MLB: DEC 13 Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig Reacts to the Mitchell Report on Steroids in baseballJust when it looked like the Rays’ stadium situation might turn the corner and get better, Bud Selig is now getting involved.

Just two weeks after St. Pete mayor Bill Foster changed his stance and said he would allow the Rays to look for potential stadium sites in Tampa and Hillborough County, Selig announced today that Major League Baseball will now get involved.

In the midst of Selig and MLB introducing expanded replay, Bob Nightengale of USA Today dropped this nugget on Twitter

“Bud Selig says MLB now plans to intervene in #Rays stadium dispute calling it troubling”

Of course, we don’t know exactly what “involved” means, but it doesn’t sound good, and will probably involve lots of threats to move the Rays to Walla Walla or someplace else.

 
 

6 Comments

  1. Hank says:

    Seems to me Selig has a few more pressing things on his plate.

  2. Sarah says:

    Unless “get involved” = “come up with money to pay for a new stadium,” what on earth does he have to offer that will improve the situation?

  3. Geoff Peterson says:

    Bud trying to deflect attention from his steroid scandal. He needs to butt out unless he plans on putting up the money to pay for the new stadium. Since he’s bailed out both Texas and Arizona during his tenure, it certainly is our turn.

  4. JN says:

    Selig has been running his mouth over this issue for years now instead of providing solutions. Unfortunately, I don’t see him offering solutions but rather threats in a bullying way. What a thug.

  5. zenny says:

    There is no reason that MLB can’t set up a ballpark fund – a small percentage of revenues gets kicked into a common pot that’s carefully invested, and every team can dip in for a nice chunk of change for a new stadium every 15-20 years or so.

    Anyway, barring offering some actual financial assistance, Bud should just shut up. Things are finally starting to move along, and the chorus of naysayers just got a little louder with his bullying comments.

  6. Craig says:

    I don’t think the Marlins attendance at their new stadium is going to do anything to help the cause. Yes, the Rays are a much better organization. But who wants to foot the bill on a new stadium if attendance stays flat?

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