November 15, 2012
Bud Selig should step away from Blue Jays-Marlins trade
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency
Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig is going to review the Blue Jays-Marlins trade. Given the magnitude of the deal, I guess that’s to be expected. Still, you wouldn’t think he’d block it, given that Buddy Boy allowed a similar mega-trade between the Red Sox and Dodgers go through in August.
If he blocked this deal, he’d have an entire country on his back. Conspiracy theories would abound. If it’s negated, the immediate assumption on this side of the border would be that he did not want a Canadian team in the post season. Bad for the ratings, you know.
Despite a number of high-profile American scribes suggesting that Selig overturn the deal (for the good of baseball, if you can believe that), he really can’t.
Hell, Montreal fans are still down on the commish for allowing current Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria to run the team into the ground after buying the Expos in 1999, which was the beginning of the end for the once proud franchise.
WHO’S TO SAY?
There’s a school of thought that not only did the Marlins NOT get fleeced in this deal, they might come out of it the winner.
If Mark Buehrle, who turns 34 in March, and/or Josh Johnson, who appears to be injury prone, have a down year and the Jays don’t make it to the post-season, who wins the trade? And what if Johnson leaves next year? Or, what if some of the prospects the Jays shipped to south Florida turn into something?
Some Jays “insiders” insist the club didn’t trade their best prospects. But MLB.com this year listed outfielder Jake Marisnick as the Jays’ No. 2 prospect overall and 35th best minor league prospect in all of baseball. As well, Justin Nicolino was listed as the Jays’ third best pitching prospect after Aaron Sanchez and Noah Syndergaard. So who knows?
BASEBALL BACK ON OLYMPIC RADAR?
The new international baseball/softball association will make a presentation to the International Olympic Committee’s programme commission next month with the hopes the sports are added for the 2020 Olympics. The IOC booted baseball and softball out after the 2008 Beijing Games.
Next September, the IOC will vote one new sport in for 2020 and baseball and softball (now one entity) are up against karate, roller sports, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and wushu.
On the surface, it would seem that baseball and softball would be a slam dunk, but many IOC members are affiliated with individual sports and often weasel their own sports into the Games, as was the case with Taekwondo a few years ago.
Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush insulted women in Buffalo during a radio interview, saying that he doesn’t want to see any them topless. Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick responded by throwing a chicken wing at Bush. It was intercepted.
WHILE I’M AT IT
Alex Ovechkin called NHL owners “clowns” in a tweet this week. Outraged NHL commissioner Gary Bettman threatened to spray Ovechkin with a bottle of seltzer.
Charles Barkley raised a few eyebrows this week when he said: “If you are an ugly woman, you ain’t got no chance of getting a TV job”, calling it a form of discrimination. Your first inclination is outrage, until you realize that Sir Charles is dead on.
WEENIE OF THE WEEK
Nik Lewis. The Stampeders slotback tweeted: “What a joke! RT @nikel18 I just bought OJ’s gloves on eBay. Now all I need is a white girl named Nicole. #MaybeALittleToFar.”