Brewers to erect a statue of Bud Selig

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And there was much rejoicing. At least among pigeons:

The Milwaukee Brewers plan to unveil a statue honoring baseball commissioner and former owner Bud Selig on Aug. 24.

Selig’s
likeness will join those of Hank Aaron and Robin Yount in front of
Miller Park. Selig’s foundation donated the first two statues at the
stadium. Selig’s statue will be cast in bronze and measure more than seven feet tall.

We all take our shots at Bud Selig, and a lot of those shots are warranted. But I can’t take issue with a Bud Selig statue outside of Miller Park.

Selig worked his butt off to bring baseball to Milwaukee after the Braves abandoned the city. The Brewers are a great franchise too, leveraging their tiny market beyond anything that could reasonably be expected and there’s more passion for that team in Wisconsin than for 20 other baseball teams I could name. No, that didn’t all occur on Selig’s watch — he hasn’t owned the team in years — but it wouldn’t have been possible without his efforts and passion for baseball.

That doesn’t take away the bad stuff — he was one of the midwifes who helped give birth to collusion, his leadership gave us the suspended 1994 season and he turned a blind eye to steroids for way too long — but I think that goes on his Commissioner’s ledger, not his ownership one.  Give the man his statue. Give the man his day.

Then — as we do for almost every other statue — ignore it for all purposes other than as a second hand ticket sales rendezvous point.

Fox, ESPN will each broadcast a game of the London Series

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Major League Baseball just announced Fox and ESPN will each broadcast a game between the Yankees and the Red Sox in London next summer.

Fox — and only Fox — will broadcast the first game of the two-game set on Saturday, June 29. That game will start at 1:10PM Eastern time, which will be 6:10PM in London. ESPN will produce an exclusive telecast of the Sunday, June 30 game, which will get underway at 10:10AM Eastern time, 3:10PM London time. The top broadcast teams for each network will handle game-calling duties, with Joe Buck, John Smoltz and Ken Rosenthal working Saturday and Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, Jessica Mendoza and Buster Olney working on Sunday.

No word if these guys will be there: