants More Time To Look Into The Situation
Published June 6, 2014
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: The Astros last night selected high school P Brady Aiken with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft. It was the third straight year that the team had the top pick, and MLB Network’s Brian Kenny said it is "not an accident" that Astros GM Jeff Luhnow "has come in and three straight years they get the No. 1 (pick) and all the money that goes with it.” MLB Network’s Joel Sherman: “I have no problem with the Astros using the system. ... It's up to the Players Association and commissioner's office to change rules that are helping teams tank. ... It's wrong that a team can be this bad consistently and keep getting rewarded.” Kenny asked, “Do you think we ever get to a time where baseball goes the way of the NBA?” MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo: “I don't see that happening. It is an imperfect system, but for baseball, it works. Remember you are not taking guys from the amateur game and they aren’t going straight to the highest level.” Kenny: “Luhnow has gone drastic on this, but it is grand strategy. He doesn’t want to lose. He wants to build a solid foundation to a powerhouse" (“MLB Now,” MLB Network, 6/4).