Quote of the Day: Bud Selig

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Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, speaking to the Associated Press about the idea of realigning the league’s divisions:

“When I am on long airport rides I will fiddle around with divisions and
things.  The one thing about it: you come up with 100 different
[scenarios].”

It’s nice to hear that Bud is at least thinking about making a change to the current system, which features a lopsided amount of teams in the NL and AL, but 100 different scenarios?  Is it really that complicated?  And that’s quite an image — Selig “fiddling” around with “divisions and things.”  Perhaps we should just move on.

MLBPA agrees to extend deadline for new posting agreement between MLB, NPB

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Update (7:00 PM ET): The MLBPA announces that the deadline has been extended 24 hours while MLB and NPB continue to negotiate a new agreement for the posting system. The new deadline is 8 PM ET on Tuesday.

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Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.

Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.

Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.