Is Bud Selig extorting the Royals?

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The other day Peter Gammons, as he often does, threw out a random and somewhat shocking comment when talking about the progress teams are making in signing their first round picks:

If you are the Royals, not only are your revenues light, but the
commissioner’s office has threatened to take away your 2012 All-Star
Game if you go ahead with the agreements you have in place with two
high picks.

That just kind of sat out there for a few days. Yesterday Sam Mellinger tried to debunk it,
noting that he’s heard nothing that would confirm such a threat, but
spent more time explaining why the Royals can get away with paying a
bit above slot for their picks without getting in trouble with the
commish.

I love him and you love him, but is anyone asking Gammons to
elaborate on his claim? Because if Selig really is threatening to pulll
the 2012 All-Star Game over signing bonuses, that’s pretty damn major.
If he’s not, then how on Earth is Gammons getting away with making such
an audacious claim?

MRI reveals that Jay Bruce has a strained right hip

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a Mets player struggles mightily for an extended period, to the point where it seems pretty obvious that something is wrong with him. The team says that he’s merely “sore” or “banged up” or something and the team either plays short-handed for a while or deals with the diminished player taking his hacks. Then, when he is eventually placed on the disabled list, it’s revealed that he has more serious trouble than general soreness or being banged up.

You ask for miracles, Theo, I give you the New York Mets:

 

He had been put on the DL a couple of days ago, but now it’s clear what the problem is. It may also illuminate why Bruce is hitting just .212/.292/.321 with three homers and 17 RBI in 236 plate appearances this season.

The Mets have not announced a timetable for Bruce.