Bud Selig on the Home Run Derby: “Television wants a three-hour program”

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Michael Kinsley once said that “a gaffe is when a politician tells the truth – some obvious truth he isn’t supposed to say.” Bud Selig just told one of those truths.

The Commissioner was doing a presser with the Baseball Writers Association of America here this morning, and one of the first topics which came up was the Home Run Derby. Selig acknowledged that the rain put a, um, damper on things last night, but also explained, perhaps unintentionally, why the Derby always drags on:

The tail wagging the dog is never a good look for sports and pretty much explains why the Home Run Derby is a snoozer.

Let us now ponder all of the other things television may want and whether it’s a good idea to give it to them.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.